Dr. Shawn Nicholson
Dr. Nicholson grew up on a small dairy farm in southern Minnesota. His family raised a variety of animals including beef cattle, swine, sheep, and horses. He credits his parents for teaching him the importance and responsibility of caring for them. Shawn’s fondness of animals, love for rural living, and passion for learning made pursuing the veterinary profession a simple choice.
Dr. Nicholson earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University (ISU) in 1993. Shawn interrupted his formal education for one year to work for the ISU Animal Science ultrasound research group led by Drs. Gene Rouse and Doyle Wilson. He then attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at ISU and graduated in 1998.
Shawn met and married his wife Dr. Amy Crane while they were in veterinary school. They enjoy traveling, cooking, gardening, sampling fine beer and wine, and playing with their three beautiful chidren: Olivia Kallin and Campbell.
In his spare time, Shawn enjoys singing, hunting, fishing, and working on electrical projects in their recently acquired older home.
At the Stuart-Anita Veterinary Clinics, Dr. Nicholson, has provided leadership for developing the beef carcass value and reproductive ultrasound services offered by the clinic. In addition, Dr. Nicholson feels passionate about veterinary medicine and welcomes any opportunity to provide service and educate people about the profession.
Dr. Nathan Hansen
Dr. Nathan Hansen is originally from Anita, Iowa where his family operates a cow/calf herd. The farm also consists of corn soybeans and alfalfa. Nathan graduated from Anita High School in 1998 and then attended Central College in Pella, Iowa. Dr. Nathan received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology while also playing football (Go Dutch!) and singing in the A cappella choir. He graduated in 2002 and worked two years at Southwest Iowa Egg cooperative as an assistant manager and worked for a year at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames before returning to school. Dr. Nate married Terri Paustian who is a fellow graduate of Central College. Dr. Nate received his DVM from THE Iowa State University in 2009.
Dr. Nate and Terri welcomed their first child, Ada in 2009 and Isaac, their second in 2011, and Mack, their third in 2014. When he has free time, Nate enjoys being outdoors including farming with his dad, hunting, fishing,and gardening.
Dr. Nate enjoys working and learning about all types of animals, but has a strong interest in cow/calf practice. Dr. Nate has been an integral part of developing good working relationships with both existing and new clients in our Anita location.
Dr. Erin Conrad
Dr. Erin Conrad grew up on a diversified farm near Albion, IA, where her parents have raised dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, corn, and soybeans over the years. Dr. Erin is still involved in her parent's cow-calf operation. She graduated from Marshalltown High School in 2004.
Dr. Erin pursued a double major in Animal Science and Dairy Science at Iowa State University. She continued her education at Iowa State University and graduated from veterinary school in 2012. Dr. Erin took a special interest in production animal medicine during veterinary school. During her time as a mixed animal practitioner, she has gained an equal interest in small animal medicine.
Dr. Erin met her husband, Kirk Schwarte, at Iowa State University. Kirk grew up near Atlantic, IA on row-crop and cow-calf farm. Erin and Kirk are excited about the move to southwest Iowa—Dr. Erin can continue to pursue her passion of providing veterinary care to a variety of species and Kirk can now begin farming with his family. In her spare time, Dr. Erin enjoys gardening, baking, scrapbooking, running, and taking care of her two dogs, Otis and Ruby.
Dr Toni Scheloski
Dr. Toni Scheloski is originally from Menlo, Iowa and graduated high school from West Central Valley in 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science in 2012 from Northwest Missouri State University (Go Bearcats!). She graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine this past May with an interest in both large and small animal practice.
In her free time, Toni enjoys riding her horses, sports, boating, and hunting.
Dr. Toni started at the Stuart and Anita Veterinary clinics on June 15th. We are very excited to have her. Be sure to welcome her if you see her around!
Dr. Amy Crane
Dr. Crane is originally from Des Moines, Iowa where she found her love of cats and dogs through the pets her family had over the years on their acreage. She graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After graduations she practiced 1 year in mixed animal and then joined a small animal practice in Des Moines for 13 years. She has been a part-time small animal associate at the Stuart Veterinary Clinic since 2013. Also, she is an adjunct instructor at DMACC in the veterinary technician program. Dr. Crane has a special interest in behavior, dermatology and small animal preventative medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Crane enjoys spending time with her husband (Dr. Shawn Nicholson), their 3 wonderful children and their 3 cats, 1 dog and 1 guinea pig. She also enjoys cooking, reading and attending all of her kids’ events!
Karla has been with the clinic since 1999. The clinic is very fortunate and grateful to have Karla on staff. Karla is very active in the community, especially with church and athletic activities. Karla and her husband Bruce have 3 adult sons, Alex, Maxwell, and Sam.
Karla states, “I love the diversity of my job - working with our clients, the animals (large and small), lab work, assisting with surgery or whatever else happens during the day. The most rewarding part of my job is the people I work with. They are the key to our clinic’s success.”
Linda joined the clinic staff in 2002. The clinic is very fortunate to have Linda on board. Linda especially enjoys her various opportunities to assist with animals and work with our clients. Linda states, “Our clinic offers a wide variety of services for animals small and large. In my opinion, our veterinarians are top-notch and truly care about quality animal care.”
In her spare time, Linda enjoys working outside with her husband Warren on their farm and watching horse racing. Linda will also challenge you in pitching horseshoe
Hannah Yetter, RVT grew up in a small town Richmond, IA. She graduated from Mid-Prairie high school of Wellman in 2001. After high school she attended the Veterinary Technician Program at Kirkwood Community College. There she received her Associate of Applied Science degree in 2004 and became a Registered Veterinary Tech.