Meet the our team at Karing for Kreatures "K+K"
Doctor Kaitlen Lawton-Betchel grew up in Lemoore, California. At the age of 12, Kaitlen started a veterinary group for her local 4-H club and her dream of becoming a veterinarian began. Dr. Betchel is an alumni of West Hills College and Fresno Pacific University. She graduated from Midwestern University in Arizona with her doctorate of veterinary medicine and her business certificate. She started work as a veterinary assistant at the age of 15 and prior to veterinary school she worked in both emergency small animal medicine and in shelter medicine. She has extensive training in both small animal medicine as well as exotic animal medicine including reptiles, small mammals, fish, and birds. She has taken additional training courses in exotic medicine, ultrasound, dental procedures, communications, small animal nutrition, and small animal acupuncture. She is fear free certified and practices low stress handling along with pheromones, treats, and distraction tools to make your pets experience enjoyable. In her free time she enjoys playing piano, trail riding, and spending time with her husband, Nicholas Betchel.
Doctor Erin Zimowske grew up in the Bay Area in California where she completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Cal State University, Hayward. She completed her veterinary degree at St. George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies in the Caribbean in 2008. Dr. Zimowske worked in general practice for 2 years, and now has been working in emergency medicine since 2010.Her clinical interests include emergency medicine and critical care, as well as a passion for animal rescue and rehabilitation.Dr. Zimowske spends her free time with her family which includes her husband, step-daughter, a young son, and multiple pets including an adorable chihuahua named “Vanilla”, and a cat aptly named “Mew” by her son. She is an avid fitness enthusiast, enjoys hiking, and spending time with her church friends.
007 is our clinic secret service. He watches over the clinic when we are away. He came to us due to becoming ill as a young Bearded Dragon while living at a pet store. We all hit it off so well, that he inquired on the security position at our hospital. He is always on duty and looks out for any suspicious people. Look for 007 at your pet’s next appointment. In this photo, he was acting as Sargent at Arms during a staff meeting. He’s always keeping a watchful eye on everyone.
Shift Supervisor Sarah Britten has 13 years experience working with animals. As a military spouse, she has cared for animals around the country. Sarah’s experience is in veterinary assisting, grooming, and keeping things organized. At our hospital, Sarah is a multitasker. She assists, grooms, and acts as the shift supervisor, handling a variety of administrative tasks. Sarah owns two dogs, Rags, a terrier mix, and Dexter, a golden retriever. When she is not at the hospital, you may run into Sarah and her husband of 14 years, Larry, at a football game or other sporting event. As mom of three active sons, Sarah is always on the run.
Chris joined our veterinary team in 2018. He brings 13 years of emergency and day practice medicine to the table. When Chris isn't Karing for Kreatures, he is working on his bachelors degree in biology or having fun with friends and family. His favorite quote is 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' - Mahatama Gandhi
Kiersten Carlson is a Graduate from San Joaquin Valley College Veterinary Technician program. Her goal is to become a Registered Vet Tech with her ultimate goal to specialize in marine mammals. Since childhood, she has always wanted to work with animals. Kiersten said, 'I absolutely love working at Karing for Kreatures. All the different faces we see and help daily. It is amazing to be in the career I have always dreamed of.'
Tech Manager Adam Huerta has been in the veterinary field for 16 years. He attended San Joaquin Valley College Vet Tech program in 2003. Adam worked for many years at an emergency hospital and then for animal control. During Adams life, he had raised almost every type of domestic animal. He was involved with showing American Pit Bull Terriers in the UKC for nearly 20 years. In Adams off time, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, going to the movies, or fishing. He also enjoys competing in power lifting and currently holds the world record in the bench press for his age and class. At Karing for Kreatures, we appreciate utilizing Adam’s brute strength when needed!
Brian Lawton has worked as a veterinary assistant for 8 years. He began vet assisting locally with Dr. Richard Svihla at his low cost spay and neuter clinic. Next, he went on to work at a local emergency hospital. When Brian is not at Karing for Kreatures, he may be at his other job at Community Regional Medical Center working as a scribe in the emergency department. On the rare occasion when he is free from both jobs, he may be at the gym or spending time with his black pug Ellie. Brian is also an avid guitar player and enjoys song writing. Brian will be leaving us in June 2019 when he moves away to medical school. We will all miss him, but wish him the best of luck in his future career as a human doctor.
LaDawna Lawton is our office manager. She has an extensive customer service background and a passion for animals. She is the proud mother of 3 adult children, Kaitlen, Brian, and Haden. She lives with her husband of 29 years, Steve, on a 2 1/2 acre ranch in Lemoore. They have a horse, 3 dogs, 6 cats, 8 chickens and 2 desert tortoises in the menagerie. You will see her at the clinic doing whatever needs to be done from making schedules, banking, sweeping, reception or restraining an animal for an X-ray. She looks forward to taking your pet’s photo at your next visit, since she is in charge of Karing for Kreature’s social media.
Marina Nava grew up in Fresno. CA. She is a graduate of San Joaquin Valley College Veterinary Assistant program and is currently studying towards becoming a RVT. Among Marina’s two fur babies, you can almost always find her fostering some rescue animals.
Breanna Ramos is studying psychology at Fresno State University. She loves all animals, but has a weakness for mini schnauzers. Her mini schnauzer, Ellie, has been her bestie for the past 5 years. “I love my job as a receptionist at Karing for Kreatures Veterinary Hospital and look forward to meeting your fur babies, feathered friends, and radical reptiles,” Breanna said.
Samantha Santos is a graduate of San Joaquin Valley College RVT program. Her goal is to have a career as a registered veterinary technician and hopes to specialize in surgery assisting. She loves all types of animals; fur, feathers, scales and everything in between. 'I have a fur child named Pasha. She is a German shepherd mix. Pasha is full of energy and keeps me on my toes. I chose to work with animals for the satisfaction of helping people and their extended family members,” Samantha said.
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