Bethanne Kushner, head receptionist, was recommended to Silver Maple by her sister, Jaime, and has been here for nine years. She has a knack for finding charts that go missing, and is known around the office as the “chart ninja.” Bethanne is passionate about providing excellent customer care; one thing she enjoys most about working at SMVC is that our staff thinks of our clients as not just customers—we get to know them and really value the relationships we form with them and their pets. When she’s not working, Bethanne can be found spending time with her husband and son. Fun Fact: Prior to working at Silver Maple, she was a hairdresser, having never previously had an office job or a job with animals.
Karla Xander, receptionist, lives in Lehigh County very close to where she grew up. She graduated from Northwester Lehigh High School in the 1980s. Karla has been married for 34 years and has three children and five grandchildren that she takes care of when she's not at Silver Maple. She also has a horse, a pony, two goats, two dogs, and many cats; she loves both children and animals. She also loves baking and planting, and is very active in her church. Fun Fact: Karla has worked at SMVC for 20 years!
Emma, receptionist, has a strong love for animals, which started young when she grew up on her family farm in Kutztown, Pa. She currently is an active member of Therapy Dogs International, where she brings her Lab, Tegan, to many different facilities such as school, nursing homes, and hospitals to brighten the day. On the side, she runs Green Alchemy Soaps, rides her horse, Sunny, and teaches yoga. She is currently studying to be an OBGYN, and aspires to work with women around the world. She is very passionate about bringing the best customer care to each of Silver Maple Veterinary Clinic’s clients.
Amie Klinger, receptionist, moved to Kutztown three years ago, and lives here with her fiancé and two cats. Amie is currently a full time student, working towards her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She is originally from Numidia, Pennsylvania which is roughly two hours north of Kutztown. Amie started her journey at Silver Maple not that long ago and is very happy to be a part of the Silver Maple Family. She says she is learning so many different things she didn’t know before during this experience.
Amie grew up on a small farm as an only child but had many cousins to play and discover with. Her farm was a mostly vegetables and fruits and also had greenhouses for wholesale plants and flowers. They had livestock as well, but it was mostly for meat for the family. Amie can remember all the crazy animals they had as pets throughout the year. One could say they came short of their own petting zoo at times.
In her spare time, Amie’s favorite things to do are curl up with a cozy blanket and her two cats and read a book or watch a good movie. She also really loves to practice yoga and listen to music. Usually on the weekends, Amie and her fiancé always have things going on, whether it is going out with friends or having dinner with family or watching Nascar after going to church on Sundays!