Article Editor

dr mark and benelli

Mark A. Handlin, DVM

Allow me to introduce myself, I am Dr. Mark Handlin, veterinarian/owner of Heartland Veterinary Clinic. I grew up on a family farm in the Kanopolis Lake area.  My wife, Cathy, and I have two children, Mandi and Aaron. Aaron attends McPherson High School, he keeps us busy with junior rodeo, band activities, hunting and fishing. Mandi is attending Washburn University and is enrolled in nursing school. Our family pets consist of three dogs, Benelli, Lily and Remi; three horses, Snickers, Gus and Collin; and a small herd of hereford cows.


  • 1988 Graduate of Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1986 Graduate of KSU, Bachelor of Science
  • 1982 Graduate of Colby Community College

Nicole Huber

Nicole lives in Hutchinson with her husband, Travis and their daughter, Kimberly. They have three dogs; a rottweiler named Chunk and two australian shepherds, Snickers and Titan. She enjoys remodeling their 100 year old home and spending time with family and friends. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and cheering on the Royals and Jayhawks.

Veterinary Technician

  • 2011 Graduate of HCC
  • 2013 Graduate of Brown Mackie Veterinary Technology Program
  • Has been with HVC since May 2015

Caitlin Arbuckle

Caitlin lives in Marquette with her husband Kyle. They have three dogs: Remi, a Blue Heeler, Cali, a Catahoula, and Daisy, a Great Pyranese. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors; kayaking and gardening. 

Veterinary Assistant

  • Has been with HVC since September 2016

Teagan Pacey

Teagan lives in McPherson with her fiance, Dylan. They have four dogs: Scout, a Jack Russell Terrier, Finn, a Yellow Lab, Toby a Chihuahua mix, and Tuff, a Bernedoodle.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and fur-children. 

Veterinary Assistant

  • Has been with HVC since August 2018

Kelsey Mitchell

Kelsey lives in Inman with her husband, Austin and their black lab, Ryker. In her spare time she enjoys playing slowpitch softball, reading, and hanging out with her friends & family.


  • 2018 Graduate of Tabor College, Bachelor of Arts
  • Has been with HVC since June 2019


Abby Hagemann

Abby has lived in McPherson here whole life. She is married to Jared and has two daughters, Kyla & Haely. We have 2 dogs, Bodey & Willow, and a cat named Chloe. In her spare time she enjoys being with family and spends a lot of time at the lake, camping and boating. Also a lot of time is spent following her girls around with their sports.


  • Has been with HVC since November 2019

Mariah Allmon

Mariah lives in McPherson. She worked for HVC through high school, and we are excited to have her back! She also teaches dance a few nights a week at Prestige School of Dance. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, zumba, yoga and art.

Kennel Attendant

  • Has been back with HVC since July 2019


Mackinze Barta

Mackinze lives in Little River with her parents and younger brother and sister. She has 3 dogs and cattle. Her spare time is spent playing sports all year. She plans on attending college for an animal science degree. 

Kennel Attendant

  • Has been with HVC since August 2018


  • Currently attending Little River High School

Nadia Turley

Nadia lives in McPherson Kansas with her mom, step-dad, and sister. She has 6 cats, 2 dogs, and a gecko. She enjoys being an active member of Speech and Debate and loves being around animals!

Kennel Attendant

  • Has been with HVC since March 2019


  • Currently attending McPherson High School


Graedon Green

Graedon lives in McPherson with his parents and younger sister. They have one dog, Diesel. He is attending McPherson College for graphic design. He loves to listen to music and draw in his free time. 

Kennel Attendant

  • Has been with HVC since June 2019



Dr.Watson arrived at the clinic in May of 2016.  He came in as an injured stray and somehow became the clinic cat. His hobbies include: hunting flies, faking injuries for attention, stealing highlighters, opening bags of dog food, jumping over the reception desk like a ninja, taking naps, annoying the staff dogs, and really just being an overall nuisance. Dr.Watson has been a great addition to the staff. 

Door Greeter

  • Has been with HVC since May 2016.