Our Staff

Shalet Abraham, DVM

A graduate of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Adam Stone, DVM

Gordon Bunting, DVM

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 arent 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.

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 The Animal 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.


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Jenny started working at a vet clinic in 1997 as an assistant kennel caretaker. She graduated from the College of Southern Idaho in 2001 and moved to Portland in 2002, where she worked as a CVT in a general practice. Jenny moved to Central Oregon in 2005 and has worked at the Animal Emergency Center ever since. She enjoys the science behind her work and takes pride in the knowledge that she has and uses to help the doctors.

Jenny is originally from a small town of 250 people in Northern Idaho. She went to the same school her entire of life and graduated in a class of 28 students. She enjoys everything about the outdoors including hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking, and especially riding her snow mobile. All of her animals have been rescues until she purchased her first puppy this year: a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Dutch. Jenny lives with her fiancé and 10 month old son in La Pine. In her spare time she enjoys a good book, time spent knitting, crafts, and as all her friends and coworkers know, she makes over 20 dozen homemade cookies at Christmas time.


After getting her degree at 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, snow showing, playing music, enjoying a good book, and above all, spending time with her dog, Bobbie.


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.


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 itme with her family and friends.


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.

Veterinary Technician

Originally from Santa Rosa, CA, Kendall graduated from the Santa Rosa Junior College Veterinary Technology program in 2016. She has worked in both emergency as well as preventative medicine in California, before moving to Bend in 2017 to work at AEC. Kendall particularly enjoys the technical aspects of her job and the science of animal care.

When she’s not busy caring for animals at the emergency clinic, Kendall spends her time writing fiction, and values the time spent with her two pit bulls and two cats.


Tech 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 Animal 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.

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Jenn has been in the veterinary field since 2006. She is certified/licensed in both Oregon and California. She has worked in general practice 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.

Veterinary Assistant

Kaleigh always knew she wanted a career with animals and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology and Conservation. She spent three years after college working in wildlife sanctuaries both in the USA and abroad and has experience with a variety of animals including chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, monkeys, bears, and big cats. It was while caring for these animals that Kaleigh developed her interest in veterinary medicine and began working at the Animal Emergency Center in early 2017 while going back to school for Herbal Veterinary Medicine.

In her spare time, Kaleigh enjoys aerial yoga and cooking for friends. She has a particular interest in wildlife and hopes to continue traveling and volunteering with animal organizations in various countries.

Veterinary Assistant

Client Care Manager

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Shawna previously worked at another vet clinic in Bend for two and a half years. After taking some time off to care for her new baby she’s back and couldn’t be more excited! Animals have always been her passion and she’s thrilled to be working with them again.

Shawna has three dogs and a cat, all rescued from the Humane Society of Central Oregon. She also has two pretty awesome kids whom she loves spending all of her extra time with!