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.


Dr. Catherine McMillan

I am proud to say that I was born and raised in South Eastern Iowa and am very excited to be part of the Animal Kingdom team! I graduated from William Woods University and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After starting out my veterinary career in Cincinnati, I eventually settled down in to the Iowa City Area. I am very passionate about low stress handling for all animals and especially interested in feline medicine and pain management.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with Last Hope Animal Rescue in Cedar Rapids, piano, collecting really old coins and any Hancher events! I serendipitously share my home with a old shih tzu Timmy, a lhasa/poodle Nala, a standard poodle Maribell and two cats Joey and Nyssa.


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. We’ve been blessed with two granddaughters, too. My family is owned by three cats named Fletcher, Jasper, 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 did not 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 Dougal), 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.


Dean Haller, RVT

I graduated from the Muscatine Community College Vet Tech program in 2016 and have been working as a registered veterinary technician since then. When I’m not working I like to spend my free time playing video games and spending time with my cats.


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 3 cats; Merlvin Alfred, Nermal Ophelia, and Petrie. 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 watching DIY videos on YouTube.

Elysia Stutzman, 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 Washington with my husband and cats, Lorelai and Prudence. 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 Riverside with my fiancé and son. We have four dogs; Spryo, Chloe, Kiba and Demon and 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, but currently residing in Cedar Rapids. I graduated from Kirkwood community college for veterinary assisting in 2019. I have 3 cats; Jazz, Susie, and Stormy. I also have one dog, Cisco. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching TV, and doing home décor.


Brandy Glandorf, Veterinary Assistant

I graduated from the Kirkwood Veterinary Assistant Program in 2019. I was born and raised in Williamsburg, Iowa, where I currently reside with my two cats (Conan + Nala). I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, and spending time with my family and friends.

Kaleigh Crandall, Veterinary Assistant

I grew up in Iowa City around cats and dogs, then moved into North Liberty when I was older. I graduated from Kirkwood in 2020 and received by Veterinary Assistant degree. Now I have two cats, a hamster, and several fish at home. I love to write, sing (badly), and play video games in my free time.

Katie Sacia, Veterinary Assistant

Currently, I’m in my last semester at Penn Foster to become a certified Veterinary Technician. I’m hoping to pass my boards and get registered by 2022. Working with exotics pets is a interest of mine and I’m excited to be working with Dr. Noel who specializes in that field. I enjoy crafting in my free times and working with my 2 horses. I also share a home with 2 pitties and 2 rats.