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Meet Our Team

Amy Anderson

DVM

Dr. Amy Anderson grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania. Growing up, horses were a big part of her life and she spent a lot of time in the barn. It was at Hilltop Farm, where she developed a strong interest in veterinary medicine. She often assisted the veterinarians working on the farm. She received a bachelor's degree in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University and went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State. Dr. Anderson first practiced as a mixed animal vet in Oaks, ND working on cattle, horses, sheep, dogs, and cats. After moving to Fargo, she became an owner of the West Fargo Animal Hospital in 2008. Amy is married to Anthony "Quinn" Anderson. They live in West Fargo with their two girls, Piper and Paisley. Their menagerie of pets include a French Bulldog named Wally, a cat named Marvin, and 3 Quarter Horses (Geoffrey, Gucci, and Joey). ​

Carrie Summerfield

DVM

Dr. Carrie Summerfield is from Minot, ND. She received her BS in Biology from the University of North Dakota and her DVM from the University of Minnesota. She has practiced at the West Fargo Animal Hospital since 1997 and became an owner in 2008. In 2019 she became certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture and is enjoying this additional way to treat her patients. Dr. Summerfield is married to Shawn Stewart and they have 2 children, Jack and Andie, 2 dogs Lulu and Millie, and a cat named Boo. Dr. Summerfield mostly spends her time away from the clinic running to her kids activities. When time allows she also enjoys camping, reading, quilting and other crafts. ​

Melissa Schlader

DVM

Dr. Melissa Schlader is originally from central Iowa. She received her bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa and her DVM from Iowa State University. She has practiced in the Fargo-Moorhead area for 10 years. Dr. Schlader is married to Mark and has 3 children - Gannon, Zoey and Jack. Her furry family includes her cat, Frankie and adopted dog, Ashley. She spends most of her spare time running around her kids, but also enjoys reading and traveling.

Alexandra McCormack

DVM

Dr. Alex McCormack, formerly Dr. Alex Frolek, grew up in Hawley, MN. She received her bachelor’s degree from NDSU in 2013 and then moved to Grand Cayman for her first three years of veterinary school. Her fourth year of vet school was spent doing clinical rotations at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She has practiced in the Fargo-Moorhead area for five years now. Dr. Alex’s special interests include clinical pathology, feline medicine, and seeing urgent care appointments. She enjoys client education and getting to know clients as well as their furry family members. Dr. Alex married Jeff McCormack in July of 2021. The couple has three cats: Equinox “Nox,” Yeti and Ant.

Rebecca Walker (Formerly Dr. Michalski)

DVM

Dr. Walker grew up in Virginia and graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She has been practicing both on the east coast and in Fargo since graduation. Her special interests include dermatology, nutrition, and multi-modal pain control, and she loves learning more about exotic animals whenever possible! When she’s not at work, Dr. Walker spends time with her husband and 3 kids, and enjoys a perfect cup of coffee!

Megan Pedersen

DVM

Dr. Megan Pedersen is from Hankinson, ND. She received her BS in Animal Science from NDSU in 2015. Dr. Pedersen moved to Grenada in the fall of 2015 to pursue her DVM at St. George's for her first 3 years and completed her clinical year at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Pedersen began her veterinary career in 2020 in Wahpeton, ND as a mixed animal practitioner. She joined the West Fargo Animal Hospital team in June of 2022. Dr. Pedersen is married to Jared Pedersen and they just had their first child last fall, Royce. They also have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Rudy. Dr. Pedersen mostly spends her time away from the clinic hanging out with her family and friends at their home in rural Colfax, ND. In her downtime away from the clinic she enjoys her time outdoors hanging on her deck or wrangling her husband into her many DIY projects

Beth

AS, LVT, Inventory Manager

Beth grew up in Devils Lake, ND. She graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2000 while living in the Twin Cities and soon made her home in the FM area. She has been a fixture at West Fargo Animal Hospital since 2003. Beth currently has a crew of 4-legged children in her home – 3 cats Sammy, Rei, and Violet and as a recent new addition, a senior chihuahua mix named Maeve. Her special interests include dentistry, working in the laboratory, working with feline patients and small dogs, practicing a Fear Free approach to veterinary care as well as managing inventory at the hospital.

Christine

BS, LVT, FFCP

Christine is from West Fargo, ND. She graduated from NDSU in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology and two minors in Large Animal Veterinary Technology and Animal Science. She has a black Labrador Retriever named Lettie that is her best friend. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, baking, painting, doing craft projects and shopping. Christine's special interests include dentistry, supervising the West Fargo Pound and animal behavior - she is also a certified Fear Free Professional!

Ashlyn

BS, LVT

Ashlyn is from Colfax, ND. She graduated from NDSU in 2020 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She grew up on a farm with horses, dogs, and cats where her love of animals arose. Her hobbies include rodeo, team roping, riding horses, hunting, and camping. Currently, she has 2 horses (Tango and Flash) and 1 dog, Ruger Roo.

Kel

BS, LVT

Kel grew up in Bismarck, ND. She graduated from NDSU in 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and a minor in Large Animal. Kel's special interests include surgery, radiology, and exotics. Kel and her husband have 3 pets, a German Shepherd named Ellie and two cats named Mya & Alue.

Casey

BS, LVT

Casey graduated from the NDSU veterinary technology program in 2002. Her passion has always been anything that has to do with animals. After taking some time off from working in the animal emergency realm, she decided she couldn't stay away from being a vet tech any longer. Casey's favorite part about being a vet tech is... everything!

Alexis

BS, LVT

Alexis is originally from Edgeley, ND. She graduated from NDSU in 2020 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Alexis has had an interest in working with animals since she was a very young age. She has three cats (Zuri, Kiwi, and Leslie) and two parakeets (Tim and Cersei). Alexis loves doing anything outdoors (running, rollerblading, camping, fishing, swimming). Other interests of hers are drawing, video gaming, and being with friends and family. In the future, she would like to specialize in dentistry.

Kamie

BS, LVT

Kamie is from Fargo, ND. She graduated from NDSU in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Her hobbies include drawing, coloring, playing video games, being outdoors, and spending time with her one cat Alice. Her special interests in the veterinary field include exotics, dentistry, radiology, and laboratory work.

Katie Hayes

LVT

Katie is originally from rural central Minnesota. She graduated from NDSU in 2022 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. Katie has a black cat named Kiara that loves going places with her and being a personal talking shadow. Her hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, reading books, and playing video games. She is currently working towards getting Fear Free certified and loves getting to work with animals every day.

Laura

Vet Tech Assistant

Laura is originally from Duluth, MN. She's currently attending NDSU and pursing a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology and Animal Science. She hopes to specialize in large animal medicine in the future. Her hobbies include raising dairy goats, hunting, and spending time with friends.

Mikayla

Vet Tech Assistant

Mikayla is originally from Fargo, ND and is currently pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. She plans to graduate the spring of 2023 from NDSU with a degree in Animal Biomedical Science. She then plans to continue on to grad school to become a veterinarian. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, arts and crafts, spending time with friends and family, and cuddling with her dog Chloe.

Bobbi

Vet Tech Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Maria

Vet Tech Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Grace

Vet Tech Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Heather

Practice Manager

Heather was born and raised in Fargo, ND. She started her experience at the West Fargo Animal Hospital in 2010-2012 as a Receptionist. In 2012 she moved to the Bemidji, MN area where she continued her animal experience as the Kennel Coordinator for the local animal shelter, and served on the Animal Welfare Committee. Heather moved back to Fargo in 2017 and was excited to join the West Fargo Animal Hospital's team as the practice manager. Heather enjoys any time spent outdoors with her husband Garett, especially at Lake Maud and the Bemidji area. Heather has one senior cat named NayNay.

Taylor

Customer Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Abby

Customer Service Representative

Abby grew up in Wahpeton North Dakota. Her love for animals started with volunteering at the Humane Society in town. Abby has since worked at doggy day cares, animal shelters and has since found her groove as a Customer Service Representative at the WFAH. Abby enjoys spending time with her Fiancé and her dogs Shiloh, Chevy Clarence, her cat Neil, and her guinea pig Alice. Abby’s favorite thing about working at the clinic is being able to connect with the clients and their pets.

Aliza Stemmer

Customer Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Payton Howard

Customer Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Lisa Groen

Customer Service Representative

Lisa grew up in Horace, ND. Her love for animals started at a young age and has had pets all of her life. Lisa currently resides in Fargo, ND with husband Luke and 4 yr old son, Theo, along with a house full of Siberian Huskies. Lisa enjoys reading, watching movies, being outdoors, and photography in her spare time.