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.
Gretchen Rowe, DVM, Cert IVUSS
Ultrasound and Echocardiogram Specialist
Dr Rowe has been offering mobile diagnostic ultrasound and echocardiogram services to local veterinary clinics since 2005, after training with a wonderful Radiologist in Minneapolis for a year, and mentoring with cardiologists from Texas A&M, The Ohio State, and NC state as well as others. She brings experience of imaging thousands of cases with thorough follow up, as well as 14 years of small animal clinical medicine and surgery prior. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, also a veterinarian moved to Bend in 2014 to enjoy the lifestyle of mountain biking, cross country skiing, hiking, kayaking & SUPing.
Penny Doy – Office Manager
Penny was born in London and moved to Northern California with her husband in 1996. She has two daughters, three dogs and a handsome cat named Percy. Penny has worked in animal shelters for years and loves to open up her home to foster kittens.
Kelsey – Clinic Manager
Kelsey is originally from Massachusetts but has lived all over the US. Her background is in wildlife care and training, so she brings a unique skillset to our team!
Her hobbies include sketching, cuddling her cat Rizza, and enjoying the diverse ecology of Central Oregon.
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.
Bridget Sittel – Certified Veterinary Technician
Bridget is a true animal lover and growing up in Portland, OR she participated in showing horses and dogs as a member of 4-H. She went on to become a 4-H mentor and veterinary technician who has also worked in animal shelters and has a passion for animal behavior assessment.
At home Bridget is owned by three Australian shepherds: Drama (the princess), along with Bash and Riot. She also has two cats named Sassafras and Sarafina Murder Mittens, who rule the house in conjunction with Floof the chinchilla. In her spare time you can find Bridget gardening, reading, kayaking, dog training, or joining her pack of awesome Aussies in finding new places to explore.
Claire Coughlon – Receptionist
Claire grew up in Phoenix AZ, but moved to Washington to pursue a degree in Psychology at Whitman College. After graduating in 2021, she moved to Bend and quickly fell in love with Oregon. She has always been an animal lover and cannot wait to someday adopt a cat of her own. When she isn’t working, Claire enjoys going on hikes, cooking, painting, and spoiling all of the neighborhood cats.