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Dr. Erfle and his partner Gerald "Tim" Slobojan founded LaSalle Veterinary Clinic in 1979. Back then the practice saw more beef and dairy cattle than horses but as the valley changed so did the practice. Dr. Erfle shifted his focus to the horse but still enjoys every opportunity to work on a cow. A "Jack of all Trades", Dr. Erfle has done it all; caring for sheep and goats; beef and dairy cattle; and, for the past twenty years, equine lameness, reproduction, colic surgery, and advanced dentistry. After forty-three years of practice, John has decided to slow down. Beginning in January 2019, he will no longer be part of the regularly-scheduled veterinary team at LaSalle Equine Clinic. But he won’t be far away and is always happy to help out on those strange or rare cases that someone with 40+ years experience just might have seen before.
Reflecting, he feels blessed to have been able to surround himself with compassionate and talented professionals and staff who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of farm animals.
Dr. Erfle and wife Linda have three grown children and four lovely grandchildren. Church and family are high priorities for the Erfles, so when they aren’t working they are likely involved in something at the church or traveling to see grandchildren. Dr. Erfle and his partner Gerald "Tim" Slobojan founded LaSalle Veterinary Clinic in 1979. Back then the practice saw more beef and dairy cattle than horses but as the valley changed so did the practice.
Dr. Genovese graduated from Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. As a student, Bob spent his summers working under the mentorship of his father at Randall Veterinary Hospital, a legendary sport horse practice in NE Ohio. He also found time early in the morning to work in thoroughbred race horse barns at Thistledown race track. Following graduation, Bob joined Randall Veterinary Hospital where he practiced mainly on the sport horse until joining LaSalle in 2006.
Dr. Genovese enjoys all aspects of equine medicine, but he will admit his niche and love is the equine athlete. Additionally, he loves the camaraderie of group practice. A day in our practice does not go by without learning something new from one of his colleagues at LaSalle. The group practice also allows each veterinarian to pursue continuing education in an area of interest. Through the years Dr Genovese has attended a multitude of equine limb ultrasound, lameness, and podiatry wetlabs, and has brought this knowledge back to benefit our clients in the Flathead Valley.
He and his wife Melissa (a small animal veterinarian at Whitefish Animal Hospital) with their twins, Mason and Olivia, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and partaking in the beauty of northwest Montana.
Dr. Caitlin Campbell joined LaSalle Equine Clinic from Winthrop, Washington where she grew up riding in the Pasayten, Sawtooth, and Chelan Wildernesses; packing horses, competing in 4-H, and training colts. She attended Colorado State University where she gained an Equine Science degree, then went back to Washington for veterinary school at Washington State University. After 4 years of working in the medicine, surgery, and emergency departments at WSU’s veterinary hospital and visiting several different equine referral clinics around the western states, she went to Texas A&M Veterinary School to complete a one year large animal internship to further her training. Following that she moved to San Antonio, TX, joining Retama Equine Hospital, focusing on equine referral and general practice work.
Missing mountains, fresh air, and all four seasons; she wanted to move back north and was blessed with the opportunity to join LaSalle Equine. She’s excited to work with the great team at LaSalle and continue gaining knowledge from other veterinarians and educational clinics around the country.
Having had the opportunity to try many different riding events such as reining, cutting, team roping, and team penning; she is always looking for opportunities to experience and learn more about different riding disciplines. Dr. Campbell enjoys exploring the Flathead Valley: going hiking, camping, fishing, and riding with her husband Brian, children, her horse, and dog.
Dr. Hutter was born and raised in the Mission Valley in Ronan; she attended Montana State University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and pre-vet. While attending Montana State University, she ran track for the Bobcats, competing as a Heptathlete. She graduated from Colorado State University with her doctorate in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Hutter enjoys all aspects of large animal veterinary medicine encompassing livestock and horses. Her goal is to be a well-rounded large animal veterinarian, providing for all spectrums and disciplines of livestock and horse owners. Dr. Hutter is very excited to be back home in western Montana and a part of a multi-doctor practice. LaSalle has high-quality staff, patient care, medicine, and customer service, which she was particularly drawn to. She is looking forward to continually progressing in veterinary medicine to better serve her patients and clients.
Growing up working with livestock and horses, Dr. Hutter feels very blessed to be able to give back to her community in something she is very passionate about. Dr. Hutter and her husband Adam enjoy riding their horses, packing in the mountains, and spending time in the great outdoors.
Dulcie, a Kalispell native, graduated from Flathead High School in 1991. She started at LaSalle Veterinary Clinic in 1990 cleaning and assisting in the small animal clinic, and eventually moved into the receptionist position. Now, she has every answer to any question anyone in the office can ask! Dulcie’s warm personality, friendly smile and willingness to help brighten our office. Like all of the staff at LaSalle, Dulcie and her husband, Britt, enjoy spending time with their animals, which include two Jack Russells and two pleasure horses.
Melissa is a third-generation Montanan, and was born and raised in Whitefish. Melissa has always had a passion for horses. She started showing horses at age three. She still enjoys showing with her daughter and participating in many other horse-related activities around the valley. Melissa attended the University of Montana and graduated with an associate’s degree in Medical Office Management. This background combined with a love of working with people makes Lasalle Equine a perfect fit. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her husband Jason and daughter Kiley. Kiley has inherited her mom’s love for animals. They also enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible.
Crystal is a Montana native and moved here to the Flathead in 2000. Her years of office experience and a lifetime love of horses and experience made her a welcomed addition to our staff, when she joined us in December of 2014. Crystal purchased her first Appaloosa horse at the age of 16, and continues her love of horses with a small Quarter Horse herd.
In her spare time, Crystal and her fiance Sean stay busy with their son, Aidyn, and daughter, Hallie, in their many sports and activities. She also enjoys riding their horses and spending time with friends and family.
Tiffany grew up in western Washington where she worked in a small animal clinic. Her love has always been the horses however, and she moved to the Flathead Valley as a teenager for a fresh start. The open plains and space in the Flathead Valley are what drew her to this area.
Tiffany, a licensed technician, graduated with a degree in veterinary technology through San Juan College in May of 2018. She has grown up riding and has wanted to work in equine medicine since she first learned there was such a thing.
Tiffany comes from a musical family, and spends her free time playing music with her family, and is also involved in her church. She loves the outdoors and has a deep appreciation for all of God’s creation, and loves this job because of the difference she can make in the lives of both people and animals.
Tami joined the staff at Lasalle Equine Clinic in spring of 2017, and has brought a welcome smile to the front office. Tami grew up in western Washington before moving out to the Flathead Valley with her family. She likes the pace of life she has found in the Flathead, and loves talking with people and building relationships.
Tami was drawn to this job because she appreciates the chance to connect with so many people who come in, and enjoys building those contacts. Her experience with farm animals and animal healthcare all of her growing up years have made a good contribution to the team.
At home she has created her own program breeding and raising dairy goats for milk production, and Dexter cattle for beef. Tami loves spending her free time outdoors and hiking all the trails the Flathead has to offer.
Hannah grew up in Bigfork since a young age, and has always been involved with horses. From just riding for fun to barrel racing, she gained a lot of experience.
Hannah has been with LaSalle Equine Clinic since early 2017, working both in the office and now as a technician with the doctors. She loves working with such a great group people and having the opportunity to help animals, horses in particular being her passion.
Hannah enjoys hiking with her fiancé, Troy, and painting in watercolor.
Kathlean (Kat) grew up in West Central Kansas, where her love for nature and animals developed.
In high school she worked for a mixed animal practice where her passion for livestock grew and she knew working with large animals was what she wanted to do.
Kat and her husband moved to the valley because they both enjoy being in the mountains.
In her free time, Kat likes to go trail riding in the mountains, hiking, canoeing, snowmobiling, and floating the rivers.
Working for LaSalle Equine has been a great and rewarding opportunity for Kat. She feels it has also been enjoyable getting to know the clients and their animals. Kat is happy to be a part of a wonderful team that does what’s best for the animals.
Chloe joined us in early 2018, and is originally from Eureka, MT. She and her family have lived in the Flathead Valley for about 20 years, and has gained office/business experience from various classes and hands-on.
Her livestock background is with cattle and horses; while growing up her family also raised Tennessee Walking Horses and mules. She’s participated in trail riding, team penning and sorting, working cattle, and has enjoyed watching her family and friends in team roping and barrel racing. Chloe loves spending time with her children and their various sports and activities; as well as getting out in the outdoors and mountains with family and friends.
Chloe enjoys the great people she works with at LaSalle Equine Clinic, as well as the clients and patients in the equine and livestock industry.
Phenomenal veterinarians and excellent service! I appreciated the care the vets and technicians took for each and every one of my animals. Their attention to detail and concern for the well being of my stock was much appreciated.