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Dr. Ryan Hammell

Owner, Veterinarian

     Dr. Hammell has been caring for the cattle, dogs, cats, and horses of NE Iowa and SE Minnesota since 2004 when he joined the staff of WVS. He is a 2000 graduate of the Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. His main veterinary interests include advancing dairy cattle reproduction programs, transition cow management, calf management, and small animal orthopedics.


     Dr. Hammell grew up on a dairy farm just a few miles North of Waukon, where his family raised and milked registered Holsteins until 1985. His family currently milks a herd of 250 grade Holsteins just South of Caledonia.


     Dr. Hammell is married to his beautiful wife, Dr. Jessica Hammell. They have three incredible children, Jack, Taylor, and Isaac, who have just begun showing calves and chickens at the fair. His household is also home to a Doberman, Annie, a 3-legged Teddy Bear, Gus, Tiger and Spots to add some feline flair, a frog, and an assortment of fish. When there is free time, which is not often these days, he enjoys biking, fishing, movies, visiting zoos with the family, and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.


Dr. Phil Sadler

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Sadler grew up in Jesup Iowa but moved to Bluffton where he currently lives with his three kids; Cassius, Nova & Azalea, and two dogs; Scout & Violet. He graduated from Iowa State Veterinary School in 2012 and has been practicing large and small animal since then. You can see him either in the office with you furry friends or out on the farm working with the large animals. 

Outside of work he enjoys being with his family, camping, hunting, traveling and doing the odds and ends, you could say he is kind of a handy man.


Dr. Sarah Balik

Associate Veterinarian

 I was born and raised on a farm south of Cresco where my parents milked cows and raised hogs. I graduated vet school from Iowa State in 2015 and have practiced as a mixed-animal veterinarian in Northeast Iowa for the last 8 years. 

I live in Clermont with my husband, Michael, and our two dogs, Charles & Chip, and our cat, Ruth. We have an Angel daughter, Iris in 2022. In our free time we enjoy traveling, kayaking, and snowmobiling. 

I am very excited to be able to help out here in Waukon providing your pets with the care they need! 

Dr. Sarah will be in clinic seeing small animal appointments & surgeries Monday, Fridays & some Wednesdays. 


Dr. Rodney Smed

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Rod is back part time. When he is not traveling you can see him in clinic seeing appointments or doing surgeries Tuesday - Thursday. 

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