Dr. Dayna Mills

Dr. Dayna Mills was born and raised in Temecula, CA. She completed her undergraduate work at UC Davis. She then attended veterinary school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated in 2014. She completed an internship at Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in 2015, before starting to practice North of Sacramento. Dr. Mills and her husband, Brady, have a Brittany Spaniel named Gracie and two Great Danes named Monty & Gunnar. Together they enjoy watching movies, playing video games, playing with their dogs, and doing projects around the house. In 2008 she was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis), but she refuses to let it stop her from doing what she loves. Her special interests include internal medicine, toxicology, endocrinology, and client education.

Karen Meicht


Karen’s parents helped shape her entry to the veterinary world. Her mother worked at a pet store, volunteered at the local zoo, and did wildlife rehabilitation. Her father’s hobby was photography and his favorite thing to photograph was wildlife! Its no surprise she got into veterinary medicine herself. As a teenager, Karen got a job as a Kennel Assistant, which blossomed into Kennel Manager and then Veterinary Assistant. While receiving her Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Biology, she worked on several internships with zoos, large animal veterinarians, and wildlife rehabilitators. After college she moved to California and worked at farm animal sanctuary for seven years before co-founding her own non-profit animal sanctuary with her partner, Monty. She worked as a Vet’s Assistant for two more years before coming to Pine Creek, where she has now been since 2007! Karen likes swapping stories with pet owners and directing them on animal care. She also enjoys continually learning and is still amazed at the knowledge of the doctors. At home, Karen lives with her partner Monty, their son Jonah, and their daughter Mandolin. Since Karen and Monty still run the animal sanctuary they founded, they have quite a lot of pets; 64 pigs, four goats, five geese, 35 chickens, two rabbits, two cockatiels, a Patagonian conure, three pigeons, seven dogs, nine cats, and four fish! Most of Karen’s free time is spent managing the sanctuary and caring for her children.

Tim Vintere

Veterinary Assitant

Tim started out originally wanting a career in animal control, then zoology, and then as a registered veterinary technician. As you can see Tim really loved animals! He started ROP in 2008 and was then hired as a kennel assistant. After proving his hard work and talent, he was promoted to a veterinary assistant in 2010. Tim became certified as a veterinary assistant soon after. He has worked at 3 clinics, gaining much experience with his cute little dachshund partner “Rondo”.

Allison Kirby

Registered Veterinary Technician

Allison Leigh Kirby started in the veterinary field in 2005 as an ROP student at the young age of 15. She worked her way up the latter internally. Starting out as a kennel attendant for many years, while training to become a veterinary assistant. Allison worked as a veterinary assistant for many years, until she finally received her RVT license in November 2018. Allison enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as much as work will allow it 😉 We all work long hours but thats the job. Allison also enjoys hiking and swimming with her fur babies “Onyx” and “Topaz”. Allison is very passionate about the work she does and will treat your pet as if it was her own.

Katelyn Clark

Veterinary Assistant

When she was 13, Katelyn’s family dog Dexter had an encounter with a car. Visiting him in the hospital, learning about this injuries, and helping him recover fully at home is what inspired Katelyn to help animals! Katelyn grew up in the Grass Valley and Penn Valley areas of California. Her veterinary career was sparked when she was still in high school – she enrolled in the veterinary and animal science class and immediately fell in love with it. After taking an optional advanced animal science class, she began her training at Pine Creek Veterinary Clinic in October of 2009. Nine months later, she was hired on and has been a Veterinary Assistant here ever since! In addition to lab/St. Bernhard mix Dexter, Katelyn has a rat/Boston/Shih Tzu mix named Noelle, a dog named Oscar, a dog named Looney Lovegood, and a cat named Phoebe. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys reading, and says all her friends know her as a total bookworm! She also likes swimming, yoga, seeing movies, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.