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Jerry – Facility Manager

Jerry – Facility Manager

Jerry Ravnsborg grew up on a farm where you learn to do all kinds of things. He has a BS in Business Administration and owned a manufacturing company, where he later went into technical sales of industrial automation in a three-state area. As a retiree, he enjoys living on an acreage with his wife Carol of 51 years. Their Son is Dr. BJ Ravnsborg, located at the Walnut Creek Veterinary Clinic. They have a daughter, Amy, in Kansas City who is an air traffic controller. Their family has 4 grandchildren, two boys, and two girls. He enjoys working with his hands and currently provides maintenance services for Ridgeview, Walnut Creek, and Skyline Clinics.

Thomas – Technology Support Specialist

Thomas – Technology Support Specialist

Thomas joined the Ridgeview team as our Technology Support Specialist in the Spring of 2020 after receiving his Information Technology degree from the University of Kearney. Thomas and his fiancé have a 3-year-old Husky/Lab mix named Penelope. Thomas is originally from Ada, Oklahoma and in his free time, he likes taking pictures.

Adam – Director of Operations

Adam – Director of Operations

Adam has a degree in operations management from Kansas State University. He currently manages 3 clinics, Ridgeview Animal Hospital in Omaha, Walnut Creek Veterinary Clinic in Papillion, and our newest addition to the veterinary family, Skyline Veterinary Clinic in Elkhorn. He is married to Joanne, who is the owner of Ridgeview Animal Hospital in Omaha. They have five children: Jack, Lucy, Vivien, Jay, and Eddie. Their family pets are a cat, Mellie, and a Border Collie/Shepherd mix named Tex who was rescued from a shelter in Dallas, and Angus the cattle dog, adopted from Heartland German Shepherd Rescue. Since managing 3 busy clinics isn’t enough, Adam and Joey are foster parents and Adam is the founder and volunteer coordinator for Truck Brigade. Truck Brigade serves former foster youth by delivering furniture to their new homes.

Shannon—Practice Administrator

Shannon—Practice Administrator

Shannon has been in the veterinary industry since 2000 when she graduated from N.C.T.A. and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She worked in 2 other clinics and with Dr. Gaines as an LVT prior to Ridgeview opening. A passion for animal medicine was only the beginning of her career. She keeps up her license as a technician to help with patients when needed but has transitioned into practice management over the past 10yrs. Even more, than helping the doctors and furry family members, she found that she enjoyed using her other skills to help build strong teams and positive cultures in the clinics while continuing to learn and grow herself. She is now the Practice Administrator for Ridgeview Animal Hospital, Walnut Creek Veterinary Clinic, and Skyline Veterinary Clinic.

She is also the proud mom of 2 teenage boys, Gavin and Malik, that keep her busy when she’s not in the clinics and a dachshund, Stella. Her sweet fur baby for the past 16 years!

Melissa – Administrative Assistant / LVT

Melissa – Administrative Assistant / LVT

Melissa is a Fremont native and obtained her Associate of Applied Science Degree from Vatterott College in 2009. She completed her externship at Ridgeview Animal Hospital and joined our sister clinic, Walnut Creek, as a licensed technician in March of 2010. She then transitioned to Skyline Veterinary Clinic in January of 2016 as the Clinic Manager, after two years she transitioned to the flex technician role and is now the Administrative Assistant for all 4 sister clinics. In addition to being a tech, Melissa enjoys football, fishing, music, softball, and being outdoors. She currently resides in Omaha with her husband Grant, their son Waylon and their fuzzy kids Daphne, Janis, Roxie, and Kitler.

Tawni, Clinic Manager

Tawni, Clinic Manager

Spending most of her youth in Nebraska and Iowa, Tawni was born an animal lover and developed a passion for caring for any animal she encountered. With a heart for furry critters, Tawni began her career working as a receptionist for a small-town veterinarian. After several years in that environment, she was intrigued by the business aspect of the clinic and this led her to pursue a business degree at Iowa Western.

Tawni and her husband, Chris, enjoy DIY projects, trying new recipes, and spending time with their three children, Zachary, Zoey, and Paisley. Tawni’s children have also developed a love of animals and so their family also includes two senior chihuahuas, Chaos and Havoc, and four chickens, Hen Solo, Hei Hei, Chickaletta, and Henrietta.

Cassie, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Nurse in Canine Rehabilitation

Cassie, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Nurse in Canine Rehabilitation

Cassie was raised in Omaha, actually in Woodhaven-the neighborhood adjacent to The Ridge Veterinary Clinic! Cassie graduated from Millard North High School, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Wayne State College in 2009, and went on to earn her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Iowa Western Community College in 2012. In 2016, Cassie earned her Certification in Rehabilitation from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Cassie saw first-hand the benefits of physical rehabilitation in dogs, after Dr. Beck rehabbed her childhood English Springer Spaniel after knee surgery, and wanted to help other pets improve their mobility and pain control. Cassie’s husband, Josh, is a steamfitter and loves to hunt, fish, and create new toys out of stainless steel. Together, they have one daughter, Aria who was born in 2016 as well as an ornery and energetic English Springer Spaniel rescue, Gunner. Beyond assisting dogs with rehabilitation, Cassie enjoys playing with her daughter, and cuddling up with a good book (if Aria has a say, several good books)!

Sarah W., Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sarah W., Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sarah is from the east coast but lived in Lincoln as a kid. She has a BFA from Alfred University in NY state and an AAS from Bel Rea Institute in Denver, CO. She and her husband Tom have one teenage daughter named Elizabeth.  Her family also consists of her stepdaughter Lydia and new grandson Shawn.  She has 3 dogs; the chihuahuas, Mouse and Roco; who keep Herbie the English Bulldog in line.  On a regular basis, Sarah enjoys taking photos, dog parks, and sushi.

Courtney, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Courtney, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Courtney graduated from IWCC in 2011 and has been a licensed veterinary technician for 10 years. She has been working in the veterinary field since she was 15 years old starting as a veterinary assistant. Courtney has been married to her husband Andrew, for 10 years, and they have 1 son, Leo, who is in the first grade. Together Andrew and Courtney have a mixed breed dog named Penny and a black cat named Sammy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, attending Jazzercise classes, and spending time with family and friends.

Amanda, Veterinary Assistant

Amanda, Veterinary Assistant

Amanda is an Omaha native that grew up in northwest Omaha. She entered the animal field right after she graduated from Roncalli Catholic and started at UNO. Most of her time is spent on our rehabilitation side of the practice or at the front desk. In April 2021, Amanda adopted an English bulldog named Gucci who wants nothing more than to sit an inch from her face. She spends her free time with her partner Jordan at local dog bars/parks.

Sarah P., Client Care Specialist

Sarah P., Client Care Specialist

Sarah is a Nebraska native, born in Lincoln but now resides in Omaha. Prior to entering the animal care world, she worked as a hairstylist, but then worked a brief time at a doggie daycare which helped her discover that she could turn her love of animals into a career. She joined the team when The Ridge first opened under its new name in April of 2021 after being trained at Ridgeview Animal Hospital.

She grew up with a budgie, a type of parakeet, named Sky who lived to be 12 years old. After moving to Omaha, she lived with her aunt and uncle’s collie, Indy, and now has a German Shepherd mix named Gideon.

Jessie, Client Care Specialist

Jessie, Client Care Specialist

Jessie is an Elkhorn native and now lives in Millard.  She started with our sister clinic, Ridgeview Animal Hospital, in 2016. She also spent some time helping out at our other sister clinics, Walnut Creek, and Skyline Veterinary Clinic. In April 2020 she welcomed her first baby, Gwenivere with her partner Zach.  They have a stubborn beagle/ bulldog mix named Doc Holliday who loves to roll around in the mud and play with his human sister. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching movies.

Abigail, Rehab Assistant

Abigail, Rehab Assistant

Abigail grew up in rural Texas surrounded by a variety of animals. She grew up with birds, fish, reptiles, dogs, cats and different farm animals. Needless to say, she grew up with a love of all animals. She went to school for graphic art and animation before finding her true passion- caring for animals. She worked at a doggie day care, and humane society until she found her calling in the veterinary field.

Abigail now lives in Omaha with her family, beagle- Trixie, two cats- Ruckus and Ninja and snake- Checkers.

Lelland, Rehab Assistant

Lelland, Rehab Assistant

I was born and raised in Hattiesburg, MS. I am a family man, who truly enjoys country living. I have worked in zoos such as Dallas Zoo, Blank Park Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly zoo, etc. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree. I am, currently, applying to schools of veterinary medicine, with the hopes of becoming a board-certified, large animal orthopedic surgeon. I am passionate about the health and well-being of all animal species and I wish to make a great contribution to the field of animal medicine and conservation.

Viviana – Client Care Specialist

Viviana – Client Care Specialist

I’m a spiritual vegan, born and raised in Omaha NE, who when not studying or working at the clinic likes to spend free time reading, writing ,practicing mediation, yoga and spending time in nature. I’m a dog/plant mom to a needy and loving three-year-old shih tzu named Oliver (ollie for short) and a feisty, caring chihuahua named Mitsy. (has too many plants to name). I am currently doing online classes to get certified in veterinary assistance as well as my yoga teachers certificate.

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