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Mark Thornborrow, DVMDr. Mark Thornborrow, Co-Chief of Staff, has been with the Animal Hospital of Howard for more than 10 years. He grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, completing undergraduate studies in 1999. He then went on to earn a DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.

Dr. Thornborrow is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association(WVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). His passion is in advanced surgical and diagnostic procedures, and he prides himself on staying up to date on the latest veterinary technology.

At home, Dr. Thornborrow has three dogs — Ida Mae, Feta and Brie. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, snowmobiling and traveling.

Gina Grman, DVMDr. Gina Grman has been a part of the Animal Hospital of Howard team for more than 15 years. She grew up in Springfield, Illinois and currently resides in Appleton, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Illinois for both undergraduate and veterinary school, graduating in 1985 and 1989 respectively.

Dr. Grman previously practiced at the Heritage Animal Hospital in Hortonville, WI, the Rockford Animal Emergency Center in Rockford, IL and the Badger Veterinary Clinic in Janesville, WI. She has a special interest in dentistry, chemotherapy, internal medicine and geriatric care.

In her spare time, Dr. Grman enjoys sewing, gardening, reading and caring for her two children and husband Dan. She has three cats — Sunny, Tigger and Roo, and two Border Collies — Harry and Lily.

Alfie Kindschy, DVMDr. Alfie Joe (A.J.) Kindschy is a 1997 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He also fulfilled undergraduate pre-veterinary studies at UW-Madison. He grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin and currently resides in Appleton.

Dr. Kindschy joined the Animal Hospital of Howard in 2002. He enjoys the technical aspects of medicine and surgery, but his favorite part of being a veterinarian is seeing pets for their annual wellness physical exams. He enjoys providing pets with the routine care that they may need throughout their various stages of life.

Outside of work, Dr. Kindschy's interests include sports cars, fine art and fly fishing.

Heather Leaverton, DVMDr. Heather Leaverton grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin and now lives in Sherwood. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and a DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.

Dr. Leaverton interned at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in small animal medicine and surgery. She has also practiced at other animal hospitals in Appleton, Kenosha and Elk Grove, WI. She has a special interest in working with rabbits, ferrets and other pocket pets.

Dr. Leaverton has many pets — three dogs, six cats, one rabbit and one fish. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, swimming, rollerblading, music, and spending time with her husband and children.

Dr. Karen Johnson, DVMDr. Karen Johnson grew up in Wausau and is in the process of moving to Green Bay, Wisconsin. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of California Davis and earned a DVM degree from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Animal Hospital of Howard team, Dr. Johnson practiced in Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, California. She also owned a practice in the greater Sacramento area for 14 years that featured a full rehabilitation center for dogs.

Dr. Johnson is an active member of the CVMA (California Veterinary Medical Association), the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), a former president of the SVVMA (Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association), accredited by the USDA, licensed by the California Veterinary Medical Board and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Her special interests include canine and feline rehabilitation for aging changes, post-surgery, injury recovery, preventive and internal medicine, geriatrics, spay/neuter, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and compassionate care.