Our Team

Dr. Tim PhillipsTim-Phillips-at-Ocean

Dr. Tim Phillips was raised on a Montana cattle ranch owned by his family since the late 1800’s. The ranch is located in Central Montana in the high plateau region on the east slope of the Rocky Mountains. Dr. Phillips has had a lifelong connection with horses and livestock. He attended Montana State University, majoring in pre-med (there was no pre-vet curriculum at that time). He was accepted to the Colorado State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1970 where he completed his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. After graduation in 1974 he moved to Oregon to begin his practice career in Portland under the mentorship of Dr. John Metcalf, one of the Northwest’s first exclusive equine practitioners. A 26 year career in the Portland area practicing equine medicine and surgery was followed by a move to quieter, sunny central Oregon in 2000.

Dr. Phillips has a strong interest and background in lameness diagnosis and treatment. Numerous clients bring him horses for care as well as for pre-purchase evaluations. He has flown to many locations in the West to examine horses for purchase over the years. Reproduction as well as routine dentistry are also integral areas of his practice expertise.

Continuing education and training in the latest methods are a large part of Dr. Phillips professional interests. He is a career-long member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Dr. Phillips currently serves on the Board of Ethics for the AAEP. He was a founding member of a small group of veterinarians that started the Northwest Equine Practitioners Association (NEPA). He is a past president of NEPA and currently serves on its Board of Directors.

A lifelong horseman, Dr. Phillips team ropes for recreation. A Gold Card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association he served as a team roping director of the Columbia River Circuit for a number of years. While no longer competing in rodeos he is still very involved with rodeo, having been the attending veterinarian for the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo for many years and is currently the veterinarian for the Sisters Rodeo.

 

Grace Haven
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Practice Manager
Grace has been an avid equestrian her entire life. She grew up in the Willamette Valley where she showed Appaloosas in a variety of disciplines, as a youth. After graduating from Oregon State University she was hired as a technician for Dr. Phillips in Wilsonville where she worked for him for 3 years. She then enjoyed 9 years teaching riding lessons, training and showing Quarter Horses in Portland and Boise, Idaho. She moved to Bend in March of 2008 and has been working for Dr. Phillips since July of 2008. Grace’s love and compassion for the people and horses she serves at the clinic make her a great asset to our team! In her off time she loves spending time with family and friends, yoga, hiking, cooking, trying new restaurants and dark chocolate!

 

Randi GarthwaiteRandi-Bio-Photo

Veterinary Technician

Randi grew up in Willamette Valley and moved to Central Oregon in 1994. She was raised around horses and began riding and competing at a very young age. Travelling with her Mom (Carolyn Hultberg) they barrel raced and competed in rodeos all over the northwest. Randi is still training and competing. She is married to Todd Garthwaite and they have a son Jayce(13) and a daughter Gracie (9). Randi’s extensive experience with horses makes her a wonderful addition to our team. Her friendly smile, cheerful attitude and love of horses are a warm welcome to all our clients as well as our staff. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and riding her horses.