Our Team

Mark R. Howlett, DVM – Veterinarian, Chief of Staff

Dr. Howlett was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin but grew up in Spokane, Washington. In 1998, Dr. Howlett graduated with a Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine and surgery through the Veterinary Honors Program from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. As a student, he earned numerous awards including both the large and small animal surgery scholarships given to the student(s) most proficient in each of those fields. He also co-authored various journal articles relating to new surgical techniques in veterinary medicine. Dr. Howlett’s first seven years of practice were spent as an associate veterinarian in private clinics in Arizona and Idaho. Part of that time was spent as the managing veterinarian and chief of staff at a busy Boise, Idaho clinic. He then worked closely with board certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, and physical therapy as an emergency/critical care veterinarian at West Vet Emergency and Specialty Center of Idaho. Dr. Howlett then came to Gem Veterinary Clinic in 2006 and committed his high standards of care and progressive medicine to the community of Emmett and people of Gem County. His favorite aspects of veterinary medicine include surgery, trauma, challenging cases, and client education. With his limited free time, Dr. Howlett enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with his bird dogs (Labs Addi and Emmi), his cat Berg, and most of all, family time with his wife, Cathy and his children, Anna Catherine and Joseph.

Jaime Paeschke, DVM – Veterinarian

Dr. Paeschke grew up in Eugene, Oregon. She attended veterinary school at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Upon graduation she moved to the great state of Idaho where she began practicing at a mixed animal practice. Dr. Paeschke enjoys all aspects of practice, but her favorite is going out on farm calls, especially when she gets to see cattle or small ruminants. She also enjoys surgery, and of course, puppies and kittens! In her spare time she enjoys gardening, camping, fishing, and spending time with her husband Matt, step-children Kolton and Kade and their many critters.

Steven Cassel, DVM – Veterinarian

Dr. Cassel brings over 34 years of experience to Gem Veterinary Clinic’s family. Upon completion of a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1974, Dr. Cassel spent his first six years in rural practice in Livingston, Montana. He then moved to Post Falls, Idaho and established his own practice. After 26 years in practice at the Post Falls Animal Clinic, Dr. Cassel semi retired for a year before wanting to come back to work. Fortunately for Gem Veterinary Clinic in August of 2008, Dr. Cassel chose our community to continue his practice. He appreciates the progressive medical aspects of Gem Vet while enjoying another great part of the state of Idaho. His favorite aspect of being a veterinarian is doing surgeries and, of course, working with puppies and kittens. His reason for employment at Gem Vet is having the opportunity to work with such a wonderful staff. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Cassel likes to spend his time fishing (mainly salmon), hunting, and taking care of his dog Buster.

Tracy Howard – Office Manager

Tracy is the veteran staff member of Gem Veterinary Clinic having been employed 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 dentals on pets. Tracy has built upon this foundation in dentistry to include veterinary nursing care, management, and client relations. Tracy’s primary responsibility is as Gem Vet’s Office Manager. Although in charge of the day to day clinic activities, Tracy is extensively involved with the surgical and medical care of our many patients. Tracy is currently taking courses to receive her degree as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her special areas of interest include surgery, dentals, patient nursing care, and client relations. 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 camping, working out, and spending time with her family including her dogs Piper and Leo, and her cats Meg and Gary.

Helen Frisbee – CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician)

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 as a CVT for over 5 of her 11 years involved in the veterinary field. In fact, Helen worked at a local emergency and specialty center with board certified specialists and emergency and critical care veterinarians prior to her arrival at Gem Vet. Along with her high school sweetheart, now husband David, Helen lives with her beautiful little girls Lydia and Adeline, as well as 2 cats (Bailey and Bleu) and 3 dogs (Miley, Harley and Cooper). 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. Helen enjoys working at Gem Veterinary Clinic because the family all works as a team and cares so much about the medicine we are providing. When Helen is not at work she enjoys spending lots of time with her husband and daughters. She also enjoys reading, walking her dogs and do-it-yourself projects around the house.

Stephanie Johnson – Client Relations / Veterinary Assistant

Stephanie joined the family at Gem Veterinary Clinic in March of 2008. Stephanie grew up in Emmett then graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science and Technology with a minor in Agricultural Economics and Rural Community Development. Prior to taking a position at Gem Vet, Stephanie worked in the administration office of the WICAP Head Start program for almost 9 years. Stephanie’s favorite aspect of working with clients is getting to know each of them personally. She looks forward to sharing in the good times clients have with their new pets as well as understanding the discomfort and the need for compassion during the sad times. Stephanie enjoys working at Gem Vet because she is able to work with her sister, be closer to home, and continue to increase her knowledge and skills. When Stephanie is not at work she enjoys spending time with family (especially her young son Jeremiah and her husband and best friend Johnson), friends, her 3 dogs (Tuff Nutt, Tanja Marine and Saige) and 1 cat (Tigford Illinois) and can often be found with her sister reading cooking books or begrudgingly working on scrapbooks.