Veterinary Hospital in Pocatello, ID
Our Veterinary Team
Meet the wonderful veterinarians and staff of Community Animal Hospital. We take great pride in providing excellent care for your pets!
Meet Our Doctors & Staff
Dr. Julia Alpert
Medical Director, Veterinarian
Dr Alpert has been with us since 2012, but has recently relocated to work full-time at a practice in Washington. She has still remained our Medical Director while we search for our perfect fur-ever doctor.
As the Medical Director, she continues to oversee the medical operations and ensure the highest standards of care at our hospital. She works remotely and collaboratively with the on-site veterinary team to maintain the hospital’s reputation for excellence while embracing a compassionate and client-centric approach to animal healthcare.
She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Utah and received her DVM from Oregon State University in 2002. She feels very proud to be an Oregon graduate because it was one of the smallest vet schools at the time in the country. This allowed her to receive more hands-on experience, and at the time she attended a portion of the program was done at Washington State University thus giving her perspectives from two schools.
Dr. Alpert grew up on a farm in Eastern Kansas, and then went to high school in Vancouver, Washington. She moved to Salt Lake City to attend the prestigious Ballet Department at the University of Utah before changing her major and going to vet school at Oregon and Washington State. After graduating from vet school, she moved to Camp Verde, Arizona where she was a mixed animal practitioner for 3 years before accepting a small animal position in nearby Cottonwood, Arizona. In 2007 she purchased Community Animal Hospital and has lived in Pocatello full time since 2009.
Morgan is originally from Hope, ID which is the very North part of Idaho on Lake Pend Oreille. She moved to Pocatello for the dental hygiene program and ended up having a family here. Morgan loves animals and being able to help them. She is particularly drawn to oral health and there are so many animals in need of dental care. She enjoys educating pet owners on their pet’s oral care and getting pain (oral or systemic) pain under control. She feels a calling for end-of-life care because of its strong connection to pain control. Morgan’s mother has been a vet tech for 20 years, so she grew up going to work and helping her out. Morgan went to the University of Idaho and got her B.S. in Biology and Psychology and started pursuing dental hygiene in humans, but has been in love with vet med so she came back to this. At Community Animal Hospital, Morgan does anything from surgery prep, placing catheters, walking dogs, answering phones, and much more. Morgan has a pet named Rocky who is a 13 and a half-year-old chihuahua who loves to cuddle and burrow into blankets, Annabelle who is a 10-year-old terrier who loves to go on walks and has adopted her child as her own, Fiona who is a 16 and a half-year-old chihuahua who currently enjoys her pets and playing in the snow, Little dog who is a 2-year-old firecracker of a miniature pincher who loves going for runs and exploring new areas with her, and 3 guins who love to eat. In her free time, Morgan loves to go hiking and doing most water-related activities. She also enjoys gathering firewood for campfires with friends.
Paige has lived in Pocatello, ID most of her life, the comforts of family and friends keep her from venturing too far for too long. Paige enjoys what she does because she wants everyone’s animals to have the standard of care and compassion available as she would want for her own pets. She particularly enjoys discussing how to acclimate puppies to their new home and how to make them exemplary family members for years to come, caring for senior pets to lengthen the time they have, and emergency medicine for a little excitement. Paige received a bachelor’s of science from the University of Idaho in Biology & Animal Science. This career path married her affinity to want to help others with the science behind biological systems. At Community Animal Hospital, she ensures that your pet has the highest level of comfort while performing the necessary tasks the veterinarian needs to keep your pet happy and healthy, She wears many hats, which include phlebotomist, radiology technician, laboratory technician, surgical technician, pharmacy technician, educator, janitor, and professional snuggler. Paige enjoys the rollercoaster of life with her high school sweetheart, Andrew. Paige has a pet named Scarlett, short for Scarlett O’Bara, who is a 3-year-old AmStaff. She has a personality to live up to her name. Her pastimes include Walks, Chasing Bubbles, playing with friends, and meeting new friends. She cannot resist a fluffy blanket and snuggles when the weather gets cold. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She’s always up for an adventure and loves trying new things.
Cherie is originally from Moses Lake, WA. Cherie and her husband attended BYU. Cherie would often visit her family in Pocatello and ended up falling in love with Pocatello and soon found excuses to move here. Cherie has loved looking after animals since she was a kid. Since they don’t have the ability to help themselves, she’s happy to be able to do that for them. She started as an assistant at a large clinic in Washington and loved it. When the opportunity came through the Army reserve for them to train her as a tech to look after the military working dogs, she jumped straight into it. She went to Fort Sam Houston for a very difficult 3 months, but graduated distinguished honor grad and ended up getting a job here at Community Animal Hospital. Cherie preps animals for surgery, monitor anesthesia, place catheters, draws blood, runs lab work, administer medications, restrain for the veterinarian, cleans kennels & floors, basically all of it. She really enjoys radiology and is very good at handling aggressive cats! Cherie is from a large close family, she has 5 siblings and 12 nieces/nephews. She and her husband currently have no children, but have begun foster care and love it so far. She has 2 cats, an orange tabby named Bernard who loves to sing the song of his people at 3 am, and loves to snuggle and play with his string toys, and Jeffrey who is a Siamese who loves to get his brother in trouble. Jeffrey likes walking outside in his harness and smelling everything he can stick his nose in. In her free time, Cherie and her husband love to go hiking and camping when the weather permits it. They love board games and disc golf. Cherie also enjoys doing craft projects and calligraphy whenever she can.
Hannah loves animals, she always has loved animals, and helping animals brings her so much joy. Hannah began working as a receptionist in high school and wanted to continue because she loved it and then became a tech and loves that even more.
Hannah takes pride in assisting with treatments, surgeries, emergencies, and overall caring for and taking care of animals and all of their needs.
In 2021, Hannah and her family visited Pocatello, Idaho. They fell in love with the community and decided to make a change and make the move to Pocatello! Hannah has two children, a son, and a daughter. She is happily married and her family is everything. Hannah has three dogs, three cats, and two tortoises. When Hannah is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, having movie and game nights and spending time outdoors.
She has always been involved and working with animals, from walking neighbors dogs as a kid to volunteer work at local animal shelters, veterinary clinics and then working in boarding facilities To eventually working her way up in experience to obtain her first veterinary assistant position which then lead to becoming a veterinary technician.
Sarrah loves the surgery aspect of veterinary medicine. Seeing a traumatic Injury going through the process of healing and improving that patients quality of life is very rewarding for her. She also LOVES the puppies and kittens, so if you combine the two and a C-section comes in, Sarrah will be there.
Sarrah is from Idaho falls Idaho, it is not her first time living in Pocatello. She came to Pocatello to attend ISU on a track scholarship to pursue her cosmetology certificate and bachelors in applied science. And is now back working for community animal hospital.
Sarrah comes from a family of 6. Has a very close relationship with her 3 other siblings. Sarrah has a few pets of her own, 2 cats, a dog and a fat leopard gecko named Sirloin. Her cat Kungpow Chicken is a Mainecoon mix she is a rescue and likes to fight the neighbor dogs! Her other cat Chowder is also a rescue, and is quite the social butterfly and huntress. Her puppy’s name is oatmeal, she is a corgi mix, loves running into class doors, herding cats, chickens and kids. Sarrah also enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, riding horses and mountain biking.
Alyssa is originally from Northern California, but moved to Pocatello Idaho with her now Fiance in May of 2020. They originally came to attend college at ISU, but soon fell in love with Pocatello and the community it has and bought a house in the winter of 2020. At CAH Alyssa works in the front end as a Receptionist, which means day to day she answers the phones, schedules and checks in appointments, refills medication, and handles all of the paperwork. Her favorite part of her job is seeing all of the different pets that walk through the door. She has always loved animals and has four fur babies of her own. Her oldest dog is Loki, who is a Husky with a mind of his own, who loves being in water. Her other dog is Korra, who loves to snuggle up next to her humans and will make a bed out of anything. She also has two cats, Missy and Lilia, who both love laying in the sun during the day, and running around the house with zoomies at night. In her free time Alyssa likes to play board games with friends, and in the summer loves being out on the water or going on walks with her dogs. Alyssa and her Fiance got engaged at the beginning of this year and are in the process of wedding planning.
When she isn’t working, she loves getting her family outdoors for hiking, camping, rock climbing, and paddle boarding. Bree also loves spending time in her garden and takes pride in her raspberry patch and small fruit orchard.