Heart River Animal Hospital, PC
4415 Memorial Highway, Mandan, ND 58554

Phone: (701) 663-0123 | Fax: (701) 663-0100

Our Team

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Del Rae Martin, DVM is a North Dakota native from the Minot area. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1981 with a BS in Animal Science and 1985 with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Dr. Martin practiced in the Chicago suburbs for 8 years before moving back to North Dakota. She was a partner at Bismarck Animal Clinic and Hospital until December 2001. Dr. Martin joined Heart River Animal Hospital in January 2002.

She is currently owned by 2 adopted stray cats. D.C. is a large orange tabby and B.B. [Billy Bob] is a mischievous orange tabby who lost his tail in an accident. Dr. Martin enjoys exhibiting her handmade quilts in local and national quilting competitions. You can see her beautiful quilts at the North Dakota State Fair. Dr. Martin is also an avid gardener.

Dr. Martin is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Dakota Veterinary Association. Dr. Martin served as President and Legislative Advocate for the NDVMA. She was honored as the 2012 North Dakota Veterinarian of the Year.


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Barb Espe, DVM is a Bismarck native. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a BS in Zoology. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1989.

Dr. Espe practiced in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area before moving back to Bismarck in 1995 to start a house call practice and to be closer to family. Dr. Espe joined Heart River Animal Hospital in 2007.

Dr. Espe has several pets, including an adorable pug named “Teagan Violet Cherry Blossom”. She is the happiest little ball of enthusiasm you ever did meet. Dr. Espe also has a green thumb for flowers and vegetables and enjoys spending time hiking and walking with her critters. Her other passion is being the World’s Best Auntie to her adorable nephews and nieces.


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Elizabeth Kraft, DVM was born near Detroit Michigan. Raised as a city kid, she longed to be a farm kid. She transplanted with her family to North Dakota in 1994 and attended NDSU where she finished her undergraduate work and then moved on to Ames, Iowa to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000. Then she packed up and headed towards the west coast, where she had many adventures caring for large and small animals in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Oregon, and married her sweet heart Herb. While in Oregon she started her own business, Kraft Mobile Veterinary Clinic. Twin boys and a little girl arrived soon after, bringing with them a whirlwind of adventure. Dr. Kraft came back to the Midwest in the summer of 2011 to be closer to family still in the central Dakota area. The mobile practice succeeded well in the Bismarck area, but Dr. Kraft felt the pull of family- raising three very active children and running a business was not an ideal situation. So she sold the mobile practice and joined Heart River Animal Hospital in August of 2015.

Dr. Kraft and her family enjoy camping, fishing, gardening and scouting. The family menagerie includes 2 cats (Carrots & Sugar), 1 Teacup Coonhound (Libby), 2 tortoises (Turbo and Milo), and a guinea pig (Isafella).


Cassie, LVT

Cassie, a licensed veterinary technologist, graduated from North Dakota State University in 2011 with a BS in Veterinary Technology. She has worked at Heart River Animal Hospital since May 2011.

Cassie and her husband Andy, are the proud parents of a beautiful little girl “Aurora”. Their family also includes 2 furry cats and one magnificent beagle named “Brizo”. Cassie has also added a new beagle to her family, her name is "Ellie". Cassie is passionate about beagles- and believes they are the most superior breed! Cassie and her family enjoy boating and soaking up the sunshine. Keep an eye on the water ways- you may see them speed by with a Beagle in a snazzy life jacket at the helm.


Arielle, LVT

Arielle grew up in Minot, ND and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, earning her Veterinary Technologist degree in 2015. In March of 2016 she joined the Heart River staff. She is excited to start her veterinary career and looks forward to meeting our clients and patients. Arielle enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and friends. In her spare time she likes to read, crochet, and play video games. She is also a cat person, and endures eternal servitude under a myriad of cats- chiefly a fluffy white and brown tabby named “Deunan”.


Chelsey Norton, Veterinary Assistant

Chelsey joined our team this summer as a veterinary assistant. She is a Mandan High School graduate and plans on attending Bismarck State College this fall. Chelsey would like to be an animal chiropractor. She is a talented artist who enjoys travel and snowboarding, horseback riding and cross-fit adventures. “Molly” is Chelsey’s red lab- affectionately called “Miss-a-moll”.


Alicia, ReceptionistBio pic Alicia

Alicia has worked as a receptionist at Heart River Animal Hospital since September 2007. She and her husband Jon adopted a German Shepard mix named “Mable”. She is adorable and very silly. “Sylvester” the cat also resides at their house and keep everyone on their toes. Alicia also loves to go to concerts and going to the casino - JACKPOT!


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Emily has worked as a receptionist at Heart River Animal Hospital since April 2013. She has a son named Greyson and they have a Jack Russell terrier/poodle named Kelly. Emily is an avid Minnesota Twins fan- and aspires to celebrate a World Series win someday soon. Emily loves to travel and have adventures, she is also a casino fan!


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Jess joined our front staff team in December of 2015. She has a spunky daughter named Ava and three super friendly dogs- “Rascal” a beagle/lab cross, “Bruce” a Weimaraner mix and “Ozzy Pawsbourne” the prince of barkness is her newest rescue. Jess is our reigning softball diva extraordinaire. Jess is known for her sense of humor and resilience. She and her daughter enjoy swimming and spending time in the outdoors.


Sadie, LVT

Sadie joined our practice in September of 2016. She is a recent graduate from North Dakota State University. Go Bison!! Sadie was raised on a hobby farm near Oakes, ND. Being a country girl Sadie enjoys a variety of animals, including a pet hermit crab named Angela, a tripod farm dog named Thorin and Kitty cat named Quill. When she is not supervising the critters, she enjoys ballroom dancing, line dancing, and country swing dancing. Hiking, house plants and reading fill the rest of her free time.

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