Dr. John Coplin
“Work should be fun. I am so blessed to have such a caring, compassionate and hard-working staff. Our relationship with our clients and their animals is the most rewarding part of our jobs.”
Dr. Coplin grew up in South Western Wyoming and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wyoming. He graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Dr. Coplin then returned to Wyoming where he practiced in mixed animal practices for five years before purchasing Willowcreek Animal Hospital in 1999. In 2004, he also purchased Fremont Animal Care Center in St. Anthony. He is passionate about veterinary medicine and is especially interested in equine lameness, dentistry, and reproduction. Dr. Coplin also enjoys team roping, hunting, fishing, skiing, snow machining, and flying. In 2010, Dr. Coplin was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Janet Kershner
“Being a veterinarian is all I have ever wanted to do. I love the feeling that I have made a difference in an animal’s or a client’s life.”
Dr. Kershner grew up in New Castle, Pennsylvania and did her undergraduate work at Penn State University. She graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After graduation, Dr. Kershner moved to Moses Lake, Washington where she worked in a mixed animal (primarily dairy) practice. She moved to Eastern Idaho in 1999 and worked in several practices in the area before settling in Blackfoot where she worked for eight years. Dr. Kershner joined Willowcreek Animal Hospital and Fremont Animal Care Center in August of 2009. She spends the majority of her time at Fremont Animal Care Center in St. Anthony. She really enjoys the diversity of a mixed animal practice but has strong interest in small animal medicine and surgery and small ruminant medicine. She lives in Rigby with her husband Kevin and her menagerie of pets. Outside of work, Dr. Kershner enjoys photography, quilting, and trail riding.
Dr. Owen Black
“Willowcreek has the greatest clientele. It is so nice to come to work everyday and see clients who have such a high degree of confidence and trust in their veterinarians and technicians”
Dr. Black completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Portland State University in 2004. He then began veterinary school at Washington State University, earning his DVM in 2009. In his final year of veterinary school, Dr. Black completed two externships with Dr. Coplin at Willowcreek Animal Hospital. Following school, he began working as a veterinarian in Star Valley, Wyoming and continues to do so on a part-time basis. In 2013, Dr. Black was delighted to accept a position working with his old friends and mentors at Willowcreek Animal Hospital. His professional areas of interest are small animal medicine with a special interest in orthopedics. In his spare time, Dr. Black enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, biking, and motocross.
Dr. Abby Matthaeus
“It’s both a blessing and an honor to get to spend every day helping animals, but to also have incredible colleagues and clients to work with here at Willowcreek is the icing on the cake.”
Dr. Abby Matthaeus grew up in Western Washington. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle and received a bachelors degree in Biology and Psychology. She then attended Washington State University where she received her doctorate of veterinary medicine. After graduating from WSU, Abby moved to Boise and spent a year as an intern veterinarian at Idaho Equine Hospital. After completing her internship, she moved to Idaho Falls to join the team at Willowcreek Animal Hospital. She is particularly interested in equine lameness and sports medicine but enjoys working with all animals. In her free time, Abby enjoys riding her horse, dirt biking, hunting, fly-fishing, and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Casey Watt
“I am beyond proud to be part of the Willowcreek team. We are like family here, and I see that our clients value that as much as I do. I chose this career path because it’s tangible and meaningful. From producer relationships and preventative medicine for herd populations, to small animal surgery and equine
reproduction, I truly love it all. I am living my absolute dream at Willowcreek!”
Casey Watt was born and raised in a small logging town in North Idaho. She spent her first summer of college pursuing a degree in Psychology and Communications at the University of Idaho. Although her path to become a veterinarian was a winding one, Casey re-focused her aspirations early on. She had to get back to her roots and back to the animal side of science. During her time at U of I, Casey found her passion for cattle, sagebrush, and the desert. She graduated with an Animal and Veterinary Science degree and finished up her initial degree as well. Casey earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University thereafter. Summers spent in the saddle moving cows in the Pahsimeroi Valley, brought her to Southeast Idaho, where she now calls home. Casey enjoys riding the range, spring brandings, her home-away-from-home wall-tent, running, and good coffee. Between the occasional smells, blisters, and freezing temperatures, some people might be deterred to another profession, but it has only solidified hers. She has been told that she has strong hands and a soft heart. Although the weather on those hands has just started, animals and people are in her heart, and she hopes that she will have the chance to prove that to you.
“I enjoy seeing the way our doctors and staff provide quality compassionate care to the animals entrusted to them. It is also wonderful to hear the gratitude from the clients for the care their animals receive at Willowcreek Animal Hospital.”
Jennifer has been the Office Manager at Willowcreek Animal Hospital since 1999. Her main duties include accounts payable and payroll. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her ‘four legged children’. She also travels around the western states running barrels.
“I enjoy getting to know our clients and their animals. I like helping with large animal when i can break away from the front desk. My favorite part is seeing animals get to go back to their loving families happy and healthy.”
Mandy joined our team in March of 2013 and helps keep the front office running smoothly. She is in charge of entering medical records, scheduling appointments, updating facebook and our website. Mandy really gets to know the clients and their animals and makes them feel welcome. Mandy lives in Idaho Falls with her husband, Matt, and their kids, Ty and Riley. Outside of work, she enjoys photography and watching her family compete in rodeos and ranch roping competitions.
I also enjoy the team I work with, they keep me laughing.
Sam was born and raised in many parts of south east Idaho and graduated from Jefferson High School. She jointed our team as a receptionist and technician in October of 2019. She lives in Idaho Falls with her husband Joe and her kids Kysen and Deacon. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, hunting, fishing and camping with her family and her two dogs, Eva and Boomer.
“There are several things I like about working at Willowcreek Animal Hospital. First and foremost, I like building relationships with the clients and their animals. I also enjoy cattle work and equine reproduction. By far, the most rewarding thing for me is to be able to provide service to animals in need and being able to send them home healthy and happy.”
Colton is one of our veterinary technicians and has worked for us since 2007. He originally worked for us in high school as a stall cleaner and then trained to be a technician. He is willing to learn new things and does many things to help out in the clinic. Colton grew up in Ririe where his family raised cattle and horses. He still enjoys being on the farm and riding horses, fishing, and skiing. Colton and his wife Sophie and their crew (Hitch, a Chocolate Lab, Clover, a Corgi and Willow, a Chocolate Lab) live in Idaho Falls.
“I enjoy assisting with equine surgeries, restraining animals and keeping them calm. I love seeing the animals go home healthy and happy!”
Hilary started working at Willowcreek Animal Hospital in 2014. She grew up in Idaho Falls and Ririe Idaho. Hilary says that this is her dream job. Hilary joined our team as a stall cleaner but has moved up the ranks and is currently a technician. She lives in Idaho Falls with her dog Bonner. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, hunting, fishing, riding her horses and spending time with her family.
“My favorite thing about working at Willowcreek is how everyone works together as a team to help our patients and educate our clients on how to give them a healthy life. I have some experience with small animal and exotics but here at Willowcreek Animal Hospital I have gained knowledge with equine and other large animals.”
Linsey grew up in Whitelaw Wisconsin and attended college at Bel-Rea Institute for Veterinary technology in Colorado. She then moved back to Wisconsin and finished at Globe University in Green Bay. She moved to Idaho Falls in september of 2018 and started working at Willowcreek Animal Hospital in October of that same year. In her spare time she likes to hike, travel and spend time with her husband Noah and her dog named Gertie.
“I enjoy getting to know all the clients and their animals and learning new things everyday.”
Mylee began volunteering at Willowcreek Animal Hospital in 2017 as a senior at Ririe High School. She started working in April of 2018 as a technician. She is always eager to help in any way she can and is a great addition to our team. She is currently enrolled in ISU as a pre-veterinary major. She enjoys rodeoing and anything outdoors.
“The best thing about being at Willowcreek is helping with the animals.”
Isabell lives with her family in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is the youngster of our clinic staff. She volunteers at the clinic two days a week helping with the animals and doing a variety of other tasks. On Saturdays, Isabell cleans stalls and keeps the barn looking great. Isabell is an avid rider and is a member of Pony Club. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, riding horses with her family and taking care of an assortment of their other animals.