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.
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.
Angela is one of our receptionists. Originally from Maine, she's a military spouse whose family has been stationed here since 2018. Having lived in Maine, Florida, Washington, and now California, she has rescued animals from all corners of the country. When she's not here at the hospital she's spending time with her husband, two daughters, multiple pets, traveling, or crafting.
Vet Assistant Ashlyn has had a passion for animals since childhood. She began her time with us as a client. We quickly recognized her deep love and commitment to animals, so we suggested she apply for a job with us. When she is not at work, she rescuing and re-homing helpless animals in need, and being an advocate for them. Ashlyn is an alumni of West Hills College and is currently enrolled in Penn Foster's RVT program. Ashlyn's life long goal is a career as a Registered Veterinary Technician. The love of her life is Rosie Girl, a pitbull she rescued from an abandoned house.
Bryanda lives in Riverdale with her family. She is bilingual, so she's a huge help to our Spanish speaking clients. She is a graduate of SJVC Vet Assistant program. She works as an assistant and also as one of Dr. Betchel's scribes, helping Dr. Betchel to keep patient medical records.
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
Courtney is a RVT. She is an alumni of San Juan College’s Veterinary Technician Distance Learning program earning her associates degree. For the last four years Courtney has worked in small animal practices with a little wildlife experience, but is very excited to learn everything she can about our scaled and feathered friends. An Oregon/Washington transplant she loves to go hiking, fishing and to Disneyland with her two Labradors. Courtney is also involved with showing her labradors in AKC hunt tests and field trials. She hopes to one day earn her specialty in anesthesia and analgesia.
Vet Assistant Jenna was born and raised in Visalia, CA. She graduated with honors from El Diamante High School and then graduated SJVC Vet Assistant program with a 4.0. She combines her two passions, animals and nursing, to bring the best care to your pets. Jenna grew up surrounded by multiple pets, but now she has only one dog. The love of Jenna's life is her Siberian Husky, Everest. She hopes to expand to a husky pack someday. Jenna can't wait to care for your pets!
Kameryn is a graduate of San Joaquin Valley College vet assistant program. She works as a receptionist or assistant depending on the day. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her toddler son and her bulldog.
Kiersten 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.'
LaDawna is our practice 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 31 years, Steve, on a 2 1/2 acre ranch in Lemoore. They have a horse, 4 dogs, 4 cats, 5 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.
Vet Assistant Marina grew up in Fresno. She now lives in Lemoore with her 2 fur babies Scoobie and Sadie. She is a graduate of San Joaquin Valley College. She joined our staff in 2019 following an externship with our hospital. She is currently studying to take her RVT boards in 2021. She is an animal advocate and often rescues pups in need. If she’s not at work or rescuing a pup, she’s probably at Disneyland, which is her second passion in life!
Receptionist/Kennel Aide Nicholas resides in Hanford with his family. He is currently enrolled at Reedly College, pursuing a degree in engineering. Growing up with two King Charles Spaniels gave him a passion for pups. If you bring in a King Charles and Nicholas is on shift, expect some puppy hugs! When Nicholas is not at work or school you may find him at Disneyland. It is his lifelong goal to work there. If you have a Disney trivia question, he can probably answer it! He also enjoys building complicated Lego models.
Rennee is an alumni of West Hills College. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Fresno State University. Growing up on a dairy sparked her interest in animals. She has 4 fur kids, 1 cat and 3 dogs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and crafting. If you ever receive a beautiful handmade card from our hospital, she’s the artist that created it especially for you! Though becoming a veterinarian is her ultimate goal, she currently works daily as a Scribe and is Dr. Betchel’s go to when something needs to be done. Rennee is also bilingual, which is very helpful for our Spanish speaking clients.
Samantha, RVT 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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