The Knoxville Veterinary Clinic welcomed a new veterinarian with an open house on July 27.

Dr. Stephanie Deneke joined the team at the Knoxville Veterinary Clinic. Originally from South Dakota, Deneke attended Iowa State University, where she graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Following graduation, Deneke and her husband moved to Illinois for about 10 years.

“We decided it was time to make a move,” Dr. Deneke said about her family’s recent move back to Iowa. “We wanted to come back to the upper midwest to raise our family.”

After her husband accepted a position in the area, Dr. Deneke started looking as well. Upon learning that Dr. Maggie Wilson, the owner of the Knoxville Veterinary Clinic, was looking to hire an additional veterinarian, things started to fall into place. She moved to the area with her husband, son and daughter, as well as the family’s two dogs, Norman and Walter.

“It just worked out perfectly,” says Deneke.

Dr. Deneke has been working at the Knoxville Veterinary Clinic since the end of May. She says that so far, it has been wonderful working in Knoxville.

“We love being back in Iowa,” she says. “We love this small-town feel. We’ve done the big metro thing and we know that we love being in these tiny towns.”

The partnership between Drs. Wilson and Deneke has also been going smoothly.

“It was a perfect match,” Dr. Deneke says of working with Dr. Wilson. “We click. We have the same vision and the same personalities.”

Now that she and her family are settled in the area, Dr. Deneke is looking forward to getting involved in Knoxville and getting to know people within the community. She is especially looking forward to getting to know her patients.

“I love getting to know my patients and clients and having that one-on-one relationship with them,” says Deneke. “It helps me serve better medicine, so it’s what I’m excited to do. It’s great to have that back.”

The open house to welcome Dr. Deneke included tours of the Knoxville Veterinary Clinic, as well as face painting and games for the kids. There was also a raffle to benefit the Marion County Humane Society.