Head Technician & Inventory
Sara Shoemake grew up in Hermiston, OR and has always loved animals. She currently has horses, a miniature horse, a miniature donkey, a pygmy goat, rabbits, cats, dogs, a parrot, and a husband. She loves helping people and being involved on the worship team at her church, Hermiston Christian Center. Sara also is a firm supporter of Special Olympics, and enjoys being a part of the local Sage Riders team. "I love working at OTVC because we offer quality services and products, and pride ourselves in being an advocate for our patients."
Jess Schiller grew up on a ranching operation outside of Heppner. She has always had an interest in bovine and equine health, and was very involved in 4-H and agriculture-related activities. After high school, she worked in various fields, including graphic design, before settling here at OTVC where she helps with all day-to-day responsibilities. Jess is currently married to Patrick Schiller, and they have 3 border collies named Tip, Zee, and Gus. They also have a string of horses, and their own 80 head of mother cows. She also enjoys helping out at the family's ranch. "I love working at OTVC because of the great people, and the many opportunities to learn more about large and small animal health."
Courtney Pillar is from a small town in the Pacific Northwest. She recently moved to Boardman, Oregon with her fiance and their two labrador mixes, Gracie and Cricket. In the future, she would like to have many more animals and space for a couple of horses. In January of next year, Courtney will begin school to eventually become a certified veterinary technician. "I love working at the clinic because it allows me to learn more about veterinary practices and animal health, while also interacting with all kinds of animals."
Suzanne Phillips grew up in a small logging town near Corvallis, OR. In 2006, she graduated from OSU with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology & Chemistry. Suzanne now lives in Hermiston with her husband, 2 border collies, 2 cats, a milk snake, and a variable number of rats. She loves all animals, including the creepy-crawlies like snakes, lizards, and spiders. She has a passion for helping animals and their owners. She is active in the rescue community, including volunteering for Heartland Humane Society, and Mikey's Rescue.
Jaime Coffelt grew up out of Roseburg, Oregon. In 1999, she graduated from Western Oregon University where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Business and minored in Social Sciences. In 2003 she moved to Stanfield, and she began working at OTVC in 2004. She is the mother of one son, and twin daugthers, along with 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 horses. "I love working at OTVC for many reasons, but the main reason is all the great people I get to meet and work with. They are truly all family to me."
Receptionist & Technician
Jakki Long was born & raised here in Hermiston. She has always had a passion for helping animals. Growing up, she was often taking in stray dogs & cats, pet sitting for neighbors, and helping her familiy breed and raise labrador retrievers. She always knew she wanted a career in veterinary medicine and in 2006 she got an opportunity to fill an internship position at OTVC. Afterwards, she was hired on as a veterinary assistant and trained to assist the technicians and doctors. A year later, she had her daughter and when she returned from maternity leave, she was trained to be a technician. In December 2009, she took on a new position as our receptionist and that's where she really found her place. In her spare time, Jakki enjoys camping, fishing, craft projects, & spending time with her family. She also sells Scentsy Wickless Candles. "I love being able to interact with not only the pets, but their owners as well. It's the best job in the world!"