Ann Brown, DVM

Veterinarian, Practice Owner, Education: Kansas State University. Dr. Brown graduated from Kansas State University with her DVM in 2004. Always a Wildcat, she received her BS in Biology from Kansas State University in 2000. This is also where she met her husband, Joe. Originally from Overland Park, she actually worked at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in high school working her way up from kennel staff. Dr. Brown purchased Hawthorne Animal Hospital in June of 2008 from Drs. Susan Brundrett and Rob Davis. Ann and Joe have two adorable daughters named Samantha, and Caroline. They have 2 rescued dogs Vinnie and Sunny.

Nick Bauer, DVM

Veterinarian, Education: Kansas State University. Dr. Nicholas Bauer is a 2015 graduate of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. Like Dr. Brown, he grew up in the Kansas City area and has worked at Hawthorne as kennel staff/ veterinary assistant during high school and on holiday breaks while in college for a total of 8 years. When not treating his 4-legged patients, Dr. Bauer enjoys jogging with his own dog, an adopted German Shepherd mix named Echo. Other interests include reading and spending time with family and friends. He is a member of the AVMA, AAHA, KCVMA, and KVMA organizations.

Amanda Berck, DVM

Veterinarian, Education: Kansas State University, University of Nebraska. Dr. Berck graduated from Kansas State University with her DVM in 1998. Originally a Cornhusker, she grew up in Elm Creek, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Veterinary Science BS. It was there that she met her husband, Dave. They now have 3 beautiful girls, Emersyn, Aubryn, and Ashlyn. Their busy family has 4 adopted cats: Whiskers, Chase, Cheese Puff and a Ragdoll Teensy Merlin. The Bercks also have 3 American Paint horses named Blitz, Boo & Bandit.

Dr. Katie LeSage


Dr. LeSage is a 2017 graduate of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her BS in biology from the University of Kansas in 2012. She grew up in the Kansas City area and lives in Mission, Kansas with her husband Brian. She has a ten year old black lab named Dixie and four adorable cats. In her free time, she enjoys running, camping, hiking and gardening. She has also worked in shelter medicine in the past and continues to be active in the community.

Dr. Beth Foster, Relief DVM

Dr. Beth Foster joins us from Clay Center and graduated from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After finishing vet school, she completed an internship in small-animal medicine and surgery in Chesapeake, Virginia. She then relocated to the other side of the country and continued her work with small animals over in Southern California, before moving back to Kansas in 2006, where she continued her work as a relief and full-time veterinarian. Dr. Foster and her husband Ben have three children: a son named Jack and two daughters named Finley and Quinn. They are also pet parents to a Labradoodle who goes by Moose. When Dr. Foster isn’t helping heal animals, she enjoys yoga, being in the outdoors and watching her kids play sports.


Practice Manager/Technician, Education: Kansas State University. Amy graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science-Production Management in 1998. Her love of animals brought her to work at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in 2000. Amy’s interest and big heart led her to 2 Golden Retrievers Luna & Salvy, and she takes care of rescue animals. In her free time, Amy enjoys horses, spending time at the lake and helping with her children’s 4-H projects. She has a toy poodle named Phoebe and a Bengal kitten Caruso.


Office Manager/Technician, Education: University of Kansas. Martha graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages, but her other passion “animals” became her career path when she started working at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in 1992. We must admit that Martha knows the ropes, even if she is a Jayhawk! Martha and her husband Matt enjoy competing in race walking events and walking the trails. She has two dogs named Gaius & Zori.


Technician, Education: Kansas State University. We are lucky to have Diana here. She has been working in Veterinary medicine for 16+ years. She brings patience and compassion to the clinic and we enjoy having her! Diana spends her spare time with her husband and loves seeing her children and granddaughter. She has two dachshunds named Mojo and Xander and a rescue cat named Tristan.



Shelby has been grooming for 12 years. She grew up in a family that bred and showed dogs, so she’s been working with animals since she was a small child. She was a qualified junior handler and is extremely good at grooming all breeds of dogs! Shelby has 4 children and she enjoys spending all her spare time with them touring soccer fields. Shelby has 1 rescue dog named Harper and 4 rescue cats Midnight, Twilight, Nala & Dusty.



In mid-2015 after 13 years with us, Julie started another adventure, but we are thrilled to say that she still helps us out on a part-time basis. Julie always has a great story to tell—whether it’s about her pets’ adventures or the latest about her kids.Julie has 2 adopted black labs, Cagney & Lacy and a retriever mix named Sydney.


Customer Service Representative | Part Time - Saturday / As Needed

Education: Purdue & University of Illinois

June worked for Hawthorne on Saturdays part-time for over 20 years. She is now retired and we are lucky to have her help on Saturdays! You will recognize her because she always has a smile on her face and a giggle in her voice. June shares her house with her little dogs Bella and Rosie. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.


Veterinary Assistant / Customer Service Representative Education: University of Kansas, Penn Foster

Jenna has been working at Hawthorne Animal Hospital since June 2016. Caring for animals has always been one of her passions. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Communication Studies major and a Business minor. She also graduated from Penn Foster to become an Approved Veterinary Assistant. She has also become Fear Free Certified. She has decided that animals are where her passions truly lie. She has an adorable golden retriever named Piper, who she enjoys walking every day. She plans to continue her education and work with animals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, fiance TJ and their dog Piper.


Veterinary Assistant/Kennel and Daycare Manager Education: University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College

Tyler is currently pursuing his goal of becoming a veterinary technician and keeps busy in our daycare and kennels when he isn’t in school. When Tyler isn’t in Camp Hawthorne he works as an educator at the Kansas City Zoo on weekends. Tyler grew up with his Mom showing AKC Bernese Mountain Dogs and now currently lives with 2 cats of his own, Ash and Klause.


Customer Service Representative Education: Johnson County Community College

Morgan has been with Hawthorne Animal Hospital since March 2018. She truly enjoys working with the clients and their pets each day. Morgan began working in the veterinary industry back in 2010 and has continued with it. At home, she has an Aussie Sheltie mix named Ace who has gone to work with her for 8 years and an Australian Shepherd named Brinkley. When not at work she spends her time with her friends, family, and two pups.

Daycare & Kennel Staff

We have a core group of college and high school staff who come in when they are not in school to help in the kennel: Alexa, Erin, Sofia, Amy, Caroline, Ashley, Liv, Samantha and Megan. They are very important to us and help run the kennel, keeping our boarding animals healthy and happy.


Alexa has been working at Hawthorne Animal Hospital for over 1 year. She has always enjoyed working with animals and has previous experience from animal shelters and doggy daycares. She is a senior at Olathe East High School. She has a dog Ellie, and 1 cat named Diesel. She is planning to attend Pitt State in the fall of 2019.


Part Time

Samantha is a senior at Blue Valley North West High School and has a love for animals. She has two dogs, a dachshund and a boxer, and has wanted to work with animals since she was small. She started in the industry as a kennel attendant at another animal hospital. We are lucky to now have her here as a member of our team.


Tessa is our morning daycare attendant/kennel assistant where she enjoys gaining more hands on experience with animal behavior. Hoping to accomplish her dream of taking care of animals as a career, she is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program. In her spare time she loves to be with her two dogs Nellie and Stella and her sweet kitty Henry.


Part Time

Megan is a senior at Olathe East. She is on the dance team. She plans to attend K-State next year to major in animal science and plans to be a Veterinarian someday.