Bannock Animal Medical Center

About Us


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.



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.



Hello, my name is Lucille Lane and I have been here at BAMC since March 2009. I am a technician. I have been working in the veterinary field since January 2001.
Outside of work I love spending time with my children Brittany, Gage, and Waylon. We have four dogs and 2 cats! We love horseback riding, camping, swimming, barbequing and just spending time as a family and enjoying the outdoors.



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 dog and Diesel(pitbull/great dane), and our four cats Charlie, Karl, Morticia, and Fester. 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.


Head 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.  



Hi, my name is Alexus Ellis. I was born I Auburn, Washington, but I grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I moved to Pocatello to attend ISU where I am majoring in Integrative Organismal Biology. After obtaining my Bachelors degree, I plan on pursuing a career as a Veterinarian. In my spare time I like to go hiking, fishing, and spend time with my fiancé, or Great Dane, Layla, our Pitbull, Duke ,and our cat Echo.



Hi, I am JoAnna and I am a vet tech here at BAMC. I grew up around animals and always loved to learn about them! My dad had hands on experience with animals when he grew up and I loved hearing all the stories from him. This is what inspired me to become a vet tech.  I have 3 dogs of my own: Zelda, Loki, and Rebel. I am super excited to learn and grow here!  



Hi, my name is Nathan Brown. I was born and raised in Pocatello. I graduated from Pocatello High School, and I am now in Penn Foster to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Then I plan on continuing to become a veterinarian. I grew up with animals, and now have a cat of my own, Saturn. Outside of here, I love camping, hiking, and biking. I also practice/ teach matrial arts. I love spending time with my wife watching movies and playing games. 



Hello, my name is Callie!  I was born and raised in the Pocatello Idaho and have always had a love for animals. I graduated from Highland High school and am excited to be back in the area after getting my Veterinary technology degree at CSI, in Twin Falls. As of October 2023, I am an official Certified Veterinary Technician and am excited to pursue my career by helping animals to the best of my ability and continuing to learn as much as I can. In my free time I enjoy drawing, crocheting and playing Minecraft with my siblings.   



 Hi, my name is Marjarie Henry, and I am a receptionist here at Bannock Animal Medical Clinic. I have two fur babies of my own: a yorkie named Missy and boxer/Pitbull named Smoreo. I was born and raised in Aberdeen Idaho and moved to Pocatello a few years ago. I love to hang out with my friends, take my fur babies on walks, and be around my family and pups.  

Taylor Barnett


Hi! My name is Taylor Barnett and I’m one of the receptionists here at BAMC.  I have been born and raised here in the Pocatello/Chubbuck area. I went to 2 different elementary schools here, 2 in Boise, ID – 1 middle school and 3 different high schools all here in Pocatello/Chubbuck. I met my amazing husband my junior year of high school, we got married in 2018 and we now have two wonderful daughters who were born in 2015 and 2021! We love going camping in the summer but I like to stay inside in the winter months with a blanket and a movie marathon!   



Hi, my name is Mikayla Critser. I was born and raised in Northern California and moved to Pocatello a few years ago. If I am not home studying you can find me anywhere outdoors with my fur baby Cocoa. As long as it is not freezing outside. I am super excited to be a part of the BAMC family and cannot wait to see where this adventure takes me.