Staff

Your Pets Are In Good Hands

At Mountain River Veterinary Hospital, we make sure that your pets are well attended to. Meet the diligent and caring staff of the clinic below.

Garth George  Bell

  • Dr.
    Garth Waddoups, DVM
    Practice Owner

    Garth graduated from Washington State University in 1990. He has taught laser surgery all over the world and has special interest in orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries as well. He takes joy in making his operating room a place only the brave will go. He is an equal opportunity jokester. Pays special attention to detail and is extremely aware of any potential improvements that could be obtained within the workplace. Enjoys riding horses, leatherwork, welding and rawhide braiding.

  • Dr. George Olaveson, DVM
    Practice Owner

    George grew up in Rigby with a large family and a large number of animals. This is where he developed an interest in veterinary medicine. He spent many hours working with local practitioners and that fueled an even greater desire to pursue a career in this amazing field. After schooling at Idaho State University and Washington State University he began practice in 1993. In 2005 he saw the completion of Mountain River Veterinary Hospital and has enjoyed nearly everyday there. He has especially enjoyed the people that trusted him with the care of their animals. He has been blessed to have the most amazing wife and children, who have been everything to him at work and at home. They just love to be together doing whatever the adventure of the day entails.

    Thank you for you loyal support of such a fun place to work.

  • Dr. Angela Bell, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Angela Bell comes from Casper, WY where she has practiced veterinary medicine for the past ten years. Receiving her graduate degree at Ross University and Kansas State, Dr. Bell has extensive experience with medicine, soft tissue surgery and has advanced skills and training in small animal dentistry.  Dr. Bell joined the Mountain River Veterinary Staff June 2022. She enjoys comprehensive pet care from gestation, preventative medicine, critical care, surgery, to complete geriatric comfort care.  Most of all she enjoys getting to know her clients and sharing a mutual compassion for pets.

    Dr. Bell is a mother of young twins and is a twin herself. In her free time she enjoys being with family, hiking, horseback riding, traveling, and creative projects.  She has traveled extensively and has lived several years overseas throughout the world.  Some of those places include the Azores Islands, Portugal, Russia, the Caribbean, Togo, Japan, Germany, Spain, Belgium, and Estonia. 

    Dr. Bell has served in the Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) as President. Throughout her service she has organized and attended local and national meetings serving as an advocate for the veterinary profession in Wyoming.  Some topics include protecting the professional services such as dentistry, humane topics such as declawing cats, and the veterinary role in protecting the public with the opioid crisis.  Dr. Bell is also the president of a nonprofit organization called Paws For Kids where she donates her time and money on behalf of children's education in struggling countries.

  • Ashley B.
    Receptionist Supervisor

    Ashley grew up on the Oregon coast. At a young age she got into horses and rode english and did jumping. She graduated high school with recognition for starting up the school equestrian team. After high school she moved to Idaho to attend college where she met her sweetheart. Ashley graduated with a BS in Agricultural Business, and a minor in Animal Science. Together Ashley and her husband have worked on many cattle ranches and feedlots in Oregon, Montana, and Idaho. Ashley has 4 kids that bring her much joy outside of work. She has worked at MRVH since 2017. Ashley loves spending time with her family hiking, biking, horseback riding, and giving riding lessons.

  • Brian B.
    Janitor

    Brian's family moved to Rigby when he was 3 years old.  He graduated from Rigby High School in 2013.  His favorite animals are horses and dogs and he loves working at MRVH.  He keeps busy throughout the year participating in sports with Special Olympics.  His favorite sport is playing basketball but especially looks forward to horseback riding and competition every summer.  He has 4 older sisters and is the best uncle in the world!

  • Brittney O.
    Receptionist

    Brittney was born and raised in Rexburg ID. She spent her summers growing up in Kilgore with her grandpa running cattle on his ranch and racing flat track horses with her dad. She got the best of both worlds as far as she's concerned! As soon Brittney graduated high school she began to rodeo professionally and has traveled all over the states running barrels! Together with her husband, they break and train Race horses and barrel horses. They currently have 12 horses 2 dogs a pet piggy and 2 cats that think they are dogs! 

    I have really enjoyed working with everyone at mountain river and am excited to be here for the long haul!

  • Candis B.
    Sterilization Specialist

    Candis was born and raised in the outskirts of Idaho Falls. She has been a tech and the sterilization specialist at MRVH since 2006. She runs a herd of cattle, and of cats. She is the feline connoisseur of Southeastern Idaho.

  • Carolyn W.
    Accounts/Financial Manager

    Carolyn grew up in Utah, raised her family in Mountain Home, (which includes 3 children and 3 grandkids) then moved to Eastern Idaho for her husband’s career. She loves to hike, do yard work, be active, and is great with numbers. She manages two veterinary practices and is #1 client advocate at MRVH.

  • Danyel R.
    Office Manager

    For the last 18 years Danyel has been able to have a career that is her passion, not many people get to say that. She is a mother of a 13-year-old boy and 3 dogs. When she is not at the clinic taking care of the animals and clients, she enjoys everything outdoors; hiking, boating, camping, hunting and fishing but only if her son and dogs are with her!

  • DeAnn S.
    Veterinary Technician

    DeAnn grew up in Rexburg. She graduated from South Fremont High School, and then attended Utah State University for a year. She then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California. She is working on a veterinary technology degree online from Ashworth College. She enjoys anything outdoors, but especially hunting, fishing, and caring for animals. She has an amazing yellow lab. He's the best, but she's not biased at all!

  • Glenna L.
    Financial Secretary

    Glenna was born in San Diego, California. She loves the ocean and has spent much time there with friends and having church youth activities.  Glenna went to college as an Art major and Music minor.  However, she decided she enjoyed the medical field and ended up in the Plastic Surgery field as a receptionist, accountant, transcriptionist and/or also did insurance.  Glenna and her family decided to move to Idaho 15 years ago and discovered she loves it in Idaho.  After her husband passed away, she served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family Services for two years.  Glenna started working for Mountain River Vet Hospital the summer of 2019.  Her deep love of animals has given her the ability to see a multitude of pets and animals.  Glenna had 4 children (her oldest son was killed in Iraq) and now has 16 grandchildren.

  • Jamie C.
    Veterinary Technician / Receptionist

    Jamie grew up in eastern Pennsylvania where she earned her bachelors degree at Kutztown University.  She has been a technician for about three years before starting at MRVH in August 2020. She loves all animals, but equine medicine is her favorite! Jamie spends her free time riding horses, mountain biking, and hiking. She moved to Idaho in 2016 and resides in Roberts with her husband Matt, her horses Mystery and Pilgrim, and her border collie Walle. 

  • Justin H.
    Artificial Insemination Manager

    Justin was raised in the backwoods of Rigby, Idaho where his passion for cattle was born. He has extreme accuracy in cattle AI and corral building. He is married to the love of his life and has 4 amazing children, 3 girls and one boy. He runs registered beef cattle and a small hog operation as well as raising top notch bulls to sell for the improvement of your herd! #1 Genex fan!

  • Kassidy S.
    Boarding Manager

    Kassidy has lived in Idaho for the last 7 years. She has always had a love for animals and wants to be around them more than people. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, and basically anything outdoors. Her biggest hobby is the sport of mushing. She's raised and trained her own team of Alaskan Huskies to be sled dogs. She often competes in races during the fall and winter months with them.

  • Kim L.
    Veterinary Technician

    Kim has been at MRVH since 2015, and she got a Veterinary Technician degree at BYUI. She is a proud mother of 4 amazing, helpful children. She has a mini pig, bunny, tarantula, cockatiel, and an assortment of dogs and cats. She loves doing dentals and interacting with all kinds of animals big and small.

  • Krystle H.
    Veterinary Technician

    Krystle grew up in a small town called Auburn in Northern California. She grew up on a five acre farm with horses, goats, dogs, cats and lots of little critters. She knew since she was in second grade that she wanted to work in the veterinary industry because of her love for all animals. She moved to Idaho in 2017 and said that she should have been born and raised in Idaho. She met her soulmate shortly after moving to Idaho and has a total of four dogs and three cats together. She loves doing anything outdoors and is always willing to help

  • Leesa F.
    Boarding Kennel Tech

    Leesa is a girl that has had a love of animals her whole life. She’s always dreamed of working with animals in some way, and finally had an opportunity. She moved up from Utah to work with her sister-in-law as a vet tech, but is currently working as a kennel tech. She has a large family and plenty of animals back home, loves playing video games, and loves going longboarding during the summer. She joined the boarding staff in 2022.

  • Marion W.
    Receptionist

    Marion grew up in Northern Virginia and is currently getting her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. She has a passion for taking care of animals and finds joy in their existence. She is married to her best friend and together enjoy outdoorsy adventures including hiking and camping and raising their kitten Penelope. She has been working at Mountain River Vet since 2022.

  • Marty M.
    Receptionist

    Marty grew up in American Fork, UT.  She has been with MRVH since August of 2019.  She has always had a love for animals, and feels lucky to able to work around them.  She has 8 cats, a dog, and 2 bunnies.  She and her husband Jake moved up to Idaho 4 years ago and love living in a slow paced, farming community.  Animals have always had a soft spot in Marty's heart and she loves being able to be a part of taking care of your furry babies! 

  • MiKayla M.
    Veterinary Technician

    Mikayla grew up on a small hobby farm in Salem Idaho raising cows, pigs and chickens. She is currently attending BYU-I where she is working on her BS in animal science. She is married to the love of her life raising Nickey, a standard dachshund. Her hobbies include reading, being outdoors and going on adventures with her husband. She has been working for Mountain River Vet since 2020.

  • Richard H.
    Surgical Technician

    Richard is a U.S. Navy trained surgical technician, with 10 years of surgical experience.  He is married and has two children both boys.  Richard has a deep love of animals and greatly enjoys his work with them. He enjoys many hobbies including lifting weights and four wheeling in his truck.

  • Riley H.
    Boarding Kennel Tech

    Riley is (very proudly) Alaska born and raised. She moved to Idaho with her husband summer of 2022 for him to attend school at BYUI. Riley is working hard to become a vet tech, or even a veterinarian someday. Her biggest flaws include; greeting the animals before the owners, wanting to take every animal home with her, and thinking feral animals want to be her best friend. On her days off from boarding she likes to shadow on the vet side, ride horses, nap (a lot), and complain to everyone about missing home. All jokes aside, she is so thankful to be working here at Mountain River Vet & Boarding, and be able to love on your pets like they’re her own!

  • Sylvia S.
    Bovine Specialist

    Sylvia was raised in Nampa, came to Eastern Idaho to complete a BS in Animal Science from BYUI, graduated in 2011.  Worked at MacKay Livestock Supply prior to starting at MRVH where she has been since April of 2013. Married a Wilford native in 2013 and bought a house there.  She enjoys all different kinds of farm animals, but has a special interest in bovine production. One of her favorite things about working at MRVH is the people that she works with and seeing them succeed and grow in their talents.

  • Tayden R.
    Veterinary Technician

    Tayden was raised in Ririe Idaho. She has always wanted to work in the veterinary field for as long as she can remember, she has always had a passion for animals. She moved to Montana in 2018 to attend college, where she graduated from Pima Medical Institute. She joined the Mountain River staff in June 2020. She has 5 horses and 2 amazing dogs. Outside of working her life consists of (my favorite hobby) riding and training horses!

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Office Hours

Mon-Fri Surgery Drop-Off is from 7:30AM - 8:00AM

Mountain River Veterinary Hospital

Monday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed Monday September 5th for Labor Day

Tue - Fri:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday:

Closed

Kennel and Boarding

Mon - Fri:

8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Sat, Sun:

8:00 am - 9:00 am

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thanksgiving Week Hours

Monday - Wednesday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday - Sunday:

Closed

Christmas Week Hours

Monday - Thursday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday - Sunday:

Closed