Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Dolores Stantorf

    Dolores.... Everyone knows Dolores!! She has been with our team since October 1997!! Dolores graduated from Cosumnes River College in Sacramento in 1975, which makes her a licensed Veterinary Technician for over 40 years! Dolores is our Jane of all trades, but has a strong interest in small animal dentistry and has advanced training in this area. She keeps our ship running smooth, from many aspects of the hospital. She says that her greatest accomplishment is being a mother of her two sons, Cory and Justin, but she has mothered, mentored, taught, and raised so many more lives that have crossed through the doors of our hospital. She is patient, but keeps everyone on their toes. She expects people to work to their full potential, bus is equally if not more so an incredibly hard worker herself. She truly loves and enjoys all aspects of her career.

    Dolores was born in Dixon California, but has lived in Alaska the majority of her life. She enjoys knitting, crocheting, leather carving, and outdoor sports. She also holds a Brown belt in Shotokan Karate with a degree of E kyu. Dolores lives in Chugiak, and has two dogs, Trucha and Cody. The newest addition to her family is her first grandson, Ace, who was born December 2015.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Jennifer Raxter

    Jennifer is one of our newest members of our VCA Eagle River family. She recently moved to Eagle River in August of 2015 from Peteluma, California, and worked at our sister hospital in Anchorage. She joined our Eagle River team in January 2016, being closer to her home. Jennifer has already brought great energy and enthusiasm to our team. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College, and has an Associates in Art, and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has been in the veterinary field for over eight years, and passionately enjoys her career helping animals. Jennifer enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, and everything to do with the outdoors! She also likes to cook, and lives with her two dogs; Cooper the Coon Hound, Hondo the McNabb/Border Collie mix, and her two cats Roxie and Honey. Fun Fact: When living in California Jennifer would compete in NATRC- competitive horse trail riding competitions. Her horses name is Sonny, and is still living in the California sunshine with her friend on a ranch as a beginners horse for little kids learning to ride.

  • Technician

    Jenna Norton

    Jenna joined our team in spring of 2011. She started her VCA journey as a receptionist, but has a true passion for the medical side of what is going on with our patients, so she quickly jumped to become an assistant, to a tech, and is currently studying to take her National Exam to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has special interest in someday working with therapy animals. She has gone to UAA, and enjoyed classes including Art and Psychology.

    Jenna has lived in Alaska since she was four years old, and enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and has a soft spot for romantic novels and movies. She is truly convinced that she is Taylor Swift's #1 fan, and is a bit obsessed. Jenna is very family oriented, funny, and believes in equal human rights, as well as animal rights. She loves living in Alaska, going camping, 4-wheeling, the wonderful outdoors, and resides here with her husband Kyle, her dogs Franklin the Basset Hound, Lincoln the Golden/Lab mix, and her feisty cat Ivy. As much as Jenna enjoys her pets, she is hoping to extend her family with a non-fur baby.

  • Technician

    Cheryl Swiantek

    Cheryl first came to VCA in June 2013 as an intern from the Veterinary Assisting Program held at Mat-Su College. She was naturally wonderful, and we hired her as a veterinary assistant after her internship, and she quickly worked her way to becoming a technician. She craves learning new things, and is wonderful with our patients. In addition to her OEC in veterinary assisting, she also has her AAS in Architectural Engineering. She is currently studying to take the National Exams to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

    Originally from Nebraska, Cheryl has lived in Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and in Japan for four years. She has lived in Alaska with her parents, and her two older sisters for the past 15 years. Her fur babies are Buddy the Lab, Crixus the Pit Bull, and Nessie, in whom we assume is a Golden mix, and a total ham. Cheryl enjoys all things outdoors, including, but far from limited to, fishing, hunting, dirt biking, hiking, snow machining, and kayaking. She also likes to crochet, enjoys arts and crafts, hanging out on the farm with the goats, pigs, baby calves, and if that doesn't keep her busy enough, she plays softball, and is the vice president of her Rugby team.  

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Alison Hickey

    Alison has been a part of our team since July 2015. She started with us as a Kennel Attendant, and now also works as a Technician Assistant. She is wonderful with our patients, and is very caring. She has lived in Eagle River her whole life, and enjoys spending her time with family, taking road trips, traveling, and volunteers at her church. She also loves to hike, camp, cook, and bake. Alison has one fur baby, Bubbers, who is a beyond spoiled rotten Yorkie/Schnauzer mix, and is absolutely adorable! Alison is very involved with breast cancer awareness, and participates in the Alaska Run for Women, and Anchorage Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk every year with her family. Fun Fact: Alison dreams of going to Australia someday.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Jenny Klecka

    Jenny joined our team in November 2015. Originally from Eagle River, she has done a great deal of traveling, and has lived on three different continents, including North America, Europe, and Australia. She loves traveling, and learning about different cultures and languages. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and snow skiing. Her family has three huskies at home, and Jenny is the middle child of three children. She has a B.S. in Biology, minor in Spanish, and recently was accepted to go to Veterinary school this fall!! Jenny brings amazing energy to our team, and will go far in any path she chooses to travel.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Alanna Willman

    Alanna started with our team in November 2015 as a Technician Assistant, and has naturally fit in this role helping our patients, and has a knack for thinking ahead to ensure that our patients are comfortable, and well cared for whether they are here for a short visit, or an extended stay. Alanna was born and raised here in Eagle River, and is the oldest of three siblings, and the only girl. She is currently going to UAA to become a nurse. She has special interests in education, healthcare, and public speaking. She enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, and has talent in playing the ukulele.

  • Doctor Assistant

    Katelyn Bullis

    Katelyn is a fun, energetic part of our team. She joined our VCA family in December of 2014 as a Kennel Attendant. She very quickly moved to Technician Assistant, and is now Dr. Hanlons' Medical Assistant. Katelyn is from Dannemora New York, and move to Eagle River with nothing but two bags and her dog Maya. She attended Clinton Community College, and is currently enrolled with Penn Foster to get her AAS to become a Veterinary Technician. She also holds an AS in General Sciences, and is the first member of her family to earn a college degree. Katelyn enjoys photography, hiking, fishing, camping, anything outdoors and loves to explore Alaska. She lives here with her husband Jeremy, her dog Maya, and two cats that she adopted from our hospital, Quinn and Oliver.

  • Doctor Assistant

    Amy Zimmermann

    Amy is a wonderful asset to our team! She was hired as a Kennel Attendant in July 2014, moved to become a Technician Assistant, and is now Dr. Harlow's Medical Assistant. Originally from southern California, Amy and her husband Kyle recently bought their first house in Eagle River and plan on living here for a very long time. She has gone to college at California State Fullerton, and is now attending Penn Foster. She has a Bachelors Degree in Science, and specialized in Child and Adolescent Development, and is now working towards obtaining her Veterinary Technician License. Amy has two fur babies; Kodi who is a Greyhound/Lab mix, and Daisy Mae the Basset Hound who thinks that being dressed up in outfits for each and every holiday is normal, and enjoys every second of being pampered and looking fabulous. Amy enjoys hiking, running, kayaking, reading, and is an avid artist who loves to paint. Fun Fact: Amy is left-handed, and has a twin sister.