Gordon Pickering, DVM
Dr. Gordon's Bio
Dr. Gordon is a native of Montana, where he grew up on a ranch that raised cattle, hogs, and hay. He fulfilled his pre-veterinary requirements during his three years at Montana State University in Bozeman. Gordon was then accepted to Colorado State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, earning his DVM in 1987. His first veterinary job, alongside his classmate and wife Dr. Julee Pickering, was in John Day, Oregon at a mixed animal practice, where they worked together for two years. He and Julee took over La Pine Animal Hospital in 1992 and have turned it into a successful, thriving practice.
Julee Pickering, DVM
Dr. Julee's Bio
Dr. Julee has practiced small animal medicine for 30 years. Julee’s childhood was spent on a hay farm in Eastern Colorado caring for dogs, cats, horses, and goats. She graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Julee’s veterinary interests include behavioral science and internal medicine. She loves interacting with furry critters and their loving parents. They have two children, Emily and Kyle, as well as a menagerie of four-legged kids that includes three dogs, two cats, nine horses, and two miniature horses.
Lani Voyles, DVM
Dr. Lani's Bio
Dr. Lani is a 1996 graduate of the Oregon State University Veterinary College and has worked at La Pine Animal Hospital since 2005. She has been married since 1999 and has two lovely daughters (Zoey and Katie), along with three dogs. She enjoys all of the outdoor activities of Central Oregon, including hiking, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Dr. Lani loves all animals but is partial to smush-faced, snoring, and snorting breeds.
JoAnne Dixon, DVM
Dr. JoAnne's Bio
A graduate from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. JoAnne Dixon is excited to be able to help the pets in La Pine as she joins the La Pine Animal Hospital team. JoAnne was an associate at the Sun Valley Animal Center for 10 years before she became the medical director and executive director at Mountain Humane in Hailey Idaho. For the past 14 years, with her vision and leadership, MH was able to move into the new state-of-the-art animal welfare campus in 2019. Now, it is time for a new chapter, and JoAnne and her family are excited to be able to call Central Oregon their new home and look forward to having more great adventures here.
Kim started working at La Pine Animal Hospital in February 2003. Her and her husband moved to Oregon in 1995 from Susanville, CA. She has a son (Matthew), two daughters (Jenna and Stephanie), two snorting pugs, a cantankerous pit bull, and two kitties. In her spare time, she likes to be involved in her children’s extracurricular activities, craft, garden, and spend time on the water with her family. Kim loves having the ability to educate our clients and spend time with their pets.
Kelly joined the La Pine Animal Hospital family in May 2015. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with her associate degree in healthcare administration/pharmacy practice and bachelor’s degree in business management. Kelly has a daughter (Jenna), two furry cats (Apple and Mr), and two dogs (Bandit and Axle), not to mention the farm animals! In her spare time, she enjoys hunting, four-wheeling, and pretty much anything outdoors. She enjoys her time with animals and looks forward to continuing her education in the veterinary field.
Sarah joined our team in January 2019. She is currently attending PennFoster College for her associate degree in veterinary technology. Born and raised in California, Sarah found her love for animals at a young age. She has been working as an assistant in the veterinary field since 2015, which has involved small and large animal medicine. Sarah has two Australian Cattle Dogs named Buckley and Duke, along with her two cats, Cooper and Scoop.
Cindi started working at La Pine Animal Hospital in June 2019. She raised Australian Shepherds, barrel raced, and was a member of the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association. Cindi spent the last 25 years in North Carolina, along with her husband, who was a crew chief in the NASCAR racing industry. She has one dog named Haddie, who was rescued from the side of the road at three weeks old. Cindi also does pet sitting for our little community!
Emilee started working at La Pine Animal Hospital in 2019. She moved to Oregon with her family when she was 17 years old and remained here until 2014, when she married her husband and moved to Arizona. She and her husband recently relocated back to Oregon to be near family and put down roots here in La Pine. Emilee enjoys spending time with her husband and baby girl, Olivia Rose. She has three dogs named Chloe, Lucy, and Henry.
Liz joined the La Pine Animal Hospital in July 2019! She graduated from the vet assistant course from Animal Behavior College. Liz has grown up on a ranch in La Pine her entire life and has always known that she wanted to be a part of the veterinary field. Liz and her boyfriend live in La Pine with their Blue Heeler (Ariat) and three cats (Auto, Mavee, and O’Malley).
Mary was born a horse lover with a passion to be around and work with animals. To that end, she became a licensed veterinary technician in 2001 and likes helping people help the pets they care about. In her off-time, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family and can usually be found outdoors doing anything from working in her garden to horseback riding to kayaking.
Celena is the newest member of La Pine Animal Hospital. She grew up in Burns, Oregon and has always wanted to be a veterinary technician. Celena has two cats (Dopey and Eddie) and a pet chicken, Hei Hei. She enjoys reading, drawing, hunting, fishing, and hiking in her spare time. Celena looks forward to continuing her education in the veterinary field and working with animals.
Cassie started working at La Pine Animal Hospital in April 2013. She graduated from Humboldt State University in 2011 with her bachelor’s degree in business administration and then fulfilled her childhood dream of starting a career in veterinary medicine. She and her husband moved to Oregon in 2011 and enjoy all of the outdoor activities that Central Oregon has to offer, including snowmobiling, snow skiing, mushing, kayaking, fishing, and hiking. She has three Siberian Huskies and three crazy cats that like to keep her on her toes.