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HOURS OF OPERATION Monday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Tuesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Wednesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Thursday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Friday 7:00 am -   7:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am -   7:00 pm Sunday        10:00 am -   7:00 pm Telephone (515) 262-6111
Veterinary Chiropractic & Acupuncture Available on Tuesdays by Appointment
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Meet Our Des Moines Iowa Veterinarians

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Dennis D. Woodruff, DVM, CCRT / Owner Avondale Veterinary Healthcare Complex Dr. Woodruff graduated from Iowa State University College of Medicine in 1974 and has a special interest in orthopedics.  Dr. Woodruff performs ruptured anterior cruciate ligament repairs (RACL), triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO), and hemilaminectomy surgeries as well as complicated fracture repairs, bone biopsies, amputations and soft tissue surgery, including entropion repair, eye enucleations, gastrotomies, hernia repairs, exploratory surgeries, and soft palate surgeries.  Dr. Woodruff believes in the value of continuing education for his staff and promotes attendance at leading conferences and participating in professional as well as community organizations.  He has been active in and held leadership positions in the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, the Greater Des Moines Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners. and Iowa State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital Liaison Committee.  He has also contributed to his community by serving as a City Council Member and Mayor of Carlisle, Iowa.  He has also enjoyed serving on the YMCA Board of Directors and the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce as well as coaching numerous little league sports teams.  Most recently, Dr. Woodruff has become a member of American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians.
Christopher Groos, DVM Dr. Groos joined the Avondale Veterinary Healthcare Complex team in July of 2004.  He is a graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has a special interest in feline and canine dentistry.  He also sees general medicine cases and enjoys surgery.  Dr. Groos has studied international public health and has pursued additional education not only in dentistry, but ophthalmology and dermatology as well.  He actively participates in the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is a former board member for the Angel's Wish Animal Rescue Organization.  He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Jen, daughter, Hannah, and son, Henry.
Christie Carlo, DVM, CCRT Dr. Carlo is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.  She received her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in October 2010.  Dr. Carlo is a member of the Greater Des Moines Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.  In addition to general veterinary medicine, Dr. Carlo enjoys all phases of canine and feline rehabilitation medicine including massage therapy, underwater treadmill therapy, stem cell therapy and laser pain therapy.  She and her husband, Tim, have two children, John and Emily.  In Dr. Carlo's free time, she spends time quilting, cooking, reading, walking, bike riding, traveling and Tae Kwon Do.  Dr. Carlo is now a member and also Secretary of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians
Mandy Hollander, DVM Dr. Mandy Hollander graduated from Iowa State University College of Medicine in 2000, and has been an associate veterinarian at Avondale Veterinary Healthcare Complex since then. Dr. Hollander has special interests in canine and feline internal medicine, oncology and ultrasonography.  She is a member of many professional organizations including Greater Des Moines Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Feline Practitioners.  Dr. Hollander enjoys spending time with her husband, Marc, and their children, Madeline and Malcolm.  Her family also includes a Schnauzer, "Annie" and 2 cats, "Foster" and "Winston".
Lisa King, DVM, CVA, CAC Dr. Lisa King was born in west central Iowa and grew up on the family farm.  She participated in livestock production on the farm and had her own small flock of sheep growing up.   Lisa earned her bachelor degree at Iowa State University in Animal Science through the Biotechnology program.  She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 at ISU.  In 2008, Lisa started her acupuncture training with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and was certified in 2010.  In 2011, Lisa completed her chiropractic training and was certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in animal chiropractic.  She is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. In her spare time, Lisa trail rides and events her horses and raises Dorset sheep.  She has also participated in a wide variety of events with her Australian Shepherds.  She has titled her dogs in AKC obedience (including a Utility Dog) & agility (through the open level).  She has dabbled in AKC Rally & Tracking.  Lisa also participates extensively in herding and has an ASCA Working Trial Champion (WTCH). Visiting Veterinarian available on Tuesdays BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for Veterinary Chiropractic and for Animal Acupuncture
Jessica Thistle, DVM Dr. Thistle graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and joined the Avondale veterinary staff the summer of 2014. She has a special interest in exotic animal medicine and surgery, small animal internal medicine, ophthalmology and animal behavior. Dr. Thistle would love to meet all your pets: dogs, cats and exotics!  She believes the key to great veterinary patient care is meaningful owner education and communication. Dr. Thistle is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.  In her free time, Dr. Thistle enjoys reading, writing, photography, gardening, kayaking and archery.  She shares her home with husband, Jordan, a dog, "Maya", 3 cats, "Max", "Mango" and "Mika" and one corn snake, "Katana".  Dr. Thistle treats exotic pets such as reptiles, amphibians, rabbits and pocket pets.  Click here for more information.
Amy Williamson, DVM Dr. Williamson graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She has special interests in preventative care, dermatology, and canine and feline internal medicine. Growing up in Minnesota, Dr. Williamson always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, and she enjoys being able to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets. Dr. Williamson is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She has  2 cats, "Chewy" and "Ninja". Outside of work, Dr. Williamson enjoys spending time outside, traveling, and cheering on the Cyclones in football and basketball.
Main Hospital - 515-262-6111 Cat Hospital - 515-262-9222 For Pet Resort | Grooming | Doggie Daycare Phone 515-262-7297 Toll Free - 800-339-4873
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Shelby Mangus, DVM Dr. Shelby Mangus graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Mangus has a special interest in feline medicine, internal medicine and exotic animal medicine.  Dr. Mangus is a proud recipient of the “All Feline Hospital Award” for demonstrating proficiency in feline medicine and surgery.  Dr. Mangus is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.    During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Devin, as well as their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, “Ava” and “Meadow” and calico cat, “Ginger”.    
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Dennis D. Woodruff, DVM, CCRT / Owner Avondale Veterinary Healthcare Complex Dr. Woodruff graduated from Iowa State University College of Medicine in 1974 and has a special interest in orthopedics.  Dr. Woodruff performs ruptured anterior cruciate ligament repairs (RACL), triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO), and hemilaminectomy surgeries as well as complicated fracture repairs, bone biopsies, amputations and soft tissue surgery, including entropion repair, eye enucleations, gastrotomies, hernia repairs, exploratory surgeries, and soft palate surgeries.  Dr. Woodruff believes in the value of continuing education for his staff and promotes attendance at leading conferences and participating in professional as well as community organizations.  He has been active in and held leadership positions in the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, the Greater Des Moines Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners. and Iowa State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital Liaison Committee.  He has also contributed to his community by serving as a City Council Member and Mayor of Carlisle, Iowa.  He has also enjoyed serving on the YMCA Board of Directors and the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce as well as coaching numerous little league sports teams.  Most recently, Dr. Woodruff has become a member of American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians.
Christopher Groos, DVM Dr. Groos joined the Avondale Veterinary Healthcare Complex team in July of 2004.  He is a graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has a special interest in feline and canine dentistry.  He also sees general medicine cases and enjoys surgery.  Dr. Groos has studied international public health and has pursued additional education not only in dentistry, but ophthalmology and dermatology as well.  He actively participates in the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is a former board member for the Angel's Wish Animal Rescue Organization.  He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Jen, daughter, Hannah, and son, Henry.
Christie Carlo, DVM, CCRT Dr. Carlo is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.  She received her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in October 2010.  Dr. Carlo is a member of the Greater Des Moines Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.  In addition to general veterinary medicine, Dr. Carlo enjoys all phases of canine and feline rehabilitation medicine including massage therapy, underwater treadmill therapy, stem cell therapy and laser pain therapy.  She and her husband, Tim, have two children, John and Emily.  In Dr. Carlo's free time, she spends time quilting, cooking, reading, walking, bike riding, traveling and Tae Kwon Do.  Dr. Carlo is now a member and also Secretary of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians
Mandy Hollander, DVM Dr. Mandy Hollander graduated from Iowa State University College of Medicine in 2000, and has been an associate veterinarian at Avondale Veterinary Healthcare Complex since then. Dr. Hollander has special interests in canine and feline internal medicine, oncology and ultrasonography.  She is a member of many professional organizations including Greater Des Moines Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Feline Practitioners.  Dr. Hollander enjoys spending time with her husband, Marc, and their children, Madeline and Malcolm.  Her family also includes a Schnauzer, "Annie" and 2 cats, "Foster" and "Winston".
Lisa King, DVM, CVA, CAC Dr. Lisa King was born in west central Iowa and grew up on the family farm.  She participated in livestock production on the farm and had her own small flock of sheep growing up.   Lisa earned her bachelor degree at Iowa State University in Animal Science through the Biotechnology program.  She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 at ISU.  In 2008, Lisa started her acupuncture training with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and was certified in 2010.  In 2011, Lisa completed her chiropractic training and was certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in animal chiropractic.  She is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. In her spare time, Lisa trail rides and events her horses and raises Dorset sheep.  She has also participated in a wide variety of events with her Australian Shepherds.  She has titled her dogs in AKC obedience (including a Utility Dog) & agility (through the open level).  She has dabbled in AKC Rally & Tracking.  Lisa also participates extensively in herding and has an ASCA Working Trial Champion (WTCH). Visiting Veterinarian available on Tuesdays BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for Veterinary Chiropractic and for Animal Acupuncture
Amy Williamson, DVM Dr. Williamson graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She has special interests in preventative care, dermatology, and canine and feline internal medicine. Growing up in Minnesota, Dr. Williamson always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, and she enjoys being able to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets. Dr. Williamson is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She has  2 cats, "Chewy" and "Ninja". Outside of work, Dr. Williamson enjoys spending time outside, traveling, and cheering on the Cyclones in football and basketball.
Jessica Thistle, DVM Dr. Thistle graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and joined the Avondale veterinary staff the summer of 2014. She has a special interest in exotic animal medicine and surgery, small animal internal medicine, ophthalmology and animal behavior. Dr. Thistle would love to meet all your pets: dogs, cats and exotics!  She believes the key to great veterinary patient care is meaningful owner education and communication. Dr. Thistle is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.  In her free time, Dr. Thistle enjoys reading, writing, photography, gardening, kayaking and archery.  She shares her home with husband, Jordan, a dog, "Maya", 3 cats, "Max", "Mango" and "Mika" and one corn snake, "Katana".  Dr. Thistle treats exotic pets such as reptiles, amphibians, rabbits and pocket pets.  Click here for more information.
Veterinary Healthcare Complex 4318 E Army Post Rd   Des Moines, IA 50320
Main Hospital - 515-262-6111 Cat Hospital - 515-262-9222 For Pet Resort | Grooming | Doggie  Daycare Phone 515-262-7297 Toll Free - 800-339-4873
Paige Baltzell, DVM Paige Baltzell, DVM is from Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in Equine Science. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Baltzell is passionate about preventative care, internal medicine, pain management and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work she enjoys kayaking with her husband, Christopher and their dog, "Zoey". Dr. Baltzell always looks forward to meeting new pets and clients at Avondale Veterinary Healthcare Complex and welcoming back those she has seen before!
Shelby Mangus, DVM Dr. Shelby Mangus graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Mangus has a special interest in feline medicine, internal medicine and exotic animal medicine.  Dr. Mangus is a proud recipient of the “All Feline Hospital Award” for demonstrating proficiency in feline medicine and surgery.  Dr. Mangus is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.    During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Devin, as well as their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, “Ava” and “Meadow” and calico cat, “Ginger”.