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, as well as keeping the peace between her geriatric house cat, Mona, and her energetic border collie, Cross and more recently their Mini Aussie, Chouli.

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, or 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

James Kraft, DVM, Retired   photo

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, Manhattan, Kansas. In 1981 he returned to Lawrence and opened Lawrence Veterinary Hospital. In 1996 he built the current veterinary hospital. Now retired, Dr. Jim enjoys travel, fly-fishing, hiking, biking, literature, making wood-fired pizza and shares his home with his wife, two dogs, Dolly and Max and a rescue cat named Ms. Potts (aka Kitty Shamwow Velveeta).

Our Staff

Erika Edgar, Receptionist   photo

Erika Edgar, Receptionist

We welcomed Erika to Lawrence Veterinary Hospital in late 2012 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, spending time with friends and crocheting. She shares her house with 2 dachshunds, Mable and Mickie, a Schnauzer/Yorkie mix named Jolene, a Shih Tzu named Penny who you often can find sleeping in the reception area, a Ragdoll and Domestic Shorthair and an African Grey parrot named Ingrid, who also accompanies Erika to work most days.

Gabby Boor, Kennel Attendant   photo

Gabby Boor, Kennel Attendant

Our kennel attendant Gabby is responsible for caring and loving on our boarding and hospitalized pets. She started with LVH at the beginning of 2019, and shares her home with her pug mix, Butch, and grey tabby named Baby Kitty.

Jerry Johnson, MA, Practice Manager   photo

Jerry Johnson, MA, Practice Manager

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 him scurrying across the office checking computers or foraging for snacks. In his free time, he often gets lost in the woods. Don’t worry, we’ve had him microchipped, if found please return him to our office.

Jeryl Crane, Retired   photo

Jeryl Crane, Retired

Jeryl joined Lawrence Veterinary Hospital in 1990 as a receptionist and quickly became the heart of the hospital. Jeryl was the kind voice and smiling face everyone came to expect when calling or stopping by. Now retired, she enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, their activities and traveling. She is also an avid KU basketball fan.

Brent Mersmann, RVT   photo

Brent Mersmann, RVT

Brent joined our team in 2015 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. He graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, Denver, Colorado in 2014 as a Certified Veterinary Technician, then worked at a speciality clinic as a surgery technician. In his free time he and his wife enjoy spending time outdoors, especially kayaking the many local lakes and rivers. When they are not on an outdoor adventure, they’re spending quality time with family. They have 3 pets, Echo, a Shiba Inu, Willow, a boxer mix and a shorthair cat named Cleo who runs their household.

Callie Ingram, RVT  photo

Callie Ingram, RVT

Callie joined our team in 2008 as a kennel attendant. She re-joined our practice as an assistant technician in 2013 while attending the Brown Mackie College School of Veterinary Technology, Lenexa, Kansas. In April 2016, she earned her Registered Veterinary Technician certification. In her free time, Callie enjoys going to the dog park, kayaking 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, Howie and Jax.

Christi Williams, RVT   photo

Christi Williams, RVT

Christi joined our team in early 2018 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Brown Mackie College, Salina, Kansas in 2012 with her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She is also a Fear-Free Certified professional. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and baking. Christi shares her home with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs, Eva and Bella, 3 cats, Tony Stark, Mama Kitty, and Zora Snowflake and some chickens.

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, Atchison, Kansas. Erin also works part time as an Extended Care Provider at Corpus Christi Catholic School. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews. While she does not have a pet of her own, she thoroughly enjoys caring for others. Her nurturing quality and attention to detail are just a few traits that make her an excellent Lead Kennel Attendant.

Mikaela Judy, Receptionist   photo

Mikaela Judy, Receptionist

We welcomed Mikaela to Lawrence Veterinary Hospital in the summer of 2017 as a kennel attendant. In late 2018, she moved into her new role as a receptionist. Mikaela holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas where she majored in Sport Management and minored in Business. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends or enjoying lunch at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden. She shares her home with 3 cats, Gwen, Tater Tot and Raisin.

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 the odd comment. Feel free to say hi when your in, but mind your fingers.

Shania Farrow, Assistant Technician   photo

Shania Farrow, Assistant Technician

Shania joined the LVH team in 2019. She grew up around animals and they sparked her passion for their welfare. Shania’s family would take on stray cats and dogs wherever they found them and nurse them back to health. “Ever since then I knew I wanted to work in animal care. It's been a very rewarding experience.”

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 specialists. 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).

Penny, Office Greeter   photo

Penny, Office Greeter

Another regular face up front is Erika’s rescue Shih Tzu, Penny. Penny was rescued out of a very bad situation and now enjoys the good life of lounging around collecting all the pets and snuggles offered.

Wanda  photo


Wanda was brought to our practice in acute distress; with many injuries caused by an abusive owner. She recovered fully after extensive treatment and ultimately was surrendered to our hospital after charges were brought against her owner. She is a testament to how, daily, we are advocates for well-cared for and loved pets, who are treasured by our clients, but on occasion we must step up to help the helpless. She resides in-house at LVH. She is a very happy Cornish Rex who fits into our family perfectly! Dr. Kraft created the Wanda Fund to collect donations toward critical emergency care for client’s pets.

Lawrence Veterinary Hospital

3210 Clinton Parkway Court

Lawrence, KS 66047

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Fax: 785-841-2406


Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 7:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Thursday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed