Our Team

The Animal Clinic of Rapid City team

Our staff of expert veterinary doctors and skilled vet assistants and technicians are ready to help when your pet needs us. Contact us today to learn more.

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Dr. Alyssa Keith

Dr. Alyssa Keith is a graduate from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Hermosa, SD where she grew up riding horses and enjoying outdoor activities including hiking, boating, skiing and biking. She is also a big ice hockey fan and played through college. She is excited to be back in her home state, with her faithful mixed breed dog, to be a part of your pets’ veterinary health care.

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Dr. Heidi Brigman - Managing Veterinarian

Dr. Heidi Brigman grew up on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Dr. Brigman earned her undergraduate degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia Tech. Her veterinary interests include: preventative medicine, nutrition, dentistry and internal medicine. Dr. Brigman enjoys spending time hiking in the Hills with her husband and her Wirehaired Pointing Griffon “Beamer”. Dr. Brigman is looking forward to meeting you and your fur family!

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Dr. Karissa Ketzner

(bio coming soon)

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Dr. David Christensen

Dr. Dave Christensen has been practicing veterinary medicine since graduating from Kansas State in 1992.  He has spent most of his career in mixed animal practices, and owned his own practice in central Nebraska for about 10 years.  He has cared for a wide variety of species, including exotics, and has experience in abdominal and orthopedic surgery.  Dr. Christensen in the Emergency Veterinarian on the weekends and sees routine medical appointments on Mondays.  He and his wife have 2 adult children and a grandson, who have given him the title "Baka".

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Dr. Melanie Garbel

Dr. Melanie Garbel is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, where she grew up showing and riding hunter/jumper horses. Dr. Garbel earned her undergraduate degree and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Her veterinary interests include small animal surgery, preventative medicine and internal medicine. She married Dr. Levi Garbel in August of 2016, who is a large animal veterinarian in Belle Fourche. She is excited to be living in the beautiful Rapid City area, as well as getting to know you and your furry family members!

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Roy Hendrickson - Manager

Roy was born and raised right here in Rapid City. In 1983 his family moved to a ranch east of Caputa, SD. The Hendrickson family has raised cattle there ever since. Roy went on and received his B.S. in Animal Science from Kansas State University in 1992. From there he worked for several veterinarians, mostly in the livestock industry. In 1999 he started working as the Practice Manager for the Animal Clinic. Roy and his wife Christi still live at the ranch raising two kids (Seth & Ari). Roy enjoys working on the ranch outdoors along side of his most excellent wife and the rest of his family. 

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Lindy Burleigh

Lindy grew up in Hill City, and is currently located there with no intentions of ever leaving! She is married to her high school sweetheart, has two very handsome boys, and a small zoo of four legged kids. She loves to read and enjoys spending time with her family (both two legged and four legged!)

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Emily Batman, RVT - Lead Technician

Emily was born and raised on a ranch in the Black Hills, SD where she first discovered her love for animals. After graduating high school she attended Globe University for an associate degree in Veterinary Technology. Once graduating she decided to move back to the Black Hills to be closer to her family, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. She began working at the Animal Clinic of Rapid City in 2012, and has recently become the Lead Technician. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and her fur baby Mya.

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Sarah Kammerer - Assistant Manager

Sarah is a longtime animal lover who has had a long career working in various roles in small animal medicine. She was excited to continue in the veterinary field when she joined the Animal Clinic team in 2014 after moving to Rapid City from Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting National Parks, listening to music, dog training, and spending time with her husband, step son, and her fur babies (Soda, Tux and Taz).

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Carey Adamson, RVT

Carey grew up in Pierre, SD with her mother and two siblings. She has always loved animals and had a few pets while growing up. Carey chose to move to Rapid City where she pursued an Associates degree in applied science at National American University and became involved with the Lakota Animal Group, fostering more than 35 puppies in need of loving homes. As well as fostering, she enjoys going for walks, reading and spending time with her family and fur babies.

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Rachael Turner, RVT

Rachael is a graduate from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, with a degree in Equine Management. She is originally from Chadron, NE where she grew up training and riding horses, as well as, being actively involved in sports. She decided to expand in her field, so attended Globe University in Sioux Falls, SD, where she graduated with a Veterinary Technician degree. Currently Rachael has three horses; Britton, Dolly, and Shiloh, and one lab rat named Charlie. She moved to Rapid City, SD in June 2015 and is ecstatic to be a new family member of the Animal Clinic of Rapid City. She considers it a privilege to be able to provide optimal healthcare for your pets.

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Stacy Held, RVT - Assistant Lead Technician

Stacy was born and raised in a small town in southeast Nebraska. She and her family moved to Rapid City in 2006, and she has called it home ever since. Stacy attended National American University after high school and graduated with her associate's degree in veterinary technology in 2013. She took her Veterinary Technician National Exam later that year and became a Registered Technician. In December, 2016, she joined the Animal Clinic and Emergency Veterinary Hospital teams. Stacy has a special interest in creating fear-free visits and education clients about these behaviors. She has 3 dogs - Bella and Wylie are rescued mutts, and Champ is her three-legged Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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Joe'll Lawrence

Joe’ll was raised in Rapid City, but it wasn’t until she moved to Oregon for a short time that she started her career in Veterinary medicine (as a receptionist). Upon moving back to Rapid City in August of 2009, she knew she had found her passion and accepted the “perfect position” as a technician at Emergency Veterinary Hospital. While working at the emergency clinic, Joe’ll earned a degree in Biology from Black Hills State University in December , 2015. In July, 2016, she joined the Animal Clinic team as Dr. Garbel’s technician. Joe’ll has three dogs (Daisy, Winston and Vivian) and two cats (Vinnie and Sebastian) who she deeply adores.

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Abbee Hopkins, RVT

Abbee was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School. Growing up Abbee and her family had a variety of pets that she adored. After high school she realized that her true passion was to work with animals. She attended Globe University in Sioux Falls and graduated with a Veterinary Technician degree. She joined our team in October, 2017 and has since developed a strong interest in emergency medicine. Abbee is a proud owner of her own 4 legged kids; Gypsy, Bella, and Catniss.

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Blake Wade

Blake was raised in Rapid City and after a few moves cross country and a handful of jobs he returned home and found a position with the animal clinic as a veterinary assistant in January of 2018. He shares his home with his wonderful girlfriend Heather and three cats named Ayer, Ukabo, and Horchata. In his free time Blake writes and draws an original comicbook titled SunGazer. He's very excited to be a member of the animal clinic team and loves caring for the pets and family members who come through our doors.

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Jesica Henn

Jesica was born in a small town in Indiana and came to Rapid City 15 years ago when she met her soulmate. Jesica loves all types of pets, but is drawn to "squishy faced" animals a little more. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband, 2 children and her 2 Boxer fur babies. Jesica is excited to be part of the Animal Clinic team...loving her career choice with no plans of leaving anytime soon!

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