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Clinic Staff

Veterinary Technicians


Valerie Lanoue, Veterinary Technician, has 14 plus years experience. She received her training in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Fournier, Veterinary Technician, 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 Jundt, Veterinary 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 Bitteroot.


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

Technician Assistants & Reception Staff


Maggie Hirschauer, Technician Assistant,  is so thrilled to be able to help the animals of the Bitterroot Valley (your pets)! Her background and training are not with domesticated animals, but with wildlife biology and animal behavior. Her love and passion are with the birds, especially raptors.  When she is not at BFVC she helps injured wild birds with the aim of releasing them back to the wild.  In the winter she contributes to mountain lion research through the MPG Ranch by tracking the elusive cats in her beautiful backyard, the Sapphire Mountains.  You can usually find her spending time with her partner and the best ever Dixie Dog (an Aussie) on their off-grid homestead, tending their garden, harvesting wild edibles, hiking in the mountains, or reading. 


Rae Maart, Technician Assistant, joined our team Fall 2020. Rae attended PIMA Insitute'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 loves cuddling by the fire with a good book, long walks on the beach... any other cliches her boss can think of.... 


Joe Skaggs, Technician Assistant, joined our team in the Spring of 2021 after completing his roation for PIMA Insitute's Veterinary Assist program in Dillon, MT. He liked it so much he decided to stay! Joe is a big guy but he is soft spoken and soft hearted. He loves all creatures big and small and is looking forward to spending some time on ranch calls with Dr. Magdi working on four-legged creatures with hooves.

We also often host PIMA Institute Vet Assist and Vet Tech students! Check out the program here!


Kathy Luedtke, Receptionist, joined our staff January of 2018.  With a genuine care of people and love for animals Kathy takes pride in ensuring our clients are happy and realize how important their pet’s needs are to each of us here at Burnt Fork Vet Clinic.  Kathy has called Montana home since 1976.  Her love of horses, the wilderness, and a rural lifestyle drew her to the community of Stevensville some twenty years ago.  When not in the office you will find Kathy enjoying the great outdoors, collecting memories with her horses, friends, and family.


Tara Berning, Receptionist, joined our staff August 2019. Tara loves animals big and small but loves her Kitty "Pippin" 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 Burke, 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 either hanging out at one of her favorite places in Hamilton or enjoying a family hike with her husband and their fur baby, Juniper. She has fallen in love with the area and the people here and is eager to help make sure their pets are well taken are of. 


Prestley Robinson, 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!

Hospital Manager


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.  

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