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, Emmalee and Elijah. Camping, hiking, fishing, and exploring back country roads are favorite activities for us and our German Shepherd dog, Yankee. I also enjoy pottery, reading, and gardening. I currently have two cats in addition to my dog, Yankee, who thinks he's a cat. Hi

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. One time I was fortunate enough to be acquainted with a perky skunk they named Flower. 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 have been married for 20 years and have 2 wonderful children - Madison, Camden, and my daughter-in-law Morgan. 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, Oregon for 8 years. Outside of work I love spending time with my husband Josh and our six children Brittany, Adison, Drayton, Gage, and Waylon. We have three dogs. We currently have two rambunctious pitties, Lucy and Ofie. I love riding horses and on the back of my husband's Harley. Also, I enjoy camping, swimming, barbecuing, sewing, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with my family.

Camden Christensen Technician

Hi my name is Camden Christensen. I am a graduate from Century High School and I am now enrolled at Idaho State University. I grew up here in Pocatello, and ever since I was a little kid it has been my dream to become a veterinarian. I joined the BAMC team at the end of my senior year of high school, after volunteering with them for two semesters of school. I am now a veterinary technician and it gives me a good feeling of accomplishment to know I am pursuing my dream to become a veterinarian out of high school. I have one dog named Dexter and five cats; Ella, Eris, Neela, and Zayne. I have grown up with animals my whole life, I am glad I did, or I wouldn't be where I am today.

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 bottle feeding 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.

Julie Technician/Marketing Director

My name is Julie and I started working at BAMC in August 2016.  However, I am not completely a "newbie" because worked here from 2008-2013.  I took a short break from the veterinary world to concentrate on my family and work as a preschool teacher.  I am very excited to be back at BAMC as a vet tech, it has always been my favorite place to work.  I have always had a love for animals and had many pets growing up.  Being a vet tech has only increased my compassion for animals and wanting to give care for peoples beloved pets.  I am originally from North Carolina and have lived in Pocatello for 8 years.  I married my husband, Justin, in 2009 and now we have three kids; Zoe, Levi, and Jonah.  As a family we love to go camping, watch movies, and spend time with friends.  We have 2 dogs, Taco and Lucy, and a cat named Chaps.  When I'm not working or with my family I enjoy photography, painting, and taking naps!

Daniel Technician

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.

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.

TaResa Technician

Hi, my name is TaResa. I am happy to have joined the team at BAMC in 2017. I am originally from Charleston, West Virginia and settled in Idaho in 2004. I am the proud mother of two daughters; Darian and Davia and my loving canine companions; Tommy Boy and Ellie Mae. I am also a US Army Veteran. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, including camping, fishing, ATVs, motorcycles, shooting, golfing, and love exploring our amazing wilderness areas , as well as, enjoying several winter activities. Living in Pocatello it is easy to find something to enjoy as much beauty surrounds us.

Paige Moeller Technician

Hi! My name is Paige Moeller. I was raised in Malad ID. I have lived in Pocatello since 2012. I've always loved animals and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to work with and help them a BAMC. I have a Golden Retriever named Hank. He loves to do anything outside, especially if it involves water.

Taylor Gregory Technician

Hi my name is Taylor Gregory, 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 Bubba, 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.

Tracy Simms Receptionist

Hi my name is Tracy. I was born and raised here in Pocatello my whole life. I have been with my better half Rich for 19 years. We have three boys. Chase 18, Ryan 17, and Colton 13. They are my life. I look forward to getting to know and working with the staff here at BAMC.

Madi Receptionist

My name is Madi, I'm 18 years old and a receptionist here at BAMC!  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!