Team

Team

Team

TEAM MEMBERS


The Veterinarians at Mountain View Veterinary Health Center practice Western Veterinary Medicine using the latest diagnostic techniques and treatments. In addition to standard veterinary medicine, the practice offers chiropractic, acupuncture and herbal treatments.

Our doctors are focused on the complete and thorough care of pets. Preventative care and early detection of disease are imperative components for the life-long health of your pet and successful treatment and management of illness.

We provide comprehensive care for your pet's needs including grooming, boarding, and nutritional consultation.

Veterinarians

Dr. James Israelsen

Dr. James Israelsen

Dr. Israelsen attended veterinary school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1995. He then went to Oregon and worked in a very busy mixed-animal practice there until 1997, when he and Dr. Hillegass had the opportunity to purchase Mountain View Veterinary Health Center from Dr. Richard Jones who was retiring. Dr. Israelsen is certified in Animal Chiropractic, adjusting both performance horses and small animals for numerous problems. He has a special interest in internal medicine and enjoys the challenge of aiding pets through difficult illnesses.

Dr. Nicole Busch

Dr. Melinda Hillegass

Dr. Hillegass attended veterinary school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1995. She then went to Oregon and worked in 2 separate hospitals there, including a 24-hour emergency clinic. In 1997, Dr. Hillegass and Dr. Israelsen purchased Mountain View Veterinary Health Center from Dr. Richard Jones who was retiring. Dr. Hillegass is trained in Acupuncture and Herbal medicine and has an interest in pet nutrition as well. She is a highly-skilled surgeon, and particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Susan Reynolds

Dr. Susan Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds attended veterinary school at Washington State University graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Dr. Reynolds grew up in the small town of Fruitland, Idaho and loves the outdoors. When she is not at work she loves hiking, fishing, horseback riding and spending time with her husband, daughter and four-legged feline kids-Rascal and Roxy. Upon graduation she joined the Mountain View Veterinary Health Center to work under the mentorship of Dr. Israelsen and Dr. Hillegass. She has a special interest in cardiology and internal medicine.

Dr. Khirsta Jensen

Dr. Khirsta (Papenfuss) Jensen

Dr. Jensen attended veterinary school at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She enjoys the challenge of mixed animal practice and has done several externships at different practices to broaden her experience with various species including camelids and small ruminants. Upon her graduation, Dr. Jensen eagerly returned to Logan to work under the mentorship of Dr. Israelsen and Dr. Hillegass. She has a special interest in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery as well as ultrasonography.

Team Leads

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Josefina Velasquez

JOSEFINA Velasquez

Lead Veterinary Technician

​​​​​​​Josefina joined our team August 2013 as a Technician and continued on to become our Head Technician. She is from Logan, Utah. Josefina has been in the veterinary field for ten years. She graduated from Bridgerland Technical College’s Veterinary Assisting program in 2009. She is currently attending Utah State University working towards becoming a registered technician. Josefina has two dogs; Zoey the sheltie mix and Jack the Labrador retriever. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and being surrounded by nature. She loves exercising and spending time with friends and family.
Rylan Howard

Rylan Howard

Lead Client Relations

Rylan joined our team August 2018 as Client Relations and then continued to Head of Client Relations. She is from Idaho Falls, Idaho. She has an Associates in General Studies from Idaho State University, and she is currently attending Utah State University’s Business Management program. Rylan has one dog, Hayzel, an Australian Cattle Dog and Shar Pei Mix. She loves learning new things about veterinary medicine and furthering her knowledge. She also loves getting to love on any pets that come in! In her spare time, she loves camping, riding four-wheelers, and playing games with friends and family.
Ricky Priestley

Rickie Priestley

Assistant Lead Client Relations
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Rickie joined our team in February 2019 as Client Relations and then moved on to become Assistant Head of Client Relations. She is from Preston, Idaho. She loves to see the variety of pets that we have in our valley. In Rickie’s spare time she likes to ride horses, read, and watch movies.

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Hailey Mazurkiewicz

Hailey Mazurkiewicz

Lead Animal Care

Hailey joined our team May 2019 as Animal Care then continued to become Head of Animal Care. She is from Evanston, Wyoming. She has a Bachelors in Animal Dairy Veterinary Science with an emphasis on Bioveterinary Science and a minor in Biology and Chemistry. Hailey has one cat, two rabbits, and two rats; Salem the black cat, Pip black rabbit, Gus the brown rabbit, Sunny the white and tan rat, and Rainy the white and gray rat. She loves getting to see our patient’s progress, whether it’s a puppy getting vaccines or a dog recovering from surgery. Hailey enjoys spending time playing games with friends and family. She loves hands on crafts and has recently started wood carving.

Client Relations

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Haley Hutchinson

Haley Hutchinson


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Haley joined our team February of 2019 as a Technician. In October 2019, she moved to Client Relations. She is from Nibley, Utah. She graduated from Briderland Technical College’s Animal Science program November 2018. Haley has two dogs; Grace a Chiweenie and Badger a Miniature Australian Shepherd. She loves to see the personalities of the visiting pets, especially when pets get excited see their owners after staying with us. In her spare time, she likes to create pet portraits, read, and spend time with her animals.

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Lindsey Spatig

Alissa Daugs


​​​​​​​Alissa joined our team January 2020 as Client Relations. She is from South Jordan, Utah. She completed Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers’ Veterinary Science course in 2016. From there, she received a Bachelor’s in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences from Utah State University. She loves getting to help organize our schedule, interact with our amazing clients, and seeing all of the cute pets! In her spare time, she loves to be outside with her husband. She enjoys walks, hikes, bike rides, playing sports, and shooting guns. She also enjoys playing card and board games with family. She loves to be active but can also enjoy lazy time with her Dr Pepper.
Melissa Dixon

Melissa Dixon

Melissa joined our team July 2014 as Client Relations. She is from Logan, Utah but has lived in many places. She has a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from North Carolina School of the Arts, as well as a Masters in Music Performance from Temple University. She loves being able to work with different patients. Melissa has one cat named Socks. In her spare time, she likes to read, mostly biographies and mysteries. Melissa is a history buff especially interested in the American Revolution and World War II. She also enjoys working on needlework projects with her cat Socks happily in her lap.
Chelisa Atkinson

Chelisa Atkinson

Chelisa joined our team August 2019 as Client Relations. She is from Pocatello, Idaho. She is currently studying Veterinary Science at Utah State University. Chelisa has two dogs and one cat; Sparky and Briar the Border collies, and Styx the black cat. She loves seeing the different pets and working together with our team to keep pets healthy. Chelisa used to play the harp and speak German. In her spare time, she likes to play with her pets, sing, cook, and nap.
Anna Lisa Davidson

Anna Lisa Davidson

Anna Lisa joined our team February 2018 as Client Relations and has since taken over Inventory in December 2019. She is from Utah Valley but has lived in Cache Valley for twenty-three years. She has a Bachelor’s in Music with an emphasis in Flute Pedagogy. Anna Lisa has one dog; Minuet the Schnoodle. She loves being able to meet different pets and owners every day. In her spare time, she is the Service Unit Director for the Girl Scouts in Cache and Rich counties. She also has a black belt in Kyuki-do.
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Technicians

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Samantha Young

Samantha Young

Sam joined our team September 2016 as Animal Care and then moved to Technician in June 2018. She was raised in Grantsville and then moved to Logan. She graduated from Utah State University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences with an emphasis in Bioveterinary Medicine and minor in Chemistry. She plans on continuing to vet school. Sam has one dog and one cat; Bowser the English bulldog and Shere Khan the Orange Tabby. She loves meeting new animals every day and has a passion for veterinary medicine. Sam used to be on the swim team and loves swimming! In her spare time, she enjoys painting and drawing.
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Courtney Kinder

Cortney Kinder​​​​​​​

Cortney joined our team March 2018 as Animal Care and then moved to a Technician in May 2018. She is from Flaming Gorge, Utah. She graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in May 2018. She is working to become a certified veterinary technician. Cortney has two dogs and one cat; Marley the Dalmatian Labrador mix, Purdy the Dalmatian, and Theo the black and white kitty. She knows how hard it is to have a sick pet and loves being able to help them. Cortney doesn’t like chocolate but will eat anything else that’s sugary!
Melissa Herrera

Melissa Herrera

Melissa joined our team May 2016 as a Technician. She is from Logan, Utah. She is Fear Free certified. She graduated from Bridgerland Technical College’s Veterinary Assistant program. She graduated from Utah State University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. She is currently attending PennFoster College in the Veterinary Nursing program. Melissa has one dog and two cats; Oakley the Mixed Breed, Pepper the tortie cat, and Milo the tabby. She loves how there is never a dull day in the veterinary field. In her spare time, Melissa plays co-ed softball and paints.
Landon Morris

Landon Morris

Landon joined our team in September 2019 as a technician. He is from Eagle Mountain, Utah. He is currently attending Utah State University studying Bioveterinary Science. Landon has one dog; Onyx the Pit Bull. He loves being able to learn new things. A fun fact is that Landon has been featured on the front page of the Daily Herald. In his spare time, Landon enjoys long walks on the beach and working on his motorcycle.

Makenna Dunn

Makenna Dunn​​​​​​​

Makenna joined our team August 2017 as Animal Care then moved to Technician in August 2019. She is from South Jordan, Utah. Makenna graduated with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine Science from Utah State University in 2019. Makenna has two horses and one cat; Elle the chestnut, Malibu the red roan, and Keo the orange and white tabby. She loves being able to help animals feel better! Makenna loves to travel and go scuba diving and explore the underwater world. In her spare time, she likes to ride and train horses.

Courtney Kinder

Jadyn Vickers-Jacklin​​​​​​​

Jadyn joined our team March 2019 as Animal Care, moved over to Client Relations, and finally settled as a Technician in September 2019. She is from Preston, Idaho. Jadyn has a sorrel quarter horse named Indy. She loves to perform blood work and learning about veterinary medicine. Jadyn served a Mormon mission in Alberta, Canada. She worked summers in Alaska and went on many fishing trips; the biggest fish she has caught is a 98-pound Halibut. In her spare time, she loves training and riding horses.

Amber Jones

Amber Jones

Amber joined our team January 2020 as a Technician. She is from Vernal, Utah. She graduated from Bridgerland Technical College’s Animal Science program in 2017. Amber has two dogs; Opal the heeler mix and Haz the pit bull mix. She loves being able to help our patients feel better. In her spare time, she enjoys doing artistic projects, hiking, snowboarding, and long boarding.

Amber Jones

Kylee Worthen

Kylee joined our team July 2019 as Animal Care and moved to Technician in April 2020. She is from West Jordan. She is currently studying Bioveterinary Science at Utah State University. She loves getting to take care of all the animals. Kylee is the jokester in her family, who she loves to spend time with.

Animal Care

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Jasline Reyes

Jasline Reyes

Jasline joined our team January 2020 as Animal Care. She is from Riverside, California. She is currently a junior in Utah State University’s Veterinary Science program. Jasline has one dog and one cat; Cleo the orange tabby and Koda the Kokoni. She loves working with her coworkers and the animals. In her spare time, Jasline loves being outside exploring or hiking whenever the weather is nice.
Jacob Horton

Jacob Horton

Jacob joined our team February 2020 as Animal Care. He is from Orem, Utah. He is currently attending Utah State University’s Dairy and Veterinary Science program. Jacob has one cat and one dog; Sam the Orange Tabby and Dash the Australian Cattle Dog. He loves being able to interact with all of the animals that come in. He likes to spend his spare time with his Fiancée.
Nate Lovell

Nate Lovell

Nate joined our team February 2020 as Animal Care. He is from St. George, Utah. He is currently attending Utah State University’s Computer Science program. Nate doesn’t currently have any pets, but looks forward to when he can have one again! He loves keeping animals happy and healthy. Nate spends his free time playing table-top roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons. Nate and his friends have a long lasting group, one of Nate’s favorite ways to spend a Sunday.
Jaden Salas

Jaden Salas

Jaden joined our team in April 2020 as Animal Care. Jaden was born in Arizona but lived in New Mexico for most of his life. He is currently studying Animal Biotechnology at Utah State University. He previously got his Vet Assistant certificate from Bridgerland Technical College. After he graduates from USU, he plans on applying to vet school. Jaden has three pets; Raven the black lab, Whiskers the tabby cat, and Bay the roan horse. Jaden loves working with all of our patients! Jaden spends his free time cooking, not just for humans, but also baking treats for his animals.

Grooming

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Jayme Bouhaddaoui

Jayme Bouhaddaoui

Groomer
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Jayme joined our team November 2018 as our Groomer. She is from Logan, UT. She has been grooming for over 10 years. In 2019 Jayme completed training in Fear Free grooming practices. Jayme has two dogs; Kiba a miniature poodle and Renji a miniature schnauzer. Jayme loves working with dogs and seeing their unique personalities and the creativity of giving dogs new styles. In her spare time, she makes sculptures and jewelry out of clay.


​​​​​​​Mountain View Veterinary Health Center is continually seeking qualified individuals to join our healthcare team. If you are looking for a career in the veterinary field visit our employment webpage.

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