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Dr. Melissa Beyer
Veterinarian/Practice Owner

Dr. Melissa Beyer

Hello! I am Melissa Beyer. Veterinary medicine is my passion. My special interests in veterinary medicine are dermatology (skin) and soft tissue surgery. These may seem like two very different areas but they challenge me every day and make my job fun.  I joined South Des Moines Veterinary Center in 2006 and became owner in 2014. I currently am an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.

Away from SDMVC I enjoy playing with my 2 daughters, going to hockey games, keeping up on college football (I am a graduate of Iowa State University, but am an Iowa Hawkeye fan at heart), teaching kickboxing and running.  We have a very active household!

Pictured with me is Ronin (he’s the little guy in the picture). What Ronin lacks in size he makes up for in heart. Ronin has a disease that slowly caused him to lose his sight but he still loves to fetch his orange ball (we just have to make sure it bounces so he can hear it)!  He’s pretty amazing!  Also seen in this picture is our newest addition, Dash. He is a Golden Retriever puppy. He loves giving kisses, and playing with his daycare buddies here at South Des Moines Veterinary Center. Our other 4-legged family member is our cat, Willie. Willie was adopted from the veterinary center. Willie is the biggest sweetheart and will do just about anything for a good chin rub! 

Whether it’s helping your pet with vaccinations or performing surgery, I am here to make sure your pet’s overall wellness is the best it can be! I look forward to meeting you and your four-legged family members soon!

Dr. Sophi Franck
Veterinarian

Hello! I’m Dr. Sophi Franck. I joined the team at South Des Moines Veterinary Center in the fall of 2019. Prior to working in Des Moines, I practiced small animal medicine in Waterloo, IA, Spencer, IA, and Las Vegas, NV. While I enjoy all aspects of companion animal medicine, my special interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, acupuncture, and geriatric medicine.

Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy watching my four kids' activities,  bicycling, jogging, gardening, and cooking. I grew up on a farm and have had all kinds of pets over the years. Currently, I have the sweetest King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and two cute but a bit mischievous cats.  I look forward to getting to know you and strive to provide your pets with compassionate thorough care!

Amy
Team Lead

Amy

Welcome to South Des Moines Veterinary Center.  My name is Amy! I have been with SDMVC since 2020 and have been in the veterinary field for many, many years.  My favorite part of working here is seeing pets grow up.  I love the bond that we get to build with our patients and their amazing owners. 

I have 2 dogs of my own (Thor- a Labrador Retriever and Pete- Pug mix). Outside of the clinic, I enjoy camping and spending time with my family. 

Bradey
Pet Care Team

Bradey

Hello, my name is Bradey. I started in July working in Pet Care for the Boarding pets, as well as an assistant to the Veterinarians.

I have two pets at home, an English bulldog named Frankie, who just turned 3, and a gray cat, Nelson, whose namesake is Jordy Nelson from the Green Bay Packers. Both joined our family a couple of years ago. My favorite thing about my job is getting to cuddle with and love on all the puppies and kitties. Also, taking good care of and spending time playing with each pet on the weekends.

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, attending concerts, and traveling.  I love experiencing all the things this crazy world has to offer. 

Caralynn
Pet Care Team

Caralynn

Hello, my name is Caralynn and I am the Doggy Daycare & Pet Care Coordinator here at SDMVC.  I joined the team in July of 2017 and I'm so happy to be here.  I really enjoy working directly with the daycare and boarding pets and getting to know your pets as I would my own.  

My fiance, Cody and I have two very cuddly cats named Leo and Shiva, and a very happy dog named Leeroy (pictured left).  On my right is my childhood dog named Lou Dog.  

In my free time, I enjoy photography and spending time in nature.  Leeroy and Lou Dog love to hike and go camping.  I look forward to meeting you and your pets! 

 

Chelsey
Pet Care Team

Chelsey

Hello! My name is Chelsey and I have worked in the animal field since I was 18.  I initally started on the grooming side of things, but moved into the medical side when I worked at a veterinary hospital in Los Angeles.  I discovered I really liked the medical side and worked for 2 years in L.A. before moving back to Des Moines to be closer to family.  I joined SDMVC in the summer of 2015 and have sincerely enjoyed it.  I love getting to build relationships with not only the clients but also with the pets.  

I now have two furbabies of my own, an English Bulldog named Frankie (pictured) and a cat named Nelson.  Aside from animals, I love to dance.  I am a dance coach at the Indianola Dance Academy where I get to pursue this passion.  

I am so honored to get to spend my days working and playing with your pets.  Hope to see you soon! 

Kaiser
Pet Care Team

Kaiser

Hello! My name is Kaiser and I joined the South Des Moines Veterinary Team in December of 2020.  I primarily work in the Pet Care Team assisting veterinarians with everything from toenail trims to blood draws. My favorite part of my day is working with all of the furry friends we get to see on a daily basis but I’m especially partial to puppies (how can you blame me). 

Outside of work I like to go hiking, backpacking, bike riding, and playing with my dog, Gracie.  I look forward to meeting you and your new 4-legged kiddos.  

Maren
Pet Care Team

Hi! My name is Maren and I am very excited to be a member of the South Des Moines Vet Center Pet Care Team.  I joined the Pet Care Team in September of 2021 and am loving it.  My favorite part of my job is spending time with all of the amazing pets we have here and building relationships with them and their owners.  I feel extremely lucky to care for each of them. 

When I’m not at the clinic, I enjoy playing with my own cat named, Honey, and my Guinea Pig named, Bambi (I rescued him).  I also love to check out amusement parks, do some wine tasting, and antiquing.  Feel free to say, “hi” the next time you’re at the clinic. I look forward to meeting you!

Melissa
Pet Care Team

Melissa

Hello! My name is Melissa and I am a member of the South Des Moines Veterinary Center Pet Care Team.  I joined the SDMVC team in November of  2020. My day is filled with caring for the dogs and cats that board and play at daycare.  Interacting with dogs is the highlight of my day!  

Outside of work, I enjoy cuddling my own dog and cat while watching movies or reading a good book.  

Sydney
Pet Care Team

Hi! I’m Sydney! I am a veterinary technician on the South Des Moines Veterinary Center Pet Care Team. This is one of the greatest jobs because what I do matters. I get to make an impact on the lives of our patients, clients, and my community.

When I’m not at the clinic I spoil my cats, Buggs and Jewel rotten! I also love to travel and spend time with my family. Be sure to ask me about my favorite places I have traveled the next time you see me.

Zach
Pet Care Team

Zach

Hi, my name is Zach and I am a veterinary technician at SDMVC.  I love getting to meet all the patients that come in at the clinic.  I look forward to meeting you as well!

Bea
Client Care Team Lead

Bea

Hi! My name is Beatriz and I have been with the South Des Moines Veterinary Center since November of 2019.  While I love being around dogs and cat, my primary focus is you - the client.  I am the leader of the Client Care Team here and my favorite part of working at SDMVC is helping our people.  We have the best clients in the whole world and I love taking time with them and finding ways to help. I am fluent in Spanish and I use this to help our clients feel comfortable and educated in their pet’s health care.  

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my daughter and teaching Dr. Beyer how to speak Spanish. 

Ashlynn
Client Care Team

Ashlynn

Hello! I’m Ashlynn and I am a member of the South Des Moines Veterinary Center Client Care Team. I am often one of the first faces you see when you come into the clinic. I have worked at SDMVC since May of 2020. While at work I enjoy building relationships with each of our clients and learning new things.

Outside of work I love playing with my dog, Kenya, and my 2 cats, Nikka and Nugget. I also enjoy kayaking, watching a good crime documentary, and checking out the local thrift shops. I can’t wait to meet you at your next SDMVC visit!

Lin
Groomer

Lin

Hello! My name is Lin and I am a groomer at South Des Moines Vet Center. I have been with SDMVC since July of 2018 and have been grooming for over 5 years. One of the best parts of my day is getting to know each of the pets I get to work with. I enjoy making each dog and cat that I groom look as good as they feel. I even keep my own pets (Iggy, Pep, and Zeke) looking their best!

Outside of work, you will find my watching a good horror movie, playing video games, or cooking. Make sure to give me a shout when your pet needs a good spa day here at SDMVC!