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!


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."


Emily Roberts

Emily graduated from Utah State University in May of 2013 with a bachelors degree in animal science. Although she hasn't been with Holladay Veterinary Hospital for very long, it feels like a second home to her. From a young age she had a strong interest in veterinary medicine and will be applying to veterinary school in the fall. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog for hikes and long walks in the mountains. She enjoys meeting new people, being as helpful as possible and looks forward to the future at Holladay Veterinary Hospital.


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.


Kate Mimnaugh

 Kate started working at Holladay Veterinary Hospital in May of 2013 as a receptionist. She loves how friendly the entire staff is and how they make their clients feel at home. They are all very knowledgeable and willing to help out any way possible. She has always been interested in veterinary medicine since she was young and is in the process of pursuing a veterinary career as well. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in biology. When she isn't at work, she volunteers at the animal shelter and entertains her 2 year old, very energetic, border collie/blue heeler mix named Adelaide by going on hikes and playing endless games of fetch with her "cousin" Maya, a 3 year old pitbull mix. When there is extra time to get away she likes to travel, kayak, SCUBA dive, and ski.


Katie Lifferth

My name is Katie and I have worked as a receptionist at Holladay Veterinary Hospital for just over a year and I have loved every minute of it! There is never a dull moment here, and I learn something new everyday.
I have a 3 year old puppy named Waffles. Waffles and I met through a client here at the hospital and it was love at first sight! Despite his hefty 8 pound frame, my husband and I like to take him on walks, hikes, swimming, and camping. We are always on the lookout for fun adventures.



My passion for animals began at a very young age, although I knew the zoo I grew up in would not allow room for any four-legged creatures. I was determined to work with those furry creatures, so in high school I enrolled in a Vet assisting program that led to an externship at what was then All About Pets. A pivotal moment for me was being hired to work at the hospital shortly after starting my externship. Not only did I land my dream job, but the people who started out as coworkers quickly turned into an extension of my family. While working with these amazing people I have had the capability of changing the lives of these creatures, along with the incredible pets we care for. The real reward is being able to be there for the families of the pets, the feeling truly is indescribable. When I’m not at the hospital I spend as much time as possible outside (hopefully enjoying the warmth), cooking and spending time with friends and family.


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.