Our Careteam

Kelly

Veterinary Technician

Kelly grew up in North Dakota with her parents and older sister, and often visited her grandfather’s farm as a child. Kelly would constantly be playing with or examining the various dogs, cats, and chickens around the farm—it was clear early on that a career in animal medicine would suit her perfectly! Now, Kelly has been a veterinary professional for over 15 years.

Kelly graduated from the Omaha College of Health Careers in 1999 with her science degree. She worked for a number of pet hospitals around the area until 2015, when she joined the team here at Omaha Animal Medical Group. Kelly is particularly passionate about dental cleanings, laboratory work, and client education—she loves to talk with pet owners about everything from heartworm infestations to routine vaccinations. She’s also fascinated by canine behavior, and is even a registered member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

When she isn’t caring for pets here at the clinic or putting together a scrapbook at home, Kelly enjoys spending time with her own animal companions. Along with her high-school sweetheart, Jerad, and her two daughters, Veronica and Paige, Kelly shares her life with two pets: Thor is a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, and Willy is an elderly one-eyed cat.

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Courtney

Veterinary Assistant

Growing up in the small town of Mead, Nebraska, Courtney was surrounded by pets from day one. She’s never taken for granted the unconditional love and loyalty that our animal friends provide! For Courtney, a career in the field of veterinary medicine is simply the natural choice—she’s proud to serve as a member of the Omaha Animal Medical Group’s care team.

Courtney’s animal-care journey began at a nearby pet resort, where she worked for two and a half years. She then studied animal care at Northeast Community College in Norfolk before joining the team here at Omaha Animal Medical Group as a Veterinary Assistant. Courtney particularly likes helping out with surgical operations and building one-on-one relationships with the area’s loving pet parents.

In her time away from the clinic, Courtney loves to spend time with her boyfriend and pets at home. She shares her life with Tucker, a Labrador who makes a point to roll over for a tummy-rub every time he hears his name, and Zeke, an affectionate and silly Staffordshire terrier puppy.

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Nichole

Veterinary Assistant

When Nichole first started working with animals, her main goals were simply to secure a job and enjoy what she was doing every day. It wasn’t long before her motivation became something entirely different: making a true, lasting difference in the lives of animals and the people who care for them! Nichole is happy to do just that as a member of the Omaha Animal Medical Group team.

Nichole is originally from Mead, Nebraska and started her animal-care journey at a local pet resort as a Kennel Assistant. Three years later, she was promoted to Assistant Manager! After working as a Veterinary Assistant for a brief time at another nearby hospital, Nichole joined the team here at Omaha Animal Medical Group and has been helping the pets and animal owners of the area ever since. She’s particularly fond of helping during surgeries, assisting with appointment scheduling, and doting on the clinic’s visiting dogs.

Nichole is engaged to her fiancé, Thomas, and currently lives in Wahoo with one pet of her own: Francis, a pesky but adorable long-haired cat. When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital or spending time with her family and Francis at home, Nichole enjoys painting and drawing; she’s won awards and has sold multiple pieces of work! She’s also an avid photographer and has even had her landscape photographs published in calendars.

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Michael

Veterinary Technician

Michael spent over 10 years in the retail management field, but eventually found himself wanting to do something that he felt was more impactful. When he saw an advertisement on television for a veterinary technology program, Michael knew he’d found his answer. A week later, he was signed up for the course!

A native of Omaha, Michael attended Vatterott College’s veterinary program to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. He signed up at a local emergency clinic while finishing school, then stayed on as a Technician upon graduating. Four years later, Michael decided to make the switch to daytime practice in order to have more time with his young daughter. He’s been a member of the Omaha Animal Medical Group family since May of 2015.

Here at the clinic, Michael is a fan of laboratory work and never tires of examining samples under the microscope, mixing chemicals in test tubes, and using diagnostic procedures to find the answers he’s looking for. He’s also passionate about client education, and loves imparting his knowledge in order to help pet owners provide the best care possible to their four-legged friends.

At home, Michael lives with his wife, two daughters, and three cats named Monkey, Kenny, and Ace. When he isn’t spending time with them or tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic, Michael enjoys camping and hiking in the great outdoors, following the news, and discussing politics. He even moderates a small online forum based in Omaha that discusses local politics and day-to-day events!

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Paulette

Grooming Department Manager

Paulette has adored the company of animals for as long as she can remember—for most of her life, she’s been taking in stray creatures of all sorts. Paulette is the Grooming Department Manager at Omaha Animal Medical Group, and has been serving pets here for over 21 years!

Born and raised here in Omaha, Paulette’s veterinary journey began in 1985 when she took in a raggedy stray dog that she aptly named Rags. After taking Rags to the family veterinarian and getting him healthy again, Paulette began to seek training for the dog. Around the same time, a local community college started offering an obedience-training and grooming program. Rags did so well with his training that the pair began to compete—it didn’t take long for Paulette to sign up for the grooming course so that she could make Rags look his absolute best!

Within a few years, Paulette had opened her own home grooming, pet-sitting, and training business while she continued to show and breed dogs. When a former employee of Omaha Animal Medical Group informed Paulette that the clinic was looking for a groomer, she jumped at the chance! She’s been a member of the clinic family since the summer of 1993.

Paulette has two wonderful daughters and a son, and is also a proud grandparent to five grandchildren. In her time away from work, she still participates in many obedience competitions and showings with her dogs. Paulette also likes singing, listening to music, and giving her time to community service organizations.

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Christy

Head Receptionist

Although Christy always had a childhood dream of tending to pets in a veterinary clinic, she was working in the customer service field by the time she was in high school. She enjoyed an almost 20-year career with the Long John Silver’s franchise, but finally decided that she would like to try her hand in the animal-care world. Now, Christy has been serving the pets and animal owners of the area here at Omaha Animal Medical Group for 15 years!

An Omaha native, Christy signed up at another local animal clinic briefly before she saw an advertisement for Omaha Animal Medical Group. She sent in her resume, and fell in love with the facility, staff, and patients as soon as she interviewed in the fall of 2001. The rest is history—Christy has been here ever since! She’s especially fond of interacting directly with animals and their owners, and also enjoys handing out tasty treats to deserving pets.

Outside of work, Christy enjoys bicycling, home improvement, and organizing things around the house. She and her husband own Third Nail Creations, a small business that makes custom metal artwork and figurines. For Christy, the business is a great way to get her creative juices flowing!

Christy and her family live with four dogs—Kody, Cajun, Coloqhoun, and Cassidy—as well as a cockatiel named Frankie who enjoys yelling at the dogs when they get too close to his cage.

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Marielle

Veterinary Assistant, Kennel Assistant

Marielle has cared for pets for many years—she’s done everything from pet-sitting and boarding to organizing group walks and play sessions. For her, working as a veterinary professional in an animal hospital is the next step in a life-long journey of animal care! She’s proud to serve the area’s pets as a member of the Omaha Animal Medical Group family.

Marielle is originally from New Jersey and also grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was only in the first grade when she began riding horses—she would continue to ride and train, even competing in hunter/jumper and dressage events, until she was 25 years old! Marielle earned an Associate’s degree in fine arts at Burlington County Community College and also holds her Bachelor’s degree in photography from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Here at the clinic, Marielle is particularly fond of helping to calm nervous pets and working alongside her caring, compassionate team members to make an impact in the community. She loves going home at the end of every shift knowing that she’s made a real difference!

In her spare time, Marielle enjoys crafting, dabbling in interior design, and antiquing. She soon hopes to start a small business by repurposing old clothing into dog sweaters, coats, and collars! At home, Marielle and her housemate live with several pets of their own. They have two cats, Marley and Pants; an American bulldog puppy named Mika; and a Staffordshire terrier mix.

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Lisa

Veterinary Assistant, Kennel Assistant

Lisa was always begging her parents to let her bring all sorts of creatures back to her childhood home in Byron, Illinois. She’s had a soft spot for animals—as well as a fascination with the field of medicine—ever since she can remember. For Lisa, a career in the veterinary world is the perfect combination!

Lisa cared for animals as a member of the Future Farmers of America organization during high school, and also helped at a local cat adoption center to further her knowledge of the animal-care world. After graduating, she moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa to attend Iowa Western Community College—shortly afterward, she was thrilled to join the Omaha Animal Medical Group family and begin gaining hands-on experience in veterinary medicine. Lisa especially likes tending to pets recovering from injury and also has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of uncommon diseases.

Outside of work and school, Lisa likes dancing (she’s been involved in the activity for 13 years!), volunteering her time at local Humane Societies and shelter facilities, and spending quality time with her own pets at home. She and her family have two dogs: Millie the Beagle mix, who loves sleeping belly up; and a Black Mountain Cur named Jethro who is particularly good at tracking deer.

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