Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Did you know that the AAHA Standards of Accreditation recommend veterinary practice teams have more hours of continuing education than many state veterinary medical boards require? Continuous learning and keeping skills up-to-date helps staff members build their confidence and ultimately helps hospitals provide a positive client experience, while improving the level of patient care. We use a team approach to meet the needs of our clients and patients. To maintain our high standards, we hold monthly staff meetings for Fear Free education, safety training, and for improving processes to better serve you and your pet.

Paul Striegel, DVM
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

Years in Practice: 35
Education: NDSU; Iowa State University
Interests: Surgery, Orthopedic Conditions, Dentistry

My interest in being a veterinarian started early. I was lucky to have many different pets when growing up. Biology and medicine were favorites; so it seemed natural to pursue being a veterinarian. I went to NDSU and then to Iowa State University for veterinary school. That was over 25 years ago and I still look forward to each day.

My wife Tami and I are originally from Bismarck, but have lived in Fargo over 20 years. We have two sons and a daughter who have now finished college and working on their own. Our pets are the only kids we still have at home.

I’m proud to be at Animal Health Clinic; working with good diagnostics, medicine, and surgery. Our staff and veterinarians are enthusiastic and dedicated in what they do. Our clients take great care of their pets, making this a great place to work.

Kevin Dill, DVM
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

Years in Practice: 26
Education: B.S. in Entomology at NDSU; DVM from University of Minnesota
Interests: Exotics, ultrasound, endoscopy

I am originally from Chicago but consider Fargo my home, since I attended high school and undergraduate school here. My interest in being a veterinarian stemmed from the unfortunate demise of a goldfish when I was six years old. After the ceremony over the ceramic cemetery, I decided that I wanted to fix animals.

After a brief diversion considering the military and engineering, I pursued veterinary school. My long time high school sweetheart and I got married part way through veterinary school. We then went westward to Albuquerque, NM where I practiced in a private practice in the Sandia Mountains. We happened to be the hotspot of plague in animals and diagnosed many cases of the dreaded disease. After my son was born, I took over as the Chief Medical Officer at the Animal Humane Association in Albuquerque. That was a great experience and really gave me the opportunity to help the general population of animals, and in that area overpopulation was a tremendous problem. I developed one of the top shelter clinics in the country and we performed over 600 spays and neuters a month.

I have developed a solid knowledge base in the exotics through intensive study and seminar attendance. My motto is €œI’ll see anything the other folks won’t€ and as a result see some unusual creatures. After some bad experiences with ostriches, I have drawn the line at seeing things that outweigh me!

Dr. Dill has a Bichon/Shih tzu cross, named Marley. In his spare time he likes to fish, be at the lakes, and watch Food Network.

Fun fact: “I ran into a grizzly bear while fishing in Alaska. Luckily the bear ran away.”

Tammy Ness, DVM
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

Years in Practice: 19
Education: Undergrad at NDSCS & NDSU; Vet school- Iowa State University College
Interests: Internal medicine, dermatology, behavior, oncology

I am a North Dakota native from Wahpeton. After graduation I worked in a small animal clinic in the Twin Cities before moving back to the Fargo area. My husband and I returned to the area to be closer to both our families after starting a family of our own.

We have two dogs (Jack-Standard Poodle & Sonny- small mixed breed), and two Guinea Pigs (Frankie & Jerry).

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and reading. I look forward to aiding in the health and well being of the region’s furry family members for a long time to come.

Fun fact: “I love plants! Currently, I have over 30 plants in my house.”

Jessica Nesius, DVM
Veterinarian

Years in Practice: 6
Education: UND, University of MN CVM
Interests: ophthalmology, internal medicine

Employee of the Month- August 2016

Growing up in Minnesota, I had a mixture of furry four-legged friends and even chickens at times, and right now my husband and I have one dog. She is a German Shorthaired Pointer named Vine and she sure keeps us busy.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my kids and my husband.

I look forward to establishing long-term relationships within the F-M community and working together to make your pets happy and healthy!

Fun fact: A very distant relative helped with the construction of the Statue of Liberty.

Katie Habgood, DVM
Veterinarian

Years in Practice: 12
Education: Undergrad- NDSU; DVM- University of Minnesota
Interests: Feline medicine, dentistry, and preventative medicine

I became interested in veterinary medicine as a kid growing up on a farm outside of Sheldon, North Dakota. Right after vet school I moved to Grants Pass, in Southern Oregon, where I practiced at a small animal clinic for 2 years. I was fortunate to meet my husband Ryan there, even though I was told I moved to a retirement community!

My husband and I moved to Portland in 2008 and I started practicing at a mixed animal clinic in Sandy (near Mt. Hood). Even though I loved living in Oregon, I longed to be near my family again. I am happy to be back in the Fargo area and am excited to meet new clients and their pets!

My husband and I have three cats, Bob, Quinn, and Barney. I enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, reading and following the Portland Trail Blazers.

Heather Mitchell, DVM
Veterinarian

Years in Practice: 12
Education: Undergrad- South Dakota State University; DVM- Iowa State University
Interests: Dentistry, Behavior, Senior Feline Healthcare, Birds, Reptiles

Employee of the Month- July 2018

I’m from Milbank, South Dakota, and have three pets: An old man kitty named Scooter, an old lady kitty named Lando (aka Lando Calrission from Star Wars), and an old lady doggie named Dee (aka Dorothy Gale from Wizard of Oz).

I like to read mystery novels, crime novels, medical thrillers, romance, a little of everything.  My husband and I like to go to music concerts- mostly country music.  I also have kids so we bike, play soccer, go to parks, play catch.

Fun fact: My favorite movies are The Wizard of Oz and Twister.  I’m allergic to the outdoors, cats, rabbits, cows, horses, basically everything except dogs!  Thank goodness for allergy meds!

Natalie Gruchow, SHRM-CP
Practice Manager

Years in Practice: 3
Education: B.A. in Psychology from MSUM, Minors in Business Administration & English Writing;  Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional
Interests: Animals of all kinds (especially dogs), interacting with clients & their pets, human resources, industrial-organizational psychology, continuing education, & business development
Email: natalie@ahcfargo.com

Employee of the Month- December 2016

Natalie is from Fargo and has a black lab (Sniff), a bearded dragon (Piney), and a 120 gallon aquarium. She also has a clinic beta fish (Brad Phish).

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and walking Sniff through Island Park. She also enjoys cooking and trying new foods, listening to music, and going on new adventures with her husband.

Fun fact: “I love jet skiing on the Red River!”

Jen
Licensed Veterinary Technician- Team Lead
Fear Free Coordinator

Years in Practice: 20
Education: B.S. in Veterinary Technology from NDSU
Interests: Chemo therapy, anesthesia, canine behavior

Employee of the Month- April 2015; May 2017

Jen is from Litchville, ND and has 2 yorkie/maltese crosses (Syrie & Lita). In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, rally obedience training, agility & therapy pet training with Syrie, spending time with family, and watching the Green Bay Packers!

Nikki
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice: 5
Education: AAS in veterinary technology from Ridgewater College

Employee of the Month- May 2015; September 2015; June 2017; November 2017

Nikki is from Fergus Falls and moved to Fargo in 2012. She has 2 cats (Henree & Simon). In her spare time, she enjoys four wheeling, being outdoors, and soaking up the sun.

Fun fact: “I have a photographic memory.”

Becky
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Fear Free Cat Champion

Years in Practice: 13
Education: B.S. in Veterinary Technology from NDSU
Interests: Working with difficult cats, lab/microscope work

Employee of the Month- June 2015; March 2017; May 2018

Becky is from Sauk Centre, MN. She graduated from NDSU in 2005 and has been working at Animal Health Clinic ever since. Becky lives in West Fargo with her husband and two sons. They have a boxer/lab (Booker), two cats (Josie & Smokey), and a chinchilla (Shale).

In her spare time she lies to read, scrapbook, and bake.

Fun fact: “I love canning!”

Jennifer
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice: 10
Education: B.S. in Veterinary Technology from NDSU + CNA certification
Interests: Nutrition and holistic/natural treatments

Employee of the Month- July 2016; December 2017

Jennifer is from Sabin, MN and has a Toy Schnauzer (Sherman), a Rottweiler (Steve), and 2 cats (Stuffy, & Bob).

She has 2 kids and a 2 hour drive so doesn’t have time to spare!

Fun fact: “My husband is a police officer and I hate driving the speed limit.”

Lyndi
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice: 6
Education: Minnesota School of Business- Veterinary Technology
Interests: Drawing blood, anesthesia, dermatology

Employee of the Month- February 2016; August 2018

Lyndi is from Valley City and has a Springer Spaniel mix (McKade), and a cat (Marty).

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the lake, and spending time with friends and family.

Fun fact: She has 10 hours towards her pilot’s license.

Danielle
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Fear Free Dog Champion

Years in Practice: 4
Education: AAS Veterinary Technology- MN School of Business
Interests: Behavior

Employee of the Month- June 2018

Danielle is from Moorhead and has a dog (Jezebel) and a cat (Callie).

In her spare time, she likes to read, watch movies, and sew.

Morgan
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice: 4
Education: Bachelor’s in veterinary technology from NDSU
Interests: Stem cell therapy, clinical pathology

Employee of the Month- December 2015; January 2018

Morgan is from Morton, Illinois and has two cats (Junior & Todd).

In her spare time, she enjoys anything outdoors, especially fishing. She also loves to shop.

Fun fact: “I lived in England for 6 years!”

Deborah
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice: 17
Education: Argosy University Twin Cities- veterinary technology
Interests: Dentistry, rehab/massage, orthopedics

Deb is from Minot, ND.  She has two Italian Greyhounds (Cuddy & Bella), and two Great Pyrenees (Daphne & Sully).

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with kids and camping.  She also is the volunteer regional coordinator for the Italian Greyhound Rescue, and volunteers for the Diamond in the Ruff.

Erica
Appointment Assistant- Team Lead

Years in Practice: 10
Education: Zoology Major from NDSU

Employee of the Month- October 2015; July 2017

Erica is from Moorhead and has a mini Australian Shepherd (Jango), a Shiba Inu/Basset cross (Nugget), a rescue kitty (Sheridan), and 2 bull python snakes (Stoli & Pendleton).

Fun fact: She just had her first child and is getting married in the summer of 2016.

Anna
Appointment Assistant

Years in Practice: 2
Education: Bachelor’s in Studio Art & Minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota Morris
Interests: Non profit organizations and everything involving the art of animals.

Employee of the Month- May 2016; October 2017

Anna is from Moorhead and has a large, black tuxedo cat named George.

In her spare time, she likes to run, make crafts, paint, volunteer at 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, and spend time with family.

Fun fact: “I have lived in Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Minneosta- but I am 100% a Minnesota girl.”

Christine
Appointment Assistant

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Bachelors in New Media & Web Design with a minor in Art from NDSU
Interests: Dog & cat grooming

Employee of the Month- April 2018

Christine is from Fargo. Her two cats (Timba & Sagwa) are sisters that were rescued from Cat’s Cradle. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, cross stitch, and sewing.

Fun fact: “My dream pets are a border collie and bare eyed cockatoo”.

Raina
Appointment Assistant

Years in Practice: 15
Education: I’m doing it. For as long as I remember I wanted to work with animals.

Employee of the Month- July 2015

Raina is also trained as a Front Office Support Specialist.

Raina lived in Carrington until age 13, then moved to Fargo. She has 2 dogs (Pheobe, Nathan), 2 cats (Blinkin the blind kitty, & Molly), 2 Guinea pigs, and 2 beta fish.

She has no spare time.

Fun fact: “Too many to list, but I did just win a 5 minute, $500 grocery shopping spree!”

Dani
Appointment Assistant

Years in Practice: 3
Education: For now, Penn Foster Vet Assistant Program
Interests: Fear Free

Dani is from Menahga/Park Rapids, MN area.  She has 2 Australian Shepherds (Holly & Juneau).

In her spare time, she enjoys photography.  Also, she loves to travel and participate in anything with animals.

Fun fact: “My dogs have their own Instagram, and because of it I’ve been able to work with companies like GoPro, Nikon, and Universal Studios.”

Molly D.
Animal Care Assistant- Team Lead

Years in Practice: 4
Education: B.A. in biology with an emphasis on ecology, and evolutionary biology

Employee of the Month- March 2015; January 2016; September 2016

Molly is also cross-training as an Appointment Assistant.

Molly is from Moorhead and has a German Shepherd (Gypsy), a cat (Mabel) & a beta fish (Frank).

In her spare time, she likes to do crafts, read, watch movies, spend time with friends, and cook.

Fun fact: “I lived in Australia for 5 months in 2005 while studying abroad.”

Sam
Animal Care Assistant

Years in Practice: 2
Education: Ceramics in the art department at MSUM

Employee of the Month- March 2016; August 2017

Sam is from Moorhead and has a dog (Kya), and 2 cats (AJ & Oreo). In her spare time, she enjoys crafts- specifically crochet, painting, & macrame. She also likes to go to the dog park.

Fun fact: “I played roller derby for 2 years.”

Micah
Animal Care Assistant

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology from Concordia
Interests: Hopes to get into vet school and follow his passion for animals.

Employee of the Month- April 2017

Micah is from New York Mills, MN and has a yellow lab, named Torii, and “is the biggest baby in the world.” In his spare time he likes to run, waterski, and help coach baseball.

Fun fact: “I started the cross-country team at my high school.”

Natalie M.
Animal Care Assistant

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Pre-Veterinary Technician program at NDSU
Interests: To help and to learn in the veterinary field and to volunteer.

Natalie is from Neche, ND and has a cat named Sassy, and a betta fish named Dennis.
In her spare time, she enjoys movies, studying, anime, painting, drawing, drinking coffee, and being with friends and family.
Fun fact: “I grew up in a town one mile away from the Canadian border, called Neche, ND.”

Molly R
Front Office Support

Years in Practice: 1
Education: MSCTC with a paralegal major
Interests: Veterinary services & legal field

Employee of the Month- September 2017

Molly is from Fargo and has a Tuxedo Cat named Leonardo DeCatrio. In her spare time she likes to hang out with her son and friends. She enjoys going to movies, going on bike rides, doing crafts, going swimming, and traveling. She also likes to try new and interesting food and beverages.

Fun fact: “I used to paint murals and am still very passionate about art!”

Dana
Front Office Support

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Concordia College and MSUM
Interests: Animal care; customer service

Employee of the Month- June 2016

Dana grew up in Mora,MN and moved up here for college in 2003. She now lives in Fargo with her husband. She has two black cats (Murphy & Zaney) and two pitbull mixes (Maeby & Puddy). In her spare time she likes to volunteer for the 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and hosts foster dogs while they wait for their forever homes. She also loves to sew, screenprint, cook and go on hiking/outdoor adventures with her family.

Fun fact: “I constantly have a creative project in the works whether it be sewing, screenprinting, painting, etc.”

Stacy
Front Office Support

Years in Practice: 1

Stacy is from St. Paul, Minnesota and has two cats (Beezus & Zooey). In her spare time she likes to cook, listen to music, and hang out with her boyfriend, Tony, and the cats.

Fun fact: “I got to sing one of my favorite songs on stage with the band who recorded it at MSUM.”

Kim
Front Office Support

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Bachelors in Zoology
Professional Interests: Working in animal care and/or conservation

Kim is from Fargo and has two chinchillas (Poe & Brom).  She likes to read in her spare time.

Fun fact: Unable to be fingerprinted!

Kailer
Front Office Support

Years in Practice: 1
Education: currently attending NDSU with a biology major and emphasis in pre-veterinary medicine
Professional Interests: music, traveling, being with friends and family

Kailer is from Portland, ND and has a Springer Spaniel (Jamaica) and a Maine Coon (Silje). In his spare time, he enjoys working with the herpetology collection on campus, and singing in the NDSU Concert Choir.

Fun fact: “I have played the card game, War, in 8 states and 9 countries.”

Leah
Front Office Support

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for digital media technology
Professional Interests: looking to find my”furever” home here at AHC and possibly further my education with animals.

Leah is from Kaukauna, Wisconsin which is half an hour south of Green Bay.

Leah has an orange tabby cat named Nemo.  In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with Nemo, binge watching Netflix, and $5 movie Tuesdays at Marcus Theaters.

Fun fact: coming soon!

Hannah
Front Office Support

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Obtaining Associate’s in Psychology
Professional Interests: Psychology, and of course, animals!

Hannah is from Fargo and has 2 dogs (Aspen; Penny) and 2 cats (Lucy; Isla).  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as spoiling her niece and nephew.

Fun fact: “I spent 13 years as a gymnast growing up”.

Jennifer S
Internal Accountant

Years in Practice: 1
Email: fargoahc@gmail.com