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Meet the Team

Dr. Machtell

Nick Machtell, DVM

Dr. Nick Machtell is an owner. He graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rhonda, and their 3 kids, Chantel, Kayla, and Taylor. In his spare time he enjoys hunting and woodworking.

Dr. Magenau

Crystal Magenau, DVM

Dr. Magenau spent her grade school years in Manvel, ND and then moved to the family farm at Hamilton, ND in ‘92. She attended undergraduate school at NDSU and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. She went on to attend Iowa State University and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008. Dr. Magenau worked at Petcetera Animal Clinic in Grand Forks from 2008-2013, but always missed Fargo after leaving NDSU. She was then offered a position at Southgate Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Magenau and her husband, Luke, share their home with their dog, Shelby, and their cat, Xander. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, watching movies, reading, relaxing.

Dr. Seright

Clay Seright, DVM

Dr. Clay Seright is originally from Granville, ND. He attended NDSU for undergraduate studies and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Seright enjoys Bison Athletics, hunting, fishing, and photography.

Kelly Birchem , DVM

Dr. Birchem is from Hankinson, North Dakota.  She attended undergraduate school at NDSU, then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 2001.  Before coming to Southgate Veterinary Hospital, she worked at a mixed animal practice in Fargo and at the Red River Animal Emergency Clinic.  Dr. Birchem enjoys spending time in the country and visiting family and friends.

Lisha Riley

Lisha, LVT, Practice Manager

Lisha grew up in Watertown, SD. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from NDSU. She had been the Practice Manager at Southgate Veterinary Hospital since 2004. Lisha and her husband Mark have two sons, Alex and Hudsyn; and an assortment of animals. Outside of work she enjoys photography, stained glass, cheering for the NDSU Bison, and volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Red River Valley Lacrosse Association.

Dawn Barth Picture

Dawn, LVT

Dawn graduated in 1995 from NDSU with a Bachelors of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been fortunate to have been working at Southgate ever since. Her special interests in her career are Dentistry and Client Education. Dawn and her husband, Brent have 4 children, Tiffany,Megan, Andrew and Dylan. They share their home with 2 cats, Whiska and Hermione. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends, pet sitting, playing softball, biking and scrap booking.

Karin Naasz

Karin, LVT

Karin graduated from NDSU in 2000 with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology, and a minor in Microbiology. She was offered an intern position with Southgate Veterinary Hospital, and was hired soon after. Her areas of interest include anesthesia, surgical nursing, and critical care. She enjoys going to the lakes with family, watching movies with friends, and she has recently taken up golf, “FORE”!

Alisha Stevens

Alisha, LVT

Ali graduated from NDSU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. She has worked at Southgate Veterinary Hospital since September 2006. At work, Ali enjoys spending time educating and getting to know our clients and their pets, and working in dentistry, surgery, and critical care. In her spare time, she enjoys riding motorcycle, reading, camping, and spending time with her daughters Ashlyn and Ella, cats Dax & Steve, and other family and friends.

Amanda Wahler

Amanda, LVT

Amanda graduated from NDSU in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology. She came to Southgate Veterinary Hospital as an intern and got hired shortly after. She enjoys dealing with animal behavior issues and surgeries. Amanda loves spending time with her family, husband Jessy and daughter Avery, going to movies, camping, fishing, baking, and cooking. She has 2 Pit bull mixes named Harley and Rush.

Zac Moon

Zac, LVT

Zac grew up in Sauk Rapids, MN along with his family pet a golden doodle named “Louie”. He attended NDSU and graduated in August 2014. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, he is a sports fanatic, which includes cheering for the MN Vikings. He enjoys being outdoors and spending weekends with his family at the lakes where he enjoys waterskiing.


Shelby, LVT

Shelby graduated from NDSU with a degree in Veterinary Technology and a minor in Zoology. She is a certified scuba diver and hopes to someday swim with the whale sharks. Shelby enjoys taking her corgi, Lucy, for walks and snuggling with her cat, Abby. She's an amazing baker, likes to read and is super crafty. Shelby joined the Southgate team in March 2016.


Ryan, LVT

Ryan grew up in Marshall MN, and moved into the F/M area in 2009. He was offered to do his internship at Southgate and accepted a permanent position shortly after graduating from Globe University with a degree in Veterinary Technology in March 2017. Ryan and his wife (Carol) have two sons Zane & Rylan. He also has an english setter named River and a parrot named Eva. Outside of work Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing and watching movies.

Amanda H.

Amanda, Customer Service Representative Front Desk

Amanda attended NDSU for Veterinary Technology and joined the Southgate team in September of 2014. She works in customer service and also as a veterinary assistant. Amanda has a passion for animal rescue and she volunteers for 4 Luv of Dog Rescue. She has two rescues of her own; a “super mutt” named Sawyer and a cat named Haul-E, and often has a foster dog that crashes on her couch while it’s waiting to find its forever home. In her spare time, Amanda loves hanging out with family and friends, doing anything artsy or crafty, and spending time outdoors doing anything from mountain biking to snowshoeing.

Jana Johnson

Jana, Customer Service Representative Front Desk

Jana joined the Southgate team in December 2012 and has worked for the Red River Animal Emergency Clinic since December 2008. She is interested in assisting clients and their pets with their veterinary needs, with a special interest in emergency medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys attending to her patio garden, crocheting, reading, and relaxing with her dog Betsy, her cat Max and her two hesgehogs Nym and Wendel.


Teresa, Customer Service Representative Front Desk

Teresa's passion for animals began as a very young girl, often dragging strays (not necessarily domesticated!) home with her. She has one son, Sterling, who has been BMX racing for many years. The past few summers she has spent traveling the country racing nationally for Redline – a team out of Minneapolis. Sparkle, her sweet little Maltese, now has friends in every state. Sparkle is the “twinkle” in their eyes and has both of them wrapped around her tiny paw! Teresa enjoys pet sitting in her spare time, including teaching basic training to dogs and helping with behavioral issues. She loves riding horse, kayayaking, swimming, tubing, and reading. One of the first things she noticed when she started working at Southgate, is that everyone is as genuinely crazy about animals as she is. They treat every patient that comes through the door as if they were their own; and that is how she knew she was in the right place.


Monika, LVT

Monika graduated from Globe University, Moorhead in March 2017 with an AAS in Veterinary Technology. She has lived in many places including Minneapolis, St. Cloud area, and the F/M area. Although she has held different jobs such as doggy daycare attendant and groomers assistant, she enjoys working at the veterinary hospital the most. In her spare time she travels out of town to see family and friends. On the rare weekend home, she likes to read, pain, draw, or anything else crafty! But mostly, she enjoys spending time with her perfect pittie, Duke.