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.

Kelsey Owen

DVM BAMC Veterinarian Member

I was raised in the Pacific Northwest after my parents relocated from California. Living in White Salmon, Washington provided a great small-town atmosphere and allowed for me to learn to love the outdoors. I grew up sea kayaking, hiking and snowboarding on Mt. Hood. In high school I was primarily interested in science and spent a lot of time outside with the family cats and dogs. I decided that veterinary medicine would combine all of my interests and started observing Dr. Vance at our local veterinary clinic. He was paramount in encouraging me to pursue veterinary medicine and I cannot be thankful enough to have had that opportunity. I continued on to receive an associate’s degree from Columbia Gorge Community College and then completed a 4 year Animal Science degree at Washington State University. Go Cougs! Staying with the theme, I also attended Washington State Veterinary College and graduated with honors in 2010. Upon graduation, I complete a small animal rotating internship at VCA ARECA in Mesa, AZ. I continued to practice in Arizona after my internship and primarily practiced at VCA El Mirage Animal Hospital. I learned to appreciate the beauty of the desert and took up road and mountain biking while there. I have even competed in a few endurance mountain biking race/adventures. Over the years I have come to love feline medicine due to the unique challenge it presents and have adopted 5 cats to love of my own. I also have a Border Collie, Sis, to keep them all rounded up. She is about to turn 10 but still keeps me busy. Sis loves to hike and swim in the summer. I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, and Eastern Idaho Veterinary Medical Association. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your fur family.

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. 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.

 

Tyson

Technician

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.

 
 

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

Technician

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!

 
 

Amanda Mitchell

Receptionist

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.

Taryn

Technician

Hi, my name is Taryn Hagenson. I was born and raised in Glendale, AZ. I left AZ at the age of 18 and eventually ended up in Pocatello Idaho in 2017. I started my journey in the field of Veterinary medicine here in Chubbuck as a vet assistant and am currently going to school to receive a degree in veterinary nursing. I started here at BAMC in 2019 and am super excited to be here! Loving and caring for animals has always been a passion of mine. I currently do not own any animals but hope to own horses and dogs in the near future. I enjoy hiking, camping, swimming, horseback riding, working out, and spending quality time with family and friends

Brittney Reed

Technician

I was raised in Star Valley Wy. Shortly after graduation I started pursuing my passion with animals. I worked in daycare/boarding facilities and animal clinics. After marrying my high school sweetheart we moved to Soda Springs so we can be closer to family. We have 2 fur babies, a lab (Izzy) and a chihuahua mix (Bandit) who love going on adventures with us.

Venessa Steinlicht

Technician

Hello, my name is Venessa Steinlicht. I was born and raised in the Southeast Idaho area and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. I have worked in veterinary clinics since I was in high school and still love what I do every day! When I’m not working, I’m usually somewhere outdoors in the mountains: hunting, fishing or hiking. I’m never happier than when I’m out on some obscure trail in the hills riding horseback. I currently commute from my country home in Aberdeen, ID where my spouse and I live with our various pets and livestock.

Emily Henesh

Receptionist

Hello! My name is Emily Henesh. I was born and raised in American Falls Idaho and moved to Pocatello to study at Idaho State University. My first year into college I got my best friend, Akela. She is a red heeler/Airedale terrier. Akela and I love hiking, bike riding, playing fetch and frisbee. I am very excited about joining the team at BAMC and love being able to be around animals!