Dr. Cierra Dedeker grew up around horses, large and mini, and has a background in equine performance.
She is a graduate from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science. Following graduation, she selected the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, in Canada for a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
After veterinary school, Cierra completed an internship at a large referral hospital, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, California. After a one year rotating internship through internal medicine, surgery, diagnostic imaging and anesthesia; she was hired as a veterinary associate at Monterey County Equine and worked with the hunter jumper circuit in Pebble Beach and Carmel, California. After a year, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to start her own practice in the performance horse world. Her passion has always been in the sports medicine arena with current diagnostics modalities and treatment options. She currently lives in Carlton, Oregon with her husband where they purchased property in 2013. Outside of Veterinary Medicine, Cierra enjoys all adventures outdoors including riding her horses Nash and Peter, trail running, snowboarding, fly fishing and hiking with her husband Charles and their two labradors, Jack and Lucy.
Kelsey has had a love for animals her whole life. Growing up with an equine vet as a step father, she was exposed at an early age to life in the field, treating horses. Throughout high school she spent her free time out at the barn, starting young horses, training horses with behavioral issues and riding her own horse for the high school rodeo team. Additionally, she trained puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and has graduates working with their blind partners all over the US and Canada.
Next, Kelsey went off to Cal Poly where she spent three years majoring in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Animal Science. Here she continued her training career by taking courses on horse behavior modification and working as the dog trainer for Petco.
Soon Kelsey began to expand by not only training the animals, but teaching other people how to become trainers as well. Kelsey’s true passion lies in teaching other people how to communicate with their animals effectively. By working as a veterinary assistant for Peak Performance Equine and by starting her own training business, Kelsey can help people understand their animals from a more holistic approach; both psychologically and physically.
Shelby VanSlander graduated from West Salem High School and is currently enrolled at Chemeketa Community College, taking care of pre-requisites for veterinary school at Oregon State University. She has fulfilled 500 volunteer hours riding along with Dr. Cierra Dedeker helping out with appointments and is now a veterinary assistant with the practice. Shelby has her Paso Fino gelding Grady, who also sees Dr. Cierra, and loves her. Shelby is excited to be gaining all the experience she can and enjoys interacting with clients and patients while studying up on new cases.
Charles Dedeker serves as support staff and takes care of daily tasks and keeps the practice vision innovative and on task.