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.
Tech Manager Adam 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 Adam's 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!
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.
Breanna 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.
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
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!
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 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 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.
Nicholas is a student of Reedly College. He lives in Hanford with his family and an adorable King Charles Spaniel. His favorite hobbies are going to Disneyland and building lego models. Nicholas is a member of our reception team.
I'm an alumni of West Hills College, Lemoore and a graduate of California State University, Fresno with my Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. My interest in animals started when I was growing up on a dairy as a young child. I have 4 furkids, 1 cat and 3 dogs. On my free time, I like spending time with friends, family, and making crafts.
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.
Vet Assistant Sarah 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.
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