(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 zookeeper with a 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 20 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 step children, 8 grandchildren, 2 dogs and 1 cat. When not at the clinic he enjoys outdoor activities, exercising, scuba diving (is Master Scuba Diver), running, computer 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, 5 grandchildren, 3 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 2 playful cats. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my children, reading, 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 15 years. I have been married for over 16 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 and a dog named Max. 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 16 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 3 wonderful pets, 2 dogs, Daenerys and Frodo and 1 cat named Gibson.
Olivia Laviolette – Veterinary Assistant
I have grown up with animals my entire life, starting out with cats, dogs, fish, and mice. Caring for animals has been my life-long ambition. Currently, I am enrolled at San Juan College pursing my dream of becoming a veterinary technician. I also plan to continue my education in animal behavior. In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and three perfect dogs (a German Shepherd named Misty Layne, a Border Collie Mix named Lexi Mae, and a Beagle/Basset named Charlie Daniel.
Shelli Duensing – Receptionist
I love working at Bardens Animal Clinic. I have been married for 16 years 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. One is in medical school and the other is in nursing school. We have 2 dogs, Rocky and Pebbles, and 1 cat named Winnie. I also work part-time at Dayton Freight Lines in Lowell. I am looking forward to a great learning experience here at Bardens!
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, 1 great-grandson and 2 dogs. In my spare time I enjoy golfing and bowling.