Meet the Team

  • DebraYoung
    Debra Young
    Senior Clinic Manager

    Debra has been a Clinic Manager at NVA since we built our facility in 2002.  She also provides dog training services to our clients and patients.

    As our Senior Clinic Manager, Debra is responsible for all of the day-to-day activities that take place at the clinic. Inventory management is a large part of Debra’s day. She ensures that all of the clinics needs are met in regard to retail items, medications, pet foods, and prescription diets. She also oversees the maintenance of the facility. Her top priority is to ensure an excellent experience for our clients and patients.

    As a dog trainer with 35+ year’s experience, she continues to pursue continuing education seminars so she can remain at the cutting edge of an ever changing scientific discipline.  She has raised and trained Golden Retrievers, an English Cocker Spaniel, a Papillion, two Chinese Cresteds and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She uses her knowledge to compete in American Kennel Club (AKC) events such as conformation, obedience, tracking and scent work. Debra enjoys frequent trips with her furry friends to dog events. Debra and her dogs have achieved many Champion Titles including  an AKC/Canadian Champion Golden Retriever, a Canadian Champion Papillion, an AKC Grand Champion Chinese Crested and many scent work titles including a Masters Scent Work title with Mork, the Wirehaired griffon.

  • JamieMagnuson
    Jamie Magnuson
    Veterinary Assistant / Clinic Manager

    Jamie is one of our Veterinary Assistants here at NVA. She is also a Clinic Manager, and is responsible for coordinating all of our Veterinary Assistants and Licensed Veterinary Technicians.

    She has been Dr. Jandron’s “right hand person” for over 22 years now. Growing up in the Negaunee area, she developed her animal handling skills on her family’s hobby farm. They cared for horses, goats, and chickens. A few years after graduating from Negaunee High School, she decided to pursue a career as a veterinary assistant. Jamie soon discovered that this is what she was meant to do. She uses her talents to keep all aspects of the clinic running smoothly. She is also one of our Certified Therapeutic Laser Technicians.

    Jamie and her husband are currently raising two young daughters. One dog, one cat, two goats, and some chickens round out their household. In their free time they enjoy camping and following their daughter’s sporting events.

  • BethRae
    Beth Rae
    Senior Front Office Manager

    Beth is our Senior Office Manager at Northern Veterinary Associates. Like many of our employees, she was a client prior to becoming an employee. Beth is responsible for making sure the front office runs smoothly, and coordinates all the activities and communication between our clients, receptionists, doctors and other support staff.

    Beth was born and raised in Ishpeming, and graduated from Westwood High school in 2007. She worked at another local business before changing careers to the veterinary field. She has grown up with many animals such as horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and birds. She resides in West Ishpeming with her boyfriend and her 3 dogs. She enjoys spending time with her nephews and niece, baking and crocheting.

  • CourtneyAllen
    Courtney Allen
    Kennel Manager

    Courtney Allen is our Kennel Manager here at NVA.  As Kennel Manager, she has the task of monitoring the well-being of our patients, which to us is of utmost importance. Courtney’s most important duty is to keep our patients happy and relaxed.  The kennel/recovery area of our hospital is an area that needs constant attention, in order to assure our patients are comfortable and at ease. She is also responsible for monitoring hospital supplies and the maintenance and sterilization of surgical instrument packs.  Courtney also assists in maintenance of the clinic.  The appearance and smooth operation of the clinic is vital to the high quality care that is offered to our clients and patients at Northern Veterinary Associates.

    Courtney was born and raised in Ishpeming. She graduated an Ishpeming Hematite, where she enjoyed participating in softball and basketball. She enjoys spending her free time with her boyfriend Nick, their families, and their dogs. Courtney is also an Ishpeming Township Fire Department fire fighter. She is Involved in other organizations like the Hiawathaland Snowmobile Club and the Pigs N Heat charity event.  


  • Madeline Blankenberger
    Madeline Blankenberger
    Kennel Manager

    Madeline is one of our Kennel Attendants here at NVA. Before joining us, Madeline graduated from NMU with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and has had several years of experience working at other veterinary clinics. She provides our patients with a positive experience by focusing on their comfort and well being. She is responsible for monitoring patients, preparing surgical instrument packs, and keeping the patient recovery area free of anything that may cause stress with our patients. Her eye for detail and caring approach allows our patients to remain in a stress free environment as they recover from surgery, illness or injury.

    Madeline grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Marquette to further her education as well as to enjoy the outdoors hiking with her fiancé and two German Shepherd Dogs.

  • Jennifer Ingebrigsten
    Jennifer Ingebrigtsen
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jennifer is one of our Veterinary Assistants here at NVA, and has been an employee with us since 2019. She graduated from NMU in 2008 with an Associate degree in Surgical Technology and worked as a Surgical Tech at local hospitals up until 2015. In 2015 she had her daughter, and decided it was time for a career change. Her experience in the human medical world has made her a valuable asset at NVA. Jennifer has always loved working with animals, including being employed at UPAWS on and off since 2006.

    Jennifer’s spare time includes being outdoors with her daughter, and spending time with her dogs Darwin (Rat Terrier) and River (Doberman).

  • Marlan Martin
    Marlan  Martin
    Veterinary Assistant

    Marlan is one of our Veterinary Assistants here at NVA. She was born in Cuba in 2001 and raised in South Florida. Marlan moved up to the U.P. in the summer of 2023 with her wonderful partner and they both look forward to what this Winter Wonderland has to offer. She is currently a student at NMU studying Biology with a concentration in Zoology, soon hoping to attend veterinary school.  

    Since she was a small child she always had a fascination for animals, big or small, winged or pawed, scaly or furry, and everything in between. She dreams of one day traveling the world rehabilitating sick or injured animals and then settling down somewhere that feels like home to continue doing what she loves.

    She enjoys exploring the world around her, but also enjoys being at home with a good book or movie. Her partner, James, has a rescued hunting beagle named Riff who loves to lounge around and get cuddly. He may be retired but the moment he catches a scent he's gone with the wind. She has a little fur girl of her own whose name is Ira. She is incredibly playful and funny and she adores watching T.V. and cuddling, exploring, having yummy snacks, and pretending to hunt!

  • Amber Nelson
    Amber  Nelson
    Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist

    Amber started her journey with Drs. Jandron and Cannon at a previous veterinary clinic when she was a High School intern. Because of her skills and hard work, she quickly became an employee. In 2002, when we built our new clinic, Amber was one of the original staff that helped create our dream practice. She did take a hiatus for several years to raise her four children with her husband Dave. We were happy get her back on the team in 2021.

    Amber has two roles at our clinic. Her past experiences allow her to serve as both a Receptionist and a Veterinary Assistant. Her favorite part of working with us is caring for the pets, and working side by side with our skilled doctors. In their spare time, Amber and her husband Dave devote most of their time to family, friends, and their German Shepherd Dog and rescue cat.

  • Serena Peskie
    Serena Peske
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Serena is one of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians at NVA. She was born in Riverton, WY and raised in Bessemer, MI.  She always knew that she wanted to work in the veterinary field.  If asked she’ll tell you, “I have never wanted to do anything else.”  She graduated from Michigan State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology and got her license that same year. She has worked at a few other veterinary clinics prior to joining us. She has been at NVA since May of 2019, bringing her years of experience to our team. Serena has expanded her role as an LVT, and has allowed us to offer Technician Appointments to better serve our clients and patients.

    Serena’s hobbies include reading, singing, travel and spending time with friends and family.  She currently resides in Ishpeming with her husband, Jeff and her three cats, Sully, Crowley and Castiel.

  • Traci Racine
    Traci Racine

    Traci is one of our Receptionists here at NVA. Working in veterinary medicine since 2018, she has always been so loving and very compassionate towards animals from a young age. She feels that she has genuinely found her place in life. 

    She finds it so fulfilling to be part of a bigger picture that helps saves animals and allows them to get the routine care they need. Also, she finds being involved in a Fear Free clinic is very rewarding as we are able to help with patients feel comfortable while in our care. Traci also plays an important role in the communication between our clients and our doctors.  

    Traci has 6 sweet fur babies of her own – my two dogs, Kaede and Gus – and my four cats, Gunter, Babette, Busan, and Klaus.


  • Katie Ricklard
    Katie  Ricklard

    Katie is has been a Receptionist here at NVA since October 2022. She has been an animal lover all of her life, and has been working with them since 2017. She was previously a dog groomer for 5 years, which gave her valuable experience working with pets and their owners. She loves greeting pets when they come into the clinic and being the first to give them love. Katie plays an important role in the communication between our clients and doctors.

    Katie has lived in Ishpeming since 2014 with her husband, two kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a bearded dragon. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and cheering her kids on at all of their activities.

  • Aryana Steede
    Aryana  Steede

    Aryana is one of our Receptionists at Northern Veterinary Associates. She actually started with us in 2022, when she was still in High School. She has proven to be a valuable part of our team. Her favorite part about working with us is the interaction with our clients and their pets. She will be pursuing her goal of becoming a Veterinary Technician or Assistant so she can continue her passion of working with animals.

    Aryana enjoys spending time with her family and friends paddle boarding, skiing, ice skating, and enjoying all that the UP has to offer. Her favorite part of the day is spending time with her German Shorthair Pointer, Bailey, and her Bearded Dragon Lexie.

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