Our Team

Meet the team at Alburnett Veterinary Service below!

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At Alburnett Veterinary Service, Experience Counts!

Our doctors have over 25 years of medical and surgical experience. They strive to keep up-to-date on new findings, treatments, and techniques to make life better for you and your four-legged family members. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about our doctors and staff or schedule an appointment.

Get to know our team!

Micheal Halsor

DVM
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Dr. Halsor has practiced veterinary medicine at Alburnett Veterinary Service since graduating from Iowa State University in 1989. He is a native of the Cedar Rapids area, and he and his wife, Linda, reside in rural Center Point with their Labrador named Junior. They have two grown children (Madeleine and Sam). Dr. Halsor is a long-standing member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Association and has been active in local veterinary groups. Dr. Halsor enjoys the outdoors, especially annual trips to Canada and the Great Lakes. He is also an avid trapshooter.

Best Pet Advice: Your pet can be a 10-15 year commitment. Choose wisely and give them lots of love.

Courtney Plazek DVM

Courtney Plazek

DVM

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Dr. Plazek is a Pennsylvania native where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania before attending Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduating in 2021. Her professional interests include nutrition, dentistry, and preventative medicine. She also especially enjoys working with feline patients and in shelter medicine. Dr. Plazek loves veterinary medicine because she never knows what each day will bring. Every patient and their family are different with their own unique needs. Her goal for every patient is to design individual plans to help each one live the best life possible. She currently resides in Marion with her German Shepard, Monaco, and 2 cats, Bentley and Tucker. When she is not in the hospital, she enjoys baking, traveling, and wine tasting.

Courtney Plazek DVM

David Lange

DVM

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Dr. Lange graduated from Augustana College in 1984 and the University of Illinois College of VeterinaryMedicine in 1993. He has practiced in Illinois, Colorado, and Oklahoma prior to moving back to Iowa. Dr.Lange and his wife, Cassandra, live in rural Cascade with their cat, Fuzzy, dogs Merry and Pippin, horsesShady and Twinkle, donkey Rosie, and about 40 sheep. Two of their children (Gabe and Madeleine) are in college, while their other 3 (Andy, Abby, and Libby) are scattered across the country and the world (Taiwan). Dr. Lange loves the people and pets he meets as a veterinarian, and that every day is unique: you never know what will come through your door. He hopes that during your visit to our clinic, whether for a wellness exam or medical or surgical appointment, you have a good understanding of the state of your pet’s health and what to expect going forward. Outside of work, Dr. Lange enjoys cooking, enjoying the outdoors with his wife, farming, and reading.

Dave Knight

RVT
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Dave has worked at Alburnett Veterinary Service for over 31 years. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979. Years later, Dave returned to school to get a veterinary technician degree. He has five grown children and four grandchildren, with a fifth on the way. Dave has quite the menagerie of animals. He has three dogs (Ludwig, Leona & Cracker), a horse (Captain), seven farm cats, peafowl, chickens, guinea fowl, muscovy ducks, and a turkey. Dave enjoys spending time with his grandkids and thinking up pranks to play on them. When veterinary medicine leads to a positive outcome, he appreciates his role as a veterinary technician.

Best Pet Advice: The following items are on my “gotta go or gotta know” list, including fad diets, choke chains, stretchy leashes, Flexi-leads, harnesses, and pinch collars. Some of them shouldn’t be in use. However, some of them can be used with care but must be used safely and effectively.

Dee Shurtz

RVT
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Dee has lived in Cedar Rapids for many years now after relocating from the east coast. She is originally from South Carolina and has lived in many states due to her father’s military service. Dee was awarded her Associate of Applied Science degree in veterinary technology in May 2002. She also is certified in nutrition. Dee joined Alburnett Veterinary Service in March 2009. She finds fractious cats a challenge and loves her job and all the different animals she has encountered over the years (snakes, a tortoise, cougars, panthers, skunks, and a kangaroo.) She also enjoys educating clients about caring for their pets and the importance of training and keeping them healthy. Dee enjoys spoiling her Great Danes named Triton (RIP) and Frozen, who think they are lap dogs, as well as her cats (Leo, Blue, and Ara). She enjoys walking, traveling, the ocean, attending concerts, and spending time with her five grandkids.

Best Pet Advice: Pets are truly amazing but remember they are animals and have their limits. It’s important kids know how to respect pets and their boundaries.

Tammy Mysak

Veterinary Assistant
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Tammy has been with us since 2009 but has been a veterinary assistant for over 30 years. She grew up on her family farm and always had a passion for working with animals. She is married and has a daughter, Kylie, who will graduate from Kirkwood Community College with her veterinary technician degree in 2021. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys archery, hunting, fishing, and watching Kylie show cattle. She also volunteers with 4H and helps out at the Linn County Fair. Tammy has three Standard Poodles named Phantom, Cash, and Maggie, a Chihuahua named Chopper, and four house cats. They raise cattle and also have two horses, a donkey, and some goats.

Best Pet Advice: Confide your dreams and secrets to your pets because they won’t tell anybody!

Carie McElroy

Veterinary Assistant
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Carie has been with Alburnett Veterinary Service since 2016. She lives with her husband, three kids, and two cats Nero and Taco. Caring for animals has been a lifelong passion for Carie. She loves seeing our patients grow and enjoys being involved in their care at each stage of their life. She enjoys hiking and camping with her family in her free time and exploring Iowa’s many parks and trails.

Best Pet Advice: Trim your puppy’s toenails while they are young, so they are acclimated to it when they get older.

Emily Stewart

Veterinary Assistant
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Emily started with Alburnett Veterinary Service in May 2020 after graduating from Coe College, where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry. She was born and raised in Riverside, Iowa, where she grew up surrounded by animals. Emily currently resides in Cedar Rapids with two friends and her cat Bob, who she adopted this past November. While Emily is fascinated by veterinary medicine, she is particularly interested in dermatology, radiology, and pharmacology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering at SAINT Cat Rescue, boating, and doing yoga.

Best Pet Advice: Always take pride in your pet’s health by making sure they are safe and by asking questions!

Jacki Forcht

Veterinary Technician
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Jacki started with Alburnett Veterinary Service in May 2020 to complete an internship. After completing her internship, she started working part-time as both a Kennel Assistant and a Veterinary Assistant with us as she continues going to school full-time to finish her degree. Jacki has lived in Cedar Rapids her whole life until recently moving to Central City with her boyfriend (Olin), dog (Bear), and cat (Athena). Upon graduating from Kirkwood, Jacki hopes to continue working as a registered veterinary technician with us.

Best Pet Advice: Love your pets with your whole heart. They are only with us for a part of our lives, but for them, we are their whole lives!

Gretchen Selk

Veterinary Assistant

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Gretchen started at Alburnett Veterinary Service in the Fall of 2021. She has enjoyed working with animals of all sizes since childhood. Gretchen grew up on a small greyhound farm with her mother and 2 sisters in Robins. She is also an expert and award-winning western rider. Gretchen enjoys the constant learning you get from working in a clinic environment. Gretchen enjoys spending her time outside in the garden with her pit bull terrier. Gretchen’s best pet advice: judge people based on how they treat animals.

Amanda Schultz

Practice Manager

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Amanda joined the practice in September 2021 as the practice manager. She has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years but her passion for animals goes all the way back to her younger days. Her favorite thing about the field is that you learn something new every day and likes sharing the knowledge with clients helping them understand their fur friends’ needs. When not working she loves spending time with her husband, three kids, two dogs (Kooper Keegan and Mitchell), and two cats ( sally and Ben) they all enjoy just being outdoors, camping, fishing, kayaking, minibike riding, and traveling.

Mandy Kirby

Receptionist

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Mandy has been with Alburnett Veterinary Service since July 2020. Mandy was adopted from Santiago, Chile, when she was just a baby and then grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Toddville. She comes from a family of animal lovers. Mandy has two fur babies of her own, her cats Lilly (13) and Stripes (19), who she took in after she was left at her family’s tree farm, and it was the best decision she ever made! Mandy really enjoys interacting with our clients over the needs of their furry loved ones and hearing stories about their animals, as well as spoiling pets while they are spending the day with us. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys crocheting hats and scarves and taking naps with her cats.

Best Pet Advice: Always take time to spoil them!