Our Team

The Holladay Veterinary Hospital team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.


Holly - Hospital Manager

Holly has been a part of the Holladay Veterinary family for 15 years. Starting out as a receptionist and then promoting to Office Manager, she took a break for 3 years to learn the grooming trade. As of 2009 she returned to the role of Office Manager. She considers Holladay Veterinary Hospital her second home and thoroughly enjoys the doctors and staff that she gets to spend so much time with.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Holly earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Utah where she also played volleyball. Active in sports throughout her life, she now enjoys skiing and playing basketball with her family. Holly shares her home with her husband, two children, and a yorkie mix named Cookie.


Emilie Peterson - Technician/Receptionist

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to take care of animals. In high school, I volunteered at Central Valley Veterinary Hospital. Immediately I knew I was in the right place. Growing up, all I had was an aquarium, but that changed when a homely kitten being fostered at Central needed a home. She moved right into my heart, and I moved out of the house, thus starting my family of rescued furry kids. I was hired as a kennel kid at Central and eventually worked emergency and general practice as a technician, learning everything I know by watching and doing. I learned from and worked beside some of the most tender hearted, devoted, and brilliant minded in the field, including Dr. Susan McDonald, Dr. Richard Pratt, Dr. Laura McLain, and Dr. Kristen Blum. After 13 years, I had an opportunity to take an ophthalmic tech position at Eye Care for Animals. Over 2 ½ years I developed a knowledge of eye health and diseases that affect the overall health and behavior of animals. During that time I began working part time at Holladay Veterinary Hospital, I missed the relationship I had with general practice, and how rewarding it was! I started working full time in April 2013 and have loved every moment spent with coworkers, reminiscing with longtime clients and their pets, and meeting so many new! Each day is filled with educating clients, helping their pets, and that sense of relief that comes with knowing we can make a difference.

When I’m home, I love to cook, chase my toddler around, spend quality time with my husband, and get as much together time with family and friends. And of course snuggle with my own dog Zinnie and three cats, Audrey, Milla, and Wesley!


Jen Nichols - Receptionist


Emily Lechtenberg

I have been working at Holladay Vet since May of 2013. However, to me it's not work, I'm doing what I want to do and It's very rewarding to work with the staff and clients. I have loved being here! It's something I have always wanted to do. Working with people and their pets is the best of both worlds. What I like about Holladay is everyone is so welcoming and kind hearted. Our hospital creates a pleasant atmosphere, that makes you wanting to come back. And that's why I think of our hospital as a second home.

I have two amazing dogs and three fun cats and fortunately for me they all get along, well most of the time. I love to take my dogs everywhere with me, from dog parks to baseball games to the mountains, we are always on an adventure together. As for me I enjoy all animals, being active outside and drinking chocolate milk. One of my favorite quotes says, "There are no bad days when you come home to a dogs love."


Isaac Ralphs

A lifelong resident of Holladay, Utah, Isaac recently finished a degree in philosophy from the University of Utah and is aspiring to be a wonderful person. He enjoys all animals, but not necessarily the enjoyment of eating them. When he is not assisting at work, he can be found either at the local Barnes and Nobles perusing through strange and unpopular titles or at our neighboring Holladay Lions Recreation Center fraternizing with the fascinating golden aged crowd. A surprisingly interesting individual by all accounts. To anyone that might inquire, I surely would recommend getting to know him.


Jessica Ku

Jessica has been with us since she was a high school intern in 2006. She loves working at Holladay Veterinary Hospital because of the AMAZING staff, clients, and patients she gets to work with. She greets everybody that walks through the front door with a smile. When Jessica's not at work, she loves to Zumba, snowboard, hike, and try new things. She also enjoys her time with family, friends, and two dogs.


Kati Santiago

A little bit about myself… I was born and raised in Northern Nevada in a small ranching community. We always had animals of all kinds – dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and sheep. The family next to us raised mink, chinchilla, pheasant, quail, and milk cows which I also helped to care for and my grandmother had a huge old land tortoise, a skunk, some really mean geese, and a duck. Growing up in that atmosphere was amazing – always something interesting to do and learn. I don’t ever remember not wanting to work with animals.

Because life sometimes dictates to you, I worked for stock brokerages for many years, went on to obtain my Paralegal Degree and FINALLY my Veterinary Technician degree. I graduated with honors in July of 2010 from Broadview University. One of my required classes for school was to serve an externship. I choose to serve this at Central Valley Emergency and Veterinary Hospital. I absolutely loved being there. As luck would have it, they liked me too and when I graduated they asked me to stay on. I was honored to so and was equally as happy to stay on and become one of the Holladay Veterinary Hospital technicians. I am thrilled to work with such amazing veterinarians and fellow technicians. I learn something new every day and that can’t be beat.

Although I got a late start in the veterinary world I always had a house full of animals and pets. I’ve had 15 cats, not counting the barn kitties, and 13 dogs, 8 salt-water fish, a donkey named Sugar, 3 horses – Cherokee, Honey and Chho, and 2 Budgies in my lifetime, so far. Besides being companion animals my dogs and I have enjoyed training for K-9 Agility Trials and Obedience, making many great friends. I also work closely with a fabulous rescue group called “Canines with a Cause” (CWAC). They rescue capable, healthy, loving dogs from shelters, train them, and place them with a Veteran of War. CWAC recently started a project of rescuing these dogs and placing them with female inmates in the Utah Correction system and having the woman train the basic manners. A win/win/win situation – the dogs, the inmates and the veterans all win.

My next adventure is to have my own rescue focusing on senior dogs.


Megan Parker- Technician

One of my very first memories as a child is bottle feeding a small, orange kitten (who would later become mine) and his siblings. I loved that feeling & at that young age, I already knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have since then bottle fed countless kittens and have rescued, and loved, many four-legged creatures with the help and knowledge from my wonderful mother who also works in the veterinary field. Watching and admiring her do what she did through my childhood, only reaffirmed my desire of what I wanted to do as an adult now. I started in the boarding kennels of Central Valley Veterinary Hospital when I was fifteen. I grew up in those walls watching my mother work as a child, so the staff there already was family. I very much enjoyed working with, and taking care of, the animals that were boarded there. My passion quickly grew into helping the technicians in the hospital ward of the clinic. After many years of learning from my mother, the senior technicians, and continued education classes, I was finally a technician myself at nineteen. When we transitioned into Holladay Veterinary Hospital, it felt like things only got better from there. It has expanded my knowledge in the field, my two-legged & four-legged family, and my love for working with people and their fur babies. In my spare time I enjoy reading, being out in sunshine, hanging out with my herd of animals, and visiting new states whenever possible.


Kelly Austin – Veterinary Technician


Sylvia Gillespie – Veterinary Technician


Hannah Thacker - Veterinary Technician

I was born in Phoenix, AZ but moved up here for college and am enjoying the small town feel of Bluffdale -loved animals since I was a little girl and have been a big part of my life, I've had just about every animal you can imagine from hamsters, bunnies, turtles and hermit crabs to dogs, cats and horses -Spending time with family and friends -I enjoy spending my time outside, working with my animals, riding horses -I love being active, running, hiking, snowboarding and swimming; by swimming I mean relaxing/ tanning by the pool -I have a border collie named Nick, a mini Aussie named Buddy who love to go for jogs and also love to run and play on our farm with our many barn cats, cows, buffalo, horses, pigs and donkey -I am continuing my education and will attend the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics in the fall to become a master esthetician but my love for animals will never stop. -I enjoying working at HVH because of the wonderful staff, doctors and clients. There is always something new to learn and everyone is so willing to help me expand my knowledge and skills. I look forward coming to work because every day is different and there is a surprise around every corner -favorite quote, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”