A Team You Can Believe In

We’ve built an exceptionally dedicated and skilled team that sets Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital apart. The principles that guide us from day to day are simple: teamwork, collaboration, and a commitment to the health and well-being of each pet that comes through our doors. Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital couldn’t exist, let alone function at such a high level, without each and every one of these people.

Doctors

Dr. Sabra Amend
OWNER, DR. SABRA AMEND has been a part of the Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital family since 2006, first as a pre-vet volunteer and then as a veterinary assistant until she started veterinary school. After earning her DVM, she returned to Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital as an associate veterinarian. In January of 2023, Dr. Amend became the proud owner of Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital. She is honored to lead the team where her veterinary dream started and continue to provide her patients compassionate and trustworthy veterinary care. Dr. Amend es bilingüe y habla español.
Education
  • Bachelors in Spanish, The University of Kansas, 2009
  • DVM, Kansas State University, 2016
Focus & Interests
  • Small Animal Oncology
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Geriatric Pets
Dr. Kristi Rowland
After DR. KRISTI ROWLAND completed a small animal internship and three years in emergency medicine, she opened Free State Veterinary Hospital in 1997. It merged with Marks Veterinary Hospital in 2002 to form Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital, and she became the sole owner from 2013 to 2022. She loves to help and encourage pre-vet students and is honored to have mentored Dr. Amend and Dr. Gleeson. She is delighted to pass Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital’s ownership to Dr. Amend and feels grateful to be a caring part of our client families for over twenty years.
Education
  • Bachelors in Agriculture, Kansas State University, 1991
  • DVM, Kansas State University, 1993
Focus & Interests
  • Senior Care, Aging and Wellness
  • Internal Medicine
  • Feline Medicine
Dr. Norma Gottstein
DR. NORMA GOTTSTEIN has been with Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital as an associate veterinarian since January 2013. Originally from the small town of Woodbine, MD she moved to Kansas with her husband and baby daughter in 2000 to be closer to her husband’s family. She previously worked at another small animal hospital in Lawrence but feels that she has truly found her home at Wakarusa. She has enjoyed being part of a team that continues to grow and learn the latest in veterinary care to provide excellent care for the pets that are part of the family. She looks forward to continuing to improve pets’ lives and the bond between pets and their family.
Education
  • Bachelors in Biology, Hood College, 1989
  • DVM, Virginia Tech, 1993
Focus & Interests
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Dental Health
  • Small Mammal Medicine
Dr. Megan Gleeson
DR. MEGAN GLEESON spent her first 25 years in Lawrence, Kansas. While attending the University of Kansas, she was also a Division I rower and volunteered at Operation Wildlife. Later, she worked in the kennel staff at Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital. In 2011, she moved to Colorado to earn her veterinary medicine degree. And, in 2021, Dr. Gleeson moved back to the Lawrence community she always loved. She’s thrilled to be back in her old stomping grounds at Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital. In her free time, Dr. Gleeson enjoys listening to comedy podcasts, KU basketball, bonfires, and board games.
Education
  • Bachelors in Journalism, University of Kansas, 2010
  • DVM, Colorado State University, 2017
Focus & Interests
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Client Education

Nursing Staff

Our fantastic nursing staff make up the bulk of our team here at Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital. The work they do is invaluable. They assist our doctors with patient care, diagnostics, laboratory tests, radiography, ultrasonography, anesthesia monitoring, dental cleaning, after hours nursing care, surgery, and so much more.
Kris
Registered Vet Tech
Lisa
Registered Vet Tech
Jessica
Vet Tech
Kat
Vet Tech
Alyssa
Vet Tech
Rilee
Vet Tech
Marisa
Vet Assistant
Kasie
Vet Assistant
Leah
Vet Assistant
Paige
Vet Assistant
Tamara
Vet Assistant
Justice
Vet Assistant
Kristina
Vet Tech Assistant
Ray
Pre-vet Assistant
Carly
Pre-vet Assistant
Cameron
Pre-vet Assistant
Ethan
Pre-vet Assistant

Customer Service

If you've called us on the phone, you've talked to them. If you've visited us, you've been greeted by them. They are our front line. From scheduling to billing to clearly conveying information between you and our doctors, they keep our efforts focused and coordinated.
Carole
Michelle
Kaytelyn
Remote Communications Specialist

Business Management

You may not recognize them, because they’re hard at work behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, quietly keeping the practice running smoothly.
Whitney
Practice Manager
Janette
IT Systems Specialist
Chopper
The Boss