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

Sarah Cornelius
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 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 Maxwell with her four children, Kaylee, Mackenzie, Landon and Cameron as well as her dog, Evie and cats, Billie Mays, CiCi and Moto. In her free time, Sara enjoys playing volleyball. One of her favorite things about working at MPVS are pot-bellied pigs!!


Deb Finch


Deb 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 17 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!


Summer Weber


Summer is a recent grad of Colfax Mingo and joined MPVS staff shortly after graduating. In her free time, she enjoys going on spontaneous road trips with her significant other, hanging out with friends, and trying new things. Summer is currently happy with where she is at and plans to hold off on college. Summer has three pets of her own at home, Bonnie, Clyde and Rita!


Danny Beattie

Danny Joined our team in May of 2020. He became a Maxwell Transplant seven years ago. Before joining the clinic he worked as a stay at home dad. When Danny is not managing pets at the office he is managing three boys, three cats, two dogs and a flock of chickens at home!


Natalie Smith


Katie Sydnes

Katie is from Cambridge and graduated from Ballard High School in 2019 and is currently at DMACC finishing up her AAS Degree and will be going to Iowa State University to get her BS degree in Animal Science and to get into the Veterinary Medicine Program at Iowa State University. Katie enjoys working with large and small animals. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors, being with her friends, and being with all types of animals.


Brenna Thomson

Brenna Graduated Baxter High School in 2019 and attended Central College for one year before coming to Midland Prairie. As of right now she is taking a break from college while she figures out what she wants to pursue in the future. She currently lives at home with her parents, older brother, two dogs, and three cats. Brenna loves animals of all kinds and loves being able to help them.