Swartz Veterinary Hospital

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 is the Assistant Golf Pro at Colbert Hills in Manhattan, Kansas and Rusty is an Aflac Agent. 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


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.

Kylie Reitcheck

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.

Relief Veterinarian


Carol Hunter, Office Assistant

Carol grew up in Garden City, KS and moved to Colby in 2001.  She has two daughters, Kala who lives in Denver, Colorado and is a Registered Nurse and Kylee who is the Graphic Designer at the Colby free Press.  Carol also has another very important member of her family, "Ace" a 10 year old black Great Dane, who is the love of her life. 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 going on long walks with Ace.  
Swartz Veterinary Hospital