Our Careteam

Deanna Dietz

Practice Manager / Owner

In July of 1991, the owners of the Animal Medical Center called Deanna to see if she could cover for one of their receptionists. Over 25 years later, she’s still at the same clinic and now serves as part-owner and the Practice Manager!

Deanna grew up in Oklahoma but moved to Gillette in 1974. She graduated from high school here and has stayed ever since. Before she was hired at the clinic, Deanna was using her business administrator’s degree in several part-time jobs. One day, Dr. Kohr called and she started working part time. In 1996, her position became full time.

At home, Deanna has a mini schnauzer named Millie, who is the best mouse-catcher Deanna has ever seen. Outside of work, Deanna enjoys camping in the mountains and traveling whenever she can—her trips to Austria and Ireland are a few highlights!

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Janel Hutton

Digital Media Coordinator

Learning about nature and animals came easily to Janel while she was growing up; she’s had a passion for biology and the sciences for as long as she can remember. As she got older and started volunteering and working with pets in the professional world, she started to realize that she had a knack for connecting with other animal owners just like herself. For Janel, a career in the field of veterinary medicine is only natural!

Born in Colorado, Janel grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana to earn a degree in biology. During her studies, she volunteered and worked for ZooMontana and a local pet resort, where she furthered her personal knowledge and gained crucial experience with hands-on animal care. Upon moving to Gillette with her husband in 2006, Janel adopted a puppy from a local shelter and brought him here to the clinic for his early vaccinations. That’s when she met Dr. Lynde—it wasn’t long before Janel was submitting her resume!

Janel started here at the hospital as a receptionist and Veterinary Technician, and now serves as Digital Media Coordinator. She loves to reach out to fellow pet owners through social and digital media, and is especially fond of using her photography skills to make an emotional connection to readers and viewers.

Outside of her interests in animal care and photography, Janel enjoys music, art, food, and travel. She and her husband live with their three children—Lilyanna, Emmalee, and William—and share their home with Lucky, an affectionate Lab/Border collie mix, as well as a pair of loveable cats named Leeloo and Champ.

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Liz McClure

Veterinary Technician

Liz grew up on a ranch in Gillette, where animal care was a natural part of life from day one. She remembers playing “vet” alongside her sister and brother, and even helped her father tend to the family horses. It didn’t take long for Liz to realize that a career in veterinary medicine was the perfect choice for her!

Liz first joined the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming family in 2005, when she was placed here for her high school’s career placement program. She’s been here ever since, and now helps the area’s pets and animal owners as a Veterinary Technician! Liz particularly enjoys exploratory surgery, X-ray work, IV placement, and dental cleanings.

Much of Liz’s free time is spent being the best mother she can be to her wonderful children. When she has a spare moment to herself, she enjoys exercising, crafting, and spending time with her cat, Kona, and the family German shepherd, Bud.

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Tara Lynn

Veterinary Technician, Nutritional Specialist

Tara has always had a soft spot for animals, but never suspected that she would find herself working in the veterinary field. Shortly after beginning her veterinary journey here at the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming, though, she was hooked! Tara has now been serving pets professionally for over 10 years.

Tara is a Gillette native and attended college in Huron, South Dakota. She joined the hospital family in early 2006, and has been here ever since. Her passion within veterinary medicine is nutrition—Tara likes to say that she could talk about canine and feline nutrition all day without getting tired of it! She’s particularly proud of founding the clinic’s “Biggest Loser: Pet Edition” weight-loss program.

At home, Tara and her husband share their lives with two beautiful children, Lucas and Tatum, as well as nine canine companions. They have a Husky named Keenu, a Basset hound who goes by Hank, and seven sled dogs. Tara regularly participates in sled races with her dogs, and has even won several races!

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Amber Kylander

Veterinary Technician

Amber was an active member in the 4-H and Future Farmers of America organizations while growing up here in Gillette. For her, animal care has always been a natural part of life. She likes to say that she didn’t choose the veterinary profession—it chose her! Amber has been a Veterinary Technician with the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming for more than nine years.

Amber attended Laramie County Community College to earn her Associate’s degree in equine training and management, then obtained her Bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Wyoming in 2007. After a brief period working at a local coal mine, she joined the Animal Medical Center team and has been here ever since.

In addition to her daily duties as a Veterinary Technician, Amber is responsible for educating the community by attending career fairs at local high schools, assisting with seminars, and overseeing job-shadowing and mentorship programs. She’s also in charge of planning on-site and community events for the clinic. For Amber, nothing beats getting to make long-term impacts in the lives of the area’s current and future pet owners!

Amber resides in Rozet, Wyoming with her wonderful husband and their two beautiful children, Kash and Kinlee. The family has three Labrador retrievers: Goose, the “old man” of the bunch; Sage, who makes it her personal mission to protect the children; and Cabela, who lives up to her breed’s namesake with her love of retrieving. Amber and her family also share their lives with two spoiled barn cats, Camo and Grey Cat, as well as three horses named Mo, Adel, and Beemer.

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Leisa Martin

Veterinary Technician

As a little girl, Leisa recalls helping her parents with the family pets’ nail trims, baths, and ear cleanings. These experiences made a permanent impression—Leisa loved the work, and it didn’t take long for her to realize that a career in the veterinary world was the perfect choice! Now, she feels proud and fortunate to help pets every day as a Veterinary Technician.

Leisa is originally from Pontiac, Michigan, and first began working as a groomer and Veterinary Assistant in a Bloomfield Point pet hospital at the age of 19. Next, she joined the team at another local clinic and gained a wealth of hands-on experience by working one-on-one with the chief veterinarian there. In 2007, Leisa and her family moved to Wyoming; she’s been with the Animal Medical Center family for nearly nine years, and is currently taking veterinary technology courses through San Juan College to become certified in the near future.

Leisa has a passion for feline medicine and is particularly fascinated by the behavior of cats. She makes it her mission to educate clients on the nuances of our feline friends’ personalities, ultimately hoping to reduce the homeless cat population in the area.

Outside of her interests in animal care, Leisa enjoys practicing photography; expanding her collections of sterling silver, rocks and minerals, and vintage Pyrex items; gardening; painting and drawing; and creating succulent terrariums for friends and family. Along with her husband, Dan, and their two children, she lives with five cats—Ella, Edwin, Izzy, Pepe, and Gibson the Great—as well as a Boxer named Drake, a Catahoula mix who goes by Clementine, and a hermit crab named Mr. Crabbs.

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Whitney Hays

Receptionist

Whitney grew up in a large family full of animal-lovers, and she’s always had an interest in working with the public; she finds the ultimate reward in connecting with another human being and improving their day. For Whitney, a career in veterinary medicine is the perfect way to combine her customer-service skills and her love of pets!

Whitney is a Gillette native, and first joined the Animal Medical Center family in the summer of 2013 after the hardware store she had previously worked for shut down. She couldn’t be happier to serve the pet owners of the area in a family- and community-oriented environment! As a receptionist, Whitney particularly enjoys connecting one-on-one with patients and their loving owners, and finds it especially rewarding to bring comfort to a nervous animal.

At home, Whitney and her daughter—who loves animals just as much as her mother—share their home with seven loveable pets, including four rescued cats.

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Chelsea Smith

Veterinary Technician

Chelsea first began as a member of the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming team when she was still in high school—she completed mentorship requirements here at the clinic, and ended up loving the work and her hospital family so much that she never left! Chelsea is now proud to serve the area’s pets as a Veterinary Technician.

Chelsea remained in Gillette after high school and throughout her collegiate years, gaining experience right here at the hospital during her studies. In total, she’s been a member of the hospital family for eight years—her favorite parts of the job are getting to meet new pet owners every day and working with large-animal patients.

Away from the clinic, Chelsea enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her own pets at home. The couple has a pair of elderly Golden retrievers; a rescued dog named Lily who loves getting into the pantry; a German shepherd named Patron; Grizz, who loves herding all of the other pets; and a mastiff named Lady. Chelsea and her husband also share their lives with a trio of cats: Moose, Mouser, and Whitey.

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Charlene Pfaff

Certified Veterinary Technician

Charlene was born and raised right here in Gillette, where she would constantly help friends and family with animals on their ranches. She’s always had a natural affinity with the earth’s creatures—for her, a career in the world of veterinary medicine simply makes sense!

Charlene first joined the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming team in 2008 as a member of the kennel crew. She moved to Torrington, Wyoming in 2013 to attend Eastern Wyoming College, where she earned her degree in veterinary technology and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. In 2015, she moved back to her hometown and rejoined the clinic family—Charlene has been caring for the area’s pets and animal parents here ever since. She’s particularly fond of dental cleanings and animal nutrition, and continues to be fascinated by the ways that diet changes can help pets in need.

At home, Charlene has two dogs: Aspen, a purebred Siberian husky who is constantly looking for ways to entertain himself; and a pit bull mix named Durango who wants to be by Charlene’s side 24 hours a day. Charlene hopes to enter Aspen in dog agility competitions one day—but for now, she’s content practicing with her pup at home!

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Tracy Serafin

Veterinary Technician

Both Tracy’s grandparents and great-grandparents dry-farmed in Idaho, and her childhood visits made a permanent impression. Her grandfather trained horses and had a deep appreciation for animals—Tracy believes that her passion for pet care came from him. She couldn’t be happier to utilize her skillset and compassion to better the lives of the area’s pets!

In addition to her experience in veterinary medicine, Tracy has worked in the nursing and mental health fields—she graduated Summa Cum Laude from medical assisting school while she was in her 40s! She also holds a degree in business. Tracy first began working with Dr. Lynde almost 10 years ago, then moved to Colorado before returning to this area and rejoining the hospital family once again. Now, she serves as a Veterinary Technician and has most recently developed a special passion for surgical work.

Tracy and her husband, Brian, have three beautiful daughters—Ashley, Samantha, and Gabriella—as well as two wonderful grandsons named Blake and Liam. The couple shares their home with three pets: Jules and Silas, both Yorkies, and a mixed-breed pooch named Zoey.

When time permits away from work, Tracy enjoys traveling and exploring new places. She and her husband make it a point to take a cruise every year!

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Kacie McClure

Veterinary Technician

Kacie is a pet owner herself, and knows just how much loyalty, love, and joy our animal companions bring. For her, nothing beats being able to make a real difference in the lives of the area’s pets! She’s been a member of the hospital family ever since her senior year of high school—Kacie tends to the area’s four-legged friends as a Veterinary Technician.

A native of Gillette, Kacie first joined the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming team through her school district’s career placement program. She started out in a reception position, but it wasn’t long before she felt the pull of the clinic’s medical side—Kacie was trained on the job by her talented fellow staff members, and now serves pets daily as a Veterinary Technician.

When she isn’t caring for pets here at the hospital or going for long rides on horseback, Kacie can be found enjoying the company of her family and pets at home. She and her husband, Johnny, have two dogs: fun-loving Roxie and Shep, the problem child of the bunch. Kacie also owns three horses named Sugar, Gus, and Pistol.

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Esther Spiker

Pet Food and Boarding Specialist

Esther grew up around the family pets—her mother always told her that she’s adored animals ever since she could crawl. Esther is also a natural caregiver and wants to do everything in her power to help others. For her, working in the veterinary field allows her to combine her innate compassion and her love of pets in one rewarding career!

Esther is originally from New Mexico, and first began here at the hospital in 2002; she’s been happily serving the area’s pets and animal owners ever since. Esther is the hospital’s Pet Food and Boarding Specialist, and loves using her position to help those in need. If she can make even one person’s day a bit better, she knows she’s done her job!

Esther is married and has three children, as well as two wonderful grandchildren. She and her husband live with four dogs—Blaze, Bear, Tinker, and Babe—as well as four cats who go by Puff, Chester, Little Sis, and Turbo.

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Todd Parkison

Veterinary Technician

Todd grew up at the base of the Big Horn Mountains on a ranch in Dayton, Wyoming. It was there that a lifelong love of animal care first blossomed—Todd’s passion simply never wavered! Now, he gets to help creatures large and small as a Veterinary Technician with the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming team.

Todd moved to Laramie after graduating from high school, gaining crucial animal-care experience on several ranches and a horse farm for the next 10 years. He then moved to Nebraska and worked at a feed lot for five years before relocating to Gillette. In early 2013, he joined the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming family as a Veterinary Technician and has been proudly serving the pets and animal owners of the area ever since.

In his time away from work, Todd enjoys team roping, basketball, and spending quality time with his young daughter, Cooper.

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Amanda Dietz

Veterinary Technician

Amanda is a Gillette native and grew up with all sorts of animals—her childhood retriever mix, Blue, inspired her journey in pet care. She’s wanted to work in a veterinarian’s office for as long as she can remember! Amanda is proud to serve her hometown’s pets and animal owners as a Veterinary Technician with the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming family.

Amanda has been a member of the hospital team since 2012. She is especially fond of performing dental cleanings, setting catheters, and drawing blood. Most of all, Amanda likes meeting new pet owners on a daily basis and doing whatever she can to improve the lives of the area’s furry companions.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys working out at the gym, going fishing, and spending time with her young son, Liam. They share their home with Gilbert, a feisty cat.

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Stasi Shippy

Patient Care Coordinator

Stasi receives a great deal of satisfaction from seeing a furry patient’s positive results after treatment. Recently, the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming care team helped a three-year-old springer spaniel return to an active life after a serious medical issue. When Stasi saw this playful young dog bouncing through the hospital’s front door, she was overjoyed that Tex had regained his energetic nature and zest for life. Stasi was thrilled that she could play a part in this handsome dog’s recovery!       

Growing up in Great Falls, Montana, Stasi came to Gillette, Wyoming via a roundabout path. While Stasi pursued an English Literature degree at a Bozeman, Montana college, she met her future husband. After the couple married, they moved to the Seattle, Washington area, where Stasi found a veterinary receptionist position that drastically changed her career focus.

Working at an Everett, Washington veterinary practice, Stasi quickly discovered that her customer service skills helped her to excel at her position. In fact, Stasi soon received a promotion because of her exemplary work. Stasi realized that she enjoyed the veterinary medicine field; and she believed that her administrative and customer service talents could play a vital role in a veterinary hospital’s successful operation.

During the mid-1990′s, Stasi and her husband decided to return to her husband’s roots, and the couple moved to his family’s spacious ranch just north of Gillette. Looking for a veterinary medicine job, Stasi applied at Animal Medical Center of Wyoming, and enjoyed working as a veterinary technician for four years. After moving to non-profit sector work for several years, Stasi was thrilled when her former employer asked her to return to the practice.

As the practice’s Patient Care Coordinator, Stasi works as a problem solver. Stasi wants each client/patient pair to enjoy the best possible care experience, and she ensures that each hospital department has sufficient staff to accomplish that goal. Stasi also focuses on keeping the hospital’s employees satisfied and productive, which helps the practice to maintain its high standard of care. Overall, Stasi loves her job, as she can enjoy animals and help the clients and coworkers who love these special family members.

When Stasi’s away from the hospital, she enjoys life with her husband, who works as a structural engineer at a local engineering business. The couple has three children, two teenagers and a younger daughter. In Stasi’s limited spare time, she loves to explore different worlds by diving into a good book.

Stasi’s home also hosts four beloved furry family members. Mae Mae, the family’s spunky little Corgi, showers everyone she meets with tail wags and kisses. Lizzie, a former stray cat Stasi’s family rescued from the county fairgrounds, now enjoys a comfortable home and a more balanced diet. Blue, is a Blue Heeler mix that was rescued after he was abandoned and Chexx, her orange Domestic Long Hair is a wild little guy.

         

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Christi Layten

Certified Veterinary Technician

Christi has loved animals for as long as she can remember. In high school, she made a decision: she was going to follow her dream of caring for pets professionally! Now, she’s a Certified Veterinary Technician here at the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming.

Christi was born and raised in Newcastle, Wyoming. She graduated from Eastern Wyoming College in 2000, and began working here at the clinic during her studies.

As a Tech, Christi is especially fond of all types of surgeries, from routine spays to exploratory procedures. She also enjoys catheter placement, IV fluid administration, and taking care of the clinic’s medical inventory.

At home, Christi lives with her husband of 15 years, her daughter and son. The family shares their home with three Boston terriers named Hobo, Polly, and Bubbles, a Labrador Retriever named Kindle, and eight cats. They also own two horses, five fainting goats, 2 guinea pigs and a few chickens!

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Kim Blauert

Certified Veterinary Technician

Growing up in an agricultural community right here in Gillette, Kim’s interest in animal health was piqued at an early age. Doctoring sick cattle on her family’s ranch made her want to learn about all the “how’s” and “why’s!” Becoming a Veterinary Technician was the perfect way for Kim to work with pets daily while continuing to learn everything she could about animals.

Kim first started here at the clinic through a mentorship program in high school. After graduating in 2002, she helped in the kennels until leaving for college. While earning her degree from Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, she completed two internships right here at the Animal Medical Center. After working for a Sheridan, Wyoming practice for a few months after graduating college, she returned to Gillette and the Animal Medical Center in early 2005.

Working with large animals is of particular interest to Kim. She’s especially fond of equine surgery and helping to birth foals during the springtime breeding season. She’s even a member of the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians! Kim also belongs to the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association.

At home, Kim lives with her rescued three-legged dog, Jazz. Kim also owns Kahlua, her horse whom she competes in shows with. In 2012 & 2015, Kim and Kahlua qualified for the American Quarter Horse Association’s West Novice Championship Show, and are currently working towards another qualification!

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Dina Whitted

Kennel Crew Supervisor

Growing up in Gillette, Dina remembers watching her father give her family’s horses vaccinations and repairing minor injuries. She was fascinated, and her interest in animal care never wavered as she got older. Now, Dina is the Kennel Crew Supervisor here at the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming!

Dina first started here at the clinic in September of 2009. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know the personalities of the hospital’s boarding dogs, and the feeling she gets from knowing she’s helped a pet to live a better life is like no other.

Dina has two daughters, a son, and twin granddaughters. She and her children share their home with their own personal zoo—they have two dogs named Little Bit, and Bunker, as well as three lovable cats named Castynn, Abby and Scar.

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Carol Aldinger

Receptionist

Carol spent part of her childhood as a farm hand on her family’s South Dakota farm, where her initial interest in animal welfare was sparked. When a strain of distemper worked its way through their cat population, Carol was devastated. She decided right then and there that she wanted to dedicate herself to saving pets’ lives!

After moving to Gillette, Carol noticed an advertisement in the paper for a position at a local veterinary clinic. She applied, and her career in animal care began. She has been a part of the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming family since the very beginning—in fact, she was the clinic’s very first employee! After nearly 24 years here at the hospital, Carol loves her work just as much as the day she started.

Carol and her husband, Dane, have two grown sons who live in Gillette. On her 80-acre property between Moorcroft and Sundance, Carol keeps 33 cats, prompting many of the clinic’s clients to refer to her as “the cat lady.” Carol also owns two dogs, Browen and Braylee, and regularly feeds the local deer and turkey populations.

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