Our Rehab Team

Meet the friendly staff at Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation & Therapy!

  • Dr. N.T. Peterson

    Dr. Peterson is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, and is Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and a Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapist certified by the College of Veterinary Chiropractors. 

    Dr. Peterson has always felt a deep connection with animals. Whether she was bonding with her childhood pets, helping a client’s treasured cat to recover from an illness, or playing with her own affectionate dogs, she always felt that animals greatly enriched her life. To give back to these loving creatures who have such generous spirits, Dr. Peterson has dedicated her career to helping improve animals’ health, comfort, and quality of life!

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  • Dr. B. Hartman
    DVM, CVA, CVC, VPMC, MMCP, CCRT (in progress)

    Dr. Hartman is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified in Animal Chiropractic, graduate certificate in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Masterson Method® Certified Practitioner and currently working on her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist certification. 

    Dr. Hartman has a passion for integrative medicine, continued learning and how to best serve her clients. In addition to her above certifications, she holds numerous certifications in energy medicine and energy/intuitive modalities, as well as, using essential oils with pets and people. She loves working with clients and their pets to improve their health, quality of life and overall well-being.

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  • Dr. S. Harder

    Dr. Harder has been with Pawsitive Strides since November 2016. She is a 1978 graduate of Iowa State University. She practiced equine veterinary medicine for 38 years, selling her practice in 2016.

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  • Becky N.
    Veterinary Technician

    Becky is a  Certified Veterinary Assistant, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, and Certified Canine Massage Therapist. This dedicated, animal-loving lady keeps herself updated on the latest veterinary medicine advances, and she’s always ready to adapt to new technologies to better help her furry patients

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  • Shelbi L.
    CCRA, CVT (in progress)
    Veterinary Technician

    Shelbi is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and is in training to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. As a Des Moines native, Shelbi grew up spending many summer days at the Blank Park Zoo. She’s always been interested in the behavior and rehabilitation of animals, and knew that she would love to work hands-on to better the lives of the earth’s creatures. That’s why Shelbi decided to become a member of the veterinary profession!

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  • Hemili S.
    Patient Care Coordinator, Veterinary Assistant

    Hemili joined the Pawsitive Strides team as our Patient Care Coordinator in 2023 and has assisted in multiple capacities since then. She obtained her degree in Animal Science at Iowa State University in 2021, and she has since found a passion for the administrative side of the veterinary field while still enjoying assisting with patient care. 

  • Calle Uerling
    Veterinary Assistant

    Calle grew up in St. Louis, MO and has always had a love for animals. She had a plethora of pets growing up like dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, geckos, and turtles. She worked with bonobos at Ape Initiative here in Des Moines for three years after college at Drake University, and then decided to try her hand in the domestic animal world! She finds rehabilitation work fascinating and loves learning more and more about it everyday!

  • Karen M.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Unlike many of her colleagues, Karen didn’t initially set out to work in the veterinary field. To the contrary – she originally thought she wanted to become a lawyer. Her deep interest in medicine and science, and an innate love of animals, however, would ultimately shift her path in a different direction. As a veterinary assistant, Karen is grateful to be doing what she feels she’s meant to do: making a difference in the lives of pets and their families.

  • Kirsten S.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kirsten grew up in Grimes, IA, where she was heavily involved in 4-H, FFA, and anything related to horses. She credits her Arabian, Rio, with sparking her interest and love for animal rehabilitation and animal medicine. As a veterinary assistant here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital, Kirsten strongly believes that education is key, and wants to help provide that to owners so that they can help their animals live their very best lives.

  • Morgan A.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Morgan’s connection to animals began at a very young age on her family farm, where she helped tend to a wide variety of animals. Whenever the local vet would show up, Morgan would follow them around, fascinated by what they did. When she saw one of the doctors give the family dog some medicine and witnessed that sick pup’s recovery, she was hooked and officially knew what she wanted to do when she grew up!

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