Our Veterinarians

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Christine Adams
DVM, MS, DACVECC
Critical Care
Christine Adams
DVM, MS, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, Eastern Iowa Specialty Center, Cedar Rapids
  • Internship, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
Dr. Alexandria Baltes is a clinician in our emergency medicine training program.
Alexandria Baltes
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Alexandria Baltes
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alexandria Baltes enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine, especially the variety of cases she sees. She is committed to providing excellent care, and her favorite part of the job is getting patients well and back home to their families.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Iowa State University, Ames
Married with two cats and an assortment of reptiles, Dr. Baltes enjoys weight lifting, cooking, and attending Minnesota Vikings games.
Dr. Julie Burroughs is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Julie Burroughs
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Julie Burroughs
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Gwyneth Culp is a clinician in our surgery service.
Gwyneth Culp
DVM, DVSc, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Gwyneth Culp
DVM, DVSc, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Gwyneth Culp is skilled in all aspects of surgery, to include total hip replacement. Her particular clinical interests include emergency surgeries, fracture repairs and gastrointestinal surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Doctor of Veterinary Science, University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery and Neurology, Veterinary Surgical Center, Vienna VA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Iowa Veterinary Referral Center, Des Moines
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg FL
Dr. Culp and her husband have one daughter and a high-energy, flat-coated retriever. She enjoys outside adventures, camping and traveling, both within the US and abroad.
Dr. ROxanne Jacobson is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Roxanne Jacobson
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Roxanne Jacobson
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Roxanne Jacobson particularly enjoys being presented a difficult case, running a diagnostic workup and coming up with a solution to the problem.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Arts, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN
Dr. Jacobson loves being a wife and mother to three sons. She volunteers her veterinary skills at the Blank Park Zoo and Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Some of her favorite pastimes include stained glass, crotchet, wood working, quilting, painting and ceramics. The family has a black Labrador named Amos and several fish in an outdoor pond.
Dr. Cory Janssen is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Cory Janssen
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Cory Janssen
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cory Janssen worked in general practice for two years before joining our team as an emergency clinician where he enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Iowa State University, Ames
Some of Dr. Janssen’s favorite pastimes include city league kickball, biking and attending Iowa State sporting events. His furry sidekick is lab mix Zeke.
Dr. Macenzie Johnson is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Macenzie Johnson
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Macenzie Johnson
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Macenzie Johnson is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She particularly likes treating trauma and toxicity cases, but seeing her patients go home to their families is the most rewarding. Prior to joining BluePearl, Dr. Johnson led courses for pre-veterinary students through a non-profit rainforest conservancy in Costa Rica.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames
Dr. Johnson enjoys traveling, hosting game nights, listening to music, exploring the city and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Caleb Kimnitz is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Caleb Kemnitz
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Caleb Kemnitz
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Caleb Kemnitz is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. He has been working in the veterinary industry for over eight years, and he finds thoracentesis the most gratifying to perform.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Dr. Kemnitz enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and spending time with his two dogs, an Australian shepherd and yellow Labrador.
Dr. Paul Kuhfus is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Paula Kuhfus
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Paula Kuhfus
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Paula Kuhfus has been practicing veterinary medicine for 30 years. Before she joined our BluePearl team, she owned her own clinic for over 20 years where she specialized in preventative medicine, surgery and dentistry. Since becoming a part of our emergency medicine service, Dr. Kuhfus especially enjoys the diagnostic aspect of veterinary emergency care and formulating treatment plans that are best for her patients.

It is gratifying to her to work with dedicated owners that strive to improve and lengthen the lives of their elderly cats and dogs. Some of the cases that most intrigue Dr. Kuhfus are diabetic ketoacidosis, pancreatitis and other metabolic disorders because she finds that emergency care goes alongside the primary care veterinarian to help manage these cases by adding years to the patient's life and life to their years.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Iowa State University, Ames
Dr. Kuhfus lives on 11 acres and takes joy in gardening in the summer. She and her husband are empty nesters except for their shih tzu who runs their home and a lovely cat who lets them wait on him. Her current hobbies are reading and playing chess.
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Melissa Lind
DVM, MS
Emergency Medicine
Melissa Lind
DVM, MS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Some of Dr. Melissa Lind’s favorite emergencies to treat are feline urethral obstructions and trauma cases, but she admits to finding any case rewarding when the patient starts to feel better.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Center, Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology & Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames
Dr. Lind enjoys running, reading, hiking, camping, gardening and listening to music. Her pets include corgi/shepherd mix Gabby, cats Water and Cricket and quarter horse gelding Tippy.
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Steven Reimer
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Steven Reimer
DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Samantha Schipull is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Samantha Schipull
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Samantha Schipull
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Samantha Schipull loves the challenge and diversity of cases she sees in emergency medicine. She particularly likes treating trauma and toxicity cases and immune-mediated disorders.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Bachelor of Science, Genetics, Iowa State University, Ames
Dr. Schipull enjoys watching Iowa State football and basketball teams, and she likes doing hot yoga. She is married with two boys and two family pets: black lab Bear and cat Oscar.
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Emily Slight
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Emily Slight
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Emily Slight finds it gratifying to stabilize critical cases, whether from severe illness or injury, and reuniting those patients with their families. Other clinical interests include management of hypotension and sepsis patients.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
Married with two children, Dr. Slight enjoys crochet, reading, baking and biking with her family.
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Chad Spah
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Chad Spah
DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Chad Spah enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery.
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Carolyn Stafford
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Carolyn Stafford
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Carolyn Stafford particularly enjoys treating trauma cases and managing critical patients.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Iowa State University, Ames
Dr. Stafford is married and has two daughters. Her favorite pastimes include cooking, reading, running, and singing and volunteering at her church.
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Elizabeth Streeter
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Elizabeth Streeter
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elizabeth Streeter was a faculty member at Iowa State for four years. Her research interests – head trauma, point of care testing, and injury severity scores – have resulted in a number of published articles and book chapters and requests for presentations around the world. She particularly enjoys treating trauma and cardiac cases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Mesa Veterinary Hospital, Phoenix AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology/Pre-Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City
Dr. Streeter enjoys crafting, traveling and running and is working toward a goal of running a half marathon in each of the 50 states. She has eight rescued animals, six dogs and two cats.
Dr. Heather Vaske is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. She is holding a cat in her arms.
Heather Vaske
DVM, MS, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Heather Vaske
DVM, MS, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Heather Vaske's special interests include non-invasive diagnostic procedures including ultrasound, and endoscopy as well as treating complicated endocrine disorders.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, Norwalk CT
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Arizona State University, Tempe
Dr. Vaske likes spending time with her husband, two kids and the family cat. The family loves traveling and spending time outdoors.
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Stanley Wagner
DVM, MS
Surgery
Stanley Wagner
DVM, MS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stanley Wagner enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery.
  • Residency, Veterinary Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN

Technicians (VTS)

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Stephanie Parks
RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Anesthesiology & Pain Management
Stephanie Parks
RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Anesthesiology & Pain Management
Servicing Locations
Stephanie is passionate about anesthesia and loves the challenges and diversity of cases she gets to see. She particularly enjoys nursing patients with advanced systemic disease and those in emergency situations.