Prairie Winds Veterinary Center

5370 51st Ave S, Suite A
Fargo, ND 58104

(701)356-5600

www.prairiewindsvet.com


Our Staff


 

Dori Torkildson, Manager

Dori comes to us with over 12 years of experience in the veterinary field.  She earned her AS degree accounting & her BA degree in Business Administration from Minot State University.  Dori has two grown daughters and a dog named "Wilson".  

She really enjoys time with friends & family, reading, sitting at a good bonfire, and being outdoors.  During the summer you can usually find her either at the lake boating or riding motorcycle with her significant other.  And if she is on vacation in the winter you can bet she has gone someplace warm.

 

 

Mari Jameson, Receptionist

Mari has been with us since day one!  She is so glad she gets to be part of a growing company and says every day is filled with adventure from the time she walks in until we lock the doors at the end of the day.

When she isn't spending time with us she loves spending time with her '9 biggest fans', her grandkids!  She also enjoys quilting and dabbling in photography.

She recently moved to Fargo with her husband Joe.

 

 

Connie Goss, Receptionist

Connie has been on our team for almost 5 of her 24 years in the veterinary receptionist profession.  She grew up on a farm outside of Arthur, ND. She has also resided in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia before moving to Fargo. She has lived in Fargo for the past 40 years. Connie and her husband Rick have one son, Rick, and a granddaughter Raina Marie that they adopted in 2016.   

In her spare time she enjoys sewing, gardening, reading and baking.  She is also an avid Vikings and Twins fan and attends many FM Red Hawks games with her family.

Connie has a silver Tabby named Caprica (aka Peanut). Cats are Connie's favorite, but she loves all animals.

 

 

Jennifer Schatzke, Receptionist

Jennifer joins our team from Leonard, ND. She has worked in customer service for many years and enjoys meeting so many new people. 

She is very family oriented.  In her free time it's not uncommon to find her spending time with her mom, 1 of her four sisters, or her nieces and nephew.

Jennifer has a 13 year old cat named Hemi, who loves to play rough and be brushed out. She also has a 1 year old Australian Shepherd named Finn, who has a spunky personality and loves to play fetch.

Outside of work Jennifer enjoys watching Hallmark movies, taking random road trips, hanging with family and friends, and playing basketball.  Eventually when life slows down a little she would like to pick up crocheting.

Rachel Olson, Receptionist

Rachel graduated from NDSU in 2006 with a bachelor degree in veterinary technology. She practiced in Rugby where she grew up for a few years before moving on to teaching vet tech classes at Globe University for 2 years. She went back to being a vet tech when Dr. Alicia opened up the clinic here. She was here for 2 and a half years and during that time she found her love of eyes. Now she currently works full-time at TLC Laser Eye Centers. After a few year break she came back to work as a receptionist on evenings and weekends.

She loves delivering excellent customer service to our clients. She also enjoys working closely with other team members who share the same passion of working with animals. 

Rachel resides in Fargo with her husband Chris. They have a Cane Corso named Eva and 2 cats named Ewok and Pyro. She has 2 step kids and 3 step grandkids. 

Her special interests include anything that involves food and fun!




Our Technicians


 

Tina Paintner, LVT

Tina graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in December of 2011 with her Associates in Veterinary Technology. Her special interests include small animal dentistry and behavior. Tina grew up on a farm outside of Cooperstown, ND and always knew that she wanted to be a veterinary technician. She is very pleased to be starting her career here at Prairie Winds Veterinary Center.

She lives in West Fargo with her husband Cole and their daughters Rayne and Hayden. They also have 3 adorable cats. Boo a Persian Mix and their two newest additions Roxy and Meiko. They are both Domestic Short Hairs. They look forward to rescuing a family dog in the future.

In her spare time, Tina enjoys relaxing and being with her family.  She also enjoys drawing, crafting, and reading. Her and her husband recently started running and look forward to training for many marathons in the future.

 

Tonah Dickhaus, LVT

Tonah graduated from North Dakota State University in 2002, with her bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology.  She is a member of the North Dakota Veterinary Technician Association (NDVTA) and has served as the Secretary from 2005 to 2009 and is currently serving as the newsletter editor.  Tonah completed her PennHIP certification in 2012. 

Tonah and her husband Jeff have three sons, Landon, Riley and Greyson.  They share their home with two dogs: T.J. (Cavalier King Charles) and Sadie (Cavalier King Charles mix).  In her spare time, Tonah enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She is an avid reader and likes being outdoors. 

 

 

Mallory Suchy, LVT

Mallory grew up in the Fargo area and graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 2012. Her interest in veterinary medicine started with watching Emergency Vets on Animal Planet, right away she knew that was what she wanted to do.  She enjoys all kinds of animals from furry to scaly! 

When she is not working she enjoys reading, going to movies, crocheting, and spending time with family and friends.

She currently has a dog named Lola, a troublesome cat named Earl, and two guinea pigs, Petri and Ducky.

Her and her boyfriend recently bought their first home in Moorhead so she is looking forward to creating many new memories and maybe adding a few new furry members to the family!             

 

 

Anna Plesuk, LVT

Anna received her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2010.  She loves working with small animal, especially critical care and senior patients.  She has a soft-spot for a grey-faced golden!  

She lives in Fargo with her husband Tim, daughter Grace, son Colton, and dog Edith.

In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with family, running, & watching Bison athletics.

 

Wes Hed, LVT

After graduating from high school in Fergus Falls Wes attended UND for 3 years & then he decided to pursue his life long interest in veterinary medicine.  He moved to Fargo & enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Globe University.  

Wes did his externship with us before graduation & we were so impressed we hired him right after graduation.  

Wes & his wife Jess have 2 cats Celia & Daisy who both love to watch birds & drink fresh water out of the faucet. They also have a dog named Oakley.

Wes enjoys fishing for trophies in the MN lakes and he also enjoys bow hunting.

LeAnna Klaphake, LVT

LeAnna grew up in Melrose, MN and from there moved to Fargo, ND for school at NDSU. She graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Veterinary Technology and a minor in Large Animal Science, Equine Science, and Animal Science.

She grew up with a diabetic dog. She loves doing the research on diabetes and she likes to help clients understand the disease. She also enjoys working with patients that are on prescription diets, who have behavioral issues and those seen on urgent care. Each case involves research, diagnostics and strong communication, all of which she has a special interest in doing. 

LeAnna resides here in Fargo with her husband Ethan. They have a 9 1/2 year old Golden Retriever mix named Zoe who is a drama queen as well as a 1 1/2 year old cat named George who is troublesome and "special".

In her spare time she can be found 4-wheeling/ mudding, camping, or out paintballing.

 

 

Kate Gefroh, LVT

Kate is originally from Hawley, MN and she went to college in Fargo before moving to Grand Forks for 3 years.  She recently moved back to Fargo to be closer to friends and family and to join our clinic.

Kate has always had a passion for healthcare and for animals. Her family had lots of dags and cats growing up and she always thought she would become a veterinarian.  She heard about the Veterinary Technician program at NDSU and decided to apply.  She did very well in her classes and loved learning all the skills involved.

Kate enjoys assisting in surgeries and learning about all the different procedures we do including dentistry, orthopedics, and soft tissue surgery.

Kate currently lives in Fargo with her husband Rylee and their two fur babies, Sweetie the tortie, and Leo the Siamese.  Sweetie is very sweet and snuggly, but also has a good amount of 'cattitude' now and then.  Leo is the younger of the two and is a bit of a spoiled boy who loves to sit in laps and snuggle.

In her off time Kate enjoys hanging out at Lake Bijou with friends, going out on the pontoon, and visiting with family.

Tabatha Carter, LVT

Tabatha grew up on a farm near Georgetown,MN where they cared for a wide range of animals.  That is how Tabatha realized she wanted to grow up to work in the veterinary field.

She graduated from Globe University in 2011 and started working as a licensed veterinarian technician a few months after.  She joined our team in February of 2017.  Tabatha has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and is currently working towards her specialty in dentistry.

Tabatha currently lives in Fargo with her husband Paul and together they have 5 children, Calvin, Tristin, Jayden, Austin and Lyla.  They also have two dogs, Piston who is a terrier mix, and Pirelli an Italian Greyhound, one cat named Niffers, 4 chickens, 3 ducks and 1 rabbit.

When she isn't busy with work or remodeling their home, Tabatha enjoys camping and doing anything outdoors.

 

 

Andrea Pearson, LVT

Andrea's entire life has involved animals.  As a toddler on the farm, her 'babysitter' was often a couple of Cocker Spaniels.  Her goal is to serve them and provide their 'people' with insight and knowledge to give them the fullest and best life possible.

She has worked on various farms and veterinary clinics since childhood.  Attending college, she focused on a pre-vet with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and music performance.  Her life briefly changed routes, and she became an award winning photographer, traveling and training in different areas.   Andrea finished school with an Associates in Veterinary Technology.

Andrea's professional interests include animal behavior and training, rehab, critical care, nutrition and client education.  She is very passionate about what she does and wants to help everyone improve their human-animal bond.  In 2016 I was named North Dakota Veterinary Technician of the year!  She is a member of several Vet Tech clubs, rescue organizations:emergency/high risk rescue services, Basic Animal Response Team and The Minnesota Coonhound Association.  She loves all hounds!  Andrea is also a nationally resgistered Emergency Medical Technician and a Certified Fire Fighter for her community.

She currently lives with her husband, Jeremy,  and their fur babies Bubba, Killer, Dakotah Sioux, Emmy Lou, Hand, KD, 50 chickens and several horses at the family farm.

In her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycle runs, traveling gardening, and anything outdoors.  She is also obsessed with football and hockey.

LaRessa Mattson, LVT

LaRessa graduated from NDSU in 2007 with a degree in Veterinary Technology.

In 2009, she got her certification in Canine Rehab from the Canine Rehab Institute in Coral Springs, Florida.  

She lives in West Fargo with her husband and 3 kids. They have 2 Labrador Retrievers.

In her spare time she is running kids to activities, reading, and relaxing at the lake.

Mackenzie Bartsch, LVT

Mackenzie fell in love with the animal nursing world after finding 3 orphaned mice in her garden shed. Unfortunately she didn't have the knowledge or skill required to save them at that time. In order to change that, she enrolled at NDSU. She believes that every pet deserves the longest, healthiest, happiest life possible. By providing excellent care and client education, everyone can make that possible.

She is from Maple Grove, MN, which is near Minneapolis. She comes from a family of Bison fans. Her mom, dad, older sister, younger brother, and herself are all Bison alumni. Her younger sister who has down syndome may opt to go to a cosmetology school.

A large portion of a LVT's job is making patients feel safe in our care. It's a huge challenge for some pets, so her goal is to some day specialize in animal behavior and fear free practice.

She has an 8 1/2 year old Shih Tzu/ Bichon named Hazel. She worships humans, their trash, and guinea pigs. Her favorite past times include ignoring her human, sleeping, eating, and playing fetch. 

When she isn't dead lifting dogs, she can be typically found binge-watching TV shows or enjoying a night out with friends.

Haley Hvidsten, VT

Haley grew up in the Fargo area before she moved to Willmar, MN to attend college. After graduating, she moved back to the area.

She graduated from Ridgewater College in 2018 with a degree in Veterinary Technology.

Haley has a 6 month old German Shepherd named Bane and a Corn Snake named Sedona.

In her free time, she likes to paint and draw or hang out with family and friends.

Heather Erickson, LVT

Heather graduated from NDSU in 2013 with a degree in Veterinary Technology.

She grew up in Devils Lake, ND and later moved to Fargo in 2010 for school.

She got into the Vet Tech program because she likes to learn new things about animals and loves to make a difference for them. She has a special interest in the emergency cases.

Heather lives with her husband Brian and son Parker. They have 2 Mini Australian Shepherds named Abby and Shooter, 2 cats named Clyde and Goober and a Ferret named Penny.

In her spare time, she can be found spending time with her family and playing softball.

Tammy Treitline, LVT, VTS-EVN

Tammy was born and raised in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

She graduated from the NDSU Veterinary Technology program in 1997, then pursued a career in mixed animal practice. Throughout the years, she developed more of an interest in large animals, especially equine. In 2011-2012, she obtained a Veterinary Technician Specialty in Equine Veterinary Nursing.

Tammy was nominated for the North Dakota Veterinary Technician of the Year in October 1998. She later won that same award in October 2011.

She has always had an interest in animals especially horses, she enjoys watching them grow and develop. She realized early on that Veterinary Medicine (whether it was preventative care or health issues) was a part of that interest. That is what inspired her to learn more about the Veterinary Medicine and the different aspects of it.

Tammy enjoys spending time working with her horses and her 8 year old Rottweiler named Jade.

In her free time, she can be found fishing, hiking and camping.




Our Assistants 


 

Amy Buethner

Amy has loved animals since she was a little girl.  She grew up on a farm so had many kinds of animals both small & large.  Amy lives in Fargo with her daughter Faith & they share their house with 2 cats, Alice & Simon.  In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with family & friends, fishing, riding horse, movies & just relaxing.

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer has always wanted to be a vet since she was a child. As a kid, she volunteered at local humane societies where she lived. She owned horses, dogs, and cats. 

She started working as a receptionist for the local vet in Crookston, MN in 1999 and has also worked as a tech assistant in East Grand Forks in 2007.  

She moved around often over the years, living anywhere from Minot as a kid, Crookston as an adult, and now recently West Fargo. She resides here with her youngest of 3 daughters.

Her dog Annie is a 10 year old Yellow Lab/ Pointer cross. She is laid back but spunky at the same time. Annie loves her trips to the dog park!

She spends her spare time with her family and by living the "mom" life. They usually keep her busy enough that she doesn't have many hobbies, since her family is her hobby.