Meet our passionate team of animal lovers.
Hillside’s highly trained staff is here for you.
All professionals at Hillside Veterinary Hospital maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay informed of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff’s experience and training.
Dr. Dale Smith, DVM
Dr. Smith was born and raised in Southern California. His love for skiing and the mountains brought him to Utah many years ago. He spent his summers as a wrangler at a summer camp in Antimony, Utah, and attended the University of Utah, where he earned a B.S. in biology. He then attended Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Smith studied and practiced in Baltimore and Philadelphia, then returned to Utah and opened an orthopedic referral practice in Salt Lake City. He has two wonderful children. Dr. Smith has 2 Golden Doodles, Jack and Frankie, and a Devon Rex named Willow. He also shares his life and house with his 33-year-old Amazon Parrot, Bob. He continues to enjoy the vast outdoor opportunities that Utah has to offer.
Cassie Czerny, CVT & VPM
Cassie graduated from Utah Career College with her associates in Veterinary Technology in 2004. Recently, she received her undergraduate certificate in Veterinary Practice Management in 2019. Cassie worked at a small animal practice in Bountiful, Utah for 10 years. She has been part of the Hillside team since 2014. She has two chihuahuas named Dutch & Alan. She enjoys running, biking, skiing, camping, and spending time with her fantastic son. Her favorite part of working at Hillside is patient care, client education, and surgery.
Jamie Bean, DVM
Dr. Bean joined the Hillside team in January 2017. Previously, she practiced small animal medicine in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Bean hails from a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s. She completed her undergraduate education on the big island of Hawaii and veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Dr. Bean’s interests include surgery and strengthening the human-animal bond for the betterment of both species. She also has a huge soft spot for working dogs. Dr. Bean is happy to be back in the West exploring the mountains and trails we are lucky enough to live in. When not treating her patients, you can find her hiking with her dog Camper, camping or snowboarding.
Corinna “Cori” Esdorn Camfield, DVM
Dr. Esdorn grew up in California & New York with dogs, cats and horses. She graduated from Stanford University in 2009 and the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. As a veterinarian, some of her areas of interest are dermatology, soft tissue surgery, infectious diseases, and treatment of companion goats and backyard chickens. She loves getting to follow patients through all life stages. Dr. Esdorn moved to Utah in 2017, and is so excited to finally live close to the mountains, as she loves hiking with her German Shepherd Merry, camping, snowshoeing and skiing. When the weather is less inviting, she can be found baking up a storm.
Angela Guinn, DVM
Dr. Guinn was born in Salt Lake City, UT, where she performed some undergraduate studies before moving to Oklahoma to be with family and attend school. First at East Central University in Ada, OK, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology then Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, at the Center for Veterinary Health Science graduating as a veterinarian in 2013. Prior to moving back to Salt Lake, Angela worked as a mentored associate veterinarian at a companion animal clinic in Ada under Dr. Tim Eaker for ten months. She also owned and practiced veterinary medicine at a mobile veterinary care service in Konawa for 6 months. Since returning to Utah, she has worked with companion animals at three different types of hospitals including emergency care, small companion animal care and some exotic pet care facilities for the last 4 years before joining the Hillside team. Angela loves working with pets of all kinds, especially cats, dogs, reptiles, and pocket pets. Though she is not a wildlife/exotic certified she does strive to help where she can with all types of animals. Her areas of medical interest include ophthalmology, surgery, and preventative care. At home, she enjoys the companionship of her pets, which include three cats and one amazing pug named Jazz. When she isn’t busy with her duties at the hospital, she enjoys cooking, hiking, or doing working in the garden.
Courtney Howard, DVM
Dr. Courtney Howard was born and raised in Florida. Dr. Howard has a love for the ocean and enjoys all activities on the water including offshore tournament fishing, scuba diving, boating, and enjoying the sunshine on the beach. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Florida prior to attending veterinary school at Ross University. She completed her clinical rotations at Oregon State University and graduated veterinary school in 2014. She spent some time in Eugene, Oregon practicing medicine before heading out to the great state of Utah in 2016 with her husband, who is also a veterinarian and is a native to Utah. Since living in Utah, Dr. Howard has developed a love for fly fishing, snowboarding, hiking, and camping. She joined the Hillside team in 2021 and is excited to partner with clients and their pets for a collaborative approach to pet care. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and preventative care. She has 3 dogs (Frank, Brody, and Sheila), 3 cats (Cooper, Finn, and Rosebud), and 6 chickens. She especially enjoys spending every day with her husband, Taylor, and her sweet little boy, Sterling.
Magali Lequient, DVM
Dr. Magali Lequient was born in Québec, Canada and graduated from the University of Montréal’s Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire in 1997. After initially practicing as a large animal veterinarian, in 2000 she moved to Utah, lured by the incredible rock climbing and skiing found in and around the state. She was a veterinarian for 11 years at University Veterinary Hospital in Sugarhouse and then spent the next 9 years working at White Pine Veterinary Clinic in Park City. During her more than 20-years of practice, she has had the chance to work with and learn from many exceptional veterinarians. She also received lengthy and extensive teaching from her precious canine companions, Ouest and Millie, who lived to be 15.5 and 16.5 years old, and Azrael the cat who lived to be 19. All of these influences shaped her strong interest in small animal pain management, geriatric care, and internal medicine. In addition, these experiences informed Dr. Lequient’s passion for the art of balancing a pet’s quality of life with their health challenges and appropriate treatments given the circumstances.
Dr. Lequient recently joined Hillside Veterinary Hospital and is excited to become part of such a professional and caring team. She is working at Hillside on a part time basis, as she splits her time with Utah Pet Rehab and Acupuncture Clinic where she practices veterinary medical acupuncture and related techniques.
Dr. Lequient lives in Summit Park with her husband, Brad, and their red heeler Ocho. They spend most of their free time rock climbing in beautiful areas near and far. In the winter, when they are not busy shoveling snow, they find themselves nestled by their fireplace with Ocho and Midge, a sweet 16 year old little grey cat who adopted them last year.
Sarah Sykes, DVM
Dr. Sykes joined the Hillside team as part-time in February 2022 and spends the rest of her time training with Veterinary Orthopedic Services to become an orthopedic specialist. Prior to joining Hillside and VOS, Dr. Sykes practiced small animal medicine and surgery at a private practice in Utah County and emergency medicine and surgery at MedVet Northern Utah.
Dr. Sykes obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Her professional interests include small animal surgery (orthopedic, soft tissue, emergency, and preventative surgery) and supporting the human-animal bond. Outside of work, Dr. Sykes enjoys hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and enjoying any time in nature with her two dogs Hemi and Canyon. She is also an avid skier, hunter, fisher, and traveler.
Kris has been a part of the Hillside team since 2002. She has a dog named Rita; six cats Ezie, Herman, Chess, Alice, Chickey, Jupiter; and a turtle names Clyde. Kris and 2 amazing kids. Her favorite part of working at Hillside is the great care we get to give to our patient’s and all the great clients.
Camper joined the Hillside team in February 2018 at the young age of 10 months. Working at the clinic was his very first job, but Camper dove into it like a much more experienced employee. Camper’s duties include treat quality control, boosting morale, and providing a snuggle to his coworkers in need. Camper has an honorary degree in shedding and nose booping from Wasatch University of Canine Excellence. As a Utah native, Camper enjoys his time away from the office hiking and camping with his roommates Dr. Bean and Doug. His motto: never turn down an adventure, snack, or nap.