Meet the Team

Dr. Deb LaPaugh


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.

Year In Practice: 21
Education: University of Pennsylvania
Interest: reading, lounging, skiing, biking and whatever else people make me do!

Dr. Holly O'Brien

Brad Berg

-Office Manager-

Brad is a technician and will also be contributing to the managing LaPaw Animal Hospital. He recently moved to Central Oregon from the Portland Metro area. Brad has a Pug and a Whippet. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and hiking.

Years in Veterinary Medicine: 8 years
Education: Life
Interest: Fishing, hiking

Michelle Leighty

-Surgery Technician-

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 1 dog and 2 cats. She seems to be constantly working to improve the house she bought in 2014.

Year In Practice: 7
Interest: Petsitting, Various pets, Biking and Family

Brianna Clement

-Room Assistant-

Brianna has lived in Bend all of her life. As a child she had always been inspired to work with animals and learn about Veterinary Technology. She has one dog and a very fluffy cat. In her spare time she enjoys going on adventures and hanging out with friends.

Interests: Hot springs, adventures, friends

Barbara Dunn


Natalie Brown