Dr. Robert J. Ebbesmeyer, Partner

Dr. Bob Ebbesmeyer has been with New Hope since graduating from the University of Missouri in 1990. Previously a life-long resident of Missouri (as well as St. Louis Cardinals fan), he has settled into this area that has accepted him and his family so well. His wife, Martha, works as the 4-H Educator for University of Illinois Extension in Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside Counties. Dr. Bob is a Past President of ISVMA (Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association) and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of NIVMA (Northern Veterinary Medical Association). They have a daughter, Erin, who resides and works in Madison, WI, with her husband, Brenden, and a son, Grant, who resides and works in Memphis, TN. Dr. Bob and Martha live with their two cats, Turtle and Tank, which, since the kids are gone, rule the house.

Dr. Susan Myers, Partner

Dr. Myers is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she spent two years in rural Pennsylvania before moving back to Illinois. She and her husband, Ken Foltz, live in German Valley with their two dogs, three cats, and a snake. In her spare time, Susan enjoys riding her motorcycle, camping, hiking, and cooking.

Dr. Ann Johnson, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ann Johnson is a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois and a native of Belvidere, IL. She has spent her first 3 years of practice at a mixed animal clinic on the Mississippi River along the Illinois, Iowa and Missouri border. She enjoys spending her spare time with her 2 dogs, horseback riding, knitting and sewing.

Dr. Elizabeth Brehm, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Elizabeth Brehm is an Iowa native and 2019 graduate of Iowa State University. She practiced in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa following graduation prior to joining New Hope. She enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and knitting in her spare time. Dr. Elizabeth’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is building relationships with clients and patients.

Dr. Kurt Bales Obituary

January 13, 2021

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we write that Dr. Kurt Bales has passed away. He fought a strong and valiant battle against brain cancer, but ultimately lost. He is now back in the arms of a loving God that has been carrying him and his family through the last 19 months.

Dr. Kurt has been a part of New Hope Veterinary Clinic for three decades. Born and raised in Indiana, he graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He and his wife Vicki ultimately found their way to the German Valley area to stay and raise their four children. He has been a strong fighter through all his years. Beyond his ability to care for all critters, we will miss terribly his dry sense of humor, as well as his ability to fix all our computer issues. His steadfast leadership has been a blessing to all of us.

We want to thank you for all your concern through these many months, your many well wishes, your words of encouragement, and your countless prayers. They have meant so much to his family and to the whole family of New Hope. We are comforted knowing he is now in a place with no more suffering in Our Father’s house.

Dr. Bob Ebbesmeyer
Dr. Susan Myers
Dr. Ann Johnson
Dr. Elizabeth Brehm
The Staff of New Hope Veterinary Clinic