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.
Aimee Garrison, Registered Veterinary Technician
Aimee attended ISU where she studied Animal Ecology with pre-vet studies and graduated with her B.S. in 2011. Deciding she wanted to further her knowledge in the veterinary field, she attended the DMACC Veterinary Technician Program, graduating in 2014 and becoming a fully Registered Technician. In her free time, Aimee enjoys spending time with her family and friends, geeking out over Dr. Who, and reading. She also enjoys relaxing with her tabby cat, Butterscotch, and her corgi, Honey.
Brooke McNabb, Client 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.
Sarah Hennings, Veterinary Technician
Sarah attended Iowa State University and graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Animal Ecology and a minor in Animal Science. Before college, Sarah had the priviledge of working with Dr. Thilges at a small animal clinic in Sugar Grove, IL. During her time at ISU Sarah was fortunate enough to experience several internships ranging from a teaching assistant for ISU’s sheep science class to a zookeeper for the Houston Zoo in Texas. After graduation and throughout college, Sarah worked for the USDA-ARS as a corn genetic research assistant. Knowing her love of corn was no where near as strong as her love for animals, Sarah made the switch back to animal care in August 2015 when she joined our staff as a Veterinary Technician. In her free time you will find her cheering on the Chicago Bears (no matter how bad they play), along with her ISU Cyclones. She has a recently adopted Australian Shepherd puppy named Lambeau and enjoys visiting her family dog, Monty.
Lauren Hackbarth, Kennel and Veterinary Assistant
Lauren is currently studying Biology at Iowa State University with the intentions of furthering her education in the veterinary field of medicine. She began interning at Dogwood Pet Hospital in Rockford, IL the summer after her first year at ISU. She joined the PVAH staff in the fall of 2016 as a kennel and veterinary assistant. Aside from enjoying her time spent caring for the boarded pets and post-surgical patients, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as going outdoors to get away from the city noise.
Kelsey, Kennel and Veterinary Assistant
Kelsey is currently studying Biology and Animal Science at Iowa State University. She will be graduating ISU in May of 2018 with hopes of continuing on to veterinary school. Kelsey is very involved in the Animal Science Department. She is an Animal Science Guide, a teaching assistant for the anatomy lab, a chair for the Veterinarians Without Borders club and is involved in multiple research projects. She has also done previous work milking and monitoring dairy cows at the ISU Dairy and Research Farm. Kelsey joined the PVAH staff in the fall of 2017 as a kennel and veterinary assistant. Between her studies and PVAH, she enjoys going to various Cyclones sporting events, hanging out with friends and helping out at the dairy farm.