Dr. Jim Pottebaum, Veterinarian/Owner
Dr. Jim Pottebaum was raised on a family farm near Carroll, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University studying Animal Science and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He and his wife Cindy were married at ISU and moved to Winterset after graduation to work at the Winterset Veterinary Center. In January 1989 he became a partner, and is now sole owner of the Winterset Veterinary Center. Dr. Jim enjoys mixed animal practice because everyday provides a variety of activities. Cow-calf, swine, sheep, and equine work, as well as, pets and exotics are seen at the clinic. When he is not at work, Dr. Jim is involved in many church and civic organizations and volunteer projects. Dr. Jim and Cindy have three grown children, Rebecca, Kate and Sam, that they follow around the world.
Dr. Lonna Nielsen, Veterinarian
Dr. Lonna Nielsen has been with the Winterset Veterinary Center for 12 years. She grew up in Northern Iowa on a hog farm and cared for many animals during those years. She married Dan Nielsen in 1984 and they have four adult children. Dan is the Financial Advisor for American State Bank. They attend St. Paul Lutheran Church. They enjoy traveling to new destinations and to see their children… literally North to ISU, South to Missouri State, East to Chicago, and West to Omaha. Dr. Lonna has been writing a blog for Winterset Veterinary Center since August of 2016. She monitors the Facebook account and website to keep updates and posts current and relevant. In the 31 years since her graduation from ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine the biggest changes she has seen are how technology has impacted practice and evidence that our furry friends have left the backyard and moved into the bedroom.
Stephanie Woolson, Technician
Stephanie was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. Her husband, John, and she followed their dreams and moved to a small acreage in Madison County in 1997. They have two children, Ashlyn and Austin, and are blessed with their first granddaughter, Ruthie Rose. Prior to working at WVC she was a stay at home mom and caretaker to many animals. When the kids got older she joined Winterset Veterinary Center in 2003. She has been known to say, “This is her dream job.” Her hobbies consist of small weekend getaways, reading, and of course spoiling the grand baby.
Liz Grose, Pet Stylist
Elysabeth Grose grew up and graduated from Winterset in 2019. She goes by the name “Liz” and was a kennel employee at Winterset Veterinary Center in high school. After high school she decided pet grooming was a career for her. She was trained and worked in the Des Moines/Altoona area for the first 3 years prior to returning to Winterset in 2020. Winterset Veterinary Center is happy to have her here grooming all breeds of dogs and even the occasional cat. She is thrilled with the amazing clientele who appreciate her grooming skills. She loves the art of pet grooming and the furry friends who she works so closely with. Liz, her husband Dexter, and their son Crew live in Winterset with their 3 dogs and a guinea pig. Liz always treats her patients like they are her own furry friends. Recently, Liz began helping with kennels and receptionist responsibilities as well.
Valerie Halter, Receptionist
Valerie (Val) Halter was born in North Carolina. She and her husband, Tim, moved to Iowa in 2011. They have two daughters (Mandy and Alyssa) and one grandson (Charlie). When Val is not working, she spends her time playing with Charlie, baking and renovating their home. Her fur babies have been part of the Winterset Vet family since 2013, when they moved to Saint Charles. Her love of fur babies is what inspired her to join the Winterset Vet family in 2019.
Rita-Kay McDonald, Front Desk
Rita-Kay grew up in rural Winterset and graduated from WHS in 2010. She now lives back here after graduating from Hawkeye Community College with a degree in art and photography. She lives on an acreage south of Winterset on Saint Charles Hwy with her fiancé Paul. While always having a passion for art, she says that her love/care for all animals has been her #1 passion. In December 2021, Rita-Kay decided to take the next step in her life/career and is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Ashworth Community College. After graduation she plans to continue her career at Winterset Veterinary Center. Her primary responsibilities are greeting, scheduling, checking in/out our clients, and all other front-desk tasks. Rita-Kay is a ray of sunshine in our office and loves every single fur baby that comes through our doors as if they were hers! Her hobbies include camping, kayaking and fishing with Paul and their two Australian Shepherds, Ranger (pictured) and Eva.
Ashley Kinney, Kennel Staff
Ashley Kinney has lived in Madison County her whole life. She started working at the Winterset Veterinary Center in 2021. She loves interacting with the dogs that board there and getting to know all their silly personalities. Currently, she is a senior at Winterset High School and working towards her graduation. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys drawing, collecting plants, and spending time with her animals. She is part of the Crawford Hillsiders 4-H club and shows poultry, llamas, and sheep at the Madison County fair. In the future she plans to attend Iowa State University and get a degree in veterinary medicine.
Riley Rodish, Intern
Rylee Rodish is currently a senior at Waukee High School. She is enrolled in a program called “school to work.” This program allows her an opportunity to intern for a specific career path. Rylee picked Winterset Veterinary Center because she is interested in large animal veterinary science. She especially enjoys being around all of the different animals that come into the clinic. In high school Rylee has been involved in women’s wrestling, meals to farmers, FFA, and also volunteered at the ARL. In her free time she enjoys her horses, Ranger and Libby, and does barrels and Western Pleasure riding.
Ben Johll, Gold Star Volunteer
Ben Johll lives in rural Madison County with his family. He takes pride in folding the laundry for Dr. Jim, Dr. Lonna, and the staff at the Winterset Veterinary Center. Ben enjoys visiting with people and likes to be busy. His hobbies are swimming, bowling, swinging, coloring, and listening to music. He also treasures family time with his parents, six brothers and sisters, and dogs, Tinkerbell and Jasmine. Ben has been with Winterset Vet clinic since 2011.