Dr. Jerilynn Weisshaar

Veterinarian/Hospital Owner

Although an avid Jayhawk fan, Dr. Weisshaar graduated with her DVM from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 after obtaining her Biology degree from Bethany College in 2005. She joined the West Ridge team in December of 2009 and was excited to purchase the clinic in January of 2017!

Dr. Weisshaar is married to Jeron, a teacher, athletic director and coach, so much of their “free time” is spent at area high school sporting events. They have 4 children so you can imagine free time is actually really rare! The family has well-loved black lab named Moose and two young and frisky cats named Addison and Clark. Dr. Weisshaar loves all things HGTV and enjoys designing/renovating. She is active in her church and enjoys spending time with friends and her family. She also loves the Jayhawks, the Broncos and the Chicago Cubs!

Dr. Weisshaar is Fear Free Certified and is a member of the Topeka Veterinary Medicine Association, Kansas Veterinary Medicine Association, American Veterinary Medicine Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Grieves


Dr. Grieves was born and raised in Hays, KS. She then went on to Kansas State University where she earned a degree in Animal Science and her DVM in 2016. After graduation from vet school, Dr. Grieves practiced in a small animal clinic in her hometown before joining the West Ridge team in July of 2017.

Dr. Grieves married her college sweetheart, Cole, in 2014 and they have two “kids” – Bear is a black cat, an old man, and her one true love; Pax is a border collie mix, the baby of the family, and a complete wild child! Most of their free time involves these two, projects around the house, and spending time with family and friends. She loves trying new recipes, listening to country music, and all things Grey’s Anatomy.

Dr. Grieves is soon-to-be Fear Free Certified and is a member of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and previously served on the board at her local animal shelter. She has a strong interest in feline medicine, shelter medicine, and oncology and is passionate about quality veterinary care.

Kris Tajchman

Hospital Manager

After working here for 25 years Kris might know you even if you don’t know her. She can be found doing office work, kennels, helping the medical team, or even doing a bit of grooming. A Topeka native, she is a graduate of Kansas State and is passionate about pet health and the human animal bond. 20 years of her life have been spent married to Wade, the love of her life. They have 2 boys, Logan (in high school) and Dylan (in elementary school). With her free time Kris is active with Wanamaker Elementary PTO and Cub Scout Pack 175. The boys are active in sports so Kris spends her time on the sidelines for much of the year. She has one precious baby cat (and by baby she means 18 years old) named Gabrielle.

Amber Long


If you have been to this hospital you certainly have met Amber! She has been a team member here since 2011. She is a graduate of Hutchinson Community college and KSU (GO Cats!) At home she has Scott to share her life with. They have been married for 16 wonderful years and have 2 great kids together; Arwen, a spunky young girl and Wyatt, a rough and tumble little boy. Sadly, both of Amber’s senior pets, Charlie cat & Skeeter dog passed away recently. She loves seeing & taking care of all the fur babies that come to see us at WRAHC. So, watch for future updates to see when a new furry friend will be added to her family. When she is away from work Amber loves reading, crochet, embroidery and Pinterest projects. She says her other great love in this world is naptime.

Candi Kirkegard

Client Service Specialist

Candi is one of our client service specialists that has been with our team for almost 2 years. She came to us from Montana “the Big Sky country” where she was born and raised. She has been married for 22 years and has 2 wonderful kids, a son (high school) and a daughter (living on her own!) Her hobbies include watching her son bowl, playing golf, having lunch dates with her daughter, and vacationing. Candi has 2 of her own 4 legged babies. Tedi, a Chihuahua and Rolie her Heinz 57 mix! Tedi was a gift from friends 8 years ago. At that time she was keeping him on a trial basis. 8 years later he is an integral part of the family. Rolie was acquired from her previous job at an animal hospital in Montana. He was in pretty bad shape. All the love that her family shared helped Rolie to heal. She couldn’t imagine her life without the 2 furry kids and rest of her family.

Nick Lister

Client Service Specialist

Nick has been one of our awesome client service specialists for about 6 years. You may have seen him at the front desk, or really anywhere in the hospital. Nick takes care of many computer issues as well as lots of behind the scene projects. His wife and 4 kids keep his heart full and schedule busy. He is a sports fanatic! He loves to watch KU (RCJH), the Royals, and the Chiefs. He likes to play softball and loves fantasy football, baseball, and basketball. Nick loves family and friends and making people happy. He loves the clients we have here as well as the pets!

Sara Gowan

Registered Veterinary Technician

In the last 17 years you certainly have crossed paths with our Registered Veterinary Technician, Sara. She is passionate about keeping your family pets pain free. Anesthesia is another area she focuses her time on, she wants to do everything in her power to ensure safe anesthesia and smooth recovery for all of our clients. Sara was born and raised in Topeka and attended Maple Woods for her degree. She married the love of her life (her middle school boyfriend) and spends time with him and the 4 furry family members that fill her heart with love.

Dusty Miller


Dusty was born in Topeka, KS and moved to Colorado in 2003. While she was in Denver, she became a certified technician. In 2015, she then became certified in canine rehabilitation and specialized in orthotics and prosthetics for animals. She was part of the same team helping design orthotics and prosthetics for animals for 7 years. After 14 years Colorado, she moved back to Topeka in 2017 to be closer to family.

She is married to Andrew, who is a sous chef at Blind Tiger. Her first born is her old man boxer, 14 years old, Rocky. She also has two human kids, Alaina and Liam.

In her free time, her hobbies include running, drawing, reading, and hiking the outdoors and hanging at the lake. Most of her time is spent with her kids and family and she loves every minute of it.

Kelsey Schwahn

Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey is a veterinary assistant who recently moved to Topeka from Casper, Wyoming when her husband got a job at Happy Basett Brewing Co. She got her bachelors in Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Wyoming, and is planning on going to technician school after having her baby girl who is due mid May. Kelsey married her high school sweetheart in July 2013 and got their first 4-legged baby in November that year. Jack Frost is a border collie who keeps them busy with the walks he loves getting and is very ball oriented!

When she isn’t working, Kelsey loves spending time with her husband and dog outside, and reading, although that all will be changing here soon once baby girl arrives!

Cheryl Jackson

Kennel Technician

Cheryl is the newest addition to the West Ridge Animal Hospital family, she has been with the hospital since September 2015. She was born and raised in Ohio and after High School Graduation she attended The Ohio State University. After college Graduation she worked as a Footwear Manager for Meldisco, which was the shoe company inside of Kmart. This is where she met her husband to be. They married in September of 1999 and have moved many times in their 16 years of marriage. Kansas is the fifth state that Cheryl has lived in since she said “I do”!!!! Packing and moving has become one of Cheryl’s most disliked hobbies!!! Cheryl’s previous job was working with animals at the Clinton Humane Society in Clinton, Iowa. Cheryl learned so much about animal behavior and caring for all of the different type of animals that came into the shelter. She had never had a job like that before and she loved it!! Cheryl knew that when she moved to Topeka, Kansas that she wanted to work with animals again. She loves animals and works really hard to keep the hospital clean and make sure that all of the pets, at the hospital, are well taken care of and loved on when they are staying at the West Ridge Animal Health Center When Cheryl is not at work she has two pets of her own to care for and to love on.

Tracy Lister

Kennel Technician

Tracy Lister has been a kennel tech here at West Ridge Animal Health Center since 2014. She was born and raised here in lovely Topeka. She attended Seaman High School, where she was part of the track team and the cross country team. Next, she went to College at Fort Scott community college on a scholarship to play softball. Tracy has several hobbies including: basketball, volleyball, softball, and swimming, playing with animals, and the list goes on and on!! She has a sense of adventure and just wants to have fun in life and be able to try different things. Tracy works tirelessly to make sure the hospital is clean and pets are taken care of as well as her own. Outside of work, she spends time with her other half, Chris (and they will be getting married shortly too!) and of course her furry family of cats and dogs that love her to pieces! Another addition to her life will be her first child, a son that is due Summer 2017!!

Melissa Blair

Kennel Technician

You may not have seen Melissa, she is one of our kennel technicians taking care of your pets that stay here at the hospital with us. Melissa is currently working on her Veterinary Technician degree. She is learning lots of great information working with animals every day. When she is not at work, she likes to drink coffee, read, play with her dog and cat, and occasionally paint. Melissa is recently engaged and will be married in the upcoming months.