About Our Team
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
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
Veterinary Nurse, RVT
Veterinary Nurse, RVT
Jen 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 Nurse, RVT
Jillian was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. She graduated Kirkwood Community College with her Associate of Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology and her Associate of Science degrees in 2005. She interned and worked in Burlington at a mixed animal practice until graduation. After graduation, she started her career in Cedar Rapids at Cedar Rapids Animal Hospital, working for 10 years until she decided to advance her career with a new position at VCA Edgewood Animal Hospital. She worked there for 7 years until she and her husband relocated to Des Moines in August of 2021 when her husband received a promotion. Their two Labrador retrievers Max and Daisy came along with them.
In her free time, Jillian enjoys reading, kayaking, gardening and anything outdoors that Max and Daisy can do as well! The dogs love to go on adventures. Jillian and her husband also have season tickets to the University of Iowa Hawkeye football games and love to travel. Their new favorite place is Costa Rica!
Kinsey grew up in a small town just outside of Adel in Dallas Center, where she attended Adel-Desoto-Minburn Community School District. Kinsey and her fiancé currently reside in the Perry area. They have two dogs, Dexter, who is a Pitbull, and Nellie, who is a Great Pyrenees Shepard mix. They also take care of their two goldfish, Orange and Flame. They love being outside and take every chance to be out in nature. Outside of work, Kinsey enjoys attending Iowa football games and working cattle at her family farm. Spending time with her family and friends brings her a lot of happiness. In the near future, Kinsey hopes to apply to vet school at DMACC!
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.
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.
Grace was raised in West Des Moines and Clive but currently resides in Clive. She attended Valley High School where she excelled greatly in her passion for jazz and marching band. Aside from her talent and love for music, she was involved in basketball, soccer, and dance. Grace knew from a very young age that she wanted to become a vet or work with animals. While attending UNI, she began studying music education, but made the switch to attain a biology degree! With her great love for football, she also decided to join the UNI women’s rugby team where she placed 2nd in the national championship! At home, she has a golden retriever, Dash, and 3 cats, Fauci, Birx, and Blaze to keep her busy!
Preston grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and moved all the way to West Des Moines, IA in 2016. Before starting here at JCAH, he graduated from trade school for facilities maintenance with an OSHA certification. He likes to think of himself as eccentric and weird- just enough to keep people on their toes! Outside of work, he enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, specifically Magic: The Gatherin. With his favorite color being all hues of green, he enjoys putting his artistic abilities to use in painting miniatures. His cat Sandy keeps him in good company at home!
Anna grew up and currently lives in the DSM area where she graduated from Valley High School in 2019. She has a great love for animals, getting outside, camping, and keeping busy with crafting! Her crafts include painting, sculpting, and glass soldering. She previously worked at Raising Cane’s as their leading manager, as well as helping out at her family’s business. Moving forward, she hopes to become certified as a vet technician. At home, she is a dog mom to her sweet shorkie, Mac Daddy!
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 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!
Haley grew up in West Des Moines and graduated from Van Meter High School. After gaining experience at Firebirds, she decided to explore more customer service opportunities in the area and gladly chose to join our team! During the summers, Haley enjoys exploring local events hosted in the downtown DSM area. She also enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and practicing yoga in her free time. She is a wonderful cat mom to her two orange fur babies, Miso and Peter!
Emily grew up on a farm in Dallas Center, IA, and soon hopes to move to West Des Moines with her 4-year-old corgi Billie! After high school, she started her college career at DMACC, where they connected her to the Disney College Program. She decided to move to Orlando, FL, to work at Universal Studios and Disney World. After completing the program and moving back to Iowa for a short time, she was off to Portland, OR, where she worked at Sniff Dog Hotel! Now that she is back in her home state, she has aspirations to finish college at DMACC. When she isn’t working or traveling, she likes to thrift, spends time with her dog, and coach figure skating every so often!
Lauren was born and raised in Spirit Lake, Iowa near Lake Okoboji. In 2020, she graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor’s in Event Management. She has worked in the wedding industry, catering, tourism, sales, and country clubs. Although she did not go to school for animal science, she loves having the chance to work with animals. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys playing the piano, singing, hanging with friends, painting, walks outside, and finding fun events to attend in the area. She hopes to get her own dog very soon.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”