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

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

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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 got married!! Yep that’s right. She still goes by Dr Espe, but she does answer to Mrs. Hendrickson now too. 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. “Miss Teagan” enjoys tagging along with Dr. Espe and the hubby in the camper trailer and also hitching a ride on the kayak – of course she has her own spiffy life jacket! When Dr Espe is not busy camping or paddling she is an amazing gardener and the World’s Best Auntie to her awesome 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 and Sugar), 1 teacup Coonhound (Libby), and 2 tortoises (Turbo and Milo).


Tom Bettenhausen, DVM


Dr. Tom attended North Dakota Star University and earned his B.S in Animal Science and Nutrition in 1976. He then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in 1981. Dr. Tom has a special interest in Small Animal Orthopedics and has received advanced training in this field. He and is lovely wife Ruth, have four children, and two grandchildren. In his spare time Dr. Tom enjoys gardening and hunting.


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. Arielle currently endures eternal servitude under a myriad of cats (Baja, Bjarki, Korradin, Honda, Calcifer and Lodinn) and one ferret (Smokey).


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. She shares her home with a plethora of cute critters. When she is not supervising the animals she is an aspiring baker and confectioner, an excellent dancer and budding fisher woman.


Ally, LVT

Ally is from Mandan and graduated from the NDSU Veterinary Technology program in May 2017. She completed her externship with us and stayed on as a full time tech beginning July 2017. Ally is mom to three kitties of her own; “Howard”, “Fiona”, and “Sebastian”. She is also a part-time caretaker of her brother’s cats “Precious” and “Cali”. Ally has a huge family and is a proud auntie of 11 nieces and nephews (and counting!)


Alicia, ReceptionistBio pic Alicia

Alicia has worked as a receptionist at Heart River Animal Hospital since September 2007. She and her husband Jon have a wonderfully active little boy named Gage, who is growing by leaps and bounds. Their furry family includes “Mabel” a German Shepard mix and a black and white cat named “Sylvester”. Alicia loves to go to concerts and going to the casino- JACKPOT!


Emily, Receptionistbio pic Emily

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 2015. She has a spunky daughter named Ava. Her beloved dog is named “Ozzy Pawsbourne the Prince of Barkness”, he is sassy and independent. When she isn’t working or being a busy mom, you can find her playing softball and enjoying the sun.




Tori - Veterinary Assistant



Tori is from the Midwest and came to the practice in August of 2018. She and her husband are raising three lovely boys, Noah, Marek and Link. Their family includes a few fuzzy critters too, 2 cats (“Archie” and “Zeus”) and a silly golden retriever “Astraya”. When she is not chasing the boys around Tori enjoys traveling, kayaking and video games like “World of Warcraft”. Party on Tori!!

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