Gina Grman, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Gina Grman, our Chief of Staff, 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, DVM
Dr. 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, DVM
Dr. 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.
Karen Johnson, DVM, CCRP
Dr. 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.
Melissa Heenan, DVM
Dr. Melissa Heenan grew up in Green Bay and currently resides in Appleton, Wisconsin. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and earned a DVM degree from Washington State University. Prior to joining the Animal Hospital of Howard team, Dr. Heenan practiced at the American Animal Hospital in Neenah and did shelter work at the Sheboygan County Humane center. Her special interests include complementary/alternative medicine, wellness care, small critters (rabbits, ferrets, etc), soft tissue surgery, shelter medicine and spay/neuter.
Outside of the practice, Dr. Heenan is very involved in the local SCA chapter, a living history society focused on the Middle Ages, where she enjoys activities such as camping, costuming, various types of weaving/fiber arts, music, and calligraphy. She has also been involved in several animal rescues and is passionate about Trap/Neuter/Return for feral cats.