Dr. Wayne Schmotzer - ACVS Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Schmotzer earned his BS and DVM degrees from Michigan State University in 1981. In 1982, he joined the faculty at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine as an Instructor in Medicine. In 1983, he was selected for a three year large animal surgical residency at Oregon State University. In 1988, Dr. Schmotzer was trained in advanced arthroscopic surgery at Colorado State University. He became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1992 and a tenured Associate Professor in 1993. While a clinical surgeon at OSU, Dr. Schmotzer developed an ophthalmology referral service and authored or co-authored over 40 scientific publications. Dr. Schmotzer was a founder of BEMC and is a co-owner along with Dr. Krebs. Today, he practices as a specialist in lameness, joint disease, angular limb deformities and colic, as well as arthroscopic and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Schmotzer continues his special interest in equine ophthalmology. Active research continues in laser surgery, colic surgery, and innovative surgical techniques.
Dr. Wendy Krebs
Dr. Krebs grew up in the Wilsonville/Canby area. She graduated with Honors from the University of Oregon in 1997, with a BS degree in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry. She earned her dual DVM degrees from Oregon State University and Washington State University Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 (graduating Magna Cum Laude from WSU CVM), and completed a 12 month post-graduate internship in equine surgery, internal medicine, reproduction, and dentistry at BEMC in 2003. She then completed a four year long ACVS surgical residency program at BEMC. She has been a partner and co-owner of BEMC since 2008. Her practice interests include all aspects of equine surgery, performance horse sports medicine, internal medicine, and preventive care. Dr. Krebs has conducted research on the use of lasers for pastern joint fusion and prevention of incisional drainage following colic surgery.
Other than a short break from horse ownership during college, she has owned and competed with horses her whole life, starting with a Shetland pony in 4-H and eventually moving into three day eventing at the one star level when she was in high school. Her early exposure to horses inspired her in large part to become an equine veterinarian, although she dabbled in journalism for a time and still enjoys writing educational articles; she currently trains her warmblood mare, Aria, in three day eventing. She is married to husband Brant and has a son, Finn, and a daughter, Aven. They live in Tumalo on Copper Moon Ranch, where they raise hay, horses, steers, pigs, chickens and turkeys! She enjoys travel, almost any kind of outdoor activity, and cooking.
Dr. Mary Masterson
Dr. Masterson joined BEMC in 2006, and is currently affiliated as a part-time associate. Dr. Masterson is a graduate of the Tufts University Veterinary School and completed an internship at Alamo Pintado, a premier equine veterinary clinic in California. She travels the hunter jumper show circuit much of the year, working independently from BEMC. Dr. Masterson has had horses all her life and competed extensively in the hunter jumper discipline as a junior. She actively shows her warmblood mare, Glory.
Dr. Jessica Evans
Dr. Jessica Evans became a veterinary associate at BEMC in 2008. She graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and then completed a one year internship in equine medicine, surgery, reproduction, and dentistry at BEMC. Her main areas of interest include dentistry, internal medicine, acupuncture, and neonatal care, however she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine including small animal medicine. She has completed advanced training in both equine and small animal dentistry. In Spring of 2012, she became certified in veterinary acupuncture and is now certified to perform acupuncture on both horses and small animals. Dr. Evans has significant equine experience, including working in the ICU unit at OSU and working with racehorses for the Ohio State Racing Commission. She was also a member of the Miami University Equestrian Team in undergraduate college. She loves to cook and is an avid outdoorsperson. Her and her husband Blake both enjoy skiing (both downhill and skate), snowboarding, fly fishing, mountain biking, and golfing.
Dr. Shannon Findley
Dr. Shannon Findley is a California transplant who grew up in Gilroy, California. She is an alumni of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she completed her bachelor's degree in Animal Science and she then graduated from UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Findley completed her internship at BEMC in 2010 and promptly fell in love with beautiful Central Oregon. She has been an associate since 2011. Dr. Findley enjoys all aspects of practice however her particular clinical interests include internal medicine, ultrasonography, preventative medicine, neonatal medicine and equine reproduction. Dr. Findley’s background in equine reproduction started at Cal Poly where she was the breeding manager of the university’s Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred breeding program. She also participated in embryo transfer research at Cal Poly. In 2013 she pursued over 90 hours of continuing education in advanced equine reproduction techniques including embryo transfer, embryo freezing and semen freezing. Dr. Findley also has specialized training in large animal technical rescue that she received while heading up the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team. Ask her to show you pictures of her helicopter rescues! She has a strong passion for volunteering in international veterinary medicine (also known as equitarianism). She has traveled to Peru, Central Mexico and Nicaragua for equitarian work and currently has a January 2016 trip planned to Morocco. In her free time, Dr. Findley can be found on the slopes, on the river, on the trails with her Arabian Cayenne, or enjoying just about any outdoor activity Central Oregon has to offer.
Dr. Liz Pollak
Dr. Liz Pollak joined our practice in October, 2015 to continue her small animal veterinary career and participate in our equine emergency services. She is a graduate of Oregon State University. Following graduation she completed an intensive 12 month internship at a busy equine referral hospital in Chicago where she gained extensive experience in equine medicine and emergencies. Since that time, she has worked at a small animal clinic in Florence, Oregon. Her passion is working with clients to support their pets so they can live long and healthy lives. She understands the importance of education in regards to proper diet, dental care, options for arthritis management, and strategies for preventing disease. Dr. Pollak is also passionate about finding solutions for behavioral issues to ensure a long-lasting and strong client-animal bond. She has worked as a volunteer for a number of agencies including the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and Spay Panama/World Vets. When Dr. Pollak is not working, she enjoys running, snowboarding, hiking, reading and traveling. Dr. Pollak is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Northwest Equine Practitioners Association.
Dr. Kristonn Colborn
Dr. Kristonn Colborn is our 2016/2017 clinical fellow. Dr. Colborn just completed a yearlong internship at Ocala Equine Hospital, a busy race and sport horse practice in Florida where she gained an extensive knowledge of lameness, radiographic interpretation, and treatments involving sports medicine. Dr. Colborn has joined our practice to further her interests in equine and small animal medicine and primary care. She completed her veterinary and undergraduate studies at the University of Florida with special interest in diagnostic imaging and equine medicine. She held officer positions and performed research in both departments. Her current passions in veterinary medicine are widespread yet she has a particularly focused interest in client education, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, and sports medicine. While completing high school/undergraduate studies, Dr. Colborn showed and trained quarter horses for AQHA events along the east coast. She also worked as a small animal veterinary technician for 3 years during this time. Outside of veterinary medicine, she loves being outdoors. She enjoys road cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, and being active as much as possible.
Dr. Marisa Adams
Dr. Marisa Adams is our 2016/2017 veterinary intern. She hails from Seattle where she was active in 4-H and competed in dressage for many years. She attended Pitzer college for undergraduate schooling, majoring in Media Studies and Sociology.
She had a career in marketing after she graduated from undergrad, then decided to change her path and was accepted to Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. While in school, she was an officer in AAEP and Theriogenology.
She also earned a certificate in Veterinary Business Management. During her summers, she worked as a veterinary technician for an equine ambulatory practice, gaining valuable knowledge. Her special interests include preventative care, sports medicine, and alternative medicine. She plans to obtain a certification in chiropractics and acupuncture after completing her internship at BEMC. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on the water, watching independent films, and exploring Bend with her dog Zoey.
Sarah wears two hats as both office manager and technician. She earned her Animal Science degree from Oregon State University in 1998. Sarah worked at the Oregon State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital from 1995 to 1998. She is an avid horsewoman and has owned horses all her life; she currently is "mom" to Rodney in addition to her human family. Sarah is a licensed veterinary technician, and is trained in radiology, surgery, laboratory techniques, outpatient receiving and intensive care monitoring. She has been with BEMC since 1998.
Ashley Clark joined BEMC in 2007 as an equine veterinary technician. She previously worked at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, a well-known clinic in California, for 5 years where she focused on surgery and anesthesia. Ashley is a graduate of Cal Poly State University, where she received her BS in Animal Science. She is a licensed veterinary technician and a member of the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians. Ashley has experience in many equine disciplines, from cutting to eventing. She currently owns Kalena, a Haflinger cross mare, with whom she competes in eventing.
Adrienne Coon has been with BEMC since November 2011. She graduated from Broadview University in West Jordan, Utah where she received her AAS in Veterinary Technology. After college, she completed an internship at Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, focusing on her interests in equine surgery, anesthesia, and emergency care. She is a licensed veterinary technician and a member of the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians. Originally from Utah, Adrienne grew up showing Arabians and enjoyed riding trails in the Rocky Mountains. Her pint sized buddy Smalls, a mixed breed dog, is her nearly constant companion.
Anne Hornberger joined the BEMC team as a licensed veterinary technician in March 2013. She graduated from Oregon State University with her BS in Animal Science and an Equine minor in 2008. During her time there she worked at the OSU Equine Hospital and the OSU Horse Center as an Assistant Manager. After graduating, she worked for Carlton Veterinary Hospital assisting with both large and small animal medicine before returning to school to get her AAS in Veterinary Technology. While in school she worked and interned with Columbia Equine Hospital, North Portland Animal Hospital and Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital. For the past three years she has worked in small animal medicine at Murrayhill focusing on surgery, anesthesia and patient care. Anne started riding and competing at an early age. For the past twenty years she competed in eventing and hunter/jumpers, but most recently has switched to reining and mounted shooting. Anne also enjoys scent training with her boxer, Piper. She recently earned her novice title at a trial through Sniffing Dog Sports.
Jen Davies joined our clinic as a licensed veterinary technician in April 2015. Jen grew up in Idaho Falls riding horses, camping, fishing and snowmachining throughout Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. She competed in show jumping, dressage, and cross country and was a member of her local pony club. In 1998, she even qualified for Nationals in Kentucky! She attended Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology for her Veterinary Technician Certification. Jen worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician for the last 10 years and finally her love and passion for horses brought her to Bend Equine. When not at work, she enjoys her life with her wonderful husband Ben and their three dogs, two horses, and mini donkey. They enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. She is a woman of many trades...she also helps her husband with fabrication work, building tables, chairs, gates, and many other iron and wood ornamental creations.
Katylyn joined BEMC in May 2016 as a veterinary assistant. She grew up at the Oregon Coast and rode horses throughout her childhood in 4-H. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with Bachelors in Animal Science; Equine Science emphasis. During her summers, she worked as an apprentice at a reining/cutting ranch in Tumalo. After graduating from OSU, she was accepted into the KEMI program (Kentucky Equine Management Internship) and was placed at Pin Oak Stud Farm in Versailles, KY. There she prepared yearlings for sale and broke yearlings from ground driving to riding on the track. She returned to Kentucky for a second internship in 2014 to work as a vet tech in the McGee Medicine Center at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington. Upon completion of that internship, she accepted a position in the small animal ER at WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Boise, Idaho, where she worked until we stole her away to come work at BEMC. Katylyn loves hiking with her dog, wake surfing, and visiting family at the beach.
Kirstin Rehn joined BEMC in April 2013 as an assistant veterinary technician. She received her AAOT from Central Oregon Community College before transferring to Oregon State University where she graduated in 2015 with her BS in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She plans to continue with school and earn her DVM, specializing in equine and camelids. Kirsten grew up in Tumalo on a small alpaca farm. She competed in hunter/jumpers on the local show circuit and participated in OHSET on the Summit High School team. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys riding, skiing and hiking with her canine companion, Eevee.
Rachel Eady joined BEMC in March 2015 as an assistant veterinary technician. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2010 with a degree in General Agriculture and an Equine minor. She currently runs a small breeding and boarding facility in Sisters where she works with AQHA reining and reined cow horses. Rachel also competes in NRHA and NRCHA competitions. In her spare time, she loves to spend time outdoors and going to movies. She lives with her fiancé Ramey, their dogs Emmy Lou and Lucy, their kitty Princess Juliet Longhair Fluffington, and their many horses.
Melissa Brandt joined BEMC in May 2016 as a certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from COCC's Veterinary Technician program in 2016 and received her certification in July of that year. Prior to graduating, Melissa apprenticed for 1.5 years with two farriers so she has great farriery skills. She loves to go out on the trail in her spare time with her fearless horse, Tilly. She spends her free time making amazing animal sculptures out of clay. You can view her beautiful artwork on her facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/creaturesandcreations1).
Susie Botts, receptionist and customer service specialist, is a life long animal lover with significant career experience in customer service. She melded her two interests in 2004, when she joined BEMC as our receptionist. Susie owns two horses, Almighty and Dusty, and is an avid trailrider. She also spends her free time creating beautiful photo art. You can view her artwork at www.redhorsephotoart.com.
Michelle Nicholson joined BEMC at the start of 2017 as a receptionist. She has lived in Bend since 2006 with her husband Brian and their two teenage daughters, Kelli and Stacey. Her daughter's passion for horses has taught her the joy of being a horse owner. She also enjoys spending time with her three dogs Ruby, Chip, and Alice. When she is not working, Michelle spends her time reading, gardening, and walking her dogs. She also gets a great deal of pleasure out of watching her daughter Kelli compete on her horses and her daughter Stacey dance.