Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital

Hospital Staff



Dr. Sabra Amend

Sabra Amend, DVM

Dr. Sabra Amend is a Kansas native. She grew up in Emporia, Kansas and knew early on that it was her dream to become a veterinarian. After graduating high school, she came to Lawrence and attended The University of Kansas where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2009. During her years at KU, she worked at Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital, first as a volunteer and then as a veterinary assistant. In 2010 she moved to Manhattan, Kansas and began working at the KSU Rabies Laboratory where she worked as a bilingual research assistant leading up to and during her years in veterinary school. Dr. Amend received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 2016. She has a special interest in small animal oncology and surgery. She is so grateful to be planting roots back in Lawrence, KS and especially to be back at Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital, where her love and passion for veterinary medicine developed. Dr. A loves to travel, is an avid yogi, and loves camping and trail running with her two loyal running buddies: her English Setter, Trusty and her Brittany, Jack. Dr. Amend es bilingüe y habla español. Trabaja con clientes que prefieren hablar español para facilitar la comunicación y prestarle mejor atención a los pacientes.

Dr. Kristi Rowland

Kristi Rowland, DVM

Owner KRISTI ROWLAND, DVM, was born and raised on a wheat farm in Minneola, KS (twenty miles south of Dodge City, KS). She was active in 4-H, basketball, tennis and showing her horse in high school. Dr. Rowland attended Kansas State University where she was active in the KSU Marching Band, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, Pre-Vet Club, Alpha Zeta and Mortar Board Senior Honoraries. Upon obtaining her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, she completed a rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Mesa Veterinary Hospital Ltd, Mesa, AZ. Dr. Rowland returned to Kansas upon completion of her Internship and served as an Emergency Clinician for Mission Medvet, Mission, KS during 1994-95. Dr. Rowland continued her career in emergency medicine by working for the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Overland Park, KS. She resumed working for VSEC during the opening of Free State Veterinary Hospital in 1997.

Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital, LLC was opened in January 2002 by merging Free State Veterinary Hospital with Marks Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Rowland and Dr. Marks were able to combine both talents and assets to create a caring atmosphere for families and their pets. Dr. Rowland comments that her mother reminds her daily that she is extremely lucky to have a job doing what she always wanted to do. I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was five years old and it is such a privilege to become an integral part of our pets' and clients' families. I have made some wonderful friendships and relationships during my time here in Lawrence.

Dr. Rowland currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Douglas County Veterinary Medical Association. She was a graduate of the Citizens Academy and Leadership Lawrence in 1999. She currently serves as Coordinator of Chapter Support for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity.

Dr. Rowland is married, has one son and deceased twin boys.

Dr. Norma Gottstein

Norma Gottstein, DVM

NORMA J GOTTSTEIN, DVM is originally from the small town of Woodbine, MD and came to Kansas in 2000 to be closer to her husband’s family. She graduated from Hood College in 1989 with a BA in Biology and went on to earn her DVM degree from Virginia Tech in 1993. She enjoys working with all types of dogs and cats and has a special interest in rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and small rodents. In addition to her general veterinary education, Dr. Gottstien has taken many hours of additional specialized lecture and training seminars in order to increase her knowledge and skills regarding the care of these small exotic pets.

Dr. Gottstein shares her home with her husband and two children as well as two dogs, three cats and two ferrets. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, camping and fishing. When trapped indoors due to the exceptional heat and cold of Kansas, she spends her free time cooking, reading, doing crochet and trying to learn to knit!

Dr. Linda Niedbalski

Linda Niedbalski, DVM

Dr. Linda left Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital and the Lawrence community. We are saddened to see her go but excited for her as she pursues new adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Linda Niedbalski will be missed.

Dr. Mark Marks

Dr. Mark Marks, DVM

Now retired, co-founder MARK D. MARKS, DVM grew up in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School. He then attended the University of Oklahoma receiving an education degree to teach chemistry and physics. After spending 6 years on active duty in the Field Artillery with the U. S. Army, Dr. Marks attended Oklahoma State University where he earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Marks first practiced in Monett, MO primarily as a large animal veterinarian working with dairies and cow/calf operations. Interspersed with cattle, he honed his skills with dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep, and goats. In 1989, Dr. Marks returned to Lawrence, KS, founded, and opened Marks Veterinary Hospital on South Iowa Street. In 1996, MVH was moved to Wakarusa Drive. In 2002, the combined practices of Marks Veterinary Hospital and Free State Veterinary Hospital formed Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital in its present location.

Dr. Marks enjoys practicing medicine starting with the new puppy or kitten's introduction to the home. He says, "I want to be able to make a difference in people's lives through their pets. I measure my success by being there for the very first visit until the final goodbye. As sad as that may seem, joy is restored when the same owners show up with the new pet. The greatest measure is when the children, as young adults, present their first pet."

Upon graduation from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Marks began a relationship with the U. S. Army and the Reserves spanning 29 ½ years. He answered his nation's call to duty for OPERATION DESERT STORM for 6 months and again nearly a year for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Dr. Marks achieved the rank of Colonel and served with the 3rd Medical Command in a Brigadier General's position as the Chief Veterinary Officer for OIF. Dr. Marks served on the Board of Directors for the Lawrence/Douglas County Health Department for 6 years, Quail Unlimited for 20 years, and other leadership/advisory positions throughout the city.

Dr. Marks is married, has 2 daughters and 2 grandsons.

Veterinary Technicians

We believe in the training our technicians have received. After verifying that level of training we like to empower and enable our technicians to do what they are trained to do. We have three registered veterinary nurse technicians; Sarah, Seth, Becky and five veterinary technicians; Christy, Heather, Kaitlyn, Marisa and Gillian. Our technicians assist our doctors with patient care, diagnostics, laboratory, radiography, ultrasonography, dental cleaning, laser therapy, and surgery.