Dr. Jennifer Emerson-Mathis grew up in a small town here in Iowa, but was originally born in Canada, which makes her a dual Citizen! She comes from a long line of Veterinarians including her Father, Grandfather, and Great Uncle. You may see her father on occasion as he is still practicing in Iowa today. She graduated high school as Valedictorian and soon went on to receive her Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry in 1997. In 2001, she graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. After graduation, Dr. Jen joined a multi-vet practice just outside of Chicago for many years before moving back home to Iowa. She practiced in Adel before starting a practice of her own here in West Des Moines.
Dr. Jen is happily married and has two kids (three if you count her fur baby!) Her dog is a Dachshund and Yorkie cross named Daisy, which is a coincidence because her favorite breed of dog is also a Dachshund. Should free time arise, she enjoys stamping, scrapbooking, crafting and quilting, and she's often told her craft room looks more like a craft store!
She expanded the practice to include the Norwalk office to provide additional care for patients in the area. Her focus in the animal industry is dentistry, and is in the final boards testing process after training under Dr. Heidi Lobprise, DAVDC. Prior to formal dentistry training, she became a Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner with the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management in 2013. She believes that Dentistry is the greatest way to stop hidden pain in patients and offers Advanced Dentistry Referral Services through the Norwalk location. To Dr. Jen, veterinary care means making the lives of people better through pets, and treating pets as family!