Our Staff

Ashley, RVT

Ashley, RVT

Veterinary Technician

My name is Ashley and I’m a certified veterinary technician. I graduate with my associates in veterinary technology in 2016. I’m currently finishing coursework at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for pre-veterinary medicine. In my free time, i love to travel and spend time with my family. The picture shown, is of me working in shelter and tropical medicine when I studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand in January of 2019.
Misty, RVT

Misty, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Misty joined the Colonial Terrace team in 2008 after attending tech school at Kirkwood and taking her state and national board certification examinations. Her professional interests include dentistry and Fear Free patient handling techniques. She and her husband, Chris, manage a varied pack of dogs and cats: Cheech, Angus, Stewie, Cricket, and a new kitten rescue named Nina!
Katie D., RVT

Katie D., RVT

Veterinary Technician

Katie has been working as a registered veterinary technician since graduating from Kirkwood in 2013. She has worked in both mixed animal and small animal practices. Her special areas of interest include dentistry, client education, and exotic pets. Her husband, Austin, helps with wrangling their 1-year-old son and canine buddy, Sheldon!
Brenda

Brenda

Patient Coordinator

After attending tech school in Florida, she worked at a large general practice until 1997 when she shifted to a specialty practice and did a lot with radiology, ultrasound, and chemotherapy. After a short stint working for a major pet food manufacturer, she moved back to Wisconsin in 2000 to be closer to family in her home state. She joined the Colonial Terrace family in 2002! Her special interests include pet nutrition, diagnostic imaging, and feline medicine. She also enjoys working with exotic animals. She is married to Kevin, and has two kids!
LaVonne

LaVonne

Customer Service Representative

Education: AA in Human Services

How long have you worked here: April of 2005

Why did you choose to work in the veterinary industry?

I grew up with cats and dogs all my life. Animals have a way of providing comfort and unconditional love that helps people through the good times and the bad times. I am proud to be part of a clinic that provides gentle and loving care to our patients (who become a part of “our” family as well)

Tell us about your animals:

Gizmo – is a 12-year-old Flame Point Siamese who was adopted from a farm as a 6-week old kitten, who has grown into a longer/taller cat than most.

Cosmo- is a 12-year-old Ragdoll. I believe he has OCD, he is fun to watch chasing his shadow on the bed, stalks the other cats, and has a fetish for chewing on plastic of any sort.

Tabby – is about 8 years old. He showed up in the backyard all skin and bones. It took several months before he would let us pet him when he ate. Long story short, he is now strictly indoors and demands attention!

Fun facts:

I love destination “unknown” adventures – taking off in the car and traveling on new roads just to see what sights I can find.

My kids and grandchildren mean the world to me. I have been known to travel 3 hours for a 30-second race by one of my grandkids!

Maria, RVT

Maria, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Education:  

  • Veterinary Assistant – Diploma
  • Veterinary Technician

How long have you worked here at this clinic? 1.5 years

Why did you choose to work in the veterinary industry?

I have always been interested in healthcare/medicine and started out on the human side of things.  It wasn’t until I became a volunteer at an animal shelter and started fostering that I realized I wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals as well.  The veterinary profession allows me the chance to be in both worlds, human, and animals!

Tell us about your animals:  Bella and Kong are both Pomeranian mixes, Mya is a Pomeranian and Miley and Iana are shepherd/ basset mixes.  Included in the household are cats, rabbits, chinchillas, a hedgehog, goats, pigs and a fish named Shirley

Shelby

Shelby

Veterinary Assistant Technician

How long have you been with CTAH?

I have been with the clinic since June of 2011

Tell us about yourself!

I grew up on a farm with many types of animals. Working here allows me to continue doing something I love to do. I have two cute sons who are two years apart. My favorite pastime is spending time with my family.

Robin

Robin

Veterinarian Assistant

I have always loved animals since I was a little girl. I worked part-time in high school at the clinic and was then offered a full-time position. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.

I have a Chihuahua named Charlotte, two Yorkies named Suzie and Molly, and a cat Peppermint.

I enjoy spending time with my family and two sons, and I like to travel whenever I can.

Jackie

Jackie

Boarding Supervisor, Kennel Attendant, and Assistant Technician

Education: I am currently going to Loras College and planning on graduating in 2019

How long have you been at CTAH?

I started in November of 2014

I have a passion and love for animals ever since I can remember. I can’t imagine doing anything else, I plan on them being an important part of my future,
Apollo is an adult Golden Retriever and one very good boy!

Fun fact:

Halloween is my favorite time of year

Laura Ellerbach, RVT

Laura Ellerbach, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Laura graduated from the Muscatine Community College Veterinary Technician program in 2012. Shortly after graduating she started working at Colonial Terrace Animal Hospital. Since then she moved to Wisconsin where she worked at a clinic in Madison, WI and then at a clinic in Brodhead, WI. She moved back to the Dubuque area in December of 2017 and is now back at Colonial Terrace. Her areas of interest are Dentistry and Nutrition. Laura has two dogs; a Rat Terrier named Tucker and an Italian Greyhound named Ryder. She also has a pygmy goat named Maebh.
Jan

Jan

Office Assistant

Education:

High School

How long have you worked at CTAH?

I have worked here a number of years

Why do you love the veterinary field?

I love animals and have never gone to any other vet office with my own pets. I love it here and was excited when Dr. McCleary offered me the job.

Pets:

Noodles is an Aussiedoodle who is extremely lovable and thinks everyone who comes to the house is there to see her. S’mores is her puppy and is just like her mom but a little crazier.

Tell us about yourself:

I have had many jobs throughout my life, but this is one of my very favorites! I have a son and a daughter who both live in Dubuque, nine grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, who are the love of my life – along with Jesus!

Martha

Martha

Kennel Maintenance

I am currently attending Loras College for psychology. I plan on being a clinical psychologist in the future, so I will definitely be continuing my education. I started working at Colonial because I love animals, especially dogs. My family has had dogs ever since I was born. I have a Shih Tzu/Bichon puppy named Penelope.
Miranda

Miranda

Customer Service Representative

I joined Colonial Terrace in 2016 and in 2018 I left for a year. In the spring of 2019 I came back to join the team again.

Why do I like this field? Animals make sense to me! I have two dogs. Milo is a very happy Aussie with a bunch of energy and Letti, a very lazy Rottweiler/Boxer that loves everyone.

My Husband and I built our house (a shop home) in 2017 and got married in 2018!

Sarah

Sarah

Customer Service Representative

Education: Bachelor’s Animal Science from Iowa State University

I am currently working towards becoming a certified technician through Penn Foster. I started in September of 2019. I like problem solving so this field is perfect for me.

Pets: I currently don’t have any pets of my own. However, I have some awesome pups who belong to family members who I get to enjoy.

Special Interests: I like to go hiking, camping, kayaking, as well as binge watch Harry Potter and The Office.

Alexis

Alexis

Kennel Maintenance

I am currently a student working online at Ashworth College studying to become a veterinarian technician. Since starting here I realized how much I enjoy working and helping animals. I have a German Shepherd named “Cooper.” My favorite time of year is Fall and Halloween is my favorite holiday!
Rachel

Rachel

Assistant Technician

Education: Animal Behavior College veterinary assistant program

I started at Colonial Terrace in July 2018. I am interested in this field because I’ve always had a love for animals ever since growing up on a farm as a little girl. Being able to care for them on a daily basis is very fulfilling. 

Pets I have at home are Pumpkin, my orange long hair cat, and Sadie, a hound mix – both of my pets are adopted from shelters.

Outside of work, I enjoy anything outdoors including gardening, fishing, hiking.

Emily

Emily

Kennel Maintenance

My name is Emily. I am currently studying psychology at the University of Dubuque. I started at Colonial Terrace in March of 2019. I love working with animals and find it very rewarding. I personally love working with big dogs. 

I have an amazing golden retriever; his name is Bentley.

Ceondra, RVT

Ceondra, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Education:
AAS Degree 2017- NICC
Graduated Large and Small Animal Veterinary Technician Program 2019- NICC

I did an internship with CTAH in the spring of 2019 and felt so at home with the clinic and the people here that I was thrilled to accept an invite to come back and join the CTAH team!

I’ve known that the animal health field was my calling pretty much my entire life. I was a dog walker at a young age, my very first job was as a kennel attendant. Now I’ve become a Registered Veterinary Technician and I’m studying to attend Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

I have a special place in my heart for cats, so naturally at home I have 3 very spoiled kitties. I have two Siamese boys named Koda and Kenai and a long haired little girl named Kenna.

Hobbies: Painting, making pottery, camping, swimming, and spending hot summer days on the river or a beach somewhere!

Mikala

Mikala

Assistant Technician

After high school I attended Calmar Northeast Iowa Community College for two years. The first year I was in the veterinarian technician program and the second year I elected to do the assistant technician program and graduated.
There was a job opening for an assistant when I finished school and I was offered a job allowing me to returned to Colonial Terrace Animal Hospital in the summer on 2019.

I love working in this field, it is perfect for me. I have a passion for learning and being around animals. It’s always a joy seeing animals and their different personality. They are so different from people. I have learned so much from my chocolate Lab named Duke. He turned a year old in 2019.

Now for some group photos!

Assistant Technicians – Shelby, Robin, and Miranda!

Receptionists – LaVonne, Abbie, and Maggie!

Katie Receptionist, Tristin Kennel Maintenance, and Maria Assistant Technician.

Learn more about our amazing team!

Sue has been with Colonial Terrace for over 30 years, and has served in many roles. She has been the practice manager for 18 years. Sue has two active spaniels, Poppy and Remi, that are her faithful companions. She enjoys canine obedience, agility, and rally competitions with them. Sue has also enjoyed teaching puppy kindergarten for the past 20 years, where she uses positive reinforcement to help bring out the best in puppies. In her free time she enjoys quilting, gardening, and spending time with her many grandsons and one granddaughter.
Robin has been at Colonial Terrace since 1989 as a Veterinary Assistant. (she was only 14 years old at the time!) Over the years she has had many pets obtained through working at the clinic. Her current pets include 3 dogs, Mojo, Suzie, and Charlotte, and 3 cats, Little Bear, Dutchee, and Peppermint. She has had the honor of caring for many families generations of pets through in her time here. She is active with her family in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and is a paraprofessional at her church. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends.
Brenda has been with us since 2002 as a Veterinary Technician. She is currently our Hospital Patient Care Coordinator and Feline Advocate. She and her husband have a small family farm in Wisconsin, with their two children, Nicholas and Eleanor. In her free time, she enjoys cheering them on in basketball, softball, and Special Olympics Track, along with reading and gardening. Her furry family includes 2 dogs (Marinka and Ruby), 3 cats (Joeypie, Flower, and Tulip), 3 rabbits (Clover & Co.), and a pet beef cow (Fanny).
LaVonne has been a receptionst here since 2005, and is also one of our Feline Advocates. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three handsome grandsons, and her three handsome cats, Cosmo, Gizmo, and Tabby. She is passionate about helping animals find forever homes, and is licensed to transport pets from rescues to foster and/or forever homes. In her free time, she enjoys long country drives and making dog bows.
Misty has been at Colonial Terrace since 2009 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She and her husband are proud pet parents of two dogs, Cheech the Pug, and Angus, the English Shepard mix, and three cats, Stewie, Evelyn, and Cricket. She graduated from Kirkwood Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2007. In her free time, she enjoys reading, music, and watching the Green Bay Packers.
Theresa has been with us since 2009 as a receptionist. She and her husband of 38 years enjoy spending time with their large family, including their grandchild, Addyson, and their dog, an adorable mixed breed named Casey. In her free time, she enjoys crafting seasonal wreaths and swags, summer flower planting, and taking walks.
Katie has been with Colonial Terrace since 2011, and fills multiple roles, both as a veterinary technician and a receptionist. She also has a talent for design and event planning and has been responsible for our clinic decor and in charge of our annual Halloween Open House. She has her “princess,” Jemma (Toy Yorkie), and feisty Corgi Mix named Gus, two cats, Tinker and Hommer, and many horses. She graduated from Muscatine Community College with her Veterinary Technical Degree. In addition to riding and training horses, she enjoys hanging out with family, friends, and her pets in her free time.
Shelby has been with us since 2011 as both a veterinary assistant and receptionist. She has a Schipperke named Tank, and Buddy, a Border Collie at her family farm. In her free time she enjoys helping out her family with farm work and their multitude of animals.
Tristan has been at Colonial Terrace as a kennel attendant since early 2014. He has a Golden Retriever named Kulu, and two cats, Nila and Patchie. In his free time, he enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing.
Maggie has been with us since 2015. She graduated from NICC with her associates in business in 2014. She has a dachshund named Coozie and loves spending her free time with her family, young daughter and being outdoors.
Jan has been with us since 2014 as a medical record keeper. She has a young Aussiedoodle puppy that has stolen her heart, named Noodles. She enjoys reading, baking, Bible Studies, Gift basket creating, and sharing her pool with friends and family during the summer.