Meet our doctors and staff!
Bright Eyes & Bushy Tails currently has nine veterinarians, and approximately 35 veterinary technicians, assistants, receptionists, and managers.
Jennifer Berger, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Berger graduated from Cornell University with a DVM degree in 1998. Dr. Berger enjoys internal medicine, dentistry, and performance dog medicine.
Jenn is a part-time shepherdess in her free time. She currently has a flock with couple hundred sheep. She utilizes the help of her Border Collies to move them as needed (Jeep, Hazel, Boss, Zin, Diesel, and Pat). On occasion, she even gets to attend a Sheep Dog Trial and competes against other Border Collies and their owners.
Jenn also enjoys horseback riding and is hoping to eventually get more time "back in the saddle." She has recently taken up the sport of triathlon and plans on doing her first 1/2 ironman summer of 2014. Max (the one human child) helps her train, often pacing her for running and making her wish she would run as fast as him!
Her son, Max, is the proud owner of Ham and Ava, Chihuahuas adopted from the Iowa City Animal Shelter.
Allan Berger, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ABVP (Canine & Feline) - Emergency/Critical Care
Dr. Allan Berger graduated as a veterinarian from Cornell University in NY in 1993, then stayed in NY to do veterinary research, teach pharmacology, and work part time in a small clinic. Allan moved to Iowa in 1998 to do research in the Internal Medicine department of the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He worked on the molecular pharmacology of cystic fibrosis for seven years. While he had initially planned to go back to a veterinary college to teach and do research, his clinical interests in emergency medicine took over.
Dr. Berger is a Diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine & Feline Practice). Allan’s current work at Bright Eyes & Bushy Tails is focused on emergency medicine and critical care. He has an interest in non-invasive diagnostics, including ultrasound and endoscopy. He has also recently stepped up his training and begun to take on more orthopedic surgical cases.
Allan has a terrier named Dudley of unknown background beyond the description of scruffy, brown, 55 pounds, and enthusiastic. Dudley came from Mix-N-Match Animal Rescue in Iowa City.
Alinda Buckingham, DVM
Dr. Alinda Buckingham graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She earned her BA in Biology from Coe College in 2004. Her interests in veterinary medicine include dermatology (particularly allergy cases), senior wellness, soft-tissue surgery and exotic animal medicine.
Alinda recently moved to Riverside where she resides with her dog, 3 cats, ball python, red footed tortoise, poison dart frogs and colony of crested geckos. Alinda is an avid bow hunter and enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible. In her free time she also enjoys learning agility with her dogs and reading science fiction and historical romance novels.
Veronica Busick, DVM, CCRT
Dr. Veronica Busick graduated from Purdue University in 2008. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, certified by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and runs our rehabilitation and underwater treadmill program. She also has a special interest in internal medicine, ophthalmology, and feline medicine. Veronica just bought her first home with her husband Justin, who works for the government as a veterinarian. They share their home with two cats named Zoe and Charlie, a dog named Susie, and two quarterhorses named Socks and Wolf. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, gardening, cooking and sewing but unfortunately spends most of her free time fixing her house and barn.
Debra Conant, DVM
Dr. Debra Conant graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. After graduation she moved to Oregon to work at a small animal hospital for 6 years. She then moved to Santa Barbara, California and worked in the Santa Barbara-Ventura area for several years. Dr. Conant was president of the Santa Barbara-Ventura Veterinary Medical Association in 1996.
In 2000 Dr. Conant moved back to her hometown of Tipton with her husband, Allan, and her 3 children to be closer to family and because the weather in California was just too nice.
Dr. Conant has an interest in orthopedics and endoscopy. She has attended seminars and wet labs to advance her expertise in both of these areas.
Her hobbies include woodworking, landscaping, skiing, reading and keeping up with her children.
Jo Drahos, DVM
Dr. Jo Drahs joined us in 2013.
Dr. Drahos has years of experience working as a small animal veterinarian in Eastern Iowa, most recently at an AAHA practice in Muscatine, IA. Her special interests include birds and mammalian wildlife, and she particularly enjoys caring for patients with challenging internal medicine problems. Hospice care and end-of-life issues are another aspect of care Dr. Drahos finds particularly satisfying.
Dr. Drahos is also an instructor for the Muscatine Community College Veterinary Technology Program. She finds the students energize her and motivate her to keep her knowledge fresh. She has taught many different courses, but her favorites are hematology, pharmacology, and parasitology.
In her free time Dr. Drahos enjoys following the musical, artistic, and professional endeavors of her young-adult children. She loves being outside in all kinds of weather. Triathalon training and distance running keep her out-of-doors year-round, and she is a member of the National Ski Patrol at Snowstar Winter Sports Park during the winter. Her favorite way to start each day is with a long run through the woods with her border-collie mix, Pitch.
Sarah Gingerich, DVMDr. Gingerich received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue University in 2005. At Purdue, she focused on small animal medicine and regularly made the Dean's List. She was the president of Purdue's Student Chapter of the AVMA and was named the AVMA Auxiliary's Outstanding Senior Student. Dr. Gingerich particularly enjoys internal medicine and dentistry.
Dr. Gingerich started her career in Chicago, IL and moved here with her husband, Fred in 2012. Her four-legged family members include two cats, Annie and Atlas, and a boxer named Goose. Dr. Gingerich can often be found running trails with Goose, which is the best way to keep this very energetic dog in line. In her free time, Dr. Gingerich loves to cook and has recently been learning to can and preserve fruits and vegetables. She also spends a lot of time reading.
She is in charge of our hearing testing program (BAER electrophysiology).
Heather Sanchez, DVM
Dr. Heather M. Sanchez gradated from Iowa Stage University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She earned a BS degree in Chemistry from California State University of Long Beach. Her veterinary medical interests include critical care, internal medicine, endoscopy, and soft tissue surgery.
She grew up in Southern California and moved to Iowa for veterinary school. She now lives in Cedar Rapids and uses the short commute to stay close with her family that is still in California. She has a soft spot for rottweilers and other working or brachycephalic breeds. "Her" rottie Bosley is one of a kind and her parents send her phone pictures often.
During her free time she enjoys running, golfing, cooking, and baking.
Brandy Witte, DVMOriginally from Nebraska, Dr. Witte completed her undergraduate education at Iowa State University and received her DVM degree in 2009 from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. She then extended her "California Adventure" with an internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialty and Emergency before returning to the Midwest.
Dr. Witte has professional interests in feline medicine and surgery. She also enjoys hiking, reading, and Irish dancing.
Our Staff - Staff Bios
Jessica Jett, CVT