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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Shanah grossman, cvt

Shanah fell in love with horses the moment her dad set her on a friend's horse when she was barely two years old, it was love at first sight. Shanah's first horse was an Arabian mare named Sunshine. She grew up riding Arabians and Quarter Horses, primarily gaming, trail riding and incorporating some dressage in for a little versatility. Shanah became passionate about caring for horses and veterinary medicine when she was in middle school while caring for other people's horses during her summers working and volunteering at training stables. Born and raised in Oregon, Shanah also enjoys spending a lot of time with her husband hiking, fishing and hunting. In addition to horses and the outdoors she enjoys getting to spend time with her grown daughters and her Labrador retriever, Alsea. Shanah earned her degree in Veterinary Technology at Cedar Valley University in Dallas, Texas and has worked in veterinary medicine since 2007 when she first started working with Dr. Wickliffe at Cascadia Equine. 

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Dee Estell, cvt

Dee’s love for animals started when she was very young and would always tag along with her Aunt to volunteer at the local kennel/shelter. That is where she learned she was born to help and take care of animals large and small.  Dee started her career as a Veterinary Assistant in 2000 and went on to earn her certification as a Veterinary Technician in 2009. She has gained a world of experience in many areas of veterinary industry over the years and is beyond excited to continue her journey on the equine side of life with Cascadia Equine Veterinary Clinic. In her free time, Dee loves to find adventure in the great wide open with her husband of 20 years and her two beautiful daughters. 

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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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Natalie Ashley, 
Office assistant

Natalie has always loved animals, especially horses, since she was young. She graduated from Linn Benton Community College with an associate's degree in animal science in 2020. She began working in the veterinary field at the beginning of spring 2021. She loves being able to help animals and their owners. In her free time, she likes relaxing with her two cats at home or watching her little brother play sports. Natalie plans to eventually go back to school once she decides what she would like to specialize in within the animal science field. 

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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 in the spring of 2020 with aspirations of starting vet school in the fall of 2021. She graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor's of science in animal sciences in June 2021 and started vet school at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU in September of 2021 to pursue her own DVM. Outside of OSU and Cascadia Equine, Annelis loves to ride in the sport of three day eventing and trail ride with her retired eventer, Bella. 

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Haley Pacheco, Veterinary Assistant

Haley joined the Cascadia Equine team in 2020. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2022 with her undergraduate degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Animal Sciences. Haley grew up around all sorts of animals, but particularly loved horses the most. She enjoys trail riding and dressage with her mare, Flo. And not to forget her tag along bff, Tippee, the dog. 

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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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Alexus Williams,
Veterinary Assistant

Alexus joined the Cascadia Equine team in late January of 2022 after graduating with a degree in animal science from Oregon State University. She found her love of horses at a young age and learned how to ride and compete across Oregon and Washington. She is planning to get her vet tech certification starting next fall, to better help patients and clients. Alexus loves dancing, hiking, gardening, and training dogs in her spare time. She has a cat named Koa who is her little partner in crime, and a frog named Miss Hoppington that loves to hang out!

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Michaela Rybolt, 
Veterinary Assistant

Michaela joined the Cascadia Equine team in June of 2022 after completing her first year of veterinary school at the Oregon State University (OSU) Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. Before then, she graduated from OSU with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Animal Sciences. Outside of work and school, Michaela enjoys spending time with her husband (Briggs), dog (Skid), and cats (Jimmy and Nala). She also loves doting on her Quarab mare, Jade, which sparked her interest in equine veterinary medicine 11 years ago when she adopted her.

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Keely bates,
Veterinary Assistant

Keely has had a love for horses ever since she was young. She pursued that passion by taking riding lessons for several years, working with trainers, and graduating with her associate's degree in Equine Management from Linn Benton Community College in 2020. Keely has a herd of five mustangs that she got wild and gentled herself. Outside of work and spending time with her own horses, Keely enjoys riding dirt bikes, swimming, camping, and playing with her dog, River. Keely joined Cascadia Equine in February 2022 and is thrilled to be a part of the team.