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Our Veterinary Staff

Our Doctors

Dr. Shane Pedersen

Dr. Shane Pedersen has been in the Pierce area as a veterinarian since 1999.  Originally from a small farm in Hoskins, he went to Northwest Missouri State University for 3 years of undergraduate college and was accepted to Kansas State University where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in the spring of 1999.  Although Dr. Pedersen enjoys being outside and working with the large animals, he also gets a lot of enjoyment from the challenges that are presented with small animal medicine and especially small animal orthopedics. 

Dr. Pedersen married his high school sweetheart Linda Feyerherm in the spring of 1996.  She previously worked at the Pierce Telephone and Telecommunications office and has recently resigned to stay at home.  They have 3 children, 1 boy and 2 girls, and live on a little acreage just southwest of town.  Ashley is the oldest, Noah is the middle child and Madalyn is the youngest.  They have 2 house cats, Taz and Dodger, a yellow lab named Angie and 3 horses.

In his spare time, Dr. Pedersen spends most of his time with his family.  He also likes to get out for a round of golf here and there and traveling when he can find the opportunity.

Kassie Ketteler

Kassie grew up on a small family farm in Petersburg, NE, with her parents and siblings. After High School, she served in the Army Reserves for 8 years as an Animal Care Specialist. Then she received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Kassie also attended Veterinary College at UNL and then at Iowa State University having graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in May of this year. During her time in veterinary college she participated in several organizations, including the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Dental Society, and the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. Kassie also received the Large Animal Internal Medicine Award during the last year.

Kassie has two dogs, a Saint Bernard, and a mixed breed, retired military working dog. Kassie's interests in veterinary medicine include dentistry, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery.

Marisa Brauer

Marisa grew up on a farm outside of Battle Creek, NE. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2001 and practiced at a small animal veterinary clinic in Nebraska for 13 years. The specialty of the clinic was small animal veterinary medicine and surgery and she also worked on "furry" exotic pets - Marisa is terrified of snakes! She married her husband, Richard, in 1997. They met when his brother married Marisa's twin sister in 1995. Her greatest accomplishments are their two boys, Rich and Caleb. Their family pet is Ty who is a big loveable black Lab. In her spare time, Marisa loves photography, digital scrapbooking, camping, Husker football, and spending time with her family.

Karla Huneke

Karla is from Henderson, NE where she grew up on a small family farm.  She went to the University of Nebraska Lincoln for her undergraduate career.  Karla then attended the 2-plus-2 program through the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Iowa State University for her Veterinary degree.  She is a member of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, Academy of Veterinary Consultants and American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

Karla and her husband, Barrett have two Australian Shepherds - Loot & Buccaneer, two quarter horses - Tuffy & Biscuit, numerous farm cats, and a guinea pig.  She practices both small and large animal medicine.  


Our Technician Staff

Amanda Prien

Grew up on a farm by Osceola where her family raised hogs when she was younger and then just they  went to mainly row crop farming. She had chickens and once in awhile some cows and many farm cats.  She also showed hogs for 6 years in 4-H and  was active in FFA during high school.  

In the fall of 2007 Amanda attended Northeast Community College in the Veterinary Technician program.  In the spring of 2010 she achieved a degree of Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. After graduation Amanda went to Hasting where she worked at a small animal clinic for 2 years. In January of 2013, Amanda started at Willow Creek Veterinary Services. She helps with both the small and large animal appointments.

Amanda is married to Sam Prien from Columbus and they both share interests in hunting, camping and just being outdoors. She also enjoys gardening, horseback riding and hanging out with family and friends. Amanda has a lovable chocolate lab named Drake.

Lydia Horner 

Lydia grew up in Crete NE, where she lived with her mother and three younger siblings, but would visit her dad, stepmom and two older siblings and one younger sibling in the small town of Bruno as much as possible.  After High School, she moved to Norfolk to attend Northeast Community College.  She started working for Willow Creek & Westside after graduation in May 2015.

Her and her husband, Jeromy, enjoy fishing, exploring the backroad and anything outside.  They have a tabby cat, Angel, which they rescued from the side of the highway as a kitten.  A very hyper and energetic black lab named Ace, and a sweet Australian Shepherd named Dixie.   In her spare time Lydia enjoys painting, working outside, anything with crafts, and recently started her own photography business on the side. 

Alyssa Schlote

Alyssa has lived in or around Battle Creek her whole life, spent majority of my childhood and summers on my grandparents farm outside of Wisner; where she learned her love for animals.  I participated in 4-H growing up.  She graduated from BCHS in 2010, attended Northeast for veterinary technology and graduated in 2012.  Alyssa joined our team February 2016. 

She met her husband in 2008, and they got married in 2014.  We live in Battle Creek now, but aspire to move to the country.  They have 3 boys, Braeden, Cameron and Wyatt.  They have two dogs – Jack the beagel mix and Bonnie the boston.  If Alyssa had it her way that would have a “funny farm” with goats, donkeys, chickens and cows!    Our hobbies include anything involving the outdoors, football, and home improvement projects. 

Prudence Bierman

Prudence grew up on a farm north of Wisner, NE, where her family raises pigs, chickens, cattle and also does field crops.  Growing up she had 2 family dogs and numerous farm cats.  She loved to spend time outside with the farm animals. 

In May of 2013 Prudence graduated from Wisner-Pilger Jr. Sr. High School and then in the fall started the Veterinary Technology program at Northeast Community College.  Prudence did her internship with Westside and Willow Creek for 2 months before graduation.  She graduated from the vet tech program in May of 2016.  Prudence has 5 furbabies at home, two dogs – Delby & Scarlett, and 3 cats – Cowboy, Millie & Benji. She enjoys hanging out with family, friends and her pets whether it’s doing an outside activity or watching a movie. 

Meghan Rohde

Dani Wieting

Carly Anderson

Taylor Brester-Pruss


Our Office Staff

Kris Nelsen

Kris Nelsen has been employed by the veterinary clinic in the Pierce area since 1997. She manages the front office and also helps with the large and small animal appointments appointments when needed.  Kris has recently been put on inventory control; her goal here is to maintain an adequate supply of what you need on hand.

Kris grew up on a farm near Wayne, where they raised pigs.  Currently, she is living on a farm near Carroll with her husband Andy and her 2 little boys.  On the Nelsen Farm, you will find cattle, horses, 2 dogs, and numerous donkeys and cats.

In Kris' spare time (if any) she enjoys spending time with family and friends either horse back riding, fishing or sitting near a camp fire.

What Kris most enjoys about her job is helping the pets feel better and stay healthy.


Sylvia Furstenau

Sylvia Furstenau, our office manager, started her “career” in 1985 with Dr Ray Anderson, Pierce, working as a veterinary assistant.  She has seen lots of changes and improvements, especially in the care of small animals.  Her daily duties include invoicing and bookkeeping.

Sylvia was born and raised in the Pierce area, graduating from Pierce High School.  Her husband Wayne and she live on an acreage just outside of Pierce.  They have three married children: Nathan and Tammy in Stanton, Tiffany and Ryan in Omaha, and Kevin and Cathy in Pierce.  They are grandparents to 8 grandchildren.  Wayne and Sylvia are members of Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce.

Sylvia is a mentor at the Pierce High School and is active in church organizations.  Her favorite things to do are gardening and outdoor activities in the summer months and when the weather is cold she likes to sew and do needlework.  Of course, the best activity is to spend time with her grandchildren.

Kara Podony

Kara is a mother of 4 daughters, a Frenchie named Finn, a cat named Mr. Biscuits and a cockatoo named Honey.  She has had a love for animals since she was little and enjoyed raising rabbits, sheep and pigs in 4-H in California as a child.  Her interests include hiking, camping, rock hunting and reading science fiction.


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