Team Members



Dr. Jake Miller

A native to the Bear Lake Valley, Dr. Miller  graduated in 2018 from the Utah State University/Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Miller purchased the Bear Lake Animal Hospital in the summer of 2018 from Dr. Charles Merrell.
Since the change, Dr. Miller has worked with the routine  small and large animals and has even dabbled in exotics and camelids. He has loved the variety in a mixed animal practice and has a special interest in animal reproduction.
When Dr. Miller is not working, he with his wife and four active boys enjoy spending time working outside, camping, hiking, biking and pretty much anything the beautiful Bear Lake Valley has to offer.



Trinity Skinner

Trinity was born and raised in the Bear Lake Valley, and she has since had the privilege of making this Valley her home with her husband of 28 years while raising their three children.  
Trinity first started her career, several years ago, at the Bear Lake Animal Hospital working for Dr. Charles Merrell. She has since rejoined the team in the fall of 2018, and she has enjoyed the change of pace and hands-on experiences.
Trinity has always had a love for dogs, cats, horses and all farm animals and has made farming and ranching a part of her living.  She loves to spend a great deal of time enjoying the outdoors with all of her pets.

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Rylie Phelps

Rylie was born and raised in the Bear Lake Valley, and she is excited to make this valley her permanent residence with her partner Tanner.
Rylie first started her career at the Bear Lake Animal Hospital in January of 2020, and she has enjoyed challenging herself with the hands-on experiences and interactions with such a variety of animals.
Rylie has a passion for spending time in the outdoors with her family and friends.

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Carlee Carlson

Carlee was born and raised in Southwestern Wyoming where she participated in rodeo from a very young age. Her involvement in rodeo has taught her many life lessons including her passion for animals.
Carlee moved to the Bear Lake Valley in the summer of 2019 and recently joined the Bear Lake Animal Hospital team in January of 2020. She has a passion for working with large animals, but is also enjoying her involvement with the small animal procedures.
Carlee enjoys filling her free time with family and friends enjoying the beauties of the Bear Lake Valley; such as, helping local ranchers and working with horses.


Whitney Beard

Whitney was born and raised in the Bear Lake Valley on her family’s cattle ranch, and she was taught from a young age how to work hard and take care of animals.
Since she was nine years old, Whitney has competed in rodeo where she developed her strong love for horses. She specifically enjoyed participating in goat tying, breakaway and team roping events. While she enjoyed competing in rodeos, Whitney now enjoys riding horses while chasing, branding and feeding cows.
Whitney joined the Bear Lake Animal Hospital team in November 2019 where she has taken on both assistant and receptionist responsibilities. She has enjoyed the challenge and looks forward to perfecting her skills with both animals and clients.
While her free time may be sparse, due to online schooling and helping around on the family ranch, Whitney fills her spare time fishing, hunting and camping with her husband and family. 



Taylor Bales

Taylor was born and raised in Northern California and moved to the Bear Lake Valley in the summer of 2020. For the past fifteen years, Taylor has spent every summer in the Bear Lake Valley visiting her grandfather in Cokeville, WY. These visits have furthered her love for the valley and have made the move and change more enjoyable.

Taylor’s passions have everything to do with animals which is largely due to her experience working in Veterinary clinics since she was 18 years old. Taylor began her career at the Bear Lake Animal Hospital in the Summer of 2021, and she is excited to continue her passion in animal science as she works hand in hand with Dr. Miller and the other assistants\receptionists.

Taylor’s favorite things include hiking with her dogs, riding her horses, playing with her calves, and anything to do with being outdoors.


Cyndy Ader
Receptionist\Finance Manager

In 2019, Cyndy moved from California to the Bear Lake Valley with her husband and happily calls this beautiful valley her home. She has worked in many areas in her career including a foster care agency, a secretary for the Public Works Department, and now a secretary at the Bear Lake Animal Hospital.
Cyndy’s love of animals has spanned her entire life which has included helping her neighbor herd his cattle as a child and having cats and dogs throughout her life.
Cyndy is looking forward to learning all about this new home and all the lovely places to visit.