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Clinic Staff

Veterinary Support Staff


Val on horse

Valerie Lanoue, Veterinary Support Staff & Inventory Manager, has has been working in the veterinary field since 2002. She received her training in Phoenix, Arizona and has been with Burnt Fork Veterinary Clinic since September 2012. Her main focus is in dental procedures. Born in Missoula, Montana, she grew up in Stevensville. She is the mother of two amazing children and has three dogs and a cat. Valerie says, “My children are my world and animals are my passion.

Carly BFVC

Carly and daughter

Carly Fournier, Senior Inpatient Veterinary Support Staff, joined Burnt Fork Veterinary Clinic in Fall 2017. Carly grew up in the Bitterroot Valley and has been working in veterinary medicine since 2013. Carly enjoys spending time with her two dogs, her hubby Jason and her daughters Freya & Everly.

Faith and dog

Faith BFVC

Faith Jundt CVT, Lead Surgery Technician, joined the staff in 2019. When not out exploring the great outdoors with her family, Faith likes to garden, bake and create artwork.  She has been working around animals her whole life but has a special affinity for cats.  With her quirky red/blue Heeler she likes to find a quiet spot to bird watch along the Bitterroot.

Ben and Dogs


Benjamin Nentwig CVT, Veterinary Technician, joined the staff in April 2020. Ben has lived in the Bitterroot Valley for most of his life and graduated from Veterinary Technician School at Pima Medical Institute in Dillon, Montana in April 2020. He enjoys being in the outdoors doing things like hunting, fishing, and hiking. He also enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and especially his two dogs Daisey and Poppy. Working with all different kinds of animals has always been a very big passion of his and he hopes to get to do that for many more years to come. 

Katie BFVC

Katie and Olly

Katie Richter CVT, Veterinary Technician, joined the staff in April 2020. Katie grew up in Lolo, MT and attended Pima Medical Institute in Dillon, MT graduating with an Associates as a Veterinary Technician in April of 2020. Katie loves all animals but her dog, Ollie, especially. 

Vanessa and family

Vanessa BFVC

Vanessa Knox, Veterinary Assistant, joined the staff in December 2021. Vanessa graduated from the University of Montana in 2018 with a Bachelors of Ecology and Organismal Biology and has worked as both a veterinary technician and as an animal care technician at NIH/HIAID Rocky Mountain Labs. When she's not at the clinic, Vanessa loves to spend time with her husband and son and their dog Jupiter enjoying the beautiful Valley.  Vanessa is the cat whisperer and would love to give your kitty a toe nail trim! Ask for her specifically :)



Rae Maart, Lead Technician Assistant, joined our team Fall 2020. Rae attended PIMA Institute's Veterinary Assist program in Dillon, MT. She loves pets big and small, loves assisting during dentals, and could do toenail trims all day long! Make sure to ask for Rae! She is a gamer extraordinaire! If you want to talk the latest video game she's your gal. 

Lena and Tazz


Lena Jarvie, Veterinary Assistant, joined the BFVC team August 2022 after studying at PIMA Institute in Dillon, MT.  Lena says "the dream I had when I was seven years old came true and this is only the beginning.  When I graduated Pima Medical Institute as a Certified Veterinary Assistant I had overcome many struggles and gained strength I didn’t think was possible. I have continued to learn and grow in this field after graduation and now working at Burnt Fork Veterinary Clinic I am excited to share my story and give hope to animals and their owners.In my time away from the clinic I enjoy: sketching, reading, music, gardening, self-defense, and horseback riding.  My miniature horse brings me such joy each day. Never give up hope. The struggles in the path can be stepping stones."

Heidi Sorenson

Heidi Sorenson Family

Heidi Sorenson LVT, Veterinary Technician, joined our staff in September 2023. She is a Wisconsin native and attended Madison Technical College in Madison, WI. She obtained her Associate’s degree and licensure as a veterinary technician in 2011. After graduating she worked for three years in a mixed animal practice doing general practice care for large and small animals. For the following ten years she worked in a specialty and referral hospital as an emergency and critical care technician. Heidi has a strong interest in using Fear Free techniques when able, to decrease fear, stress and anxiety in pets coming into the clinic and experience working at a Fear Free Certified practice. Prior to working in Montana, she worked as a surgery technician in a specialty and referral hospital for a year. She shares her home in the Bitterroot with her partner (Seth), 4 dogs (Nellie, Jett, Murph and Timmy) a cat (Frankie) and the pasture with their horse (Cocoa and Ace). 

Reception Staff



Tara Berning, Accounts Manager & Receptionist, joined our staff August 2019. Tara loves animals big and small but loves her kitty "Lucy" and dog "Hank" extra. Tara is a transplant from Nevada, but loves being here in Montana. Her favorite thing about working at BFVC is helping clients and their pets!

Hayden BFVC

Hayden Family

Hayden Burke, Social Media & Outreach Coordinator & Receptionist, joined our staff April 2020. Hayden is a Kansas native who moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 2019. When she's not in the office, she's probably hanging out at one of her favorite places in Hamilton - enjoying time with her husband, daughter & their dog, Juniper. Since moving to the valley, she has fallen in love with the area and the people! Being able to help fellow animal lovers get their fur-babies the care they need is one thing she loves about her job.

Prestley Flyfishing

Prestley BFVC

Prestley Robinson, Administrative Assistant & Receptionist, joined our staff June of 2020. Prestley has always had a love for animals and has two dogs of her very own that she loves to spend time with. Prestley has grown up in Stevensville and has a love for the community around her. In her free time she enjoys hunting and fishing with her dogs, as well as camping, traveling, painting, being with family, and helping others. Her favorite thing about working at BFVC is getting to help all the animals!


Joy Family

Joy Hunter, Receptionist, Joined the team at BFVC December 2022. Joy graduated from the Veterinary Technician program through SCI about twenty years ago, but never had the opportunity to work in the veterinary field with the animals that she loves. She is so happy to be able to now! She feels blessed and honored to be working with such a great team at BFVC and to get to know the clients that frequent the clinic. Although her background is mainly in accounts receivable, she has had pets; large and small; all of her life. As a child, she grew up on the back of her cherished horse and ran wild in the forests of MT with her dogs and cats (and learned wonderful and valuable lessons from them)! Joy, along with her husband and two children share their mini-farm with their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Zena; the two Siamese sisters, Melody & Harmony; ducks, chickens and bees. Joy and her family are outdoor enthusiasts and love spending time hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and you name it! She also has a passion for roller skating and puzzles! She's looking forward to meeting you and your beloved pets when you're in the clinic next!!!

Hospital Manager

Laura and family

Laura BFVC

Laura Frazee-Sonsteng is no stranger to Burnt Fork Veterinary clinic as she is Dr. Linda Kauffman's daughter.  Laura has a B.S. in secondary education from Montana State University (Go Cats!) and has followed her passion of animals back to Burnt Fork Veterinary Clinic after working for several years in pet nutrition and retail at Dee-O-Gee in Bozeman, MT.  Laura loves all creatures big and small and is really enjoying running a family business with her mother.  

Tracey Rogstad

Tracey + Kids

Tracey Rogstad joined the team in June 2024. Tracey is from Helena but calls Stevensville home after moving here ten years ago. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, both from Montana State University. Tracey retired from public education after 28 years in the field. She is excited to be a member of the BFVC team and learn the veterinary industry! Tracey has two children, ages 19 and 20, that she loves spending time with. She has two cats, Bo and  Mochi, and a rescue dog named Jozey. Tracey enjoys time with friends, attending college football games (Go Cats!), spoiling her pets, reading, or tending to plants in her greenhouse. 

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