Dr. Melissa Harrer
Dr. Melissa Harrer graduated from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Her philosophy on veterinary medicine is to provide high-quality care, thorough examination, and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially dermatology, internal medicine and surgery; with a special interest in stem cell therapy and laser surgery. Melissa was raised in Larchwood, a small town in northwest Iowa, where she spent a lot of time on her grandfather's farm. Melissa had the opportunity to interact with many kinds of animals and decided at a young age to become a veterinarian. Melissa and her husband Shane, keep busy outside of work spending time with their young children, Isaac and Amelia, 2 cats, Chase and Blaze, and their Doberman Tigger. When the Harrer family has free time they enjoy hiking, biking, golfing and spending time in the great outdoors. Dr. Harrer is an active board member for both the Salvation Army in Council Bluffs and Iowa Western Community College's Veterinary Technology Program, is an active member of Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, and assists with Midlands Humane Society when she can.
Dr. Kristen Westergaard-Bladt
Dr. Kristen Westergaard-Bladt was raised in a small town in Western Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing for a year in Central Illinois, she moved back to Southwest Iowa with her husband, Mike, and their dog, an English Setter named Sage. Kristen’s passion is to connect with people in the community and to provide progressive and high-quality medicine for their pets. Her interests in the veterinary field include internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, and cardiac ultrasonography. Kristen enjoys an active lifestyle including early morning running and fitness classes at the YMCA, biking, swimming, and hiking. She is an active member of St. Patrick’s Church in Neola, the Junior League of Omaha, and the Rotary Club of Council Bluffs.
Dr. Cary Wolter
Dr. Cary Wolter was born and raised in southwest Iowa. As a child, she rode horses and took care of all the pets on her family's small acreage. After receiving her Bachelor of Science from Creighton University, she worked in various veterinary related positions until deciding to go back to school. Dr. Cary graduated from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. After working in a mixed animal veterinary position in Ohio, Dr. Cary was offered a position with Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, and she jumped at the opportunity to move home. Dr. Cary enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, especially dentistry, dermatology, nutrition counseling, and general preventative care. Dr. Cary currently has 3 pets: Brady, a 20 plus year-old quarter horse/morgan cross gelding, Brinley, a pit bull terrier, and Toes, a domestic short hair cat.
Dr. Donna Mertz
Dr. Donna Mertz was raised in Northwest Iowa on the family farm. She graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced large animal medicine in Wisconsin for 13 years. For the last three years she has been practicing in Blair, Nebraska. Since, moving to Blair, Donna has transitioned from large animal medicine to small animal medicine. Donna has a special interest in surgery and veterinary spinal manipulation therapy or chiropractic care along with meeting and caring for your furry pets. Donna is married to her husband Keith and they have two young daughters named Casey and Haley. When the Mertz family has free time Keith enjoys training and riding quarter horses, while, Donna enjoys showing and raising Ayrshire Cattle. The Mertz family also includes two dogs and three cats. The two dogs are named Scout and Chip. Scout is a red Australian Cattle dog and Chip is an Australian Shephard. The three cats are named Spot, Abby and Reagan.