(815) 399-4808 | M, T, TH, F: 7:30am - 5:30pm | W: 8am - 5:30pm | S: 9am - 12pm | Sun: Closed
(815) 399-4808 | M, T, TH, F: 7:30am - 5:30pm | W: 8am - 5:30pm | S: 9am - 12pm | Sun: Closed

Meet Our Team

Veterinary Staff
Office Staff
Dr. David Helland, DVM, MS
Dr. David Helland assumed ownership and operation of Alpine Veterinary Hospital in July of 1978. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1964 and holdsa. degree in Veterinary Pathology. He was on the faculty of Kansas State University for two years, operated a private veterinary diagnostic laboratory for four years and has served as a consultant in several laboratory forensic activities. Dr. Helland is a member of several veterinary associations, including the Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical ASsociation and the American Animal Hospital Association. Within the community, Dr. Helland has served as Chairman of the Board of the Winnebago Unit of the American Cancer Society and is a past President of the Winnebago County Board of Health. He is a 21 year member of the Alpine Kiwanis Club of Rockford and is also a past President of the organization. He is an active member of Bathesda Covenant Church. He has two children and three grandchildren. Dr. Helland enjoys horticulture and gardening, especially his wonderful tulips, which are well known in the community. He has one dog, Riley, and a cat named Buzz.
Dr. Grant Sanderson, DVM
Dr. Sanderson is a 1991 graduate of Rockford Lutheran High School. He attended Augustana College and is a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and serves on the Executive Board of the Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical Association. As an Eagle Scout, Dr. Sanderson loves spending time outdoors. He enjoys all sports, both saltwater and freshwater fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Sara Pearson, DVM
Dr. Pearson is a native of Stillman Valley, Illinois. She went to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for her undergraduate degree, then completed veterinary school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana as a 2018 graduate. Dr. Pearson could not be more excited to return to this region to serve pets and their owners in the Rockford area. In her free time she enjoys fishing, canoeing, crafting, horseback riding and playing the piano. She loves spending time with her animals which include a horse, a goat and a dog.

Miranda Romero

Lead Veterinary Technician

Whitney Felker

Veterinary Technician

McKenzie Hettler

Veterinary Technician

Vanessa Castillo

Veterinary Technician

Kaari Hobson

Veterinary Technician

Barb Williams

Hospital Manager

Mel Whitehorn

Inventory Manager/Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Lynne Istad

Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Karol Manley

Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Brenda McDonough

Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Wendy Hart

Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Alyssa Willard

Kennel/Vet Assistant