Dr. Nancy J. Bruns
Dr. Bruns has been a member of the Pine Valley Veterinary Team since 1999. In 2012, she joined Dr. Graham to become part owner of the practice. She then assumed full ownership of the clinic in 2014 after Dr. Graham's passing.
She strives to provide comprehensive care for all dog and cat life stages. She enjoys establishing relationships with clients so that they can actively participate in the decision making process regarding the health of their pets. During her career as a veterinarian, she has developed a special interest in managing cancer patients.
Dr. Bruns enjoys a busy lifestyle balancing her career and family, which consists of her husband, Mark, and their 4 children, Alex, Andy, Ethan, and Emily. As she and her husband are originally from Fort Wayne, they both have strong ties to the community. She takes great pleasure in attending sporting events for her sons or just hanging out with her daughter. In her free time, she likes to go running with her dog, Daisy, who must also share the limelight with Gully, an English Springer Spaniel, and 4 cats, Henry, Gordy, Dru, and Zelda. Ultimately, Dr. Bruns feels that the loving support, strength, and humor of her family has helped her establish a successful career at the Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University 1993
Dr. Theresa Schenkel
A native of Fort Wayne, Dr. Schenkel has been working as a small animal veterinarian in the area since graduation and has a special interest in small animal wellness/preventative medicine, feline medicine, and small animal dentistry. She is a current member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and helped Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic to achieve its Cat Friendly Practice Certification in 2013.
Dr. Schenkel and her husband, Brent, have two children, Gracie and Jonathan. They share their home with German Shepherd, Alexis, and two cats; Prince Ali and Brucie. During her free time, Dr. Schenkel enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and relaxing at the lake.
Veterinarian & Feline Advocate
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of St. Francis 1999
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University 2004
Dr. Pat Funnell
We welcomed Dr. Pat Funnell to the PVVC team in January of 2016. After many years of experience at Allen Veterinary Hospital in Fort Wayne, she decided to make the move to a clinic closer to home. She adds an exotic component to our animal care, as she enjoys seeing any pets from dogs and cats to birds, reptiles, sugar gliders, ferrets, guinea pigs....and almost anything else! She is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Dr. Funnell and her husband, Byron, are both Fort Wayne natives. They have one black lab, Ink, as well as horses, chickens, and goats. Their two daughters, Caitlin and Amanda, both got married last summer, which created an empty nest for Dr. Funnell (slight bird pun intended)!
Dr. Funnell works extensively with Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehab in Fort Wayne (www.soarinhawk.org). It has been exciting to see the many raptors that have been brought in from the very small Eastern Screech Owls to a Bald Eagle!
In her spare time, Dr. Funnell also enjoys helping tutor Burmese children, volunteering at Dove's Nest, and being active in her church.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University 1985
- Specializes in Avian and Exotic Medicine and Surgery
Dr. James Dircksen
Dr. James Dircksen is a native of Auburn, IN and graduated in 2017 from Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine. His special interests include small animal behavioral medicine, dermatology, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. In November of 2017 he finished the Fear Free Certification program, commiting to keeping pets both happy and healthy. His passion for veterinary medicine stems from how impactful animals can be in our daily lives and how stong the human-animal bond can be.
Dr. Dircksen and his wife, Christina, share their home with a diverse group of animals: an English Shepherd named Sidney, a long-haired tortoise shell cat named Rosie, an orange tabby cat named Lewis, two fancy rats named Watson and Crick, and a chinchilla named Tacos. During his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking with his wife, playing soccer and ultimate frisbee in city leagues, and playing guitar and piano.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University 2017
Dr. M. Dennis Graham
March 11, 1947-September 11, 2014
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. M. Dennis Graham Thursday, September 11, 2014.
Education and Career
A graduate of Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Graham opened the doors of Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic in 1979. Prior to this, Dr. Graham proudly served in the USAF Veterinary Corps and practiced in St. Louis, Missouri and Rochester, New York prior to making his permanent home in Fort Wayne.
Dr. Graham always had an intense love for his profession and his patients. He practiced mainly in the areas of small animal general medicine and surgery, although he developed a strong love for and a professional interest in canine and feline cardiology.
Dr. Graham was a self-proclaimed "hosta-holic," as he dearly loved his garden at home with as many of these shade perennials as his yard would hold! He also enjoyed the scenery at his house, as he was the proud owner of many Koi and other goldfish varieties that reside in his Koi pond. He was also an avid lover of all things Purdue University. Dr. Graham attended many Purdue basketball and football games.
Dr. Graham leaves behind 4 children: 2 sons (Shaun and Brooke) and 2 daughters (Erika and Cotter). He and his wife, Abby, shared their home with their 2 dogs, Linnhe and Romeo.
Dr. Graham will certainly be missed by all who knew him.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University
Mary has been with the Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic since the clinic opened in July of 1979. She epitomizes a blend of compassion, dedication, and knowledge based on a wide experience in daily practice management and client assistance in veterinary medicine.
Mary chooses to work in a "part-time" capacity most of the time. A "road warrior," Mary travels thousands of miles a year to attend dog shows to exhibit her English Springer Spaniels. Her success in the ring has included competing several times in the Westminster Dog Show in Madison Square Garden, NY. You can see pictures and more information about her "Tea" dogs on the Crown Royal English Springer Spaniel website.
Mary is an active member of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, and the Northestern Indiana Kennel Club. She is an invaluable source of information on how to locate reputable breeders for purebred dogs.
Most recently, Mary has been showing her young dogs, Tracea, Bigelow, and Olive in Confermation as well as training in Agility and basic Obedience.
Active Member of:
- Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club
- English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association
- Fort Wayne Obedience Training Club, Inc
Ann has made a career of veterinary medicine and has been an invaluable part of PVVC since January of 1990. She excels in technical support and has been the primary veterinary assistant for many years. Ann and husband, Bay, have 3 cats, Decon, Damon, and Deion, and a black and white English Springer Spaniel, Devon. Ann is very compassionate and her relationship with her pets exemplifies the depth of the human-animal bond. Know that when you leave your pets with her, she cares for them as she would care for her own!
Ann offers in-home pet sitting as a side practice, offering caring, compassionate care for your pets in your home!
Amy Koch, BS, RVT
Amy was born and raised in Monroeville, Indiana. Having always enjoyed the quiet, country living and small town atmosphere, Amy moved back to Monroeville after briefly living in Rensselaer, Indiana after college.
Even as a child, Amy felt a pull toward working with animals. Her parents still tell stories about how her family pets were always covered with band-aids or getting "treatments" for various imaginary ailments. While some kids were playing "house," she could be found playing "vet clinic" instead! She truly enjoys knowing that at the end of the day, she was an important part of a pet and their person's life.
Amy began working in a local veterinary clinic at age 15 with the intention of becoming a veterinarian, but after working with an amazing RVT, she decided to pursue veterinary technology instead! She attended Purdue University, graduating in 1995 with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and has been practicing ever since. She later went back to school at Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors in Applied Science in Business Management degree with the intention of pursuing practice management.
As the Practice Manager, she is responsible for all human resources duties and maintaining scheduling and workflow. As an RVT, her duties include triaging patients, collecting and running lab samples, inducing and monitoring anesthesia, preparing for and assisting in surgery, and performing many other "nursing" duties. As the OSHA Safety Manager, she is responsible for OSHA compliance for the safety of our staff, clients, and patients.
Amy has had a variety of achievements in her career, including: being a past instructor for Vet Tech students, past District Rep for the IVTA, and past President of the NEIVMA Vet Tech Association. Currently she is working towards Certified Veterinary Practice Manager certification.
Amy has a full house when she is not at the clinic. Her husband, Kyle, works at QuikCuts in Fort Wayne in Sales and Laser Technology. She has two daughters at home, Morgan (19), who is currently studying "human" nursing in college, and Taylor (6), who has a wide variety of interests including learning to read and write as well as T-ball and soccer, keeping Amy busy in her "free time." Her family also shares their home with their dogs: Scrappy, Dave and Url; cats: Ocho, Dhyllyn, Dottie, Symba and Joe; and her "grand-dog', Boomer.
In her time away from the clinic, Amy enjoys reading, singing in her band, spending time with her family and friends, as well as being involved in the greater veterinary community.
RVT, Practice & OSHA Manager
- Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, Purdue University 1995
- Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management, Indiana Wesleyan University 2004
Kristina became a member of the Pine Valley team in November of 2013. She and her husband, Josh, share their home with her dogs, Lacey and Marley, and 2 cats, Tucker and Lola. They also had their son, Jaxson, who is getting bigger every day!
Prior to coming to Pine Valley, she worked at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control for 7 1/2 years as an adoption counselor. This makes her a wonderful contact for anyone looking for a new furry addition and for advice on intergating new furry friend into your home.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and son.
- Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Ivy Tech Community College 2010
Liv was born in Jasper, IN but grew up in Defiance, OH. She lived in Grand Rapids, MI for a few years as a child before moving back to Defiance, her mother's hometown. When it became time for her to find her own place as an adult, she and her husband chose Fort Wayne, where her father is originally from. They are currently living in a historical neighborhood in south Ft. Wayne.
Liv has always been a lover of animals and has always wanted to work with them in some capacity for as long as she can remember. After moving to Fort Wayne, her husband encouraged her to look for a job doing something that she actually loved. She immediately decided that she wanted to work in a vet clinic.
Liv primarily works in the customer service aspect of the clinic- scheduling appointments, answering questions over the phone, etc. In addition she handles creating and updating client accounts and records, as well as checking patients in and out.
Liv married her high school sweetheart, Rob, September 6, 2014. Rob currently works as an Electrical Engineer at Steel Dynamics, Inc. While they do not have children at this time, they have a number of furry family members. They fill their home and their hearts with two cats, Brick and Sid, and their (always entertaining) Airedale Terrier, Alfred aka Alf or Alfie.
When Liv is away from the clinic she loves cooking (and eating) new foods and recipes, often bringing in recipes to share. She and her husband enjoy a number of outdoor activities including biking. Together they have completed a number of road bike races. She is also enjoys shopping for deals, and decorating her home with a number of refurbished antiques.
Olivia enjoys cooking and baking during her time away from Pine Valley! She keeps us well-fed!
Rita has a background in pharmaceutical sales, but due to her love of animals made a transition to the veterinary field and has worked in the front end for 13 years.
She retired in December 2015 and it lasted 10 weeks! She missed the interactions with the clients and their pets. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to re-enter the field part-time at Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic in March 2016.
Rita shares her home with her husband, Mike, and their dog, Max. She has two grown sons and two grandsons.
Rita enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and doing yoga.
She manages to keep herself very busy in her semi-retired state.
Jenna Janda, BGS
From a young age Jenna always loved animal, and always had pets. Her family was very encouraging when, at 4 years old, she announced "I want to be a veterinarian." Needless to say, she did not actually know what that meant outside of working with animals.
A Fort Wayne native, she graduated from Northrop High School in 2004. While in school she participated in dance, poms and baton for 10 years, was in Color Guard all four years of high school, and participated in Northrop's internship program her senior year where she began working for the Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic.
While in school, she joined the Boy Scouts of America's Exploring program. Her senior year of high school, she enrolled in the internship program. In college, she began as a Pre-Vet student while continuing to work for the Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic. After 3 years in the program and 4 years of working experience, she decided that being a veterinarian was not what she wanted to do. She craved more interactions with animals, so she decided to change her major to veterinary technology. Unfortunately, IPFW does not have a Tech program, and the only option at the time was to go to school outside of Fort Wayne. She enrolled in Purdue University's Vet Tech Distance Learning Program while continuing at IPFW towards a Bachelor's in General Studies. She took a semester off of Vet Tech classes the year she got married and finished her General Studies Degree with a minor in Dance, and for personal reasons never went back. This, of course, did not end her career in veterinary medicine.
Jenna started in 2003 as a high school intern, which mostly means stocking rooms and cleaning. She then continued as a Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist for several years. As the needs of the clinic changed, she began working exclusively in the reception desk, assisting the clients and pets more than the doctors and techs. It is during this time that we moved to the new building and upgraded our computer system which in turn made her our in-house IT department. She also eventually took on our diet inventory management and became very knowledgeable about the veterinary diets that we carry. As changes in technology have progressed, the IT part has become more prominent, as well as adding in Social Media and website management to her job. She is constantly taking continuing education, webinars, and other courses in these areas to further her ability to help the clinic.
She married Nick in January of 2009 after having been together since January 2004. Nick has served in the US Air Force since 1996 where he plans to retire. They only have four-legged children in their home. They are 2 domestic shorthair cats, Morgana and Anubis, and 3 dogs, Loki and Flytish the rescue Pit Bulls, and their newest addition, Freyja, an American Staffordshire Terrier. They enjoy a number of family, outdoor activities with their dogs including: Jeeping, canoeing, camping, hiking, and running, having completed a number of 5Ks with and without the dogs as running partners.
Jenna's passion outside the clinic in recent years has been training in different canine sports with Flytish. They train and compete in AKC Obedience and Rally, and are learning Agility as their latest venture. They have earned a number of titles from the AKC giving Flytish more alphabet soup behind her name than most people. She has earned her Canine Good Citizenship award, in Obedience she has a Beginner Novice and Companion Dog title, and in Rally she has completed her Rally Advanced title, making her official name Flytish the Huntress CGC, BN, CD, RA. They are ever training for a higher level taking as many as 4 classes a week! Freyja is also beginning training for her career in canine sports although they have not yet decided in which ones she will compete.
Social Media Coordinator
- Bachelor of General Studies, Minor of Dance, IPFW 2009
Jamie Baines, RVT
Jamie joined the Pine Valley team in June of 2010. She has worked in several different types of clinics, including a feline specialty clinic. Her family includes a cat named Donatello (named after the Ninja Turtle, of course), a Lab Mix named Leonard, and a Border Collie named Kera.
Jamie's special areas of interest are dentistry and anesthesia.
She enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys the outdoors; including fishing, camping, hiking, and walking the dogs.
- Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, Purdue University 2001
Tiffany Hass, BS, RVT
Tiffany joined the Pine Valley team in January 2013, and married her high school sweetheart, Josh, in June 2013.
Her four-legged children include Leilah, a beagle mix, and her cats Snickers, Maxie, Randall, and Bernard. She also has a hamster named Charlotte.
Tiffany loves watching NFL football, and is a dedicated Green Bay Packers fan. "Go, Pack, Go!"
- Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, Purdue University 2011
- Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, Purdue University 2012
Allayna Buzzard, RVT
Allayna joined the PVVC team as an extern from Brown Mackie College in July of 2015. We liked her so much that we decided to keep her, and she was hired on full-time in September of 2015. She then graduated from Brown Mackie and took her national board exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in December of 2015.
Prior to coming to Pine Valley, Allayna has worked in pet stores and grooming salons.
Allayna lives with her husband, Taylor, and their son, Elias. She also shares her home with their three dogs Zeke, Leila, and Samson.
Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, Brown Mackie College 2015
Stephanie Davis, BS, RVT
Stephanie joined the Pine Valley team in December of 2016 as a Registered Veterianry Technologist. She graduated from Purdue University with a BS degree in Veterinary Technology and has been working as a small animal RVT since. Stephanie married her high school sweetheart in September 2016.
She shares her home with her husband, Ethan. They currently don't have any pets, but plan to in the future.
In her free time she enjoys baking (especially home-made bread) and spending time with her family and friends.
- Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, Purdue University 2014
- Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology, Purdue University 2015
She back! After time away riding horses, Erin is with us again as of 2015, and we couldn't be happier to have her back!
Erin is an avid equestrian. She owns one horse, Forest, and they do Hunt Seat riding and jumping. She also teaches English riding lessons at a local stable.
Erin shares her home with her 2 dogs, Sampson and Eloise, and cat, Dixon.
In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, spending time with family and friends and, playing with her pets.
Bachelor of Science in Vet Med and Biology, Minor in Chemistry University of Findlay 2007
Logan was our high school intern from DeKalb High School beginning September of 2009, and has been with us ever since. Logan is now an assistant and helps the doctors and technicians immensely. He is trying to observe all that he can at Pine Valley during his tenure here. Logan's kindness and compassion calm even the most nervous pets.
Logan began classes at IPFW in August 2010 to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine as a veterinarian.
Logan loves all kinds of music. He also works part-time as a DJ with one of his friends! He shares his home with his son, Kaiden, and cat, Meep.
- Plan: Bachelor of Science in Biology, IPFW 2016
Kayla was born in Monroeville, IN, moving to Fort Wayne at age 9 where she graduated from Snider High School. She then attended IPFW and Purdue University, graduating with a Bachelor's in Biology.
Kayla has a big heart for animals and hopes to continue on to veterinary school to pursue a career helping animals and pet parents. She feels that working at Pine Valley has given her a great opportunity to gain experience in the field. She plans to take with her what she has learned here, and carry it with her as she continues her career.
In her capacity as a Veterinary Assistant, it is Kayla's responsibility to assist the doctors and technicians during various procedures and appointments, making sure they have what they need, when they need it.
Kayla shares her home with a variety of fur (and not fur) babies including her 5 cats; Scooby, Chloe, Princess, Ali and Madeline, her dog, Jasmine, and 2 turtles. She is frequently known to have a litter of foster kittens she is caring for until the are old enough to go to their forever homes. All of her fur babies love to play and assist with gardening with Kayla and her mother.
When Kayla is not in our clinic she enjoys drawing, reading and gardening. Despite the fact that she works 3 jobs, she always manages to make time for all of her hobbies and animals.
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, Purdue University 2015
Melissa Moore, RVT
Melissa has been a part of Pine Valley's team since 2008. She has an interest in animal behavior. She currently teaches a class for expectant moms with pets as a licensed presenter for the "Dogs and Storks" program.
While Melissa has chosen to be a stay-at-home mom, she will still be here from time to time as a relief technician when we need her.
Melissa and her husband, Chris, have three dogs and and two daughters, Reagan and Kaelyn. She enjoys spending time with family and hanging out at the lake.
- Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, Purdue University 1997
Chelsea started as a high school intern in 2010. After graduation, she became a permanent member of the Pine Valley family as a Veterinary Assistant. She graduated from college in 2014 as a Radiologic Technologist. She has been able to incorporate her degree in radiology into her work at PVVC.
Chelsea has trained in restraint, reception, and many other areas of the hospital. She loves animals and wants to take them all home! Although Chelsea is very part-time at Pine Valley, she loves working with our clients and patients.
Chelsea and her family share their home with dogs Hemi, Daisy, and Roma, (Maltese), Pumpkin (cat), Jacque (huge fish), Tippy (turtle), and Hammy (hamster).
- Bachelor of Science in Radiology Technology, IPFW 2014
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