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Meet Nebraska Animal Medical Center’s Veterinarians
Nebraska Animal Medical Center’s staff is what makes our hospital great. We would like you to meet them.
Dr. Kent Forney
Dr. Kent H. Forney earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1979 and his doctor of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1984. In 1985, Dr. Forney moved “home” to Alliance, Nebraska, where he practiced in a mixed-animal practice until his move to Lincoln in April 1987.
Dr. Forney is a member of AAHA, the AVMA, and the NVMA, where he served on the board of directors. He is also a past member of the Nebraska Board of Health. Dr. Forney currently serves as a director for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
His special interests include dentistry, dermatology, radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroid cats, and surgery. Dr. Forney enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and speaking to various groups, schools, and organizations. Dr Forney and his wife, Shelley, have three sons, Adam, Eric, and Shane, and pet family members, Lexi the black Labrador retriever and Bear the Yorkshire terrier.
Dr. Forney has attended intensive continuing education in dentistry and oral surgery at the Animal Dental Training Center (ADTC) in Baltimore, Maryland. Since its inception, the ADTC has offered many weekend, multi-ability level courses in dental radiology, oral pathology, oral surgery, restorations, and endodontics for general practitioners, technicians, and practitioners with a special interest in dentistry. The Center offers advanced Master level courses for individuals who have proficiency in dentistry. In addition to its regular schedule of courses, the ADTC has hosted the American College of Veterinary Surgeon’s Arlington, Virginia, wet lab in dentistry and provides yearly mock preparatory examinations to help candidates prepare for taking the dental specialty boards.
Dr. Forney completed intensive classroom training, as well as hands-on training regarding the use and safety of administering radioiodine (I-131) to treat hyperthyroid cats. Following training and on-site inspections, Dr. Forney became licensed by the state of Nebraska to treat hyperthyroid cats in Nebraska at Nebraska Animal Medical Center.
Dr. Carrie Frey
Dr. Carrie Frey received her bachelor of science in veterinary science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1993. In 1997, she graduated from Kansas State University with her doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Upon graduation, she practiced in a small animal clinic near Kansas City, Missouri, for a year and a half. In November 1998, Dr Frey returned to her hometown to join Nebraska Animal Medical Center as an associate veterinarian. Interestingly, Dr. Frey actually started her career here in 1989, when she worked as a kennel staff member throughout her pre-veterinary years.
Dr. Frey’s special interests include internal medicine, abdominal ultrasound, oncology, and exotic pets (small mammals and some reptiles). She values the strength of the human–animal bond and derives great job satisfaction from helping pet owners keep their furry family members healthy. She also has a special soft spot for dachshunds! Dr. Frey is a member of the AVMA and NVMA.
Dr. Frey and her husband (who is also a veterinarian) have three children, Daniel, Emily, and Grant. Also part of the family is dachshund Jed. Dr. Frey enjoys spending time with her children whenever possible, as well as bowling, reading, and crafts.
Dr. Jaime Kline
Dr. Jaime Kline is originally from Bellevue, NE. Dr. Kline says "I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian ever since the age of 5. My grandparents lived on an acreage and the neighbors had dogs, cats and horses." When Dr. Kline was in middle school she was part of the Explorers program and had the opportunity to job shadow at a veterinary hospital, which further fueled her desire to become a veterinarian.
Dr. Kline received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science at Iowa State University in 2003 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in May 2007. In addition to general medicine and surgery, Dr. Kline's special interests include dermatology and internal medicine. She has advanced education on ear disease and treatments including myringotomies and MedRx otoscopy taught by Louis Gotthelf, DVM. She is able to treat and diagnose extensive and complicated dermatology cases which include autoimmune diseases, endocrine dermatopathies, allergic diseases (Atopic dermatitis, adverse reaction to foods, etc), infectious diseases (demodex, scabies, dermatophytes, resistant pyodermas, etc.), and paraneoplastic cutaneous diseases. She is trained and has experience in performing intradermal skin testing using Greer veterinary laboratories.
Her Internal Medicine experience allows her to diagnose and treat extensive internal medicine cases such as chronic/acute pancreatitis, autoimmune diseases, and various endocrinopathies. She is also able to perform internal medicine treatments which include abdominal ultrasounds, u/s guided FNA, bone marrow biopsies, transtracheal washes, and chemotherapy.
Dr. Kline is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatologist and have attended numerous veterinary educational forums including the annual North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum and the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology.
Dr. Kline shares her life with husband, Roger, and daughter, Jocelyn. She enjoys traveling, swimming, gardening and spending time outside with her family and dogs, German Shorthair Tobias, Brittany Spaniel Katie and Orange Tabby Cat Gawain. She and her husband hope to own an acreage and raise some crops and livestock.
Dr Chad Cosgrove
Dr. Chad Cosgrove grew up on a cattle ranch in North Central Nebraska, near Bassett. Kangaroo was Dr. Cosgrove's cat as a little boy and began his love for animals. When he moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska he began working, as an assistant, in a small animal veterinary practice. That experience helped make the decision to become a veterinarian.
Dr. Cosgrove earned his Bachelor Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska in 1995 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1999. Upon graduation, he returned to Lincoln to practice in a small animal hospital.
Dr. Cosgrove's special areas of interest are Canine and Feline behavioral medicine. He attended the North American Institute of Veterinary Behavioral Medicine in 2007 and enjoys attending veterinary conferences and learning the latest information and treatments available.
Dr. Cosgrove is married to his next door neighbor, Amy. They share their lives with son, Thomas, as well as furry family members Retriever mix, Tessa, and cats - Sawyer Brown and Linus. In his spare time, Dr. Cosgrove enjoys watching NASCAR and college football, building Transformers with his son, and playing games on his phone.
Dr. Lindsey Hanson
Dr. Lindsey Hanson grew up in Kearney, NE, and developed a love for animals early on by caring for her childhood pets. She received her bachelor's degree in veterinary science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009 and then went on to earn her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 2013. Following graduation, Dr. Hanson joined the Nebraska Animal Medical Center family in June of 2013. She is thrilled to be starting her career surrounded by such a talented and compassionate staff!
Dr. Hanson is interested in internal medicine and would like to pursue further training in cardiology. She is very excited to get to know the Nebraska Animal Medical Center clients and their cherished pets. She believes that "a veterinarian must love people, because although it is the animals for whom we care, it is their family whose lives we help to make whole."
Dr. Hanson is married to her high school sweetheart, Brent, and together they have a pug named Henry (a.k.a. Hank the Tank). She enjoys spending free time with family, playing tennis, watching movies, and playing the piano.
Dr. Amy Rief
Dr. Rief joined the NAMC Team of Doctors June 15, 2014. Dr. Amy grew up in Columbus and she says "I have always known I wanted to become a veterinarian since I knew what one was. I started working in veterinary clinics, as a kennel worker, at the age of 14 and have slowly worked my way up through the profession." Dr. Amy started her career as a Veterinary Technician, after earning her Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology in 2008. After receiving her License in Veterinary Medicine, Amy came to work for NAMC. She went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in veterinary Technology from the University of Nebraska in 2010. In 2010 she entered Veterinary School and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2014. Dr. Amy came back to NAMC as a doctor and we are thrilled to have her back! And Dr. Amy echoes that..."I am excited to be back with the wonderful NAMC family!"
Dr. Amy has always had a strong interest in dentistry, but also enjoys internal and emergency medicine and surgery. She enjoys getting to know clients and their four legged family members. Dr. Amy says "I believe strongly in the human-animal bond."
Dr. Amy is planning a wedding with her finance, Jaren, who she met at NAMC! Their family includes a smart mixed breed dog named Callie, and Tucker - a fun loving German Shorthair pointer.
Dr. Amy enjoys spending time with family, friends and their fur family members, as well as playing volleyball, softball, golfing and watching movies.
Dr. Tricia Sund
Dr. Sund-Wiebusch joined NAMC in December of 2013. Originally from Northern California, she attended Colorado State University and graduated in 2000 with a double major in Biology and Zoology. After graduation she moved to Nebraska, where she worked in a Research Lab until she started Veterinary School at Kansas State. She graduated from K-State in 2006, returned to Omaha, and practiced there until moving to Lincoln in 2010 to work for Williamsburg Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Sund-Wiebusch enjoys general veterinary medicine and strongly believes in Preventative Medicine for every stage of life. While attending school at CSU she double majored in Biology and Zoology and worked for the "Changes" department, where she became invested in the animal-human bond. It was also there that she met her future husband, who eventually brought her back to Nebraska. Dr. Sund-Wiebusch says "I enjoy working with pet parents, as well as the animals." She has become more involved in the NAMC Mobile practice and you may see her about town in the NAMC mobile clinic doing house calls.
Dr. Sund-Wiebusch feels family is very important. She share her life with her husband, son, daughter, Gus the Labradoodle, Ryan the Leopard Gecko and Arial the Beta fish. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, volunteering at her children's schools, running and exercising.
Dr. Truc Thanh Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen joined NAMC in October of 2014. Originally from Vietnam, her family moved to the US in 1999. She graduated from Lincoln High, received her BS in Animal Science and attended Iowa State University, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She says she hasn't developed a special interest yet in the many aspects of veterinary medicine, but does enjoy ophthalmology.
While she was in High School, she made the decision to pursue veterinary medicine, because she always loved being around animals. When she moved back to Lincoln, to find a job, she says "When I found out NAMC wanted to hire me I was ecstatic! I didn't want to become rusty, after graduation, and was excited to start practicing."
After graduation from vet school she married her husband, Ryan, and they have a guinea pig named "Bat Diet". She says they are still waiting for the right time to add a dog to their family but are still trying to figure out a breed they can both agree on. Prior to coming to NAMC she volunteered at the Capital Humane Society doing spays and neuters, and hopes to volunteer there again in the future. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and has made several traditional Vietnamese dresses.
Dr. Scott Pretzer
Dr. Pretzer grew up in Southeast Nebraska near Diller. He received his undergraduate education from the University of Nebraska and his doctor of veterinary medicine from Kansas State University. Dr. Pretzer practiced in Abilene, Kansas, for 12 years prior to returning to Nebraska to join Nebraska Animal Medical Center.
In addition to general medicine and surgery, Dr. Pretzer’s special interests include orthopedic surgery and internal medicine. He is also board certified in reproduction and is actively involved in the Society for Theriogenology, an organization of veterinarians dedicated to reproduction, and has served on their board of directors.
Dr. Pretzer married his high school sweetheart, Holli, and they have two children, Reid and Skylar. His pet family members include Jack Russell terrier, Darby, and littermate whippets, Checkers and Sparky. His interests include outdoor activities including watersports, scuba diving, and adventure racing. He also enjoys spending time with his family at the family farm near Diller.
Dr. Micah Kohles
Dr. Micah Kohles was raised in Holland, Nebraska, and graduated from Norris High School. He attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and received a bachelor of science degree in 1997, followed by a doctor of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University in 2001. He is currently completing a master’s in public administration through the University of Nebraska Omaha. He practiced at an eight-doctor, small animal and exotics practice in Denver prior to returning to Lincoln to take a position with Nebraska Animal Medical Center and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in 2003.
Dr. Kohles has a strong interest in surgery, exotic and zoo medicine, and geriatric medicine. He also works at Oxbow Animal Health, where he is director of technical services, and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, where he is a member of the board of directors. He lectures throughout the United States at veterinary schools and conferences. He is a member of multiple professional organizations, including AVMA, AAV, AEMV, AZA, AAZV, ARAV, and the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, where he serves on the board of directors.
His family includes his wife, Ashley, and sons, Tegan and Kai. His extended family includes his dogs, Gunner, an obnoxious Jack Russell terrier, and Cali, a lazy yellow Lab, as well as three quarter horses. In his spare time, Dr. Kohles enjoys spending time with his family and doing anything outdoors, including, but not limited to, adventure racing, running, hunting, skiing, hiking, and volleyball.
Dr. Cindy Sasse
Dr. Cindy Sasse grew up on a farm and knew she wanted to be a vet when she was a young girl. She states "I was given all the orphaned and runt animals to raise and fell in love with caring for animals". Dr. Sasse received her Pre-vet education from Cloud Community College, her Animal Science degree from Kansas State University in 1992 and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from KSU in 1994.
Dr. Sasse has special interests in emergency medicine, surgery and pediatrics. Dr. Sasse "I love working with people and their pets. Pets love us unconditionally and enrich our lies on a daily basis. They ask for so little in return."
Dr. Sasse is from Deshler NE and shares her home with husband, Gerald, three daughters: Madison, Mikayla and Brook, and family pet members Yorkie Paris, Heeler/Border Collie ace, and cats: Romeo, Oreo, Tiger, Sunshine, Chubs, Mittens, Smokie, Charlie, Simone and Princess. She and her family also raise cattle and chickens. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, riding ATVs and reading. She is a member of the NVMA, KVMA, AVMA, LEDRS, St. Peter's Lutheran Church and the Deshler Chamber of Commerce.