Our Animal Doctor Westside Team
Elizabeth, Office Manager/Veterinary Technician
Elizabeth has been with us since September of 2013. She graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s in Animal Science with a Pre-Vet option in 2012. She will more than likely be the face you see when you walk in the door. Elizabeth adores getting to know the clients and their fur babies! When not at work she enjoys gardening, landscaping, fishing, and working on her 20 acre farm. Elizabeth and her husband are enjoying their new house with their dog Bruiser, cats Peter and Mama, and horse Red.
Melissa is the friendly face you’ll see in reception, or speak with on the phone. Melissa originates from Fairfield, CA, but has lived in Kansas since she was 18 years old. Melissa has 2 boys, a niece and nephews, as well as 3 pets. She brings with her 3 years of veterinary clinic experience in multiple capacities. (Fun side note: Her sister Roxanne works at our Junction City location😊)
Rachel, Registered Veterinary Technician
Rachel is a Fear-Free Certified Registered Veterinary Technician from Junction City, KS. She graduated with her Associate’s in Veterinary Technology from Brown Mackie College – Salina in 2017. Rachel’s critters consist of a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit, Nova, an African Pygmy Hedgehog, Galileo, two Green Cheek Conures, Castor and Pollux, two Guinea Pigs, Andromeda and Aurora, and a Betta Fish named Orion. Rachel is planning to eventually go back to school to get her Bachelor of Biology degree to become a zookeeper. In her free time, Rachel enjoys bowling, playing softball, and watching way too much HGTV and Food Network on TV.
Shelby, Veterinary Technician
Shelby is a Fear Free Certified Veterinary Technician. She was raised as an Air Force child and has traveled a lot during her life. Her father retired in Arkansas and they lived there for eight years. While there, Shelby attended Arkansas State University and obtained an Associates degree in veterinary technology in 2012. Shelby and her husband moved to Texas after her husband joined the military. They then were stationed here at Fort Riley in December of 2016. Even though Shelby has only been with us for a short time, she has been a great addition to our team. Shelby enjoys time outside with her husband and daughter while they play with their Great Dane - Sherlock, Boxer - Tessa, and Dachshund - Zoey. They also have one bird, named Turbo.
Natalia, Veterinary Technician
Natalia is a Fear Free Certified Veterinary Technician who joined our team after moving to Kansas from Arizona, where she earned her certificate in Veterinary Assisting and associate’s in Arts & Sciences. She currently has two dogs; a heeler mix named Athena and a miniature poodle named Nana. In addition, she has a Holland Lop, Thumper and a Guinea pig, Squiz. During her free time, Natalia enjoys going on long walks by the lake with her husband and dogs.
Shayanna, Veterinary Assistant
Shayanna is a Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant. She is originally from Norco, CA. In 2012, she moved to Lincoln, NE to begin her bachelor’s degree at the University of Lincoln, studying Animal Science with the intention of going to vet school. Shayanna decided in 2017 to instead pursue her masters degree in Equine Reproduction. She then transferred to Kansas State University in 2019 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science Bioscience/Biotechnology, and will continue her education by applying for her masters degree in Equine Reproduction. She has a step-son named William with her fiance. She also has 3 feline kiddos: Jon, Danearys, and Arya. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time planning her wedding, reading, and doing outdoor activities with her family!
Sierra, Veterinary Assistant
Sierra is a Vet Assistant/Technician that came to us from Michigan. She comes to us with 6 years of experience and a Associates degree from Delta College. Sierra is in the process of becoming a Fear Free Certified Veterinary Technician. In her free time, she likes to go for walks with her husband and has 3 dogs, Nikea (Rottweiler), Lacey (Labrador), and Lucky (Chihuahua).
Kristen, Veterinary Assistant
Kristen is originally from Ness City, KS. She is currently a student in Colby Community College’s Distance Learning Veterinary Nursing Program and plans to graduate spring of 2021. After graduation she hopes to become a registered veterinary technician. Her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is patient care. During her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her dog Hershey and her cat Oscar.
Rhiannon joined our team in June of 2017. She is a Kansas State University graduate, with a Bachelors in Animal Science. She has 10 years of experience in small animal medicine in Topeka and Kansas City. When she is not at work she keeps busy taking care of her four dogs, two cats, two geckos, and one ball python.
Kim, Veterinary Assistant
Kim is a Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant. Originally from Canton, OH, she has now lived in 5 different states and South Korea. With a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management, Kim brings her customer service expertise to both two-legged and four-legged clients alike! She found a passion with animals after adopting Dutch (fluffy shepherd mix) and furthered that passion after rescuing Gunner (Heinz 57). Her road to the veterinary world was a bit unconventional: restaurants, casino, boarding kennels, but as long as she gets to work with animals, Kim is in her happy place. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, Thomas, as well as traveling, cooking/baking, and working out, so she is able to enjoy all the tasty treats!