Our Caring and Compassionate Veterinary Care Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of PETCARE Animal Hospital in South Jordan! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!
Please call us at 801-302-9061 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Veterinarians

Dr. Scott Matheson, DVM
Diplomate of American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Board Certified in Canine and Feline Practice

Doctor Matheson grew up in Woods Cross, Utah and attended the University of Utah where he graduated with a degree in Biology in 1983.
From 1987 until 1996 he was in General Practice in West Valley. He was the Medical Director in the practice from 1990-1996. Starting in 1996 Doctor Matheson practiced Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City, until opening PETCARE Animal Hospital in early 2008.
Doctor Matheson became the first veterinarian in Utah to be Board-Certified in Canine and Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (most veterinarians do not yet pursue the additional qualifications required for board certification).
Doctor Matheson has wide-ranging interests in veterinary medicine, including Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, Dentistry and General and Orthopedic surgery. Doctor Matheson also sees many species of exotic pets including most small mammals, birds and reptiles.

Doctor Matheson is married with two daughters and one grandson, that is his little best friend. He has two cats (Marcel and Prim) and two Golden Retrievers (Donkey and Marvin). His hobbies include woodworking, discovering new music on YouTube (and showing the staff)camping, computer programming and listening to music.

Dr. Darin Emch, DVM

Doctor Darin Emch grew up in Zillah, Washington and attended college at Brigham Young University. He graduated from the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.
Doctor Emch was in General Practice for 3 years, and then in a Emergency-only referral practice for 11 years.
Darin Emch DVM has clinical interests in General Medicine and Surgery.
Doctor Emch is married and has 5 children and 6 grandchildren, and one cat (Gus).
Doctor Emch enjoys reading, sports, playing computer games, and cooking.

Brandi Bayliff, DVM, CVA

Dr Brandi Bayliff grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and received her BS in Biology from the University of Utah in 2008. She moved to Southern California in 2009 to attend veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences, where she was inducted into the Phi Zeta Honors Society in 2012 and graduated in 2013.

Prior to veterinary school, she worked as a veterinary technician for over eleven years in two small animal practices in the Salt Lake Valley. After graduation, she practiced in Montrose, California, a small town near Los Angeles, for the last seven years before beautiful Utah and its four seasons called her home. Her interests lie in relationship-centered care, dentistry, nutrition, medical oncology, and soft tissue surgery.  Dr Bayliff  wanted to further help her painful, geriatric patients when medication wasn’t enough and pursued additional training in acupuncture. She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from the Chi Institute in January 2020, which required 150 hours of online and onsite lecture, 32 hrs of laboratory practice, passing of 4 written exams, passing the clinical acupoint exam, submission and approval of a case report and a 30 hr internship with a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.

Dr Bayliff shares her life with her husband, her Great Dane, Hodor, and her cat, Clark W. Griswald. She enjoys yoga, weight lifting, running and gardening, as well as spending quality time with her family, whom she is thrilled to be back in Utah for.

Hospital Administrator

Tessa S, CVT, Hospital Administrator

Tessa is a 2004 graduate of Broadview University with a degree in Veterinary Technology and is a Certified Veterinary Technician (C.V.T.); she worked at several general practices prior to PETCARE Animal Hospital. She is currently working on obtaining a specialty in small animal internal medicine.
Tessa also worked with Dr Matheson and Dr Emch for many years in Emergency Practice prior to helping us start PETCARE Animal Hospital in 2008. She is extremely skilled in many aspects of patient care, anesthesia, dentistry and surgical assisting and laboratory diagnostics.
Tessa has worked with many exotic pets and owned lots of different types of little critters. She has 2 dogs (Franklin & Echo), a macaw (Boscoe), and a bearded dragon (Draco).
Tessa is our Hospital Administrator and is in charge of handling our inventory / special orders, as well as managing our staff.
Tessa is married with a wonderful son and enjoys anything the outdoors has to offer. She has loved living in a small town community, so much that she has become an elected official. 

Receptionists

Beka M., Receptionist

Beka has been our receptionist for PETCARE since 2008.

“I’m from Wichita in the great state of KANSAS!  Home of Boeing, Pizza Hut, Coleman and of course ME!  Cessna, sunflower state and the air capital of the world. My dad and brother were pilots and my sister is too.”

She has Marvin (who is a cat food thief) golden retriever, Donkey (who loves his belly rubbed) golden retriever, Marcel (cat, human food thief), and Prim (attention hog and sometimes known as the devil) rag doll.Her hobbies include Trains, planes and automobiles. No just kidding.  Making scrub shirts, cross stitching, plants etc… She enjoys listening to Latin beats, soft jazz, some techno music, music that doesn’t make my head hurt.
Beka is married and has two daughters and one grandson.

McKenna – Receptionist

McKenna graduated from Bingham High School in 2013 and attended a few courses at SLCC.

McKenna, at one point, hoped to move from working reception to training as a veterinary nurse. She found out blood isn’t her friend – and neither is the floor.

She loves horses and rides often. Her hobbies and life revolve around horses. McKenna also enjoys drawing.

She has one dog- Paisley, and one horse – Arya.

Jayde R – Receptionist

Jayde is from Springville, UT and has one brother.

Jayde is currently attending the University of Utah – with the intention of obtaining a PhD.

Jayde enjoys reading, listening to country music (especially Garth Brooks) and playing sports when she isn’t working. She has one dog (Rosie).

Elsa M – Receptionist [Speaks Spanish]

Originally from California, Elsa moved to Utah when she got married.

Elsa has three amazing daughters and has one dog (Mozzie).

Elsa joined PETCARE in March 2021 as one of our receptionists.

In her spare time, Elsa enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and going to the gym.

Hailey R – Receptionist

Travis P – Receptionist [Speaks Korean]

Veterinary Nurses

Sage S., Veterinary Nurse & Surgical Coordinator

Sage has worked at PETCARE Animal Hospital since we opened in 2008. Originally starting out as a hospital assistant, she is now one of our head veterinary nurses at PETCARE.

Sage is in charge of handling social media for PETCARE, assists with training employees, updates our digital sign, and most recently has become our surgical coordinator. Sage really enjoys dentistry, surgery, pharmacology, and the laboratory.
Sage graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with an emphasis in criminology) from the University of Utah in 2015.
Sage has 3 dogs (Forrest, Peppermint, and Yosemite) and 3 cats (Poppet, Seamus, and Slick).
Sage is married, has an adorable little son, and enjoys camping and traveling, avid Amazon Lover, and board games. She absolutely LOVES being a mom.

Erica C., Veterinary Nurse and Our Callback Queen

Erica has lived her whole life in Utah. Erica graduated from Herriman High School and received an associates in science at Utah Valley University in 2016.
Erica has 2 dogs (Duke and Dottie) and 2 cats (Desi and Puck).
Erica is married, loves being a mom to her son, and enjoys camping and watching movies. She also likes spending time with family and friends.

Fun Fact! Desi and Seamus (Sage’s cat) and Puck and Slick (Sage’s cat) are siblings!

Steve C., CVT, Veterinary Nurse – Technician

Steve graduated from Broadview University with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2013 and is a Certified Veterinary Technician (C.V.T.)
He is married and has 2 cats and 2 doggies.
Steve enjoys playing online computer games.

Ashlee W – Veterinary Nurse

Ashlee started the veterinary technician program through Jordan Applied Tech Center as a junior. She continued the program up until graduating at Herriman High in 2021. She will be starting college courses at UVU in the Fall. Ashlee is hoping to reach the title of veterinarian one day. Currently, she loves watching (and fixing) anything gross.

Ashlee has two dogs (Phebee and Otis) and a beta fish (Jaws).

This youngling loves listening to pop music, watching movies and shows and Dylan O’Brien. She also likes to read, go for a swim, and play video games.

Ashlee is a HUGE lover of chicken sandwiches. Chicken sandwiches are her sole reason for being. Chick Fa La sandwiches are her favorite.

Elizabeth D – Veterinary Nurse

Elizabeth graduated from West Jordan High in 2019. She completed 1 year of veterinary tech with Jordan Applied Tech Center (receiving an enhanced diploma).

Elizabeth has 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 3 chickens, 1 duck, and 2 goldfish.

Elizabeth is married. She enjoys working and involving herself with animals 24/7 – whether it be at home, watching TV, etc..

Minnie G – Veterinary Nurse [Speaks Spanish]

Minnie is from Puerto Vallarta in Mexico – where she grew up on a agriculture and aquaculture farm.

Minnie graduated from Broadview University. She is currently in the process of completing her VTNE – to become a certified veterinary technician. She hopes to specialize in nutrition and possibly expand to working with large animals one day.

Minnie loves spending time with her boyfriend, friends, and her animals (2 dogs – Indie Latte and Buffy). She also loves hiking and spending time outdoors.

Karla L – Veterinary Nurse [Speaks Spanish]

Ronna P – Veterinary Nurse

Ronna previously worked for PETCARE as a veterinary nurse and a receptionist.

After taking a few years off to wander the world, Ronna is back as one of our nurses!

Ronna has had a variety of pets over her life time – including cats, spiders, snakes, etc… (Even one foster squirrel named Rupert – later found to be Ruperta!)

If Ronna got to pick anywhere in the world she could move to, it would be either Jamaica or Africa. She is a HUGE lover of anything Reggie.

Gabby B – Veterinary Nurse

Dianna M – Veterinary Nurse [Speaks Spanish]

Dianna was born and raised in Viva Las Vegas prior to moving to Utah in 2007.

Dianna attended Broadview University and graduated in 2013.

She loves performing dentistries, working with anesthesia, and exotic pets.

When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her partner and stepson and spending time outdoors.

Dianna has four dogs (Denali, Verona, Laxus, and Ezra), two cats (Yoda and Ellie), one leopard gecko (Natsu), and two turtles (Raphael and Mikey). Someone must like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 😀

Dani F – Veterinary Nurse

Hospital Assistants

Destiny H – Hospital Assistant

Destiny was born and raised in Utah but plans to see the whole world.

Destiny is one of our younglings – she is still in high school and is loving working as an assistant! She would like to gain more experience working with exotics and see how natural remedies play into the veterinary world.

In her spare time, Destiny loves listening and creating music – as well as likes to doodle. She hopes to one day be an artist.

Ireland C – Hospital Assistant

Carolyn H – Receptionist / Hospital Assistant