Dr. 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.

Dr. Nick Bauer, DVM


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.

Dr. Katie LeSage DVM


Education: Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

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


Education: Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

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.


Office Manager/Technician

Education: University of Kansas.

Hello and Welcome to Hawthorne Animal Hospital. My name is Martha. To those new to our clinic and/or website, I’ve been a team member since October 1992. I was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, graduating from the University of Kansas with a Classical Language degree. My high school sweetheart husband, Matt, and I moved to the Chicago suburbs where I applied my knowledge of Ancient Greece to Retail Management. During that time, we had the pleasure of sharing our love with 2 adorable rabbits, Demeter & Psyche. After a few years, we returned to Kansas, and I changed my career to working with animals. And, thus, my path with Hawthorne Animal Hospital began - it was love at first poop-sample! Over the years, I have worn many different hats, with my main role currently being office manager. My strength is working with fearful pets, compassionately assisting in their transformation into calm and relaxed patients. Over these 2+ decades, my husband and I have been ‘owned’ by multiple All-American dogs and 1 cat. In our spare time, we’ve enjoyed participating in dog training and the marvelous sport of Dog Agility. One of our dogs, Mykonos, won several National awards. A great way to bond with one’s 4-legged kids, I highly recommend Dog Agility for any dog/human duo. In my free time, I enjoy creating jewelry and racewalking. I have participated in races across the country earning some really nifty medals and even completing 3 marathons, one in Athens, Greece. My other passion is… my dogs, Gaius (above) and Zori. I always have many, many photos on my phone, especially of them running around the back yard together carrying a very large stick. (1 big stick – 2 happy dogs!) Next time you come by Hawthorne Animal Hospital; I’d love to share…just ask! Enjoyed talking with you…stop by anytime.



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, husband 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: Liv, Megan, Amy and Trinity. They are very important to us and help run the kennel, keeping our boarding animals healthy and happy.