Veterinarians


Dr. Wayne J. Ahern, DVM

I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1982 and have been gaining experience in general practice since then.

My wife, Shelley, and I have two grown children, Rachel and Ethan. We enjoy boating, biking, and outdoor activities. My areas of interest include surgery, internal medicine, and dermatology. I believe in keeping current through continuing education and take in several meetings, seminars, and online classes throughout the year.

At Animal Kingdom, we strive to provide careful, conscientious diagnosis and treatment to our patients and seek to establish personal, ongoing relationships with the people that care for them.


Dr. Ana Falk, DVM

I graduated from Veterinary School in Ecuador in 2000. While going to Veterinary School, I also attended a 3-year course in homeopathy. After moving to the United States, I spent 7 months at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Tennessee. I then received my full certification in the US and my Iowa Veterinary License. I am a certified veterinary acupuncturist from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and have been practicing acupuncture in addition to traditional medicine since 2006. My areas of interest include Internal Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Sports medicine and Canine Fitness. I love working with pets and helping them stay happy and healthy.


Dr. Susan Oliver, DVM

I graduated from the University Of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. I love being a veterinarian and working with families to help keep their pets healthy and happy. I enjoy dentistry, internal medicine, behavior, and dermatology. I have a passion for learning and enjoy attending continuing education courses. My husband Bill and I have a son. David wants to be a Jedi or an archaeologist, like his dad, when he grows up.


Dr. Rebecca Noel, DVM

I graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and have been in general practice since then. My areas of interest include exotic companion medicine, feline medicine, and behavior. I love going to continuing education courses/lectures to keep up with the latest information available. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, spending time with family and watching Game of Thrones.


Support Staff




Jennifer Smith, Office Manager/Receptionist

My family and I moved into the area 15 years ago, after having lived in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. My husband, Tom, and I have two daughters, Rachel and Maggie. My family is owned by two cats named Fletcher and Junie. Over the last 25 years, I have worked in a variety of positions at veterinary clinic in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Iowa. When I am not at work, I enjoy reading, gardening and shopping.


In Memory of Romeo, 2005-2019.

Romeo joined our staff back in May of 2012. He lived a life of luxury and surrounded by women. He enjoyed sleeping, more sleeping, eating wet food, and being grouchy. He spent most of his time being a great desk ornament, but doesn’t mind a ear scratch or two.


Sam Kacena, Head RVT

I graduated from the Kirkwood Vet tech program in 2011. I currently live in Cedar Rapids with my two dogs (Nick and Magnus), two cats (Seamus and Siobhan), and I also have a horse named Muffin Man. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and going to indoor soccer and hockey games.


Kayla Slykhuis, RVT

I moved to Iowa with my family from Las Vegas five years ago. I have two dogs of my own a Shih Tzu mix named Jon Snow and a Maltese mix named Cookie; and 2 cats, Arya and Willy. I am currently a student at Kirkwood and on my way to becoming a registered veterinary technician. When I am not working, I enjoy reading, my strong TV addiction, and spending time with my little monsters.


Rebecca Curtis, RVT

I am an Iowa farm girl who grew up on a small family farm near Homestead. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with my Animal Science degree and from Kirkwood in 2015 with my Veterinary Technician degree. I now live near Keota with my husband and our German Short hair Pointer, Penny. In my free time I love to read, being outside riding 4-wheelers, fishing, hunting, and gardening.


Sarah Smith, Veterinary Assistant

I have lived in a variety of cities and towns all over Iowa since birth, but currently I have made home base in Tiffin with my 2 cats; Merlvin Alfred and Nermal Ophelia. I made the move to Eastern Iowa back in the summer of 2014 from Sioux City, Iowa. It was there that I received my Veterinary Assistant diploma at Western Iowa Tech Community College in 2013. My free time is spent doing a vast amount of activities but mostly I enjoy traveling back to Sioux City, playing video games, reading, and educating myself on natural oils/products for the mind and body.


Kristen Miller, Veterinary Assistant

I’m originally from northern Texas but have lived in the Iowa City area since 1999. My boyfriend and I live in North Liberty with our cat, Iko; our two dogs, Gizmo and Hawkeye; and our tarantula, Rosetta. I like to spend my free time reading, going to concerts, painting, and being with friends and family.


Elysia Stastny, Veterinary Assistant

I graduated from the Kirkwood Veterinary Assistant program in 2018 after studying at Iowa State for 2 years. I am an Iowa Native and Recently moved to the Tiffin area with my boyfriend and cat, Lorelai. My friends and family know me as the crazy cat lady. My free time is spent with family and friends, shopping and watching sports.


Hannah Yoo, Veterinary Assistant

I recently graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at Kirkwood. I am from West Branch but currently live in Iowa City with my partner and son. We have three dogs, Spryo, Chloe and Demon; two cats, Bella and Freyha. I like to spend time with my family, watching my favorite TV shows and petting corgis.


Branda Holladay, Veterinary Assistant

I grew up in Shellsburg, IA then moved with my boyfriend to Hiawatha. I recently graduated from Kirkwood community college for veterinary assisting. I have 5 cats; Jazz, Misty, Susie, Evee, Stormy. I also have one dog, Cisco. In my free time, I enjoy hanging with family and friends, watching TV, and doing home decor.