(219) 696-0971 | Mon - Wed: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Thu: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Fri: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Sun: Closed
(219) 696-0971 | Mon - Wed: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Thu: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Fri: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Sun: Closed

Meet Our Team

Our Team
Brian Norton, DVM – Veterinarian

He received his DVM from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He grew up with his family in Arkansas. While in school he did an Externship at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. He has also worked as a zoo keeper and veterinary assistant at Baton Rouge Zoo. He was a veterinarian at the Scovill Zoo in Decatur were he treated exotic animals for ten years. Job opportunities brought him to Lowell, Indiana when he became owner of Bardens Animal Clinic in 2006. He has been practicing as a DVM for 25 years now. He dedicates himself to our clients and their companions by providing a comprehensive, state-of-the-art modern environment. He is committed to client education, individualized preventative health care and the diagnosis and treatment of disease. He has been married to Millie (our office manager) since 2004, has 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 2 dogs and 1 cat. When not at the clinic he enjoys outdoor activities, exercising, scuba diving (is Master Scuba Diver), running, gaming and spending time with his family.

Millie Norton – Practice Manager
Since 2006, I have been the practice manager at Bardens Animal Clinic. I have 5 wonderful children, 10 grandchildren, 2 dogs, 1 cat and have been married since 2004. When I am not at the clinic I love to exercise, travel, volunteer at church, and spend time with my family.
Betty Johnson – Director of Public Contact / Clinic Coordinator / Receptionist
I have been part of the Bardens family since 2010 and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have 3 wonderful children and a playful cat named Stripes. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, traveling, and watching movies.
Julie Adams – Director of Medical Services / Assistant
I attended Purdue University Calumet and have worked as a vet assistant for over 20 years. I have been married for over 21 years to my wonderful husband. We have 1 dog named Match. In my spare time I enjoy horseback riding, camping, hiking, outdoor activities, visiting family and traveling.
Sandi Harkness – Director / Assistant
I have been with Bardens since 2010 and I absolutely love working with all the animals. I have 2 wonderful children. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and shopping (especially with coupons).
Mandy Holt – Licensed Veterinary Technician
I have been in the veterinary field for 20 years now. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2002 with my bachelors degree in Zoology. I then continued my education and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2008. I have always loved animals and had a special place in my heart for healing and helping them. I have also spent time volunteering at Kankakee Humane Society. I have been married for 10 years to my wonderful husband Tim and we have 2 beautiful children Gabriella and Easton. We also have 4 wonderful pets, 2 dogs, Daenerys and Frodo and 2 cats, Gibson and Crookshanks.
Olivia Laviolette – Veterinary Assistant
Animals have been my passion from a very young age. As a child, I dreamed of working in Veterinary Medicine, and I enjoyed taking care of all my pets. I had cats, dogs, fish, and even mice! I recently graduated from San Juan College with my Veterinary Technician degree, and I hope to continue my schooling in animal behavior. In my spare time, I love being with my wonderful family and new baby. I am also a crazy dog momma with three perfect dogs, a German Shepherd named Misty Layne, a Border Collie Mix named Lexi Mae, and a Beagle/Basset named Chocolate Charlie Daniel.
Shelli Duensing – Receptionist
I love working at Bardens Animal Clinic. I have been married since 2002 and have 2 wonderful children that I homeschool. My family and I are very active in sports, especially baseball. I am very creative and love doing crafts. I also enjoy relaxing with my family at our cottage in Ohio on the lake.
Dennis Dainton – Kennel Attendant
I am married to a 7th grade science teacher and have 2 daughters. . We have 1 dog named Rocky, and 2 cats named Cocoa and Lil Joe. It is such a great experience working here with the best staff ever. My daughter Helen is a Doctor finishing her last 2 years of her residency in Neurology/Psychiatry in Charleston, SC. After this she will be done with schooling and join the real working world. My daughter Anna has her Bachelor of Nursing degree and is working as a nurse at Community Hospital. She is attending school to get her Master degree in Nursing and then wants to teach nursing at the College level.
Ron Smith -Kennel Attendant
I have worked in this profession for the past 13 years. I have been married for over 34 wonderful years, have 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. In my spare time I enjoy golfing and bowling.