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Peak Performance Equine PLLC is proud to serve the Flathead Valley, MT area daily, along with the following additional areas: Willamette Valley in Oregon, Treasure Valley in Idaho, and the Santa Ynez Valley. Please see our Facebook site for the most up-to-date schedule of visits. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service. Email us with questions through our online form or call us at (406) 885-7148.

We believe in treating every equine patient as if they were our own horse and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained and experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible.

If you have any questions about how we can care for your horse, please don’t hesitate to call us at (406) 885-7148. Thank you!


Cierra Dedeker DVM – Practice Owner / Veterinarian

Dr. Cierra Dedeker grew up around horses, large and small, 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 was selected by the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, in Canada for a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

After veterinary school, Cierra completed an internship at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, California, a referral equine hospital with a diverse and exciting caseload. 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 diagnostic modalities and treatment options. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Chuck, and one-year-old daughter, Madelyn, where they are building a new home in the foothills. 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 and their two labradors, Jack and Lucy.

Kelsey Weber: Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey has had a love for animals her whole life. Growing up with an equine vet as a stepfather, she was exposed at an early age to life in the field, treating horses. Throughout high school, she spent her free time at the barn, starting young horses, training horses with behavioral issues, and riding her own horse for the high school rodeo team. Another thing: She trained puppies for a group called Guide Dogs for the Blind. Graduates of this group can be found 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 a 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 Veterinary Technician

My name is Shelby and I have had the honor to be a veterinary assistant for Dr. Dedeker since I was in high school. In 2019 I graduated from Oregon State University with an Animal Science degree with an Equine focus. Once I graduated, I moved to Kentucky for the Kentucky Equine Management Internship where I was working with racing thoroughbreds. After the internship, I accepted the Stable Assistant Manager position at Sun Valley Resort. Here I manage the draft horses for sleigh rides in the winter and trail horses in the summer. In my free time, I like to play mermaids in the lake with the tiny assistant Madelyn, shred the mountain, and go camping with my family.

Caitlin Gaffney – Veterinary Assistant

Caitlin Gaffney is currently a senior at Oregon State University studying animal science with a focus on pre-vet and equine sciences working toward becoming an equine veterinarian. She will continue her education in the fall of 2022 at Oregon State Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been involved in horses since she was ten years old and was a part of 4H, OHSET, and competed on the hunter/jumper circuit as well as dressage shows. She has two horses, Honey and Zara, and both of my horses get to see Dr. Cierra regularly who they love. Caitlin said that working at Peak Performance Equine has provided her with many new skills and has widened her horse knowledge which she plans to use as an equine vet.

Charles Dedeker – Practice Manager

Charles Dedeker serves as support staff and takes care of daily tasks and keeps the practice vision innovative and on task.

Anneliese McCurry – Veterinary Assistant

Anneliese McCurry currently attends Bishop Kelly High School. She is a part of the National High School Rodeo Association where she competes in barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping, pole bending, and cutting. Horses have been a huge part of Anneliese’s life since she was very little. Her passion for equine science has developed and intensified while competing in such demanding events. Anneliese holds the wellness of her horses as the highest priority. She believes that the accomplishments she has achieved on the backs of her equine athletes would not have been possible without them feeling their best. Anneliese has four horses that she regularly competes on, all of whom see Dr. Cierra. While working at Peak Performance, Anneliese says her knowledge of horse anatomy and her proficiency in lameness recognition has grown tremendously. These skills have been incredibly useful to Anneliese as she continues to rodeo. After high school, Anneliese plans to attend college, where she will focus on equine science as well as continue her rodeo career.

Shelby Ketcham – Veterinary Assistant

Shelby Ketcham is the owner and founder of SJR Horsemanship and is based out of Boise Idaho. She trains horses and also runs a lesson program for kids and adults. She strives to develop a strong and trusting relationship between horse and rider, both on the ground and under saddle. A few examples of what she teaches are Liberty work, trick training, groundwork and horsemanship for all levels and disciplines. She has been competing in many disciplines with different breeds for over a decade including many high placing’s in Extreme Mustang Makeover Competitions. Her most recent achievement is winning the 2021 Impact of the Horse Competition held in Heber City, Utah.

Kristylee – Veterinary Assistant

Kristylee grew up between rural ag communities on the Big Island of Hawaii and Western North Carolina, where she was fortunate enough to have always been surrounded by a wide variety of different animals. She has spent a majority of her life doing anything and everything you possibly can outside and isn’t very good at sitting still or in one place for too long. Since college, she has be-bopped all across the US, and landed in Idaho for what was supposed to be a seasonal job, but here we are, 5 years later!

Kristylee is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and works at Ride for Joy, where she met Dr. Cierra a few years ago. When life took a little detour- as life often does- she was ecstatic when Dr. Cierra asked if that meant she was free one day to help her out, and was even more ecstatic when that one day turned into a regular thing with Peak Performance Equine!!