Reid Den Herder – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Owner
I grew up nearby in Sioux Center, Iowa, but I consider the Iowa great lakes my home! I went to undergrad at Central College where I met the love of my life, Rhiannon, and developed a passion for travel. A bachelor’s degree in political science and economics led me to work for a non-profit professional trade association and lobby group in Des Moines for several years. During that time I fell deeply in love with a beagle puppy named Belle who had ALL OF THE PROBLEMS! She was a genetic disaster that caused me to become very acquainted with my veterinarian. That ignited a deep curiosity and passion for veterinary medicine. As I become jaded working with Iowa politics and the lobbying world, it was clear a career change was needed. After significant soul-searching and career exploration, I decided to pursue veterinary medicine. In 2009 I began working for Eastown Animal Clinic as a veterinary assistant and took classes at DMACC in Des Moines and ISU to prepare for veterinary school. In 2015 I graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and moved to Spirit Lake where I have been practicing small animal medicine since! Professionally, I have a passion for preventative medicine and surgery. Personally, my interests surround my family, my faith and the lake! My amazing wife Rhiannon is a pharmacist for Walmart in Spirit Lake. We have a 7-year-old daughter Zoey who loves dance, soccer, swimming, and boating, and we are in the process of adopting 2 little girls from Haiti! We are all active with our church family at Good News Community Church in Okoboji. We love to spend our free time boating (when the weather permits) and skiing in the winter. I feel very blessed to work with so many awesome clients in the Iowa Great Lakes area! My family and I love all the lakes area has to offer and look forward to a long career getting to know all of you!
Ross Dirks – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
My interest in animals started very young. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with animals. As a youngster I was fortunate to live in the country on a small farm and had supportive parents. I raised chickens, sheep, ducks and rabbits as 4-H projects. I made “pets” from all sorts of wild critters; snakes, turtles, squirrels, baby birds, and many others. Many of these were borrowed from the wild for a short time and released. I got my first hunting dog at age 14, a german shorthair mix, and began my love of bird hunting over pointing dogs. I headed to Iowa State University in 1980 and in 1984 received a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and at the same time was accepted into the Veterinary program. My interest in falconry began while attending ISU and fastly developed into a lifelong passion. I also met my other love, the woman who was to become my wife, Terry. In veterinary school I expanded my interest in exotic animals and spent time at three zoos. I took a year off in 1986 to work on a study involving birds of prey in the RioGrande valley of Texas. On graduation, I had a family (son-Michael) and we moved to Oregon where I worked in a large small animal practice. One year later we moved back to Iowa where I worked in a predominately large animal practice in La Porte City for one and a half years. From there we moved to Davenport where I practiced at a very nice small animal clinic. While there I worked for two small zoos and several private bird collectors. I became involved in raising parrot type birds and doves. My interest expanded to reptiles and I was able to breed a number of snakes and lizards. I was also very involved in falconry and hunting dogs. Eventually having all that to take care of became overwhelming and I eventually sold out of my aviary birds. In 1999 the opportunity to purchase a practice in northwest Iowa came up. Wanting to move my family from the urban problems in Davenport and lured by the excellent falconry up here we purchased the practice in March 1999. I enjoy the lakes area and have become active in the community and church activities. I continue to pursue my passion of falconry and keep a small menagerie of animals at our acreage outside of Milford.
Jann Gregory – Kennel
I have worked in banking and spent 15 years in the Army National Guard, but I have received the most satisfaction out of caring for the animals in this clinic and my association with animal rescues. I live in Lake Park, IA along with my 4 dogs and 6 cats. I have lived most of my life on the east coast, however, after moving here at the beginning of 2014, I truly believe that this has been the best move I have ever made and plan to stay for a long time.
Jolene Laue – Patient Services Coordinator
I have always loved being around animals. So after graduating from Armstrong Ringsted High School, I attended and graduated from Iowa State University in 2014. Shortly after graduating, I decided to go back to school at Iowa Lakes Community College where I graduated from the Veterinary Technician program. From there I moved to Ogden, Iowa with my husband, Mitchell Laue, and worked as a technician in Ames. Shortly after, we both decided to move back closer to family and our animals. I started at Dickinson County Animal Clinic in November of 2017. My husband and I have 2 dogs named Shadow and Molly, a cat named Hope and a horse named Rein.
Jodi Lindsey – Patient Services Coordinator
I grew up on a farm in rural southern Minnesota. I have always loved animals. I graduated from Butterfield-Odin High School and then attended the Medical Institute of Minnesota in Minneapolis where I received my Veterinary Technician degree. I moved to Spirit Lake to do my internship and was hired at that time. I have been employed at the clinic for over 35 years. I still reside in Spirit Lake and have a dog named Lily.
Alison Fay McClintic – Registered Veterinary Technician
After working at Iowa Lakes Community College for several years, I returned to school to pursue a career in veterinary technology. In 2005 I graduated from Des Moines Area Community College's Veterinary Technology program and obtained state & national certification later that year. While living in Des Moines I worked at a small animal clinic for 2 years. My husband and I returned to northwest Iowa in 2006 to be closer to family and I began at DCAC. Animals have always been a presence in my life. I currently have 3 cats (Eddy, Blaze and Sally), and a basset-lab mix named Jack.
Lisa Rider – Kennel
I was born in Fort Dodge and spent my early childhood there until moving to Estherville. I still live there with my family and we have a chihuahua, and a cockatoo. I started working at DCAC in June 2014 as a Kennel Attendant. I love working with the animals every day and especially love the occasional opportunity to work with the exotics that come into the clinic.
Jackie Sangl – Bookkeeper
I was born and grew up in Spirit Lake. My husband Dave and I raised two children in Laurens, IA and spent 30 years in Omaha, NE. Before moving back to Iowa in 2014 and starting with Dickinson County Animal Clinic in 2018, I worked 30 plus years in the dental field including 17 years with an oral surgery group in Omaha. My greatest pleasure in life are my 3 beautiful granddaughters so we go back to Omaha as often as we can. I do like to golf but I'm not very good at it. I find cooking and baking comforting and I'm always trying new things.
Amanda Shirbroun – Registered Veterinary Technician
After deciding to make a career change, I returned to school and graduated from Des Moines Area Community College in 2015. Upon taking state and national testing I became a Registered Veterinary Technician and worked in Des Moines in a Small Animal Clinic and IVS Emergency Clinic. My husband, David, a cattle veterinarian with Spencer Ag Center, and I live on an acreage with a variety of critters. We have 3 cats; Swae, Holden and Kylo; Rupert the French Bulldog, Falkor our Beta fish, and a colorful array of tarantulas. When I’m not working, I love going for a run, reading and spending time outdoors, especially with David in Colorado.