Ashley grew up in Portland, Oregon where her love for animals blossomed at a very young age. She always wanted to pursue a career in pet care and was intrigued by the medical aspect of the veterinary field. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University, she volunteered for a few animal rescues and wrote grants for small no-kill shelters surrounding the greater Portland Metro area.
Outside of work she loves spending time with her husband Zachary, two Siberian Huskies – Apollo + Alta, Bernese Mountain Dog – Banks, two cats – Steez & Riff, two rats – Yuki & Nomi, and bearded dragon named Sunny.
Phoebe has been working at Sunriver since September 2020 and has been a huge asset to our team. She grew up in Bend, Oregon—a place where you’d have to be crazy not to have a pet! Phoebe has always been around animals and knew she wanted to pursue a career that would allow her to be around animals all day. She loves helping clients keep their pets healthy and happy while creating lasting relationships with pets and their owners. Phoebe is just a dog girl living in a lizard world. She’s happy to be here.
Ava is our newest veterinary assistant but she has been working in the veterinary field since 2018. She has received a certificate in Veterinary Assistant at Pima medical institute and loves learning new skills along the way. Ava has 4 cockatiels, 1 quaker parrot, 2 cats, 1 dog, and 1 northern blue tongue skink. On her free time, Ava loves reading and writing books, having a fun time with her pets and fiancé, and enjoys being a game master on the weekends. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster to get her CVT license and hopes to be finished in early 2022. Ava was born and raised in Southern Arizona but recently traveled to Oregon for a new adventure. We are so happy she has joined our team!
Dani is one of our veterinary assistants and the primary wildlife handler at the practice. She started working with animals while completing her Bachelor’s 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.
Shelby is the newest member of our team as a veterinary assistant and has been with us since May of 2022. She graduated from Murray State University in Murray, KY with a degree in Nonprofit Leadership in 2020. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Oregon with her family and started work in the veterinary field. She recently relocated to Bend to be close to family.
When Shelby is not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and her three dogs, Emmett, Russell, and Charlie. She can be found outside hiking and biking, but also indoors catching up on tv shows and crocheting. She is excited to be a part of the team.
Client Care Specialist
Emma has been with us since April 2021. She is one of our client care specialists + support staff.
Emma has traveled to the Sunriver area for years and absolutely loves it here. She finally officially moved to the Sunriver area about 6 years ago. Emma has always loved animals and loves to greet all patients when they walk through the door. She grew up with a lot of animals – of all different kinds. In her free time, Emma loves going on walks with her dog Stella, and hanging out with her cat Meema. She is currently attending vet tech classes at COCC and hopes to become certified. She loves to play games and spending time with her family.
Client Care Specialist
Chevelle is a new member of our team and has been with us since April 2022. She is one of our client care specialists + support staff.
Chevelle was born in Clearlake California, where she was raised until she started her first year of highschool. Her sophomore year of highschool she moved to Oregon where she’s been living for the last 7 ½ years. She has always dreamed of having a career in veterinary medicine. Chevelle was raised around animals of every shape and size, and has developed deep, empathetic, understanding for even the most unusual pets. Her experience with management, and customer service has helped to shape her into an extremely warm, and welcoming individual. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dogs Emmett and Kobe, camping, working out, or cuddling with her cat Sterling. She plans on pursuing a veterinary technician career in the near future.
Client Care Specialist
Elena is a new member of our team and has been with us since April 2022. She is one of our client care specialists + support staff.
Elena attended college at American University in DC and spent 10 years in Virginia before moving to Bend in June of 2021 to be close to her family. She has always loved animals and enjoyed caring for them, whether they’re puppies or parakeets.
In her free time outside work, Elena volunteers with local animal rescue organizations, goes rockhounding, and plays tabletop roleplaying games. Elena loves to travel and has road-tripped across the country three times so far. Elena’s rescue beagle Missie is her faithful copilot and goes on all of her adventures.