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Veterinarian Assistant:  Ethan Yoder

Ethan Yoder has been a Veterinary Assistant at Elk Creek Animal Hospital since 2015. He is a native of Sioux City, where he graduated from East High School. Ethan has a Bachelor's degree in Cinema from the University of Iowa. His favorite thing about working at Elk Creek is getting the chance to help heal sick animals. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys hanging out with his cats and watching cheesy horror movies.


Veterinarian Assistant:  Stephanie Boucher

Stephanie Boucher was born in Escondido, California, but was raised here in Sioux City by her grandmother, aunts and uncles. Stephanie loves animals and has wanted to work with them since she was young. Starting in high school, she has close to 10 years of experience in the Veterinary field. In her free time, Stephanie likes to spend time with her grandmother and snuggle with her cats Sky and Thor. When asked what her favorite part of working at Elk Creek is, she said, "I love being able to help animals!"


Veterinarian Assistant:  Maggie Lopez

Maggie Lopez is a Veterinary Assistant from Sioux City. She is a graduate of Western Iowa Tech Community College. Maggie loves being around animals and learning new things every step of the way. When away from work she loves spending time with her 1 year old baby Leonardo and cuddling with her many dogs. She is also happy to be recently married.


Veterinarian Technician:  Jessica Palmer

Jessica Palmer is a licensed veterinary technician originally from Leon, IA. She joined the Elk Creek family in February 2017. Jess got her degree from Iowa Lakes Community College and passed her state and national boards in 2015. She has a life-long love of animals and when she's not being a pet parent to her dog Bentley and cat Ellie, she enjoys spending time on her boyfriend Kyle's family dairy farm and trying to take a couple strokes off her golf game.


Receptionist:  Kyndra Tunender

Kyndra Tunender joined the Elk Creek team as a Receptionist in July of 2017. She is originally from Madison, SD but has lived in Sioux City since 2016. When asked what she likes about working at Elk Creek, Kyndra said she “loves getting to work with all of the incredible people here, and getting to interact with all of the pets we see every day.” In her free time, she loves to read and spend time with her two dogs Sofia and Morty.


Kennel Staff:  Aurora Arevalo

Aurora Arevalo is a Biology and Chemistry undergraduate at Morningside College. She plans to continue her education in veterinary medicine. When she’s not clocked in at the clinic, she enjoys reading, going on hikes and taking the occasional nap with her cat, Ralphie. When asked what she likes about Elk Creek, Aurora said, “For me, there’s never a boring day here, especially with a great team like this!”