Ingrid M. Straeter-Knowlen, Dr. med. vet
Dr. Straeter was born and raised in Germany where she attended the Tieraerztliche Hochschule (Veterinary School) in Hannover, Germany. She went on to an internship program in small animal medicine and surgery at Washington State University and then to a fellowship and a faculty position in cardiology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. At the same time, Dr. Straeter started a non-traditional residency in veterinary cardiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, completing it in 1999 (“board-eligible”). In 1997, Dr. Straeter founded Cardiac Evaluations, Inc. which now constitutes her sole work after stepping down from her position at UAB. (read Dr. Straeter’s full bio here)
Kristen Bell is the welcoming voice who’ll greet you most often when you give us a call. Kristen joined Cardiac Evaluations/Animal Rehabilitation in July 2014. She has worked in the veterinary field for several years both as a technician and as a receptionist. Kristen liked working with the patients themselves, but she found her true calling being at the front line to make sure we take care of the patients’ “parents” as well. Kristen is married to Ryan, they have a toddler named Evan and a four-legged son named Bogey, a Papillon. Bogey is lucky because he gets to come to work with Kristen every day to join our little doggy daycare room.
We were lucky to be able to add Dana Freeman to our team in 2015. Dana has been working as a veterinary technician since 1997, and in specialty animal clinics since 2007. It is safe to say that Dana has a special gift to deal with cats to let them entirely trust her. Dana is also a graduate of applied science for sonography (vascular, abdominal, and OB). At home, Dana spends her time with her 2 children, as well as her many dogs and cats which she calls her four-legged children.
Kathy joined our team in 2012 and has rapidly become one of our main assets. She enjoys working with different clients and pets. Kathy is an avid supporter of Golden Retriever Rescue, and she and her husband currently have a beautiful rescued Golden named Dusty. Kathy enjoys travelling, preferably with her dog, and loves long walks at the beach and in Oak Mountain State Park.
LeAnne Richardson, LVT
LeAnne is a licensed veterinary technician (LVT) since 1984. LeAnne has started to work for our animal rehabilitation and fitness veterinarian, Dr. Cindy Grant, in June 2011, and loves the difference that the therapy makes in so many pet’s lives. Therefore, LeAnne has learned more about this field and is getting her certification as a physical therapy assistant for veterinary medicine in June 2014. She feels passionately about abandoned, older, handicapped dogs and owns five herself, while also taking care of many cats and her horses. She lives on a little farm in Vincent, AL, with her husband Ron and their numerous pets. In her free time, LeAnne enjoys cooking and quilting.