A native of northwest Iowa, Dr. Joe Spoo knew from an early age that the only career for him was in veterinary medicine. He graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 and began practicing in northern Minnesota. He relocated to Sioux Falls two years later and has been practicing in the tri-state area ever since with licenses in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.
Dr. Spoo’s passion is the canine athlete. He believes in a cradle-to-grave approach to managing the canine athlete and he is one of only two full-time practicing specialists in the area. Dr. Spoo is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, is one of only a handful of such specialists in private practice in the world and is the only whose primary focus is on hunting dogs. He has numerous research publications to his credit as he pushes to advance the field of veterinary medicine. In addition, he is an invited speaker to state and national veterinary meetings as an expert on the subjects of canine rehabilitation and sports medicine. His expertise in dealing with athletic canines allows him to provide optimum care to companion pets as well.
In addition to his practice responsibilities, he has an active consulting business serving sporting dog owners and the sporting dog industry. He also manages gundogdoc.com, a comprehensive resource for all things gundog related, as well as hosting the podcast Fueled (eukanubasportingdog.com). In his free time, you can find him enjoying South Dakota’s many outdoor opportunities, chasing his dogs in the fall, or fishing the rest of the year. In addition, he enjoys working out, reading, writing and photography. He and his wife, Dr. Krista Hardy, share their house with four dogs and one cat. They have two wonderful children: a daughter, Grace Marie; and a son, William Kevin.
A Texas native and known animal lover of the family, Dr. Krista Hardy knew from an early age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. Dr. Hardy attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. During veterinary school she went on veterinary outreach trips which gave her opportunities for learning and expanding her veterinary knowledge in areas such as Africa and Argentina.
After graduation, Dr. Hardy completed a rotating medical and surgical internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, a 30-doctor, over 100-employee facility that sees over 50,000 patients a year. She continued working there for nine years where she worked alongside boarded veterinarians of every specialty. Her primary focus was on emergency and critical care medicine while also taking an active role as a mentor in the hospital’s veterinary internship program. Dr. Hardy completed the Canine Rehabilitation Institute course and gained certification as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2012 where she also met Dr. Joe Spoo. Dr. Hardy then become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2013 and became a specialist in canine and feline practice. Dr. Hardy completed abdominal ultrasound training for specialists soon after becoming boarded. In 2018, she successfully completed the year-long echocardiology certification training directly under boarded cardiologists and echocardiology specialists. Her strong interests include: internal medicine, emergency/critical care, oncology, and cardiology.
She and her husband, Dr. Joe Spoo, share their home with four dogs (Belle, Lily, Boomer, and Aggie) and one cat (Maiya). They have two adorable children, Grace and William, who keep them very busy! It can be assured that there is never a dull moment!
Brent Reimer, DVM, DACVS-SA, was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate studies where he double majored in biology and botany. He then received his veterinary degree in 1999 from Iowa State University and subsequently elected to pursue a small animal surgical residency after his graduation. He was accepted into the University of California – Davis small animal surgical program where he received advanced training in orthopedic, neurologic and soft tissue surgical procedures including feline kidney transplantation. Upon completion of the residency, he became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004, and returned to perform surgery in his native Midwest. He has a strong clinical interest in canine cruciate ligament disease, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and surgical oncology.
Born and raised in Sioux Falls, Alexis graduated with her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Broadview University in March of 2017. Alexis is currently pursuing an additional Veterinary Technician Specialty Certification in small animal internal medicine. Her special interests include oncology, ultrasound, and cardiology.
Alexis loves being able to help patients, whether it’s routine vaccines or more complicated issues. She enjoys helping her patients feel better and aiding in their recovery.
Alexis shares her home with her husband, 2 beagles (Copper and Bohdi) and 3 cats (Athena, Sully, and Todd). They all keep her on her toes. Alexis enjoys spending time with her family and anything crafty.
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