Our Veterinary Team
Veterinarian & Owner
Dr. Ben Nemmers
Ben was born in Okinawa, Japan and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Since he was young, he always thought about being a veterinarian. He received a B.S. in Zoology at North Dakota State University, where he competed on the men's basketball team on an athletic scholarship. Dr. Nemmers then attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in May of 2009. He has an interest in Small Animal Surgery and Dermatology.
Veterinarian & Owner
Dr. Colleen Nemmers
Colleen was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA where she completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and competed in Track & Field at the University of La Salle in Philadelphia. She attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in May of 2009. Her interests include managing medical cases such as diabetes, thyroid disease and other endocrine conditions.
Dr. Amanda Deutsch
Amanda's passion for animals started at a young age in Wyoming caring for ducks and rabbits. She completed her B.S. in Biology at Iowa State University and subsequently moved to Lincoln, Nebraska for her first two years of the ISU Veterinary Medicine program. She then graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2018. Amanda’s main interests in vet medicine are surgery, dentistry, and dermatology. Outside of work she enjoys running, biking, water/snow skiing,and caring for her cat Herbert Lewis.
Staff Supervisor / Veterinary Technician
Kari is a Waterloo native where she lives currently with her husband & 2 kids. She has 2 dogs, a cat, and a bearded dragon. Kari is one of our Vet Techs and has also earned the position of Staff Supervisor. Kari’s favorite part of being a Vet Tech is drawing blood & helping sick animals feel better.
Brooke was born and raised in the Des Moines area. She now lives in Traer, IA with her husband, 3 kids and their 2 dogs. She has always been an animal lover. She is very excited to assist you at the front desk!
Gaby graduated high school from Waverly, Iowa and has lived in Cedar Falls for about 5 years. After being a flight attendant she realized her real passion belonged with animals! Her pup Pi’erre keeps her busy and on her toes!
Megan was born and raised in Waterloo. She graduated from Des Moines Area Community College and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She loves working with animals and says assisting with surgeries is her favorite part. She currently lives in Cedar Falls with her husband, Jon and two dogs Zoey, a beagle and Raven, a black lab.
Leanna was raised in Alta Vista, Iowa and later moved to New Hampton where she currently lives. She graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She loves animals and has always wanted to work with them. She has two dogs, Blu and Sarge.
Kari graduated from Treynor, Ia, and moved to the Cedar Valley in 2005 where she started her career working with animals. Her passion for helping animals started at a very young age. She has been with Companion since 2015.
Kayla was born and raised in Battle Creek, MI. She moved to Iowa 9 years ago with her husband of 16 years. She has 3 kids, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 birds, 2 bunnies and a snake. She has always had a passion for working with animals growing up and always had a house full. She attended Hawkeye Community College for the Vet Assisting Program and hopes to work towards becoming a technician.
Tom was raised in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. He attended the University of Northern Iowa and obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology. Tom has always had a passion for animals and natural sciences which led him to a career as a Veterinary Technician. He has 1 dog named Ada who loves to hike and nap. Tom's favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is critical patient care.
Madison is from Waterloo. She graduated from NICC and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is currently attending UNI to complete her undergraduate degree in Biology. She enjoys both large animal and small animal medicine. She has one three legged dog named Violet.
Ashley was raised in Knoxville, Iowa and moved to cedar falls in January of 2020. She has been studying biology for Pre Veterinary and is projected to graduate next year. She has always had a huge passion for animals and knew that she wanted to work with them since she was young. She has Pit Bull mix named Bitsy and a Pug named Peanut and loves taking them on walks and car rides. She also enjoys traveling and fitness. A fun fact about her is that she studied abroad in Costa Rica and Belize doing research on ants.
Erica was born and raised in Waterloo IA. She has been an animal lover her whole life and has found a career she is passionate about! She has been grooming since 2012 and absolutely loves what she does. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats, three dogs, and her bearded dragon.
Danae was born and raised in Waterloo, IA. She grew up wanting to be a vet, but stumbled upon grooming in 2013 and fell in love. She is passionate about helping animals look and feel their best. When she is not grooming, she loves spending time with her and her husband's families. Her house is full of love with their dog, Riley and their cat, Jasper.
Bather / Groomer Apprentice
Scott Grew up right here in the Waterloo - Cedar Falls area. He loves spending time with his friends and family. He spent five years working in the medical field and then started working in the salon helping us bathe and dry dogs and learning grooming techniques in early 2021 where his passion for caring for others grew to caring for pets too!