Dr. Jacki Tegarden
Dr. Jacki Tegarden has worked in the Veterinary Industry for 31 years. She started out as a kennel attendant, then receptionist, veterinary assistant, and technician, before going onto to become a Doctor of Veterinarian. She graduated in 2003 with degrees from Washington State University and Oregon State University. After working in the field for 14 years, she made the decision to become a practice owner. She and her partner/husband, Josh Erdahl, have been running Dill Animal Hospital since December of 2017. She is passionate about patient care, positive client interactions and employee satisfaction. Some of her favorite areas of veterinary medicine include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and acupuncture. The gift’s she feels she brings to the art of veterinary medicine are self-reliance, persistence, and deep empathy.
Outside of work, Dr. Tegarden has a whole herd of four-legged fur babies she enjoys spending time walking and training. She enjoys gardening, home improvement projects, audiobooks and trips to the mountains and ocean.
Dr. Christine Avelar
Dr. Christine Avelar has worked in the Veterinary Industry for 18 years. She graduated from UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine in California in 2010. She enjoys the challenge of preventative medicine and helping her patients through treating their illnesses should they arise. Although she enjoys working with dogs and cats, she gravitates towards the kittens and old cat patients.
She is a former pro-triathlete who still enjoys training and competing when she can find the time. She and her husband share a lovely daughter and a household of fur babies. She enjoys working out, reading, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors. They plan on converting a Sprinter van into a camping rig so they can take their daughter to explore the National Parks.
Josh Erdahl, Dill Animal Hospital’s Office Manager, has a background in Hotel and Restaurant management as well as English studies. He graciously agreed to manage Dill Animal Hospital so Dr. Tegarden could focus more on patient and client care. He has become not only an essential part of the inner workings of the practice but also steps in to help in front and back of the clinic. He finds the most rewarding aspect of veterinary medicine to be helping people and their pets.
He shares the herd of four-legged fur babies with Dr. Tegarden. Outside of work, he enjoys listening to music, playing a multitude of musical instruments, and reading.
Karin Johnson is Dill Animal Hospital’s lead Client Services Representative (CSR). Karin has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. She takes pride in developing relationships with our clients and helping to educate them on how to maintain and improve their pet’s quality of life. She finds animal nutrition, specifically how prescription diets can help improve the health of our patients most interesting. Her work ethic is driven by seeing our patients leave healthy and happy and by knowing that her contribution to the team at DAH can have a large impact on both the patients and client’s wellbeing.
Karin and her husband share a menagerie of fur babies who they enjoy spending time with out in the garden. She also enjoys reading and art. Her long-term goal is to travel the world with her husband.
Emily Petrella is a veterinary technician who has worked in the field for 7 years. She enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, including patient care and nursing, surgical monitoring, and dentistry. Working in an industry that is focused on the health and welfare of animals, that leads to the improved quality of life for the owners of those animals is particularly fulfilling for her.
Emily has one daughter and a big German Shepherd Dog. She enjoys spending her time with her daughter and outdoors going hiking, camping, fishing, and appreciating wildlife and nature. Her long-term goals are to use her experience in veterinary medicine to become a wildlife biologist working with tagging and tracking terrestrial and marine vertebrates.
Lacey Majoor is a veterinary technician who has been working in the field for 7 years. She initially worked as a CSR then found her calling to be in the direct care of our patients. She is actively seeking her full veterinary technician certification. The areas of veterinary medicine she is most passionate about are surgery and radiology. She enjoys assisting the doctors with the treatment of our patients and running diagnostics. The best part of what she does is helping the patients and making their lives better whenever possible. She enjoys learning and finds that veterinary medicine provides daily opportunities to learn and grow. Making a difference through kindness and compassion is paramount.
Lacey and her fiancé have four-legged fur babies and enjoy working on home improvement projects. She also enjoys reading, camping, rock hounding and making jewelry. She looks forward to completing her CVT degree and marring her best friend.
Sonja Moran is a veterinary assistant at DAH. She has worked in the veterinary industry for 8 years. She works closely with the doctors and technicians to provide medical and surgical care for our patients. She enjoys radiology, monitoring patients for surgery and dentistry, and assisting the doctors with their needs. Her favorite areas of veterinary medicine are surgery and radiology. She is particularly focused on quality patient care and enjoys helping animals in need.
Sonja and her long-time boyfriend have four-legged fur babies of the feline and canine persuasion. They enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and gardening. She enjoys cooking with the vegetables she grows in her garden. Her long-term goal is to transfer to human radiology.