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
Lameness/Surgery

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
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.

Hector Solis
Reproduction

Hector is one of our reproductive technicians and has been working at Pioneer since September of 2017. He enjoys being a part of the breeding service at Pioneer, especially handling stallions. Hector is currently going to school at Delta Community College taking general education classes. Outside of Pioneer, you can find Hector performing at rodeos as a trick roper.

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.

Bridgette Wallimann
Surgery/Lameness

Bridgette started working for Pioneer in September 2017. Bridgette was born and raised in Oakdale and is currently attending school at Modesto Junior College. From there, she plans to transfer schools and eventually pursue a career in the medical field. At Pioneer, Bridgette takes special interest in lameness and surgery; however, she enjoys every opportunity being an equine technician provides. During her free time, she likes to spend time with loved ones, go to the gym, and go to barrel races.

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.

Katie Truskolaski
Patient Care

Katie has been working at Pioneer since January of 2018 after moving to Tuolumne from Sonoma County. She started as our pharmacy technician and is now an equine health technician. Katie worked as a barn manager, training and riding endurance horses, before coming to Pioneer. At home Katie has two off the track Thoroughbreds and a Quarter Horse that she trail rides.

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.