Support Staff


Veterinary Technicians


Bekki Atkins, LVT; North Dakota State University, 2003

Paula Bergstrom, CVT; Eastern Wyoming College, 2001

Patti Herring, CVT; Wyoming School of Animal Technology, 1976

Jill Edson, LVT; Baker College, 2004


Veterinary Assistants


Sarah Murray

Kelsey Engberg

Shelby Hanson

Katie Haines

Holly Vauthier


Office Manager

Lisa Blekestad


Receptionists

Jennifer Kierig, Heidi Eide, Heather Knight


Clinic Mascot

Bobbette the Cat

  • Name:  Dr. Melanie Philippi


  • Hometown:  Haines, OR


  • Education:

-B.S. Animal Science, Oregon State University, 2010

-DVM, Oregon State University, 2014


  • Family/Pets:  Moldy and Crumbs (cats)


  • Hobbies/Interests: Scuba diving, Free diving, Hunting and Fishing


  • Memberships: AVMA, NDVMA
  • Name: Dr.  Heidi Folden         


  • Hometown:  New Town, ND


  • Education:

-B.S. Biology, Anatomy and Neuroanatomy, Colorado State University, 2003

-DVM, Iowa State University, 2007     


  • Family/Pets: Vincent (son) and Lillian (daughter); Britta and Seffi (Deutsch Drahthaar), Reese (Welsh Springer Spaniel), and Cooter, Cleo, and Shiba (cats)


  • Hobbies/Interests:  Reading, hunting, fishing,


  • Memberships: AVMA, NDVMA, AAHA

Veterinarians

  • Name:  Dr. Shayla Sorenson   


  • Hometown:  Ross, ND


  • Education:

-B.S. Animal Science, North Dakota State University, 2008

-DVM, Kansas State University, 2012 


  • Family/Pets:  Jay Sorenson (husband); Brant (son), Hallie (daughter), Dixie (Yellow Lab), Boot (Australian Shepherd), 3 horses


  • Hobbies/Interests: Camping, fishing, roping, riding horse, playing piano, hunting, skiing


  • Memberships: AVMA, NDVMA
  • Name:  Dr. Jody Smith


  • Hometown: Epping, ND


  • Education:

-Pre-veterinary, North Dakota State University

-DVM, Colorado State University, 1997


  • Family/Pets: Missy Smith (wife); Nate (son), Kourtney (daughter), and L.J. (son); Juno (Yellow Lab), Beans (Yorkie)


  • Hobbies/Interests:  Hunting, fishing, golf, basketball, curling


  • Memberships: AVMA, NDVMA
  • Name: Dr. Lee Garbel


  • Hometown: Crosby, ND


  • Education:

-B.S. Animal Science, North Dakota State University, 1987

-M.S. Animal Science, North Dakota State University, 1989

-DVM, Iowa State University, 1993


  • Family/Pets: Laurie Garbel (wife); Margaret (daughter); Cinders (Muensterlander)


  • Hobbies/Interests:  Fishing, wood-working, wood carving


  • Memberships: AVMA, NDVMA