Stacey Munger, D.V.M. (Practice owner)
My name is Stacey Munger and I am a veterinarian and the owner of Heart of Ankeny Animal Hospital. I graduated from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.
After graduation I began my career in a small animal practice in Richmond Hill, Georgia, a small suburb of Savannah. It was a “small town vet” atmosphere and I learned a lot. There were no emergency clinics in our area so we offered after hours care. I learned a lot from the seasoned vets on staff and was blessed that they were willing to be patient mentors to the “new grad”! Being the newest veterinarian on staff, I got the privilege of being on call. A lot. I spent many nights giving advice and seeing clients at midnight! I gained a lot of confidence and realized my passion for surgery while in Georgia.
After enjoying two years in the warm southern climate I realized that Georgia was just too far away from home and took a job in Woodbury, MN with Banfield Pet Hospital. The idea of corporate medicine was off-turning in the beginning. I envisioned everything being about money instead of good quality medicine and personal relationships. I realized over time that although corporations can affect some of the options that I had, they could not change the type of veterinarian that I wanted to be. I was very impressed with the high quality care and standards we were held to and still use a lot of the same protocols at our hospital today. We had a positive environment and a wonderful team of technicians and reception staff to support us. Our practice was extremely busy and employed 5 doctors. I started as an associate in 2008 and worked myself up the ranks to Chief of Staff. While working in Minnesota I also met my husband Bo. We were married in 2010 and welcomed our daughters Sarah (10) and Emma (8), and Lucy (5).
Although I enjoyed my job in Minnesota and the great team I had surrounding me, I had always held onto the dream of opening my own practice. I enjoyed the fast pace of corporate veterinary medicine but sometimes resented the fact that I didn’t have more one on one time with clients or the time to make sure everyone received that personal touch. I decided to go out on my own and knew the only place to do it was in central Iowa where I was born and raised. After careful consideration Ankeny seemed like a great fit for us! We are so excited to watch the practice grow! Although it’s been an adjustment getting used to the slower pace as we build, it has been so nice to get to know my clients on a personal basis and know that I am able to give them my best.
In my free time I do as much as I can with my girls and family. We live in Ankeny's Prairie Trail neighborhood and are enjoying meeting new friends and neighbors. My husband works for Trinity logistics in Ankeny. My oldest daughter, Sarah enjoys riding horses, basketball, softball, volleyball and reading. Emma enjoys gymnastics, softball, basketball, and volleyball. And little Lucy is following right in both her sister's footsteps! I hope they all grow up to share my passion for animals, but look forward to seeing and supporting them wherever their interests may lead them. I hope that one day, like me, they are lucky enough to turn their passion into a career and truly LOVE what they do!
Heather Quinn, D.V.M. (Associate)
Dr. Quinn originally joined the Heart of Ankeny Team in February of 2016 as a veterinary technician. We then took her on as our Associate Veterinarian in the summer of 2018. She is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and did her undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. In 2014 she moved to Ames and began her journey at Iowa State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with the class of 2018. Since starting at our hospital as a DVM, Dr. Quinn has enjoyed meeting new faces and forming new relationships with our clients and their pets. She strives to do as much as possible for all four-legged friends, and uses every day to learn as much as possible. She also enjoys learning the ropes of surgery and emergency medicine, and teaching her coworkers new things.
Outside of work, Dr. Quinn loves to travel and spend time outdoors camping, playing tennis, soccer, and occasionally golf. Some weekends she will also enjoy spending time at her parent's lakehouse in Minnesota. Dr. Quinn is a big fan of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and enjoys cheering them on with her husband, Justin, and working on projects around the house in Ankeny that they also share with their two labrador retrievers Leidner and Wally.
Nicole Oldfather, D.V.M. (Associate)
Dr. Oldfather joined our team in June of 2020. She is originally from the Quad City Area and spent most of her life there. She completed her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University in 2012, and continued her education at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2016. After graduation, she returned to the Quad Cities practicing veterinary medicine at small animal clinics in Davenport and East Moline. She is very excited to be in central Iowa, to learn more about the Ankeny community, and to meet its wonderful residents! She is looking forward to working closely with owners and her wonderful new co-workers to give all four-legged family members the best care possible.
In her spare time, Dr. Oldfather likes to work on crafts, play video games, and watch movies. She enjoys spending time with her family, and her fiance. She also enjoys traveling, and hanging out with her dog, Cooper Canyon, and two cats, Keyser Soze and Midnight.