Veterinarians are unique.
They are highly educated, with four years of undergraduate study, four years of veterinary medical school, and four years of post-doctoral training if a specialty is chosen. In order to pass boards for licensing and certification, they must remember huge amounts of information about a wide variety of species, conditions and procedures. In daily practice, veterinarians have to have insight and hands-on skill to put their patients at ease.
Our team of doctors have a combined experience of over 100 years to offer you the best direction and guidance, and we consider ourselves "your other family doctors"!
Dr. Kramer grew up in Southern California before moving to Washington State. He discovered while attending Washington State University that he wanted to become a veterinarian. Applying to colleges abroad, Dr. Kramer was accepted to the University of Sydney in Australia, where he started his veterinary medical education. He returned to WSU to complete his training and graduated WSU's veterinary medical program in 1999. Dr. Kramer joined DVC in the fall of 2003, and when not cracking jokes, enjoys working with all small animals, including exotics. He is certified in Canine Auto-Stem Cell Therapy, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Maasch is a 1981 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to Bend in 1996 after practicing for a time in the Seattle area. Dr. Maasch joined Deschutes in 1999. Within the practice she has an interest in internal medicine and feline medicine. Outside of veterinary practice, Dr. Maasch can be found reading, cooking, and cross-country skiing. She shares her home with her husband, Vince, a sweet golden retriever, and two just-as-sweet kitties. Dr. Maasch and her husband are especially hooked on tandem bicycling, and have traveled by bike worldwide. She is a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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Dr. Menasco is a 2005 graduate of Ross University's College of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts. After graduation, she returned to the states and completed an internship at the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists in 2006. Dr. Menasco joined the DVC team in December of 2006, and has since enjoyed general practice with a particular interest in soft-tissue surgery, ultrasound imaging, and emergency medicine. When Dr. Menasco isn't hard at work, she is likely to be found on the river, camping, skiing, playing volleyball, or just having fun with her family.
An Oregon native, Dr. Cummings spent her early years on a dairy farm in the Willamette Valley. Her childhood created a passion for helping animals, and she feels honored to care for them now as a veterinarian. After graduating from Oregon State University Veterinary College in 2003, Dr. Cummings moved to northern Arizona and completed a year internship at a mixed-animal practice in Prescott and remained with the practice until the opportunity came to return to Oregon. Dr. Cummings and her husband, Brian, moved to Bend in 2006 and she has been practicing in both private practice and with the local shelter since then. Areas of special interest to her are internal medicine, dermatology, critical care, and soft tissue surgery. Brian and Sarah now have two young children to chase after, as well as two four-legged kids: a rescued Pomeranian and a Shiba Inu. Sarah enjoys mountain biking, skiing, camping, a good pint, and travel.
Dr. Putnam is a previous night owl, having recently made the switch from emergency practice to daytime general practice. Her emergency experience has allowed her to develop excellent diagnostic and surgical skills, as well as exceptional client communication skills. Dr. Putnam is a welcome addition to our veterinary staff!