Dr. Wilke graduated from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2003. She worked at a small animal practice in West Des Moines, Iowa until 2011, when she acquired Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center.
Dr. Wilke received her training in acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2008. She completed her internship and published her case report to become certified in veterinary acupuncture in 2011.
She spends numerous hours every year in continuing education classes updating her knowledge base. She lectures frequently at college, local and public levels.
Dr. Wilke enjoys spending her time with her husband, Chris and her two children Shannon, and Ethan as well as her five dogs, Frankie, Max, Gracie, Lucy and Chance. During what is left of her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, watching hockey and pursuing her photography passion.
Dr. Jaschen graduated from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She concurrently completed a Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa. She practiced small animal medicine at a mixed animal practice in Lake City, Iowa before joining Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center in January, 2018.
Dr. Jaschen has a particular interest in veterinary dentistry. She spends numerous hours each year enhancing her knowledge of dentistry to provide advanced dentistry techniques.
In her spare time, Dr. Jaschen enjoys spending time with her friends and family in the Des Moines area. You can often find her cheering on her Green Bay Packers, baking, cooking, gardening or cuddling with her cat, Jordy.
Dr. Deirdre Farr graduated from Grinnell College in 1975 and from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. She spent twenty years post-graduation practicing small animal medicine until discovering veterinary acupuncture in 2001. It was love at first sight.
Dr. Farr successfully completed her acupuncture training through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society course in 2003. Deciding to focus solely on alternative modalities, she opened Natural Solutions in November, 2003.
She continued her education in Chinese Medicine through a number of courses and earned a certification in Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies in 2012. In 2016 , she passed the FAAVA exam given by the American Association of Veterinary acupuncturists, becoming a Fellow in that organization.
In 2007, Dr. Farr successfully completed a course in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation at the Healing Oasis. In 2016 she completed the chiropractic program at the Health Pioneers Institute.
In 2019, Dr. Farr retired from her practice and has since been working one afternoon a week at Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center. Dr. Farr has been married forever to Tom Farr. She has three adult children, three grandchildren and numerous fur babies. Her passion is her patients. Other passions include crossword puzzles, binge-watching Downton Abbey, and family. Not necessarily in that order.
Dr. Jill Rhoden graduated from Iowa State University , College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She practiced small animal medicine in Des Moines for 10 years, before starting her own small animal veterinary relief service to allow her to spend more time with her son.
Dr. Rhoden has provided relief services to many practices over the years, allowing their veterinarians time off for vacation, continuing education, etc. She started working with Iowa Veterinary Wellness in 2015. She now works there weekly and absolutely adores their clients, patients and staff. Her special areas of interest are dermatology/allergies, feline medicine and behavior. She can relate well to both as she is allergic to everything (including her beloved patients) and proudly considers herself a crazy cat lady. She enjoys traveling for continuing education to update her knowledge base and skills to provide her patients the best care available.
Dr. Rhoden enjoys spending time with her partner Arron and their 2 teenage sons. Their zoo is completed by their 2 dogs, Star and Layla, as well as their 4 cats Milo, Max, Tucker and Declan. Her hobbies include reading, swimming and cooking. She is also passionate about doing free vaccine clinics for the ARL with her family to help support the human-animal bond for everyone.