Staff

Welcome to the Orchard View Family!  
We understand that seeing a familiar face can put both animals and people at ease.  We do have some new members and are pleased to introduce our wonderful staff, so you can get to know us.

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Management
Jackie Simmons
 Assistant Manager/Veterinary Assistant

In 1999, Jackie shadowed Dr. Lipscomb and has been in the veterinary field ever since.  Jackie covered for an employee's materinty leave for a summer in 2012, and then returned full time in 2013 as a Veterinary Assistant and within the last year moved to Assistant Manager.

When not at work, Jackie enjoys video and computer games, spending time with her family and cats.
 
Veterinary Assistants
Marilyn Gaskin
Veterinary Assistant

Marilyn began working at OVVC as an animal caretaker in 2013.  After leaving the clinic to focus on her schooling, she realized how much she missed working with animals and the OVVC staff and has returned as a veterinary assistant.

Marilyn is currently studying studio art at Willamette University.  While not at work she enjoys shooting and developing film photography, painting and spending quality time with her pets; a golden retiever named Marley and a cat named Jack.
 
Receptionists
Katie Peters
Receptionist

Katie knew from a very young age that she would be working with animals for the rest of her life.  She is currently attending Oregon State University and finishing her degree in Zoology. 

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and speding time with her dog, Roca.
 
Matt Lipscomb
 Relief Receptionist

Matt has always been around animals, growing up with a family of animal lovers.  He has a natural way with people and is a great asset to OVVC.  His easy going and caring personality along with an ability to connect with clients has made him an indispensible part of the reception team. 

Matt has been OVVC's part-time receptionist since November 2007 and is currently employee on a relief basis.

When not at work, Matt enjoys building furniture (like wine racks, coffee tables and entertainment centers), hunting, riding dirt bikes, and camping with friends and family.

 
Animal Caretakers
Kelly Merrell
Animal Caretaker/Reception

Kelly has been at OVVC since February.  This is her first year in Salem, she was born and raised in Springfield.  Ever since she was little, she has enjoyed being around animals, especially horses. 

Kelly is currently attending Chemeketa getting her transfer degree. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the barns working with horses and hanging out with her dogs, Jack Frost and Zoey.  She also likes hunting, fishing, camping and spending time at the beach.
Marranda Thilberg
Animal Caretaker


Marranda is our newest staff member.  She is originally from Springfield and is enjoying Salem.  When she is not working, she likes reading, hanging out with friends and hiking with her chocolate laborador retriever, named Miller.
Staff in Photos