Meet the Team

Dr. Deb LaPaugh

-Owner-

Dr. Deborah
Dr. LaPaugh graduated from The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She worked in Syracuse, New York for several years before moving to Oregon. She then worked in several animal hospitals as a relief veterinarian in Portland and Central Oregon before building LaPaw Animal Hospital in Bend, Oregon. Dr. LaPaugh has special interests in surgery and exotic animals. She has 3 cats at home and 2 rabbits plus 2 cats and a rat at LaPaw Animal Hospital. Dr Deb loves the boring stuff of life such as reading but also skis, hikes and bikes like a good Central Oregonian.

Started at LaPaw Animal Hospital: January 2001
Education: University of Pennsylvania
Interest: reading, lounging, skiing, biking and whatever else people make me do!

Michelle Leighty

-Surgery Technician-

Michelle
Michelle is a long term employee at LaPaw Animal hospital and is vital to the smooth running of our surgical and dental procedures. Before coming to LaPaw Animal Hospital Michelle worked for several years at the Redmond Humane Society. Michelle has 2 dogs and 1 cat and chickens. She seems to be constantly working to improve the house she bought in 2014 .Michelle and her partner have a roudy son named Landon!

Started at LaPaw Animal Hospital: 2008
Interest: Petsitting, Various pets, Biking and Family

Terris Jones

-Certified Veterinary Technician-

Michelle
Terris Rozell Jones Jr is a California native who received a scholarship to play Division 1 football for the Arizona Wildcats where he majored in Animal Science and Minored in Nutrition.He is fairly new to the tech field but his strong passion for animals makes him a perfect fit for the team. Has two doggies: Titan a Pit/Heeler mix and Maverick a mini Australian Shepherd whom he loves dearly. Welcome to Bend!

Started at LaPaw Animal Hospital: September 2017