Dr. Jenny Elwell-Gerken
Dr. Jenny is the owner of Sapphire Animal Hospital. She grew up in northern Utah and decided she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 8 years old. She graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine (go Cougs!) in 2009 and began working with cattle in a tiny town in North Dakota. From there she worked as an emergency veterinarian in Missoula, MT and briefly as a small animal veterinarian in Utah before buying Sapphire Animal Hospital in January 2015. Dr. Jenny uses veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic, Chinese herbs, essential oils, diet and supplements, and some energy work alongside Western medicine to provide the best possible outcome for her patients. When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her husband and two children, usually exploring and camping.
She spends her time between her clinic in Stevensville and her mobile practice in Park City, Utah.
Dr. Jessie Lex
Dr. Jessie Lex received her DVM degree in 2013 from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in New York. She spent her first year working as an equine veterinarian before transferring to a small animal emergency clinic in Missoula. She joined us here at Sapphire Animal Hospital in April 2017. She loves dentistry, ophthalmology, ultrasonography, and general medicine. She and her husband Justin have 2 dogs and enjoy hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing.
Dr. Vestal received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in May of 2007.
She spent her first five years in general practice in Missoula, where she developed an unending love for this area. Following one year in Chicago to be closer to family, she moved to Fort Collins, Colorado and obtained her acupuncture certification. While she loved Colorado, she longed to come back “home” to Missoula.
She is thoroughly excited to be back, and happily joined the Sapphire Animal Hospital team in January of 2019. In her free time, she loves the outdoors, gardening, yoga, horseback riding, and being with her family and beloved dogs: Bella, her wonderful Golden Retriever mix and Sushi, her delightful little Pug.
Erica joined Sapphire Animal Hospital in 2007. She helps out as both receptionist and technician, wherever she is needed! She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids, and their 2 boxers Chloe and Charlie.
Emilie started working at Sapphire Animal Hospital as an intern in July of 2016 then stayed on as a Veterinary Technician as of February 2017. She grew up in Massachusetts before moving to the Bitterroot Valley. Emilie has two dogs, an English Lab and a Boston Terrier. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and horseback riding.
Amy started working at Sapphire Animal Hospital in September 2015. She grew up in Southern California before her family moved to Thompson Falls. Amy has a Boston Terrier named Rhino and enjoys hiking and floating while spending time with her husband and two kids.
Faith started at Sapphire spring of 2018. She has worked in the veterinary field and with animals for most of her life. On most days she can be found outside with her family and dog. Hiking, camping, biking, and cooking are all an integral part of her happiness here in the Bitteroot Valley.