Meet OurVeterinarians

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Brock Lofgreen, DVM

Hospital Director

Dr. Brock Lofgreen graduated from Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and began his career in Wichita at the Wichita Emergency Veterinary Clinic. Working and communicating with area veterinarians and clients advanced his practice style and medical knowledge. As he attained a feel for community expectations and needs, he shaped the concept for future hospital development to include specialty veterinary services. In February 2002, Dr. Lofgreen became the Hospital Director. In 2005, the hospital was renamed Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital of Wichita after hiring the first board-certified veterinary surgical specialist in the Wichita. The year 2008 brought more changes to the practice as Dr. Lofgreen and his partners purchased the practice from the previous shareholder group of the Wichita Emergency Veterinary Clinic. The hospital currently offers 24/7/365 emergency veterinary services along with specialty surgery, internal medicine, dentistry and ophthalmology. Dr. Lofgreen has led the way in the growth of VESHW and plans to add other specialty disciplines to the practice such as radiology, oncology, cardiology and any others that may present themselves as a need in Wichita and the surrounding area.

Brock and Angie have three daughters — Abigail (13), Jillian (9) and Ava (4) — who attend school in the Maize district. They enjoy outdoor activities, sports, music, reading, gardening, KSU football and basketball, spending time at the lake and various other activities in the area.

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Doug Winter, DVM, Dip AVDC

Dentistry and Oral Surgery

Dr. Douglas Winter, DVM, Dip AVDC is a 1987 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College specializing in dentistry and oral surgery. Dr. Winter accepts dentistry and oral surgery cases at the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital of Wichita and Animal Emergency Clinic Of Northwest Arkansas. He also regularly consults and provides dentistry and oral surgical services to zoos in the Midwest. He has performed over 400 procedures on various exotic and zoo animals, which include root canals, periodontal surgery, fracture repair, and tumor removals. Dr. Winter is very active in the veterinary community, and provides continuing education for general practitioners at the local and national level on topics related to veterinary dentistry. He spends most of his spare time with his wife and two daughters, hiking and biking in the mountains and promoting veterinary dentistry.

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Todd Henrikson, DVM

Radiology & Imaging

Dr. Henrikson is a third generation veterinarian from Emporia and 1998 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Henrikson completed his radiology residency at Kansas State in 2004 after spending three years in private practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Prior to moving back to Kansas in 2012, Dr. Henrikson spent the last seven years with a five-person radiology group, working with a variety of specialist and private practitioners in Northeast Ohio.

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Rustin Sturgeon, DVM, DACVO

Ophthalmology

Dr. Rustin Sturgeon comes to Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital of Wichita as a satellite of the Eye Care for Animals in Overland Park, Kansas. Eye Care for Animals is dedicated to providing the finest in veterinary ophthalmology services and the highest level of care, education, and understanding to our clients, their pets, and our referring veterinarians. He earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. After graduation, Dr. Sturgeon was in private companion animal practice for two years, and spent four years in the emergency and critical care department of a multi-specialty referral hospital in Overland Park. Dr. Sturgeon completed his comparative ophthalmology residency at Eye Care for Animals, after which he became a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He appreciates the opportunity to work with VESHW allowing him to fulfill a career goal and core value of Eye Care for Animals which is to extend his expertise to the Wichita area.

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Bryan Christinat, DVM

ER Doctor Team Lead, Emergency Services

Dr. Bryan Christinat was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, but has lived in Wichita most of his life. He graduated from Wichita East High School in 1991 and attended Wichita State University and Kansas State University for undergraduate studies. In 1999, he graduated from the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced veterinary medicine in a small animal private practice for 1.5 years before coming to Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital in 2001. He has 2 beautiful teenaged daughters that keep him busy.  He loves going to sporting events and traveling with his daughters, golfing, and playing poker.

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Alex Brooks-Schrauth, DVM

Emergency Services

Dr. Alex Brooks-Schrauth is a Wichita native. She completed her undergraduate degrees at K-State and received her doctor of veterinary medicine from Kansas State University's  College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing in the Kansas City metro area as a general practitioner, she is happy to return to Wichita to practice emergency medicine. She strives daily to recognize, nurture and preserve the human-animal bond. Her specific interests are soft tissue surgery, wound care, nutrition and integrative/complimentary medicine. Outside of work, she and her son take care of their "menagerie" at home of dogs, cats, rabbits and a stoic turtle named "Sigmund." She enjoys the outdoors, weight-lifting, and fostering her ever-growing library of antique books.

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Holly Smith, DVM, cVMA, CVPP, CCRT

Surgery Services

Dr. Holly Smith, DVM is a native of the Oklahoma City area and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1995.  Since graduation she has practiced in both mixed and small animal practice in the Hutchinson and McPherson areas before joining VESHW. For Dr. Smith, joining the team at VESHW meant fulfilling the dream of working with a team of extremely talented veterinarians and staff whose entire goal is to provide the best medicine possible to each and every little (or big) furry patient. Dr. Smith’s current areas of focus include veterinary pain management and mobility issues, scientific integrative medicine and surgery which facilitate her  professional interests in improving the quality of life for each patient by considering the whole patient including the pet’s myofascial and orthopedic systems, lifestyle, occupation, role in the family and its personality. She integrates traditional veterinary medicine, pharmacology, acupuncture, massage, laser, rehabilitation, and surgery, as indicated with a caring touch, to aid each individual patient along the journey of achieving the best outcome possible. She is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and is a DOC instructor at the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course. She and her husband enjoy chasing their 3 children around the state at their activities and athletic events, keeping their cows happy, and sometimes she even has time to ride her horses.

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Stephen Ward, DVM

Emergency Services

A native of the Kansas Flint Hills, Dr. Ward began working with animals over 30 years ago as a veterinary assistant at a mixed animal practice, and as an animal care technician at a community animal shelter in El Dorado, KS. Dr. Ward graduated from Circle High School in 1983. He received his Bachelor's degree in 1988 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1990, both from Kansas State University. After college, he moved to Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks region, practicing for 25 years in both mixed and small animal medicine. He also served as a charter member on the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine's Small Animal Advisory Council. His professional interests include oncological and trauma surgery, wound reconstruction and healing, and endoscopic foreign body recovery. In his off hours Dr. Steve divides his time between Wichita and his Lake of the Ozarks home that he shares with his wife, Rosete, his two dogs (Auzzie and Grace), and his two cats (Rocky and Stinky B.). He and Rosete have a 19 year-old son, Mikale. Dr. Steve's hobbies include boating, fishing, road trips with the top down, and 4-wheeling.

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Pam Howell, DVM

Emergency Services

Dr. Pam Howell joined our team as an emergency veterinarian in August 2016. She graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Howell practiced general and emergency small animal medicine and surgery in Orlando and Ft. Myers Florida before returning home to Kansas. After spending two years in an emergency and specialty hospital in the Kanas City area, Dr. Howell return to rural Kansas and has practiced emergency and general small animal medicine and surgery. When not working, Dr. Howell spends her time with her family riding mules, traveling, and enjoying nature.

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Michelle Townsley, DVM

Emergency Services

“I cannot remember a time when I didn't want to be a veterinarian” says Dr. Townsley.  She grew up on a farm, and now lives in that same home-having always been surrounded by animals; cows, pigs, horses, cats and dogs, & over the years --rats, a pony, peacocks, turkeys, chickens, ferrets, a gerbil, and even a ball python. Dr. Townsley graduated from Kansas State University in 1994, and has always been thankful to be in this profession to help improve pet's quality of life and the bond between people & their pets. She practiced in Dodge City, KS for 2.5 years then returned home to Wichita, where all her siblings live, to perform Relief Work and meet lots of wonderful Wichita Area Veterinary Teams. She accepted a position at the Kansas Humane Society as Clinic Director in 1999 and dedicated a majority of her career caring for homeless pets, improving the quality of life in the shelter (medical production management) and creating the most efficient surgical teams around. During her 18 years at KHS, she performed over 90,000 spay & neuter surgeries! One of her most treasured work accomplishments is having helped design the amazing KHS Clinic. She began working at VESHW in April 2016 PRN, helping to cover on weekends when needed and became full-time April 2018. She says “I love this team and the work we do here! We are able to make a difference every day by practicing the best medicine possible.” Dr. Townsley thoroughly enjoys surgery, pediatrics, and working as a team. A life-long learner, she applys fresh knowledge, every day. She loves life, her ‘wonderful sweetheart’, children, grandchildren & siblings, food, art, and the outdoors.

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Patricia Schroeder, DVM

Emergency Services

Dr. Schroeder is a 2005 KSU College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. Prior to Veterinary school Dr. Schroeder was a Registered Veterinary Technician for 17 years. As an RVT, she worked not only in mixed animal practice, but she taught Clinical Pathology for four years in the Veterinary Technician program at Colby Community College. 

After earning her DVM, she owned and operated a mixed animal practice in Council Grove for 11 years. Dr. Schroeder has also worked as a Veterinary Relief doctor since 2006 and has served in over 50 Kansas Veterinary clinics. Dr. Schroeder joined the VEHSW team as a part-time emergency veterinarian in 2015.

When Dr. Schroeder is not working in Wichita, she continues providing outpatient care and preventative healthcare to the Council Grove area from her practice. Dr. Schroeder has lived in Council Grove with her husband since 2000. They have a son and daughter that are both currently attending college.

Dr. Schroeder has a passion for veterinary medicine and animal care, and dedicates most of her time to increasing the quality of life for animals.

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Amy Highbarger, DVM

Emergency Services

Dr. Amy Highbarger grew up in Butler County and graduated from Circle High in Towanda.  She earned her veterinary degree from Kansas State in 2007 and after graduation pursued equine and mixed animal practice in Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Ohio and New Mexico.  After exploring veterinary medicine all over the Midwest, she returned home with her husband and daughter to be close to family.  She joined VESHW in the fall of 2018 and her favorite part of coming to work is the fast paced challenge of emergency medicine.  In her downtime she loves to catch up with her 2-legged and 4-legged family members and watch K-State sports.