Our Team

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Chris Wickliffe, DVM

Dr. Wickliffe first became interested in horses at the age of 13 through the Boy Scouts of America at the Butte Creek Scout Ranch in Silverton, Oregon.  This interest soon became a passion leading to his career path as an equine veterinarian. 

 

Dr. Wickliffe earned Bachelor of Science degrees from Oregon State University in Economics (1992) and Colorado State University in Equine Science (1998).  During this time, Dr. Wickliffe had the opportunity to become the first student of the Colorado State University Farrier Program and went on to be a teacher’s assistant in that program.  This led to the development of a successful farrier business.  Dr. Wickliffe completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University in 2002.

 

After earning his DVM, Dr. Wickliffe worked in 3 large surgical equine veterinary hospitals with the ultimate goal of owning an equine focused veterinary practice. In the fall of 2007, Dr. Wickliffe opened Cascadia Equine Veterinary Clinic, an ambulatory equine veterinary clinic based in Corvallis, OR. In March of 2021 the Tangent clinic was opened. The practice now offers mobile services as well as appointments at the clinic.  

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Kelsey Palsgaard, DVM cVMA

Dr. Kelsey Palsgaard grew up in California, falling in love with horses at an early age. She started out riding western, but quickly found her love for jumping and grew up competing in Hunter/Jumpers. Her passion for horses and interest in helping them led to a focused path to becoming an equine veterinarian.

 

Dr. Palsgaard graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis from University of California, Davis. She stayed at UC Davis for veterinary school and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While in vet school, Dr. Palsgaard held an active role in the Student Veterinary Emergency Response Team as well as the student AAEP chapter. She was the first to graduate from the “Train the Trainer” program and graduated with special veterinary emergency response training. She employed by the Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) at UC Davis. She responded with VERT to the catastrophic Northern CA wildfires multiple years in a row. She has also held multiple trainings for veterinary students and first responders on various topics relating to animals in emergency situations. Dr. Palsgaard attended CuraCore Integrative Medical Academy, earning her certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA). Dr. Palsgaard worked at an equine hospital near Salt Lake City, Utah prior to moving to Oregon. Her professional interests include integrative medicine, ophthalmology, nutrition, and veterinary emergency response.

 

Dr. Palsgaard enjoys spending her spare time outdoors, riding horses, and hiking with her dog Luna.

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Sera Moran, DVM

As a kid, Dr. Sera Moran was terrified of animals - especially horses. But she overcame her fear so that she could take riding lessons with her big sister, and eventually she became a classic horse-crazy teenager, spending all her time after school at the barn with her first horse and her eventing team.

 

Dr. Moran attended UC Davis for her undergraduate education, where she studied Animal Science and worked at the campus horse breeding facility. Everyone assumed she would go on to vet school, but at that age, she wasn’t interested in doing what everyone expected of her. After graduation she moved to the midwest and held a variety of jobs including breeding manager at a reining ranch, massage therapist, and dog groomer. Ten years later, she was finally ready to admit that everyone had be right, and she went back to UC Davis for vet school, with her husband and a small herd of horses in tow.

 

Back at UC Davis, Dr. Moran fell in love with horses all over again, this time from the inside out. She enjoyed every aspect of equine medicine, but her true passion was reproduction and breeding. After vet school, she did an ambulatory internship and residency at Virginia Tech. There she had the opportunity to work with specialists of all kinds, breed many mares, and really get to know people and horses over years of working together. These experiences solidified her commitment to primary care medicine and fostering long-term relationships with patients and clients. Dr. Moran enjoys routine appointments such as vaccines and dentals which allow her to build friendships with horses and humans; she appreciates more complex medicine cases in which she can puzzle together a diagnosis from a series of clues; and of course she loves all things mare-related. Her absolute favorite part of equine practice is meeting the foals she helped produce the previous year.

 

Dr. Moran lives in Jefferson with one dog, two cats, her two heart horses, the world’s cutest pony, an orchard of fruit trees, and an extremely patient husband. Goats, chickens, ducks, and houseplants coming soon. 

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Susan Purcell, 
Office Manager

Susan joined the Cascadia Equine Veterinary Clinic team in August 2020, after completing her degree in Equine Management at Linn Benton Community College. She has loved horses ever since she was a child and now has the opportunity to work with them and their owners every day. In her spare time, Susan loves spending time with her daughter Kaitlyn and her husband, Dan. They enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, playing in the snow and riding rollercoasters. 

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Danielle Meyersick, Office Coordinator

Danielle grew up riding horses in 4-H, FFA and on the Oregon High School Equestrian Team. This passion led her to pursue a degree in Animal Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU). During her time at OSU, Danielle rode for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and took several classes focusing on equine sciences. Danielle graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences. Danielle has two English Springer Spaniels, Moose and Emma, who she absolutely adores.

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Kiera Heidt, 
Veterinary Assistant

Kiera joined the Cascadia Equine team in May of 2019 afer graduating from the Vluggen Institute of Equine Osteopathy. She is currently working towards finishing her Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology so she can better help the many horses and owners she connects with on a daily basis. In her spare time she enjoys baking, cuddling with her kittens, and of course, playing with her beloved ponies Snickers and Molly.

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Emily Garbarino, Veterinary Assistant

Emily has been in veterinary medicine since 2018. She joined the Cascadia Equine team in Spring 2020. From an early age, Emily has always had a passion for horses. She grew up in 4H, showing and competing in Mustang Makeovers. She enjoys gentling and starting horses, in addition to enjoying her personal herd of once-wild equines. Emily uses her compassion and degree in Equine Management and Technology to help both equines and their owners live their best lives together. 

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Annelis Voldengen, 
Veterinary Assistant

Annelis joined Cascadia Equine Veterinary Clinic this spring as a veterinary assistant. She has had a lifelong love of horses and started her career in veterinary medicine back in 2017. Currently, she is a senior at OSU and is set to graduate with a BS in Animal Science with emphasis on equine science and professional bio-health in 2021, with the goal to start vet school Fall 2021. When not at school or work, Annelis enjoys riding her mare Arabella in three-day eventing. 

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Haley Pacheco, Veterinary Assistant

Haley joined the Cascadia Equine team in July. She is currently a junior at Oregon State University with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Animal Sciences. Haley grew up around horses and enjoys eventing and trail riding on her mare, Flo. She also has a dog, Tippee, who she takes everywhere.

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Katrina Patterson, 
Veterinary Assistant

Katrina's love for horses began at a young age fueled by summer horse camps and riding lessons. She pursued her passion at LBCC by riding on the equestrian team, earning an Associates in Horse Management and continuing on to complete her Bachelor's in Animal Science with an equine emphasis at OSU. Katrina began working in the veterinary field in Spring 2021 and joined Cascadia Fall 2021. She loves being able to help horses and their owners, and expanding her knowledge and education every day. In her free time Katrina enjoys spending time with her husband Cole hiking and camping, or playing with her dog Izze and cat Angel. She also enjoys riding, running, reading and playing the fiddle.

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Madison Grey,
Veterinary Assistant

Maddie joined the Cascadia Equine team in September. She grew up competing horses in hunter jumper classes but switched to the western world of barrel racing in high school. As an undergraduate senior at OSU, Maddie is majoring in Animal Science with a professional bio-health emphasis and a minor in biology. The injury of Maddie’s horse in 9th grade sparked her interest in veterinary medicine, inspiring her to pursue vet school with the goal of specializing in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Maddie recently applied to veterinary school with the hopes of entering fall of 2022. Alongside her studies, Maddie continues to compete at local barrel races with her main man, Journey, and enjoys training her younger horse, Jasper.