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Bend Veterinary Clinic - Doctors & Staff

Byron Maas, DVM bio photoByron Maas, DVM
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Dr. Byron Maas has been practicing for nearly 20 years in companion animal medicine and surgery. Previously dubbed the “King of Spays” (Animal Affairs Journal 2006) Byron is passionate about population control in companion animals worldwide. He has served on the Humane Society of Central Oregon board of directors and initiated their in house shelter medicine program. He was instrumental in establishing the mobile SNIP clinic serving the greater Central Oregon region. In the islands of the South Pacific, Dr. Maas was the first veterinarian to volunteer to establish the Esther Honey Foundation’s clinic in Rarotonga and currently sits on the board of directors. Realizing that there was a serious need at home, he left private practice and co founded the Bend Spay and Neuter Project to address feral cat issues through Trap Neuter Return Programs (TNR) and low cost sterilization programs. Dr. Maas volunteers regularly in developing nations to provide veterinary care especially in sensitive island communities such as the Galapagos Islands, Samoan Islands and Polynesia. He collaborates with many NGO’s and is a certified international instructor to provide training in the proper techniques of chemical sterilization with Zeuterin™.  Read more on Zeuterin™

Dr. Maas is promoting the human animal bond through compassionate veterinary care, humane animal trapping methods and on the cutting edge in developing a veterinary Hospice program with Synergy. He is a huge asset to our clinic and our community.

Erin Miller, DVM bio photo Erin Miller, DVM
Dr. Erin Miller grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After a one year internship in Equine Medicine, Dr. Miller moved to Pennsylvania and worked at a mixed animal practice for 13 years. Initially she worked with horses and farm animals, but switched to companion animals (primarily dogs and cats) in 2005.

She moved to Bend in the fall of 2013 with her boyfriend JB and their dog Raleigh and feels completely at home in Central Oregon. Dr. Miller spent about six months doing veterinary relief work and getting to know the area before joining the team at Bend Veterinary Clinic in April of 2014.

Dr. Miller enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a special interest in surgery. She loves all animals and has enormous respect for the special bond they share with their owners. Although her experience is primarily with dogs and cats, Dr. Miller likes working with new species and is expanding her knowledge to include all exotic pets.

When she is not working, Dr. Miller loves to be outdoors – camping, hiking, biking, jogging, kayaking, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, or traveling to see new and beautiful places. She loves her family and spends as much time with JB and Raleigh as possible.

Lauren Stayer, DVM bio photoLauren Stayer, DVM
Lauren grew up in Portland, Oregon. She went to undergraduate school at Oregon State University and received a degree in Animal Sciences in 2005. She attended veterinary school at Oregon State University and graduated in 2009. After veterinary school she moved to Boise, Idaho and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at WestVet Emergency and Specialty Center. In July of 2010 she moved to Bend and worked as a small animal relief veterinarian as well as working at the Bend Spay and Neuter Project and the Humane Society of Redmond (now Brightside Animal Center). She has been a part of the team at Bend Veterinary Clinic since May 2011 and enjoys all aspects of working as a small animal veterinarian. She lives in Bend with her husband, Matt and their 2 dogs, Emmy and Lucy. Outside of working, she enjoys running, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Marie Stanley, DVM bio photoMarie Stanley, DVM
Dr. Marie Stanley grew up in Texas and likes to bring a touch of Southern hospitality to our amazing practice. She attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 (Gig’Em Ags!). Marie then practiced small animal medicine and emergency medicine in the Dallas-Ft Worth area for 7 years before moving to the great state of Oregon this year. Dr. Stanley enjoys all aspect of veterinary medicine, but has a special interest in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Age is not a disease and she loves to help our fur babies live long, happy lives!

Marie lives in Bend with her two happy lab mixes, Bella and Gus Gus. When she’s not working hard, you can guarantee she’s outside playing hard—mountain biking, running, hiking, fishing, SUPing, skiing, etc. She just can’t seem to get enough of this beautiful state.

Robert Fuller, DVM bio photoRobert L. Fuller, DVM
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Local Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Robert L. Fuller, performs and manages orthopedic surgery for Bend Veterinary Clinic clients. Dr. Fuller studied and graduate from UCD in 1977. His interests are in Orthopedic and Spinal Surgery. Dr. Fuller is a member of COVMA, OVMA and AVMA.

Alisha Trotter, Practice Manager at Bend Veterinary ClinicAlisha Trotter, Practice Manager
We welcomed back Alisha Trotter, as our Practice Manager, in the summer of 2009! She returned to Bend after 5 years of living in Southern California and working at a large Veterinary Hospital there. She has 18 years of veterinary experience and worked with Dr. Maas for 4 years prior to moving to California. She is very happy to be back and a part of Dr. Maas' team.

Alisha lives with her boyfriend Kip, two teenage sons Jayse and Cade, a malamute/husky named Montague and another named Remus, 2 cats- Lucy and Fearless Einstein and a ball python called Archimedes, that explains enough right there! They all are lovers of music (live if possible), camping, boating, movies of every genre and all living creatures.

SaraSara, Customer Service Representative
Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Sara has always loved and owned animals of every size, color and shape. After finishing high school and receiving her degree in Paralegal Studies, Sara decided working indoors at a legal office was not the place for her! Upon making this realization, Sara decided to work at a local feed and tack store before moving to Maui, Hawaii to embark on incredible adventures!

As Sara was ready to return to the mainland, she followed her passion of caring for animals as an equine veterinary technician and practice assistant. After spending more than four years learning animal medicine with Select Equine Veterinary Services and their affiliate small animal clinic, Affordable Veterinary Clinic, Sara and her husband of eight years, Scott, and their two-year-old son, Jetson, were ready to make the move out of California and to a more fitting lifestyle. And Bend, Oregon it was! One week after making the 750 mile move, Sara found her dream job with the fabulous Bend Veterinary Clinic team! With the purchase of their first house, Bend is now permanently home-sweet-home.

Sara enjoys all aspects of life here and especially loves exploring new trails on her endurance arabian, Maleekh. Along with the family's two dogs, Ranger and Rusty and two indoor cats, Tommy and Sophie, they have everything they need! Come say, "hi" to Sara at the front desk at BVC and watch for her in the mountains training for the 50 - 100 mile endurance rides!

BridgetBridget, Certified Veterinary Technician
Bridget grew up in northern California with a variety of childhood pets. She moved to Central Oregon in 2010 to attend Central Oregon Community College where she received her Associate of Arts in 2012 and her Associates of Applied Science Veterinary Technician in 2014. She immediately started her career at a specialty Feline Clinic, where she acquired her feline handling skills.

Since graduation, she has earned her title as a Certified Veterinary Technician by passing both a national and regional exam. She started working for Bend Veterinary Clinic in May of 2015 and enjoys the variety of species she gets to work along with the new things she learns every day.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two kitties Blondie a 7 year old short hair and Bandit her spunky 5 year old long hair. She also enjoys the many outdoor activities Central Oregon has to offer as well as visiting her family in California as often as she can.

Ronni, Certified Veterinary Technician
Ronni has been a part of the Bend Vet team since September 2015. She recently moved from Texas in February 2015. She has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2011, but has been working with animals since 2005. Her passion is emergency medicine and loves the fast paced environment Bend Vet provides. Ronni has a spry 16 year old cat named Bootsie, who is also enjoying the transition to her Central Oregon lifestyle. Ronni loves to be outdoors and enjoying everything the beautiful Central Oregon has to offer.

Kip Hjorth, Veterinary Technician at Bend Veterinary ClinicKip Hjorth, Lead Veterinary Assistant
Kip was born and raised in Indio, California where he grew up on a date farm that was filled with chickens, goats, pigs, and geese. His first job was working as a Kennel Assistant at an animal clinic in La Quinta, California. After gaining endless amounts of experience working in the hospital ward, he was eventually promoted to a Veterinary Techinician. He graduated from San Diego State University with his Bachelors Degree in Business Management in 2008.

Kip moved up to Bend, Oregon in October 2009 and joined us here at Bend Veterinary Clinic in July 2010. He lives with his girlfriend and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys home brewing, hiking, fishing, hunting, and watching football.

Jessi Harrison, Customer Service Representative at Bend Veterinary ClinicJessi Harrison, Customer Service Representative
Jessi was born and raised in Tillamook, Oregon until the age of 14.  She then moved to Anchorage, Alaska where she spent the next 20 years. Jessi started in the Veterinary field as a receptionist in 2002 and spent 10 wonderful years working for a one man practice.  He retired and sold that practice before she was able to sell her house so she picked up at another veterinary hospital until Sept. 2011.  

In September, she moved back down to Tillamook where she spent 6 months living in a travel trailer with 4 dogs and 4 cats. She then moved to Central Oregon where her husband of 3 years, Brad, got a job and then they bought a house. They now have a 5 acre lot in Redmond where they have 3 dogs, 3 cats and 4 horses (for now).

Jessi works with a horse rescue group called Harmony New Beginnings. They pull horses out of auctions and find new homes for them. When not at work, you’ll find her riding horses, camping, rescuing horses, and cutting firewood or getting hay.

Kristy, Certified Veterinary Technician
Kristy joined Bend Veterinary Clinic in December 2014. She has been working in the veterinary field since 1998 and became a certified veterinary technician in 2008. She has had the pleasure of practicing in California, Arizona and Oregon.

Kristy enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, and looks forward to caring for Bend's furry family members. In her free time she likes playing drums, reading, bicycling and enjoying all that Bend has to offer. She currently lives with her husband and their three kitty children Psy, Ketone and Nicu.

Kassie at Bend Veterinary ClinicKassie, Veterinary Assistant
Kassie was born and raised in Prineville Oregon. Currently she lives in Bend Oregon with her husband of 16 years. Kassie was a cosmetologist for 10 years, but her heart has always been with animals and always dreamed of working in veterinary medicine. In 2013 Kassie learned about the new Veterinary Technology program at COCC. With in a month of looking into the program she gave up her career as a cosmetologist and headed back to college. In June of 2016 she will graduate with her Associates in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Kassie has always had a love for animals and can’t wait until she is working in the field full time.

Kassie has plenty of animals to keep her busy at home with over 30 poultry birds, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. Kassie also has a passion for the Boxer breed and hopes to help out with boxer rescues in the future. Outside of school and work Kassie also enjoys spending time with family, bow hunting with her husband, and crafting.

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