Dr. Cheryl Zimmerman is one of two doctors at Tender Care. Dr. Cheryl is a 2007 Iowa State University graduate and has been practicing at T.C.A.H. since April of 2014. Cheryl is always kept on her toes being a mother of three children as well as three dogs, but still dreams of owning a miniature highland cow. She loves all food and doesn’t have a favorite, but definitely won’t turn down a cashew nut roll from the Iowa State Fair. Her favorite part about working at Tender Care is the wonderful support she receives from the staff. She says they make her work day so much easier and way more fun. She also loves connecting with patients’ families and hearing about the cute and entertaining things the pets do at home.

Dr. Alinda Sabourin graduated from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, she joined TCAH in Sept of 2018. Her practice interests include dermatology (particularly allergy cases), senior wellness, soft tissue surgery, and exotic animal medicine. Alinda resides in Riverside where she lives with her husband, son Huxley, 4 dogs and homing pigeons. She is an avid hunter and enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible, splitting her time between a tree stand and hunting with her Deutsch Drahthaars. When not outdoors, she also enjoys dog training and reading science fiction.


Meet Receptionist, Meaghan. Meaghan is 22 years old and has been employed at T.C.A.H. since April of 2018. She has two cats, Gandalf and Luna, although she dreams of owning an alpaca someday. Not only does she wish to have an alpaca, but she also hopes to train it to lead an army of guinea pigs. Meaghan’s favorite kind of food are dolmades. For those who don’t know what dolmades are, they are grape leaves stuffed with a variety of meat and rice. Meaghan has been a great addition to our team and never fails to crack a laugh out of any team member. Her favorite thing about her job here at Tender Care is being able to watch the puppies and kittens grow up and live happy lives.


Melissa is a Receptionist here at Tender Care and is 27 years old. She has been a member of our team since March of 2017. Melissa is the proud owner of two dogs, Aiden and Schnitzel. Aidan is a toy poodle mix and Schnitzel is a long haired dachshund. Regardless of having her hands full with two hyperactive pups, Melissa strives to adopt an Emperor penguin at some point in her life. Her favorite food, or moreso a treat, is dark chocolate truffles. Melissa is always ready and willing to go the extra mile for our clients to assist them with any questions or concerns they might have. Her favorite part about being a member of the T.C.A.H. team is helping to enhance the relationship and bond between pets and their owner/owners.


Veterinary Assistant Gavin, is the newest addition to our team. Gavin is a Veterinary Assistant and has been with Tender Care since July of 2018. He is 22 years old and has a variety of pets. His most recent furry friend is newly adopted Milo, who is a 14 week old mini Australian Shepard. Aside Milo, Gavin has another dog, a pig, two horses, and an abundance of farm cats. He loves Mexican food and his dream pet would be an Okapi. Gavin’s favorite thing about working at T.C.A.H. so far is how each day he is faced with different scenarios that challenge his abilities in the workplace. He also states that his coworkers have been extremely helpful through learning the system within the clinic and have made him feel at home and very welcome.


Carly is a Veterinary Assistant and has been with Tender Care for 2 years. She is 20 years old and has two cats, Stella and Daphne. Carly has a rather long list of animals that she wishes to own someday, but if she had to pick one, it would be Toothless the dragon from the movie, ​How to Train Your Dragon​. Her favorite food is a tie between french toast or the deluxe grilled cheese from Salt ‘N Fork Kitchen, a restaurant in her hometown Solon, Iowa. Carly’s favorite thing about working at Tender Care is the tremendous learning experience that comes with each and every day. She loves being able to watch as patients grow, improve in health, and live happy lives.

Crystal started at Tender Care in January of 2019. She graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor’s in Animal Health Technology in 2012. Crystal is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been working with animals since 2007. She is also in the process of earning her master’s degree through Iowa State University. Crystal is married and they have a daughter, Journey. At home they have two cats, Victor and Lyric, and a dog named Riot. Her favorite kind of food is Italian, and at some point in the future she hopes to adopt an orphaned sloth, as well as own multiple Sphynx cats. Her favorite thing about working at Tender Care is getting to learn about and help care for the many exotic animals that we see.

Pieper is a Veterinary Assistant; she is 19 years old and started at Tender Care in March 2019. Her favorite food is falafel and she has three Yorkies; Leo, Lulu, and Gracie. Even though she owns three little dogs, she absolutely loves cats and dreams of having a tiger or any large, exotic cat as a pet. Her favorite thing about being a part of the Tender Care team is working with such smart, compassionate people, who share the same deep love for animals as she does.