Dr. Stefanoff was raised in the small town of Delta, Utah. He was raised on a family farm, where he developed a strong love and appreciation for animals. During high school and college he worked with the veterinarian of his home town, who inspired him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Stefanoff attended Utah State University and earned a bachelors degree in Bio-Veterinary Science with a minor in Chemistry. He graduated from Colorado State University earning his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine in 2006. After veterinary school, Dr. Stefanoff completed an internship at a very busy referral and emergency animal hospital in Mesa Arizona. The internship was a great learning experience with an emphasis in internal medicine and surgery.
Dr. Stefanoff has many hobbies most of which involve animals. He loves the outdoors and spending time with his family, many of whom live in the Herriman/Riverton area. Dr. Stefanoff primarily works with dogs and cats and has special interests in surgery and internal medicine.
Dr. Rebecca Young Amesbury was born and raised in Gilroy, California. It was her plan from an early age to become a veterinarian. Her love for all kinds of animals, and the people who associate with them, was enhanced by working at veterinary practices in Gilroy and Hollister, California. She served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago, Chile. Upon her return she received her bachelor’s degree in Bio-Veterinary Science from Utah State University in 2003, and her doctorate from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She practiced veterinary medicine in Spokane, Washington for four years before relocating to Utah.
Dr. Amesbury currently resides in Herriman, Utah, with her husband, their four children, and a silly Sphynx cat. They enjoy serving in their church, and love the beauty of nature, reading, music, and spending time with neighbors and family.
Dr. Hope Teyler was raised in the small town of Alamosa, Colorado. She decided in the 8th grade that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and never wavered from that course. As a senior in high school she was awarded Colorado State University's Vet Start Scholarship which allowed her to be admitted to veterinary school after completing 3 years of undergraduate work at Colorado State.
Dr. Teyler earned her doctorate degree from CSU in 2004. After veterinary school she practiced outside Palm Springs, CA for 3 years before relocating to a practice in Park City, UT. In 2011, she took a job as the Resident Veterinarian at Broadview University, veterinary technician school, for the West Jordan, UT campus. Dr. Teyler joined Copper View in 2014 as a relief veterinarian and came on as a full time associate in 2015.
Dr. Teyler's special interests as a veterinarian include dentistry and feline medicine. She adores both dogs and cats, but has a particular passion for improving the overall veterinary experience for felines.
When Dr. Teyler is not at work, she loves spending time with her 4 cats- Sally, Jon Snow, Rhaegar, and Tormund. She enjoys playing the piano, swimming, fishing, and gardening.
Dr. Kershisnik graduated with his DVM degree from the Washington State University/Utah State University joint program in 2018 and chose Copper View to begin his career, bringing his amazing skills and knowledge. He chose to become a veterinarian because he wanted to help people take care of their pets. Dr. Kershisnik loves working at Copper View because the environment is so positive and that everyone who works here has the clients’ best interests at heart. His special interest is in surgery which he is very good at.
When he isn’t working, Dr. Kershisnik loves spending time with his wife and 3 kids- 2 boys and 1 girl. He also has 2 dogs- a whippet name Nigel and a chihuahua named Olive. In his spare time he loves to listen to music, play games with friends, and hang out with his kids.
Dr. Besendorfer graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1984 and has practiced in Utah for all but 1 of the past 37 years. He previously owned and operated Riverton Vet Clinic for 33 years. He sold the clinic in 2019 and now works for us at Copper View part time.
Dr. Besendorfer's hobbies include stained glass, specializing in lamps. He especially loves racing his mustang cars. He has been married to Theresa for 27 years. Dr. B is a wonderful member of our clinic family and we are sure you will love having him care for your pets.
Dr. Ustach was born near Los Angeles, California and enjoyed his teenage years in Rio Rancho, NM. His family inherited a cat as his first pet and from there many more cats and 2 dogs came into his home. His decision to become a vet came from a 9th grade career class assignment and he stuck with it. He had never stepped into a vet office until his undergraduate years, but once he did he never left. His many hours of volunteer work and time as a clinic assistant helped to foster his love for this career.
Dr. Ustach graduated high school in Rio Rancho, NM where he then started his undergraduate degree at New Mexico State University. After his LDS mission in Berlin, Germany and 1 more year at NMSU, he met his wife and transferred to Utah State University. He and his wife both graduated from USU in 2017.
Throughout his undergraduate years he worked at a mixed animal practice in Cache Valley where he helped care for all animals from dogs and cats, to birds and reptiles, to cows and deer. He was accepted to the USU/WSU veterinary program and started in 2017 shortly after the birth of his first son. After 2 years of vet school in Logan, UT, Dr. Ustach moved to Pullman, WA where he graduated from Washington State University in May of 2021.
Dr. Ustach enjoys time with his wife (Kalyn), son (Carston), daughter (Ember), and dog (Nana). He spends his free time building his woodworking projects, working on his house, or editing videos for his YouTube channel “The Ustach Kitchen Table”. They recently moved to Eagle Mountain, UT where they hope to enjoy all that Utah has to offer.
Dr. Schmidt was raised in the small town of Escanaba, Michigan. He grew up with many dogs and cats, igniting his love at a very young age for animals and developing a strong desire to become a veterinarian.
Dr. Schmidt attended Brigham Young University and earned a bachelors degree in Biology. During his bachelors, Dr. Schmidt served a 2 year LDS mission in Portland, OR. He then attended and graduated from Washington State University earning his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine in 2021.
Dr. Schmidt has many hobbies including running, swimming, playing the piano/organ, and singing. He loves to camp and hike with his wife and dog. Dr. Schmidt primarily works with dogs and cats and has special interests in dentistry, feline medicine, and internal medicine.
Kris was born and raised here in Utah. Kris found her love for animals when she was a child. Her family lived in Utah county and had horses, dogs, cats, ducks, fish and even pet mice. She loved catching snakes in nearby fields and managed to bring home a total of ten stray cats.
Due to her love of animals after 15 years in the banking industry, Kris decided on a career change. She enrolled in Broadview University and graduated in 2013 with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Her specialized training allowed her to become a certified veterinary technician. While Kris was attending Broadview she started volunteering at Copper View Animal Hospital. Due to her amazing skills with animals, work ethic and intelligence she was hired on at Copper View in 2012 as vet assistant/receptionist and became a full time as a veterinary technician in 2013. In 2016 Kris moved into the role of Practice Manager. She has overseen continued growth at Copper View and was integral in the design and building of the new hospital that opened in 2020. Even though Kris is the practice manager, she still remains a highly skilled technician and is very gifted at working with cats.
In her free time Kris loves rockhounding and fishing with her husband, Kevin. She also enjoys gardening, camping, yoga, and reading. She and Kevin live at home with dogs, cats, & chickens.
Shannon was born in Sandy, UT and moved to Bluffdale, UT in elementary school. Growing up she has always cared for animals, especially cats. She earned her AAS in Pre-Vet from Snow College. While attending college she worked for a mixed practice animal hospital in Sanpete County, UT. Shannon started working for Copper View in 2015 as an assistant, then progressed to veterinary technician and is now the assistant manager.
Shannon has been married to her Husband Joe for 5 years. They have a Sphynx named Poppy whom she loves and treats like her baby. When Shannon is not working, she enjoys reading, hiking, running, fishing, and spending time with her family.
Lisa is one of our lead technicians and PA’s. Lisa was born in Salt Lake City and has been here her entire life. She has always loved animals and volunteered at animals shelters as a kid. Lisa went to Broadview/ Utah Career College from 2008 to 2011 to get her training as a technician. She then worked for Cottonwood from 2011-2012 and has worked at Copper View since 2012.
Lisa has a golden retriever named Zamboni, 2 cats (Evey and Ledger), 2 tarantulas (Willow and Clover), 9 chickens, and a crested gecko (Iro). Lisa loves her family which consists of her husband Jonny, 2 sons Titan and Mason, her daughter Maizee, and she is about to have another son in November. Lisa says she has no hobbies because she spends all her time with her husband and children and she loves it.
Melody is one of our lead techs here at CVAH. She was born in West Jordan Utah and graduated from West Jordan high school in 2009. She was a client here at CVAH for a year before deciding to apply. She started her career working with animals in 2010 at the humane society of Utah working for their outreach program. She then moved to Jacksonville, NC where she gained all her experience as a vet tech. Melody has now been teaching for a little over 9 years. She hopes to get her degree in business/ project management so she can operate her own business one day! She has a pit bull drake, and English bulldog, Roxy, A Cane Corso, Tonka and a sweet flame point kitten named Drax. She enjoys being outdoors fishing, camping and exploring. Her 4 year old daughter absolutely loves going to work with her and watching surgery.
Ronda was born in Murray, UT and has lived in this area her entire life. She has been in the vet med career field for over 25 years. She showed blood hounds and boston terriers for 30 years. She bred multiple breeds over the years and currently breeds Yorkies and highland lynx cats. She used to run the Utah Big Dawg Rescue organization for over 20 years and she currently owns and operates the Purrfurrd Pen Nanny boarding business. She has worked at Copper View for the past 5 years.
Rhonda has a plethora of dogs and cats at home as well as her 3 boys. She loves motorcycles especially Harleys and spending time on her property in Idaho.
Heather was born in Murray, Utah and has always loved animals. Copper View Animal Hospital was her first job at a veterinary clinic and she has never left.
Heather enjoys all aspects of working with animals, she is a certified veterinary technician and wants to learn more about specialty aspects of veterinary medicine. Heather and her husband have one dog at home that is a pit bull. As for things to do in her free time, Heather enjoys video games, hiking, camping, and spending lots of time with family.
Maurveen was born in Woodland, CA and has been in Utah for 30 years. She didn't have a lot of pets as a kid but that quickly changed as time went on. She showed chihuahua’s and Great Danes and she bred Chihuahua’s. Maurveen has worked in the veterinary industry for over 40 years and she started in California. She ran the Utah Dane Rescue for 25 years.
Maurveen has 11 chihuahuas, 6 cats, and 4 birds at home. She has 2 sons and 18 grandchildren and she loves everyone of them.
Becky was born in Seattle, Washington and was raised in South Jordan, Utah. She has always loved animals and it has always been her goal to work with animals. Her first technician job was here at Copper View Animal Hospital and she is working on studying for her test to be a certified veterinary technician.
Becky has plenty to keep her busy at home as she has 2 dogs, 2 cats a tortoise, and a boyfriend. In her free time she enjoys painting, gardening, hiking, and camping.
Beth grew up in Riverton, Utah. She attended Utah State University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Bioveterinary Science and minors in biology and chemistry. She started working as a veterinary technician during school in 2006, and once she and her husband both graduated from school, they moved back to the area to be near family.
When Beth is not at work, she loves spending time with her husband, 3 children, and 3 dogs. She also loves reading, hiking, showing her dogs and gardening.
Roy was born in Salt Lake valley and has been here his entire life. Roy got interested in animals when he was about 6 years old when he adopted a dog named Cruz. Cruz had recently had one of his legs amputated after being hit by a car and Roy was happy to take care of him. Roy is currently in school for a bachelors degree in biology from University of Utah. His end goal is to get a doctorate of veterinary medicine and become a veterinarian.
Roy has 2 dogs (Stormi and Lil’ miss Crumb), 2 cats (Xenomorph and Ripley), and 2 lizards (Fluffernaught and Kristen). Roy has many hobbies, but his favorites are cosplay, drawing, playing video games, movies, running, hiking, skiing, nerding out, and eating Panda Express.
Nash was born in South Jordan, Utah and has lived in the Salt Lake Valley for all of his life. He grew up with numerous pets and was always interested in working with them. He started his path in vetmed when he attended the JATC program in high school. Nash loves working in the veterinary medicine field but he is unsure of what he wants to do. He is considering going to veterinary school.
Nash loves his current animals which consist of 3 Sharpeis, 1 Yorkie, 3 Pomskies, and 3 cats. Nash is our go to technician when a smaller breed dog comes in. He has a great way of handling them appropriately. Nash loves his car and spends a lot of his free time working on cars.
Karin has been a part of the Copper View team since April 2019, and has earned her Diploma for Veterinary Assisting. She chose this field to pursue her love and passion for animals and being able to help them every day. She loves connecting with people and their furry family members and always tries to make the trip to the vet a positive experience for both people and their pets.
When she isn’t working, Karin enjoys target shooting, spending time outside, running, baking, working hard and getting her hands dirty, going on drives through rural country, and spending time with her family. Karin has raised chickens her whole life, and currently has 2 chickens as well as a miniature bull terrier named Maximus.
Hannah was born in Spanish Fork, Utah and still lives in Utah County. She has always loved animals and caring for them. Hannah started working with animals 5 years ago when she worked at the South Valled Animal Shelter, then she worked for Best Friends Animals Society and then finally with Copper View. Hannah is currently attending Utah Valley University to further her education.
She has 2 spoiled babies at home which are her kitty cat Willow, a 2 yr old calico, and her dog Ivy, a 6 yr old Coonhound/Border Collie mix. She adopted both of her fur babies from the shelters she has worked at. Hannah raises her 2 pets with her wonderful girlfriend who she says is the best partner and mama to her pets.
Mercedes was born in Salt Lak City, Utah and she just recently bought a house in Bluffdale in July which she is very excited about. She has always been in love with all animals and has always wanted to help them. She has gained experience in veterinary medicine by going to technician school, volunteering at clinics and working at clinics. Her future goal is to become a certified veterinary technician.
When asked how many pets she has she says “not enough!”. She has 4 dogs, a one-eyed pug named Princess, Brutus, Buddy, and recently Squash. She also has a kitty named Maggie. Mercedes is married to her husband Dallas and they love to go camping, boating, and hanging out with family (especially her niece) and friends.
Miranda was born in Great Falls, MT but was raised in the small town of Battle Mountain, NV. She became interested in animals at a very young age and she would try to bring all kinds of animals home when her mother would say no to keeping them. She went to school in 2019-2020 to become a technician and she previously worked at redwood clinical before coming to Copper View in 2021. Her plans for her career are to continue to grow and learn and be the best technician she can be.
Miranda has 3 dogs at home, 2 Maltese’s and 1 bernadoodle. Miranda has been married to her husband for 7 years and they have 2 children, a 3.5yr son and a 9mo daughter. Her hobbies include being outdoors on a 4-wheeler or taking hikes, pickle ball, going to the park with her kids, and traveling. She is a huge Disney and marvel fan.
Holly was born in Provo, UT but lived in San Diego most of her life. She moved to Herriman in July of 2021 to be closer to family. She has always loved animals and started working with them in high school. She worked at a veterinary specialty clinic for 16 years in San Diego. Holly worked with the oncology and internal medicine portion of the specialty center. She has loved her time here at Copper View and plans to continue being a technician here.
Holly has a terrier mix at home named Abbie, a hamster, a leopard gecko, and 2 desert tortoises. She has been married for 14 years and has 2 sons and a daughter who she calls her mini-me. In her free time Holly loved going to the beach which she can no longer do as often as she would like. She also collects rocks and crystals, loves going to concerts, listening to music, and gardening.
Erica was born in Payson, Utah. She has always been interested in animals and wanted to care for them. She went to JATC in high school and completed an internship. After she served an LDS mission she started working at Animal Care Center Airport for 3 years. She then heard from a friend that Copper View was a great place to work and so she applied and got the job!
Erica has a boxer/lab mix named Zoey, a chow mix named Tinkerbell, and a tom cat named Mookie. She has been dating her boyfriend for 3 years and she loves playing board games, and hiking.
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Ethan was born in Salt Lake and raised in Herriman and Riverton, Utah. He has always loved animals, but learned that he wanted to work with animals when he went into JATC (Jordan Academy of Technology and Careers) where he joined a specific program for Veterinary Assisting. On his first day in the summer program there, he assisted in surgery and knew that working with animals was his calling. Shortly after his first few weeks in JATC, he joined the Copper View Animal Hospital team.
Ethan plans to go to Utah State University to continue his education in veterinary medicine and one day become a veterinarian. Ethan has a husky, a golden retriever, two cats, and two rabbits. When not working, Ethan loves playing piano, guitar, playing video games with friends, hiking, and camping with his family.
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Heather was born and raised in Sandy, UT. She is the middle of 3 kids and the only one that isn't a computer programmer. Instead she followed her love of animals into the veterinary field and has worked as a receptionist for over 8 years.
Heather shares a home in Sandy with her sister and cats- Jayne, Kitty, Midna, and Gurgi, and 2 gerbils.
Heather enjoys getting lost in other worlds created in books and movies and occasionally will use a pen and paper to create worlds of her own.
Tina was born in Salt Lake City and has lived in the area her entire life. She currently lives in Herriman. Tina is a single mom to 3 adult children and also has a son-in-law and a brand new granddaughter. Tina rescued a puppy from the pound and his name is Fin. Tina says her family is her proudest accomplishment and her favorite place to be is with them.
Tina never really planned on working with dogs and cats but one day when she was picking up Fin from Copper View she thought how cool it would be to work there. Now she does and we love having her here! In her free time Tina watches what she calls “terrible reality” shows, dateline and any documentaries about murder mysteries.
Anna was originally born in Brooklyn, NY but has lived in California most of her life. She became interested in veterinary medicine about 3 years ago when starting as a receptionist in the veterinary field. Anna fell in love with everything in the animal industry when starting that job. She currently has a associates degree in criminal justice but enjoys working in the animal field here at Copper View Animal Hospital.
Anna currently has 4 cats and their names are Gobi, Kiwi, Twix and Casper. She is married to her husband Albert and have 4 kids together. In her spare time she likes to cook, clean, go shopping, and watch movies.
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