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3401 E.P. True Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
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Phone: 515-224-9500
Email: info@jcahpets.com
Fax: 515-224-6474

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About Our Team

Veterinarians

Dr. David Whitney

Dr. David Whitney

Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Whitney was born and raised in West Okoboji, Iowa, and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Iowa State University in 1979. Prior to building Jordan Creek Animal Hospital in 1991, he worked for 12 years at a multi-doctor veterinary practice in Barrington, Illinois. Dr. Whitney is very involved in the veterinary community and has served as President of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA).

Dr. Whitney’s family includes his wife Lorraine, a cat named Yogi and dog Odie, his children, Lauren and son Daniel and his wife Danielle, granddaughters Quinn and Riley, grandson Sam, and grand dog Freddy. In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Whitney enjoys photography and gardening.

Dr. Daniel Whitney

Dr. Daniel Whitney

Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Daniel Whitney was raised in West Des Moines, and grew up living above Jordan Creek Animal Hospital in the family home. He followed in his father’s footsteps and graduated from Iowa State University, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science in 2009, and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2013. His professional interests include surgery, dentistry, and preventative care.

Dr. Daniel’s dream of working alongside his father came true in January of 2017 when he returned to the JCAH team as a veterinarian. In July 2018, he became a partner of JCAH. Dr. Daniel Whitney and his wife Danielle, have two daughters, Quinn and Riley, a son Sam, and a spaniel mix named Freddy!

Dr. Anne Kueter

Dr. Anne Kueter

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kueter, originally from Freeport, Illinois, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1992. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1997 from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During veterinary school, she worked as a veterinary technician and completed preceptorships at wildlife rehabilitation centers and the Kansas City Zoo. Dr. Kueter joined the staff of Jordan Creek Animal Hospital in March 1997.

Dr. Kueter and her husband Troy are parents of two wonderful children Abigayle (Abi) and Lucas. They also have two dogs, Hannah and Buddy, and two cats, Sully and Tango. In her free time, she enjoys biking, camping, and travel. Dr. Kueter is additionally trained in holistic medicine and acupuncture while also using herbal medicine as an adjunct to Western medicine to treat pets.

Dr. Leah Moore

Dr. Leah Moore

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Moore grew up in both Omaha, Nebraska, and West Des Moines, Iowa with many pets including dogs, cats, horses, mice, and rabbits. She attended Iowa State University and studied Wildlife Biology before receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1985. From 1985 to 1999, Dr. Moore worked in small animal practice in the suburbs of Chicago. She came to Jordan Creek Animal Hospital in May of 1999.

Dr. Moore has one daughter, Susanna; a dog, Sunny, and three cats, Sylvie, Lawrence, and Olive. She enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and gardening with prairie plants.

Dr. Wendy Johnson

Dr. Wendy Johnson

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Johnson was born in Lubbock, Texas but was raised in West Des Moines, Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simpson College and then went on to receive her MBA from the University of Iowa. In 2003, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Iowa State University. She immediately came on board as an associate veterinarian at Jordan Creek Animal Hospital, where she had served as a veterinary assistant and receptionist during veterinary school. She later practiced as a relief veterinarian to focus on raising her two daughters but returned as an associate veterinarian in 2021.

Dr. Johnson and her husband Joel have two beautiful daughters as well as a Golden Retriever, Dash. She truly enjoys spending time with her family (both human and furry!) as well as camping, bicycling, and getting away to their log cabin in the country.

Dr. Cody Mingus

Dr. Cody Mingus

Veterinarian

Dr. Mingus was born in Falls City, Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Science in 2006. She enrolled in veterinary school at Iowa State University and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After practicing at a pet hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, she joined the staff at Jordan Creek Animal Hospital in 2012.

Dr. Mingus and her husband Zach, are parents of three fabulous daughters, Emree, Palmer, and Vivienne. They are also the parents of one dog, Bruce, and one kitty, Noodle. She enjoys spending any free time with her daughters and pets, but also camping, attending outdoor concerts, and watching movies at home.

Dr Rachel Varley

Dr Rachel Varley

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Varley, originally from Carroll, Iowa, received her bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College in 2007. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Iowa State University in 2011. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in surgery/internal medicine at a specialty and emergency hospital in Ohio. She came to Jordan Creek Animal Hospital in 2012. Dr. Varley’s special interests in veterinary medicine include cardiology, neurology, and internal medicine.

Dr. Varley and her husband have three daughters, Claire, Cora, and Campbell, a son James, and a Rat Terrier named Paisley. Dr. Varley enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and taking pictures.

Relief Veterinarians

Dr. Christine Hedrick

Dr. Christine Hedrick

Relief Veterinarian

Dr. Christine Hedrick, originally from Wilmette, Illinois, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa before attending the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. She received her DVM degree in 2001. Upon graduation, she practiced as a full-time associate veterinarian of Jordan Creek Animal Hospital for several years before starting a family and taking a leave from practicing to raise her young children. In 2011, she rejoined the JCAH team as a relief veterinarian. She considers the opportunity to help pets and the people who care for their honor and privilege.

Dr. Hedrick lives with her husband, two entertaining teenagers, a dog, two cats, and a guinea pig. Her dog, Saidie, had been left in an abandoned house before being rescued and shows her gratitude by being a constant, eager shadow. Her cat, Griffin, came to her as a 6-day-old feral kitten found in a friend’s chicken coop. Christine took Griffin in, bottle-fed him and he is clearly convinced that she is his mama. He even stands in front of her with his front legs stretched up waiting to be picked up like a toddler and then rides her shoulder nuzzling her neck until she needs to put him down. His partner in crime is a spunky orange tabby adopted from the shelter who has a loud purr and big personality. In her free time, Christine enjoys family bike rides, laughing at her cats’ antics, walking with her dog and friends, family game night, reading, traveling, and volunteering. She also loves chocolate way too much.

Veterinary Technicians

Amy

Amy

Veterinary Nurse, RVT

Amy grew up in Milford, Iowa near Lake Okoboji. In September 1999, she received her Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Veterinary Technology from the Medical Institute of Minnesota as well as her Minnesota Certification. She worked at Cedarview Animal Hospital in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where she completed her collegiate internship before moving to the Des Moines area. She began work at Jordan Creek Animal Hospital and received her Iowa Certification in April 2001.

Amy, husband Rawley, daughter Liz, and sons Ethan and Emmett share their home with their cat Ace, three dogs named Ernie, Eastwood, and Eich, and four rabbits. When she isn’t busy at work or spending time with her family and pets, she enjoys biking, camping, and shopping.

Brooke

Brooke

Veterinary Nurse, RVT

Brooke grew up in Johnston, Iowa. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 2013. She then went back to school for her Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Veterinary Technology from Des Moines Area Community College in May of 2015.

Brooke and her husband Ben have two cats at home, Kat and Nonny, and a dog named Biscuit. When she is not at work, Brooke enjoys watching movies, going to the gym, tailgating for Iowa and Iowa State football games, traveling, spending time with her family, and spoiling her nephew.

Kat

Kat

Veterinary Nurse, RVT

Kat was born and raised in the Chicago area and is a first-generation Polish-American. Kat speaks Polish fluently! She attended Iowa State University and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. She went on to work at a veterinary clinic in Iowa City and at the University of Iowa as an Animal Caretaker. She then decided to get her Associated of Applied Sciences Degree at DMACC in veterinary technology and graduated in 2019 and shortly after passed both state and national boards to become an RVT! Kat is happy to be in the Des Moines area with her husband, Will. Together they have a cat named Twilight and two rescue dogs named Tavi and Tessa.
Christine

Christine

Veterinary Nurse, RVT

Christine grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She went to school at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology in 2008. She later attended the Vet Tech Institute of Fox College in Tinley Park, Illinois, obtaining her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2010. She has worked at a couple of other veterinary practices, including two years at a local ER specialty clinic, three years at a holistic clinic, and three years at a wellness clinic in Chicago, Illinois, before joining JCAH as an RVT.
She currently resides in Polk City with her wonderful husband Matt, outgoing stepson Easton, and two amazing kitties named Smokey and Zita. Christine’s hobbies and interests include spending time with friends, family, and her cats. Overall, Christine just loves all animals! She is a big fan of the Cyclones and can be found tailgating at most football games. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, and staying active.
Jen

Jen

Veterinary Nurse, RVT

en grew up in Reno, Nevada. In 1995 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She continued her education and received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from Portland Community College in 1998. Jen previously worked at Jordan Creek Animal Hospital in 2004 but then took a break to start a family. In March of 2018, Jen decided to return to the JCAH team.

When not at work, Jen enjoys her family including her husband Mike, daughter Amanda, and son Chase. Her four- legged child consists of Avalanche, a pug. She enjoys attending Iowa Wild games, horseback riding, and anything outdoors with her family.

Veterinary Assistants

Ian

Ian

Veterinary Assistant

Ian is originally from Columbia, Missouri but currently resides in the West Des Moines area. He played soccer all throughout college and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Central College in Pella. He is extremely interested in veterinary medicine and more specifically, exotic animal medicine. He has previously worked at the Blank Park Zoo and joined the JCAH team as a veterinary assistant in January of 2021. Hobbies of Ian’s include drawing, carpentry, and gardening. He currently does not have any pets but he is excited to add a furry friend in the near future!
Kinsey Ostendorf

Kinsey Ostendorf

Veterinary Assistant

Kinsey grew up on the outskirts of Dallas Center, IA. She was active in FFA in high school. Kinsey has two dogs named Dexter and Nellie. She also has several fish in her aquarium. In Kinsey’s free time she enjoys working with her cattle, tubing on the river, and playing with her dogs. 

Ashley Bianchi

Ashley Bianchi

Veterinary Assistant

Ashley grew up in Winterset, Iowa on a small farm. She has always been passionate about animals and loves spending time with them. Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 2016. She has previously worked at Raccoon River Kennels before coming to JCAH. Ashley enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and going on adventures with her dog, Miah, a lab mix!

BreAnna

BreAnna

Veterinary Assistant

BreAnna grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Valley High School. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with a minor in General Business from Iowa State University and is pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree currently. She has previously worked in the Hy-Vee floral shop while in school, as well as at JCAH as a kennel attendant. While she has continued to come back during school breaks to help out around our hospital, she has joined our team once again, now as a veterinary assistant! BreAnna is a very social person that has always enjoyed helping others. Her lifelong goal has always been to work with animals and she is currently pursuing the dream of becoming a veterinarian! BreAnna enjoys being outdoors, sewing, and watching Netflix. She has two white crested guinea pigs named Kiwi and Peach.

Chrissy

Chrissy

Veterinary Assistant

Chrissy grew up in the Southern part of California in Ontario. She moved to Iowa for college on a soccer scholarship with Grand View University. Soccer is her passion and she has been playing since she was four years old! Chrissy achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in Psychology from GVU. After graduating she decided to stay in Iowa because of all of the great people that she met!
Chrissy originally joined us as a receptionist, however, the medical side of veterinary medicine intrigued her. In addition to her reception position, she is now training as a veterinary assistant. Hobbies that she enjoys includes hiking with her dogs and always playing soccer! She has three pets at home including Lucy, a golden mix, Oliver, a tabby cat, and Indy, and Aussie mix.

Support Staff

Lori McGinnis

Lori McGinnis

Personnel Coordinator

Lori joined Jorden Creek Animal Hospital April 2021. Lori was born and raised in Adair, IA. She grew up on a farm. She graduated from Simpson College in 2017 with Bachelor of Art in Psychology and graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2021 with her Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Human Resources.

Lori is blessed to have two amazing children son Garrett and daughter Payton. She also has a grand puppy Sansa. Lori love spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and being outdoors running, hiking and kayaking.

Madison (Madi)

Madison (Madi)

Kennel Manager

Madison, also known as Madi, graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Ecology, Pre-Vet and Wildlife Care, and a Minor in Animal Science. Madison worked at the Iowa State University Horse Barn for two years, interned at the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in San Antonio, Texas, and volunteered for three years at the Wildlife Care Clinic in Ames. Madison relocated to the Des Moines area with her husband, Justen. Together they have a little boy named Maddux, a daughter named Ivy, a cat named Chester, two dogs, Dexter and Amelia, and two goldfish, Simon and Doris. Madison enjoys spending time with family, baking, shopping, going out to eat, and gardening.
Amanda

Amanda

Hospital/Kennel Receptionist

Amanda grew up in West Des Moines and graduated from Waukee High School. She has her Liberal Arts Degree from Des Moines Area Community College. Amanda worked as a kennel attendant at JCAH before becoming a receptionist for both or hospital and boarding kennel. Amanda enjoys spending time with her pets! She has three dogs named JoeJo, Bella, and Cookie and also two cats named Nemo and Kitty. Amanda has worked for Jordan Creek for 7 years as of June of this year! Her hobbies include playing video games, spending time with her nephew, and attending concerts. One fun fact about Amanda is that she loves DC comics, especially Superman!
Chloe

Chloe

Hospital Receptionist

Chloe grew up in Leon, Iowa and graduated from Central Decatur High School. After making the hard decision in choosing between nursing and veterinary school, she chose to pursue a career in nursing and is currently working on getting her degree at Mercy College of Health Science. However, she is still an avid animal lover! Back at home, she has two outside dogs named Salt and Sophie, an indoor dog named Sissy, and a cat named Boomer. She loves spending time with her brother and two sisters, and she enjoys camping and going to Branson. A fun fact about Chloe is that she owns a shaved ice trailer!

 

Emma

Emma

Hospital/Kennel Receptionist

Emma was both born and raised in Iowa. She always had a dream of working with animals since she was a child. Emma graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Before joining the JCAH Team, Emma was a barista in a small town coffee shop, a horse wrangler at a Bible Camp, and a server at a local restaurant in Ames, Iowa. Emma joined us in 2020 as not only a kennel receptionist but also as a hospital receptionist! Her hobbies and interests include horseback riding, reading, and singing. Emma’s furry family includes Zeus, a German Shorthair Pointer, Honey, an orange tabby cat, and Oliver, a guinea pig. When she is not hanging out with her fur family, she can be found studying hard as she is currently working towards her Master’s Degree.

 

Lisa

Lisa

Hospital Receptionist

Lisa is originally from Waukee, Iowa and she attended Waukee High School until the summer before her sophomore year. Her family then moved to Cedar Rapids and she graduated from Jefferson High School. After graduating, she attended the University of Iowa in 1992 and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.

Lisa is a GIGANTIC Iowa Hawkeye fan. In fact, she loves all sports but played softball, volleyball, and basketball in high school. She bonds with her daughters over watching sports together. Lisa loves getting to spend time with her four kids, her husband David, and her two dogs Hawkeye and Missy.

Natalie

Natalie

Hospital Receptionist

Natalie grew up in Ankeny, Iowa, and currently resides in the West Des Moines area. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2019 with a Marketing degree. She worked all throughout college at Hickory Park as a server and supervisor and then went on to own a network marketing business for three years. She joined the JCAH team as a hospital receptionist at the beginning of 2021. Natalie’s hobbies and interests include her love of music, listening to podcasts, attending concerts, and anything entertainment-related. She has a sweet Shih-poo named Romeo that she simply adores!

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

-Anatole France