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.
Elysabeth Grose, Pet Stylist
Elysabeth Grose has been a resident of Winterset since 2004. Elysabeth has always had a love for art and animals. Once she graduated from Winterset Senior High School, she pursued a career in the pet grooming industry. She thought what better way to put both her talents together and make peoples’ pets look and feel better. She has been grooming for 2+ years now and continues to expand her knowledge and love for all pets. While she isn’t pampering other people’s pets, she uses her free time to spend with her own pups and creates different pieces/kinds of art. Mixed-media art and animals are her favorite subjects.
Mary Gregory, Receptionist
Mary Gregory has been with WVC for eight years. She retired from the US Army, civilian employment, after 30 years of service. Mary has one son, one daughter and is the proud grandma of four teenage granddaughters. She lives on 20 acres and raises horses and competes at barrel races with her daughter and granddaughters. Having the opportunity to interact with clients and their pets is one of her favorite aspects of her job. Both the clients and their pets are dear to her and have become like family. To Mary, it’s not a job, but a passion.
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.
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.
Summer Luke, Kennel Attendant
Summer Luke has been a kennel attendant at Winterset Veterinary Center since October, 2018. She takes care of the kenneled animals, including walking and feeding, along with general maintenance duties. Summer is a junior in high school and plans to major in college in either Veterinary Science or Criminal Justice with a minor in Ministry. Summer likes to spend time with family and friends, swim, scrapbook, and watch older TV shows and movies. Summer has volunteered with From the Heart Ministries since 2009.
Eian Stoner, Kennel Attendant
My name is Eian Stoner and I’ve been working at the Winterset Veterinary Center since October of 2018. I am 16 years old and junior in high school. I’m involved in marching band, jazz band, concert band, and musical pit band. I can play four different instruments including the trumpet, bassoon, french horn, and the trombone. At the Winterset Veterinary Center I help take care of all the animals, clean the clinic, help out in the surgery room, and that beautiful cut grass you see in the front is me.