Kirsten Munck - DVM/Owner
Dr. Kirsten Munck grew up in Vermont and completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University. After graduating, she relocated to Oregon to continue her career path and to enjoy the numerous outdoor pursuits Oregon has to offer. From a young age, Kirsten always wanted to become a veterinarian and grew up with beloved dogs, including her special German shepherd, Maria. Once in Oregon she was quickly adopted by her first cat, Jesse, who accompanied her for 20 years through graduate school in veterinary medicine at OSU and life’s many adventures! A move to the Puget Sound brought a very challenging and professionally enriching position for her in a Seattle general veterinary practice. In 2001 with her family, Dr. Munck decided to move to Bend to achieve her dream, which was to own her own practice…The Colorado Cat Clinic! The practice eventually outgrew its location in downtown Bend. With her expertise, a new building was designed and constructed especially for an all cat practice in the Northwest Crossing area. Dr. Munck spends most of her time at the clinic, but her rare free time is enjoyed with her husband Doug (a wildlife biologist) and daughter Gemma. Cooking, skiing, hiking and running are just a few of her favorite activities. She currently shares her home with her 2 dogs, Audrey & Layla, and 2 cats, Arthur and Julius.
Jill Chapleau - Head Veterinary Technician/Office Manager
Jill Chapleau joined Colorado Cat Clinic in June, 2021. Jill is a native Vermonter and an alumna of Vermont Technical College’s Veterinary Technology Program. In 1996, she began her career as a Technician in a busy small animal surgical and emergency practice, eventually also serving as their weekend practice manager. Later, she served in two separate appointments as Program Technician for Vermont Tech’s Veterinary Technology Program. In that role, she instructed students in all laboratory classes and oversaw the care of the College’s menagerie of cats, dogs, rodents, rabbits, reptiles, cattle and horses. During college vacations she worked for Rutland County Humane Society as their Kitten Health Technician. In between her Vermont Tech appointments, she worked as Farm and Laboratory Operations Manager for The Binding Site which operates a large sheep farm which produces and harvests polyclonal antibodies for use in human diagnostic testing.
Jill’s professional interests include animal behavior, heritage breed genetics and feline medicine. She has recently graduated from Vermont Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Diversified Agriculture in furtherance of her passion for farming which was inspired by her time at The Binding Site. When not working with animals she enjoys yoga, martial arts, motorcycle touring and hiking, especially in the desert southwest.
Taylor Johnson - Receptionist
Taylor has been an animal lover since she was a small girl, and has had multiple cats through out the years. Growing up around her family's horses, spending time outdoors is a home away from home. She is a PNW native who moved to Bend to in 2010. She graduated from Mountain View High School, and plans to continue her degree at COCC.
She is owned by a very spoiled tortie named 'Nanja' who has been her fur baby since living in Central Oregon.
In her free time, Taylor enjoys going to concerts, listening to true crime shows, and traveling when she can.
Heather Sohn - Veterinary Technician
Heather worked at Colorado Cat Clinic for 7+ years in the original location on Colorado Avenue. After a break of more than 10 years, during which she raised her family and operated a busy cat sitting business, Heather returned to the practice in August of 2020.
Born and raised in Illinois, Heather and her husband have lived in Oregon for more than 20 years. She currently lives in Sunriver. When she isn't at the Cat Clinic or traveling to Eugene to visit her son, she enjoys long walks outdoors, reading, singing karaoke, Star Trek and all things "nerdy." Heather and her family are owned by 3 cats, 3 dogs, 2 cockatiels, an Amazon parrot, and an assortment of tropical fish.
Bridget Sittel - Veterinary Technician
Bridget has been an animal lover her entire life, and joined our team in October of 2020. She has been in the veterinary field since 2000, but took a break when she moved here in 2008 to help her parents out on their Angus Ranch. She is owned by two Australian Shepherds, "Drama" and "Bash", one calico kitty named "Sassafras," and a chinchilla named "Floof." In her spare time you can find her kayaking, hiking, or riding her horse, "Breezy."
Emma Hitzbleck ~ Veterinary Technician
Emma joined our team in October of 2020. She started out working as a veterinary assistant part time while going to university for a degree in biology and environmental science & policy. She has always loved animals and quickly fell in love with working in the veterinary field, especially surgery and animal handling (the spicy cats are her favorite).
When Emma isn’t working she’s often relaxing with her cats, reading, knitting, or borrowing people’s dogs for outdoor activities.