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 nutrition, 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 and a cat named Kiki. Dr. Frey enjoys spending time with her children, attending scout and sporting event,s as well as bowling, reading, and crafts.
Dr. Amy Rief
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. 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. Lauren Gealow
Dr. Lauren Gealow first learned her love for animals while growing up in northern Iowa, setting her sights on Vet School by age 8. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in 2010 from Iowa State University, she went on to earn her Veterinary Degree from her Alma mater in 2014.
Dr. Gealow worked as a small animal practitioner in western Iowa before joining NAMC. Her special interests include orthopedics and anesthesia, but enjoys learning the newest techniques and treatments no matter the subject.
Dr. Gealow has four “fur babies” including a Thoroughbred named Bubba, two Labradors names Dixie and Jo, and a cat named Cub Cadet. In her spare time she enjoys anything outdoors, especially horseback riding and hiking the trails with her pups. She also enjoys trying new recipes, snuggling her “fur babies” while watching a good movie, and traveling to fair-weather country.
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 shares 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.