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Erin Miller, DVM

Owner, Veterinarian

- Origin: Twin Cities area Minnesota
- Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Graduated 1999
Internship completed in 2000 at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- Family: Joyfully married to my husband JB and living a wonderful life together with our dog Raleigh; companion, comfort and source of endless smiles.
- Why I love my job: I get to take care of animals and help them live their best lives. I am grateful to our pets for the joy and comfort they bring us. And I am inspired by how deeply people love their pets and how much pets love their owners. I love to solve puzzles, I love to fix things and I love to learn . Basically, this is the perfect job for me!
- Favorite things: My husband’s hugs, walking with my dog, swimming in lakes, fall, flowers, rainstorms/snowstorms, warm sunshine on a cool day, watching my husband and my dog have fun.
- Wisdom from my dog: Celebrate every time you get to see someone you love!
- Wisdom from my husband: There is no time like the present and no present like the time.
- Downtime: being outdoors, hiking/walking, mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, SUP, reading, snuggling up on the couch with my family and watching movies

Lauren Stayer, DVM

Owner, Veterinarian

- Origin: Native Oregonian, born in Portland
- Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Graduated 2009
Internship completed in 2010 at WestVet Specialty & Emergency Center in Boise Idaho
- Veterinary Passions: Creating bonds with my patients & their owners. Helping guide an owner through a stressful situation. Caring for geriatric patients and improving their quality of life. Creating a compassionate veterinary clinic culture for pets, clients and staff.
- Family: Moved to Bend in the summer of 2010. Married to the most supportive, loving husband with 2 fun, crazy, happy kids and 1 rescue dog. Looking for another dog to include in our family in the near future.
- Downtime: Running, reading, spending time with my family & friends, enjoying the many lakes in Central Oregon, hiking
- Favorite things: Family, chocolate, the beach, coffee, sun, good historical fiction books, pasta, wine, relaxing on the couch watching TV

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Erin Miller, DVM

Owner, Veterinarian

Origin: Twin Cities area Minnesota
Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Graduated 1999
Internship completed in 2000 at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Family: Joyfully married to my husband JB and living a wonderful life together with our dog Raleigh; companion, comfort and source of endless smiles.
Why I love my job: I get to take care of animals and help them live their best lives. I am grateful to our pets for the joy and comfort they bring us. And I am inspired by how deeply people love their pets and how much pets love their owners. I love to solve puzzles, I love to fix things and I love to learn . Basically, this is the perfect job for me!
Favorite things: My husband’s hugs, walking with my dog, swimming in lakes, fall, flowers, rainstorms/snowstorms, warm sunshine on a cool day, watching my husband and my dog have fun.
Wisdom from my dog: Celebrate every time you get to see someone you love!
Downtime: Being outdoors, hiking/walking, mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, SUP, reading, snuggling up on the couch with my family and watching movies

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Lauren Stayer, DVM

Owner, Veterinarian

Origin: Native Oregonian, born in Portland
Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Graduated 2009
Internship completed in 2010 at WestVet Specialty & Emergency Center in Boise Idaho
Veterinary Passions: Creating bonds with my patients & their owners. Helping guide an owner through a stressful situation. Caring for geriatric patients and improving their quality of life. Creating a compassionate veterinary clinic culture for pets, clients and staff.
Family: Moved to Bend in the summer of 2010. Married to the most supportive, loving husband with 2 fun, crazy, happy kids and 1 rescue dog. Looking for another dog to include in our family in the near future.
Downtime: Running, reading, spending time with my family & friends, enjoying the many lakes in Central Oregon, hiking
Favorite things: Family, chocolate, the beach, coffee, sun, good historical fiction books, pasta, wine, relaxing on the couch watching TV

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Kassie, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Origin: Born and raised in Oregon
Education: Associates degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Medicine from Central Oregon Community College, Certified Veterinary Technician, 2016.
Family: Happily married to my husband, Jerry. Two four-legged Boxer kids, Luke and Thea, that are always there for a warm snuggle or a good laugh. 
Downtime: My absolute favorite thing to do is load up the camp trailer and hit the road with my husband and dogs. Spending time with family and friends. I love the ocean and it is where I find my center. Spending time in the woods or on a lake in my kayak. 
Favorite things: My husband, dogs, reading, good food, the ocean, sun, watching TV, sitting around a fire pit, cider and wine.  
Wisdom from my dogs: Love unconditionally, bask in the sun anytime you can, stop and smell the flowers (or everything), never pass up the chance for a good treat or a meal. 

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Makayla

Veterinary Assistant

Origin: Lincoln City, Oregon
Veterinary Passion: I love being around all animals, they create my happy place. Working with animals has always been a dream, and now it’s a dream come true!
Family: Moved to Bend in September 2014, surrounded by my mom, sisters and niece
Favorite Things: I love long walks and enjoy watching sunsets. Being around animals. Getting in a good gym sesh is always important!
Downtime: Reading motivational/inspiring books, yoga and watching crime TV shows. 

Melyssa

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Origin: Born and raised in Bend, Oregon

Education: Graduate of Mountain View High and currently enrolled at PennFoster to become a Certified Veterinary Technician

Family: Happily married with our amazing son and living our best life with our best life with our fur babies; Emmy, Peach and Koda.

Why I Love My Job: I get to be around animals all day doing something I love and be there for both the good and bad days. I get to help people with someone who is very important to them. I love to see how much people love their pets!

Downtime: I love to be outdoors. So anything from hiking, swimming, fishing, going on walks, camping, I love it all! I also enjoy just having a day with my family hanging out at home and watching movies.

Favorite things: My family, my dogs/cats, reading, watching true crime and listening to

podcasts.

Wisdom from my dogs: Enjoy every moment and live in it. Don’t worry about the past and don’t plan too far in the future, just live in the present.

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Wendy

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

Origin: Born in Colorado, raised here in Bend.
Education: Proud graduate of Bend Senior High School  
What I love about my job: I’m excited to be a part of Pawtown and to start forming relationships with our clients that love and care for their pets like I do.

Family: The most loving parents a girl could ask for, a niece – that now includes a husband and 2 little ones that own my heart! And my rescue, Charlie.
Downtime: I’m a family girl and spend as much time with them as I can. Spending time with my Charlie. And I’m a happy foster for the Humane Society of Central Oregon. 
Favorite Things: Hugs and kisses from the 2 littles in my life, the laughter of my parents and the luvins of my boy Charlie.

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Christina

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

Origin: Born and raised in Bend, Oregon

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology and Minor in Exercise Science

Family: I come from a large family of animal lovers. We currently have 53 laying chickens, 2 turkeys, 2 fowls, 12 ducks and 17 quail. We’ll probably add a couple of cows and pigs soon.

Why I love My Job: I have always been a people person. I love to help and care for others, make them smile and try to make their day a little better. Here I am able to do what I love: care for people and their fur babies!

Downtime: I like to hang out with my family, cook/bake up yummy food for us, play with my dogs: Rambo, Hazel, Zoe, and Forrest, snuggle up on the couch with the pupperinos watching movies or college football (Hook em Horns! Go Beavs!)

Favorite things: The United States Marine Corps, music/singing, reading, fall, snow, hunting, fishing, sunrises and sunsets, the smell of rain on hot asphalt

Wisdom from my dogs: Love unconditionally. Having a ruff day? Take a nap. A house is not a home without a dog.

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Amanda

Veterinary Assistant

Origin: Las Vegas, Nevada
Veterinary Career: I started as a Kennel Attendant and trained on the job to become a Veterinary Assistant. I fell in love with every aspect of veterinary medicine. Plus, I love the opportunity to snuggle all of the animals I get the pleasure of meeting!
Wisdom from my dogs: “Give them the puppy dog eyes, works every time!”
Downtime: Spending time with my family, of course. I love reading a good book or watching a thriller/horror movie. Playing keep away or ball and long hikes in the forest with my rescued fur babies. 

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Rhonda

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Origin: Native Oregonian, born in Southern Oregon
Education: I worked as Surgical Veterinary Technician from 2002-2006. Then I wanted to expand my knowledge of veterinary medicine and had the wonderful opportunity to work for Bend Veterinary Specialty Clinic as an Internal Medicine Technician for 15 years.  
Why I love my job: Making a positive difference in the lives of not only my patients, but their owners lives too. I love the fast paced environment of being a technician and the variety of tasks that must be performed with each patient. 
Family: I’m very blessed to be married to my best friend Rick and to get lots of puppy kisses from our dog, Poax. 
Downtime: I love spending time with my husband and our dog camping, hiking, paddle boarding, road and mountain biking.
Favorite Things: Spending my days off with my husband, dog, family and friends. 

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Riki, CVT

CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Origin: Wilton, CA

Education: Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology, Carrington College, Sacramento, CA. 2020.

Family: I have created my own family consisting of my best friends Marissa and Stylleigh, my four Miniature Dachshunds: Grub, Wanda, Piper and Zazu, my German Shepherd puppy Zim, and my horse Rou.

Why I Love My Job: Animals bring peace for me, so caring for them truly brings joy. I love anesthesia and dental cleanings, they are satisfying and can be mentally challenging.

Downtime: In my downtime I like to care for my plants, take my dogs to the river, trail ride my horse and go to music festivals.

Favorite things: Reeses, Hiking, Coffee, Photography

Wisdom from Rou: Stay present

Fun Fact: I used to train service dogs and working German Shepherds