Office Hours Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM

Meet Us

Dr. Aaron Wilson


Dr. Wilson is a native of Iowa and an alum of Dallas Center-Grimes High School. He graduated from Simpson College with his B.S. and completed his DVM from Iowa State University in 2006. Prior to becoming owner of Grimes Plaza Veterinary Clinic in 2011, he was an Associate with Sullivan Family Pet Hospital in Johnston for two years and an Associate Veterinarian in Mankato, Minnesota at Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital for three years.

When Dr. Wilson isn't working at GPVC he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah and their three children, Kate, Grant and Eli. Their family has a golden retriever, Kip and two cats, Cow and Jimmy. Dr. Wilson also enjoys spending time outdoors and following both college and professional sports.

Tammy Baumgarten

Veterinary Technician

Tammy is originally from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she earned her bachelor's degree in biology in 1999. In 2004 she graduated from Argosy University in Eagan, MN with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Tammy and her husband moved to Mankato, MN where she worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital for almost two years with Dr. Wilson before her husband's job brought them to the Des Moines area in late 2006. Later, Tammy rejoined Dr. Wilson at GPVC where her job entails everything from checking clients in and out to helping with appointments and surgeries, to performing dental cleanings and various other tasks.

Tammy lives in Johnston with her husband, Andy; their two sons, Jack and George; and their two cats, Manny and Inky. She enjoys spending time relaxing with her family, reading, traveling, going to concerts, and of course snuggling with her cats.

Keena Chance

Veterinary Technician

Keena moved to the Des Moines area from Arizona nearly ten years ago. She graduated from Pima Community College, and has been working in the veterinary field for 25 years in various specialties. She enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She also is a pet parent to four cats and a dog. Keena enjoys working at Grimes Plaza because she believes that we are a small family business that takes pride in caring for other small families and their pets.

Chris Jespersen

Veterinary Technician

Chris is a graduate of Johnston High School, and has worked as a Vet Technician with GPVC since 2007. He currently lives in Grimes with his wife, Nikki and three children, Tate, Henry and Mia. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and rooting for the Vikings. He has three dogs, Scout, Alfie, and Murphy, as well as, three cats, Icy, Cleo and Ash.

Dr Wilson is a great vet who is kind and caring. The staff are friendly and helpful.

- Victor