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Kathy Berge, DVM | Owner.
Dr. Kathy Berge graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. She started working at All-Pets in 1990.
Dr. Berge has a passion for Bernese Mountain Dogs, showing and breeding under the kennel name Ahquabi. She has owned Berners since 1984, longer even than her veterinary career. If you have question or concerns about Bernese Mt Dogs and similar large breeds, she is your vet!
Dr. Berge has been married to her husband, Paul, for 33 years. Paul is a local freelance writer, actor, and film director. Previous gigs include a radio drama show, Rejection Slip Theater, and acting as the host of Side Roads on Iowa Public Television’s Living in Iowa. Paul also works as a flight instructor and owns Butter Cow Films, LLC.
Dr. Berge and Paul have one daughter, Emily, who works in Princeton, New Jersey. They also live with 5 dogs, 3 cats, and a geriatric pony.
Mandy Larson, DVM
Mandy Larson, MS, DVM joined All-Pets Hospital in 2016. A native of Iowa, Dr. Larson received her bachelor’s degree at University of Northern Iowa in 2009, then graduated from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.
After obtaining her DVM, Dr. Larson spent a year as a small animal practitioner in the Lake of the Ozarks. In 2014, she took the opportunity to pursue a masters of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health where she assisted in launching a canine vaccine trial. During this time, she also worked part-time as a small animal practitioner in Iowa City.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her two cats, Sam and Jack.
Rachel Crane, RVT
Rachel has been with All-Pets Hospital since 2008. She graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology and passed her State and National Boards in 2010 as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Rachel's professional interests are in canine behavior, dentistry and anesthesia. She is certified in the Karen Pryor Academy's Dog Trainer Foundations Course and is very familiar with effective force free and clicker training. In 2014 Rachel attended the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association's annual meeting, participating in the all day Companion Animal Behavior segment and learned the latest recommendations for low stress handing of dogs and cats in the hospital setting. She spent several years teaching dog training classes at Paws and Effect, a service dog program in Des Moines.
Rachel and her husband, Matt, have a mixed breed dog, Lexy, a Dalmatian, Cloud, and a large flock of chickens. When not training or treating dogs, Rachel enjoys cycling and is a frequent participant in RAGBRAI.
Lis Lemon, rvt
Lis Lemon started working for All-Pets in 2015, beginning her professional career as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Lis graduated from DMACC with a degree in veterinary technology in May 2014, and passed her State and National Boards in August. Lis is originally from Michigan, though she currently resides in the Beaverdale neighborhood.
In addition to her technician duties, Lis is the events coordinator for All-Pets Hospital. She handles many human resources duties such as hiring, reviewing resumes, and interviewing. Once the process of hiring is complete, she is very involved in the training of new employees for both reception and vet assistant duties.
Lis is owned by a long coated Dachshund named Beyonce, a Siamese cat, a Bernese Mountain dog named Tipp, and a mini-pig named Rosie.
Valerie started working as a groomer for All-Pets Hospital in 2015.
She has 3 years of grooming experience, and loves helping animals look and feel their best. Valerie takes the time needed to make your animals feel comfortable while being groomed. Customer satisfaction is high on her list of priorities and she enjoys discussing the type of groom and services you would like your dog or cat to receive.
Valerie lives with her husband, Mike, and her two children. Also sharing their home are 5 cats. Most of Val's spare time is spent working on their recently purchased home in Des Moines and attending her kids' sporting events.
Kelsey started working for All-Pets Hospital during the summer of 2015.
She came to us with prior experience, having worked at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa as an Animal Care Technician.
Kelsey has a quiet personality that has a calming effect on the animals that may be a bit anxious in the clinic setting. She assists in the surgery suite as well as helping in routine examinations and care of pets who come to All-Pets for their veterinary needs.
During her spare time, Kelsey enjoys stock car racing, traveling to see her family near Mason City and hanging out with her dog, Daisy.
Tacy is the most recent addition to our team, joining us in January of 2017. With her long-time love of animals and several years of experience in customer service, it’s a perfect fit. Her first visit to All-Pets Hospital was in 2004 for a job shadowing day. Since then she has been exploring the wide array of opportunities life has to offer by studying at the University of Iowa for Sociology, managing a bakery, and working for a small start-up print & design company in Indianola. While all of those were great experiences, Tacy noticed that there were never quite enough animals around in her life. This led her back to us, and now she is the one who cheerfully greets you at the door and will make any excuse she can to pet the patients.
Tacy spends her free time dog-sitting, biking the Des Moines trails, binge-watching TV shows like Parks & Rec or Game of Thrones, reading, and spending quality time with her newly adopted yellow lab, Seri, as well as her rats, Bleu and Brie.
Sylvia came to us from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in July, 2016.
During her time at the ARL, as both a volunteer and an employee, she taught Dog Companion/Dog Body Language classes to new volunteers, co-taught Puppy and the Good Manners classes and was a member of the behavior assessment team.
She was heavily involved with the ARL’s Pets for Life Community Outreach program which provides needed services to pets in the Des Moines Area whose owners could not otherwise provide needed care.
Sylvia lives in Altoona with her 3 dogs and a medical needs foster cat.
ANA DE AVILA
Ana (Ah-Nah) is the newest member of our team, joining in October of 2017. She has had a long time love of animals and can always be seen cuddling and giving extra love to our patients. As a veterinary assistant, her main job is to help the doctor in the exam room, hold patients when needed, and making sure every pet gets exactly what they need during their visit. On her days off, you can find her playing with her dog, Sari, watching movies or traveling (Florida is her favorite place to visit). Oh, and she LOVES pumpkin pie.
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Lena started working at All-Pets in 2012. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in May 2015. Lena began veterinary school at Iowa State University in August of 2015, and is very excited to continue her professional education.
Lena spends her free time volunteering for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, primarily doing community outreach initiatives, along with other charitable organizations around the Des Moines metro. She lives in Des Moines with her husband, their one dog, Breeze, three black cats, and three rats.
Lena has a strong interest in exotics and internal medicine.
Carol has been employed at All-Pets Hospital for over 30 years.
Carol is the weekend kennel assistant taking care of boarders and hospitalized patients. She always gives each and every animal the special attention it needs on weekends and holidays. Her love of animals is shown each and every day.
Carol is actively involved in the community assisting with local elections, volunteering for various church and other civic activities.
Carol lives in Des Moines and shares her home with cats Z, Smoke, and Ougi. She also has an adopted a Shar Pei mix, Reeses, from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.