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Michelle L.

Michelle L.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Michelle grew up in Eastern Montana, where she and her sister would spend hours catching turtles and salamanders to leave in the bathtub and scare their mother! In high school, Michelle realized she wanted to work with animals as a career, and looked into the Veterinary Technician profession.

Just before she graduated from Veterinary Technician school, Michelle heard about an opening at Dakota Hills. She put in an application, was interviewed, and then was hired. She’s now worked here for over 20 years!

Animal behavior is a special area of interest for Michelle. She continues to further her behavioral education each year and loves helping owners work through their pets’ behavior issues. She also likes drawing blood, setting IV catheters, and bandaging limbs.

Outside of work, Michelle likes to camp, fish, hike, ride horses and motorcycles, read, garden, and spend time with her dogs. Michelle and her husband Marshal own Catfish, a French Bulldog that had persistent right aortic arch at birth and after surgery at 2 months of age is managing very well!  They also own Perch, a Terrier mix who is Catfish’s best pal.


Erin S.

Erin S.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Erin has been interested in veterinary medicine for as long as she can remember. She always wanted to help animals since they can’t tell their owners what hurts or what is wrong. Now she cares for pets every day at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic!

Erin lived in Hermosa until she was in third grade, then moved to the Rapid Valley area, where she still lives. She attended Black Hills State University, then joined the Veterinary Technology program at National American University where she earned her Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology. She worked as a receptionist at Dakota Hills while attending school, then accepted a job as a Registered Veterinary Technician after graduation.

Emergency medicine and surgery are Erin’s favorite aspects of her job because of the quick thinking and reacting that is required. Saving a life is the ultimate reward!

At home, Erin has a dog named Roscoe that she has shared the past 14 years with. When time permits, Erin enjoys outdoor activities like softball, golf, and hunting. She’s met some of her greatest friends through these hobbies!


Juley C.

Juley C.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Growing up, Juley had three horses of her own and loved to train and ride. Her beginnings on a small hobby farm in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin inspired her to work in the exciting and challenging field of veterinary medicine. She gets to care for animals every day as a Veterinary Technician!

When she was attending school in Rapid City for a business degree and an equine training degree, Juley got a summer job at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic. She decided to go to vet tech school to further her position—after taking her classes, she was hired on as a Veterinary Technician.

Juley enjoys equine reproduction and equine internal medicine. She says there is no greater feeling in the world than seeing a foal being born and knowing you helped to create it!

At home, Juley has a dog, Roxi who was a rescue. She also has two horses, Freckles and Seven. Juley says she’s happiest on the back of a horse—one of her favorite rides was a recent trip to the top of Harney Peak.


Erin P.

Erin P.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Erin grew up in a small town north of Omaha, Nebraska, where she began riding horses when she was only six years old. Her early experiences nurturing animals made one thing very clear: a career in the veterinary world was Erin’s true calling! Now she’s thrilled to work as a Registered Veterinary Technician here at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic.

Erin attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa to study veterinary technology. During her time there, she began working in an Omaha veterinary clinic as an assistant, where she gained invaluable experience to jump-start her career. After her fiancé accepted a job offer in Rapid City, Erin moved here and joined the Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic family shortly afterward.

 She loves the feeling of helping to improve a pet’s quality of life every day, and she’s a firm believer in the power of preventative medicine and quality client education.

At home, Erin has two dogs named Jethro and Roxie, a cat who goes by Coconut, and two horses: Pecos and Sunshine. Erin has owned Pecos since she was in the 6th grade! She enjoys getting out on horseback whenever she has the chance.


Shannon

Shannon Q.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Shannon grew up in a military family and lived many places growing up. One of her favorites was Germany! Throughout her childhood, she always had pet rats, and they inspired her to work somewhere that she could educate people on all different types of pets.

Since her father retired at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Shannon started classes close to home at National American University. Now she works as a Veterinary Technician, and especially enjoys running lab work. It’s amazing to Shannon what you can find out about an animal through their blood work. She also enjoys helping pets live longer through the advanced tests the clinic is able to perform.

Outside of work, Shannon loves going camping. She has two little black and white Shih Tzu’s and a tan and white rat—all of which Shannon likes to spoil rotten!


Linda C.

Linda C.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Linda decided to enter the world of veterinary care for a very simple reason: she wanted to use her time and energy to better the lives of creatures who can’t always speak for themselves. She’s always known that pet care was her true calling! Linda is proud to help animals on a daily basis as a Registered Veterinary Technician, and she loves that she’s able to do it as a part of the talented Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic team.

Linda was born in Germany thanks to her father’s military service, and settled here in Rapid City with her family after his retirement. She’s been here ever since! Linda attended National American University’s veterinary technology program to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, and joined the Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic family shortly after earning her credentials.

Linda has special interests in animal behavior and veterinary dentistry—she makes it her personal mission to help pet owners understand how much good dental care can impact a pet’s health.

When she’s not helping pets here at the clinic, Linda can be found working on her home, hiking trails in the Black Hills, running—she’s completed a few marathons and countless half marathons!—and enjoying the company of her pets at home. She shares her life with four cats named O.G., Boots, Lilly, and Rocky, as well as two dogs: Bud, a Weimaraner, and a Scottish terrier who goes by Oscar.


Faith M.

Faith M.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Faith has been fascinated with animals since a very young age. This, combined with a passion for science and medicine, made a career in the veterinary field the obvious choice. What started out as a personal goal to provide her own pets with great care grew into a desire to help other people’s pets as well. As a veterinary technician at Dakota Hills, Faith is able to do what she loves each and every day!

Faith’s journey began in California, where she cleaned horse stalls. In high school, she landed a job at a veterinary clinic working in the boarding area, followed by a few years working as a trail guide for horseback rides. After relocating to South Dakota, Faith enrolled in the veterinary technician program at National American University in Rapid City, from which she graduated in 2000. Over the years, she has moved around and worked in a variety of environments, from general practice to spay/neuter clinics to teaching hospitals and, her personal favorite, working with raptors in the Tetons of Wyoming.

Faith joined the Dakota Hills team in late August of 2022 after relocating to the area to be closer to family. Clinically, she has a particular interest in assisting with surgery and caring for hospitalized patients. She also enjoys helping out at the front desk and assisting clients. The best thing about working in the veterinary industry is that there’s always something new and interesting to learn, and there’s never a dull moment.

Outside of the clinic, Faith lives with her daughter, their life-loving mountain dog, Izel, and their princess kitty, Stella Bella. Faith’s hobbies include creating beaded jewelry, hiking with Izel, and hanging out with friends.


Abra S.

Abra S.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Like most people, Abra has always loved animals. Beyond that, however, she found herself wanting to do more to help them and gain a deeper understanding of their health and wellbeing. To this day, she feels that if she knew then what she knows now, her beloved cat Mesigh might have lived even longer than her 20 years. It is this desire to ensure that every animal enjoys his or her best life that drives Abra every day.

While living in Colorado, Abra reached a crossroads in her life. Her husband had lost his job and she found herself considering going back to school. Drawing from her deep interest in animal care, she began researching veterinary technician programs and settled on Pima Medical Institute. After completing the program, Abra joined the Dakota Hills team in September of 2022. Clinically, she enjoys patient care and has a particular interest in surgery.

Outside of work, Abra is happily married and has a daughter who inspires her to enjoy the little things in life and never take things for granted. The family’s cat, Mewmew, is a rescue who has been transformed into to a happy, healthy and balanced kitty, thanks to their love and patience.

Abra’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her family. Besides that, she enjoys going on hikes, listening to music and singing her heart out.


Missy L.

Missy L.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Growing up, Missy spent a lot of time in Torrington, WY, where her mother’s family owned many ranches. Visiting them was a highlight of her childhood, but it wasn’t until she witnessed her great uncle perform a procedure on a cow that Missy became hooked on veterinary medicine. As a vet tech here at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic, she now gets to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and is loving every minute of it!

Missy attended Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington but ended up in Sturgis with her husband before deciding to stay in the Black Hills area. She joined the Dakota Hills team as a part timer and transitioned to full time in 2022. Outside of the clinic, Missy lives with her husband and their two children. The family is surrounded by cats, dogs, horses, a few dairy goats and one very lovable Holstein.

Missy’s summers are busy with horses and 4-H projects, but during the cooler months, she enjoys quilting and frequenting quilt shops (her fabric stash is pretty crazy).


Kacy C.

Kacy C.

Veterinary Technician

When Kacy was a little kid, she was forever coming home with stray animals in tow, whether it be cats, rabbits, baby squirrels or even mice. In school, when the teacher would ask the students to write about what they wanted to be when they grew up, Kacy consistently put down that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Today, she’s one step closer to that childhood goal and loving every second of it!

Over the years, Kacy has worked on multiple farms tending to the animals. She also spent some time as a dog walker. No matter where life’s journey has brought her, she’s always found her way back to helping animals. After attending school at Rockford Career College near her hometown of Chicago, IL, Kacy relocated to Hot Springs, SD to be closer to family. Following a brief stint at another clinic, she joined the Dakota Hills team and the rest is history.

Clinically, Kacy enjoys working in the lab, particularly performing cytology using the microscope. She also really enjoys assisting with surgery, monitoring and looking after patients during a time when they really need us to make sure they are safe and comfortable. 

Kacy resides in Hot Springs with her fiancé, Chase, whom she met at the clinic when he was doing contractor work on the building. The couple have two dogs: Charley and Frosty. Charley is a miniature Dachshund who is one of the sassiest, bravest souls Kacy’s ever encountered. Frosty is a lab mix and is the silliest boy you’ll meet. He has an endless amount of energy and can put a smile on anyone’s face. 

Besides animals, Kacy’s personal interests include crafting and spending time with family. A voracious reader, once she’s hooked on a good book, she can’t put it down. In fact, she’s been known to finish a book in less than a day. In high school, Kacy participated in competitive cheerleading, through which she attended Worlds three times and State twice.


Lindsey S.

Lindsey S.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Lindsey was heavily involved with equine 4-h and rodeo. She recalls how much she loved spending time at her grandparent’s ranch in Nemo. Her passion for animals was closely matched with her love of the Black Hills, so she decided to move here with her husband in 2020. As a veterinary technician here at Dakota Hills, Lindsey is living her lifelong dream and loving every minute of it.

After working at an equine facility for seven years as a veterinary assistant, Lindsey decided it was time to further her education and enrolled in Penn Foster to get her Registered Veterinary Technician degree. Shortly after relocating to the Black Hills area, Lindsey’s dog needed surgical rehabilitation, so she brought her to Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic. She loved the atmosphere so much, that she decided to join the team in 2022. Professionally, Lindsey enjoys rehabilitation, monitoring anesthesia, assisting with orthopedic surgeries, and tending to hospitalized patients.

At home, Lindsey resides with her husband, Eric, their three dogs: Dally, Cabala, and Sage; their three horses: Chubby, Ginger, and Layla; and their cat named Mike. When she’s not busy working, Lindsey can usually be found hiking with the dogs, riding horses, or attending barrel races.


Christina H.

Christina H.

Veterinary Assistant

As a child growing up in Rapid City, Christina remembers the countless hours she spent glued to the television, mesmerized by animal rescue shows. Even at a young age, she felt inspired and compelled to help pets in need and do whatever she could to provide them with a healthy, happy life.

Christina attended South Dakota State University, majoring in Animal Science with the initial intention of going to veterinary school. Towards the end of her time at SDSU, however, she changed her mind and decided to return to her hometown to get an early start on her career. Upon graduation from college, Christina joined the Dakota Hills team as one of our veterinary assistants. 

At home, Christina has a fur baby of her own named Simon, whom she rescued in 2020. Simon’s favorite thing to do is burrow under any blanket he can find.


Paige G.

Paige G.

Veterinary Assistant

All her life, Paige has constantly found herself around animals. Whether she was throwing a ball for her dog, riding horses, taking care of her family’s guinea pigs, or collecting eggs from chickens, she’s always loved being close to the earth’s creatures! For Paige, working as a part of Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic’s boarding team is a dream come true. 

Paige is from central North Dakota and moved to South Dakota in April of 2021. It wasn’t long before she’d joined the team here at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic—Paige has been a part of the hospital family since June. She loves that no two days are ever quite the same, and finds that her job constantly keeps her on her toes. She’s also fond of getting to meet and greet a wide variety of animals as well as their loving owners.

When she’s not at work, Paige likes riding and breaking horses, hiking and camping in the great outdoors, and spending quality time with her family and pets. She has a rescued Red Heeler, Carson, as well as four wonderful horses: Kodiak, Ember, Luna, and Bella.


Samantha

Samantha J.

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.


Emma W.

Emma W.

Boarding Assistant

When Emma was around seven years old, she was gifted a cat for her birthday. The two quickly became inseparable until the family’s other cat passed away. Seeing her beloved pet grieving over the loss of his companion and how it affected his personality broke Emma’s heart. At the same time, it sparked a desire to work in the animal field so she could help other pets and their owners during challenging times. As a boarding assistant here at Dakota Hills, Emma pushes herself daily to provide the best care and support possible.

Once she graduated high school, Emma jumped right into the animal care field when she started working at a doggie daycare. From there, she moved on to join the Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic team. Professionally, Emma loves helping our boarders feel comfortable and cared for like family, while also creating trusting relationships with their loving owners. When asked, she says she wouldn’t trade working here for anything!

At home, Emma has four dogs of her own. Myla is her retired service dog whose favorite place to be is in Emma’s bed. Blu is a goofy boy who is shy around new people but loves meeting new dogs. Phoebe came in as a foster, but the family couldn’t imagine her going to a different home so they kept her. It took her some time to get over her sordid past, but now she’s a big cuddle bug. Then there’s the most recent addition to the pack: Reed, a stubborn and fearless pup who loves adventures.

When she’s not busy working or caring for her dogs, Emma can usually be found crocheting – a hobby she just recently picked up, but has quickly mastered. She loves making hand-made gifts for her friends and family and seeing their reaction.


Katherine M.

Katherine M.

Boarding Assistant

Bio coming soon.


 Laura C.

Laura C.

Receptionist

Laura’s veterinary journey started in the year 2000 when she was walking her Boxer. They walked by the house of the founder of Black Hills Boxer Rescue, who promptly ran out to talk to Laura. Soon Laura was fostering Boxers, which led to volunteering at shelters and eventually to a job at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic!

Born and raised in Minnesota, Laura moved to South Dakota in 1995 for her husband’s job. She continues to be inspired by the wonderful people she’s met in animal rescue over years. At the clinic, Laura loves seeing uncommon dog breeds and enjoys chatting with clients and connecting over their love of pets.

Currently, Laura, her husband and their two sons share their home with a Boxer, Scout who was acquired through the clinic – a happy ending for a very sick puppy!! When she has free time, Laura loves spending time with her dogs, as well as traveling, hiking, home improvement and crafting.


Jill J.

Jill J.

Receptionist

Jill has always had a heart for helping others. After spending several years in human medicine, working with the elderly, she decided to shift her focus to four-legged creatures. As a Receptionist here at Dakota Hills, Jill has found the perfect opportunity to put her compassion and empathy to work.

In the clinic, Jill enjoys getting to know our clients and their furry family members. The pocket-full of treats she always keeps on her definitely helps win over some of our more apprehensive patients.

Jill is Mom to grown twin boys, both of whom are wrestling coaches. She has two rescue fur-babies: a Border collie named Ruger and a Husky mix named Tuesday. The three of them go hiking as often as possible, and she usually lets the pups choose the trail.

In her spare time, Jill enjoys riding motorcycles and has taken trips to several national parks. She is an avid reader and keeps track of all the books she’s read – a total that tops more than 1,400 thus far.


Katrina W.

Katrina W.

Inventory Manager, Veterinary Technician

Katrina’s passion for animals and the veterinary field began at the age of eight when she was growing up on her family farm in Northern Montana. Her special affinity with animals and knack for their care made her a natural fit for working as a Veterinary Technician!

Katrina received her degree in Veterinary Technology from National College in Rapid City. After working at various clinics, Katrina and her family settled in Rapid City because it was the perfect hub for their busy schedules—she was hired at Dakota Hills shortly afterwards and recently celebrated her tenth anniversary with the clinic!

Anesthesia is Katrina’s specialty and passion. She enjoys teaching it to new employees and takes pride in performing a smooth, flawless procedure.

At home, Katrina lives with her husband Matt and their daughter Maddi. The family owns a Border Collie named Zip, three cats named Cole, Beezus and Hiccup. Maddi also owns two toads.

When not working or spending time with family, Katrina loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and horseback riding.


Kendra H.

Kendra H.

Clinic Administrator

Kendra grew up on a ranch about an hour northeast of Rapid City. Since her parents’ livelihood depended on the livestock they raised, Kendra learned not only how to care for animals, but the value of responsibility and a strong work ethic!

After high school, Kendra enrolled in National American University’s Veterinary Technology Program. She worked part-time as a Veterinary Assistant until she finished up her degree, when she was given a Veterinary Technician position at the clinic. She’s been working at Dakota Hills since November of 1997, and has held the Clinic Administrator position since 2009!

Kendra says that no two days are ever the same working in her job! She loves the challenge of facing each new and unique case. She also enjoys the business side of veterinary medicine, which she’s been more in touch with since becoming Clinic Administrator.

When she’s not at work, Kendra spends time with her husband, Justin, and their three children, Jae, Karie, and Jarren. They have two cats, Trapper and Loca, and a Labrador Retriever, Rocket. They also have several horses they use to gather and work cattle and explore the Black Hills area.  Kendra’s free time is spent watching her children’s different sporting and school events, reading, helping on her family’s ranch, and working with the horses.