Debi Kent, Receptionist “Mandi’s Right Arm”
She was hooked. She started showing horses at 13, which lead into 20 years as a judge at horse shows. At home she was raising three kids, all in 4-H. The farm was busy with kids, sheep, rabbits, guide dog puppies and breeding paint horses. In all her “spare time” she was a 4-H leader, taught home arts, and co-founded a non-profit rescue for sick, older, or hard to adopt shelter animals. In 5 years they adopted out over 500 animals.
As her kids grew, she joined the work force (as if she wasn’t “working” before….)
First she managed a small newspaper office, then started in veterinary medicine in 2000. Her kids are all grown and thriving. She now lives in Newburg with her long time partner Jay, and her dogs Cedar (the orthopedic disaster) and Jack (who is sure that garbage trucks are sent by the devil every Friday morning).
Whitney Gassaway, “Mandi’s Left Arm”
As part of her work at Raleigh Hills she was hand-selected to work in advanced dentistry. She carried those same skills to her next job as the only technician in a dentistry exclusive practice, as well as being the receptionist, chief client educator and all around “Whitney of all trades.” In addition she started Westside Pampered Pets, a business she continues on the side.
When she’s not being Dr. Mandi’s Left Arm, loves being outdoors (mountains, coast, camping, you name it!) and exercising with her son Eli, husband Eric and dogs Marley and Cicely. Holding down the fort at home are 3 kitties – littermates Jasmine and Alley, and Eli’s kitty Macy. She is a HUGE Trail Blazer’s fan but an even bigger screamer on the side lines at Eli’s soccer, basketball and football games.
Kelley McConnell, Certified Veterinary Technician, “Cool Cucumber of the Group”
Kelley has three 4-legged children – Owen the “Mini Pooberger,” according to his DNA test a Miniature Poodle, Boston Terrier, Boxer and Leonberger hence the new breed that they came up with, and 2 cats Brooklyn and Sassy.
In her spare time she loves to go hiking, camping, canoeing and traveling with family, friends and of course the Pooberger! Anything outdoors is the place she loves to be the most – a girl, her family and her Jeep!!
Sonali Thatte, Social Media Wizard and Underwater Treadmill Master
She joined the team in December of 2017, after applying through her counselor, and after a couple weeks she started working as a social media editor throughout the week, and as a cleaner on the weekends.When she has free time she likes going to Southridge football or soccer games, or watching scary movies, all with her close group of friends.
Sonali is most looking forward to all that her senior year has to offer and can’t wait to experience more of what her community has to offer.
In 2016 she began teaching Wilderness Medicine for the National Outdoor Leadership School (which ironically on the same road and Dr. Mandi’s dad’s ranch in Wyoming). This year, with the support of Bend Parks and Rec., she is combining many of her passions and launching her K9-Wilderness First Aid curriculum!