Vet Team

Dr. Mike Brown

Dr. Brown was raised in Clarinda, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He is married to Kim Brown and has three children. He has enjoyed practicing small animal medicine and surgery for over 20 years in Lincoln.

Henry Cerny, DVM, MS, CVA, IVCA, VDP

Veterinary Dental Practitioner Certificate

Dr. Cerny earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Nebraska. He graduated from Kansas State University with his degree in Veterinary Medicine and went into small animal practice. A year later he was offered a position as head of the veterinary microbiology lab at the University of Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. There he received advanced training in diagnostic medicine and infectious diseases. He completed a Master’s degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Science and published his research in the Journal of Microbiology. He has also been a co-author of scientific veterinary publications. He received his training and certification in acupuncture (CVA) as well as advanced and topographical acupuncture training from the Chi Institute. He received his training in chiropractic from Options for Animals College of chiropractic and certification through the international veterinary chiropractic association (IVCA). Dr. Cerny has extensive and advanced training in veterinary dentistry. He is certified as a Veterinary Dental Practitioner through the International Veterinary Dental Institute (IVDI).

Dr. Cerny is passionate about many things from general medicine and surgery to advanced dentistry, chiropractic and acupuncture. His knowledge of nutritional supplements, herbals, and diets continues to help many of his patients. He follows the philosophy of William Mayo one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic who said, The best interest of the patient is the only one to consider. This requires far more advanced education than normal, but our philosophy at Yankee Hill Veterinary Hospital is to provide the best possible care. Dr. Cerny will tell you, no one person can provide the exceptional care we do, it is the entire team.

Dr. Cerny is blessed with his wife Sabrina, children Charlotte and Henry, and their Labrador Lyla. His main hobby is spending time with his kids,
family, and friends, for that is what really matters in this world. He has traveled across the globe to places such as Egypt, the Czech Republic, Ireland, and Thailand and has a great appreciation for other cultures.

In memory of his beloved pets/animal friends that have passed into the spirit world; Putter, Izi, Oscar, Heidi, Lassie, Shadow, Raisin, Copper, Brass, Ming, TC, Velvet, Cinder, MJ, Sandee. Lest we forget.

Dr. Sarah Knudsen

Dr. Sarah Knudsen grew up in the small town of Valley, Nebraska. Dr. Knudsen, her husband Greg, and their son Christian have made a home in Lincoln and enjoy the many activities that Lincoln has to offer. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, baking, and taking walks with her golden retriever Lady. She also cares for her guinea pig named Pearl. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. In May 2012 she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln & Iowa State University Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include geriatric wellness, exotic medicine/husbandry (pocket pets), dermatology, and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Anna Jones

Dr. Jones is originally from Tecumseh, Nebraska where she grew up on a farm. She attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and received her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science. In May 2019 she graduated with her DVM from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Iowa State University Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jones spends most of her free time on the farm with her husband, Robert, and their dog, Merle.

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Dr. Michael Cover

Dr. Michael Cover developed his passion for caring about animals early in life while growing up on their family ranch, as a fifth generation Sandhills rancher. This unique lifestyle taught Mike about hard work and responsibility. Dr. Cover’s passion is elk hunting! He loves fly fishing and waterfowl hunting as well.

Dr. Cover received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, both his Graduate Certificate in the Master’s of Public Health Program with an emphasis in zoonotic diseases, and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His practice interests include soft tissue surgery, dental surgery, internal medicine with an emphasis in chronic pain in older pets, preventive medicine, and weight management for companion animals.  

Dr. Cover is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and serves as a Congressional Advocate for the AVMA, the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), and serves on the NVMA Continued Education Committee. Mike’s complete focus is his family. He enjoys spending time with his wife Joni and his two boys, Jacob and Caleb.

Amy Gross

Hospital Manager

Ashlee Lawrence

Assistant Hospital Manager

Jill Nore

Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Holly Reiling

Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Nicole Shelburne

Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Cheyenne Jurgena

Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Cordell Vrbka

Veterinary Assistant

Hannah Curran

Veterinary Assistant

Ashley Coenen

Veterinary Assistant

Kortney Mulbery

Veterinary Assistant

 Josie Peterson

Veterinary Assistant

Sydnie Reeves

Veterinary Assistant

Lauren Kernen

Veterinary Assistant

Megan Wehrbein

Veterinary Assistant