Dickinson County Animal Clinic Staff

Reid Den Herder, DVM

Reid Den Herder – Chief of Staff,
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Owner

I grew up nearby in Sioux Center, Iowa, but I consider the Iowa great lakes my home!  I went to undergrad at Central College where I met the love of my life, Rhiannon, and developed a passion for travel.  A bachelor’s degree in political science and economics led me to work for a non-profit professional trade association and lobby group in Des Moines for several years.

During that time I fell deeply in love with a beagle puppy named Belle who had ALL OF THE PROBLEMS! She was a genetic disaster that caused me to become very acquainted with my veterinarian. That ignited a deep curiosity and passion for veterinary medicine.  As I become jaded working with Iowa politics and the lobbying world, it was clear a career change was needed. After significant soul-searching and career exploration, I decided to pursue veterinary medicine. In 2009 I began working for Eastown Animal Clinic as a veterinary assistant and took classes at DMACC in Des Moines and ISU to prepare for veterinary school.  In 2015 I graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and moved to Spirit Lake where I have been practicing small animal medicine since! Professionally, I have a passion for preventative medicine and surgery. Personally, my interests surround my family, my faith and the lake! My amazing wife Rhiannon is a pharmacist for Walmart in Spirit Lake.  We have 3 girls in Spirit Lake Elementary School that we chase around to dance practice, soccer, and swim team. We are all active with our church family at Good News Community Church in Okoboji.

We have a crazy Goldendoodle named “Doodles” and a 3-legged Border Collie name “Bootsie” that keep us entertained! I feel very blessed to work with so many awesome clients in the Iowa Great Lakes area! My family and I love everything our community has to offer and look forward to a long career getting to know all of you and your fur babies better!

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Maria Sjodin – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

My parents always said I wanted to be a veterinarian before I knew what a veterinarian really was. Growing up Northeast Suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota, my love of animals stemmed from having German Shorthair Pointers that were both our pets and hunting companions. My parents also ignited my passion for animals by bringing me to zoos across the nation during our family vacations. It was during these trips that my love for all animals grew deeper.I attended Iowa State University majoring in Animal Science for my undergraduate degree in 2007. I learned so much about animal agriculture that my interests shifted from exotic animal medicine to food animal medicine prior to being accepted to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.

In 2015 I graduated from veterinary school, and decided to take a few months off to travel. Once rejuvenated by some time off, I accepted a mixed animal  veterinarian position in a rural Northwest, Minnesota. After about a year and a half I transitioned to being a small animal practitioner, where my passion for surgery and endocrinology started to shine.

When I am not working I love to upland bird hunt, go canoeing and camping, and swim. I have also been a foster home since 2012 for Great Plains Pointer Rescue. I have one rescue cat named Vanessa who is my "foster trainer". In 2021, I welcomed a Bracco Italiano puppy into my life, named Homer.

In Spring of 2021, I was looking for a slight career change, when a classmate proposed an offer to come work with him at his practice. I couldn't pass it up! I am excited to be living in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. I am looking forward to  getting to know the area, people and becoming active in the community.

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Ross Dirks – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

My interest in animals started very young. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with animals. As a youngster I was fortunate to live in the country on a small farm and had supportive parents. I raised chickens, sheep, ducks and rabbits as 4-H projects. I made “pets” from all sorts of wild critters; snakes, turtles, squirrels, baby birds, and many others. Many of these were borrowed from the wild for a short time and released. I got my first hunting dog at age 14, a german shorthair mix, and began my love of bird hunting over pointing dogs. I headed to Iowa State University in 1980 and in 1984 received a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and at the same time was accepted into the Veterinary program. My interest in falconry began while attending ISU and fastly developed into a lifelong passion. I also met my other love, the woman who was to become my wife, Terry. In veterinary school I expanded my interest in exotic animals and spent time at three zoos. I took a year off in 1986 to work on a study involving birds of prey in the RioGrande valley of Texas. On graduation, I had a family (son-Michael) and we moved to Oregon where I worked in a large small animal practice. One year later we moved back to Iowa where I worked in a predominately large animal practice in La Porte City for one and a half years. From there we moved to Davenport where I practiced at a very nice small animal clinic. While there I worked for two small zoos and several private bird collectors. I became involved in raising parrot type birds and doves. My interest expanded to reptiles and I was able to breed a number of snakes and lizards. I was also very involved in falconry and hunting dogs. Eventually having all that to take care of became overwhelming and I eventually sold out of my aviary birds. In 1999 the opportunity to purchase a practice in northwest Iowa came up. Wanting to move my family from the urban problems in Davenport and lured by the excellent falconry up here we purchased the practice in March 1999.  In 2018 I sold ownership of Dickinson County Animal Clinic to Dr. Den Herder and continue practicing part time while spending more time pursuing my passion of falconry and travel.
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Amanda Shirbroun – Practice Manager/Registered Veterinary Technician

Originally from North Dakota, I have claimed Iowa as home since 2003.  I’ve worked at DCAC since 2016 and prior to that worked in the Des Moines area in Emergency Vet care as well as a small animal clinic.  As a Registered Veterinary Technician I love getting to help our patients to be happy, healthy and enjoy nothing more than seeing their tails wagging or hearing that happy purr.   My Husband David and I live on an acreage that we share with our 3 indoor cats, 1 resident outdoor cat, our French Bulldog Rupert and various tarantulas.   When we are not taking care of animals (David is a Veterinarian too) we enjoy hiking in Colorado, going to concerts and going on adventures anywhere we can get away to.

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Jodi Lindsey – Lead Client Care Specialist

I grew up on a farm in rural southern Minnesota. I have always loved animals. I graduated from Butterfield-Odin High School and then attended the Medical Institute of Minnesota in Minneapolis where I received my Veterinary Technician degree. I moved to Spirit Lake to do my internship and was hired at that time. I have been employed at the clinic for over 40 years. I still reside in Spirit Lake and have a dog named Lily.
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Alison Fay McClintic – Veterinary Technician/Registered Technology Coordinator

After working at Iowa Lakes Community College for several years, I returned to school to pursue a career in veterinary technology. In 2005 I graduated from Des Moines Area Community College's Veterinary Technology program and obtained state & national certification later that year. While living in Des Moines I worked at a small animal clinic for 2 years. My husband and I returned to northwest Iowa in 2006 to be closer to family and I began at DCAC.  I currently have 3 cats (Eddy, Blaze and Sally), and a basset-lab mix named Jack.
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Hunter Wedebrand – Registered Veterinary Technician

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Kyley Anderson – Veterinary Technician

I have always been a big fan of animals and have always had a companion animal myself while growing up.  With a little push from my family, I went to Iowa Lakes Community College and pursued my Veterinary Technician Degree.  I came to Dickinson County Animal Clinic to do my internship and was hired after graduation.  I have 3 dogs: Ruger, Jax and Willow, and a cat named Millie.
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Jessica Suaza- Veterinary Technician

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Melinda Iseminger - Client Care Specialist

I was raised in Spencer, Iowa.  After graduating High School in 2003 I went to Iowa Lakes Community College and completed the Office Medical Technology program.  I worked at AllPets Animal Clinic after graduation for 7 years before moving to Texas where I enjoyed working with humans with glaucoma, cataract and retinal problems.  I decided to move back home to be closer to my family after having my baby girl Brylee in June of this year. I love being back in the clinic working with fur babies and seeing all of the familiar faces in the Iowa Great Lakes!  In my free time I enjoy reading, puzzles, walking my Micro American Bulldog, Ruger, and spending time with my family.  I also have a cat named Boji.