Dr. Julie Kramer, DVM
Dr. Kramer is a native of Cedar Falls, IA. She lived various places all over the US throughout her life, but eventually settled back here in the Cedar Valley to raise her family. She has two sons, the older son, Austin, lives in Des Moines and her younger son, Sawyer, lives in St. Louis. She also as a stepdaughter, Sarah, and two grandsons in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dr. Kramer graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. She worked for a few different veterinarians after graduating college, until the fall of 1996 when she decided to open her own specialty clinic here in Waterloo to serve cats only. Her passion for cats and the need for a cat-only clinic in the area is what initially drove her to opening her own practice.
Outside of work, Dr. Kramer enjoys riding and showing her horses, Bum, Tootsie and Scarlett; caring for her indoor cats, Hazel and Maybelle; her barn cats, Rodney and Luna; and her dogs, Sadie and Ruby. She also enjoys spending time in her perennial gardens around her Waterloo farm house. She also spends time going on motorcycle rides all over and camping in her RV with her husband and their dogs. Her favorite pastime is spending time with family and friends!
Amy, Receptionist / Assistant
Amy is a native of Minnesota (we try not to hold it against her!) and moved to the Waterloo area as a young girl. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 25 years. When you come into PCCC you will most likely find Amy behind the front desk answering your questions or helping you with your food purchases! Amy is also in charge of ordering of food, medications, and products.
Despite her many years in the veterinary field, in 2011 Amy did something she’d never done before – adopted a kitten! She named her Pitbull and Amy now has another cat, Ella. Ella and Pitbull have become great friends.
Outside the clinic Amy enjoys spending time with her animals, her husband, Steve, and their children and grandchildren. Amy and Steve both enjoy hiking, biking, and camping all over the US in their RV.
Emily, Head Technician and Groomer
Emily is an Iowa native, eventually settling in Shell Rock with her husband. She attended Iowa State University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and has been working in the veterinary field since 2018. Here at PCCC, Emily is our groomer and assists in the exam room, in surgery, with other anesthetic procedures, and also runs lab samples. She helps care for kitties that are being hospitalized or boarding. She enjoys meeting new patients, collecting and assisting with blood draws, running urine samples, and assisting in surgery, but her favorite part is making friends with scared kitties.
At home Emily has 6 cats, Vanilla, Snickers, Butternut, Joy, Klondike and Munster; and a Mastiff, Lady; and most importantly, her husband, Joe. She was born in Sioux City and raised in Sergeant Bluff. Her family recently moved to Lincoln, NE so she looks forward to making new memories there. In her free time, Emily enjoys riding the motorcycle with her husband, going to the beach, painting, coloring, and is always down for a nap with her fur-babies.
Hollie, Technician (RVT)
Hollie is an Iowa native, living in various parts of the state over the years, and eventually settling in Cedar Falls, IA. She attended the University of Northern Iowa, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and attended Kirkwood Community College for her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2013.
Here at PCCC, Hollie assists in the exam room and in surgery, performing dental cleanings, taking x-rays, running lab samples, and caring for the animals that are being hospitalized or boarding. She really enjoys obtaining blood samples, doing dental cleanings, and educating clients on the dietary needs of their cats.
At home Hollie has 4 cats, Shadow, Eddie, Freya, and Moonlight Unicorn; a husband, Ben; and daughter Kattarina. In her spare time Hollie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, kayaking, and hiking.
Rhonda is one of our newer team members, joining us in October of 2021. While she is new to us, she is not new to the veterinary community. She came to us with 24 years of experience and we are enjoying the back and forth of teaching and learning from each other! Here at PCCC, Rhonda assists in the exam rooms, collecting and running blood and urine samples, taking radiographs and helping care for any kitties that are staying with us. Rhonda enjoys working with our patients and clients to help provide their pet with quality care. She really enjoys the teamwork atmosphere here, and that we care about our patients as if they are our own.
At home, Rhonda has 3 dogs, Dakota (a blue fawn German Shepard), Rayvn (a blue heeler) and her rescue pug Frankie. When she’s not at work she enjoys watching movies or cooking. She also plays darts on a league team and enjoys playing pool. In the summer time, she enjoys being outside in the nice weather with nature.
Merryn is an Iowa native and moved to Waterloo a few years ago. She was born in Grinnell, Iowa surrounded by many animals all her life and prefers to keep surrounded by many animals at home.
She is currently attending Unity College and studying Wildlife Conservation. Merryn came to us with a few years of experience as a medical technician from the humane society. At the humane society, she enjoyed getting to meet and interact with stray animals, picking their fun names out, and watching them find their furever homes. She also enjoyed fostering kittens, totaling over 60 kittens and cats during her time there. Here at PCCC Merryn will be helping with treatments, restraining, surgeries, and taking care of any of the kitties that stay with us. She enjoys having the opportunity and responsibility to love and care for the kitties of the Cedar Valley. Every day is a new learning experience.
At home, Merryn has 6 cats; Pharaoh, Persephone, Princess Mononoke, Sparrow, Esme, and Nephele, as well as a Labrador mix called Rowdy and two geckos; Chihiro and Haku. Merryn is a lover of nature, spending a lot of her time hiking the woods with Rowdy and her boyfriend, Levi. When she isn’t in the woods, she can be found at home or in the park, reading books and writing her own short stories, while Levi plays his guitar.
Jenna, Reception / Assistant
Jenna is an Iowa native, residing in Dunkerton, Iowa. She grew up with horses, dogs, cats and also had a guinea pig, chinchilla, and a hamster. She graduated from Iowa State University in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. Jenna has been with us for a year but came to us with a year of previous veterinary experience. She has always known that she wanted to work with animals and feels very fortunate to find a career within her field. Jenna and her boyfriend, Jacob, have an Australian Shepherd named Gunner and a Maine Coon named MoMo, and her newest addition, Franky.
During her free time Jenna enjoys camping, kayaking, going to concerts, and crafting with her mom. Her favorite thing about working for PCCC is being able to watch the kittens grow up that come in for their first kitten visits. She also loves to snuggle and bond with the kitties that visit us!
Cristina, Assistant / Reception / Book keeper
Cristina is a California Native that moved to Iowa when she was 9 years old and grew up in Cedar Falls. Cristina received her diploma from Hawkeye Community College for Veterinary Assisting in August of 2021. She came to us before she finished her program to complete her requirement for an internship, deciding to stay on with PCCC once that was completed. Since then, Cristina has taken on more responsibility here at the clinic, including helping with reception and doing our book keeping, in addition to her knowledge of assisting. Cristina was drawn to the veterinary profession because to her love of caretaking, especially vulnerable animals.
At home Cristina has 3 cats: Moscato, Oso, and Dracula, and most importantly her husband, Armando. During her free time, Cristina enjoys creating new recipes and grilling in the summer time with family and friends. Her favorite things about working for PCCC are working with our team to problem solve and help provide quality care for all of our patients. She really enjoys spending time talking with clients and enjoys the forming a bond, she really strives to make each and every experience a positive one.