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, Care Coordinator

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.


Mary Beth McTaggart, Care Coordinator

Mary Beth graduated from Iowa State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Ecology. An avid nature and animal lover, she enjoys camping, traveling, and spending time with any and all animals. She currently has 2 parakeets (Snow and Blueberry), 2 doves (Tito and Lena), a guinea pig (Ruth), a leopard gecko (Papaya), a cat (Cricket), and a newfoundland mix (Tyr).


Amanda Allsup, Registered Veterinary Technician

Amanda attended Iowa Western Community College where she earned her degree in Veterinary Technology and became a Registered Technician in 2016. She gained some experience in a mixed animal practice before deciding small animals are her passion. She then worked at a small animal practice specializing in dentistry for almost 3 years before joining PVAH in August 2018. In her free time, Amanda enjoys kayaking and fishing, hanging out with friends and family, and spending time with her husband, young son, and their border collie mix, Kacy.


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. Shyanne was born and raised in Northwest Iowa, where her love of animals began at a young age. When she’s not at work she can usually be found with her dogs, Tuxie (pictured) and Duke, and cat, Gracie probably sitting outside or forcing everyone to sit pretty for a photo.


Ciara Degner, Kennel Assistant

Ciara is studying Veterinary Technology at Des Moines Area Community College. She loves all kinds of animals and has had fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, parakeets, and cats as pets. Ciara enjoys time with friends, family, and her cat, Lucy.


Claudia Ostorga-Rivas, Kennel Assistant

Claudia is currently an Iowa State University student on the Pre-Vet track majoring in Animal Ecology. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Iowa at a young age. Her love for animals started from visiting zoos and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. She has gained most of her animal experience from working with different barn and shelter animals. She currently has 2 parakeets named Pineapple and Blueberry, and a high energy husky named Lobo. Some of Claudia’s favorite things to do in her free time are volunteering, educating herself and others on animal issues around the world, watching documentaries, and traveling with her family!