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Veterinarians


​​​​Dr Dave 1Dr.  David Thompson

Dr.  Dave has spent his life in a Veterinary Clinic.  He grew up going on calls with his Dad in Warrenton, MO.  After attending the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine he practiced south of Kansas City for a few years.  In 2010, he made the move to South Dakota and​ resides south of Mitchell with his wife Shirley, children Connor, Max, Maggie, Charlie and various farm animals.  

 

 

 


​​​​Dr. Jason Dr. Jason Heezen

Growing up in Plankinton and the son of a Veterinarian, Dr. Jason was born with a passion for animals and veterinary science.  In his 20 plus years of practice he has treated animals in the Mitchell, Plankinton and Sioux Falls areas.  Dr. Jason and his wife Angie have three grown children, Cody, Emma and Noah.  He enjoys home improvement, flying airplanes, traveling and working on vintage cars.  Also former owner of Safe Haven Animal Clinic, Dr. Jason Heezen decided it was time for semi-retirement.  Dr. Jason will be providing services here at Creekside on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The addition of Dr. Jason allows us to continue our mission of being Compassionate Stewards of Animal Health.  We are excited to have him, his experience and expertise as part of our team!

 

 

Dr Shawn 1Dr. Shawn Bietz​

Meet Dr. Shawn Bietz!  Dr. Shawn joined our team in 2017 and is available here at Creekside on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Dr. Shawn resides outside of Tripp with her husband Bryan, their goats, horses and chickens.  Dr. Shawn enjoys being outside in the garden, helping on the farm, riding horses and being involved in her community.  Dr. Shawn graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary medicine in 2014. 

 

 

 

 

 

Office Manager

Amanda crAmanda Graves

Amanda joined our team as the Office Manager in February of 2018.  Before joining our team, she worked at Muth Electric, Inc. as a recruiter for over 10 years.  Amanda grew up on a ranch just outside of Chamberlain and was involved in rodeo and 4-H.  She enjoys the outdoors, loves to camp, travel and spend as much time as possible creating memories with family and friends.  She is the mother of 2 beautiful children, Matteah and Madden, has 2 dogs and is married to Brian Graves.  She and Brian are part owners of Granite Springs Lodge in Alexandria, SD.  If you haven't met Amanda on the sidelines while cheering Matteah and Madden on at softball, gymnastics, baseball or soccer games, please stop by Creekside Veterinary Clinic and say Hi!

 

 

Certified Veterinary Technicians

450 RachaelRachael Nichols

All my life, I have had a passion for animals. Growing up in Canistota, SD, I participated in 4-H showing horses and owned a Shetland Sheepdog named Cody. I graduated from Globe University in September of 2013 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. In the time since graduation, I have become certified and registered in my field. I currently live in the Mitchell area with my two kids and a enagerie of pets.

 

450 ShelbyShelby Fathke

Shelby grew up on a small family farm east of Parkston and has always been surrounded by animals, big and small. She graduated from Globe University with a degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 2015. Shelby now resides in Mitchell with her many fury family members and her husband Zain. 

 

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Magen Weber

Magen grew up in Mitchell.  In 2018, she graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.  After graduating she traveled to South Africa to continue her studies.  She currently lives in Mitchell with her three cats; Meko, Milo and Laura.  

  

 Assistants  

450 CarolynCarolyn Whiting

Carolyn grew up in Canistota, SD. Her family always had small animals growing up. She currently lives in Mitchell with her husband, stepson and 2 dogs. She loves spending time with family and friends. In her spare time she enjoys watching and playing sports.

 

 

450 SarahSarah Magnuson

​Sarah was born and raised in Mitchell, where she currently resides. She has identical twin boys named Tristin and Taylor.  Sarah loves all animals, her boys love all animals as well and are so excited to meet any new animal.

 

  

 

 Assistant Kennel Manager 

450 SierraSierra Tarabetz 

Sierra grew up in Chamberlain, SD where she spent a lot of her time on her family farm working cattle and farming. In 2015, Sierra moved to Mitchell to attend Mitchell Technical Institute for Agriculture Production and graduated in 2017. While in school, Sierra became an intern here at Creekside and discovered her passion for working with dogs. Although Sierra had never owned a dog of her own before, we quickly noticed her natural care for animals. She now has several four legged children, a cat named "Benny" and a canine boxer named "Willy".  Sierra also enjoys outdoor activities such as being at the river, working with animals, playing softball and do-it-yourself projects.  

 

Kennel/Lodging Assistants 

Grace Phinney 2018 cr1Grace Phinney

Grace currently attends Mitchell High School where she is involved in Marching band, Jazz band, Friend de Coup, and various clubs, such as HOSA.  Outside of school, she enjoys showing her two dogs, Truman and Sig, in 4-H and spending time with her family.  Grace lives with her parents, Brian and Ranae Phinney, younger sister, Page and 4 dogs northeast of Mitchell.  Grace plans on attending South Dakota State University in the fall of 2019 for Animal Science - Pre-Vet and a minor in Spanish. 

 

Vanessa 2Vanessa Lachnit

Vanessa was born and raised in Mitchell, SD.  She grew up three blocks from Hitchcock Park, so she spent most of her childhood at the pool.  She enjoys bowling with her boyfriend and playing softball in the summer.  She has always had a love for animals and currently has two dogs, four Guinea Pigs and an African Clawed Frog.  

 

McKenzie cr150McKenzie Patton

McKenzie grew up on her family acreage, just outside of Mitchell.  As a 2017 graduate from Mitchell High School, McKenzie participated in 4H dog classes, shooting sports and FFA.  McKenzie also enjoys hunting, hiking, fishing with her canine companion Piper.  With years of canine behavior knowledge, we are delighted to have McKenzie on our team!  Rest assured knowing your pets are well cared for while in lodging or here for daycare, by McKenzie and the rest of our lodging staff.  

 

Greeters

Crystal 2018 crCrystal Young

Crystal resides outside of Mitchell at Reclamation-Ranch with her husband Quinton, son Quincey and daughter Lilly, their three dogs Ralph and Rocket, two cats Dave Kitty and Duke, many horses and 13 farm cats. Crystal enjoys assisting individuals to achieve their life goals through therapeutic animals at Reclamation-Ranch and Helping with Horsepower. She also loves working and being outdoors. Joining the team at Creekside Veterinary Clinic has allowed her to continue her passion of helping people and their animals as a fellow compassionate steward of animal health. 

 

 

HaileyxHailey Gukeisen

Hailey grew up in Mitchell, SD on her family's farm.  She graduated from Mitchell High School and went to college to further her studies and played division 1 softball.  While in college, she studied Kinesiology.  Currently, Hailey is continuing her education in radiology.  She loves animals and has two pets including a dog named Max, & a cat named Mia!  She has 2 younger siblings, a sister named Olivia and brother named Dax.  Hailey also enjoys traveling, especially with her family for her brother Dax's wrestling.  She also enjoys shopping, being outdoors, coaching and being with her friends and family!  Hailey is very excited to join the team at Creekside Veterinary Clinic.  She is looking forward to meeting new pets and helping you as well!   

 

Groomers

450 MelissaMelissa Pommer

Melissa's very first grooming was her family's long haired cat, Fluffy, when she was 15 years old.  She hand scissored Fluffy in short increments over the course of 2 days.  Little did she know, that interest would end up being a wonderful career choice!  Melissa grew up in Mitchell, and currently lives near Alexandria with her husband, John.  They have 4 children, a dog, many cats, horses and cattle.  Pet styling has been her life for 26 years, with a renewed passion for making pets look and feel their best since joining the team here at Creekside Veterinary Clinic.

 

 

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Chasity Weeks

Chasity has been working with pets professionally since 2012.  She has held multiple positions at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.  She also has experience in assisting at a boarding facility and volunteered numerous hours at several local animal rescues.  Chasity began her pet styling career at Petco in Sioux Falls in October of 2017.  Chasity received her pet stylist certification through Petco where she learned the leading standards of pet styling safety.  Her main priority is the safety and well-being of your pets during their entire styling process.  When Chasity isn't grooming or volunteering, she is spending her time with her husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats.  Chasity is very excited to join the Creekside team to provide quality pet styling services.  She feels pet styling not only makes your pet look nice, but also is beneficial to your pets' health.  Bathing and well-maintained coat can reduce the chances of skin irritations, infections or disease.  Trimming your pet's nails reduces the strain and pressure on joints; and regular ear cleanings reduce the chance of ear infections.  Call Creekside Vet to set up your pet's spa day with Chasity!

Our Contact Information

  • Creekside Veterinary Clinic
  • 1111 West Spruce Street
  • Mitchell, SD 57301
  • Email:vetoffice@creeksidecares.com
  • Phone:  605-990-3388
  • Fax: 605-990-3389

Our Office Hours

  • Monday:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Emergency Service Available 24/7

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