Dr. Rene Wingerter always had a certain way with animals—ever since she can remember, she’s felt an intrinsic connection with the earth’s creatures that just wouldn’t quit. When talking with a friend in the sixth grade about what she wanted to do when she grew up, young Dr. Wingerter mentioned that she loved animals and medicine. The friend inquired why she didn’t consider pursuing veterinary medicine. Dr. Wingerter never looked back! Now, she’s the owner and chief veterinarian here at the Animal Hospital of Lanesville.