Meet the friendly staff at Cherokee Hills Veterinary Hospital!

  • Dr.
    Deborah Prichard

    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, a lab named Alex and a horse, Big Mac. Often she can be found riding, gardening, baking, and perfecting her photography skills. 

  • Dr.
    Jim Lee
    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 fur baby, Ein.

  • 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. 

  • Shelby Burleson

    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. 

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