Our Team


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Dr. Katy has had a lifelong love for animals but, horses hold a special place in her heart. As a little person she would play veterinary clinic with her stuffed animals giving them exams and "medications". At 12 years old she specifically remembers telling the veterinarian for her horses, that she didn't just want to be a veterinarian, she was going to be a veterinarian, he laughed. Animals were always a part of her life, from guinea pigs and rabbits to dogs and horses.  She was very active in 4-H, showing her horses, sewing projects and even chickens once. As a high school student she was a national 4-H Ambassador and competed at the national level in 4-H Horse Bowl (basically Jeopardy all about horses). To achieve her dreams Dr. Katy attended Oregon State (Go Beavs) in the Animal Science Department and holds a BS in Animal Sciences (1999) and a Master's in Science-Ruminant Reproduction (2001). As a college student she worked at the Sheep Research Center off campus and gained valuable experience working with ruminants, managing 350+ ewes and lambing out all the ewes in the barn. Yep, she actually lived in the barn! She also gained valuable and lifelong friends and connections in the livestock industry as a member of the Livestock Judging Team. She never lost sight of her dreams and attended veterinary school at Oregon State University in the combined Oregon/Washington program (2006). As a veterinary student she was active in the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP) and was her class president.  During her last year in veterinary school Dr. Katy did an externship in Harney County and fell in love with the variety of practice and small town atmosphere. She applied for a job and finally got her wish to leave the rainy Willamette Valley and moved to Harney County. Dr. Katy met her husband while working as a veterinarian in Harney County and now they have a wonderful little boy (Who you will also see from time to time assisting in the clinic). Dr. Katy still maintains active memberships in the AAEP, AABP, AARSP, AVMA and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association. When she isn't working or reading veterinary articles, Dr. Katy's hobbies include horseback riding (she loves her mule!), gardening and cooking but spending time with her family is what she enjoys most!

Dr. Kala Grover D.V.M

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 Dr. Kala grew up right here in Harney County! As the daughter of a local ranch hand she spent a lot of time learning her way around cattle, horses, and ranching. After high school Dr. Kala spent her time traveling and going to school. She has lived in other countries such as the West Indies, Italy, and spent extensive time in Eastern Europe and Mongolia. Dr. Kala earned her Bachelors degree in Animal Science and Biotechnology from Washington State University. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical training at Oregon State University. Dr. Kala has also been trained and certified as a veterinary acupuncturist. After Graduation Dr. Kala practiced south of Portland and also owned her own large animal ambulatory practice. Her passions are surgery and sports medicine.

After getting to travel extensively, Dr. Kala knew that the best place in the world for her was right here in her home town. She is very happy to be back in Harney County where she lives with her boyfriend, horses and her dogs. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hunting, black powder shooting, horseback riding, fishing and traveling.


Melissa Starbuck

Melissa has been at Sage Country Vet since February 2015 and is working as one of our veterinary assistants.  She assists Dr. Katy  on procedures for both large and small animals, and even an exotic on occasion! Melissa was born and raised here in Harney County, and has deep roots in the community. When she is not working, Melissa enjoys the country life with her daughter Azalea, hunting, camping, fishing, riding horses, working cows with friends/ family and just about anything outdoors. Her background in 4-H raising pigs seems to be just the beginning of her ongoing adventure with animals. Melissa says working with the animals and meeting new people is what she enjoys most about her job. We really enjoy having her as part of our animal care team!


Taylor Heinz

Taylor has been a part of the Sage County Veterinary team  since January 2016. He graduated from Burns Union High School, Taylor then went on to get a degree in Veterinary Assisting. He is working as our receptionist and occasionally you will see him assisting Dr. Katy and Dr. Kala with appointments and procedures on both small and large animals. Taylor has had pets his whole life and is excited to learn about working with large animals. Taylor is an avid baseball player and enjoys spending time with his girls and extended family here in Burns. Taylor says learning new things every day is the best part about this job. We are continually impressed by Taylor's attitude of learning and eagerness to handle the daily adventures of veterinary work.


Amy Paul R.N.

As a young lady, Amy loved all kinds of animals but mostly loved horses growing up. She was active in 4-H horses and pigs as well as a variety of other projects. Amy attended college at Eastern Oregon in La Grande and holds a BS in nursing. She has been a nurse in Boise and Portland but fell in love with the small town feel (and the better weather) of Harney County. She works part time at the Harney District Hospital, the Harney County Health Department and also helps out with the veterinary practice. As Dr. Katy's sister, Amy has been recruited to help in all areas of the practice, she helps Cindy in the office, handles multiple financial components of the practice and is often the late night and weekend technician. She finds Veterinary Medicine to be quite an adventure! Amy's hobbies are horseback riding, crocheting, reading, and sewing.

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Karrie Bowen

Karrie started at Sage Country Veterinary Service in February 2018 as one of our Veterinary Assistants. She and her family moved to Harney County in July 2017 to begin the adventure of a small family ranch. She has previously worked as a veterinary assistant at a small animal practice in the Willamette Valley. She has a particular interest in veterinary dentistry, especially in dogs! She is currently taking online classes to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). One of the things she enjoys most about her role here at SCVS is learning all about the large animal side of veterinary medicine. She also loves the variety of large and small animal patients.

When not at work she enjoys time with her husband and kids as well as learning the ins and outs of raising cattle. She loves COFFEE, hunting, running, raising goats, Oregon State sports and all things Disney!