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 dog 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.

Lucille Lane

Technician

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.  








JoAnna Ahrens

Technician 

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!  

Marjarie Bascom

Receptionist

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.  









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 2 wonderful dogs named Moose and Siggy. I also have 1 cat named Indy. 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!

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.  

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!

Whitney Call

Receptionist

My name is Whitney Call. I am from West Valley City, Utah. I have been working with animals since 2007 when I started working at Petsmart as a cashier. I bathed dogs at Petsmart for two years then I moved to Pocatello, Idaho in 2012 and have lived here since. When I moved here, I got a job at Petco in the grooming salon. Shortly after I started working there, I got my grooming certification for dogs and cats. I have been grooming dogs and cats for a little over 10 years. I enjoy working with animals and have always liked to be around them since I was little. I used to go horseback riding with my aunt all the time when I was in high school. I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family.

Nathan Brown

Technician

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. 

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