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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Anna Lisa Davidson
Samantha YoungSam 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.
Melissa HerreraMelissa 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Taryn joined our team in August 2020 as a Technician. Taryn is from Granby, Connecticut, but has lived in Logan for the past four years. She graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor's in Agriculture Science with an emphasis in Animal Dairy and Veterinary Science. Taryn has three pets; Wren the dog, Wynnona the horse, and Skunkers the goat. She loves getting to work with and learn about animals every day. In her spare time, she enjoys barrel racing with her horse and snuggling on the couch with her dog to watch movies.
Amy joined our team in July 2020 as a Technician Assistant. Amy is from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Bridgerland Technical College’s Animal Science program in June 2020. Amy has one dog, Cooper the Australian Shepherd, and Border Collie mix. A fun fact is that she has played the clarinet for 9 years, the piano for 14 years, and the ukulele for 4 years. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking with her husband and dog, as well as reading.
Megan joined our team in June 2020 as a Technician Assistant. Megan is from Logan, UT. She attended Bridgerland Technical College’s Animal Science program. Megan has one cat whose name is Bubbles. She loves nursing cute animals back to health. In her free time, she enjoys traveling all around the globe with her family!
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.
Megan joined our team in June 2020 as Animal Care. Megan was born in Garland, UT. She is planning on attending Bridgerland Technical College’s Animal Science course. Megan has eleven pets; 5 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 horses. Megan loves seeing all the different animals that come in and getting to know them. She started barrel racing when she was four years old. At thirteen years old she started training her own barrel horses.
Haley joined our team in June 2020 as Animal Care. Haley was born in Idaho. She is currently studying Veterinary Science at Utah State University. Haley has two horses; both are American paint quarter horses. Chloe is sorrel and white. Pete is brown and white with a black mane and tail. Haley loves taking care of and spending time with all the animals. Haley spends her free time reading and hiking.
Tanille joined our team in June 2020 as a Technician Assistant and Animal Care. Tanille is from Denver, CO. She is currently a second-year veterinary student at Utah State University. Tanille has three dogs; Benito the white German Shepherd, Maya the Black Lab mix, and Sofia the Australian Cattle Dog mix. She loves working with all kinds of pets and helping them enjoy their visits. Tanille originally went to school for engineering and received her Masters in Biomedical Engineering. She is a member of the Powder Mountain volunteer ski patrol and loves to ski. During the summer months, she enjoys hiking with her dogs.
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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