Dr. Keith Sides
Growing up in a very small town in northwest Kansas with all of my extended family living on […]
Dr. Keith Sides
Growing up in a very small town in northwest Kansas with all of my extended family living on farms, I do not remember a time without animals. When I was seven years old, my older brother and I rescued a small brown frightened and abandoned female puppy that was hiding under a slab of concrete at the local landfill. “Brownie” was my first loyal companion and friend that left a lifelong impression. Though I did not consider veterinary medicine as a career path until I was a senior in high school, I have to believe that Brownie planted the seed.
Also influencing my career decision was our local veterinarian and family friend, Dr. George Atkinson, who was a 1943 graduate of Kansas State University. For me at the time, he was a friendly, kind old man who loved being a veterinarian in a James Herriot type practice. Little did I know how well respected, admired and influential he was in the state of Kansas. “Doc’s” example continues to guide me today.
A wrestling scholarship put me at Kansas State University in 1974, but after my freshman year, my focus turned solely to veterinary medicine. Working summers as an undergraduate for a bridge construction company helped pay for college that started in earnest when I was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977.
On the first day of class I connected with a classmate – my future wife Holly. We both graduated in 1981 and through many quirks in fate ended up in Central Oregon. We opened Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic in 1983 in Redmond, and it has been home ever since.
Our son Ian, and daughter Kelli both graduated from Redmond High School and have long since flown the coop.
The number of farm animals, horses, dogs, cats and pocket pets that have passed through since we opened our doors is mind boggling, as are the improvements in veterinary care over the years. And I am still as passionate about veterinary medicine as the day we opened those doors.
My hobbies and enjoyments include coaching wrestling, racquetball, running, backpacking, bird hunting, K-State sports, and spending time with family and friends.
There have been many “Brownies” that have touched my life over the years but my current animal family consists of two Vizslas: Jazz and Mattie, our Australian Shepherd, Quincey, and Jethro, an exceptionally cool feline.
Dr. Holly Sides
Becoming a veterinarian was the only thing I ever wanted to do. My family always had pets, usually […]
Dr. Holly Sides
Becoming a veterinarian was the only thing I ever wanted to do. My family always had pets, usually one dog and one cat until we moved from LA to Wichita, Kansas when I was 11, when we adopted 2 more dogs. I already knew I wanted to become a veterinarian long before I started high school, so I planned my life around that goal. I volunteered at the county humane society after school and during the weekends. From there I applied for jobs at all the vet clinics in my area. My own pets’ clinic hired me and then later, when a new clinic opened, I showed up on the doorstep on opening day. Dr. Williams couldn’t afford to pay me much, but I didn’t care. I worked for him for the next 4 years after school, weekends and during vacations. He was a wonderful vet and a great mentor. At that time, in the dark ages, there were very few female vets, but he never had an issue with my goal. He exposed me to all the positives and negatives so I would know what being a vet was really like.
My parents supported me throughout the whole process. When I was working at the humane society, I was only 15, and couldn’t drive yet. My mother would take me there, 10 miles away, and pick me up an hour and a half later. No complaints. My one regret was that my father, who believed in my dreams, never saw them realized. He died during my senior year of vet school.
I went to Kansas State University for both undergrad and veterinary school. Both were excellent programs, and it was there that I met Keith and we ended up as lab partners in vet school. Pretty cliche, but very true. We drove to the west coast in our senior year to interview at clinics in Oregon, Washington and California. Keith took a job in Madras and I took a job with Susan Loomis at Deschutes Vet Clinic in Bend. Two years later Keith started Cinder Rock and I joined the practice after Ian was born in 1988.
Our daughter Kelli is a high school teacher and lives in Redmond with her husband Trevor, along with their two rescue dogs and cat. Ian lives and works in Seattle and hopes to return to Oregon soon. He has three kitties and a rescue dog.
We currently have a cat named Jethro and three dogs. Jazz is a Vizsla we rescued and our other Vizsla is named Mattie. We also have my Aussie named Quincey. I have been a lifelong Aussie person, and Quincey is my fourth of the breed. I sadly lost my beloved Riggs in the summer of 2016, to cancer. Quincey has turned out to be a smart, sweet and amazingly calm dog.
Keith and I both enjoy traveling. I love Broadway musicals in Portland, or New York, when possible. I try to fend off aging with a kettlebell based training program, along with spending time with our critters and family and friends. We live in an amazing area so we also enjoy just being in central Oregon.
Dr. Gayln Snair
I grew up in Redmond and we lived on a quarter horse ranch. My dad raised rodeo and […]
Dr. Gayln Snair
I grew up in Redmond and we lived on a quarter horse ranch. My dad raised rodeo and race horses, and when I was a child I remember always being involved helping the veterinarians who came to attend to the animals we raised. In addition to the horses we had cattle, cats, dogs and sometimes pigs and sheep. We kept the doctors busy, and as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a veterinarian – I never considered doing anything else.
My mom was my biggest supporter. She always told me that I could be anything I wanted to be and I never doubted her. She always found a way to pay the next tuition bill or buy the next set of books.
I went to Redmond High School and during my junior year, I was an exchange student in Denmark. During my senior year of high school I worked for Dr. Bob Huckfeldt and Dr. Jay Bettesworth at Redmond Veterinary Clinic. After high school graduation I went to Central Oregon Community College for a year and then transferred to OSU for the last three years, graduating with a BS in Science and a BS in Animal Science. I attended OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, which at that time included a year and a half at Washington State University’s Vet School for the small animal education classes and clinics. Between my sophomore and junior years of vet school I spent the summer working for Dr. Keith Sides at Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic and also as a technician when I came home on breaks from school.
I did an internship during my senior year of vet school at the Calgary Alberta Zoo. One of the things I learned there was about the importance of listening carefully to the caretakers. They are the people who live with their animals day in and day out and they observe the subtle changes in their animals. Another thing I learned about was socialized medicine. I cut the tendons to my left thumb removing the spinal cord from a deceased zebra and ended up in a cast for six weeks after hand surgery.
I graduated in 1990 with a DVM from each OSU and WSU. I asked Dr. Sides for a position as a veterinarian in Spring of 1990 and have been here ever since! There is no aspect of veterinary medicine that does not interest me, but above all, my special interests have always been small animal and equine dentistry and reproduction.
I live in Redmond with my husband Gary, daughter Halee and our twin sons, Tyler and Thomas. Our animal family includes two Golden Retrievers: Rusty and Molly, two bulldogs: Diesel and Mendoza, one cat named KitKat and three quarter horses: Te, Spicy and Chexy. And a Paint horse named Warrior is currently living with us too.
My free time includes chasing kids, their sports, activities and school. I also enjoy helping with 4H and OHSET. I volunteer at school and at church, and always try to find time for sewing and quilting and traveling.
Dr. Karen Laidley
Every once in a while, my Canadian accent comes out!! I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and […]
Dr. Karen Laidley
Every once in a while, my Canadian accent comes out!! I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and lived in Edmonton, Alberta until I was fourteen years old, at which time my family moved to Bernardsville, New Jersey (holy culture shock!!). I grew up loving all animals and always wished for a horse I could call my own. “Freckles,” our English Springer Spaniel, was one of my best friends and saw me through college before heading over the Rainbow Bridge.
I attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine and heeded the advice of my two older siblings to take full advantage of my liberal arts education. While I had known since I was eight years old that I wanted to be a veterinarian, I opted to pursue a major in Anthropology! I participated in numerous sports, was a member of an a cappella singing group and a rock band, and was Vice President of the student body. My senior year while living off-campus, I chose to raise “Andy,” a black Labrador puppy for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind on Long Island, NY. His education was incredibly well-rounded and he graduated with honors, making someone’s life richer and better.
After graduation from Colby in 1993, I was offered the opportunity to be a hiking and mountain biking guide at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. I attended the University of Arizona part-time to take the remaining prerequisites needed for veterinary school and LOVED being a guide! I knew that getting into veterinary school would be a challenge, but I also knew that I didn’t have (and didn’t want to have) a backup plan. So I applied to fourteen schools in the US and was lucky to get into nine, with the dream of attending Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY. For me, that dream became a reality! I still played volleyball and ultimate Frisbee and enjoyed running and kayaking when not studying. During summer breaks I had a blast as a whitewater rafting guide on the Kennebec, Dead, and Class 5 Penobscot River in Maine, job-shadowing a large animal veterinarian on my off days. Talk about amazing opportunities!!
After graduation from Cornell in 1998, I returned West. Almost my entire immediate family had moved to the west coast of the US and I wanted to be closer to them. I started my veterinary career with a short stay in Olympia, WA, then moved to Brookings on the southern Oregon Coast to be a part of Town and Country Animal Clinic. They were wonderful mentors and enabled me to blossom! There I bought my first home and used a home equity loan to buy my first horse, “Peanut,” a Thoroughbred mare, with whom I began my passionate journey of Three-Day Eventing. We shared many joyous adventures together and she gave me my first foal. Deservedly, she is enjoying retirement here on our farm.
I moved to Central Oregon in 2004 and joined Cinder Rock a year later. I found my dream property, a 24 acre farm on the south end of Redmond, just before starting at CRVC. When I first turned Peanut out into one of my pastures, I looked to my father and told him, with tears in my eyes, that “all my dreams were coming to fruition.” From that, Fruition Farm was born.
Thanks to friends who set us up on a blind date, I met my dream of a husband, Scott Hampton, and we married here on the farm in September 2010. He is my perfect match in every way! We support each other’s dreams and look forward to growing old together with all of our four-legged children. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to know that I really am living the life of which I always dreamed! My family is amazing and I am fortunate to have wonderful parents who are also two of my closest friends. I love being a veterinarian and I especially treasure the relationships that I have been given the opportunity to foster with clients and their pets over the years. As a Three-Day Eventer and as a veterinarian, I’m grateful to be given the chance to fulfill my passion for teaching and living life to its fullest! I live life by Eleanor Roosevelt’s words, “Every day is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.” It’s an honor to be living my life – thanks for being part of it!
Dr. Caelli Edmonds
One of my earliest memories of my life was announcing to my parents that I was going to […]
Dr. Caelli Edmonds
One of my earliest memories of my life was announcing to my parents that I was going to be a vet when I grew up. I was maybe three. I grew up in White Rock, British Columbia Canada, and when I was in fourth grade we moved to Burlington, WA. By then I was still on track to be a vet even though I came close to changing my mind after my first 4-H project when I lost one of my lambs to bloat.
I attended Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC and then went to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Paul and I met when we were both in vet school, and after graduation and our wedding in the spring of 2005, we moved to Texas where we each completed equine internships. I also worked at a small animal veterinary hospital in Ft. Worth.
Paul and I moved to Redmond in 2010 and I worked as a relief vet in several other clinics around Central Oregon before joining Cinder Rock’s staff of doctors in 2013. My professional interests include dentistry, ultrasound, surgery, wound management and critical care medicine.
Our human family includes our two fast growing sons: Austin and Carter. Our animal family seems to grow even faster. There is one cat named Wally who eats a low carb diet so that we can keep his belly under control. We have three dogs. Charlie is a 7-pound Miniature Pinscher who sleeps under the covers but has awful breath if I don’t take care of his teeth every single day. There are also two Aussies – Willow and Ringo. And we have three horses – two Tennessee Walkers, and a Paint. We have 20 laying chickens: Black Australorps and Silver Laced Wyandottes, and 6 Khaki Campbell ducks widely regarded as the best duck egg layers. We have 4 mama Suffolk sheep and a ram named Captain who give us lovely lambs each year. We also raise 3 calves every year. And probably due to the fact that my mom allowed me to have sheep when I was a child, but never pigs – I am now happy to have many Berkshire pigs! There are 4 sows/mammas and 15 growing piglets all pasture raised. We farrow out about 40 piglets twice a year mostly for butcher, but some 4-H pigs too, just like I always wished for.
Taking care of the farm and our family – both human and non-human – is how I spend my free time when I am not working. Being with the boys, playing with the pigs, gardening, canning and downhill skiing fill my life to overflowing.
Dr. Sarah Bird
I grew up on a beef cattle ranch in Reno, Nevada. I showed beef and dairy cattle in […]
Dr. Sarah Bird
I grew up on a beef cattle ranch in Reno, Nevada. I showed beef and dairy cattle in 4-H and FFA, and I was also a member of the livestock judging team in 4-H, FFA and in college.
I graduated in 2005 from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with an emphasis in food animal medicine, equine medicine and surgery. After graduation, I did a Large Animal Ambulatory internship at the University of Georgia. Since then I have practiced both large and small animal medicine in California and in Atlanta, Georgia.
My husband Brian and I moved to the central Oregon area from Atlanta where I lived for eight years. We had met when we were both in veterinary school at UC Davis. Brian is a PhD, DVM who specializes in virology and public health and is currently working for the One Health Institute at UC Davis. Brian and I were both attracted to Central Oregon for its climate, its unique urban/rural environment and western lifestyle. I joined Cinder Rock’s veterinary team in September 2015.
My professional interests include general health and preventive medicine, pain control, quality of life and hospice issues and animal assisted therapy. In addition, I teach the large animal nursing and disease courses in the COCC Veterinary Technician program.
Brian had grown up on a cattle and pig farm in middle Tennessee and we are both happy to be in Oregon and to have found the perfect 60-acre fixer-upper farm in southern Redmond. We plan to raise cattle, sheep and goats. In the meantime, our animal family consists of Reba who is a Quarter Horse mare, and two rescue dogs that I adopted from my vet clinic in Georgia. Willy is a Pitbull/Terrier mix, and Pico is a Rat Terrier mix, clearly in charge of rodent control on the farm. Some of my interests when I’m not working are hiking, horseback riding, baking and farming.