Meet Our Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Gem Veterinary Clinic! 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 we hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.
Dr. Jaime Paeschke

Dr. Paeschke grew up in Eugene, Oregon and completed her undergraduate and
Veterinary education at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Her first veterinary job brought her to Idaho, and she has refused to leave ever since! She came to Gem Veterinary Clinic in 2015 and purchased the clinic in 2021. Dr. Paeschke enjoys all aspects of practice, but her favorites are cardiology, ultrasonography, seeing puppies and kittens, and getting to visit with her long term patients and clients. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, camping, fishing, and spending time with her husband, Matt, and their four children, Kolton, Kade, Ryder, and Hazel. Dr. Paeschke is famous for having a varied collection of creatures at home just ask her about them, you’re sure to get a story or two!

Dr. Janet Nutting

Dr. Nutting grew up in Michigan and moved to Idaho with her family just before college. She attended Boise State for Undergrad and Western University of Health Sciences for Veterinary School in California. She was in a primarily small animal practice in SW Idaho with her own small ruminant practice on the side before joining Gem Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Nutting enjoys all aspect of Veterinary medicine with a special place in her heart for ophthalmology (eyes), surgical cases, diabetic, our older patients as well as small ruminants. When not practicing she loves spending time with her husband Seth, and her sons Waylon, and Dean. In addition to her menagerie of animals at home (2 dogs, a barn cat, 4 horses, 2 ponies, 2 sheep: Dot and Wilma and 1 alpaca) Dr. Nutting loves to horse camp, travel, hike and conquering recipes from the great british bake off. She can’t wait to meet you and your pets at the clinic!

Dr. James England

James England, a native Idahoan, currently lives in Emmett, Idaho. He received a BS in bacteriology from the University of Idaho in 1968, a Ph.D., in 1972 in veterinary virology and a DVM in 1981 from Colorado State University. Dr. England taught beef cattle and small ruminant production medicine and management from 1995 – 6/2021 at the University of Idaho’s Caine Veterinary Teaching Center in Caldwell, ID. Dr. England is a member of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture Trichomonas Task Force. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal, Veterinary and Food Sciences, University of Idaho. These days he is semi-retired but still likes to see small ruminants either here in the clinic or on the farm. He is also always available to help with our many ‘little projects’ around the clinic.

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Dr. Hazel Carney

Dr. Carney joined our team part time in June of 2021, after she retired from her longtime position as a feline medicine and behavior specialist at Westvet. Dr. Carney is the only practitioner on our team who is board certified, which means she completed extensive training and licensing after veterinary school. She is passionate about all things feline, with a particular interest in radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism in cats. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law, gardening, sewing, and completing remodeling projects on their beautiful ranch north of Emmett.

Dr. Peterson
Dr. Peterson is partially retired but loves working so much that he comes in to help out a few days a month. His passions are veterinary reproduction, pediatrics, and toxicology. He loves these topics so much that he has even authored a few books on the subjects and taught the Veterinary Toxicology course at Oregon State University for several years. In his spare time he spends time with his wife, children and grandchildren and breeds and shows Norwich and Lakeland Terriers.
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Sherel Alexander

Sherel is our newest employee, you can see her friendly face at the reception desk. She joined our team a few short months ago. Sherel was a long-time client of Gem Veterinary Clinic and decided to join the team when she found herself with an abundance of free time after retiring from her job with the airlines. Sherel lives here in Emmett with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, flying to Seattle to visit extended family, and adopting and spoiling senior Chihuahuas.

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Susan Mullins

Susan was born and raised in Virginia. She moved to Idaho in the Spring of 2017 with her husband. Susan worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for over 20 years in Virginia. She graduated from Eckerd College in Florida with a degree in biology and soon after graduation went to work at Falls Church Animal Hospital, where she worked for 27 years. She attended Northern Virginia Community College to attain her license in Veterinary Technology while working at Falls Church Veterinary Hospital. She has also worked at Eye Care for Animals in Leesburg, VA, and Settlers Park Veterinary Hospital in Meridian. Her husband wanted to move back to Idaho to be closer to his children and grandchildren. Susan lives in Sweet with her five dogs, two cats, three goats, and a horse. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, horseback riding, canoeing, and riding side-by-side, and of course, time with the grandkids.

Grace Wigger
Grace, a proud Idahoan, always had a strong passion towards animals with her life constantly revolving around them. Growing up in Kuna, Idaho she was heavily involved in Rodeo, 4-H & FFA. After graduating high school she worked for a small animal practice in Southwest Idaho as a Veterinary Assistant and receptionist for 3 ½ years prior to joining Gem Vet in August of 2022. Currently she is going to school through Penn Foster doing the Vet Assistant Program. We call her the resident jokester, always making us laugh with her quick wit and genuine positive attitude. All jokes aside, she’s always hungry for knowledge and excelling at new things. She prides herself in always making sure patients feel comfortable and loved during their stay. We call her the “treat giver” and a friend to all four legged. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family, fur babies (four dogs & four cats) and friends participating in all things outdoors.
Sara Wiegand
Sara was born in Louisiana and moved around a couple times before her parents decided to settle in Emmett, Idaho, in 2005. They became clients shortly after, and Sara’s first job was as a kennel attendant here at Gem Veterinary Clinic! She now works as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. From rehabilitating several fallen baby opossums/birds to nursing mangy kittens back to health, Sara has had a love for all animals since she could walk and has rarely turned away any needy animal. She enjoys working at Gem Veterinary Clinic because, aside from her coworkers and clients, the work being done is so gratifying. Sara loves learning new information about animal medicine, and there is never a dull moment around the clinic! Sara and her husband, Joe, met each other while they were in middle school and tied the knot in 2014. Together, they have one beautiful daughter, Lillian, and quite the menagerie at home. Their dogs Harry and Agnes; cats Kiki, Tiger, Holly, Gus, and Spooky; hamster Sushi; goats Dixie, Dolly, Ricky, and Bobby; pigs Peggy and Luanne; and others, including chickens, turkeys, and whatever else finds its way to their home. When she’s not at work, Sara enjoys being outdoors (paddle boarding, camping, hot springing, etc.), doing DIY home improvements, gardening, milking the goats, cleaning, and spending time with her family.
Kaycee Fruechte (Thiel)
Kaycee Thiel has always known she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine since she was a little girl. She started to pursue her dream by job shadowing at Gem Veterinary Clinic during her senior year of high school. She continued her education at the College of Southern Idaho, receiving her Associates degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology, earning her the title of CVT. In between semesters at college, Kaycee has worked at Gem Veterinary Clinic as a veterinary assistant and a CVT since 2017. Kaycee’s favorite aspect of working at Gem Veterinary Clinic is working as a team with her coworkers to give the best possible medicine to clients and their pets. She loves that she continues to advance her knowledge by learning from her coworkers. When not at work, Kaycee enjoys being outdoors (hiking, camping, biking, etc.), reading, crafting, and spending time with friends and family, including her dog Charlie and her cat Oliver.
Rochelle Whiting

Rochelle Whiting grew up in Cascade Idaho and now resides in Boise, ID. She has been working in the veterinary field for almost 30 years. Rochelle enjoys working with all the amazing and professional staff at Gem Vet. In her down time, she loves playing with her grandkids and spending time with her family.

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Helen Frisbee

Helen Frisbee was born and raised in Emmett. She attended her first three and a half years of formal education toward a major in pre-veterinary medicine at the University of Idaho. She then moved to Ellensburg, Washington, and attended Yakima Valley Community College, obtaining an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology, earning her the title of Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Helen has worked in the veterinary field since 1998, and as a CVT since 2005. She worked at a local emergency and specialty center prior to her arrival at Gem Vet. Along with her husband and two daughters, she has three cats: Bailey, Bleu, and Hallee, and two Australian Shepherds, Camper and Pearl. Helen’s favorite aspect of working at Gem Veterinary Clinic is being able to offer the best and most current medicine possible to our community and their pets. When Helen is not at work, she enjoys spending lots of time with her husband and daughters. She also enjoys reading, walking her dogs, do-it-yourself projects around the house and digging in the dirt and planting.

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Beth Erne

Beth is an Idaho native, born and raised in Boise. She has been involved in veterinary medicine since 2002. She attended the College of Southern Idaho in 2006 to obtain her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. She began working at Gem Vet Clinic in 2020 and really enjoys providing high quality patient care, learning from everyone and helping the animals feel safe and loved. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her horse, PJ, her goats, Herman, Sheldon and Johnny, her 5 cats – Charlie, Lil Bit, Gabbie, Elsa and Georgie, her dogs, Lady and Rascal and multiple other farmies. She also enjoys swimming, watching movies and spending time with her niece.

Tracy Howard

Tracy is the veteran staff member of Gem Veterinary Clinic having been employed here since 1992! Tracy came to Gem Veterinary Clinic with a degree in Dental Assisting from Olympia Technical Community College and uses that knowledge when performing dental prophylaxis on pets. Tracy has built upon this foundation in dentistry to include veterinary nursing care, management, and client relations. Tracy’s primary responsibility at Gem Veterinary Clinic is being the Office Manager. Although in charge of the day to day clinic procedures, Tracy is extensively involved with the surgical and medical care of our many patients. Her special areas of interest include surgery, dentals and patient nursing care. Tracy enjoys working at Gem Veterinary Clinic because of the progressive medical care offered to the community. When she is not at work, Tracy enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren Sam and Maelie; housesitting and gardening, as she has not one, but two green thumbs! Tracy’s furry family include 3 dogs: Graeme, Gillie and Poppy and three cats, Russell Wilson, Catniss and Tony.

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Alyson Boldon

Like many young girls, Alyson had the dream of becoming a veterinarian when she grew up. While that dream didn’t happen – she is very happy to be helping out in a small way at Gem Veterinary Clinic. In fact, this is her second ‘stint’ at the clinic. She worked as a receptionist here from 2011-2014 and then decided to work at the Boise Airport. She is now back here helping out with the bookkeeping and payroll as well as helping in the front again. She loves helping people with their beloved pets and is thrilled to be part of an amazing team of animal medical professionals. When not at work, she is home taking care of her retired husband (after all – a retired husband is a wife’s full time job), her 2 cats/2 dogs/2 sheep /5 chickens and 1 big llama named Hugo.