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Kylie Reitcheck, RVT

Kylie Reitcheck is a 2nd year vet student at Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kylie grew up in Colby, Kansas and began working at Swartz Vet Hospital in the fall of 2010. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her Blue Heeler puppy Ranger and cat Marie. Upon completion of her DVM, Kylie hopes to return to the Colby area to practice veterinary medicine.

Janell Ptacek, RVT

Janell was born and raised on a small family farm near Russell, KS. She is a 2014 valedictorian graduate of Wilson High School and a 2016 graduate of Colby Community College with Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She has been working for Swartz Veterinary Hospital since November of 2016. She is soon-to-be married to Clay Patton, November 11, 2017. Together they have two dogs; Renegade and Nala, and a cat; Finn. Janell also has two horses that she trained; Bay Roan and Vegas.

Caitlan Mayes, RVT

Caitlan was raised in South Jacksonville, IL and moved to Colby, Ks in November 2016.  She attended Bel-Rea Technical School in Denver, CO and graduated in 2015. She has always had a love for animals and better at reading them than people.  Caitlan believes animals have an effect in our lives that people just don't, animals love is unconditional, unbending and that's why she loves her job. Outside of her job at Swartz Veterinary Hospital her activities include Hiking, Camping, and Base Jumping.

Teresa Atwood, Office Assistant

Teresa was born and raised in Sublette, KS then moved to Colby in 1995.  She has an Associate degree in Business.  Teresa married Chris Atwood in 1997 and after 20 years they have accumulated 4 dogs and 1 cat and reside in Goodland, KS. She started working at Swartz Veterinary Hospital in September of 2015.  Outside of her dedication to her job and love for animals Teresa enjoys spending her free time with her husband and pets.  

Logan Wark, DVM

Logan is a native of Colby and attended CCC and KSU for undergraduate coursework before moving on to Oklahoma State for her veterinary degree.  She's a 2016 graduate and has taken an interest in soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.  Her family also includes two other doctors; one sister who's an infectious disease specialist at KU Med, another sister working towards her Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree in Austin, TX, and two hardworking brothers that farm in the Rexford area.  Outside of work, Logan likes to play softball and tennis, stays active with Crossfit, enjoys making pottery, and rough-housing with her two pugs, Mabel and Ash.

Beth Fenton, DVM

Carol Hunter, Office Assistant

Carol grew up in Garden City, KS and moved to Colby in 2001.
She has two daughters, Kala and Kylee. Kala lives in Denver, CO and is a Registered Nurse at the Medical Center of Aurora and Kylee now lives in Clarksville, TN.  Lucy, a one year old Great Dane is Carol's new addition, and she keeps her busy! Before joining Swartz Veterinary Hospital in December 2014, Carol worked at the Colby High School as a paraprofessional.  She is very much a people person and loves animals.  Carol enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Her activities include riding horses, working out/lifting, playing softball and visiting her one year old granddaughter Madison.  

Relief Veterinarians


Jessica Braun, DVM

Jessica Braun, DVM is originally from California. she attended undergrad at Texas A & M and graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She bought her own practice that same year in Hays, KS where she practiced until 2011. In 2011, she began relief work to allow more time with her family. Dr. Braun started relief work at Swartz Veterinary Hospital in the Spring of 2012 and has become a familiar face with patients and clients. We are blessed to have a relief vet that fits in so well with the community. Dr. Braun lives in Hays with her husband, four children, four dogs, three cats, and two mice. In her free time, she loves to travel all over and spend time with her family.

Doris Helin, Office Manager

Doris was born and raised in Northwest Kansas near Brewster. She graduated from Brewster High School in 1983. Doris married Jerry Helin in 1985. They have 2 sons, Jared and Rusty and a dog named Rudy! Jared lives in Manhattan, KS and is the Ladies Assistant Golf Coach at Kansas State University. Rusty lives in Clearwater, KS and is now a District Sales Coordinator for Aflack. Doris worked for the Colby School District as a paraprofessional for several years before taking a job as a medical receptionist for 7 years at Colby Medical & Surgical Center. She started as the receptionist at Swartz Veterinary Hospital in September 2005 and is now the Office Manager. Doris loves spending time with family and friends, camping, fishing and just enjoying the great outdoors.

Office Personnel


Angie Harris, RVT

Angie Harris grew up in Colby and graduated from Colby High School in 2000. She received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2005, then graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at CCC in 2007. She received her Registered Veterinary Technician license the same year. Angie has been working for Swartz Vet Hospital since it opened in 2005. Angie keeps busy with her 3 Aussie's, Gracie, Millie, and Dallie, taking them for walks, playing ball, and Frisbee at the park. Her dogs keep busy keeping her 2 cats, Jack and George in line. Angie enjoys any outdoor activity working on her house and yard. She stays busy training dogs and helping with the 4-H dog training program. She also enjoys photography, reading, and continually learning about the veterinary profession.

Renai Pierson, RVT

Born and raised in Eastern Kansas. Received an associates degree at Colby Community College. Upon college graduation, Renai worked for a small animal orthopedic specialist in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 6 months, then moved back to Topeka and worked for two small animal veterinarians there for 1 1/2 years. Following her marriage to her husband, Jason, she moved back to the Colby area where she went to work for Oakley Vet Services for 12 1/2 years. In the fall of 2005 Renai joined Dr. Tammy in opening Swartz Vet Hospital and has been here since. Renai and Jason have two children, Jacob and Jenna.

Veterinary Technicians


Veterinarians


Tammy Swartz, DVM

Tammy Swartz, DVM is a native of northwest Kansas . She was born and raised on a small family farm near Russell Springs . She is a 1992 graduate of Tri-plains High School and a 1993 graduate of Colby Community College . Dr. Tammy Swartz graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. Swartz and her husband, Cory, have two bright and vivacious daughters, April and Brittany. Dr. Swartz is proud to once again be a part of the Colby Community. The community has greeted her with such open arms. She welcomes everyone to come in and meet her and her staff.
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