Dr. Denny Nolet, DVM


Graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Colorado State University. Specializes in small animal medicine.

After going through the loss of a beloved family pet in his childhood, Denny decided that patching up injured animals was something he should learn to do. Viet Nam and five years in the Marine Corps put that dream on hold. Dr. Nolet studied Chemistry, Physics, and Zoology at Napa Community College and then transferred to Colorado State University two years later. After a BS in Zoology, Denny wanted to apply to Veterinary School; however he was not yet a Colorado resident. He did a MS in Parasitology and wrote his thesis on Colorado Tick Fever while building a log cabin from scratch with his wife (Marie-France) under the direction of a woman lumberjack. Denny was also working weekends and summers at the Center for Disease Control (Federal CDC) where they dealt with Plaque, Equine Encephalitis, Colorado Tick Fever and other diseases. On graduation they moved to Bend, Oregon where he worked for a year before running an emergency clinic in Everett, Washington for two years and eventually bought into a 24 hour clinic in Sacramento where they had a general practice, an emergency clinic, and a surgical and medical referral practice. Dr. Nolet did retire once for two years, but after traveling to Mexico to do free spays in coastal villages, he decided he missed it and came back into the field. He did spay and neuters for the County for 1 ½ years before buying his current practice. He still assists at the County Shelter on Tuesday mornings where he does rounds and gives advice on sick animals. In his free time, Denny wanders his property tending to his trees and shrubs. He has up to 321 species of trees and 180 species of shrubs. This also makes a great forest for his cats and dogs and the wildlife.

Dr. Ronald Clutter, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ronald Clutter graduated from UC Davis with his Bachelor’s degree and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1970. He has now been in the Veterinary field for 43 years, and specializes in helping small animals, such as dogs and cats.

Dr. Clutter owned and operated a small animal hospital for 30 years in Southern California. In 1997 he moved to Nevada City and has worked as a relief Veterinarian since then. Currently, Dr. Clutter is working with our clinic, and has been for the past year.

In his spare time he enjoys playing Golf or Tennis, and he is also a fan of Skiing, Water Skiing, and Fishing.

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.

Kindra Fink

Receptionist/ Vet Assistant

Kindra always knew she wanted to work with animals since she was a child. She started out doing ROP her junior year of high school and became a certified veterinary assisant after she graduated. She has been in the veterinary field for 14 years now. Kindra got hired at Grass Valley Veterinary Clinic in 2005 after she completed the ROP program and then later got hired here at Pine Creek Veterinary Clinic in 2014. In Kindra’s free time she likes to spend time with her two young children. She also has a business with her fiance making lunches for our firefighters in California.

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.

Jennifer Pfile

Registered Veterinary Technician

As a kid growing up in Grass Valley, California, Jennifer’s family had many pets, including fish, chickens, rats, hermit crabs, rabbits, cats, and dogs. She would play doctor with her dogs and nurse chickens back to health. Her passion for animal care would continue into her adult life, and now she works as a Registered Veterinary Technician! Jennifer got into the veterinary field during her senior year of high school through a work placement program. In May of 2012 she graduated with her degree in Veterinary Technology from Yuba College, and started working at Pine Creek Veterinary Clinic that same month! She also began interning at a wildlife rescue, where she fed and nursed wild animals. She got her National Registered Technician’s license and her California Registered Technician’s license in November 2012. As a Technician, Jennifer particularly enjoys anesthesia because it keeps her on her toes. She also enjoys nursing patients – caring for animals when they’re sick and watching them feel better is a wonderful feeling! At home, Jennifer has two dogs and two cats. Louie is a Queensland who considers himself the protector of the house, and Lila is a pitbull/Boston terrier cross that enjoys cuddling. Bandit and Haze, the cats, enjoy spending time outdoors playing and hunting. In her spare time, music is Jennifer’s passion. She plays guitar and sings, and tries to attend as many concerts as possible. She also enjoys traveling, community events in Nevada County, photography, and spending time outdoors.

Jennifer Leach

Relief Receptionist

Jennifer grew up in Georgetown, California and spent most of her childhood outside, playing with animals and hanging out with her sisters. She even used to volunteer at Pine Creek with her sisters, helping on the weekends. She was hired at Pine Creek as an office Assistant in 2013. Jennifer helps with a bit of everything around the office. She also manages the social media and online marketing for the clinic.Jennifer has also been a receptionist here at pine creek since 2014. She loves working with animals and people, all while maintaining a positive attitude!

She particularly enjoys assisting with animals and seeing new procedures being performed. At home, Jennifer has a brown tabby cat named Toby. Jennifer loves being outdoors in nature and enjoys hiking and spending time at the Yuba River during the summer.

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.

Miranda Leach

Relief Veterinary Assistant

Miranda was born in Sacramento and moved to Garden Valley at the age of six. Raised in the farm country, she developed a love for all animals, from cats to lizards, to chickens and cows! While attending college as an English major, Miranda feared she was losing her passion for the subject and realized she wanted to work with animals. After noticing a flyer for a Veterinary Assistant program, Miranda signed up and never turned back in her pursuit of working with animals. Now she’s a Veterinary Assistant at Pine Creek and has been here for the past seven years! Miranda’s favorite part of her job is the relationships she has with patients and clients. Medically, she likes phlebotomy, radiology, and bandaging injured animals. In her spare time, Miranda spends a lot of time at the Yuba River, hiking, exploring, and swimming with her dogs, sisters, and husband Jon. She’s currently a full-time student at Sierra College, majoring in history. She also is a musician and has been playing bass guitar in local bands since she was 16! She also does foster work through local animal rescue groups.

Callie Hastings


Callie grew up in Nevada County and animals have always been a huge part of her life, especially horses. She was also part of the local 4-H and FFA programs. Callie had animals growing up including sheep, pigs, and cattle. She always wanted to be a veterinarian as a child and she now sees herself possibly pursuing a future as a veterinary technician. Callie moved away from California in 2012, and has lived in several states including Montana, North Dakota, and Mississippi. While living in the south she started working at a local pet store and quickly became a foster for a no kill shelter where she ended up falling in love with her first foster cat “Deseree”. Callie has a family of boys, including her German Shepherd “Rex”. She loves the outdoors, spending time with her family, and spending time with her animals at home, as well as the animals in the clinic.

Ajay Matta

Veterinary Assistant

Ajay grew up in Sacramento into a family that always had animals of many different types. He has had a true passion for animals starting at a young age. Ajay is in the music industry but always wanted to work in the veterinary field and give back to animals. In August of 2018 he was hired at Pine Creek Veterinary as an assistant. The part of this field that Ajay loves the most is that no two days at work are ever the same, it is a field that you are constantly learning new things in. In his spare time, Ajay enjoys spending time with his young son, his fiance, and their cat “Sushi”. Ajay soon hopes to further his career and go to school to become a registered veterinary technician.

Jordan Luttrell

Veterinary Assistant

Jordan grew up in Grass Valley in a family that always had animals. She has had experience working with cats, dogs, horses, pigs, and cattle. She grew up shadowing her mom who is a registered veterinary technician for large animals and also worked in a small animal clinic. Her family also owns a boarding facility that she helped work for and introduced her to working with dogs daily. She also grew up riding horses, so naturally she decided she wanted a career working with animals. Jordan got hired in August 2018 as a veterinary assistant. Her favorite part of the job is helping monitor surgeries, it really teaches the anatomy of an animal and helps you gain knowledge of each surgical procedure. Jordan graduated from Sierra College with a natural science degree and in the future may further her career into a registered veterinary technician.

Amber MacGregor


Amber grew up with a lot of animals; cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, fish, aviary birds (cockatiels, parakeets, finches, love birds) and an iguana. She was 7 years old the first time she declared that she wanted to be in veterinary medicine. In junior high Amber volunteered at Animal Save’s shelter, walking and socializing the dogs. Amber then transitioned to Animal Save’s Thrift Store and Cat Nap room, feeding the cats and cleaning their living spaces. She later volunteered at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Penn Valley after rescuing an injured baby vulture. Her junior year of high school, Amber took animal ROP and interned at Nevada County Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary assistant. Following the programs end, she was hired on full time as a receptionist and veterinary assistant, later being promoted to hospital manager. She is now at Pine Creek Veterinary as a receptionist.

Tiffany Kesler

Receptionist/Billing Specialist

Tiffany spent most of her life growing up in Nevada City. As a child, her family always had animals including fish, frogs, dogs, cats, birds, horses, and goats! Tiffany has always loved animals. She is currently studying to obtain a major in human medicine but after working with Pine Creek since December 2017 she can’t imagine her life away from helping animals! Tiffany believes after she graduates with her degree she will still continue to do side work as a veterinary assistant. Tiffany helps with a little bit of everything in the office. Her favorite thing other than watching surgeries is rooming clients and listening to Dr. Nolet describe to the owners the many different situations, illnesses, and issues we see daily. She has gained knowledge and a better understanding of anatomy and how veterinary medicine works. Tiffany enjoys spending time at the Yuba River, hiking, and taking spontaneous trips with her fur baby “Dohmoe”.