Bannock Animal Medical Center

About Us

DR. 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, 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.

Krystal irick

Manager

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.

Casey Rhodes

Manager

Hi my name is Casey. I grew up on my father's cattle farm. We lived out in the middle of no where. I did not have any neighborhood kids nearby 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 four cats Charlie, Morticia, Fester, 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.

Tabatha Chavez

Technician

Hi, my name is Taby Chavez. I was born in Richland, Washington, but spent my younger years growing up in Blackfoot, ID. I graduated from American Falls High School, and eventually moved to Pocatello. Knowing that animals have always been a passion of mine, I started working in the veterinary field in 2017. Not everyone can say they love their job, but I am proud to say that I do! In my spare time, I like going to concerts, the fair, camping, shooting, snowboarding, going on RZR and motorcycle rides, and spending time with my family. I have a Main Coon named Lucifer, an orange Tabby named Cheese, and a German Shepherd named Roxanne. I am so grateful to be working at a place like BAMC.

Amanda Mitchell

Head Receptionist

Hi, my name is Amanda Mitchell and I am a receptionist here at Bannock Animal Medical Clinic. I have two fur babies of my own: a Chihuahua named Leelo and a German wirehair pointer Trig. I was born and raised here in Pocatello and I love to hang out with my friends, go hunting or fishing, and be around my family and pups.

TARYN HAGENSON

Technician

2017. I started my journey in the field of Veterinary medicine here in Chubbuck as a vet assistant and am currently going to school to receive a degree in veterinary nursing. I started here at BAMC in 2019 and am superexcited to be here! Loving and caring for animals has always been a passion of mine. I own a border collie and rottweiler/German Sheppard cross that bring so much joy to my life! I hope to own horses in the near future.  I enjoy hiking, camping, swimming, horseback riding, motorcycle rides, and spending quality time with family and friends.

VENESSA STEINLICHT

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.

ELIZABETH ELDREDGE

Receptionist

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Eldredge but everybody calls me Lizzy, I was born and raised in Pocatello and am currently enrolled at ISU to become an Occupation Therapist Assistant! I was raised into a pet-loving family and I currently have 1 wonderful dog named Moose.  I spend a lot of time camping in the summer and hanging out with my family. I’m very excited to join the BAMC  family and meet all the fur babies that walk through the door!

TAYLOR NORBY

Technician Assistant

HI! My name is Taylor Norby. I grew up in a small farming town called Gooding, Idaho where my parents owned horses, cows, chickens, goats, rabbits, cats, and dogs. In high school, I worked at the local vet clinic, Gooding Vet, for four years. I moved here to Pocatello in 2019 to attend Idaho State University to pursue a degree in Secondary Education. My mom was a teacher and she inspired me to follow in her footsteps! Although I don’t plan on pursuing a degree with animals, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to work with them while I’m in school. I love working out, hiking, kayaking, riding my horses, and anything else involving the great outdoors. 

MATTIE HADLEY

Technician

Hi my name is Mattie Hadley! I was born in Pocatello and spent my childhood in Arimo, Idaho. I graduated high school from Marsh Valley in 2020. I am now attending Idaho State University where I am majoring in health science. My love for fur animals started in my younger years growing up on a dairy farm. I have always dreamed of working with animals so I love this job!

NOEL GERACI

Technician

Hi my name is Noel and I grew up in American Falls Idaho. I moved to Utah for college and got my degree in Zoology. I’ve always had love and passion for animals. I have two fat cats, Moo & Chubs and a fish named Bubbles. I love camping, hiking, and being outside. I’m very excited to work at BAMC and gain the knowledge and experience to propel me in the animal field.

ALEXUS ELLIS

Technician

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.  

ALLYSSA DILLON

Kennel Technician/Technician Assistant

Hi! My name is Allyssa Dillon. I recently moved to Pocatello from the very small town of Challis, where I have spent years working as a dog groomer, in animal shelters, and with livestock. I have always had a strong passion to work with animals, and I love being here at BAMC. I am studying conservation biology at ISU in hopes to end up working for the forest service as a wildlife biologist. I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, camping, bareback riding, and off-roading.

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