Meet the Team


Meet the Team

As pet owners, we know how important it is to trust the people caring for our four-legged family members. We invite you get to know our team here or stop by. We often schedule Fear Free visits, so that your nervous patients can have a positive experience and begin to look forward to going to the vet.


Our Veterinarians


Dr. Anna Johnson, DVM   photo

Dr. Anna Johnson, DVM

Dr. Anna Johnson is the owner and senior veterinarian at the Lawrence Veterinary Hospital. Growing up in Ghana (West Africa) gave her special insight into what life for our four-legged compatriots looks like without regular health care, and a passion for making life as happy and healthy as possible for the pets in our lives. She graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and spent her first five years after graduation in a mixed animal practice setting in eastern Colorado, before honing in on exclusively small animal medicine in 2009.

Dr. Anna believes in maintaining the best quality of life for our pets through preventive medicine and tailored diagnostic and treatment plans according to each pet and their family’s needs. She loves the challenge of complex medical and surgical cases, but the heart and soul of what gets her up each morning is getting to be a part of making the best of the relationships between pets and their families. Dr. Anna enjoys reading, baking, and glamping with her husband and two children. When she is not doing that, she’s busy keeping the peace between her geriatric house cat, “Mona”, energetic Border Collie, “Cross”, sassy Mini Aussie, “Chouli”, and hunting Labrador, “Jack”.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM)
  • Fear Free Certified® Veterinarian
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Douglas County Veterinary Medical Association (DCVMA)
  • Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KSVMA) Areas of Special Interest and Certification
  • Dentistry
  • Pain Management
  • Geriatric Medical Management
  • Surgery
  • USDA Accredited Veterinarian

Dr. Jen Bussen, DVM  photo

Dr. Jen Bussen, DVM

Dr. Jen joined the Lawrence Veterinary Hospital team in 2017. She graduated from Kansas State University with her bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2009, and then her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013. Following graduation, she worked for a short amount of time at a mixed animal practice in Nebraska, and then was at an exclusively small animal practice in the Kansas City area for several years.

She loves being able to focus on helping pets, forming good relationships with their families, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Dr. Jen enjoys music, photography, and playing board games. She also loves spending time outside walking, hiking, and playing at the park with her husband and children. She has two cats, Nirget and DumDum, who keep her entertained as well.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Douglas County Veterinary Medical Association (DCVMA)
  • Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KSVMA)

Areas of Special Interest and Certification

  • Dentistry
  • Pain Management
  • Internal Medicine
  • Preventive Care
  • USDA Accredited Veterinarian

Dr. James Kraft, DVM, Retired   photo

Dr. James Kraft, DVM, Retired

Dr. Kraft attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, graduating in 1972 with a Liberal Arts Degree before graduating in 1979 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1981 he returned to Lawrence and opened Lawrence Veterinary Hospital. In 1996 he built our current veterinary hospital. Now retired, Doc enjoys travel, fly-fishing, hiking, biking, literature, and making wood-fired pizza. He currently resides in Colorado with his wife and their two dogs, “Dolly” and “Max”.

Our Staff


Jerry Johnson, MA, CFO/Human Relations  photo

Jerry Johnson, MA, CFO/Human Relations

Jerry started with LVH in 2018 and is our highly educated hermit that hides behind computer screens, mumbling about numbers, orders, and how Border Collies are the superior form of companion (a subject that his highly debated among the staff). Lucky visitors can catch a rare glimpse of him scurrying across the office checking computers or foraging for snacks. In his free time, he often gets lost in the woods. Do not worry, we’ve had him microchipped. If found, please return him to our office.

Erika Edgar, Office Manager  photo

Erika Edgar, Office Manager

We welcomed Erika to Lawrence Veterinary Hospital in late 2015 as a Receptionist. She began working in the veterinary field in 2002 in California then moved to Kansas in 2005 and has been consistently working in this field ever since. She has children and grandchildren who live in California and visits as often as possible. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, fishing, camping, crocheting, and spending time with friends. She shares her house with 2 cats, a dachshund named “Mable”, a Schnauzer/Yorkie mix named “Jolene”, a special needs Labrador named “Opie”, and a Shih Tzu named “Penny”. “Ingrid” the African Grey parrot also accompanies Erika to work most days.

Callie Ingram, RVT  photo

Callie Ingram, RVT

Callie has been in the Vet Med field since age 16. She first joined our team in 2008 as a kennel attendant. She re-joined our practice as an assistant technician in 2013 while attending Brown Mackie College of Veterinary Technology in Lenexa, Kansas. She obtained In April 2016, she passed her boards and earned her Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) certification. Callie’s favorite part of working at LVH is continuity of care with our ICU patients, end of life consultation, and educating pet owners on how to care for their pets at home. Callie also runs all the LVH social media platforms. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, kayaking, DIY projects, and spending time with friends and family. She is a Lawrence native and enjoys all our town has to offer. She shares her home with 2 long hair dachshunds, Arlo and Jax.

Christi Rack, RVT   photo

Christi Rack, RVT

Christi joined our team in early 2018 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. In 2012, she graduated from Brown Mackie College of Veterinary Technology in Salina, Kansas. She is also a Fear-Free Certified professional. Christi’s favorite part of her job is educating clients regarding their pets’ behavior concerns. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, gardening, and drinking wine. Christi shares her home with her husband, 3 kids, a dog named “Eva”, 3 cats, and some chickens.

Baillie Adams, RVT  photo

Baillie Adams, RVT

Baillie joined our team in 2019 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Brown Mackie School of Veterinary Technology in Lenexa, Kansas in 2017. Baillie enjoys being with her patients from puppyhood to adulthood. She shares her home with her husband, son James, a dog named “Lettie” and a cat named “Otis”. In her free time, she can be found with her husband out on the farm.

Hutton Fritzel, Assistant Technician  photo

Hutton Fritzel, Assistant Technician

Hutton joined our team in 2020. She obtained her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology at Morehead State University in Kentucky. She plans on taking her state boards to become a certified RVT during the summer of 2020. Hutton is also a Fear-Free Certified professional. She shares her home with 6 dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her quarter horse named “Charlie.

Gabby Boor, Receptionist  photo

Gabby Boor, Receptionist

Gabby started with LVH at the beginning of 2019. She is responsible for caring and loving on our boarding and hospitalized pets. She began as a receptionist in the spring of 2020. Gabby’s favorite part of working at the clinic is helping with hospital inventory. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, drawing, and gardening. She shares her home with her Pug mix, “Butch”, and 3 cats named “Baby Kitty”, “Sam”, and “Lilith”.

Erin Tappan, Lead Kennel Attendant   photo

Erin Tappan, Lead Kennel Attendant

Erin joined our clinic in 2012 as a kennel attendant. She was later promoted to Lead Kennel Attendant in 2016. She holds a degree in Physical Education, specializing in coaching, from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews. Her nurturing quality and attention to detail are just a few traits that make her an excellent Lead Kennel Attendant. While she does not have a pet of her own, she thoroughly enjoys caring for other cats and dogs.

Marcia Shepard  photo

Marcia Shepard

We welcomed Marcia to Lawrence Veterinary Hospital in 2011. She is to thank for maintaining our facility, and she always does so with a smile and a friendly attitude.

Ingrid, Office Greeter  photo

Ingrid, Office Greeter

If you stop by our office while Erika’s here, you will most likely be treated to the antics of the African Grey Parrot that owns her, Ingrid. Ingrid is mostly the office gossip, buzzing around, eavesdropping, and adding odd comments. This sassy lady cracks our staff up every day with her outrageous belly laughter (best heard over the lunch hour), her sultry wolf whistles (mainly at the UPS guy), and of course, her favorite, the Andy Griffith theme song. Even though she yells at barking dogs to "STOP IT!" and throws around the occasional cuss word, our team loves her to pieces and life at LVH just wouldn't be the same without her. Feel free to stop by and say Hi to her…but mind your fingers!

Cross the Border, Supervisor (a.k.a The Benevolent Dictator)   photo

Cross the Border, Supervisor (a.k.a The Benevolent Dictator)

Cross started with Lawrence Veterinary Hospital in 2017 as supervisor and employee morale specialist. Cross ensures all staff meet the stringent requirements as Bord(er) Certified Play Specialists. Outside the office, Cross continues his diligent work ensuring Dr. Anna completes her daily petting and snuggling practice. Cross enjoys squeaky Lamb Chop toys and playing outside with his children (A.K.A. Dr. Anna’s and the neighborhood kids)

Patchouli/

Patchouli/"Chouli" A.K.A The Office Bouncer

Patchouli joined our team in 2019 and is dedicated to protecting and serving. She screens all delivery men and suspicious sounds, also eviscerating dubious toys to assess for contraband. She has worked hard to make sure our staff and clients are as safe as possible also while faithfully ridding the world of yogurt.

Lawrence Veterinary Hospital

3210 Clinton Parkway Court

Lawrence, KS 66047


For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

785-841-9956
Email Us: welcome@lawrencevethospital.com
Fax: 785-841-2406



Hours

Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed