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Dr. Karen Allenspach
Dr. Karin Allenspach
Internal Medicine

Dr. Allenspach is a professor in small animal internal medicine and a professor in translational health. She has a PhD in immunology and canine chronic enteropathies. She is also board-certified in small animal internal medicine. Prior to joining the Iowa State faculty in May 2016, she was a faculty member in small animal internal medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. At Iowa State she will concentrate on clinical and translational health research, with a goal of establishing Iowa State as a center of excellence for clinical trials in companion animals. Her passion lies in research into chronic enteropathies in dogs and comparative mucosal immunology and gastroenterology across the species.

Dr. Alex GIllen
Dr. Alex Gillen
Equine Surgery

Dr. Gillen is an equine surgery clinician who recently completed a residency program at Auburn University. She also completed an equine surgery internship at the Chino Valley Equine Hospital in California and an equine sports medicine and imaging internship in the United Kingdom. She previously was in private practice in the United Kingdom. She earned her veterinary degree from Magdalene College, Cambridge University (United Kingdom) in 2007.

Dr. Julie Riha
Dr. Julie Riha
Emergency, Critical and Intensive Care Services

Dr. Riha is a 2014 graduate of Ross University. After graduation, she came to Iowa State to complete an emergency and critical care internship. She worked in emergency medicine at Iowa Veterinary Specialties before joining the faculty at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center. She enjoys cooking and being outdoors with her golden retriever, Delaney.

Dr. Lionel Sebbag
Dr. Lionel Sebbag
Ophthalmology

Dr. Sebbag graduated from the National Veterinary College of Toulouse (France) in 2011. After graduation, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Kansas State University, followed by a four-year residency in ophthalmology at University of California-Davis. His professional interests include tear film dysfunction, feline herpesvirus, corneal innervation and corneal stem cells. Dr. Sebbag enjoys spending time with his wife, two cats and dog. He also enjoys playing sports (tennis, basketball, soccer), listening to music and playing the guitar.

Dr. Dane Tatarniuk
Dr. Dane M. Tatarniuk
Equine Surgery

Dr. Tatarniuk is a board-certified equine surgeon. He completed his DVM training at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011, and completed a residency program in large animal surgery at the University of Minnesota in 2015. He joined the Equine Surgery Service at Iowa State in August 2016. His clinical interests include equine emergency orthopedic & musculoskeletal surgery, equine abdominal surgery, and equine lameness & sports medicine.

Dr. Rebecca Walton
Dr. Rebecca Walton
Emergency, Critical and Intensive Care

Services Dr. Rebecca Walton is a board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care clinician. She earned her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences (Calif.) in 2012. After graduation, she completed an internship at the University of Minnesota and her residency program at North Carolina State University where she was a K9 Down Instructor and IronDog Board Member.

Dr. Tamara Swor
Dr. Tamara Swor
Equine Surgery

Swor is a board-certified large animal surgeon (2004) and large animal criticalist (2010). Originally from North Dakota, Dr. Swor earned her DVM degree from Iowa State in 1999. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an associate veterinarian at a private practice in Texas, and associate veterinarian and large animal medical director at a private practice in North Dakota. She has also held clinical appointments at Texas A&M University and Washington State University.

Dr. Eric Zellner
Dr. Eric Zellner
Small Animal Surgery

Dr. Zellner is originally from Michigan where he earned his DVM from Michigan State University. He came to Iowa State for his rotating internship, and small animal surgery residency. He is a faculty member in the small animal surgery service. His interests include running with his border collie puppy, water skiing, and soccer.