At ceremonies held during the 2019 Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, the OVMA honored the following for their service to the veterinary profession and animals.
Dr. Brian Reister
East Lane Veterinary Hospital, Leaburg
Nominated by: Dr. Shelly Knopsnyder
The Animal Welfare Award recognizes a veterinarian who has demonstrated outstanding compassion and/or developed programs that have been for the welfare of animals.
Dr. Reister graduated from Kansas State’s veterinary program in 1982, and seven years later founded East Lane Veterinary Hospital in Leaburg, a small community 20 miles east of Springfield along the McKenzie River.
A half million Oregonians, including 194,000 children, go without adequate access to affordable, nutritious food each month. In Lane County, where Dr. Reister practices and where he and his wife, Sadie, reside, approximately 15.4% of all residents fall short of having a sufficient amount of food. Dr. Reister is a noticeable volunteer at Leaburg's monthly food pantry.
For the past seven years, Dr. Reister has provided a wide array of free products and veterinary services to those in need at this monthly event, including nail trims, exams, vaccinations, skin disease treatments, wound treatments, plus flea control and dewormers. For rabies vaccines and more complicated issues, including dentistry and an occasional euthanasia, he schedules the clients after hours and provides free or lower cost treatment.
With the full support of his team, the clinic established an Angel Fund to help more regular clients with unexpected bills. The financial bottom line of the practice—of any clinic—is important. And so is the patient’s bottom line: the animal’s health and well-being.
Dr. Reister also visits with less fortunate men at a nearby mission for the homeless—lending his warmth, an ear, and friendship.
Veterinarians are often kind and compassionate as well as generous: generous with time, with financial assistance to those in need, and with spirit. Dr. Reister is a humble example of all three—for animals and humans alike.
The PAW Team
Nominated by: OVMA
The Veterinary Service Award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well-being of animals.
For those individuals living on the streets or who are experiencing impoverished conditions, obtaining veterinary care for their animals can be difficult, if not impossible.
The Portland Animal Welfare Team’s vision is resoundingly simple: a community where no animal must suffer due to the owner’s inability to pay for basic veterinary care.
PAW Team’s roots date back to 1999, when a handful of local veterinarians, alarmed by a growing number of pets living on the streets or in homeless camps, banded together, and, with a threadbare budget, started providing limited care to pets all across the Rose City.
Basements. Sidewalks. Vacated stores. Neighborhood parks. Pretty much, any location would suffice for a makeshift clinic, as long as there were dedicated veterinarians, technicians, assistants and other volunteers willing to lend a hand and their expertise.
Four years later, in 2003, PAW Team formalized its outreach to the greater Portland community, and became an established nonprofit organization.
Today, PAW Team is located on NE 82nd Ave and open Tuesdays through Thursdays for qualification interviews and pet supplies. Veterinary visits are offered to qualified clients by appointment only.
While PAW Team is independent from other local or national organizations, it has established a network of social-service agencies that serve a similar population and who refer pet owners to their team. The Oregon Humane Society has also partnered with PAW Team to provide spay and neuters as well as other necessary surgical procedures.
With support from more than 30 veterinarians and additional important and critical volunteers, PAW Team can conduct weekly clinics and offer vaccines, treatment for parasites, medications as well as other supplies such as food, pet beds and toys. The organization can also support about 100 major surgeries a year, including dentals, mass removals, and amputations.
This past year the PAW Team was especially active, putting in roughly 900 volunteer hours to help 1,687 pets and perform 646 spays and neuters. All were considerable increases from 2017 and reflect the commitment and dedication of this special group of individuals who want to make life a little better for the pets and people in their community.
Dr. Lisa Williams, a board member, accepted the Veterinary Service Award on behalf of PAW Team.
Dr. Leon Pielstick
Nominated by: Dr. Scott Hendy & Dr. MIke Huber
This award recognizes a veterinarian who has generously contributed time and energy for the advancement of the profession and community.
In his quiet, unassuming, committed, and doggedly-persistent manner, Dr. Pielstick has contributed to the advancement of the OVMA, our profession in general, and to his community throughout his 45 years as a veterinarian. Within two years of graduating from Colorado State University’s veterinary program in 1973, Dr. Pielstick and his wife, Susan, opened Harney County Veterinary Clinic in Burns, where he was the liaison with animal control and the county’s animal shelter.
In this Oregon city of approximately 2,700 people, Dr. Pielstick has been duly recognized for his community involvement and service with the following awards: Jaycees Award, Boss of the Year for Harney County, Business Person of the Year (an honor he shared with his wife, Susan) and the First Citizen Award. Dr. Pielstick was an integral part of 4H and active with Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce.
He worked closely with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, where he participated in the Bighorn Sheep Capture and Relocation Project.
With the OVMA, Dr. Pielstick represented veterinarians in the eastern part of our state by serving six years on our Board of Directors. He chaired and participated on numerous ad hoc committees, and he was our liaison with the State Veterinarian and Oregon Cattlemen’s Association in the development of a trichomoniasis testing and control program.
Dr. Pielstick was appointed by then Governor John Kitzhaber to a position with the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board where he served for six years, including a term as chair.
Dr. Susan Tornquist
Lois Bates Acheson Dean, Professor of Clinical Pathology, Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine
Presented by: Dr. Amelia Simpson
The President's Award is given at the discretion of the president to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the OVMA and veterinary medicine.
Following are Dr. Simpson's remarks upon bestowing this award:
"One of truest pleasures I have had during my time on the Board of the OVMA has been the interaction with the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine here at OSU. I was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania before I moved to Oregon 12 years ago and I hadn’t realize how much I missed interacting with the students…their energy is palpable and its exciting to be around them. During these last 3 years, I have been afforded the opportunity to be a part of the White Coat Ceremonies for the first year students and even to participate in a couple of ethics lectures for SAVMA. I’ve been so inspired spending time with the veterinary students and I feel the profession is in good hands. But when I reflect on the Why of that feeling—what comes up for me is that the credit goes to Dr. Sue Tornquist, Dean of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dean Tornquist reports to the OVMA Board as an ex-officio and in that capacity she gives an update on the College at every Board meeting. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that she is one busy lady!! The College is growing leaps and bounds under her amazing leadership—literally and figuratively. She is currently in the midst of a multi-million dollar facilities expansion, the caseload at the teaching hospital has grown nearly 10% a year for the last five years, and class enrollment has expanded.
Dean Tornquist is a seriously accomplished scholar, scientist, professor, and administrator. From the quarterly updates, I see how much effort she is putting in to make certain her students thrive. From doing all she can to fundraise for scholarships to help offset the rising costs of becoming a veterinarian to bringing a wellness counselor for the school, and the list goes on….
What I’ve seen and why I would like to honor her today with the OVMA President’s Award this year is her uncanny ability to lead and inspire this group of high achievers. When I asked one of the 3rd year students what she thought of Dean Tornquist her reply was an enthusiastic "I adore her!" And that sums it up in a nutshell. She has a connection with the students, a relationship that, at the risk of being totally corny, is a beautiful thing to see.
I am pleased to present the President’s Award to Dr. Sue Tornquist. I wish you continued success and happiness throughout your life and your career and I look forward to our paths crossing in the future."
1963 Dr. Vic Oliver
1952 S.L. Brown, Charles Evans, T. Sims
1954 E.L. Peterson
1972 Walter Leth, James Short
1989 Morrie Craig
1993 Nan Dewey
2000 Kelvin Koong
Award of Merit
1961 Dr. Herb Muth
1966 Dr. E. Derflinger, Dr. Ralph Plamondon
1970 Dr. Gary Bryan
1973 Dr. Dallen Jones
1976 Dr. Ed Wedman
1983 Dr. Linda Blythe, Dr. Daryl Leu
1985 Dr. Elwyn Coon, Dr. Norm Hutton, Dr. Charles Seagraves
1989 Dr. Jack Hardesty, Dr. Fay Rankin, Dr. Ron Schmidtke
1991 Dr. Gordon Cunningham, Dr. Richard Hillmer, Dr. DuWayne Penfold
1995 Dr. Andrew Mach, Dr. Ed Wedman, Dr. Robert Whittaker
Presented to a veterinarian who has generously contributed time and energy for the advancement of the profession and community.
1996 Dr. Richard Werner
1997 Dr. Billy Kuhl
1998 Dr. Dick Reid
1999 Dr. Roy Peterson
2000 Dr. Richard Coon
2001 Dr. Don Bailey
2002 Dr. Stan Blinkhorn
2003 Dr. Leo van Dijk
2004 Dr. DuWayne Penfold
2005 Dr. Marty DeWees
2006 Dr. Jerry Boggs
2009 Dr. Scott Hendy
2010 Dr. Susan Loomis
2011 Dr. Steve Brown
2013 Dr. Robert Franklin
2014 Dr. Bill Young
2019 Dr. Leon Pielstick
Outstanding Industry Representative
Recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding service to the OVMA and the profession.
1996 Terrie Corcoran, Burns Veterinary Supply
1997 Leroy Ostrem, The Butler Company
1998 Rick Casey, Hoechst Roussel Vet
1999 Jim Houts, Summit Medical Equipment
2000 Linda Melton, IDEXX Veterinary Services
2001 Loren Heryford, The Butler Company
2003 Marge Strother, Merial
2004 Bruce Mackey, Hill's Pet Nutrition
2005 John Herkner, Pfizer Animal Health
2011 Vern Mason, Butler Schein Animal Health
2013 Jay Donkers, Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis)
Given at the discretion of the president to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the OVMA.
1996 Dr. Martha DeWees, Dr. Scott Hendy
1997 Dr. Jerry Boggs
1998 Dr. Merry Crimi
1999 Mr. Glenn Kolb
2000 Dr. Doug McInnis
2001 Mr. Dave Barrows
2002 Dr. Kurt Schrader
2003 Dr. Steven Brown
2004 Ms. Marcia Keith
2005 Dr. Gordon Cunningham
2006 Spouses and Partners of Veterinarians
2007 Dr. Rich Holdren
2008 Ms. Marge Strother, Lilly Companion Pet
2009 Dr. Matthew Fricke
2010 Ms. Lara Smith
2011 Dr. Cyril Clarke, OSU CVM Dean
2012 Dr. Donald McCoy & Dr. Larry Anderson
2013 Salem Friends of Felines
2014 Dr. Tom Keck
2015 Dr. Keith Sides
2016 Dr. Brad LeaMaster
2017 Judy Tate CVT
2018 Dr. Emilio DeBess
2019 Dr. Sue Tornquist
Veterinarian of the Year
Awarded to a veterinarian who has made outstanding contributions to the profession through service to local, state and/or national organizations.
1969 Dr. E.R. Derflinger
1996 Dr. DuWayne Penfold
1997 Dr. Doug Corey
1998 Dr. Don McCoy
1999 Dr. Andrew Clark
2000 Dr. Marty DeWees
2001 Dr. Scott Hendy
2002 Dr. Brad Frank
2003 Dr. Heidi Buehner-McKenzie
2004 Dr. Leon Pielstick
2006 Dr. Paul Jones
2007 Dr. Jon Betts
2011 Dr. Gregg Takashima
Animal Welfare Award
Recognizes a veterinarian who has demonstrated outstanding compassion and/or developed programs that have been for the welfare of animals.
1998 Dr. Doug Evans
1999 Dr. Laird Goodman
2000 Dr. Bob Franklin
2002 Dr. Brad Pope
2004 Dr. Ken Fletcher
2009 Dr. Doug McInnis
2010 Dr. Doug Evans
2011 Dr. Scott Hansen
2012 Dr. Barbara Kahl
2015 Dr. Deborah LaPaugh
2018 Dr. Tom Holechek
2019 Dr. Brian Reister
Veterinary Service Award
Recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well being of animals. Emphasis for this award is placed on educating the public, research, or the practice of veterinary medicine.
1998 Kim Singer, KPTV-12
1999 Feral Cat Coalition
2000 Deborah Wood, The Oregonian
2001 Dr. Barclay Slocum
2002 The Halo Group
2003 Evan Kalik, Cat Adoption Team
2005 Dr. Howard Wagner
2006 Oregon Humane Society
2008 Dr. Matthew Maberry
2009 Dr. Jerry Boggs
2010 Larry Chusid, The Pongo Fund
2011 Dr. Bill McCulloch, Delta Society co-founder
2012 Susan Faria, Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon
2013 Britta Bavaresco, ASAP
2014 Monique Balas, The Oregonian
2015 Fences for Fido
2016 Dr. Debbie Cochell
2017 Dr. Ben Braat
2018 Sound Equine Options
2019 The PAW Team
Practice/Office Manager of the Year
Recognizes the role of the practice/office manager in clinical practice and salutes an individual who has exhibited exceptional professionalism in leading the practice.
2006 Linda Parisotto
2007 Lee Barg
2008 Debee Brown
2011 Jessie Merritt CVPM
2012 Diane Fowler CVT
2014 Gina Schluckebier
2015 Brandy Kagerer
2016 Brenda Bailey
2017 Dena Coyner
2018 Beth James (Fandrey)
Technician/Staff of the Year
Recognizes a veterinary technicians and/or veterinary staff in clinical practice who has risen above and beyond the expected responsibilities of the practice to provide outstanding client and patient service, with community service also considered.
2006 Leah Kennon CVT
2007 Gillian Cook CVT
2008 Kathy Charpilloz
2010 Kimberly McKay
2011 Carey Blake CVT
2012 Juan Lopez AHT
2013 Dolores Galindo CVT