Our Staff

Ann Brown

Ann Brown, DVM

Veterinarian, Practice Owner

Years in Practice: 12
Education: Kansas State University

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dr. Brown graduated from Kansas State University with her DVM in 2004. Always a Wildcat, she received her BS in Biology from Kansas State University in 2000. This is also where she met her husband, Joe. Originally from Overland Park, she actually worked at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in high school working her way up from kennel staff. Dr. Brown purchased Hawthorne Animal Hospital in June of 2008 from Dr's. Susan Brundrett and Rob Davis. Ann and Joe have an adorable daughter Samantha. They have 1 rescued dog Vinnie and a rescued cat Savannah that lives at the clinic.
Nick Bauer

Nick Bauer, DVM

Veterinarian

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Kansas State University
​​​​​​​Interests: Reading and spending time w/ family

​​​​​​​​​​​​Dr. Nicholas Bauer is a 2015 graduate of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. Like Dr. Brown, he grew up in the Kansas City area and has worked at Hawthorne as kennel staff/ veterinary assistant during high school and on holiday breaks while in college for a total of 8 years. When not treating his 4-legged patients, Dr. Bauer enjoys jogging with his own dog, an adopted German Shepherd mix named Echo. Other interests include reading and spending time with family and friends. He is a member of the AVMA, AAHA, KCVMA, and KVMA organizations.
Amanda Berck

Amanda Berck, DVM

Veterinarian

Years in Practice: 18
Education: Kansas State University, University of Nebraska

​​​​​​​Dr.Berck graduated from Kansas State University with her DVM in 1998. Originally a Cornhusker, she grew up in Elm Creek, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a Veterinary Science BS. It was there that she met her husband, Dave. They now have 3 beautiful girls, Emersyn, Aubryn, and Ashlyn. Their busy family has 4 adopted cats: Whiskers, Chase, Cheese Puff and a Ragdoll Teensy Merlin. The Berck family is very excited about their newest addition, a border collie mix named Maisy! The Berck's also have 3 American Paint horses named Blitz, Boo & Bandit.
Jenna

Jenna

Veterinary Assistant​​​​​​​
Jenna graduated from the University of Kansas with a Degree in Human Resource Management but has decided that working with animals is where her passions truly are. She plans to enroll in the Veterinary Technician program at Maple Woods in the Fall. We are so lucky to have her as a part of our team! Jenna has a Golden Retriever named Piper who is adorable!
Martha

Martha

Office Manager/Technician

Years in Practice: 25
Education: University of Kansas

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Martha graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages, but her other passion "animals" became her career path when she started working at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in 1992. We must admit that Martha knows the ropes, even if she is a Jayhawk! Martha and her husband Matt enjoy competing in agility trials with their adopted dog Skye. They also organize NADAQ trials in the Kansas City area.
Amy

Amy

Practice Manager/Technician

Years in Practice: 17
Education: Kansas State University
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​​​​​​​​​​​​Amy graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science-Production Management in 1998. Her love of animals brought her to work at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in 2000. Amy's interest and big heart led her to have a rescued lab Teaka, 2 Golden Retrievers Luna & Salvy, and a rescued barn cat Maddie. In her free time Amy enjoys Horses, spending time at the lake and helping with 4-H projects.
Julie

Julie

Technician

Years in Practice: 14

​​​​​​​Julie started working for Hawthorne Animal Hospital in 2002 after owning her own daycare for kids for 5 years. After 13 years in Mid-2015 Julie started another adventure full time but we are thrilled to say that she will still be here occasionally part-time! Julie has adopted 2 black labs Cagney & Lacy, a Chihuahua Sampson, & a cat Oz. Beside all the pet's adventures, she always has a story to tell about her kids.
Diana

Diana

Receptionist/Technician

Years in Practice: 1

"I have never known a life without animals, nor a time when they were not my passion. To work with horses was always my primary goal and for many years, I was very fortunate to live my dream as a horse trainer and behaviorist. I have had the amazing opportunity to learn from some of the best, and I will continue to learn. Life takes its turns, and one such turn took me out of horse training and back into the world of companion animal care, where I first started as a sophomore in high school." We are lucky to have Diana here. She has been working in Veterinary medicine for 16+ years. She brings patience and compassion to the clinic and we enjoy having her!! Diana spends her spare time with her Husband or Horse, and loves seeing her Children and Grandaughter.
Merriam

Merriam, RVT

Technician

Years in Practice: 7
Education: St. Petersberg College

​​​​​​​Merriam began working at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in 2009. She graduated from St. Petersberg College in Florida with a degree as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has worked at multiple clinics over the years and has a wide range of experience. When not at the clinic Merriam also does dog walking for clients. Merriam spends her spare time with her husband Seth and her children Lilli & Logan. Her family has two adopted cats Tigger and Jasmine, and an adopted dog Maya.
June

June

Years in Practice: 25
Receptionist

​​​​​​​June works with us on Saturdays as we are her 2nd (and of course more enjoyable) job! You will recognize her because she always has a smile on her face and a giggle in her voice. June shares her house with her little rescue dog Bella.
June

Bobby

Years in Practice: 1
Veterinary Technician/Receptionist

Bobby has been with Hawthorne Animal Hospital since January of 2016. She is in school to complete her degree in Veterinary Technology and is getting some on the job training with us as well. We are extremely excited to have her on our team! She has a big heart and loves all animals. She grew up in the Overland Park area and has 3 dogs. A bulldog named Porter and 2 chihuahua's Genghis & Kublai. Bobby likes to read and sells Jewelry in her spare time.
Daycare & Kennel Staff

We have a core group of college and high school staff who come in when they are not in school to help in the kennel. Jenna, Tyler, Kaylea, Kelley, Kelsey, Makayla, Alexa, Paola & Jordan, They are very important to us and help run the kennel, keeping our boarding animals healthy and happy.

Shelby

Groomer

​​​​​​​Shelby has been grooming for 12 years. She has been in the industry since she was a child since she grew up in a family that bred and showed dogs. She was a qualified junior handler and is extremely good at grooming all breeds of dogs! Shelby has 4 children and she enjoys spending all her spare time with them touring soccer fields. Shelby has 1 rescue dog named Harper and 4 rescue cats Midnight, Twilight, Nala & Dusty.
Vincent D Brown

Vincent D. Brown

Chief Security Officer

Interests: Fetch, Sit and Stay

Vincent "Vinnie" was found in a dumpster in 2010. He quickly becamed determined that this was where he wanted to be; eventually working his way up from charity puppy to Office Assistant to Dr. Brown. Vinnie spends his days 'fetching' files from the door to the desk. When not hard at work 'filing' he is under the desk monitoring the printer for any problems. Vinnie is also our chief security officer alerting us to any new dogs coming into the treatment area as well as inspecting the food prior to consumption.
Charlie M Hawthorne

In Memoriam-Charlie M Hawthorne, PHD


Years in Practice: 17
Education: Hawthorne Animal Hospital
Interests: Eating, Sleeping and Loving

Charles M. Hawthorne, was known to his friends and family as "Charlie" had been the General Manager and Team Leader at Hawthorne Animal Hospital for the past several years. Charlie started out his early years as a lowly clinic cat but since that time had quickly risen amongst the ranks. Thought of by his friends and co-workers as a real up and comer in the company, Charlie's steadfast friendship and likeable demeanor discourage any hard feelings. Charlie had the finest work ethic any of us have ever seen, if he needed to log 2 hours of sleep in the sun he went above an beyond to achieve that and more!

Sometimes Charlie's methods may have exceeded the standard acceptance levels, many times we have caught him 'lightening' the food barrels or even casually draping himself over a customers wallet; but in the end we all know that he did these things out of the goodness of his heart. Charlie passed away in October of 2013 just shy of his 15th Birthday. As his spirit will always be with us, his story will always maintain a place of pride amongst our staff. We all miss you Charlie.