David Thilges, Practice Manager
Dave attended Iowa State University where he earned a B.S. in Animal Ecology in 2006. He worked as an ecologist in the Chicago suburbs where he helped manage the restoration of native wetlands. After he and Dr. Lisa decided to open Prairie View Animal Hospital, he decided to make a career shift in which he would better utilize his managerial skills, as well as allow him to work closely with pets and their people. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, following ISU Cyclone sports, and spending time outdoors with his family.
Brooke McNabb, Client Services Representative
Brooke attended Grand View College where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1996. Brooke taught 4th grade at Prairie City-Monroe for 9 years before resigning to open and operate her own business. Growing up a self-proclaimed animal lover, Brooke made the jump into the veterinary field when she joined our staff as the CCC in May 2015. In her free time, Brooke coordinates the Puppy Up Des Moines Walk honoring her two labs lost to cancer, Gunner and Tyson, pictured. Brooke also enjoys tutoring and cheering on her beloved ISU Cyclones and Chicago Cubs.
Lauren Santos, Client Services Representative
Lauren Santos is a senior in Animal Ecology at Iowa State University focusing on Wildlife Care/ Pre-Vet with a minor in Spanish. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas. Lauren has always dreamed of being a small animal veterinarian since she was very young; she has always loved animals of all kinds. Lauren is passionate about the environment and helping animals and humans alike. She has volunteered at wildlife rehabilitation centers for years in Texas and Ames. At home, Lauren has nine fancy rats she adores (named Boo, Bloo, Sage, Fig, Maple, Pig, Pixie, Happy, and finally Rosie) and a big fluffy black cat named Juniper.
Megan Winegar, Veterinary Technician
Megan graduated from Iowa State University in 2018 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, and is currently taking classes to receive her veterinary technician degree. She was born and raised on a small-town Iowa farm where her love for animals began at an early age. In her free time, Megan likes to cheer on the Cyclones, watch movies, and spend time with friends, family, and her ornery dog, Captain!
Shyanne Siems, Veterinary Technician
Shyanne is currently studying veterinary technology through Penn Foster after switching majors from psychology. She has special interest in allergies and pain management/control. She was born and raised in Northwest, Iowa, where her love of animals began at a young age. When she’s not working she can usually be found taking photos, learning new recipes, watching Friends, or reading Edgar Allan Poe. She has a dog, Tuxie Mae, and three cats, Gracie Jean, Wanda, and Fanny Fae.
Kassi Helmold, Veterinary Technician
Kassi studied Statistics at the University of Northern Iowa and soon after discovered that working with animals was her true calling. She began volunteering at local animal shelters and then made the decision to be a veterinary technician. She has two dogs named Angus and Penelope, a corn snake named Ron, and a little parakeet with a big personality, Delilah.
Jennifer Grandia, Veterinary Technician
Jennifer grew up in West Des Moines. After graduating from valley high school, she attended Central College in Pella, where she played soccer and earned degrees in Biology and German with certificates in research. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her animals, two cats: Cayenne and Fray, and a new puppy: Anheuser James. Jennifer coaches soccer at Sporting Iowa and loves to bowl and workout in her free time. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s Technician program but has also recently applied to Vet School.
Nadean Williams, Veterinary Assistant
Nadean is currently studying veterinary technology through Penn Foster College. Her love for animals began in high school volunteering at the zoo and local animal shelters, where she decided to become a technician. Nadean has a special interest in learning about and helping exotics, and when she’s not at work she can be found with her rats (Gucci, Lemon, Toulouse, Fiona, Ollie, Coya, Trouble, and Luna) or her sweet kitty, Princess.
Aleah Hartman, Veterinary Assistant
Aleah graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in human physiology in 2018. She then attended Iowa State University and obtained a BS in animal ecology in 2020. She is currently a veterinary student at Iowa State with an interest in small animal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and taking naps with her dog Maru.
Amelia Verkade, Veterinary Assistant
Amelia graduated from Iowa State University in 2022 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with Pre-Vet qualifications. She is currently enrolled at the Des Moines Area Community College to study in the Veterinary Technology Program to receive a veterinary technician degree. After her program and licensure, she plans to pursue Zoological Internal Medicine as a zoo/exotic focused veterinary technician. She loves to travel and experience other country’s views of veterinary medicine practices. When she is not at work or in class, she is studying next to her three cats and enjoying the outdoors with her peafowl.
Lindsey Halsey, Veterinary Assistant
I was born and raised in a small community in southwest Illinois, where I grew up on a hobby horse farm. I currently study animal science at Iowa State University and plan on attending veterinary school after graduating. My passion for animals and their welfare began at a very young age. I have a special interest in equine surgery after losing one of my horses too soon. Every chance I get, I participate in fun shows with my Appaloosa mare (Chiefs Evening Shado) or take my 2 Border Collies (Finn and Fawkes) out on adventures.