Dr.Shelley LenzDVM PH.D
Dr. Shelley is the owner of Killdeer Vet Clinic and State Ave Vet Clinic. Dr. Shelley earned her Ph.D. in pharmacology from University of Pennsylvania in 1996. She earned her DVM degree from Ohio State University in 2001. She worked as an equine vet at the prestigious Hagyard-Davidson-McGee in Lexington, KY until 2004. Realizing her vocation in life is to bring quality and accesible veterinary care to rural areas, she moved to the Great Plains and also began to work internationally serving the underserved. She also is the founder of Sustainable Vets International, a 501c3 nonprofit international organization whose mission is to 'reduce animal suffering globally'. When she's not working she enjoys a simple life in her straw-bale house reading. Travel to Nicaragua keeps Dr. Shelley on the run. She is currently not seeing medical appointments so she can focus her clinic on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, sharing her sustainable growing project with those in Uganda, Africa and educating others on personal health and wellness, which contributes to easing animal suffering internationally. Her belief is 'Wellness starts at home'.
Dr.Jessie EvoniukDVM, MS
Dr. Jessie has been with State Ave Vet clinic since 2012. She is an 2010 graduate from Iowa State Veterinary College. Dr. Jessie spent her first 2 years in Rapid City, SD in a general and emergency referral practice where she developed her top-of-the line medicine and surgery expertise. Upon coming to our clinic she has focused on developing our dentistry services, chemotherapy services, and ultrasound services. When she is not developing new techniques and tackling tough complicated medical cases, Dr. Jessie enjoys the farm/ranch lifestyle with her husband, Brad, and 2 boys, Jacob and Caleb......and of course a menagerie of pets.
Dr.Raul Casas-DolzVMD, CCRT
Dr. Raul joined our practice in 2014. He is originally from tropical Puerto Rico, where he obtained a bachelors degree in Animal Industry in 2000. He obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. After vet school, he completed a year long equine internship at Reid & Assoc., an equine medical and surgical referral clinic in the high-end sport horse country of South Florida. After the intensive internship, he spent 9 yrs as a staff surgeon concentrating on colic and other soft tissue surgeries, arthroscopy, laparoscopy and sports medicine (lameness). He joined our staff in 2014 bringing his surgical and equine expertise to develop new services to be offered in western North Dakota. His focus is in orthopedic surgery and lameness in small animals, and all things equine (lameness, surgery, ultrasound, reproduction). In addition, since 2001 he has committed part of his off time to provide veterinary services in remote, impoverished regions of Latin America. On his spare time he enjoys listening to music, hunting in the badlands, watching sports (go Eagles!) and crossfit workouts. He also doesn’t mind relaxing at home with an array of furry friends.
Dr. Laura just joined our practice in 2015. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from North Dakota State University in 2009 and her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2013. She worked as a mixed animal practitioner in Valley City, ND for 2 years before joining the State Avenue Veterinary and turning her focus to small animal medicine. Dr. Laura has focused on additional training in animal acupuncture and other medical based alternative therapies including low-level laser therapy. Through these techniques Dr. Laura brings a new energy to our practice, encouraging a natural and scientific approach to complete wellness for her patients' overall health. When not working on medical cases Dr. Laura is an active member of the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association where she has been involved in tracking legislative issues that may be affecting the veterinary profession and their ability to care for animals of all sizes. In her spare time she enjoys biking, traveling abroad, playing racquetball, and reading. Dr. Laura and her husband, Brandon, have one entertaining kitty, 'Little Mo'.
Mellissa StaffordBS, LVT
Mellissa is a licensed veterinary technician that joined our practice in 2017. She earned a Bachelors in Psychology from Black Hills State University in 2009, then earned her Associates in Veterinary Technology from National American University in Rapid City, SD in 2012. Mellissa worked at a vet clinic in Hettinger, ND refining her small animal skills. Mellissa has taken a multi-faceted approach to her career, working in veterinary medicine, surgery, rehabilitation, and now is focusing her attention as a Behavior Advocate for State Avenue Veterinary Clinic. She is Low Stress Handling Certified Silver and Fear Free Certified. Her hobbies include baking and bringing delicious goodies for team members at the clinic. Mellissa is our resident crazy cat lady and her home is ruled by 6 cats, and 2 Great Danes.