Our Team in Granger Loves What We Do for Pets
Tandy Clifton has been at Kryder Veterinary Clinic since we opened our doors. During high school, she worked in our boarding area and continued at Kryder Veterinary Clinic while attending Purdue University’s veterinary technician program. Her inspiration for becoming a veterinary technician was her compassion for animals and meeting new people. Tandy spends her continuing education time learning how to help animal owners maintain a comfortable quality of life for their senior pets. Tandy received her certification in canine rehabilitation in 2006. She has developed a rehabilitation program at Kryder Veterinary Clinic that includes an underwater treadmill.
When she isn’t working, she is spending time with her canine family, Sachi the bulldog and Rain the yellow Lab.
As a child, Heather Ploense knew that working with animals was what she wanted to do. So she began volunteering at Kryder Veterinary Clinic while still in high school and is proud to be working for us today. Heather graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Veterinary Technology. About Kryder Veterinary Clinic, she says, “I love the mixture of having fun while getting down to business.” As a technician, Heather’s main enjoyment is dentistry, and at home, her main enjoyment is spending time with her son, reading, running, and cycling.
Jennifer Worvey started her career at Lake Michigan College. After obtaining an Associate’s degree in science, she went to East Lansing to attend Michigan State University. There, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. At Kryder Veterinary Clinic, she focuses primarily on pet dentistry. We are proud to have her as part of our team.
At home, she enjoys spending time with her labrador (“Bo”) and rabbits (“Pepper” and “Fire”).
Sara Gray grew up in Granger and worked at Kryder Veterinary Clinic during high school, before graduating from Purdue University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. After graduation, Sara stayed in Lafayette and worked at the Purdue Small Animal Hospital as a surgery technician for three years. She later moved to Indianapolis and worked a year at a progressive small animal clinic before moving back home to be closer to her family, which now includes Petie, the Lab/Boxer; Monica, the Mastiff mix; and Bruiser, the American bulldog. To our delight, Sara returned to Kryder Veterinary Clinic in the summer of 2005. “Kryder Veterinary Clinic is a second family to me, and I’m glad to be home,” Sara says.
Lindsay has been working with animals from a very young age; she would nurture and hand raise orphaned kittens. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Fort Wayne in 2013 and has been at KVC every since. She loves working with cats and critical care patients. At home you can find her with her Pomeranian, “Charlie,” and her 2 cats both that she bottle fed as babies, “Attila” and “Vixie.”
Evelyn was raised in the small town of Nappanee IN, her last year of high school her family decided to move into the Michiana area, where she graduated from Washington High School in 2013.She previously volunteered for Pet Refuge where her love for animals grew, some of her favorite dog breeds are Standard Poodles, Dachshunds, English Mastiffs. When she is not greeting our clients Evelyn loves to watch Studio Ghibli/Pixar movies, going on walks, playing tennis, and bonfires with family and friends. Evelyn has a standard poodle, Bruno and 3 cats, Pandora, Flynn, and Cheeto.
Jessica Murphy, CVPM, began coming to Kryder Veterinary Clinic at the age of 6 to job shadow her dad on Saturdays. When Jessica wasn’t observing Dr. Kryder in exam rooms, she was earning her allowance by cleaning out cages or counting out medications. Jessica was “officially” on the payroll when she turned 15. After graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, she was still drawn back to the clinic to establish a career in the family business. She became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in 2010. “The family business is in my blood. My plan is to help guide the business into the future,” Jessica said.
Jenny Desimone worked at Kryder Veterinary Clinic from 1994 until 1998, before leaving for Indiana University. She returned to the clinic in 2004 to work in the front office. In September 2007, Jenny married her husband, Marc, and today they have a full household consisting of kids Mikayla and Cayden and Isabella. The joy of animals and the relationships she has developed is the best part about working at Kryder Veterinary Clinic, Jenny says. She hopes to continue developing her skills and knowledge in animal health and develop a bond with the people who care enough to bring their pets to Kryder Veterinary Clinic.
Diann Linback started at Kryder Veterinary Clinic just as it was moving into the current building in 1986. After taking a few years off when she had her two children, Diann returned to KVC as a technician assistant. After a small stint with the fellow technicians, Diann returned to the front desk where she currently resides. “I have always enjoyed working with the staff, the clients, and their animals,” she says.
When she is not at the clinic, she is at home with her husband and two kids (Mike Jr. and Paige), as well as their yellow Lab, Aspen.
Brittany graduated from Penn High School in 2011. She followed high school by attending South Western Michigan for a year for special education, she loved kids with special needs but her love for animals pulled her towards pursuing a career in the veterinary field. She is currently taking online classes to become a veterinary technician assistant. She loves seeing all the animals that come into KVC! Some of her favorite breeds are Great Danes, Mastiffs and German Shepherds. When not working she loves hanging with family and friends playing volleyball. In the winter months she is cheering on the Irish and the Bears!
Mel is excited to join our front office team! She comes to us with a joy for life and anything furry with four legs. When she is not greeting our clients she is at home happily gardening, sewing, corcheting, and tie dyeing. She has a love for camping and being still at the beach! In the evening you can find her watching suspense movies. She says “my day is brightened each day with my sweet granddaughter who is my little love.”
Kristi graduated from Laville Jr. Sr. High in 2012. Growing up, her parents always had multiple pets and farm animals–that’s where her love for animals began. She currently has 3 dogs and 2 cats. When not working, she loves going camping, watching scary movies, and hanging out with family.
Caitlin was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana. After graduating from Concord High School she spent two years down at Purdue University where she studied Animal Science with a focus on well-being/behavior. Since she was little Caitlin knew that she wanted to work with animals when she grew up. Since lions are her favorite animal her dream is to one day get to visit Kevin Richardson’s sanctuary and even possibly spend some time there as a volunteer. When Caitlin is not at Kryder Veterinary Clinic you are most likely to find her at the dog park or hiking some trails with her husky “Han Solo.”
Kaelyn was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana and graduated from Jimtown High School in 2019. After high school she continued working for a dog training facility and filled multiple roles including front desk, dog training & caring for any boarding and training dogs that were staying with her. Working at the training facility was what cemented my passion for caring for animals. Kaelyn did some shelter work for about a year at the Pet Refuge in South Bend and that made me want to be an even bigger advocate for animals. She started at Kryder Veterinary Clinic in June of 2020 at the front desk and that gives her an entire new way to provide care for all kinds of animals everyday. Since she was younger she always loved animals and helping people out with their animals in any way that she could and she plan she continue that into my future with whatever she does.
Hi! My name is Emily. I have been with Kryder Veterinary Clinic for 12 years. Here at KVC, I am the Assistant Practice Manager and a Veterinary Assistant. I currently have 3 furbabies, who have my whole heart. Three little humans call me “Auntie Em,” and my best friend is my husband Elliott! Family comes first in my World and spreading kindness is my motto! My love for animals continues to grow each and every day because this place I get to call my second home.
Hello! I grew up in Elkhart and graduated from Concord High School in 2015. I then started working as a kennel attendant which eventually led me to go to tech school. I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Fort Wayne in 2019. I recently moved to Mishawaka with my boyfriend Julio. Currently I have a chihuahua/pomeranian mix (Duke), a calico cat (Chloe), and a rex mix rabbit (Sneakers). I love watching anything Disney and Star Wars. My favorite breeds are pugs and pitbulls. My favorite part of working at KVC is my coworkers and how fun they make coming into work everyday!
Annika has been part of the Kryder family since 2019, but worked as a kennel kid here in high school. Before coming to KVC she worked at a doggie daycare for 2 years and loved all of her canine companions there. She has always loved being around animals of all kinds so working in this field was a no brainer for her! Her favorite part of coming to work everyday is learning new things each day. In her free time she likes to hang out at home with her 3 dogs and 2 cats.
In grade school, Stephen moved from New Orleans to Granger. He attended Notre Dame studying all things science and eventually fell in love with veterinary medicine after shadowing the Kryder team. He previously worked at the St. Joseph County Humane Society as a vet tech assistant and is proud of his self-control – he only adopted one dog while there. Now he is pursuing vet school and hopes to one day practice in a clinic like Kryder. Outside of animal care, Stephen loves spending time cycling, playing hockey and with his two dogs Macy and Ginger.
As a kid growing up I always wanted to be one of two things. I either wanted to be a teacher or someone who worked with animals. As I got older I started leaning towards working with children and ended up taking some college courses towards an elementary education degree. I then got a job working as a teacher at a daycare and realized my heart was with animals. I started doing online classes and I received a certificate as a vet tech assistant. I worked at a small clinic for a few months, at first. Then I landed here at KVC shortly after where I could not be any happier. I have worked here for many years and I have enjoyed every bit of it. I have learned so much and I have come such a long way.
I love dogs, especially German Shepherds, Pugs, Frenchies, Boston Terriers, and Bull Mastiffs. I have five Shepherds and one pug of my own. Family and friends will always come first and in my spare time I love taking pictures and scrapbooking.
Bonnie Richardson has always had a tremendous love for animals. She is a volunteer of Pet Refuge, a shelter for cats and dogs where KVC provides medical care for animals. She came on to the KVC team in 2009 and is proud to work at a clinic that cares so much for animals and its clients. She has been married for 22 years, has 1 daughter, and some cats and dogs at home.
Michele Kilgore became a Kryder Veterinary Clinic staff member thanks to her pets, which needed to come in nearly every week. Eventually, Dr. Kryder felt he knew her so well, he offered Michele a job. Her love for animals has kept her at Kryder Veterinary Clinic for many years—and plenty more to come. You will commonly find her smiling face here on Saturdays, as during the week she works at Mishawaka High School in the physical education department. “Kryder Veterinary Clinic is a fascinating, wonderful place to work, where you are treated like family,” says Michele.
Lexus was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana. Shortly after graduating from Concord Community High School, she was accepted and joined the veterinary technology program at Brown Mackie College. Once she finished her final course in the fall of 2016 she joined the crew at KVC! When she is not working, she is likely at home hanging with her fiance Tanner and their 2 pitbulls Roxy and Zeus.
Nicolette has always been surrounded by animals of all sizes from a giant Akita to a tiny hamster. Nicolette always knew her dream job was to work with animals but didn’t know where to start. After finishing high school she landed a job at an animal hospital as a kennel assistant where she discovered her love of building individual bonds with pets. From there she completed her Veterinary Assistant certificate program at College of DuPage and she has loved the veterinary field ever since. Nicolette is originally from the Chicagoland area and has made the move to Indiana for a new adventure in life. She continues to grow her knowledge to help improve the lives of our four-legged friends. In her free time she enjoys curling up on the couch and watching Disney movies with her two cats, Jojo who is a chunky calico, and Sweeney who is a young, hyperactive black cat.