Meet Our Team

Shalet Abraham, DVM

Medical Director
Emergency Veterinarian

When Dr. Shalet Abraham was seven-years-old she made a proclamation; she was going to be a veterinarian. And, clearly, she achieved that goal. She attended the University of California, Irvine (go Anteaters!) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1993.

In 2000 she graduated, with honors, from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine (go Beavers!).

Dr. Abraham is a dedicated emergency clinician and has been practicing emergency medicine since 2001. She has served the Central Oregon community since 2002.

When not working Dr. Abraham is an avid knitter, reader, writer and dreamer. She believes in coffee (all the coffee), providence and everyday magic. She has three children (two pseudo-adults and one teenager) and is married to the guy she met when she was nineteen-years-old. Chaos reigns in their household with three kids, two cats, two dogs, a rabbit and a motley crew of chickens. If you ask nicely she’ll show you a picture of a chicken in a bonnet. Because, yes, she knits poultry hats.

Sue A. Dougherty, DVM, MA

Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Sue Dougherty has been with Bend Veterinary Specialists since she and her husband started the practice in 2004. They moved up to Bend from the SF Bay Area to raise their 2 kids in a smaller town in the middle of the beauty that is Bend. She continues her practice as the Internal Medicine Specialist and the Medical Director at BVSEC. Sue very much enjoys the relationships she is able to develop with her clients and their pets. BVS’s original mission statement is “providing experienced and compassionate specialty care for pets and their people” and she is proud to continue living up to that!

Dr. Dougherty graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and completed her Internship and Residency at Cornell University in 1990. She stayed at Cornell as an instructor for 1 year following her residency. Dr. Dougherty was Board Certified by the ACVIM in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 1991. Dr. Parchman and Dougherty next moved to California and started their first specialist practice, South Bay Veterinary Specialists, in 1991.

Sue is a Mom of 2 amazing young adult kids, Sydney and Tristan, her husband and partner in all things is Mark and she currently loves 3 elder dogs. She is an avid outdoors person, trail running, hiking, Nordic skiing, kayaking and still enjoying all that Central Oregon has to give. What drives her passion is spending time in the wilds with her camera in hand and traveling to photograph the wildlife of the world, bringing those images home to increase awareness of the plight of the animals that share this planet.

Jessica A. Dahlberg, DVM, MS

Diplomate ACVS-LA, CCRT
Board Certified Surgeon
Specialty: Surgery

Dr. Jessica Dahlberg has been providing both elective and emergency surgery services with BVSEC since February 2018.

Dr. Dahlberg earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine and a concurrent masters of science degree from Iowa State University in 2006. Her masters studies focused on biomechanics and osteoarthritis therapy in small and large animals. After veterinary school, Dr. Dahlberg completed a large animal internship and surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She practiced large animal surgery for several years in New Hampshire, Arizona, Virginia, and California.

Dr. Dahlberg then switched gears and practiced small animal general veterinary medicine in San Luis Obispo County, California for 3 years. She then earned and completed a fellowship in small animal surgery at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group specialty practice in Ventura, CA.

At VMSG, she satisfied requirements for Dual-Certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and stayed on as a staff surgeon gaining more expertise in specialty small animal surgery.

Dr. Dahlberg is board certified in large animal surgery and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is also ACVS board-eligible in small animal surgery. Her special interests include neurosurgery, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy), surgical oncology, upper airway surgery, and sports medicine. She also recently became certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.

In her free time, Dr. Dahlberg enjoys trail running, mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, paddling, and fumbling around on her steel guitar. She is a devoted dog mom to her 3 yo Chesapeake-pit mix, Guy.

Bryan Bottorff, DVM

Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Specialty: Cardiology

Dr. Bryan Bottorff received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University in 2008. He then completed a rotating small animal internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and moved to the Pacific Northwest for a Cardiology residency at Oregon State University in 2009. Dr. Bottorff completed his residency and obtained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology in 2012. Since then, he has practiced high-quality medical and interventional cardiology at practices in both Seattle and Portland. He is now happy to call Central Oregon home. His professional interests include interventional cardiovascular procedures, advanced imaging of cardiac and pericardial disorders, and management of congestive heart failure. In his spare time, Dr. Bottorff enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest.

Gordon Bunting, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr Bunting graduated from the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He moved to moved to Bend in 2002, taking a job at the small animal emergency hospital and enjoying the outdoors of Bend. The best paths in life aren’t straight so after getting a start on a family with 2 girls, he worked in all areas of veterinary medicine from small animal day practice to mobile equine services before returning full time to the Animal Emergency Center of Bend.

His passions include traveling with his two high-speed kids and his feisty and beautiful wife Banni, multi-day river trips, an overeager German Shepherd named Axel, and anything with a propeller on it.

Adam Stone, VMD

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Stone has been with Bend Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center since the beginning of 2018. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, and then went on to complete a rigorous 13-month internship in emergency and critical care medicine at Dove Lewis Emergency Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Upon completion of his internship training in 2016, Dr. Stone started a successful veterinary relief business, filling in for emergency veterinarians throughout Oregon and Washington. Through his business, Dr. Stone has been fortunate enough to work in over 10 different emergency hospitals during this time. Fortunately, Dr. Stone has decided to make Bend a more permanent home, both due to the abundant sunshine and the excellent quality of care offered at BVSEC. Dr. Stone’s special interests include pain management, soft tissue surgery, anesthesia and critical care.

Dr. Stone currently resides with his dog, Durban, in South Bend. When not actively practicing medicine, he enjoys snowboarding, camping, mountain biking and eating all the delicious food that Bend has to offer.

Dr. Stone is committed to providing excellence in veterinary care. He is a firm believer in educating clients as much as possible, so that medical decisions can be made with confidence.

Emily Scavuzzo, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Emily Scavuzzo received her veterinary degree from Purdue University in 2016. She also holds a B.S. in Marketing from Butler University. An Indiana native, Dr. Scavuzzo had a particular interest in emergency medicine during vet school and completed an ECC internship at DoveLewis after graduation. She has since been working relief at several specialty and emergency hospitals in the Portland area and has chosen to continue her career as a full-time emergency veterinarian at Bend Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital.

Dr. Scavuzzo has two cats of her own, Westley and Mae. She enjoys sand volleyball, reading, hiking, and travel. Her love of globetrotting has taken her to Costa Rica for study and South America, Europe, Iceland, and Africa for adventure.

Naomi Kitagaki, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Naomi Kitagaki is originally from the Bay Area and moved to Portland Oregon in the early 90’s. She went to Portland State University for her undergrad and then attended Western University of Health Sciences for veterinary school. Before veterinary school Dr. Kitagaki was a CVT for 8 years working in general practice, exotics medicine internal medicine and emergency. After veterinary school she completed a internship in small animal emergency medicine and critical care in Portland Oregon. In her free time, Dr. Kitagaki enjoys hiking, backpacking, climbing, running and reading.

Morgan Helfrich, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Morgan Helfrich received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from University of Illinois in 2017. After completing her degree, she stayed on at U of I to complete an internship in small animal
medicine and surgery. After finishing her internship, Dr. Helfrich moved west to join our team as a full-time emergency veterinarian. Dr. Helfrich is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery, ultrasonography, critical care, and providing compassionate veterinary care.

When not working, Dr. Helfrich spends her time exploring the great outdoors with her Australian Shepherd rescue, Roque, skiing, rock climbing, reading, or watching Netflix with her cats Henry and Draco.

Caitlin Lacey, DVM, MPH

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Lacey originally grew up in Arizona before moving to Rhode Island. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology and Spanish from Notre Dame of Maryland University, followed by an MPH in veterinary public health from the Ohio State University. She attended Cornell University for veterinary school before permanently migrating back to the West coast to complete an internship in Emergency & Critical Care Medicine at DoveLewis ER & ICU.

She’s enjoyed living and working in several different areas throughout the state of Oregon, feeling most at home in Bend with it’s combined access to desert, rivers, and snow. Her current hobbies enjoy rockhounding, backpacking, skiing, and traveling.


BA, CVT, VTS (ECC) Lead Technician

Alisha has been a licensed veterinary technician since 2004. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2006 with a Bachelors in Biology. She became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2013. She has worked in Emergency Medicine for over 15 years and has been with Bend Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center for 11 years.

Alisha has a 3-year-old Australian Shepherd named River, an 8-year-old Chihuahua named Mojo, 2 cats, and a horse. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with her 3 beautiful children.



Jenn has been in the veterinary field since 2006. She is certified/licensed in both Oregon and California. She has worked in general practice for most of her career and has a special interest in canine and feline dentistry. Looking to expand upon her knowledge and skill set, she’s joined the team at AEC.

Jenn has a 10-month-old Australian Shepherd named Graham, a 5-year-old Ragdoll named Rocky, and a handful of crested geckos. She enjoys exploring all of the sites of Central Oregon, both natural and man-made.



Jeanine has worked in veterinary medicine since 2000 and has been a licensed CVT since 2005. She spent 11 years working in emergency in the Willamette Valley before moving to Central Oregon in 2015. She spent two years doing relief work at AEC before joining our staff full time in November 2017.

Jeanine and her husband have two dogs names Jester and Cosmo, a cat named Lucy, 3 horses, sheep, and chickens. Spare time is sparse, but when it does happen she enjoys being outdoors with her husband, hunting, fishing, riding horses or motorcycles, or otherwise playing with their critters.



After getting her degree at the University of Oregon and a short time teaching physical education, Marnie realized that her passion was really working with animals in medicine. She earned her CVT in 1989 and has spent most of her career in the emergency clinic setting.

Marnie’s favorite past times are kayaking, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, playing music, enjoying a good book, and above all, spending time with her dog, Bobbie.



Nicole grew up in Bend and graduated from Mountain View High School in 2003. She attended Portland Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2006. She has worked in several veterinary clinics in Western and Central Oregon and in Eastern Washington, gaining experience with many animals large and small, including pocket pets, dogs, cats, horses, and cows. After working relief shifts at AEC for a year, Nicole joined us full time in January 2018.

Wound care, critical patient care, and surgery are three areas of particular interest to Nicole but she enjoys every aspect of working with all kinds of animals. Nicole lives in Bend with her daughter and they share their home with three horses, a pony, two dogs, a cat, and a bearded dragon. In her free time, she enjoys riding horses, floating the river, and spending time with her family and friends.



Rachelle graduated from Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin in 2003. She moved to Bend in 2014 and we’ve been thrilled to have her at AEC ever since. Rachelle has experience working in both preventative as well as emergency medicine and has a special interest in animal behavior.

When she’s not caring for animals at AEC, Rachelle stays active with her two Australian Shepherds, participating in agility, scent training, and sheep herding courses.

Rhonda Witt

Internal Medicine Technician

Rhonda’s love for animals gave her the direction towards veterinary medicine. She began working in a general practice in 2002 and worked there until 2006. At that time she joined Bend Veterinary Specialists as a surgical assistant. Later she made the switch to become an internal medicine assistant. Rhonda’s professional interests include oncology, general internal medicine, and anesthesia. In her off time, she likes to wakeboard, camp and spend time with her husband and family. She has 1 dog and 4 cats!


Veterinary Assistant

15 years ago Angelique moved to Bend and began volunteering at The Humane Society of Central Oregon. She worked there for a year before getting married. After a three-month road trip with her husband, Angelique ended up back in Bend. Having enjoyed her time at HSCO so much, Angelique still wanted to work with animals and applied at the Bend Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center as a receptionist. She gradually learned all of the skills required to be a vet tech and thirteen years later she’s still here!

At the moment Angelique has several “part-time kitties” AKA neighborhood cats that hang out just for pets! She also gives lots of love to all the animals that come through the clinic. In her spare time, Angelique likes to knit and is working on an Etsy store. She also enjoys the usual Bend activities of hiking, biking, yoga, skiing, and whitewater SUP. She considers herself a huge nerd as her vacations often consist of going to Comic-Con and dressing up in cosplay.


Veterinary Assistant

Kara has been in the veterinary field since 2014 and loves it. She couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Her passion in life is horses and she does long distance racing and three-day eventing with them. She has a small farm with 25 animals, almost all of whom are rescues.