Meet the Team

Dr. Many Buhman with two dogs and a cat

Dr. Mary Buhman

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Mary Buhman is a South Dakota native and a graduate of Hill City High School. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Dr. Buhman then attended the University of Minnesota where she received a Bachelors in Veterinary Science with Distinction and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

After Dr. Mary’s graduation from veterinary school, she moved to Rock Springs, WY, where she worked as an associate for 4 years before purchasing the practice. In 2008, she moved back to South Dakota where she worked as an associate. In 2013, Dr. Buhman purchased Meiners Animal Clinic. Dr. Buhman has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She also enjoys photography and gardening. If you have spoken with her, you will have heard about her golden retrievers and her cats with special needs. Dr. Buhman enjoys practicing small animal medicine and also working with exotics. The passion for exotics was cultivated during her 5 summers working at the Great Plains Zoo & Museum in Sioux Falls, SD while she was an undergraduate. She has treated rabbits, ferrets, small mammals as well as a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Having had the company of many personal and clinic animals over the years, Dr. Buhman has also experienced many of the medical and surgical conditions as her clients. Dr. Buhman hopes that pets are able to receive veterinary care in a kind, compassionate environment coupled with knowledge and experience.

Dr. Sheila MacLaughlin

Associate Veterinarian

Coming Soon

Team member Nicole with her fluffy cat



Nicole grew up in Sturgis, graduating from Sturgis Brown High School. After graduating, she was accepted into the veterinary technology program at NAU. Nicole started working at Meiners Animal Clinic in 2012 while in school. She received her Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2014.

Nicole has 3 pets: a Persian cat named Theodore, a rescue cat Violet, and a heeler named Dally.. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, camping/fishing, playing softball or just being home with her husband and son. What Nicole enjoys most about her job is the opportunity to connect with and comfort our patients.



Kristin grew up on a beef and dairy farm in central Minnesota, graduating from Sauk Centre High School. She attended Ridgewater College in Willmar, Mn, graduating in May of 2014 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology.

In 2016 was married, and she and her husband moved to the Black Hills. Kristin has 2 horses- Tivio and Nugget, and 3 dogs- Nova, Aayla and RG. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and riding horses



Sherri is originally from Michigan. She attended Michigan State University graduating in 1984 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She became licensed the same year.

Sherri is married. Her husband was in the Air Force enabling them to live in Germany, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia and finally South Dakota. Sherri has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. She also has 3 dogs- Jinny, Finn and Charlie, 2 cats, 4 horses and several beef cows and chickens.

Sherri likes to travel, go camping, garden and read. She has been with Meiners Animal Clinic since 2018.

Team memer Julie with her two dogs


Kennel Manager

Julie has worked at Meiners Animal Clinic since 2008 as a Kennel Attendant and is now our Kennel Manager.

She is married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Julie has 2 dogs named Tallow and Shilo, 2 cats she adopted from the clinic, Daisy and Olive, and 2 horses named Copper and Junior. You may recognize her horses in the pasture across from the clinic. In her spare time she likes to read, garden, hike with her dogs and work with her horses.

Team member Ruth with her dog


Kennel Attendant

Ruth has called Rapid City and the Black Hills area home since 1981. Along with her Associates of Applied Sciences Degree from NAU in Veterinary Technology, she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SDSM & T with an emphasis on Paleontology and Geology.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, jigsaw puzzles, travel, and spending time with her dog Axel and 3 cats Basalt, Sandstone, and Mica.


Daycare Attendant

Taylor is originally from Wyoming. She moved to South Dakota in 2014 with her family. Taylor has been working at Meiners Animal Clinic since 2018. She is glad to have found a job that she has always dreamed of. She enjoys every moment working and playing with all the dogs!

She has one dog named Missy. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, 4-wheeling and going to the lake.