The Animal Clinic of Rapid City 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.


Dr. Becky Wagner

Dr. Becky Wagner received her undergraduate education at South Dakota State University and received her doctorate at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She worked at the Fall River Veterinary Clinic in Hot Springs, SD for a year before joining the Animal Clinic of Rapid City. Dr. Wagner's veterinary interests include: small animal soft tissue surgery and small animal medicine  & critical care (including ferret medicine), equine and bovine medicine & surgery. Dr. Wagner enjoys rock climbing and hiking with her dog Sadie in the beautiful Black Hills. 


Dr. Lindsey Marrotte

Dr. Lindsey Marrotte spent most of her life in Connecticut. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut and received her veterinary education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Marrotte practiced in Wisconsin as a mixed animal veterinarian before joining our practice. She is particularly interested in surgery, dentistry, advanced wound management and chronic disease management. In her spare time she plays polo and enjoys horseback riding of all disciplines as well as spending time with her two dogs, Redmond, a red heeler, and Huxley, an American bulldog. Dr. Marrotte is excited about making her home in South Dakota and looks forward to caring for your pets large and small.


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.


Dr. Heidi Brigman

Dr. Heidi Brigman grew up on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Her family backgrounds beef steers, has a few sheep, and runs a commercial turkey operation. Dr. Brigman earned her undergraduate degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences (minoring in Agricultural Economics) as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia Tech. Her veterinary interests include: preventative medicine, nutrition and theriogenology (reproduction) in both large and small animals. Dr. Brigman enjoys spending time hiking in the outdoors and watching baseball games with her husband. She is excited about the opportunity to work in the Black Hills, as she fell in love with the area when she first visited 5 years ago. Dr. Brigman is looking forward to joining the Animal Clinic family and meeting you and your fur family.


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. 


Kim Earley - Director of Administration

Kim was raised in Rapid City and spent a lot of time at the Animal Clinic as a child. She has worked for several clinics both in South Dakota and in Arizona. She has a great love for animals, having everything from horses, cattle, dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, raccoons, and even a skunk. Presently, her wonderful and understanding husband and their children have three dogs (Stoli, Smudge and Indie). She and her family enjoy camping, hiking and going to antique auctions.


Kris Stapelberg

Kris has been with the Animal Clinic since April 1999. She graduated from SDSU with a degree in Agriculture and has worked with a variety of animals, including: parrots, birds of prey, horses and reptiles. She enjoys hiking, reading, writing and playing at dressage with her off-the-track thoroughbred Chester. She is also "mom" to a horse named Tariq and three cats.


Julie Girard - RVT/ Head Tech

Julie graduated from NAU with a technician degree in 1987 and has been working in the veterinary/human medical field ever since. 


Ashlee Klosterman - Receptionist

Ashlee has lived in Rapid City since age two. She was raised with all types of animals ranging from birds, ferrets and horses to dogs and cats. She currently has three cats and one dog and enjoys spending time with her family. 



Thomas has been with the Animal Clinic since June 2004. He came to us through a wonderful client who found the stray with a broken leg. Since then, he has been an incredibly important member of our team, providing work supervision, greeting large animal clients and counseling staff during busy times. 


Lindy Burleigh

Lindy grew up in Hill City, and is currently located there with no intentions of ever leaving! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 2 years. They have 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.


Emily Batman

Emily grew up on a ranch near Deadwood, SD with Black Angus cattle. After graduating high school, she moved to Sioux Falls to attend Globe University for their Veterinary Technician program. She and her husband enjoy the outdoors and spending time with their fur kid Mya.


Katy Donovan

Katy grew up in the beautiful state of Alabama. Upon graduating from the University of Alabama in Telecommunications & Film, she moved to North Carolina to work as a part-time Disc Jockey for Comcast Radio, Inc., and full-time for six veterinarians where she realized her love and passion for animals and their health care. After five years in North Carolina, she returned to Alabama where she continued to work for veterinarians and started to teach yoga. She enjoys exploring the Black Hills on foot and bike, and spending time with her husband, Ted, and their two dogs, Butters and Faust. Katy finds herself to be one of the luckiest people because she gets to do what she loves: work with animals and teach yoga.


Sarah Kammerer

Sarah recently relocated to Rapid City from Colorado, where she spent many years working in various roles at an exotics and small animal hospital. Besides exploring her new home state, she enjoys listening to music, singing in a choir, training and playing with her Rottweiler, Mack.


Miranda Kruse

Miranda was raised in Piedmont, SD and graduated from Nebraska College of Agriculture in 2014 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, snowboarding, horseback riding and playing with her two dogs Ariat and Lucy.

Carey Garlock (photo coming soon)

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.