Meet The Team
Theresa Blanco is our client care service extraordinaire. Theresa has been with the practice since 2006. She feels very connected to our patients and clients. Our patients give her a quiet glow in her heart when she has the chance to rub their tummies, talk nonsense to them (she has yet to teach a puppy to say ‘meow’), or scratch them behind the ears. Theresa truly cares for animals and the people attached to them.
Theresa’s position is that of Client Support, but our clients give her support in many ways. They have the grace to let her say farewell when it is time to let a part of their heart journey on ahead. They bring light to her spirit when they entrust a new furry or feathered being into our care. Our clients bring us members of their families whom they cherish. Their trust and confidence in us is something she holds dear.
When not making people laugh in the lobby or comforting a client, Theresa can be found enjoying the outdoors or reading a book with a fine cup of tea. Theresa’s menagerie at home includes three ponies, four dogs, a flock of chickens, and two cats.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Sarah Bowers is our lead Certified Veterinary Technician. She joined the team in 2014 after graduating from the Veterinary Technician program at Central Oregon Community College. Sarah is passionate about and dedicated to veterinary medicine. She has rescued many animals and often fosters rescues until they find their forever homes. She has a big heart and cares deeply for our patients.
She volunteers her skills and time to the Central Oregon Cat Coalition and the Bend Spay and Neuter Project (Bend SNIP). She and Dr. Merideth have volunteered together at the Warm Springs Spay and Neuter Clinic organized by the Bend SNIP.
Sarah is originally a farm girl from Wyoming. Her family founded the Humane Society based in her hometown. She enjoys the outdoors, especially camping with her friends and family. All summer long, there is a tackle box and fishing pole in her car, just in case the opportunity to go fishing arises.
Dani Linschoten is one of our veterinary assistants and the primary wildlife handler at the practice. She started working with animals while completing her Bachelors degree in Zoology at Humboldt State University. She has been with the practice since 2015 and has natural talent when it comes to veterinary medicine. She treats our patients with compassion and tenderness. She is a very versatile team member, so you may see her in multiple roles within the practice.
Dani has an interest in wildlife and has been instrumental in helping the injured raptors brought in by the Sunriver Nature Center. She enjoys running, snowboarding, and spending quality time with her family and dogs.
Ashley is our newest veterinary assistant! Ashley grew up in Portland, Oregon where her love for animals blossomed at a very young age. At the age of ten Ashley was given the most precious gift, her first dog. During those twelve years she learned everything there is to learn about love, compassion, and responsibility as she grew up with one very special best friend. Her dog Kyla inspired her to create a lifelong mission of someday opening her own senior dog sanctuary.
She attended Portland State University receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Art. While living in Portland, she volunteered for a few animal rescues and wrote grants for small no-kill shelters surrounding the greater Portland Metro area.
Ashley joined our team October of 2016 and has been a wonderful addition. She has a calming effect on our patients, and often spends her lunch break comforting animals who are hospitalized. She is also in charge of our Facebook page! Ashley enjoys the simple life as she lives in a tiny home and spends most of her days outdoors involved in activities such as hiking, kayaking, and camping.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Siobean is our newest team member having started March 2017 and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from the Central Oregon Community College Veterinary Technician program. She enjoys helping animals in need and being a quiet comfort to clients. We are so pleased to have her join the team. She is the official cat whisperer of the clinic and makes the most delicious cupcakes!
Siobean loves to read, play video games and stay up until 4 in the morning to watch the sunrise. She also has a geriatric cat named Toby who is super cool. Siobean is excited to be apart of the Sunriver Veterinary Clinic team and is looking forward to the new challenges that the future will bring.