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We have quite the team, learn more about them

Our Team at Creekside

Veterinarians, Technicians, Assistants & Office

Dr. David Thompson, DVM & Owner

Dr. David Thompson

DVM & Owner

Dr. Dave moved to South Dakota in 2010 and opened Creekside Veterinary Clinic in November of 2015. Growing up, most of his time was spent at his dad’s clinic and going on calls with him in Warrenton, MO. After attending the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine he practiced south of Kansas City for a few years. He loves the variety of the job, and that no two days are ever the same. Being able to serve the community by taking care of people’s pets and livestock is what brings him the most joy with his profession. When not at the clinic, you can usually find him outside, or working on projects around the house and clinic, and hunting or fishing. Dr. Dave and wife Shirley have 4 children, Connor, Max, Maggie, and Charlie. They also have 4 dogs Remi, Daphne, Tess, Kimber, and various other farm animals.

Dr. Audrey Peschong

DVM

Dr. Audrey, a South Dakota native, grew up on her family dairy farm in Milbank SD. She was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA and so she knew that she always wanted to work with animals and people in some way. After shadowing veterinarians, she found that she thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of medicine and the fact that no one day is ever the same. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is making connections with clients and their pets and feels that there is a great team here at Creekside and that the team definitely makes the job fun!

Dr. Audrey and her husband Brandon, along with their fur babies, half-sister golden retrievers, Juno & Kilo love to spend their time going on walks together, golfing, taking tips with family whether that is traveling somewhere new and exciting or a quick trip to the lake where they can set up a tent, camp, and hike!

Dr. Jason Heezen, DVM

Dr. Jason Heezen

DVM

Growing up in Plankinton and the son of a Veterinarian, Dr. Jason was born with a passion for animals and veterinary science. In his 20 plus years of practice he has treated animals in the Mitchell, Plankinton, and Sioux Falls areas and the variety of the job is by far his favorite part of being a veterinarian. Dr. Jason and his wife Angie have three grown children, Cody, Emma, and Noah. He enjoys home improvements, flying airplanes, traveling, and working on vintage cars. His family recently welcomed grandson Eli into the mix and him and Angie have found spending time with Eli to be their new favorite pastime. Former owner of Safe Haven Animal Clinic, Dr. Jason Heezen decided it was time for semi-retirement, and will be providing services here at Creekside on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Amanda Graves

Amanda Graves

Office Manager

Amanda grew up on a ranch just outside of Chamberlain and was involved in 4-H and rodeo. The feeling that she is back to her roots and meant to be here helping the team, clients, and patients are her favorite parts of managing the clinic. Amanda and her husband Brian have 2 children, Matteah and Madden, and 2 dogs Odie and Georgia. They are part owners of Granite Springs Lodge in Alexandria, SD, and chasing the kids with their activities keeps her on the go most of her spare time. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, listening to music, traveling, and spending time creating memories with family and friends.

Sara Comp

Office Assistant

Sara grew up in Wessington Springs, SD and now lives in Pukwana, SD with her Husband Shane. Sara has five kids, Chance, Kordel, Rafe, Lindy, and Reata. Sara has worked with animals her entire life and loves all kinds! Currently they have 6 dogs- Coke, Dallie, Rhett, Winnie, Daisy, and Duke as well as 2 cats- Tinks and Friday. Getting the opportunity to see puppies all the time, and being able to help and get to know all the animals that come to the clinic as well as working with the great team here at CVC is what she enjoys the most about her job. In Sara’s spare time you will find her spending time with her family and pets. Supporting her kids events which include rodeo, volleyball, basketball, and football, and enjoying the Mighty MO River kayaking, fishing, or swimming.

Rachael Nichols

Rachael Nichols

Certified Veterinary Technician

All her life, Rachael has had a passion for animals. Growing up in Canistota, SD, she participated in 4-H showing horses. She graduated from Globe University in September of 2013 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and is a certified Veterinary Technician. Completing dentals and knowing that she is improving a dog or cats’ life is what she enjoys the most working in this industry. Rachael and her two kids, two dogs, and four cats love spending time together. In her spare time, she is usually reading or spending time raising her succulents & cacti.

Samara Huber

Samara Huber

Certified Veterinary Technician

Samara moved to South Dakota from Forman, North Dakota in 2020. Sam attended Ridgewater Community College and graduated from their Veterinary Technician program. Sam and her husband Matt live just outside of Mitchell. She likes a good Netflix and chill day, going to the gym, and spending time outside with their 3 dogs, Sadie, Doc, and Snow-white. They also have 2 cats named Nova and Meeko. Being able to meet all the different breeds and their personalities is her favorite part of her job. Growing up in 4-H, showing llamas, and having various pets is how she knew she wanted a job working with animals.  

Kelsey Brinatte

Certified Veterinary Technician

Kelsey and her 14-year-old German shorthaired pointer mix Hallie, made the move to South Dakota in 2021 from Nicollet, Minnesota. She graduated from Minnesota School of Business in the Veterinary Technology program in 2012 and obtained her certification in the spring of 2013. Her and her boyfriend of 5 years have since brought home Jake a 4-year-old French Brittany, and most recently their cat French Onion. Kelsey loves to travel and see new things. Her family has a cabin in Emily, MN and visiting her family and friends in Minnesota, while enjoying that lake makes her very happy. Over 10 years ago, Kelsey decided that since she has always had a connection and inclination for animal-kind, and the fact that she has always wanted to make a difference in animals’ lives that becoming a technician was a calling for her where she gets to treat animals and improve their lives through preventive care. She enjoys seeing the variety of cases that come through the door, and watching the medicine work and seeing a healthier patient go home are her favorite parts of her job.

Cierra Schaller

Certified Veterinary Technician

Cierra (receiving the nickname CJ here at CVC) grew up in Volga, SD and attended Southeast Technical College’s Veterinary Technician program graduating spring of 2022. CJ has always loved nursing and having a passion for animals helped make her decision to go into the veterinary field. Her favorite part of the job is helping patients that come in sick and then seeing them go home thriving and feeling like themselves again. CJ and her boyfriend Jarien have a new puppy named Scout, cats Loki and Everest and a rabbit Dr. Dre. In her spare time, you will find CJ enjoying a good book, watching medical and crime shows, and loving-on her animals.

Carolyn Whiting

Carolyn Whiting

Assistant

Carolyn grew up in Canistota, SD. Her family always had small animals growing up which is how she became interested in working in the veterinary field. Caring for sick animals and seeing them get healthy again is the favorite part of her job. Carolyn currently lives in Mitchell with her husband Cody, stepson Hudson, and daughters Oaklee and Wrenlee. They have 3 dogs, Remi, Blue, and Zeus and one cat, Tex. This makes play time very fun! Carolyn loves spending time with family and friends, and enjoys watching and playing softball, basketball, and volleyball.

Melody Crain

Melody Crain

Assistant

Melody grew up in DeSmet and participated in 4-H rodeo, horse shows, and dog classes. Melody’s biggest passion growing up was working with animals of all kinds. Her love for animals since she could walk is where her interest in working with them comes from. She started working in lodging, where her favorite part of her job was getting to play with dogs all day and her coworkers but has since moved into an assistant role on the medical team. She enjoys riding horses, walks with her dog, traveling, fishing, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She resides in Mitchell with her three-legged German Shepard Chief and Yellow Lab Rip.

Payton Riggs

Assistant

Payton likes a good challenge, and she currently is taking care of 14 bottle calves, and one cat. She is from Ethan, SD when she grew up on a farm and has always been extremely passionate about working with Animals. This led her to Mitchell Technical Institute where she graduated from the Animal Science program in May 2023. She really loves seeing animals that have been sick get better and enjoys experiencing how happy they are when they get to go home. When spending time away from the clinic and helping out around the farm, you will find paying playing volleyball, golfing, hunting and spending time with her family and friends.

Emily Allen

Assistant

Emily and her husband Jackson recently made the move from big city life in Kansas to a smaller town atmosphere here in Mitchell, bringing her back to similar roots as she is originally from Gretna, Nebraska. Emily has always had a special bond with animals and becoming an advocate for them has been very important to her. This helped to make the decision to pursue a career working with animals easy for her. She really enjoys working with so many different species and learning all she can about them.

Emily and Jackson have a rescue dog named Scottie, and two cats Piper and Loki. They love to spend time outside kayaking and gardening, as well as house renovation projects, and some Netflix and chill time together.

Lodging, Greeters & Stylists

Sierra Kiehn - Lodging Team Lead

Sierra Kiehn

Lodging Team Lead

Sierra grew up in Chamberlain, SD where she spent a lot of her time on her family farm, working cattle, and farming. Sierra attended Mitchell Technical Institute for Agriculture Production and graduated in 2017. While in school, Sierra became an intern here at Creekside and discovered her passion for working with dogs. She loves providing a service that makes pets and clients so happy. Sierra and her husband Chance have a cat named Benny and a canine boxer named Willy. Sierra also enjoys all outdoor activities, such as being at the river, hiking, riding horses, playing softball, snowboarding, and gardening.

Madison Klinger

Lodging Assistant

Madison, born and raised in Mitchell, SD, has always had an interest in animals.  Growing up she had all sorts of pets- feathered, scaly, and furry. She loves the bonds that develop from caring for them. Outside of work she enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and spending time with her daughter Mara, and their heeler-mix Kaiser. Madisons favorite part of being a lodging team member is spending time with all the pets and seeing all their quirky personalities.

Vanessa Lachnit

Vanessa Lachnit

Greeter

Vanessa was born and raised in Mitchell where she currently resides with her boyfriend, Cole. Growing up she has always had compassion and love towards all animals and being able to give the same love and care that she would want for her own pets to receive is why she perused a career working with animals. Vanessa started working in the lodging department and now is one of our friendly greeters. She has a dog named Tiny and Guinea pig named Peanut. In her spare time, she enjoys her bowling league and playing softball in the summer.

Sarah Magnuson

Sarah Magnuson

Greeter

Sarah was born and raised in Mitchell. She has identical twin boys, Tristin and Taylor. They have 2 cats, Farrah and Nyx. Sarah grew up loving all animals, so working with animals was an easy choice when looking for a career. She loves getting to know our clients, and making not only the patients feel better, but their owners as well. Sarah is always up for a good laugh and enjoys her free time socializing and fishing. You have seen Sarah’s friendly face both on the medical team and as a greeter, where she now is full-time.

Katherine

Greeter

Growing up in Sonoma County, CA Katherine’s best friend was their yellow lab, Winnie, who happened to be an escape artist and each time Winnie would come back home it was off to the Vet with her to receive several sutures. This led to her appreciation for the veterinary industry and by a random chance phone call, Katherine found her position here at Creekside. Two Saint Bernards, Bubba and Axcel, and Arthur, a Siamese cat, are her fur-kids abiding for her attention at home. Katherine’s favorite part of her job is seeing all the smiling animals with their smiling owners come through our doors. Outside of Creekside you can find her, eating all the food she can find, roller staking, stand up paddleboarding, and observing and taking in all the information she possibly can.

Brenna Hofer

Greeter

Brenna and her husband Zac keep themselves VERY busy with their 4-legged loved ones. They have way too many to list them all, but some are so special they need mentioning. Hazel, their blue heeler, you will find smiling along with Brenna in her photo. Then they have Mable a mini-Herford, Plum and Peach mini-pigs, Gary & Glen Nigerian Dwarf goats, and cats Kig, Little Black, and Fat Head. Growing up on a farm outside of Parkston, SD Brenna, has always had a passion for Animals. She raised sheep, chickens, and had horses. She always knew she would work with animals one day, and seeing all the puppies and kittens that come in daily and building relationships with our patients are her favorite parts of her job. When away from the clinic you can find Brenna spending time with family, camping, fishing, and watching reality dating shows.

Melissa Pommer - Lead Pet Stylist

Melissa Pommer

Stylist

Melissa’s lifelong love for animals and her very first grooming experience with her family’s long-haired cat, Fluffy, when she was only 15 years old is how she choose to peruse her career as a pet stylist. Melissa grew up in Mitchell, and currently lives near Alexandria with her husband, John. They have four children Jordan, Nicole, Kylie, and Ashley. Melissa loves being a horse show mom to her daughter who shows Arabian Horses. They also have multiple farm cats, nine horses, and cattle. Pet styling has been her life for over 26 years. Introducing puppies to the styling process and setting a foundation for them to enjoy their spa days is what brings her the most joy in her day.

Chasity Weeks

Chasity Weeks

Stylist

Chasity has been working with pets professionally since 2012. Chasity began her pet styling career in October of 2017. Chasity received her pet stylist certification through Petco where she learned the leading standards of pet styling safety. Chasity loves getting to know all the different personalities of the individual animals and has had a love for animals from an early age. Two dogs, Gizmo and Feyra, and two cats, Calvin and Hobbes spend a lot of time biding for Chasity’s attention. Chasity and her husband, Ryan, currently are enjoying more quality with each other as they stayed very busy as foster parents, typically for teenagers, in the past.