Dr. Dick Maier, DVM and Practice Owner
Dr. Dick Maier grew up in Yakima, Washington. He attended Washington State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry in 1979. Dr. Maier returned to Washington State University in 1985 where he earned a masters degree in Animal Science in 1987 and graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr. Maier practiced as a mixed animal veterinarian near Bozeman, Montana for a short period of time before returning to eastern Washington. After moving to Moses Lake, Washington in 1992 he opened Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in January of 1994. In the fall of 1999 construction was completed for the current location of Pioneer Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Maier is married with three grown sons and has 2 grandsons and 3 granddaughters. In his free time he enjoys gardening and hunting with his sons.
Dr. Courtney Redding, DVM
Dr. Courtney Redding grew up in Purcellville, Virginia before moving to Rio Rancho, New Mexico where she attended high school. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland in 1990. She then attended Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington and the University of Washington to complete prerequisite courses before attending Washington State University where she earned her Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees in 1998. Dr. Redding worked at Bethel Animal Hospital in Port Orchard, Washington before joining Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in January 2001.
Dr. Redding is married with two daughters and currently works part time so she can be home with her girls. When she's not at work, she loves spending time with her family, working out at the gym, running obstacle course races and playing with her three Springer Spaniels.
Dr. Jennifer Brown, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Brown was born and raised in Moses Lake, Washington and received her Associate in Arts and Science degree from Big Bend Community College. Dr. Brown then attended Washington State University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Brown has been at Pioneer Veterinary Clinic since 2008 and enjoys working with dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and pocket pets. The best part of her job is giving pets a healthy, high quality life.
She is married to her husband Logan and they have two children. Her family also includes two high energy Boston Terriers, Kirby and Zoe and one lazy cat named Nala. In her free time Dr. Brown enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.
Dr. Kryshelle Ballard, DVM
Dr. Kryshelle Ballard grew up in Salmon, Idaho. She received her Bachelor's in Animal and Veterinary Science from the University of Idaho in 2015. She then attended Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in March 2020. Dr. Ballard joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in July 2020 and she has a special interest in small animal surgery and emergency services. She is excited to begin helping your loved pets live healthier lives.
Dr. Ballard married her husband Cameron in 2019. They have a 6 year old son and just welcomed a baby girl to the family in May 2020. She also shares her home with 2 dogs, Apollo- a boxer and Alannah-a collie. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing with the family.
Dr. Jessica Zimmerman, DVM- Relief Veterinarian
Bio coming soon!
Melissa Garcia, LVT
Melissa Garcia was born and raised in Spokane Valley, Washington. She moved to Moses Lake, Washington and joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in 1994 where she was employed as a receptionist/veterinary assistant. Melissa left Pioneer Veterinary Clinic for two years to attend Pierce College. She graduated in 1997 with an Associate of Veterinary Technology degree and returned to Pioneer Veterinary Clinic as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Melissa has two chocolate Labrador Retrievers Sage and Lily. Her two step daughters and her son have grown up and are out on their own, which leaves her and her husband enjoying their free time in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and hiking with the dogs.
Adrienne Hernandez, LVT
Adrienne was born and raised in Moses Lake, Washington. She started volunteering at Pioneer Veterinary Clinic through the work based learning program at Moses Lake High School her senior year and after graduating in 2007 she started working as a veterinary assistant during the summer. She continued to work as her school schedule allowed as she attended Big Bend Community College for a year and then Yakima Valley Community College for their two year Veterinary Technology program. She graduated from YVCC with an Associate of Veterinary Technology degree in June 2010 and returned to Pioneer Veterinary Clinic as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
She married her husband Macario, in 2015 and they live with 2 cats named Trooper and Kena. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, watching movies, playing board games and spending time with friends and family.
Hannah McNabb, LVT
Hannah was born and raised in Enumclaw, Washington. She moved to Moses Lake in 2010 after getting her Associate in Arts degree from Green River Community College. Hannah was hired at Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in July 2012 as a veterinary assistant, but her goal was to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She became a Licensed Veterinary Technician after obtaining her degree through Penn Foster and taking the national exam in 2019.
Hannah and her husband have 2 sons Quinton (born in 2016) and Hank (born 2019). They also have two Labrador Retrievers- Remi and Ruger, a cat named Oliver, three horses-Henry, Jack, and Eastwood, two goats-Bert and Ernie, a few chickens, and a small but growing herd of cattle. They enjoy a lot of outdoor activities including camping, trail riding, and hunting.
Alex Garza, LVT
Alex grew up in Bellingham, WA and graduated from Ferndale High School in 2011. She then attended WSU and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 2015. She started working in the veterinary field in 2016 and attended Bellingham Tech for their Veterinary Technology Program and graduated with her Veterinary Technology degree in 2019. Alex joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in March 2019 as a Licenced Veterinary Technician.
Alex married her husband in August 2020. She shares her home with 4 cats- Maia and Misty, both siamese flame points and also sisters, Thor- a black domestic shorthair who is missing his right eye, Fury- a polydactyl, orange tabby, who is missing his left eye and 1 dog- Bucky-a silver lab. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the movies and being outdoors camping and fishing. She also enjoys indoor activities like cooking, knitting, puzzles and anything Disney and the TV show FRIENDS.
Sammy Jantz, LVT
Sammy was born and raised in Arlington, WA and she has been working in the veterinary field as an assistant since 2016. She moved to Moses Lake in November 2019 to be with her family. She attended Penn Foster College online for their Veterinary Technician Program and graduated in 2022. Sammy joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in November 2019 as a veterinary assistant and in November 2022 she became a Licensed Veterinary Technician after obtaining her degree through Penn Foster and taking the national exam.
Sammy and her husband share their home with 4 dogs: Bear- a pomeranian, Fiona- a pomeranian, Striga- a heeler mix and Wendy- an Australian blue heeler and 2 cats: Lincoln- a tuxedo tabby, domestic short hair and Melon- a domestic short hair. In her free time she enjoys exploring new places with her husband and pups, riding her motorcycle and playing video games.
Sierra Westra, LVT
Sierra was born and raised in Quincy, Washington. After high school graduation she moved to Louisiana for college. She attended and graduated from Baton Rouge Community College with her degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2022. Sierra moved back to Washington State and joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in July 2022 as a Veterinary Technician-in training and in November 2022 she took and passed both the state and national tests to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician!
Sierra and her husband live in George, Wa on a 300 acre farm with 75 head of cattle. She didn’t have any pets at first but soon after working here she added a new puppy Buddy- a border collie/australian shepherd mix to her family! Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, crocheting and cooking and baking.
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Jennifer Gray- Practice Manager
Jennifer was raised in Stratford, a small town outside of Moses Lake, Washington. She attended school in Wilson Creek, Washington and graduated from Wilson Creek High School. She grew up raising rabbits and sheep. Jennifer joined the Pioneer Veterinary Clinic team in March 2001.
She currently lives in Moses Lake with her fiancé Brad and has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Together they have their own mini farm with 4 chihuahuas- Rossi, Jackson, Bean and Rosie, 2 mixed breed dogs- Charlie and Sarge, 1 English Mastiff- Abbi, 5 mini horses- Ruger, Ranger, Maverick, Remi, and Trigger, 4 dwarf goats- Thelma, Louise Petunia, Bailey and lots and lots of chickens! In her spare time Jennifer enjoys sewing, crafting, watching Criminal Minds and spending time with friends and family.
Gail Brightbill- Business Manager and Certified Veterinary Assistant
Gail is a lifelong Moses Lake resident. She earned her AA degree from Big Bend Community College in 1995 and is a graduate of AAHA and Cedar Valley College Veterinary Technology DE program. She joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in August 1997 as a receptionist then as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She now currently works as the clinic's Business Manager. Though her focus in veterinary medicine has shifted from working directly with the animals to business management she finds her new career an integral portion of the veterinary team.
Gail shares her life with her loving husband John, 3 Pembroke Welsh Corgis- Alphonse, Pinoko and Piper. Rudders the special needs corgi mix and 2 three-legged tabby cats named Jet and Chandelle. She enjoys watching her corgis participate in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Herding, Coursing and Trick Dog competitions. When not traveling with the corgis, she enjoys sharing pictures of them on Instagram (@corgicabana) going to Seattle Seahawks games, crafting, sewing and reading.
Nikki Winckler- Office and Finance Manager
She was raised in Othello, Washington and graduated from Othello High School in 1995. After graduating high school, she joined the Navy and was active duty until 2001. After leaving the Navy, she went back to school and became a medical assistant and provided hospice care until joining Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in April 2018.
She has 2 children, a 19 year old son and a 13 year old daughter. Her family also includes a herd of rescued cats; Splotch, Creamsicle, Dreamsicle, Fudgesicle, Butters, Pumpkin, Gray. Nikki’s hobbies include reading, knitting, spending time with family and enjoying our summers swimming in our local lakes.
Connor was born in Moses Lake and recently moved back to be closer to family and to start a new chapter in his life. He joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in March 2021. He doesn't currently have any pets of his own but enjoys spending time and caring for his roommate’s dog Blitz- a german shepherd/doberman mix. In his free time Connor enjoys writing, gaming, programming, snowboarding, and discussing movies and philosophy.
Justine was born and raised in Alaska, then left in 2016 and moved around, living in several different states before calling Moses Lake, Wa home with her 3 children. Ever since she was little she always wanted to work with animals and she was so happy to have the opportunity to fulfill her dream by joining Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in April 2022.
Justine shares her home with 3 dogs: Zoey-a catahoula/lab mix, Brodie- a border collie mix and Alphie- a shih tzu. In her free time Justine enjoys hiking, going on adventures and exploring new places.
Miranda was born and raised in Moses Lake and graduated from Moses Lake High School and Big Bend Community College with an Associate in Arts and Science degree. She shares her home with 1 dog named Spader- a chihuahua/pomeranian mix. In her free time Miranda enjoys drawing, writing, camping, riding Harleys and 4x4’s and studying psychology and marine biology. She joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in January 2023 as receptionist.
Angela was born in San Jose, California but moved to Moses Lake, Washington when she was 5 years old. She graduated from Moses Lake High School and attended AIU and earned a BA in Criminal Justice. Angela joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in October 2014 as a veterinary assistant.
She married her husband in 2013 and together they have one angel baby, Noah and a daughter, Brooklyn. She shares her home with 2 dogs Milo, a jack russell/chihuahua mix and Chloe, a mixed breed and 2 cats, Kitty and Aspen. In her spare time Angela enjoys reading, coloring, listening to music, watching movies, biking/hiking, working out and spending time with family.
Gabby Gonzalez- Veterinary Medical Clerk
Gabby was born and raised in Moses Lake. She graduated from Moses Lake High School in 2016 and shortly after attended Big Bend Community College and received her Associates in Arts and Science in 2018. Unknowing what she wanted to do in her future, she took her passion for animals and joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in May 2019 as a receptionist and later changed to a new position as a veterinary assistant in February 2020. Recently she received her Vet Medical Clerk License and has transitioned to our pharmacy as our in house pharmacy assistant. As of October 2021, she also became the lead assistant here at the clinic.
Gabby shares her life with her husband Cody and their two daughters. She also shares her home with 3 dogs, Diesel-a german shepherd/pitbull mix, Charlie- a poodle/wheaten terrier mix, and Ria- a chihuahua and 1 cat, Luden- an elf sphynx. In her free time Gabby enjoys watching cooking/baking shows and reality shows, crafting on her Cricut, sleeping and spending time with family.
Tara was raised in Connell, Wa and grew up in the country with cattle. She always knew she wanted to work with animals. She graduated from WSU in 2015 with a degree in Animal Science and worked in the veterinary field for 1 and ½ years prior to joining Pioneer Veterinary Clinic as a veterinary assistant in January 2021.
Tara shares her home with 3 dogs: Baxter- a corgi, Breezy- a border collie/heeler mix, and Winifred- a corgi. In her free time Tara enjoys traveling, hiking, fishing, hunting and watching WSU college football with her husband. Go Cougs!
Giselle was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved around a lot until her family settled in Moses Lake. She graduated from Moses Lake High School in 2019. After graduating she attended Big Bend Community College to study Criminal Justice before deciding she was more interested in veterinary medicine. Giselle joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in October 2021 as a veterinary assistant. Her goal is to gain experience as she is interested in becoming a veterinary technician someday. Giselle has 1 cat named Jax and in her free time she enjoys going to the gym, hiking, dancing and drawing.
Ashlie grew up in Warden and graduated from Moses Lake High School. She joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in November 2021 as a veterinary assistant. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster for their Veterinary Technician program.
Ashlie shares her home with 3 cats: Miss Priss- a domestic shorthair, Mr Rude- a domestic shorthair and Bubs- a domestic shorthair. In her free time she enjoys tending to her plants, snuggling with her cats and trying new foods!
Mariah joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic as a veterinary assistant in April 2022 and absolutely loves engaging with all of the fluffy, feathery, and scaly patients. Currently she works part time while she is in the process of getting her Bachelors degree from Whitworth University and her veterinary scribe certificate from WSU.
When Mariah is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her many animals. She has…
2 kittens: Meesha is about 8 months old and is the biggest love bug. She was hit by a car and cared for by Pioneer Veterinary Clinic. Mariah adopted her and now she’s happy and healthy. Sasha is about 8 weeks old. Mariah found her on the streets of Moses Lake and nursed her back to health. She’s grown to be a loveable kitty who plays like a WWE fighter.
1 chicken: a two year old silkie chicken named Yeti, imagine Hei Hei from Moana, that's his personality. He has no thoughts, just pure love for treats and his mama!
1 bird: a beautiful four year old peach faced lovebird named Chico. He is a lovebird who is extremely sassy but will cuddle on his terms.
1 snake: Maui a two year old ball python that has the personality of a puppy. He is a banana morph, which means he is a pretty yellow color.
Last but not least, 1 dog: a yorkie named Hudson. He also goes by “Hud”, “Big Meech”, “Hadu-San”, “Jobe Turkey”, “That Man”, ect…..He’s been with her and her family for 13 years and is a very strong willed individual and they love him.
Mariah has a great passion for animals and loves working at Pioneer Veterinary Clinic to widen her knowledge.
Kylie was born and raised in Moses Lake and is currently a junior at Moses Lake High School. She started working part time at Pioneer Veterinary Clinic as a veterinary assistant in June 2022. Kylie has 3 Springer Spaniels- Bentley, Gannon and Rooney. 2 cats- Lola and Edward and 4 guinea pigs- Juanita, Roberta, Richard and Richard. Outside of work, Kylie enjoys playing tennis, creating art (drawing and painting) and music. She also has interests in psychology and criminology.
Jasmine is a high school student and she joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic as a part time assistant in August 2022. She has always loved animals and is excited to be able to help them. In her free time she enjoys taking her dog out to walk, swim and play.
Jasmine also enjoys visiting the sand dunes, hanging out with friends and family, playing softball and drawing and sketching. She shares her home with 1 dog-Candy and a fish named Alfred.
Avarley was born and raised in Moses Lake and graduated from Moses Lake High School and Big Bend Community College with an Associates Degree in 2022. She joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in August 2022 and has really enjoyed being a part of our team. She shares her home with 2 cats: Felix- a maine coon mix and Onyx- a domestic shorthair and 1 dog: Nala- a doberman. In her free time Avarley enjoys bowling, participating in family game nights and going to rave festivals. When she isn’t out having fun she likes to cuddle with her pets.
Taylor was born and raised in Othello and graduated from Othello High School in 2019. He joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic as a Veterinary Assistant in September 2022. He shares his home with 1 dog: Gwynevere- a husky and a German Giant Bearded Dragon named Violet. In his free time he enjoys gaming, hiking and camping.
Mariel grew up in Moses Lake and was a stay at home mom to her 3 kids for 10 years. She had always wanted to be in the veterinary field and had some previous assistant experience from another vet clinic. She joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic as a veterinary assistant in February 2023. Mariel enjoys spending time with her kids and pets, reading books, watching movies, true crime and cooking shows and enjoying time outdoors with her horses. She shares her home with 3 dogs: Momo- a pug, Ira- an Aussie, Prim- a golden retriever mix, 4 cats: Abu, Boots, Punkin and Polly and 2 horses: Faith and Phoenix.
Misty was born and raised in Moses Lake and currently lives in Othello with her husband Shane. She has 5 children and 7 grandchildren. Misty joined Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in July 2021.
She shares her home with 3 dogs Sadie- a beagle mix, Jax- a lab mix and Jasper- a chihuahua and 1 cat- James- a domestic medium hair. In her free time Misty enjoys gardening, canning, camping, fishing, and being crafty with her Cricut.