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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 is a freshman at McPherson High School, he keeps us busy with junior rodeo, band activities, hunting and fishing. Mandi is a junior at Washburn University and will be entering nursing school in January. Our family pets consist of three dogs, Benelli, Lily and Remi; three horses, Snickers, Gus and Collin; and a small herd of hereford cows.

Veterinarian

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

Teresa J. Burks, DVM

Teresa lives in Wichita with her husband Freddie and daughter Niya. They have 3 borzoi and 2 chinese cresteds. She enjoys volunteering with the Girls Scouts of America and 4H. In her spare time, she participates in competetive dog sports such as conformation, agility, obedience, coursing and hunting. Her interest in dog sports led her get advanced training in chiropractic and acupunture.

Veterinarian

  • 1998 Graduate of Kansas State University
  • 1994 Graduate of WSU
  • Options for Animals basic animal Chiropractic in 2006
  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2009
Liz

Liz Gantt

Liz lives outside of Marquette on a small hobby farm with her two children, Kaden and Kinsey. They have a menagerie of animals including: one australian shepard, an italian maremma sheepdog, a blue heeler, two horses, five cats and a flock of guineas. chickens, ducks, and geese. She also raises mini juliana pigs for house pets. Liz teaches puppy and dog obedience classes in the evenings and she is a CGC Evaluator for the American Kennel Club. When she isn't working with animals, she enjoys boating, water skiing and spending time at the lake. She also has a passion for hunting, especially turkey and geese, and sport clay shooting.

Practice Manager

  • 2004 Graduate of HCC
  • Certified Dog Trainer, 2007 Graduate of Animal Behavior College
  • Has been with HVC since May 2006

Jessica Foster

Jess lives in McPherson with her husband Terry and their two children, Ella and Keegan. They have four dogs: Dublin, a Yellow Lab,  Evee, a Saint Berdoodle, Sienna, a Staffordshire Terrier, and Oliver, a Jack Russell Terrier and two cats: Joey and Jax.  In her spare time, she enjoys photography, gardening and attending and supporting her childen and nieces/nephews in all of their events and activities. 

Receptionist

  • Has been with HVC since March 2013

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 two dogs: Remi, a Blue Heeler and Cali, a Catahoula. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and loving every day. 

Veterinary Assistant

  • Has been with HVC since September 2016

Madison Knackstedt

Madison lives outside of Inman on a farm with her husband Baxter. They attend Union Valley Bible Church, have two horses, hereford cattle, and two blue heelers: Callie and Audi. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, working the cattle, horseback riding and hunting. 

Veterinary Assistant

  • Has been with HVC since March 2017

Jenn Barton

Jenn lives in Hutchinson with her husband Bryan. They have two dogs: Brodie, a Westie and Jack, a Chocolate Lab. In her spare time she enjoys watching the Royals, baking, crafting and trying to wear out her 3-legged dog! 

Veterinary Technician

  • Has been with HVC since January 2018

Diane Beck

Diane lives in McPherson with her husband Eric.They share their home with their two cats, Lucy & Mr.Tumnus. During the summer if Diane is not watching Royals baseball she will be gardening, playing with one of her 10 grandchildren,bike riding, or trying out new recipes for Eric.She loves KU basketball which we shall not hold against her.

Kennel Manager

  • Has been with HVC since November 2014

Raeley Cotten

Raeley lives in McPherson with her parents and her little brother. They have 3 dogs: Bo, a Rat Terrier, Cas, a Pitbull and FizzGig, a Pomeranian. 3 cats: Tips, Stout and Utini and two Guinea Pigs Pumpkin & Pumba.  Raeley enjoys reading and spending time with her friends. She plans to attend Colby Community College in the Fall to become a veterinary technician. 

Kennel Attendant

  • Currently attending McPherson High School
  • Has been with HVC since September 2016

Ashtynn Unruh

Ashtynn lives in McPherson with her parents and two dogs; a Golden Retriever Mix, Jake and a Chihuahua, Joey. She is currently attending Fort Hays State University with the intent to major in the animal science program. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and playing soccer. 

Kennel Attendant

  • Currently attending FHSU
  • Has been with HVC since September 2016

Auxana Whatley

Auxana lives in Inman with her husband Codie. They have 1 dog Molly, a beagle/doberman mix and two turtles. In her spare time Auxana enjoys scrapbooking and being outdoors. 

Kennel Attendant

  • Has been with HVC since September 2017

Hailey Plett

Bio coming soon!

Kennel Attendant

  • Currently attending MHS
  • Has been with HVC since December 2017

Dr.Watson

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 injruies 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.