Equine Health Technicians

Compassionate and High Quality Care

Kendra Foley
MRI/CT

Kendra has been working at Pioneer Equine Hospital since January 2001. She is the MRI and CT technologist. Outside of work, she can be found riding her bike, playing with her dogs, or spending time with family.

Allie Jordan
Technician Team Leader & Surgery/Lameness

Allie Jordan came to work at Pioneer Equine Hospital in the summer of 2013. She takes a special interest in lameness but enjoys all aspects of being a veterinarian technician. She was raised around horses; both her parents come from a western background. She grew up participating in rodeo at Junior and High School level and was offered a scholarship to Feather River College. She attended Feather River College in Quincy, California and studied Ag Business. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding her horses, and attending barrel races.

Karen Shadle
Patient Care

Karen Shadle has been working at Pioneer since 2004. She is currently one of our night technicians, providing the best patient care to those horses who are hospitalized overnight or over several days. Karen graduated from Carrington College in 2017 with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Amanda Wiersma
Patient Care

Amanda has been working at Pioneer since June 2017 and she enjoys all aspects of being an equine health technician. Amanda grew up in Oakdale doing junior and high school rodeo, she now resides in Turlock with her husband and two kids. Together they have nine horses and team rope.

Jennifer Mikkelson RVT
Surgery/Patient Care/CT

Jennifer was born and raised in Clayton, CA on a small ranch. Growing up she had a multitude of animals, including horses, and from an early age knew she wanted to work in animal medicine. Jennifer pursued her dream and graduated from Carrington College in February 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. In April of 2016, Jennifer joined the Pioneer team and has loved it since. Jennifer received her Registered Veterinary Technician’s license in 2017. When not at work, you can find Jennifer riding her horse, Sarah, hanging out with her friends and boyfriend in the East Bay Area, and playing with her dogs, Bonnie and Clyde, a pair of AKC Labradors that she breeds.

Cortney Allen
Surgery/Lameness/Patient Care

Cortney started working at Pioneer in August 2018 and takes a special interest in emergency medicine. She is currently in school to be an ultrasound technician. Outside of Pioneer Cortney raises beef cattle and has three horses. In the past she has shown in the NRHA and all around in the AQHA.

Alexis Zifer
Surgery/Patient Care

Alexis has been working at Pioneer as an equine health technician since 2017. She spent the year prior to coming to Pioneer as a technician in the medicine department at an equine hospital in Kentucky. She currently resides in Manteca with her three dogs and her horse, Wyshes. Alexis enjoys surgery and is one of our on call surgery technicians. Outside of work, Alexis is an avid hiker and loves the outdoors.

Ashley Cloward
Patient Care

Ashley joined Pioneer in March of 2018. She plans to attend college and study animal science after high school. Ashley participates in high school rodeo competing in barrel racing, team roping, and breakaway roping. She hopes to compete in college rodeo and continue to spend time with her horses.

Hanna Rico
Patient Care

Hanna Rico is an Animal Science and Agriculture Business major at Modesto Junior college. Hanna joined Pioneer in April 2018 as one of our technicians. Outside of Pioneer, she likes to spend time with her family and Fiancé enjoying their many animals on their ranch.

Kristine Ferreira
Reproduction

Kristine started riding when she was three years old. She competed heavily as a young girl in junior hunter/jumper classes. Now Kristine teaches English riding lessons. Kristine previously worked at Pioneer from 2001-2004 and she is happy to be back as part of the reproductive team. Before starting back at Pioneer, Kristine worked at a Thoroughbred farm for a number of years doing sale prep and training. Kristine and her husband, David, have two kids, Adrienne and Gage. At home, they enjoy riding together and caring for their cattle.

Melissa Tanzillo
Ambulatory Patient Care

Melissa started working for pioneer in the winter of 2018. She was born and raised in Castro Valley, Ca where she grew up riding hunter/ jumpers. Aside from working with horses she worked at a wild life rehabilitation center. However, she decided to pursue her interests in criminal justice and received her bachelor’s from Sacramento state. When she isn’t working, Melissa enjoys hunting and fishing.

Fabiola Arias
Patient Care

Fabiola was born in Oakland, Ca and was raised by a family who owns thoroughbred racehorses, which made her grow passionate about the sport. She started helping with training and rehab of the horses when she was just 13 years old. Soon after she began barrel racing on her personal horses. Fabiola has always been passionate about animals and in May of 2018 she graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, training horses, and spending time with her four dogs.

Brittany Bess
Patient Care

Brittany started her experience at Pioneer Equine Hospital while taking a work experience class in Spring of 2018. She has been an employee here since September 2018. Brittany is an Animal Science Major at Modesto Junior College and her goal is to become an equine veterinarian. She has always known from a young age that she wanted to help animals. Brittany enjoys being an equine health technician and all of the experiences and challenges she encounters. In er free time Brittany likes to spend time with her dog Koda, teach FFA/4H kids about sheep showmanship, and she loves to go to Oakland A’s games with her boyfriend and family.

Rylee Lewallen
Patient Care

Rylee was born and raised in Oregon. She was raised around many animals, but took a special interest in horses. Rylee started riding at the age of three, and has not stopped since. She knew from a young age she wanted to work in the veterinary field. Rylee started at Pioneer in February of 2019, and hopes to further her education in equine medicine. In her spare time you can find her riding horses, taking her dog Banjo for walks, and spending time with her boyfriend and his family.