Veterinarians at Riverside Animal Hospital
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 the owner of Riverside Animal Hospital since 2001. Dr. Dan also serves as the President/Executive Director of the Animal Emergency Center of the Quad Cities which he was instrumental in opening back in 1999. To top it all off, Dr. Dan is the Program Director at the Muscatine Community College Veterinary Technician program where he has been teaching 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 was crowned the Bar-B-Que Grand Champion at an ISU Grilling Competition! You may catch him at local BBQ competitions with his Two-Bohemians BBQ team. Dr. Dan decompresses by playing racquetball, golf, and gaming. A versatile musician and singer-songwriter, Dr. Dan has recorded several albums with his guitar and banjo and over 35 albums of European marches playing his flugelhorn and trumpet. Check out the Dr. Dan the Animal Man link above to enjoy some of his ‘educational’ creations.
Kelli Ruther, DVM
Dr. Kelli Ruther, originally from Clinton, Iowa, attended Iowa State University for her undergraduate studies where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Following graduation, she worked for Nestle Purina PetCare before returning to Iowa State where she graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Her special interests include internal medicine, ophthalmology, wound care, and nutrition. In her free time, Dr. Kelli enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys running, gardening, camping, and tending to their farm.
Practice Manager at Riverside Animal Hospital
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.
Registered Veterinary Technicians at Riverside Animal Hospital
Haley Coulter, RVT
Haley joined the Riverside team in March of 2020 for her veterinary technician internship and accepted a full-time position after graduation. Haley graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Muscatine Community College in May of 2020 and passed her national exam – obtaining her certification in December of 2020.
Haley likes to spend her free time outside and often is riding horses on her farm. She has one cat named Lucy, 3 dogs (Pax, Pig, and Molly), 3 horses, 2 mules, and too many cows/goats to name. Haley is your typical hard-working farm girl!
Nikki joined the Riverside team in June of 2022 after returning to Iowa from Florida where she and her family lived for the past ten years. Nikki comes to us with six years of experience in the veterinary field where she was employed by a 24 hr emergency hospital. Nikki has two Boxers, Brooklyn and Bear, an English Bulldog, Broley and a Tortie cat, Dalilah. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing pool, and being outdoors.