Meet Our Staff








Malin Behrendt- Office Manager

Malin started at Best Friends in January 2012.  She graduated from the U of A with a degree in Animal Science.  She is our administrative and receptionist manager and capable of working any position in the hospital.  She is an excellent trainer and our troubleshooter with technological problems.  She has two cats named Mo and Franny who like to chase her dog Gabby.  She recently acquired an orphan kitten, Yoda, whom she bottle-fed since 2 days of age.



Kristen Cockerham- Head Technician

Kristen has worked at Best Friends since May of 2012.  She is the head veterinary technician who worked her way up from the kennels.  She can do it all!  She lives in Fayetteville with multiple kids, dogs, and cats.



Theadra Barnes

Theadra has worked at Best Friends since the beginning of 2013.  She currently handles much of the administrative work, as well as ordering product, but she is capable of working any position in the hospital. She has a beloved dog Batman, who is a lab and collie mix and a Chiweenie named Snuggles.  She also has 2 cats, Link and Buddha.



Dasiah Barnes – Head Technician

Dasiah started working at Best Friends in June of 2014.  She is a head technician. She has two dogs and a cat; a Boxer-Pit mix named Swayzi, a young Australian Cattle dog mix named Fay, and a black domestic shorthair, Stevie.

Jessie Barnes – Receptionist

Jessie started working at Best Friends June 2015.  She started as a kennel technician and started cross training in reception soon after.  She has two female dogs, a Boxer/Pit Bull Mix named Swayzi and Cattle Dog Mix named Fay.  She also has two cats!  A female, black, short-haired domestic cat named Stevie and a male, long-haired Domestic cat named Hagrid.  She is also a pet/house sitter and a dog walker in her free time.

Chloe Harris – Technician

Chloe started at Best Friends during summer 2016 and has aspirations to become a certified veterinary technician. She lives in Fayetteville with her 5 cats Norman, Ein (pictured), Penelope, Crystal, and Magenta, her rabbit, Dessa, and snake, Oksana.



Becca Ingram- Technician

Becca has worked at Best Friends since June 2012 as a veterinarian technician.  She graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Psychology degree and got a great job at WalMart.  We are so proud of her!  She now only works with us once weekly.  She has five dogs: a Bull Terrier mix named Ozzy, an Australian Shepherd named Dixie, a three-legged Chihuahua named Ranger, a long-haired dachshund mix named Wylie, a terrier mix named Louann.  She also has a Siamese mix named Hunter and a Maine Coon mix named Hayes.  She also spends time training dogs with behavioral problems.


Liz Miller- Receptionist

Liz joined the clinic in May 2010, and is one of our front-desk receptionists.  Liz was born and raised in Fayetteville, and lives on a farm with her husband and daughter, where they have three dogs, three cats, two guinea pigs, two Mustang horses, two calves, two goats and several chickens.


Danielle Davis- Technician

My name is Danielle, I am a student at the University of Arkansas.  I am studying animal science with a focus of pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in agricultural business.  I also play for the University’s Womens rugby club.  Ever since I knew what a veterinarian did I wanted to be one.  I hope to be a mix practice veterinarian in the future.


Callie Rinnert- Technician

My love affair for animals started as a young child and continues today many years later.  I started at Best Friends in March 2017.  I have a passion for senior dogs and spent three years working for Fayetteville Animal Services.  I have three dogs Birdie, Daphne and Nugget all who came from local shelters.