Our Veterinarians

Dr. Richmond Aarstad is a clinician in our emergency medicine service. He is sitting next to a yellow lab.
Richmond Aarstad
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Richmond Aarstad
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Before joining BluePearl, Dr. Aarstad worked in Arizona for several years as medical director of an emergency animal hospital and as a primary care veterinarian.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Mesa Veterinary Hospital, Mesa AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Aarstad enjoys spending time with his family and his dog, Lightning. His hobbies include hiking, camping, bird watching, hunting, fishing and working on his house.
Dr. Heather Acker is a clinician in our emergency medicine service. She is seated next to a large mixed breed dog.
Heather Acker
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Heather Acker
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
As an emergency clinician, Dr. Heather Acker loves being able to provide relief and care for people and their animals in a time of need and stress.
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Overland Park KS
  • Clinical Rotation, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
Dr. Acker enjoys being on the water, listening to music and traveling with her husband.
Dr. Brenna Barger is board certified in small animal surgery. Here she is with a black dog.
Brenna Barger
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Brenna Barger
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Small Animal Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Interested in all types of surgery, Dr. Brenna Barger’s particular interests include orthopedic surgery, particularly fractures, and emergency surgery for trauma patients.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Microbiology, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Some of Dr. Barger’s favorite pastimes include cycling, hiking, gardening, knitting and quilting. She has two Portuguese water dogs who love to hike and swim.
Dr. Sabrina Belshe is a clinician in our emergency medicine service. She is kneeling next to a large black dog.
Sabrina Belshe
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Sabrina Belshe
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sabrina Belshe enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center, Fairfax VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Belshe’s family includes Star, a Labrador mix, and horse Leona.
Dr. Jennifer Blouin is a clinician in our emergency medicine service. She is sitting next to a black dog wearing a blue bandana.
Jennifer Blouin
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jennifer Blouin
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jennifer Blouin is especially interested in initial stabilization of trauma patients.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Blouin likes traveling, family time and going to movies, concerts, museums and sporting events. She has two Labrador retrievers, Kiwi and Riley.
Dr. Ryan Bragg is board certified in emergency and critical care veterinarian medicine. Here he is with a tan and white dog.
Ryan Bragg
DVM, MS, DACVECC
Critical Care
Ryan Bragg
DVM, MS, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Ryan Bragg is especially interested in mechanical ventilation, arterial blood gas monitoring, derangements in pulmonary function and tissue oxygenation, acute abdominal disorders and the management of associated postoperative complications. He also is interested in enteral and parenteral nutrition, continuous renal replacement therapy, and coagulation abnormalities – particularly disorders of hemostasis in the critical patient.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Bragg shares a home with his wife and child, two poorly behaved mutts, Billie and Wallace, and Elvis, an even more poorly behaved cat. He enjoys movies, traveling, running and raising show lambs.
Dr. Brent Chance is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Brent Chance
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Brent Chance
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Some of Dr. Brent Chance's favorite conditions to treat are simple and bring quick relief to pets and their owners, like hypoglycemic puppies and fish hooks in the lip.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Pittsburg State University, Kansas
Dr. Chance is married and has four children. He enjoys four-wheeling, fishing and updating old houses. The family has two dogs, Rosie and Maggie, a cat named Cory Cordelia, and two cows, Jessie and Daisy.
Dr. Allison Duquaine is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Allison Duquaine
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Allison Duquaine
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Allison Duquaine particularly enjoys suturing lacerations and is gratified to see the faces of the owners when they see how much better their pets’ injuries look.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Kansas City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, University of North Texas, Denton
Dr. Duquaine enjoys gardening and spending time with her family and pets, Labrador Shelby and cats Beau and Reggie.
Dr. Heather Gill is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. Here she is with her black dog.
Heather Gill
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Heather Gill
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Heather Gill enjoys all aspects of internal medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Kansas City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, State University of New York at Geneseo
Dr. Gill has three children. When not driving them everywhere, she samples the guacamole and queso options in town. The family has two wild dogs, Wallace P. Jones and Lieutenant Dan, and a demanding cat, Elvis.
Dr. Shara Grauberger is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Shara Grauberger
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Shara Grauberger
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Grauberger enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Surgery, Indiana
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Mississippi State University
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Grauberger’s family includes Cooper, a treeing Walker coonhound, and Beau, a large Munsterlander. She enjoys fly fishing, especially when she hooks something other than herself or shrubbery.
Dr. Laura Hatton is board certified in veterinary cardiology. She is holding a small tan dog.
Laura Hatton
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Laura Hatton
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Laura Hatton is particularly interested in performing echocardiograms cardiac ultrasounds, and managing congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and congenital heart disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, Animal Medical Center, New York City NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic, Norwalk CT
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Arts, Wright State University, Dayton OH
Dr. Hatton spends her free time with her husband and family, which includes a pit bull terrier mix, a Chihuahua and two cats. She also enjoys cooking, playing the piano and traveling.
Dr. Heather Heeb is board certified in veterinary oncology. Here she is with a brown and white dog, and a tri-color corgi.
Heather Heeb
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Heather Heeb
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Heather Heeb enjoys all aspects of the oncology field.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Dr. Kristen Holcomb-Wallace is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Kristen Holcomb-Wallace
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kristen Holcomb-Wallace
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kristin Holcomb-Wallace enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Charlotte NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
When not nursing animals back to health, Dr. Wallace enjoys hiking, camping and horseback riding with her husband or snuggling with her two dogs, Gus and Junebug, and cat, Trot.
Dr. Julie Horton is a clinician in our emergency medicine service. She is with a large black and white dog who is trying to lick her face.
Julie Horton
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Julie Horton
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Julie Horton has worked in primary care, emergency medicine, and shelter medicine and management. She is particularly interested in infectious disease, specifically its prevention and containment. She is also interested in autoimmune diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Manhattan Veterinary Group, NY
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitt & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
Dr. Horton enjoys trail ultrarunning, yoga and time on the farm with her dad and his herd of Angus cattle. Dr. Horton has three pit bull mixes who are inseparable, Dylan, Gracie and Muffin, and two cats, Levi and Precious.
Dr. Amanda Liggett is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Here she is with a black and white dog.
Amanda Liggett
DVM
Intern
Dr. Amanda Liggett is a small animal medicine and surgery intern who is passionate about learning, mentoring and client communication. Her particular clinical interests include internal medicine and feline medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Some of Dr. Liggett’s favorite pastimes include outdoor time, reading, traveling, playing video games, and volunteering with her church. She has a cat named Augie.
Dr. Ralph Millard is board certified in small animal surgery. He is holding a cat on his lap.
Ralph Millard
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Ralph Millard
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Before joining us, Dr. Ralph Millard was a clinical assistant professor in small animal surgery at Purdue University. His specific interests include complex and open fractures and minimally invasive methods of fracture repair as well as other methods of minimally invasive surgery laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and arthroscopy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Master of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, Dallas TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Millard enjoys spending time with his family and pets, as well as hiking, canoeing, biking and traveling.
Dr. Heather Millard is board certified in small animal surgery. She is sitting with a golden retriever.
Heather Millard
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Heather Millard
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Prior to joining the BluePearl team, Dr. Millard spent six years as a surgery instructor and clinical assistant professor of small animal surgery at Kansas State University and Purdue University. Her interests include any soft tissue surgery, particularly reconstruction and oncologic, minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy, ureter stent placement and SUB placement re-routing from kidney to urinary bladder and general orthopedic procedures.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Surgery, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of IL, Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Dr. Millard’s husband is also a veterinary surgeon at BluePearl and together they keep busy with their twin boys, golden retriever Gracie Lyn, and cat Snickers. Her favorite activities include walking Gracie Lyn, hiking, fishing and biking. She’s also an avid traveler and enjoys scrapbooking.
Dr. Gary Modrcin is board certified in veterinary dentistry. He is with a large tan and white dog.
Gary Modrcin
DVM, DAVDC
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Gary Modrcin
DVM, DAVDC
Board Certified in Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Servicing Locations
Prior to joining us, Dr. Modrcin owned a general veterinary hospital for more than 20 years in Kansas City. He is a past president of the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association and Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Modrcin is a frequent speaker at national veterinary conferences, universities and local continuing education seminars.
  • Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
  • Residency, Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Overland Park KS
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kansas University, Lawrence
Dr. Modrcin may be found on his sailboat with his wife, daughter and dog. He is an avid bicyclist and enthusiastic Harley Davidson motorcyclist.
Dr. Todd Odle is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Todd Odle
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Todd Odle
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Odle enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, Overland Park KS
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
When not at the hospital, Dr. Odle enjoys the outdoor life.
Dr. Steve Riley is board certified in veterinary surgery. He is sitting with a yellow lab.
Steve Riley
DVM, DVSc, DACVS
Surgery
Steve Riley
DVM, DVSc, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Steve Riley specializes in orthopedic surgery and arthroscopy, with an emphasis on cruciate disease, hip surgery, and developmental diseases of the elbow and shoulder.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, University of Guelph Ontario’s Veterinary College, Canada
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Riley can be found spending time with his yellow Labrador retriever, flying aerobatic aircraft, and water-skiing.
Dr. Molly Ross is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Here she is with a brown, black and white dog.
Molly Ross
DVM
Intern
Dr. Molly Ross is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Her clinical interests include cardiovascular disease management and nutrition.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA
Dr. Ross is a huge University of Virginia basketball fan. She also likes paddle boarding and hiking with her dog Harper.
Dr. Connie Schulte is a veterinary rehabilitation practitioner. She is with a medium size black and gray dog.
Connie Schulte
DPT, CCRP
Rehabilitation
Connie Schulte
DPT, CCRP
Rehabilitation
Servicing Locations
Dr. Connie Schulte started in human healthcare and spent the first 16 years of her career treating people. In addition to her canine rehabilitation certification, she is also certified in canine massage.
  • Certification in Canine Rehabilitation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Creighton University, Omaha NE
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Dr. Schulte spends much of her free time training her three dogs to compete in conformation, obedience, agility, rally and tracking. She also enjoys relaxing at the lake with her family.
Dr. Kayla Viebrock is board certified in small animal internal medicine. She is holding a dachshund in her arms.
Kayla Viebrock
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Kayla Viebrock
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kayla Viebrock enjoys all aspects of internal medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicined, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Kansas City
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Kansas City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Miami Veterinary Specialists, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Viebrock enjoys time with her husband and sons. The family has two dogs, beagle Madison and dachshund Sven.
Dr. David Weinstein is board certified in veterinary neurology. He is with a large, fluffy tan dog.
David Weinstein
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology
David Weinstein
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. David Weinstein enjoys all aspects of neurology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Kansas City MO
  • Internship, Neurology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Atlanta GA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Animal Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Weinstein enjoys spending time with his wife and golden doodle. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys playing tennis and golf.
Dr. Dana White is a veterinarian in our surgery service. Here she is with a brown dog.
Dana White
DVM, MS
Surgery
Dana White
DVM, MS
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Dana White’s clinical interests include upper airway surgery, intervertebral disc disease and cranial cruciate ligament repair.
  • Master of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
Dr. White enjoys kayaking and baking. She and her husband live with a multitude of dogs.