"At Highland Animal Clinic our goal is to be trusted ambassadors for animal health and welfare. Our history as a family practice will serve as a model to continue to provide outstanding client education and committed service to the community where we work and live. We will offer elevated preventative medical care, and compassionate relief of suffering with dignity."
Amie permanently transplanted to Alaska with her parents and two brothers in 1993 from Arizona. She has lived in North Pole and Wasilla but has spent the most time in Anchorage. She has been a receptionist at Highland Animal Clinic since August 2012. She loves the family atmosphere and the customer relationships here at Highland Animal Clinic. In her free time she loves to camp, bike, hike and travel around capturing all her adventures on camera.
Originally from California, Karissa moved to Alaska in 2002 with her family. She graduated from East Anchorage High School in 2006 and attended UAA studying Psychology. Karissa started working at Highland Animal Clinic in December of 2012 and is an aide in all areas around the clinic, from receptionist to the veterinary technicians. Her knowledge of veterinary care continuously grows. She has a Siberian/Alaskan Husky mix “Zooey” and “Scat” the cat, who keep her life eventful while home and away from the job. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her son, friends, and finding local entertainment to keep things exciting in Alaska!
Claren grew up on a small farm in Valdosta, GA. She has always had a passion for animals. She entered the veterinary field in 2006 by working as a kennel technician in a small clinic. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO in 2011. After moving up to Alaska in April 2011, she obtained her Alaska Veterinary Technician Licensure in August 2011. Joining the Highland Animal Clinic in June 2013, she fells extremely blessed to be a part of this fabulous clinic. Her favorite area of interest in the veterinary field is performing laboratory procedures. She has a miniature dachshund named “007” (Double). Her hobbies outside of work include spending time with her husband, taking Double for walks in the great Alaskan outdoors, and attending church activities or events.
Gloria was born and raised throughout Alaska. She has always had a love for all species of animals since she was a little girl. Her career in the Veterinary field started in Junction City, KS when her spouse was stationed in Fort Riley, KS. She started as a Kennel Assistant working at Flint Hills Veterinary Hospital for about three years and came back home to Anchorage, AK. From there, she worked as a Kennel Technician and Receptionist; working her way to becoming a Veterinary Technician. She has most of her experience as, “On the Job Training.” Gloria is still pursuing to get her B.S. in Biology degree along with becoming certified as a Veterinary Technician. Gloria has about 13 years’ experience in the Veterinary field and enjoys working in all fields pertaining to working with animals. Although she loves and adores all animals, her favorite breeds are dachshunds. She has had two dachshunds, one that passed away at 15 years of age (name was Branykin) and currently has a 12 year old shy little dachshund named Cookie Monster.
Julie was raised on a small centennial farm in Michigan. From barn cats to pet goats, pond frogs to horses, the four-legged critters were her every day community. “Born in the Barn” animal stewardship has been a lifelong occupation as well as a passion. A spontaneous adventure, during summer break from college, landed Julie in Homer. Enchanted by nonstop wind and rain pounding on her tent Julie was smitten by the Alaskan shore and skyline. After graduation from Central Michigan University, where she earned a BS in Speech and Communications as well as Education, Julie returned to Alaska. Every day since has satisfied the gypsy soul that steers her compass. Skiing, hiking, biking, sailing, paddling, gardening and just plain getting out there, Julie has covered hundreds of miles with her son Ian and the dogs that have shared their trails. Lisa, the Border Collie, winning hands down the award for going the extra mile. No matter how far they roam they are always welcomed back by the kitties that keep their house a home. Julie enjoys the dark winter days for the opportunity to catch up on reading. Highland Animal Clinic has occupied a sustained position in a resume that had started to exceed novel in length. Being part of this incredible team, dedicated to people and their companions, satisfies that need to be part of something that really makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Kayla started working at HAC in the summer of 2017 when she moved back to Alaska after living in Utah for a year where she graduated beauty school with a state license in Nail Technology. Kayla has a big passion for beauty and fashion, so much so she was a plus size model in New York, and was even honored with the title as Miss Alaska Plus USA in 2014. Although she loves the glamour and beauty side, she has a special place in her heart for animals. She has over 7 years of customer service experience including veterinary receptionist work. Kayla loves to greet all the pets that come in our clinic, but her true compassion is for our clients. Her favorite part of being a receptionist is being there for the owners, greeting them as they come in, and giving them comfort when they need it most. Kayla loves ending her days at home with her Husband and their two pets Denali and Rex.