208-420-0490

476 Cheney Dr W

Twin Falls, ID 83301

©2019 INTERMOUNTAIN EMBRYONICS

ABOUT US

Intermountain Embryonics was started by veterinarians Hoyt Rees and Rebecca Holmbeck in June of 2017. Both have worked as veterinarians in the Magic Valley for several years and are deeply rooted in the success of the area's animal agriculture industry. Now that IVF technology has become affordable and efficient, it is Intermountain Embryonic's goal to help beef and dairy producers capitalize on this technology. Through rapid genetic improvement that embryo use can provide, producers can increase production rates, improve animal health traits, and increase feed efficiency.

Genetically superior animals can produce more with less. This helps to make animal agriculture more sustainable and more profitable, while reducing stress on the environment and feeding more people. 

Hoyt Rees DVM

Hoyt is the field services director and an owner of Intermountain Embryonics. Prior to opening Intermountain Embryonics, he worked as a large animal practitioner in the Magic Valley in Idaho for 3 years. Hoyt’s passion for innovation and bovine theriogenology have been influential in the growth and success of the business.

Hoyt is from a farming community in Illinois and moved to Idaho with his wife, Rebecca, after they graduated from veterinary school in 2014.  He attended Lake Forest College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and then went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. He is certified with the American Embryo Transfer Association.

Field Director

HOYT REES, DVM

Velia Nelsen

Velia Nelsen was born in Santa Maria, CA and moved to Jerome, ID in 2003. She attended Jerome High School and graduated in 2008. Velia has always had a passion for animals, so she pursued a career in the veterinary field after graduation and has worked as a veterinary technician for 7 years before joining Intermountain Embryonics as an Embryologist. 

In 2013, she married her high school sweetheart, Matt Nelsen, and they live in Murtaugh.  Velia completed her bovine embryo in-vitro production training in 2017.  She is an integral part of the lab at Intermountain Embryonics.  She also helps with cow-side procedures in the field.

 Velia and her husband welcomed a new baby girl, Emilia in 2019. They have two lovable dogs, Dodger and Dewey. She enjoys anything outdoors or fitness related activities. 

Embryologist

VELIA NELSEN

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Taryn Coffman grew up in Athena, OR on a small family farm. She participated in 4H and FFA showing beef, sheep, and swine all throughout middle school and high school. Knowing her love for animals she went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Washington State University. During her time as a student, she discovered her love for bovine reproduction and the importance of continuing genetic advancements.

Taryn is our newest member of the team, joining Intermountain Embryonics in February 2019 as an Embryologist.

Taryn enjoys camping, playing sports, and spending time with her family and her dogs, Jenna and Jim.

Embryologist

TARYN COFFMAN

Rebecc Holmbeck, DVM

Rebecca is the laboratory director and an owner of Intermountain Embryonics.  She oversees the in-vitro production of embryos and is the main client account manager. Her attention to detail and dedication ensures the lab delivers great results. She will also be heading up the development of the small ruminant branch of the business in 2019.

Rebecca grew up in a rural community in Illinois.  She served 4 years in the US Army before returning to Illinois to earn her bachelor’s in Animal Science. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois in 2014.  Rebecca earned her veterinary acupuncture certification in 2013 and certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy in 2016. She uses these complementary therapies to enhance the health and fertility of some of our donor animals as well as treating dogs and horses.

Lab Director

REBECCA HOLMBECK, DVM

Jessica Minor

Jessica Minor grew up in the heart of the dairy community in Eatonton, Georgia, showing dairy cattle in FFA and for Southern Manor Embryo Service. Her passion for the Dairy industry fueled her fire and she decided to pursue a degree in Dairy Science from the University of Georgia. She graduated in 2001 and went to work for Monsanto Dairy Business as an Area Market Manager, moving to Indiana, then Idaho in 2005. In 2007, she went to work for Idaho Milk Products in sales and marketing for the Canadian Milk Protein Powder market. In 2012, she became a stay-at-home mom and now has two beautiful, sweet little girls, Bay and Maredith.  Jessica joined Intermountain Embryonics in September 2018. She manages the office and helps with business development and client communications.

 

Jessica enjoys spending time with her girls, camping in the mountains, traveling abroad, and riding horses.

Office & Accounts Manager

JESSICA MINOR

Eric Evans recently joined the Intermountain Embryonics team as our Genetic Consultant and Program Coordinator. Eric will primarily be responsible for designing custom IVF programs on our client’s farms based on specific needs on their operation. He has successfully utilized embryos and IVF on his dairy for many years and brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to our team.

Eric grew up in upstate New York, where he started his career in the dairy industry on his family dairy, Evans Family Farm. Since then, Eric has gained experience with managing an A.I. business, running a mobile hoof trimming truck, dairy herd management, and owning a mineral business in Idaho.

Eric, his wife Misty, and their children currently reside on the family dairy in Buhl, Idaho, Evans Dairy. Their herd is a nationally known registered Holstein and Jersey cow dairy that successfully utilizes IVF to genetically advance their herd. Eric is a self-proclaimed genetic junkie, so he breeds and shows registered Rottweilers and dairy cows as a hobby with his kids. Eric and Misty also have their own cheese-making business in the Magic Valley.  

Genetic Consultant 

ERIC EVANS