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Staff

Meet the friendly staff at Cherokee Hills Veterinary Hospital!

  • Dr.
    Deborah Prichard
    DVM
    Deborah (Debbie) Heron Prichard, DVM, is a 1992 graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After working in emergency and critical care for a few years she completed an emergency critical care residency in Texas. Dr. Prichard is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, Cat Fanciers’ Association, and the American Paint Horse Association. She is also a founding lifetime member of the Gypsy Horse Registry of America, where she assisted in establishing the bylaws, rule book and the registry. In addition to Oklahoma, Dr. Prichard is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Alaska, California, Oklahoma and Texas. Dr. Prichard grew up showing horses and POA ponies throughout the United States and since 1982, she has also shown Cornish Rex cats. An accomplished pastry chef, Dr. Prichard has standing orders for OSU and OU tailgating cakes. Dr. Prichard shares her home with her husband Marc, two Cornish Rex cats, Pistol Pete and CC, a Schnauzer named Moxie, and a five-year-old paint horse, Big Mac. Often she can be found riding, gardening, baking, and perfecting her photography skills.
  • Dr.
    Jim Lee
    DVM
    Dr. Jim Lee is a 1986 graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He began practice at the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Hospital in Oklahoma City. He has also been involved as an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma State University, teaching in the areas of anatomy, behavior, pharmacology, and pathology. He has served in numerous capacities of the Central Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, and is a member of the OSU Veterinary Technician Accreditation Committee. He is a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Lee served several terms on the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. He also served as an onsite veterinarian requested by the FBI to assist in care of search and rescue dogs working at the site of the 1995 Murrah Building bombing. Dr. Lee is an avid scuba diver and bicyclist and has completed the 'Hotter than Hell' endurance bicycle ride several times. Dr. Lee is actively involved in both Labrador and Greyhound rescue.
  • Nikki Thompson
    Veterinarian Technician

    Nikki comes to Cherokee Hills Veterinary hospital with over 30 years of veterinary experience, including 11 years of emergency and critical care medicine. She began her journey in veterinary medicine in high school and has continued on ever since.
    Nikki is originally from south Oklahoma City. She moved to Boston for many years, but missed home so much she returned in 2010. She enjoys working with neonatal puppies, and fosters for the Oklahoma Humane Society.
    When not at work, Nikki spends time with her Bull Terrier, Isles and her two fish aquariums. Isles and Nikki love to cook, knit, and read horror novels, especially those by Stephen King

  • Amanda Duddington
    Veterinary Assistant
    Amanda joined Cherokee Hills in 2017 only 2 weeks after moving to Oklahoma. She grew up on a farm with a large variety of animals, which led her to pursue a career in animal science. Living in the country she would find abandoned dogs, bring them home, train and rehome them. During middle school and high school she would shadowed local veterinarians and volunteered at the animal shelter. Amanda is currently in school, pursuing her college degree to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is also taking additional courses in Spanish and photography courses as well. She is newly married to her husband, Dalton. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, fishing, hiking and finding new places to eat with her husband. Amanda, also enjoys spending time with her two fur babies, Ein and Koa.
  • Becca Dorris
    Veterinary Assitant

    Becca has come all the way from Lubbock, Texas for the summer to join Cherokee Hills Veterinary Hospital in order to gain more experience in the field of veterinary medicine. She has always had a strong passion for animals and their wellbeing ever since she could remember and took an interest in taking care of her family’s horses and multitude of dogs on their land. Becca is currently attending Texas Tech University where she majors in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Vet studies and Animal Nutrition. When she’s not loving on the animals at the hospital, Becca enjoys spending time with her two fur children Apollo and Moose. Becca also loves spending her time outdoors, travelling to new places, cooking, and reading. 

  • Shelby Burleson
    Receptionist

    Shelby brings 3 years of veterinarian emergency medicine to the Cherokee Hills team. She enjoys the different pace of the day clinic because she gets to interact and gets to know the people better. Her favorite is any dachshund that walks through the door, since she has two of her own named Harrison and Greyson. Shelby is also currently attending college for General Studies. When she isn’t busy working and studying, she loves organizing anything and everything she can. She also enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching YouTube videos, and kayaking. 

  • Dezy Visbal
    Receptionist

    Dezy has recently joined the Cherokee Hills team as a receptionist but she is studying to become a Registered Vet Tech at OSU-OKC. She lives in a zoo because she shares her home with a Labrador/dachshund mix, an albino ferret, a ball python, savannah monitor, and a chameleon. Growing up surrounded by Chihuahuas, she grew a love for the animals and knew early on that I wanted to spend my life working with them. When she is not with her animals, she is either hiking, camping, painting, or taking road trips to new places.

  • Heather Martin
    Veterinary Assistant

    Heather is a Veterinary Assistant with over 15 years of experience. She grew up around veterinary medicine in her childhood home, where her father opened a veterinary clinic after working in zoos. Heather received an Associates degree in Natural Science from St. Gregory's University in 2001 and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2003. Outside of work, her husband, daughter, and she spends a lot of time together and she is an avid listener of podcasts. Her family also supports the local art community. They have one dog named Arya and two cats named Erasmus and Catniss. 

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Office Hours

Monday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-12:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed