We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at Midland Prairie Veterinary Services. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.

Learning and education are very important here at Midland Prairie Veterinary Services. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.

Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.

If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (515) 674-3228 (Colfax) or (515) 387-8685 (Maxwell).


Dr. Christie Gordon


Dr. Christie Gordon has been with the clinic since July 2015 and has been practicing in the area since 2010 when she graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine University of Illinois. She mainly treats dogs, cats and exotic pets and is usually based out of the Maxwell location. When not working she enjoys spending time at home with her husband and their menagerie of animals.


Dr. Meredith Johns


Dr. Meredith Johns graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 and moved back to the area in 2017 to join the practice. Prior to returning to central Iowa, she practiced mixed and small animal medicine in central Missouri and Southeast Iowa. Dr. Johns enjoys the variety that comes with caring for all types of animals and learning something new every day. She also has a masters degree in Public Health and has a special interest in infections that affect both animals and humans. She lives in Polk City with her husband Joe and two daughters, Marnie and Hollis. She feels she has found the perfect work home with the staff, clients and patients at MPVS! Go Cyclones!


Dr. Rebecca Smith


Dr. Rebecca Smith lives in Colfax with her husband Justin and their four kids, Natalie, Ramona, Nathan and Natasha. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she graduated from Washington State University in 2002 and has practiced veterinary medicine in rural mixed-animal practice in Oregon, Montana, and Nebraska prior to moving to Iowa in 2015. When the opportunity arose to start Midland Prairie Vet with Dr. Johns and Dr. Gordon in 2018, it was a perfect fit. Dr. Smith enjoys the diversity of practicing medicine and surgery in all species, and her favorite part of practicing here is the real sense of community that is found in Central Iowa. In her spare time, she and her family enjoy being part of the ministry of Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands, and taking their horses out for rides in the woods.


Dr. Keysha Schmit


Dr. Keysha Schmit is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine this year, 2019. She originates from Dubuque, Iowa where she graduated from Clarke University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Schmit enjoys working with all species of animals and is interested adding integrative medicine, such as acupuncture, to the practice. She is currently finishing her Certification of Mixed Animal Acupuncture through the Chi Institute. When not working she enjoys spending time with her many pets, playing board games with friends, and being crafty.


Betsy Damman

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Betsy Damman graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Microbiology, but because of her love for pets, but large and small, she came to work in the veterinary field. For the past 21 years, she has been serving patients and their owners. She has been with our clinic since April 2014. In her time away from work, she loves to garden, fish and watch her three boys play sports. Betsy is a farm girl at heart. She loves helping her husband on the farm and just being outside. Betsy has two dogs of her own, Belle and Hope.


Sara Cornelius

Sarah Cornelius
Sara Cornelius graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She joined us in August 2016 with five years of previous experience working as a veterinary technician. Sara lives in Colfax with her four children, six-year-old triplets-Kaylee, Mackenzie and Landon and four-year old Cameron as well as her dogs, Sturgis and Evie and cats, Billie Mays, CiCi and Moto. In her free time, Sara enjoys playing volleyball. Her favorite part about working at MPVS is Taco Tuesday!


Deb Finch


Deb Finch has been a jack of all trades since the beginning and can be seen doing just about anything around either clinic! Deb is a local gal, growing up on a farm outside of Collins. Her interest in animals started at an early age and was cultured through her livestock and pet projects in 4H. After graduation from high school, she attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, where she received her Associate of Arts degree in Agriculture. Deb has over 14 years experience as a veterinary assistant. Deb and her husband Eric raise hay and meat goats on their home farm, along with raising their two sons. In her free time, Deb enjoys camping and boating with her family.


Alyna Johnson


Alyna Johnson loves working with animals of all kinds. She started as volunteer at Our Family in high school in 2012, and then became an employee in 2013. Alyna’s love for animals has led her to her graduation from DMACC with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Alyna and her husband Connor make their home in Maxwell with their dogs Belle, Lady, and Wren. Alyna can be found ready to help your animals at either of our clinic locations!


Amy Mitchell-Hart


Amy Mitchell-Hart has been with MPVS since June 2018. She works in the Colfax clinic and lives in Colfax with her husband Brian. Amy loves animals, gardening, being outdoors and spending time with her granddaughter Addy!


Dakota Tysseling


Dakota joined our team at the end of November in 2018. She brings with her 3+ years as a veterinary assistant and many many years of experience with both large and small animals. She is currently going to school to get her degree as a veterinary technician. Outside of work Dakota enjoys spending time with her animals which include 2 horses, a bottle calf, 2 dogs, and a rabbit. She also enjoys watching movies, singing and dancing, camping, fishing, crafting, baking/cooking, and spending time with her husband, family and friends.