Dr. Jaime Thurk
Dr. Jaime Thurk was born in rural Wisconsin and grew up on a Dairy farm where her love of animals has grown into her life-long dream of becoming a Veterinarian. Dr. Thurk received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine biology at Texas A&M University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2009. She completed her one year clinical rotation at Washington State University.
Dr. Thurk’s areas of interest are preventative medicine, natural nutrition and supplementation, avian/exotic medicine, surgery and dentistry. Her priority is to maintain the highest ethical and medical standards, while providing a friendly and relaxed environment for your pet. Her goal is to ensure her patients are treated as member of the family and that clients are well informed, involved and comfortable with the decisions made regarding their pet’s care. She will constantly apply the latest in veterinary medicine advancements to properly diagnose, treat and care for her patients so that your loved ones remain happy and healthy.
Dr. Thurk’s interests outside of the practice are spending time with her son, husband, 2 dogs (Echo, Hoss) and 2 cats (Mr. Bojangels, Fat Cat). She also enjoys hiking, camping and just spending time in the outdoors.
Dr. Brett Thomas
Dr. Brett Thomas was born and raised in a rural town in the mountains of southern California. As a child he raised and cared for farm animals, exotic pets, dogs, and cats. Prior to veterinary school Dr. Thomas was the lead technician and clinic manager of a six doctor practice in Texas. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lamar University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Thomas is an experienced emergency and general practitioner for dogs, cats, and exotic animals. His areas of professional interest include small and exotic animal surgery and medicine, nutrition, dentistry, ophthalmology, and preventative medicine.
Dr. Thomas is passionate about caring for all his patients with the empathy and with the same level of attention and care he would give to his own pets. He is dedicated to providing your pets with the highest quality veterinary care and believes that client education with open and honest communication is paramount. He strives to provide a comfortable environment for his clients and patients and takes pride in helping clients make educated decisions toward the care of their beloved family pets.
Dr. Thomas is a sports and outdoors enthusiast who enjoys fishing, hiking, and exploring. He and his wife (Erika), two dogs (Tank and Kain), and their mustached parakeet (Erin) are looking forward to exploring the beautiful state of Oregon for years to come.
Dr. Dalton Webb
Dr. Dalton Webb grew up in the Texas Hill Country alongside 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses, and a small herd of beef cattle. His earliest exposure to veterinary medicine came as a result of his rambunctious Beagle, who was frequently sticking his hound dog nose in places it didn't belong. Seeing the level of care that was given to his best friend in his times of need, instilled in him a passion for the veterinary profession. Dr. Webb attended Texas A&M University where he received both his Bachelors in Biomedical Science and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Webb’s professional interests include dermatology, soft tissue surgery, preventative care, and exotic animal medicine. He appreciates the challenge that comes with working on all types of animals and has even traveled to South Africa to complete a course in Wildlife Conservation Medicine. He enjoys building a lasting relationship with his clients and their furry, feathered, and scaled family members. He places special emphasis on client education and wants to work as a team with clients to help make the best decisions for their pets' health.
In his free time, he enjoys exploring all that Central Oregon has to offer. His hobbies include mountain biking, snowboarding, playing pick-up soccer, and fly-fishing. He also spends as much time as possible with his wife (Maddi), his son (Owen), their canine companions (Mavryk and Zelda), and their guinea pig (Molly).
Dr. Jessica Puccetti
Dr. Jessica Puccetti was born in Napa, CA but moved to Oregon at a young age. She grew up on a small farm in Redmond and was involved in both 4-H and FFA, raising and showing sheep, hogs, and horses as well as livestock judging. This experience working with animals helped shape her dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in BioResource Research at Oregon State University in 2009 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2014.
Dr. Jessica’s professional interests include acupuncture, pain management, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, cardiology (with a special love for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) and dermatology. She loves being able to build long-lasting relationships with her clients and patients. She believes open communication along with client education is one of the most important aspects in the doctor-client-patient relationship. Dr. Jessica acquired her acupuncture certification during her last year of vet school through the CuraCore Integrative Medicine and Education Center. She loves being able to integrate western medicine and eastern medicine together.
Away from the clinic, you can find Dr. Jessica outdoors; camping, hiking, and adventuring with her husband, Beau, her daughter, Sedona, and their two dogs; Kai (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and Beira (a Golden Retriever). They also have two indoor cats that rule the home (Bebe and Pai Mei).
Dr. Nicole Pupich
Dr. Nicole Pupich was born and raised in a small town in Carson Valley, Nevada. She knew she wanted to work with animals from a young age, having her mind set on becoming a veterinarian by the time she was in 1st grade. Her love of animals was inspired by the various dogs, cats, and exotic animals she grew up with. Dr. Pupich completed her Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.
Dr. Pupich is passionate about working with families to provide the best medicine possible for their beloved pets. She is particularly interested in preventative medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and exotic medicine. One of her favorite aspects of veterinary medicine is getting to know her patients and clients. She enjoys working with families to help make the best decisions for their pet’s health through all of life’s ups and downs.
In her free time, Dr. Pupich enjoys exploring the outdoors with her partner, Jake, via hiking, biking, climbing, and camping. If she isn’t enjoying the outdoors, Dr. Pupich can be found at home hanging out with her Sphynx cat (Wade) and axolotl (Sir Lancelotl).
Senior Certified Veterinary Technician
Nakia grew up in beautiful Sisters, Oregon. Her passion for veterinary medicine started with her schools career program. Nakia earned her Veterinary Technician Certificate in 2006.
Nakia’s special interest are dentistry and behavior. She enjoys helping pets and their people have a long healthy and happy relationship. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, horseback riding, camping. mountain bike riding and hanging out with her pets (horses, dogs, cat, chickens, goats)!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Wendy grew up in Central Oregon. She graduated from Central Oregon Community College in 2016. She has four kids (all boys). Wendy loves working in rescue. In her free time, she loves camping and going to the beach.
Lead Veterinary Assistant
Kristina grew up in a small town in Nevada. Before graduating from high school, Kristina moved to Medford, Oregon. She then attended Western Oregon University where she obtained a BA in ASL studies. Kristina moved to Central Oregon in 2015.
Kristina began working in the veterinary field in 2016 as a veterinary assistant. She hopes to enroll in an online tech school this spring. She has a great passion for animals great and small
Kristina’s interests outside of work include going to parks with her dogs, playing video games, reading, puzzles, drawing and socializing with her critters.
Tiger was born in Rochester, New York. She moved with her family to Bend in 2003. She graduated from Green Mountain Valley School in 2020. Tiger is currently enrolled with Penn Foster and is in her first semester of the CVT program.
Since a young age, Tiger has had a passion for taking care of animals- big and small. She grew up with three dogs and a horse. She spent most of her free time at the stables with her horse. She has medical experience with horses and small farm animals. In 2021, Tiger started pursuing her medical interest with all animals. She spends her free time studying and being out in nature with her boyfriend and her 8-month-old puppy Pacho.
Maddie grew up in Bend. When she was 15, she moved to Spain with her family where she attended and graduated from high school. At the age of 18, Maddie moved to the Netherlands to pursue her undergraduate degree. While in university, Maddie was lucky enough to travel a lot and explore Europe. She also played volleyball while in school. Maddie graduated from University in July of 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology.
In her free time, Maddie enjoys sports, reading, and going camping with her family.
Amber was born and raised in Southern California. This is where her love for animals grew strong at a very young age. Amber began her career in a pet daycare and boarding facility but soon found that veterinary medicine was her passion. She relocated to central Oregon in 2018 and has been working as a veterinary assistant since. Amber dreams to one day become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
In her free time you can catch her outdoors with her dog Roxy Mae, riding dirt bikes with her boyfriend, or hanging out inside reading a good book.
Jordyn grew up in Bend. She attended the University of Oregon in Eugene to study painting. She spends her free time hiking with her dog, Kondra, and cuddling at home with her cats, Meatball and Jones. Jordyn just enrolled in veterinary technician school and is excited for a career in helping animals.
Tori began her career in veterinary medicine with East Bend Animal Hospital in April of 2021 after years in cosmetics and salons. She enjoys working with all kinds of animals. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, going to concerts, and loving on her two cats and two dogs.
Nadia moved to Bend from Portland in 2010. From a young age (since she could talk), Nadia wanted every type of animal as a pet. Nadia started working in veterinary medicine in 2021. She enjoys helping injured wildlife and working with clients and their pets in veterinary medicine. She loves researching exotic species, writing stories, and creating new characters with her friends to write in those stories. Nadia has two geckos at home (one of which is special needs).
Trinity recently relocated to Central Oregon from Whitefish, Montana. She plans to attend OSU Cascade to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Zoology before enrolling in school to become a veterinarian. In her free time, Trinity enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and spending time with her five adorable dogs.
McKenna was born and raised in Michigan. She moved to Bend in 2021, and has been working in veterinary medicine since that time. She is currently in school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. In her free time, McKenna loves to travel and spend time outdoors. She can usually be found out on the local trails or adventuring to a new place.
Lead Client Service Representative
Clarissa was born in Santa Maria, California. She moved to Bend in 2004 with her family. She attended elementary, middle, and high school here (she graduated from Bend High School in 2012). Clarissa enjoys spending time with her friends, family, adorable daughter, and three dogs.
Client Service Representative
Margi has lived in Bend for 12 years, after being a Southern California native. She enjoys hanging out with friends, relaxing, and watching movies. She loves baby anything (except spiders) and keeping in touch with her four grown children and ten grandchildren. She has been working in the veterinary field for 23+ years.
Client Service Representative
Sherlie grew up on a farm on the San Juan Islands in Washington. She has never been without a pet of some kind; she adores pretty much any animal with four legs. In her spare time, Sherlie runs a rescue for reptiles and other small animals. At home, she has a 15-year-old Mini Dachshund as well as 3 other dogs, two cats, and a large “collection” of reptiles and rodents. Sherlie is currently studying to be a Certified Veterinary Technician and hopes to dive further into Veterinary Medicine, especially in the area of exotics.
Client Service Representative
Rachel was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area of California. She has been working in exotic animal rescue since 2014. She currently has an Amazon Parrot named Sunny and over 200 reptiles! Rachel is currently on the path to pursue a career in exotic animal veterinary medicine.
Client Service Representative
Ashton was born and raised in Bend. She is currently studying Social Work at Oregon State and plans to pursue pre-law. Ashton has two Labradors, River and Bailea, and a horse named Wilbur. In her free time, she enjoys hiking to waterfalls with her dogs.
Carlee was born and raised in Redmond, Oregon. She moved to Southern California in 1999, but missed Central Oregon and moved back in 2002. She has an eighteen-year-old daughter, a cat named Noah, and a Dog named Max. In her spare time, Carlee enjoys fishing, being outdoors, and going to the movies.