Dr. Brian Reister
Brian earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 1982. He has built East Lane Vet Hospitals’ practice over the past 25 years with the assistance of his family and employees. The community has provided many opportunities for his involvement, including a stint on the volunteer fire department, as a participant in the annual community “dog kissing” contest, and through active participation in his local church.
Dr. Shelly Knopsnyder
Shelly is an associate at our practice here at East Lane Veterinary Hospital. She began in May 2011. Dr. Shelly graduated from veterinary school at OSU in 2003. Shelly is a long time resident of the Willamette Valley but moved to the Gold Beach area to work in a mixed animal practice and then moved back to the area and found a home here at East Lane Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Shelly is married and has two children, both a son and a daughter.
Dr. Elyssa Armstrong
Originally from Washington state, Dr. Armstrong graduated from veterinary school at Oregon State University. As a vet student, she volunteered with Pro-Bone-O, a non-profit clinic serving pets of people with unstable housing. She continues to work with Pro-Bone-O on weekends as a veterinarian to serve the community and teach OSU pre-vet and veterinary students – the next generation of vets!
Dr. Armstrong believes in treating each patient as an individual and working with clients to create the best plan.
In her free time, Dr. Armstrong enjoys hiking, horseback riding, dancing, and spending time with her cat Gigi.
My husband Brian and I moved here 32+ years ago and started East Lane Veterinary Hospital. I was teacher trained but had no practical experience other than the pets I grew up with. I learned fast!
I traded teaching children to teaching people of all ages about pet care and have loved every minute of it. We have been so fortunate to have landed here in Leaburg…we have felt much loved and well cared for as a family and as a local business.
I love being on the water, but I am a ‘floater’ not a ‘white water’ person. I love my kayak on a lake! I enjoy working outside and planning clinic events!
Hello! My name is Alex, I started at East Lane in December of 2009. I began as a Technicians Assistant and continued to work as a Veterinary Assistant and Client Service Representative through college. I graduated from Oregon State University in 2014 where I received a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science Pre Veterinary Medicine with a Nutrition & Chemistry minor. After college, I elected not to attend veterinary school because I realized my true passion was in veterinary management. With the help of Sadie, our practice manager, and Dr. Brian, I have been able to expand my knowledge of veterinary management and become a VHMA (veterinary hospital managers association) member. I was also able to become a part-owner of East Lane Veterinary Hospital beginning October 1st 2018. Currently, I am working towards a CVPM certification and hope to get a Masters’s degree down the road. I love animals, the McKenzie River community, ELVH staff, and our clients. My husband and I currently have two cats, a golden retriever, and an Arabian horse. I look forward to seeing you at your next visit!
Hi! My name is Launa and I have been blessed to work here at East Lane since 2002. I can truly say that I love my job! I was a client before I became a part of this wonderful family, and I always appreciated the treatment both my pets and I received at ELVH. With that, I aim to do the same for the clients and pets I get to interact with every day, treating everyone’s fur babies as if they were my own.
I am married to a wonderful man that understands the passion I feel for my job and supports me in that, even when I come home smelling funky and covered in pet hair. I have three grown sons that I am extremely proud of and four amazing grandsons that I adore and cherish.
When not working, my husband and I enjoy activities such as camping, nature, photography, football (Ducks, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks), hunting/fishing, and last but not least, riding our ATV’s on the beautiful Oregon dunes.
Hi, my name is Mary, I have proudly been working at East Lane since 2007. My love for animals and people bring me so much joy and happiness that is how I knew this was my calling. I’m happily married and have two wonderful sons and a beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy playing volleyball, bowling, walks on the beach and working in my yard.
Hi my name is Kat and I joined the East Lane team in 2019. I grew up in Florida where I received a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation/Pre-veterinary science from UF. After graduating in 2013, my husband and I moved to Mississippi and then Louisiana where I worked as a veterinary assistant for small animal and exotic veterinary practices. In 2017 I had an opportunity to work with a wildlife conservation group in Oregon so my husband and I loaded up our two dogs, conure parrot, rabbit, tortoise and chickens and headed west. When that opportunity didn’t feel like the right fit I realized I was missing the veterinary field. Then I found East Lane and could not wait to get back into the field. Currently, I am in school to become a CVT (certified veterinary technician) and am looking forward to the future with such a compassionate clinic
Hello, my name is Karen. I was born in Montana and have lived here in Oregon since 1964. I completed a veterinary technician program in Seattle in 1974. I currently live in a beautiful country setting with my cats, Rodeo and Marky Mark. In my free time I enjoy working in my flower garden and spending time with my family.
Hi, my name is Lesley. I joined the ELVH family in March of 2008. I am originally from a small town in Missouri. I moved to Oregon in 2003 after meeting my now husband at photography school in Missoula, MT. I have always loved critters and have had dogs my entire life. I currently have two dogs and two cats. I had never really thought about becoming a veterinary technician until 2006. Up until then I think I was like a lot of people, thinking it would be too hard seeing any animal in pain or sick. Yes, there are moments and days that are difficult, but there are more happy times than sad. It’s nice being able to help people by helping the pets they love. I really do love what I do here at ELVH and the people I get to do it with.
Other than our critters, my husband and I also enjoy traveling, snowmobiling, diving/snorkeling, hiking and kayaking. Oh, and Go DUCKS!
Hi… my name is Sarah and I have been a part of the team at East Lane since March of 2015. Before that I had worked in human medicine but never felt fulfilled at the end of the day. I needed animals! I am a third-generation client at ELVH and always thought it was a wonderful place, where they truly cared for the well being of the pet and the client… One day I dropped off my resume in hopes they needed me in one way or another and here I am. I feel fulfilled and full of joy! I am married to an amazing man who is my best friend, we have one dog named Bowdy (we call him “Pud”) and the three of us enjoy the outdoors together. You can find us biking, hiking, camping and near the water. We are grateful to be in such a beautiful area to enjoy life one day at a time.
My name is Tara Laird, I stared working client services in 2009. My husband and I moved to the McKenzie Valley in 2002 and are raising our family, both two legged and four legged, in this beautiful valley we call paradise. We enjoy all things outdoors, spending time with family and spontaneous adventures.
I was born in Oregon and have lived here most my life. I have always had a soft spot for all animals and I am so happy to be working in the vet field, helping your pets. I am newly married, have 4 wonderful children, 4 grand babies, and 3 fur babies. I enjoy the outdoors and especially Kayaking our beautiful McKenzie river and lakes.
Hi there, my name is Heidi and I just joined the East Lane family in 2021. I started here as a receptionist and was blessed to begin training as a tech assistant not too long after and plan to further my education in the near future. I was born and raised here in Oregon where Mylo (my dog) and I enjoy waterfalls and mountain hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding and snowboarding on our off time. I really look forward to meeting you and your wonderful fur babies. I feel at home and in good hands here at East Lane.
Ashlee is veterinary assistant eligible to take the VTNE and become a CVT. She is an alumni of San Juan College and the California VASE program. Ashlee has worked in small animal medicine for the last six years and is even familiar with our scaled and feathered friends. A California native, she moved here last year and loved everything Oregon had to offer and decided to set roots here. When not at work Ashlee can be found fishing, kayakercizing, or hiking with her family and dogs. She loves dentistry and plans to take her technician exam this winter.