Bannock Animal Medical Center

About Us

Jamie Rantala

DVM BAMC Veterinarian Member, AVMA

My name is Jamie Rantala and I am a native of Southeastern Idaho and have lived in Chubbuck for most of my life. I was home-schooled until the age of 16 when I obtained my GED and went on to get a bachelor's in zoology from Idaho State University. I joined the BAMC team in 2007 after graduating from vet school at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. My husband is also a native of Southeastern Idaho and together we enjoy exploring the Idaho wilderness. We have two sweet children, Emalee and Elijah. Camping, hiking, fishing, and exploring back country roads are favorite activities for us and our Doberman Pinscher, Watson. I also enjoy pottery, reading, and gardening. I currently have two cats Sammy, and Dandylion in addition to my dog, Watson.

Shannon Alarcon

Practice Manager

I was raised in Pocatello, Idaho on a cattle and hay farm. My family raised chickens, dogs, cats, calves, and horses. I spent most of my childhood at the flat track and chariot racing track. As a young adult I raced my own chariot team with my younger brother. As an adult I enjoy riding my motorcycles with my family. I graduated high school in 1987 and attended one year of college. I was married in 1995 and have 2 wonderful children. I started working in the veterinary field by chance in German Town, TN, a suburb of Memphis. I started out as an over-qualified kennel attendant and worked my way up through on-the-job training in 6 months to head technician. I worked for that two-doctor practice until the Spring of 2000. By the time I left they had grown to accommodate three doctors, with 4 full time techs and three part-time. The doctors were excellent to work for and leaving was difficult, but my husband had been transferred our family had to move. I took some time off from the veterinary field for a few years and stayed home with my young daughter. When I moved back to Idaho and saw a beautiful new hospital being built, I knew instantly that I would work there. I have been at Bannock Animal Medical Center since it opened in 2003. Here I have grown even more as a technician and held the Head Tech position until late 2007, when I was promoted to the Practice Manager position. I have enjoyed the challenges of this new position. I currently have two dogs and a cat- Bob, Chihuahua Mix, a dog named Memphis, and a cat named Monkey.

Lucille Schilling 

Assistant Practice Manager

Hello, my name is Lucille Schilling and I have been here at BAMC since March 2009. I started as a Technician, was promoted to Head Technician and then promoted to Assistant Practice Manager. Before coming to Pocatello I worked at a mixed animal veterinary hospital in Baker City, Oregon for 8 years. Hello, my name is Lucille Schilling and I have been here at BAMC since March 2009. I started as a Technician, was promoted to Head Technician and then promoted to Assistant Practice Manager. Before coming to Pocatello I worked at a mixed animal veterinary hospital in Baker City, Oregon for 8 years. Outside of work I love spending time with my children. I currently have two rambunctious pitties, Lucy and Ofie. I love riding horses, camping, swimming, barbecuing, sewing, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with my children.

Krystal Irick

Technician/ Supervisor

Hi, my name is Krystal. I'm originally from Lava Hot Springs and grew up on a farm. All my life I have been around animals and had been wanting to help them. I loved helping my dad pull calves and bottlefeeding the little ones with no mommies. During middle school I volunteered at the animal shelter for job shadowing since no veterinarian offices accepted volunteers younger than sixteen. After High School graduation I moved to Pocatello and within the past few years I have had three girls and finally one little boy. My oldest Keslei, Aurora, Rylinn , and finally my handsome son Andrew. I started working at BAMC in 2013 and I love it here. I started out as Kennel Personnel and moved my way up to Technician supervisor. Everybody here at the clinic is basically like my 2nd family. They have helped me get my life back on track. I plan on being here for several more years or even till I retire.




Hey, My name is Dani Daniel, I'm excited about becoming part of BAMC family. I'm looking forward to training as a Veterinary Technician. I recently just moved back to my home town of Blackfoot after completing my Veterinary Assistant degree at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming last December. I have my dog Molly-Moo: we like to do a lot of walking and love to go for walks by Jensen-Grove in Blackfoot. I enjoy hiking, spending a lot of time outside, and reading in the cold months. I can't wait to start my new adventure with BAMC.



Hi! My name is Tyson Van Sickle. I have lived in Pocatello my whole life and I'm the second of four children. I am a Highland High School graduate. I enjoyed playing football, as the teams Center, we became State Champions my Junior year. Highland High School has a job experience program that helps get students orientated to the work force and I had the opportunity to shadow at BAMC. After I graduated from high school I was lucky enough to be offered a job here as well. I was very excited to accept and am now training to become a veterinary technician. When I am not working at BAMC I like to hunt, fish, reload bullets and build guns. I have two dogs Spike and Flash. They are a couple of characters and have such awesome personalities. Being a vet tech has increased my love and knowledge for animals. I love being able to care for others pets. I am grateful for the commradery here at BAMC, looking forward to new opportunities.


Taylor Hodges


Hi my name is Taylor Hodges, I am a recent graduate from Northwest College with a degree in Veterinary Assistance. I was born and raised in Idaho Falls, ID. I now live in American Falls with my family. I have always had a love for animals ever since I was a little girl, and I am so grateful to have the chance to work with them everyday. I am the newest member of BAMC team and I can say it is the most amazing clinic I have ever been in. My favorite hobbies are being outdoors, playing soccer, and spending time with my family. I have a 1 1/2 year old black Lab and I love playing with her when ever I can.

Casey Rhodes

Head Receptionist

Hi my name is Casey and I am a receptionist here at Bannock Animal Medical Center. I grew up on my father's cattle farm. We lived out in the middle of no where so I did not have any close neighbor kids to play with. Instead, I had cats! My mother told me she could not stand to see an animal starve that is why at one point we were feeding twenty four cats. Most of the cats were wild but in mind they were all mine. I even had a name for each one. I moved to Pocatello in 1998 and reside here with my husband Ryan, our two dogs Dexter(boxer) and Diesel(pitbull/great dane), and our three cats Charlie, Bender, and Karl. I have loved animals my entire life. I am grateful for the opportunity to work in a place like BAMC because they are dedicated to making animal's lives better.


Tabatha Chavez


Hello! My name is Tabatha Chavez but you can call me Taby. I spent my younger years growing up in Blackfoot, ID and graduated from American Falls High School. My favorite thing to do as a child was to race my Go-Cart, mostly because I was the only girl in my racing class! Now days, I like going to concerts, fishing, camping, shooting, hiking, snowboarding, going to the fair (especially the demo derby), and going on motorcycle rides. I have a Main Coon kitty whose name is Luci, and plan on owning lots of dogs in the future. I am so happy to be a part of the BAMC team!

Madi Alarcon


My name is Madi, I love my job so much, It's amazing to work here! I actually started working here because I spent a lot of time here as a child, and became very familiar with everyone and the business, it was like a second home for a long time! I've spent pretty much my entire life with animals, and they're a big part of it to this day! It's such a privilege to get to meet so many people and their pets, it's wonderful to know that we help keep them happy and healthy. Speaking of pets, I have one of my a own, he is a Border collie/Newfoundland mix named Memphis. He thinks he's a lap dog and loves riding on four wheelers. (His name is Memphis because I was born in Memphis, Tennessee.) He's my best friend even though he's a goober, it's great to have him around. Outside of spending time with my dog, I also enjoy a few hobbies, in my spare time I'm usually found drawing, writing, playing video games, collecting random little trinkets, and listening to music. I really enjoy letting my creativity flow!


Amanda Mitchell


Hi, my name is Amanda Mitchell and I am a receptionist here at Bannock Animal Medical Clinic. I have two fur babies of my own: a Chihuahua named Leelo and a German wirehair pointer Trig. I was born and raised here in Pocatello and I love to hang out with my friends, go hunting or fishing, and be around my family and pups.

Natalia Cortez


My name is Natalia Cortez and I'm originally from Washington, but recently moved to Idaho to explore new opportunities. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, cooking, reading and of course spending time with my boxer, Dexter! Back in Washington, I volunteered at the local Humane Society and at a Spay and Neuter station; I was very happy to be helping animals and their families. I'm excited to learn from everyone here at BAMC!