Meet Our Veterinary Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Southgate Veterinary Hospital. We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets.

Get to Know Our Team!

We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care! We look forward to getting to know you and hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.


Dr. Magenau - Veterinarian
Dr. Magenau, DVM


Dr. Crystal Magenau spent her grade school years in Manvel, ND and then moved to the family farm at Hamilton, ND in 1992. She attended undergraduate school at NDSU and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. She went on to attend Iowa State University to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008. Dr. Magenau practiced in Grand Forks for six years after graduation, but returned in 2013 after missing the Fargo-Moorhead area, where she accepted a position at Southgate Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Magenau and her husband, Luke, share their home with their two children, Jameson and Madison. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, watching movies, reading, and relaxing.

Dr. Clay Seright - Veterinarian
Dr. Seright, DVM


Dr. Clay Seright is a veterinarian at Southgate Veterinary Hospital. Having been in veterinary medicine since 1995, he has dedicated himself to providing the highest quality care for his patients and their owners. He completed his undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University and obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University, fostering a solid foundation for his passion for animal health.

Dr. Seright’s commitment to excellence is evident in his personalized care for each patient and client. He takes great pride in ensuring the well-being of his furry patients and believes in keeping pet owners well-informed and involved in their pet’s healthcare journey. Outside of work, Dr. Seright indulges in various hobbies that allow him to appreciate the beauty of nature. Whether hiking, capturing picturesque moments through photography, or traveling to National Parks and scenic areas, his love for the outdoors shines through.

Dr. Fakler - Veterinarian
Dr. Fakler, DVM


Dr. Theresa Fakler is from Alexandria, MN. She did her undergrad at NDSU and Veterinary School at the University of Minnesota, having graduated in 2017. She has two cats (Carmyle and Suzie), who are almost identical, a Scottish Terrier (Wallie), and a Corgi (Eva). Her favorite thing to do outside work is to hang out with her husband and children. They enjoy watching Netflix, biking, and playing board games. She also enjoys walking Wallie and Eva, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing. She has a fondness for short-legged long-back dogs and always appreciates being told when there is a corgi puppy in the clinic.

Dr. Nicholas Machtell - Veterinarian
Dr. Machtell, DVM


Dr. Nicholas Machtell is a highly experienced veterinarian. Having been in the vet industry since 1989, he has earned a reputation for providing quality care to his patients. Dr. Machtell obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University, setting the stage for his life-long commitment to animal health and well-being.

Dr. Machtell’s passion for his profession shines through his special interests in surgery and internal medicine. He enjoys interacting with pet owners daily, ensuring they feel well-informed and at ease throughout their furry companions’ treatments. Beyond the clinic, Dr. Machtell embraces various hobbies, including hiking, photography, wood-working, rock hounding, and gardening. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rhonda, and their three kids, Chantel, Kaylah, and Taylor.

Dr. Birchem - Veterinarian
Dr. Birchem, DVM


Dr. Kelly Birchem is from Hankinson, ND. She attended undergraduate school at NDSU and then received her Doctorate 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 Red River Animal Emergency Clinic. Dr. Birchem enjoys spending time in the country and visiting family and friends.

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Ali - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Ali, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Ali graduated from NDSU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. She has worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician 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 our lab. When Ali is not at work, she enjoys reading, bringing her daughters, Ashlyn and Ella, to their various activities, watching movies or Netflix, and spending time with her dogs (Hazel and Bowie), cats (Jasper and Emmet) and other family and friends.

Amanda - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Amanda, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Amanda graduated from NDSU with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2010. She takes great pride in her ability to read her patients well, showing exceptional empathy and understanding when they are in pain or feeling anxious. Her dedication to accommodating their needs and making them comfortable during their visit is a testament to her caring nature. She enjoys interacting with pet owners in the exam room, discussing treatments, and ensuring they are well informed and at ease. One of the most rewarding moments for Amanda is witnessing the happiness of pets when they reunite with their owners after surgery. Beyond her professional life, Amanda cherishes time spent with her husband, Jessy, and their two children, Avery and Greyson, along with their beloved Pitbulls, Griff and Rogue. Together they enjoy family activities like watching movies, playing board games, baking, and creating precious memories.

Shelby - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Shelby, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Shelby graduated from NDSU with a degree in Veterinary Technology and a minor in Zoology. She is a certified scuba diver and hopes to swim with whale sharks someday. Shelby enjoys snuggling with her cat, Fig. She’s an amazing baker who likes to read and is crafty. Shelby joined the Southgate team in March of 2016.

Ryan - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Ryan, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Ryan grew up in Marshall, MN, and moved to 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 three sons, Zane, Rylan & Isaac. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, camping, fishing, and spending time with his pets.

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Allison, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Allison is a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Southgate Veterinary Hospital. She has been in the veterinary field since 2019, including three years as a Veterinary Assistant and one year as an LVT. Allison brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to her role. Her passion for animal care led her to pursue her education at North Dakota State University.

Allison takes immense pride in her work, especially when it comes to assisting pets with orthopedic issues and procedures. Her compassionate nature and expertise help these furry companions return to their usual, happy selves. Outside of the clinic, Allison finds comfort in spending quality time with her two cats, Vince and Skunk, snuggling up together on her couch.

Alyssa - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Alyssa, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Alyssa is a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Southgate Veterinary Hospital. Having been a technician since 2020, she has honed her skills to provide exceptional care to furry patients. Alyssa’s dedication to her profession led her to pursue her education at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

Alyssa takes immense pride in her ability to listen to clients’ concerns attentively, ensuring that their pets receive the best possible care. Her compassionate and empathetic approach makes pet owners feel valued and reassured. Beyond her professional commitments, Alyssa spends time with her Golden Retriever, Huey, and embraces her love for the outdoors, often engaging in activities like playing tennis.

Taylor - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Taylor, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Taylor is a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Southgate Veterinary Hospital. Having been in the veterinary industry since 2017, she has honed her expertise to provide top-notch care to every patient and their devoted owners. After graduating from North Dakota State University, Taylor’s academic background has fueled her passion for animal health and well-being.

Taylor’s dedication to her profession shines through her commitment to individualized care. She takes immense pride in educating pet owners about various aspects of their furry companions’ healthcare and finding the best ways to manage their well-being. She also takes a special interest in orthopedics and rehabilitation. In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies include crocheting, reading, and engaging in training activities with her dogs, exploring agility, tricks, and scent work.

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Lindsay, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Lindsay has been dedicated to her profession since 2011, having graduated from the Minnesota School of Business. Her pride lies in implementing the Fear Free approach, prioritizing a safe and low-stress environment for the animals she cares for.

In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading, and spending time with pets & family.

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LaShae, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

LaShae has been practicing since 2019. She obtained her education from NDSU and takes pride in her commitment to learning and advocating for pets. LaShae excels in providing top-notch nursing care to her patients, ensuring they receive the best possible treatment.

In her free time, she enjoys going on random adventures, camping, and going to the lakes. She also loves spending time with her two dogs, Milo (Pomeranian mix) and Kevin (Terrier mix), as well as with friends and family.

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Jenni, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jenni embarked on her veterinary journey in 2020 and is an alumna of NDSU. She takes immense pride in fostering strong relationships with her patients and their human counterparts. She dedicates her free time to cherished moments with her family. Additionally, she finds joy in coaching roller derby, hitting the slopes for snowboarding adventures, and embracing the outdoors through hiking and biking pursuits. 


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Lisha, Hospital Manager, LVT

Hospital Manager/LVT

Lisha is the Hospital Manager and a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Southgate Veterinary Hospital. With an impressive 23-year journey in the veterinary industry, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. After graduating from North Dakota State University, Lisha’s academic background has laid a solid foundation for her commitment to animal welfare.

Lisha finds immense joy in her work. Her passion shines through leading and supporting her amazing team. Their collective efforts make every day enjoyable and rewarding for her. Outside of the clinic, Lisha’s world revolves around her beloved family, both human and furry. Together, they have discovered the joys of camping, relishing the opportunity to escape the hustle of day-to-day life and create cherished memories while spending quality time together.

Customer Service Representatives

Amanda - Customer Service Representative
Amanda, CSR
Customer Service Representative

Amanda attended NDSU for Veterinary Technology and joined the Southgate team in September 2014. She works as a Customer Service Representative. Amanda has a passion for animal rescue, and volunteers her time at 4 Luv of Dog Rescue. She has 5 cats and 1 dog. 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.

Teresa - Customer Service Representative
Teresa, CSR

Customer Service Representative

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 Teresa’s eyes and has her 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 horses, kayaking, 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.

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Marion, CSR

Customer Service Representative

Marion has been a Customer Service Representative at Southgate Veterinary Hospital since 2022 and has made a positive impact on both clients and their adorable furry companions. Marion firmly believes everyone deserves respect and consistently offers assistance with a warm smile and a positive attitude.

Marion finds joy in interacting with the patients at the clinic, delighting in their adorable faces. Outside of work, Marion nurtures her love for knowledge through reading and listening to podcasts. She also enjoys exploring the beauty of nature across the country.

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Ashli, CSR

Customer Service Representative

Ashli embarked on her journey in veterinary medicine in 2021, nurturing a deep passion for delivering exceptional care to clients and their beloved pets. As a client service representative, Ashli takes pride in extending warm greetings to clients and their furry companions at the front desk. As an appointment assistant, she finds satisfaction in working directly with patients, contributing to diagnostic processes, and facilitating their treatment. Ashli cherishes her free time with her daughter and animals outside the clinic, enjoying the outdoors, attending concerts, and exploring new travel destinations.

Veterinary Assistants

Alexa - Veterinary Assistant
Alexa, Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant
Alexa is a Veterinary Assistant at Southgate Veterinary Hospital. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role since she’s been a part of veterinary medicine since 2018. Alexa has a BA in Psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Alexa takes great pride in her attention to detail and her unwavering dedication to ensuring the comfort of her patients during their stay at the clinic. In the spring of 2023, she was awarded a scholarship to pursue her Veterinary Technician degree at Penn Foster. As one of only 25 employees nationwide to receive this scholarship, she is excited to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and further enhance her skills and knowledge. Outside of work Alexa enjoys playing instruments and dabbling in textile crafts.

Katie - Veterinary Assistant
Katie, Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant

Katie is a Veterinary Assistant at Southgate Veterinary Hospital. With having been in the veterinary industry since 2021, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a caring touch to her role. Katie’s academic journey took her to North Dakota State University.

Katie’s dedication shines through as she strives to ensure every patient feels at ease during their visit. Recognizing that each animal has unique needs, she takes pride in tailoring her approach to provide comfort and support. Katie enjoys indulging in her hobbies outside of work, such as watching movies, traveling, attending concerts, and snuggling with her Tortoiseshell cat named Echo.

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Jessika, CSR/Vet Assistant

CSR/Vet Assistant
Jessika entered the veterinary field in 2021, driven by her love for animals and a commitment to compassionate care. She takes pride in building trust with clients and providing top-notch service. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, baking, gaming, hiking, and spending time with her two cats.

Veterinary Appointment Assistants

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Isabel, Veterinary Appointment Assistant

Veterinary Appointment Assistant

Isabel began working in vet med in 2022. She is currently pursuing her education at NDSU to become a Veterinary Technician. Her pride stems from creating a comforting environment for both clients and patients, contributing to a healthier future for beloved furry companions. Witnessing the recovery of animals after illness brings her immense satisfaction. 

In her free time, she likes to play and stream games, as well as read and draw. And when she’s not occupied with these activities, she’s often foundtaking cute pictures of her cat.

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Lizzy, Veterinary Appointment Assistant

Veterinary Appointment Assistant

Lizzy has been practicing since 2021. Currently attending NDSU, she brings a fresh perspective to her role, drawing from her ongoing education. Lizzy takes pride in using her veterinary knowledge to aid distressed animals.

In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her dog, sleeping, hunting, and spending time with loved ones.

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Camryn, Veterinary Appointment Assistant

Veterinary Appointment Assistant

Camryn entered the field of veterinary medicine in 2022, beginning her journey to provide dedicated care to clients and their pets. Currently pursuing a major in microbiology at NDSU, Camryn’s academic pursuits show her commitment to advancing her knowledge in the field. In the clinic, she takes pride in being a happy, bubbly, and friendly face for both clients and patients, embodying the role of the “Golden Retriever” of the clinic—radiating warmth and approachability. Outside her professional life, Camryn enjoys spending quality time with her cats, Grand Canyon and Basil, finding solace and joy in their companionship.