•  Name: Dr. Shelby Hanson


  • Hometown: Williston, ND

  • Education: 

-B.S. Animal Science, North Dakota State University, 2017

-DVM, Colorado State University, 2022


  • Family/Pets: Murphy (dog), Ergo (Cat) 

  • Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, softball, spending time at the lake

  • 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, Woodworking, Wood Carving


  • Memberships:AVMA, NDVMA

Veterinarians

  • 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, Fishing


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


  • Hometown: Epping, ND


  • Education:

-Pre-veterinary, North Dakota State University

-DVM, Colorado State University, 1997


  • Family/Pets: Miss Smith (wife), Nate (son), Kourtney (daughter), L.J. (son), Beans (Yorkie)


  • Hobbies/Interests: Hunting, Fishing, Golf, Basketball, Curling


  • Memberships: AVMA, NDVMA
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  • Name:Dr. Abbigael Gutierrez


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  • Memberships: 
  • 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, Hunting, Fishing, Roping, Riding Horse, Playing Piano, Skiing


  • 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), Lillian (daughter), Britta, Seffi, Henry, and Polly (Deutsch Drahthaar), Cleo, and CJ (cats)


  • Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Hunting, Fishing


  • Memberships: AVMA, NDVMA, AAHA

Support Staff


Veterinary Technicians

Bekki Atkins, LVT: North Dakota State University, 2003

Paula Bergstrom, CVT: Eastern Wyoming College, 2001


Veterinary Assistants

Angel Hansen          Briana Hurley                 Carol Carlton

Casey Dutton          Chelsea VanGrinsven     Holly Vauthier 

Karli Asselin            Kelsey Engberg               Kinsley Opsta 

L.J. Smith         


                                                            Receptionists

                                                           Tiffany Walikonis

                                                            Tawnya Eide

​                                                            Jess Knicely

​                                                            Adrienne Corning


                                                            Office Manager

                                                            Lisa Blekestad


                                                            Clinic Mascot

                                                           Bobbette the Cat