Veterinarians at Riverside Animal Hospital
Dr. Dan Drahos, DVM
Practice Owner, Veterinarian
More commonly referred to as simply “Dr. Dan”, he is a guy wearing many hats! A 1993 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Dan has been co-owner of Riverside Animal Hospital since 2001. Dr. Dan has also served as the President/Executive Director of The Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities since 1999. To top it all off, Dr. Dan has been the Program Veterinarian at the Muscatine Community College Veterinary Technician program since 2010.
Interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Dan does have a special interest in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, laser applications for surgery and healing, plus current and new medication and medical techniques. He has found it especially gratifying to see the positive affects our new therapy laser has had on his orthopedic surgical cases!
Dr. Dan, an avid cook at home, has been taking it on the road! His tail-gates at ISU football are legendary, and he has been crowned the Bar-B-Que King at an ISU Grilling Competition! He also stays busy playing racquetball, golf and gaming.
Dr. Stacy Kula
Dr. Stacy Kula is an Iowa native, born and raised on a livestock and grain farm outside of Anamosa. She is a 2014 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kula enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine but also enjoys working with the cattle on her family farm. She currently lives on a small acreage with her spouse Brad and they have two cats, Toni and Dusty.
Veterinary Technicians at Riverside Animal Hospital
Kelsie Dugan, R.V.T.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Kelsie joined the staff at Riverside in 2013 with one year of tech school left. As a graduate technician with her board exams under her belt she quickly developed excellent skills in everything she does.
Professionally, Kelsie is interested in everything technicians do, but has a particular passion for animal behavior. Kelsie has an Australian Cattle Dog, Taylor, he is a super cool guy, and he sure loves his Kelsie!
Kelsie is an avid hunter, so during deer and turkey seasons, she is busy putting meals in the freezer! After all that activity, she also really enjoys reading.
Office Staff at Riverside Animal Hospital
Client Care Specialist
That friendly smile that greets you from the front desk belongs to Diane. We are so happy to have her as a part of our team. Diane has been a long time client, and when we needed a competent and friendly face in the office we were overjoyed that she wanted to join the team. She is busy learning the ins and outs of preventive medicine and the Riverside way of functioning.
The perfect combination of pet lover and people person, Diane is a great fit at the front desk. Diane and husband Bill share their home with Lucky, their diabetic blue heeler mix. During her spare time, Diane spends as much time as she can with all her beloved grandchildren Sawyer, Isabella, Gabriella and Mason.
Nicole Harper is our newest Client Care Specialist as of November 2016. She is learning the ropes of the front desk quickly and we have started training her to help out the veterinary technicians when they need assistance. Once she is fully trained she will be a jack of all trades!
Nicole has a few fur babies herself, most recently a Blue Heeler named Jager. Nicole likes to help out on her boyfriend’s cattle farm on her time off, yet always makes sure she finds time to hunt despite her busy schedule!
Ken joined the Riverside staff in 2016. He recently retired from a 30-yr career working in the credit union industry. Working in all areas of banking, he spent the latter part of his career working in operations and process management. We are pleased to have his wealth of experience to assist in managing the financial side of our practice.
If the name sounds familiar, it is. Ken and Dr. Dan are cousins. In fact they are double cousins, as their mothers married their fathers. He is very excited to assist behind the scenes to enable Riverside staff to devote more time to their clients.
In his spare time, Ken loves to be on his bicycle. If the sun is out, the wind is down, and the trails are clear: even a winter day won’t keep him inside. He is also an avid bowler, with nine career 300 games and 22 (and counting) national tournaments under his belt.
Kennel Staff at Riverside Animal Hospital
Lauren is active in orchestra as a stringed bass player, Lauren attended All State orchestra in 2015. We hear she is going to participate in band this fall as well, so we will enjoy seeing her have fun with that.
Zuzu is quite new to our staff at Riverside, and we are really excited to have her.