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 a German Shepard mix named Riley and 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.

Sam Kacena, RVT

I graduated from the Kirkwood Vet tech program in 2011. I currently live in Cedar Rapids with my two dogs (Nick and Maggie), 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. 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.

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 Coralville with my 2 cats; Merlin 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 2010. My free time is spent doing a vast amount of activities but mostly I enjoy traveling back to Sioux City, being with my friends and family, and educating myself on natural oils and 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 am an Iowa native raised in the Iowa City area. I recently graduated from the Kirkwood Veterinary assistant program. I have 3 cats; Mia, Grace and Lorelai. My free time is spent in a variety of ways including watching sports, shopping and cuddling my cats.

Elise Mcburny, Veterinary Assistant

I am from Iowa City, where I currently live with my partner and our two rescues, a cat, Kit, and a chinchilla, Pablo Sanchez. I am finishing up my last year in the Kirkwood Veterinary Technician program, and I will take my boards this upcoming spring. When not working, at school, or studying, I enjoy hiking, playing soccer, reading, and watching my chinchilla take his dust baths.