The Veterinary Team

  • Dr.
    John Erfle

    Dr. Erfle and his partner Gerald 'Tim' Slobojan founded LaSalle Veterinary Clinic in 1979. Back then, the practice saw more beef and dairy cattle than horses, but as the valley changed so did the practice. 

    Dr. Erfle shifted his focus to the horse but still enjoys every opportunity to work on a cow. A 'Jack of all Trades', Dr. Erfle has done it all; caring for sheep and goats; beef and dairy cattle; and, for the past twenty years, equine lameness, reproduction, colic surgery, and advanced dentistry.

    After forty-three years of practice, John has decided to slow down. Beginning in January 2019, he will no longer be part of the regularly-scheduled veterinary team at LaSalle Equine Clinic. He won’t be far away and is always happy to help out on those strange or rare cases as someone with 40+ years experience would be. 

    Reflecting, he feels blessed to have been able to surround himself with compassionate and talented professionals and staff who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of farm animals. 

    Dr. Erfle and wife Linda have three grown children and four lovely grandchildren. Church and family are high priorities for the Erfles, so when they aren’t working they are likely involved in something at the church or traveling to see grandchildren.

  • Dr.
    Bob Genovese

    Dr. Genovese graduated from Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. As a student, Bob spent his summers working under the mentorship of his father at Randall Veterinary Hospital, a legendary sport horse practice in NE Ohio. He also found time early in the morning to work in thoroughbred race horse barns at Thistledown race track. Following graduation, Bob joined Randall Veterinary Hospital where he practiced mainly on the sport horse until joining LaSalle in 2006.

    Dr. Genovese enjoys all aspects of equine medicine, but he will admit his niche and love is the equine athlete. Additionally, he loves the camaraderie of group practice. A day in our practice does not go by without learning something new from one of his colleagues at LaSalle. The group practice also allows each veterinarian to pursue continuing education in an area of interest. Through the years Dr Genovese has attended a multitude of equine limb ultrasound, lameness, and podiatry wetlabs, and has brought this knowledge back to benefit our clients in the Flathead Valley.

    He and his wife Melissa (a small animal veterinarian at Whitefish Animal Hospital) with their twins, Mason and Olivia, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and partaking in the beauty of northwest Montana.

  • Dr.
    Sadie Hutter

    Dr. Hutter was born and raised in the Mission Valley in Ronan; she attended Montana State University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and pre-vet. While attending Montana State University, she ran track for the Bobcats, competing as a Heptathlete. She graduated from Colorado State University with her doctorate in veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Hutter enjoys all aspects of large animal veterinary medicine encompassing livestock and horses. Her goal is to be a well-rounded large animal veterinarian, providing for all spectrums and disciplines of livestock and horse owners. Dr. Hutter is very excited to be back home in western Montana and a part of a multi-doctor practice. LaSalle has high-quality staff, patient care, medicine, and customer service, which she was particularly drawn to. She is looking forward to continually progressing in veterinary medicine to better serve her patients and clients.

    Growing up working with livestock and horses, Dr. Hutter feels very blessed to be able to give back to her community in something she is very passionate about.  Dr. Hutter and her husband Adam enjoy riding their horses, packing in the mountains, and spending time in the great outdoors.

  • Dulcie Tonjum

    Dulcie, a Kalispell native, graduated from Flathead High School in 1991. She started at LaSalle Veterinary Clinic in 1990 cleaning and assisting in the small animal clinic, and eventually moved into the receptionist position. Now, she has every answer to any question anyone in the office can ask! Dulcie’s warm personality, friendly smile and willingness to help brighten our office. Like all of the staff at LaSalle, Dulcie and her husband, Britt, enjoy spending time with their animals, which include two Jack Russells and two pleasure horses.

  • Melissa Ohs

    Melissa is a third-generation Montanan, and was born and raised in Whitefish. Melissa has always had a passion for horses. She started showing horses at age three. She still enjoys showing with her daughter and participating in many other horse-related activities around the valley. Melissa attended the University of Montana and graduated with an associate’s degree in Medical Office Management. This background combined with a love of working with people makes Lasalle Equine a perfect fit. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her husband Jason and daughter Kiley. Kiley has inherited her mom’s love for animals. They also enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible. 

  • Crystal Williams

    Crystal is a Montana native and moved to the Flathead Valley in 2000. Her years of office experience, horse experience, and passion for horses made her a welcomed addition to our staff when she joined us in December of 2014. Crystal purchased her first Appaloosa horse at the age of 16, and continues that passion for horses with a small Quarter Horse herd. 

    In her spare time, Crystal and her fiance Sean stay busy with their son, Aidyn, and daughter, Hallie, and their many sports and activities. She also enjoys riding their horses and spending time with friends and family.

  • Hannah Schenk

    Hannah grew up in Bigfork and has been involved with horses her entire life. From just riding for fun to barrel racing, she has gained a lot of experience.

    Hannah has been with LaSalle Equine Clinic since early 2017, working both in the office and now as a technician with the doctors. She loves working with such a great group of people and having the opportunity to help animals, horses in particular since they are her passion.

    Hannah enjoys hiking with her husband, Troy, and painting in watercolor.

  • Chloe Westwood

    Chloe joined us in early 2018, and is originally from Eureka, MT. She and her family have lived in the Flathead Valley for about 20 years. Chloe has gained office/business experience from various classes and hands-on.

    Her livestock background is with cattle and horses. While growing up, her family also raised Tennessee Walking Horses and mules. She’s participated in trail riding, team penning and sorting, working cattle, and has enjoyed watching her family and friends in team roping and barrel racing. Chloe loves spending time with her children and their various sports and activities; as well as getting out in the outdoors and mountains with family and friends.

    Chloe enjoys the great people she works with at LaSalle Equine Clinic, as well as the clients and patients in the equine and livestock industry.

  • Dr
    Katie Boote

    Dr. Katie Boote was raised on a small ranch in South Dakota where she grew up working with ranch and rodeo horses. This developed her passion to become an equine veterinarian. She did her undergraduate work at South Dakota State University majoring in animal science and obtaining her minors in chemistry and equine science. While at SDSU, she competed as a long-distance runner for the Cross-Country and Track & Field Teams. Go Jacks! She then went to Iowa State University to obtain her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. White at ISU, she pursued her love for English riding by taking lessons for jumping. During her summers off, she continued to work in different equine veterinary practices to gain diverse experience. After graduation, she completed a year-long equine internship at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in Cave Creek, AZ. She then went to Las Vegas for a year where she got to work with a wide variety of cases and equine events. She even got to work as one of the 2018 NFR veterinarians! She is happy to be back in a rural environment where she gets to enjoy all four seasons. Dr. Boote enjoys the wide variety of her job and increasing her knowledge to provide the best care to keep her patients healthy and at peak performance. In her spare time, she rides as much as she can, continues to train and compete in half-marathons and enjoys hiking with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Arya. She is very excited to join the team at LaSalle and strives to continue the high quality of care that each client and patient is given.

  • Averie Olson

    Averie was born and raised in the Flathead Valley. She attended Flathead High School, and went on to become a certified vet assistant from the Pima Medical Institute. She is currently attending Penn Foster to obtain her veterinary technician certification. Averie was born into a horse loving family. Showing, O-mok-see, and rodeos have been her biggest passions. Aside from riding horses, Averie also enjoys going camping. 

  • Kat Hodges

    Kat grew up in West Central Kansas. There her love for nature and animals developed. In high school, Kat worked for a mixed animal practice where her passion for livestock grew and she knew working with large animals was what she wanted to do.
    Kat and her husband moved to the valley because they both enjoy being in the mountains.
    In her free time, Kat likes to go trail riding, hiking, canoeing, snowmobiling and floating the rivers.
    Working for LaSalle Equine has been a great and rewarding opportunity for Kat. She feels it has also been enjoyable getting to know the clients and their animals. Kat is happy to be part of a wonderful team that does what’s best for the animals.

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