Viking Veterinary Hospital in Nampa, ID
Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Viking Veterinary Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!
Meet the Team of Viking Veterinary Hospital
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Veterinary Assistant & Inventory Guru
Kennel Technician Lead
Dr. Dan Richardson, Owner & COO
He is proficient in Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (abbreviated TPLO), several other stifle surgeries, and numerous fracture repair methods. Dr. Richardson has practiced general medicine since graduating in 2009 and has always been interested in surgery, specifically orthopedics; he started his own mobile surgery business in 2020 before joining his other partners in creating Viking Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Richardson is proud to be part of a team that offers 24hr emergency & critical care and general practice and orthopedic surgery services to the Treasure Valley and beyond.
Dr. Richardson, his wife, and his daughter enjoy camping and spending time on the water fishing, paddle boarding, or digging their feet in the sand somewhere warm. The Richardson Family regularly adds to their pet family of one 2.5lb Teacup Chihuahua, Peanut, by fostering pets whenever needed. Dr. Richardson has a particular interest in sporting/hunting breeds and working dogs, and during the fall and winter seasons, he very much enjoys pursuing several game species.
Dr. Natasha Stanley, Owner & CMO
Dr. Stanley’s love for veterinary medicine began before she could even remember. Growing up in middle America, Dr. Stanley and her family seemed to collect critters. Eventually, finding her way into her hometown clinic and reading all the James Herriot writings began her dream and addiction to this field and the relationships it has brought her. Instead of her family’s plan of a law career, Dr. Stanley worked her way west and pursued her path to veterinary school.
Dr. Stanley’s first stop was Arizona State University, where she simultaneously earned her undergraduate degree and license as a certified veterinary technician. It is also where Dr. Stanley discovered her love and passion for emergency medicine. Arizona did not have a veterinary school in the early 2000s, so her travels took her to Oregon, where she decided to become a resident before applying to vet school. During Dr. Stanley’s time before, during, and between semesters in vet school, she worked at the teaching hospital at Oregon State, Dove Lewis Emergency & Specialty Hospital, and helped to lead a brand new hospital into a 24-hour clinic. Graduating Oregon State in 2012, Dr. Stanley mostly stayed in emergency medicine. Still, she also developed skills outside of emergency medicine in a high-volume, non-profit spay-neuter clinic and became acupuncture certified for all creatures. Dr. Stanley’s primary medical interests include soft tissue surgery, multi-modal pain control, anesthesia for the critical patient, a fear-free clinic environment, positive training, her favorite rabbit hole, complex medical cases, and sepsis management/urgent care.
While Dr. Stanley’s focus in medicine is small animals and pocket pets, she enjoys owning, riding, and training horses. Dr. Stanley is grateful for and blessed with a fantastic husband and a family of 3 horses, two goats, three dogs, three cats, chickens, quail…. (Stay tuned- this number is constantly changing!). Dr. Stanley is also a reader, a hiker of public lands, an amateur photographer, and a genuine geek.
Dr. Stephanie Permenter, ER Veterinarian
She received her veterinary degree from Washington State University in 2011 and did an internship in equine medicine in Minnesota. After returning to Boise she worked in general practice seeing dogs and cats, as well as numerous years running her own equine practice. In 2015 she attended the Chi Institute in Florida to become acupuncture certified and enjoys studying the Chinese medicine philosophy of health and healing alongside conventional healing modalities.
When she is not at work, Dr. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and son, riding horses, camping, photography, and she is learning to paint.
Dr. Karlie Lonchar, ER Veterinarian
Dr. Karlie Lonchar started her veterinary journey with the goal of being an equine practitioner. While completing her undergraduate degree, she worked alongside equine veterinarians and sports medicine specialists. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree she spent a gap year working and gaining more experience in a small animal general practice. While attending veterinary school, she worked as an inpatient veterinary assistant at a fast-paced general practice/emergency hospital. It was during that time she fell in love with small animal medicine and decided to dedicate her career to smaller creatures. In July of 2023 she completed a year long emergency and critical care focused rotating internship and soon after moved to Idaho with her partner of almost 9 years. Outside of work you can find her golfing and enjoying campfires with her finance and miniature australian shepherd Stella (and cat Bogey).
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University.
Bachelor of Science in Equine Science, Colorado State University.
Emergency & Critical Care Focused Rotating Internship, (AVECCC)
Dr. Jessica Meloche, ER Veterinarian
Dr. Meloche was 7 years old when she decided she wanted to be a small animal veterinarian. Her favorite TV show was Animal Cops which inspired her passion to help needy animals. Dr. Meloche is from a small town in West Michigan and was one of the few students from her high school to attend a D1 university. She attended Michigan State University for both Undergraduate studies and Veterinary School. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science, a Spanish minor, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Meloche’s love for emergency medicine blossomed as she started working in MSU’s Intensive Care Unit as a first-year veterinary student. She put in thousands of hours over the course of 4 years and learned to love the chaos that is the ER. She catered all her elective courses and externships for furthering her passion for emergency medicine. Dr. Meloche graduated in 2022 and worked as an ER doctor in Michigan for 11 months before moving to Idaho in May 2023 to pursue a new adventure out west. She enjoys watching and playing sports (including rooting on the Spartans), being active outside, reading, and traveling.
Dr. Meloche is Fear Free Certified, proficient in Spanish, and is especially fond of working with/cuddling up to Pitbull mixes and cats (“Pitties and Kitties”) as she calls them.
Dr. Hayley Dixon, GP Veterinarian
My veterinary interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and radiology, but outside of vet med, I enjoy hiking, biking, reading fiction, studying theology, playing piano, and painting. I also love spending time with my family and friends from home and being with my two very naughty tabby cats, Franklin and Mortimer. I am eager to move out west, and I am looking forward to starting this next chapter of my life at VVH!
Jordan Wohlert, Hospital Administrator
When I’m not doing what I love for a career I am home with my husband, our tiny human, our German Shepherd, and our Manx mix cat. I love the outdoors and try to get outside as much as possible when I’m able to! I enjoy hiking, riding quads, skiing, camping, and anything that gets me outside with Mother Nature.
Jordyn Walters, CVT – Clinical Manager
Shar Barker, Client Service Manager
I feel a connection to owners who sit in small rooms or hospital lobbies unsure if they will have a positive outcome or not. I am proud to say everyone who assists you at this hospital has been on the other side of the counter and understands the need to provide exceptional care to owners as well as pets. I am excited to be a part of this wonderful hospital that is working tirelessly to help this community.
I’ve been fortunate as a pet parent to my Soul Puppy Sam, She-Devil Daisy, Princess, Misty, and Itsy Bitsy. My three children have blessed me with seven grandkids so my life is full!
Abby Swapp, General Practice Lead Technician
Charlie, Certified Veterinary Technician, Shift Lead
Alexx, Certified Veterinary Technician
Hello, my name is Alexx. I am a CVT and I am so excited to join the Viking team! I graduated from Brown Mackie College in 2017. After graduating, I worked in emergency and in general practice and I’ve learned that I have a passion for emergency medicine. I love to help people help their pets. I have 3 dogs, 4 cats, and many reptiles. I enjoy gardening, walking, and spending time with my husband and our family.
Hailey, Technician Shift Lead
Bio coming soon!
Tatiana, Veterinary Assistant
Hello my name is Tatiana Bruns! I own a Bernese mountain dog named Bear plus my two cats Olaf and Nugget. I’ve been an animal lover since I was a little kid and it has never stopped and I’ve never had a job that hasn’t had animals involved.
Bailey, Veterinary Assistant
Bio coming soon!
Maddie, Veterinary Assistant
Maddie has been in the veterinary field since 2009 but her love for animals started before she could even walk. Raised in Washington State with a wide assortment of family pets and the occasional wildlife rescue she’s never gone a day without some sort of critter to take care of. Maddie is very passionate about emergency veterinary care and is one of our dedicated weekend warriors! On her days off she’s hanging out with her 10-year-old border collie mix, Petey, and 1-year-old Bengal cat, Archie.
Mindy, Client Service Representative
I have my Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and would love to continue with my Masters in the future.
I have a Newfoundland named Fiona, an English Bulldog named Hazel, a cat named Hamiliton, a Bearded Dragon named Lego, and a Fire Eel named Butters.
When I am not working, I love being a mom, restoring antiques, gardening, and gaming.
Grant, Technician Shift Lead
Grant has wanted to be a veterinarian since he was 5 years old and would love to own his own practice in the future. He has been working in the veterinary field for 4 years and loves all animals especially his 3-year-old Border Collie, Primrose. Grant moved to Nampa over 2 years ago in order to start a new church here in the Treasure Valley. When outside of work, he loves studying theology, rock climbing, fishing, playing soccer, and chess. He strives to do his work with joy and integrity, and treats every patient as if it were his own.
Maddison – Veterinary Assistant
Maddison was born and raised in sunny Southern California, but has spent the last few years in Boise pursuing one of her passions by working with animals. She has a knack for reuniting lost and found pets and volunteers with rescues to help find homes for those in need. She would love to one day add ‘foster-pet parent’ to her list of titles and have an animal rescue of her own. In the meantime, she loves getting to interact with pets on a daily basis and help care for them in a professional capacity.
Sophia, Kennel Technician
Mel, Client Services Representative
Mel is new to the veterinary field and emergency veterinary care. After finding her passion, she now has aspirations to be a CVT someday. Outside the hospital, she spends her time with her husband, daughter, and all of their animals.
Kelly, Client Services Representative
This is Jax who came into my life after my other dog crossed his rainbow bridge. He has 2 other housemates, Groot and Murphy, a foster fail.
On my off days, I am outside cycling, mountain biking, or hiking with my dogs.