I was born in Clinton, IA. I grew up on a farm, the oldest of five girls. I was the daughter that was always put in charge of the animal and livestock care. I attended Iowa State University and graduated in May 1982 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
My first job as a Veterinarian was with Pines Meadow Veterinary Clinic in Oregon, Illinois, where I worked as a mixed animal doctor for nine years. In 1991 I left that clinic to embark on a new career adventure as a relief veterinarian working under Holm Veterinary Service. I provided veterinary service for Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois veterinarians for 12 years.
It was my relief veterinary business that brought me to Auburn Animal Clinic as a relief veterinarian for owner Dr. Ramon Medernach, who was very ill and hospitalized. I started at Auburn Animal Clinic on January 6, 2003, and over time made the decision to accept an offer from Dr. Medernach and his wife Sally. I took over October 1, 2003, and have worked hard to expand the services offered and provide simplified yet thorough care to all clients and patients.
I met, fell in love, and married Harlan Holm in 1984. We have three children: Brad, who is a commissioned Naval Officer and Winged Pilot and is married to his wife Katie. Rachel, who graduated from Monmouth College and works in social work, and our youngest daughter Halley, is about to graduate high school and loves reading, music and dance. Of course, as a veterinary family, we have plenty of pets including dogs, cats, parakeets, ferrets and horses. Harlan and I, along with Harlan’s mom, breed and raise beef cattle. In my spare time I relax by horseback riding and spending time with my horses. I enjoy plants and gardening. I have always loved trips with my kids and their friends, everything from veterinary conventions to ski trips, and also holiday family get-togethers.