A Texas native and known animal lover of the family, Dr. Krista Hardy knew from an early age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. Dr. Hardy attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. During veterinary school, she went on veterinary outreach trips which gave her opportunities for learning and expanding her veterinary knowledge in areas such as Africa and Argentina.
After graduation, Dr. Hardy completed a rotating medical and surgical internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, a 30-doctor, over 100-employee facility that sees over 50,000 patients a year. She continued working there for nine years where she worked alongside boarded veterinarians of every specialty. Her primary focus was on emergency and critical care medicine while also taking an active role as a mentor in the hospital’s veterinary internship program. Dr. Hardy completed the Canine Rehabilitation Institute course and gained certification as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2012 where she also met Dr. Joe Spoo. Dr. Hardy then become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2013 and became a specialist in canine and feline practice. Dr. Hardy completed abdominal ultrasound training for specialists soon after becoming boarded. In 2018, she successfully completed the year-long echocardiology certification training directly under boarded cardiologists and echocardiology specialists. Her strong interests include internal medicine, emergency/critical care, oncology, and cardiology.
She and her husband, Dr. Joe Spoo, share their home with four dogs (Belle, Lily, Boomer, and Aggie) and one cat (Maiya). They have two adorable children, Grace and William, who keep them very busy! It can be assured that there is never a dull moment!
A native of northwest Iowa, Dr. Spoo knew from an early age that the only career for him was veterinary medicine. He is a 2001 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After spending his first two years in practice in northern Minnesota he relocated to Sioux Falls and has been practicing in the tri-state area since with licenses in in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.
Spoo’s passion is the canine athlete and he believes in a cradle-to-grave approach to managing the canine athlete. He is one of only two full-time practicing specialists in the area. Dr Spoo is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is one of only a handful of such specialists in private practice in the world, and the only whose primary focus is hunting dogs. Dr. Spoo has numerous research publications to his credit as he pushes to advance the field of veterinary medicine. In addition, he is an invited speaker to state and national veterinary meetings as an expert on the subjects of canine rehabilitation and sports medicine. His expertise in dealing with athletic canines allows him to provide optimum care to companion pets as well.
In addition to his practice responsibilities he has an active consulting business serving sporting dog owners and the sporting dog industry. He also manages an online comprehensive resource for all things gundog related, as well as hosting the podcast Fueled. In his free time, you can find him enjoying South Dakotas many outdoor opportunities which include chasing his dogs in the fall or fishing during the rest of the year. In addition, he enjoys working out, reading, writing and photography. He and his wife, Dr. Krista Hardy, share their house with four dogs and one cat. They have two wonderful children: a daughter, Grace Marie, and a son, William Kevin.
Dr. Ben Lamp was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. He attended South Dakota State University (Go Jacks) where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology. He then continued his education at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a DVM in 2015. After graduation, he returned to his home state and took his first job in Vermillion, SD. Growing up he always had interest in science and medicine and found that he loved working with animals. His experiences included working at multiple veterinary clinics and the Great Plains Zoo. Dr. Lamp and his wife (Dr. Jessica Cozzolino) share the love of a Rat Terrier named Riesling. He also grew up with two family dogs, Marty and Rossi. Dr. Lamp enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, golfing, and enjoying the summer at his family’s lake cabin in Minnesota. His professional interests include surgery, dermatology, and internal medicine. He is always continuing his knowledge base and looks forward to working with you and your pets.
Dr. Jessica Cozzolino was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. She always had a love for animals and science which led her to her first job as a veterinary assistant. After graduating with her B.S in Biology from Wagner College, Dr. Cozzolino moved to Ames, IA where she earned a DVM from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. It was there that she developed a deep love for the Midwest and even met her husband, Dr. Ben Lamp. She now calls the Midwest home, which she shares with her husband and best friend, a perfectly adorable Rat Terrier named Riesling. Dr. Cozzolino enjoys taking Riesling to the park, playing softball, cooking, and facetiming with her family in New York! Dr. Cozzolino has a special interest in internal medicine and educating her clients. It is important to her to develop a relationship with you and is very excited to be part of your pet’s care.
Dr. Lynn Labrie was born and raised in Sioux Falls. From a young age, she had always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and had a passion for dogs and cats. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a pre-veterinary major and graduated with a degree in Nutrition, Health, and Exercise Science. After undergraduate school, she attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM in 2018. Dr. Labrie is newly engaged and will be getting married in the Fall of 2020. She has 2 dogs, a Golden Retriever named Baron and a black Labrador Retriever named Bella. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, doing anything outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family.
Brent Reimer, DVM, DACVS-SA, was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate studies where he double majored in biology and botany. He then received his veterinary degree in 1999 from Iowa State University and subsequently elected to pursue a small animal surgical residency after his graduation. He was accepted into the University of California – Davis small animal surgical program where he received advanced training in orthopedic, neurologic and soft tissue surgical procedures including feline kidney transplantation. Upon completion of the residency, he became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004, and returned to perform surgery in his native Midwest. He has a strong clinical interest in canine cruciate ligament disease, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and surgical oncology.
Joni joined the Best Care family as the practice manager with many years of experience in the human medical field and is enjoying the animal side of medicine immensely. She shares her home in Brandon, SD with her husband, four children, a Pomeranian, Misty, a White Lab, Mya, a Black Lab puppy, Ivy, and two cats, Sierra and Ginger. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and anything her kids are doing.
Laura is originally from Grand Forks, ND and moved down to Sioux Falls for school. She graduated with her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Globe University in 2012. Laura loves being able to help patients through all walks of life, from pediatric to geriatric care. She shares her home with her husband and a retired racing greyhound, Marty, who is a giant couch potato! Laura enjoys being active outdoors and loves going rock climbing and camping.
Anna was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. For as long as she can remember she has always loved animals and always wanted to work with them in some way. Anna graduated from National American University with a degree in veterinary technology in 2015 and became a certified technician in 2016. Anna is a lover of plants and crafting and on occasion, she helps her husband out with his woodworking business, Tailored Woodwork. Anna also likes spending time with her friends and family. At home she has a cat named Stellar, two English Springer Spaniels named Zoey and Mavis and a bearded dragon named Jazz that all keep her plenty busy and on her toes.
Annie was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD where she knew from a young age veterinary medicine was her calling. She graduated from National American University in 2000 with her AAS in Veterinary Technology. After graduating, she returned to Sioux Falls where she worked in a practice for two years until her daughter was born. Before arriving at Best Care, she spent 3 years working for a veterinary distribution company and 12 years for a veterinarian who retired. Annie has a 15 year old daughter, 5 dogs and 1 cat. She likes spending time outdoors, motocross races, and football (SKOL!)
Alexis was raised in Sioux Falls. She graduated with her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Broadview university in March of 2017. Alexis loves being able to help patients, whether it’s routine vaccines or more complicated issues. She enjoys helping her patients feel better and aiding in their recovery. She shares her home with her husband, 2 beagles (Copper and Bohdi) and 3 cats (Athena, Sully, and Todd). They all keep her on her toes. Alexis enjoys spending time with her family and anything crafty.
Originally from the Aberdeen, SD region, Sarah was raised on a family farm. She earned her degree as a Veterinary Technician from Eastern Wyoming College and credits her career in veterinary medicine to her interest in working with large animals. Prior to returning to South Dakota, Sarah worked at Kansas State University for several years. She is married with three children and enjoys spending time with family, sewing, and being outdoors
Originally from Mason City, IA, Kaitlyn graduated with her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Des Moines Area Community College in 2017. She previously specialized in veterinary anesthesiology at Iowa State Large and Small Animal Hospital. Kaitlyn moved to Sioux Falls in May 2020 and her hobbies include spending time with her dog, riding and showing her horse, and on occasion, painting art.
Originally from Iowa with some time spent in California, Sam has enjoyed living in South Dakota for the last 15 years. Following a few other work experiences, Sam decided to pursue a career in the animal science world and obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician degree in 2017. She shares her home with her husband and two dogs and will be welcome her first child in July 2021! Outside of the hospital, Sam enjoys anything outdoors and has recently started home brewing craft beer.
Morgan was born and raised in Brookings, SD and has wanted to join the veterinary field since high school. Following graduation, she ventured to Colorado to obtain her Associates degree in Animal Science and just recently completed her VTNE to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Morgan currently lives in Sioux Falls with her dog, Evie, and enjoys hiking and puzzling in her spare time.
Stacie was born and raised in Southwest Minnesota. She lived in East Central Missouri for 15 years, where she received her Veterinary Assistant certification, with honors, from Animal Behavior College in 2009. She worked at a clinic in Missouri for 7 years before returning to her hometown in Minnesota in 2015. Stacie has always had a passion for animals and knew that it would be a rewarding career for her. She enjoys spending time with her 3 year old English Bulldog mix, Phoebe, who she rescued from a shelter. Her hobbies include fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Cassi was born and raised in Salem, SD and went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of South Dakota (Go Yotes!) in 2013. After realizing that the psychology field wasn't the right fit for her, Cassi chose to go into veterinary medicine! She graduated with her AAS in Veterinary Technology in December 2017 from Broadview University. She loves seeing patients at any age but has a soft spot for Best Care's geriatric patients. She shares her home with her husband, son, and two dogs. In her spare time, Cassi enjoys spending time outdoors, being with family and friends, and crafting.
Jodie earned her degree in Veterinary Technology from Cedar Valley College and began her career in veterinary medicine in Oahu, Hawaii. She loves to assist in surgeries and care for the ill pets at the hospital. Jodie and her husband, who served in the United States Marine Corps, returned to Sioux Falls in the summer of 2018. They share their home with a beautiful Australian Shepherd named Koda and an absolutely adorable mixed dog named Tanker. In her spare time, Jodie enjoys snow and water skiing as well as spending time with friends and family.
Born in Germany and raised in Sioux Falls, Sandy graduated from National University in Rapid City as a Veterinary Technician in 1994. She has 23 years of experience and worked with a veterinarian in Sioux Falls until his retirement prior to joining the Best Care team. A self-proclaimed homebody, Sandy shares her home with her cat, Shelby, and two finches. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her cat and family, as well as playing cards and watching movies.
Originally from Brookings, SD, Sidney earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota in 2019. While in school, she spent a semester in Sydney, Australia where she interned at a Veterinary Hospital. She recently moved back to the Sioux Falls area where she is working towards her goal of attending vet school and becoming a veterinarian. A dog lover all of her life, she recently adopted a Lab mix named Milo from a local rescue. She enjoys cooking, yoga, traveling, and spending time with family and friends in her free time.
Born and raised in Monticello, MN, Sophie knew from a very young age that she wanted a career working with animals. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology from the College of Saint Benedict in 2016 and fell in love with veterinary medicine while working at a clinic in the Twin Cities after graduation. She shares her home with her two cats, Mauzie and Archie. In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends and family, photography, traveling, and being outdoors.
Kelsey is a technician assistant at Best Care Pet Hospital and in the process of applying to vet school. She is a Sioux Falls native and a graduate of the University of South Dakota with an adventurous soul that led her to study and live abroad over the years. She returned to the Midwest to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after living in Germany and Australia, and was fortunate to intern and learn under Dr. Jessica Cozzolino. Kelsey has always been surrounded by animals, from dogs to a parrot to a toad and fish! Her first dog even taught her how to walk. Needless to say, she is thrilled to work towards her goal of becoming a veterinarian and grow her skill set to help the animals she adores so much.
Sam is a Receptionist and Technician Assistant at Best Care Pet Hospital. Originally from Minnesota, she attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter for Biology and Environmental Studies. Knowing she wanted a career working with animals, she was fortunate enough to study abroad in Africa and intern locally at the Great Plains Zoo which only solidified her passion for furry friends. She really enjoys learning new things every day at the hospital and loves that you never know what the day will bring at Best Care Pet Hospital.
Sam is a recent new dog mom to her pup Sully. Sully came into her life unexpectedly and she cannot imagine life without him. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends.
We are located on the east side of Sioux Falls, right off I-229. You'll find us on E 10th St. right across from Nelson Park.