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).

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.

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.

Bri Hotzler, Veterinary Assistant

Bri is currently studying animal science and Pre-Veterinary medicine at Iowa State University. She is a farm kid from Hosmer, South Dakota, and grew her love for animals by working for 5 years in animal rescue. In her free time, Bri likes to barrel race, fish, and spend time with her dog Kiba.

Lauren Santos, Veterinary Assistant

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.

Nadean, 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.