Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Sherrie Hockett

    Dr. Sherrie Hockett is originally from Havre, Montana.  She graduated from Oregon State University with her DVM degree in 1998.  She met her husband, Wayne Sonnichsen, during clinical rotations at Washington State University in Pullman.  He is a civil engineer and now works as the lead engineer at the Roza Irrigation District.  They have five cats, Mocha, Zipper, Opie Taylor, Hamptons and Priscilla and two dogs, Frank (pictured) and Kaycee.

    Sherrie has several hobbies: quilting, knitting, cooking, gardening, woodworking, and stained glass.

  • Dr.
    Joanna Fischer

    Dr. Joanna Fischer grew up in Buckley, Washington.  She attended Washington State University from fall 1993 to spring 2000, earning a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1997 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.  Her husband Chris is a chemical engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. They have a daughter, Jane.  They have one dog Pete, (pictured) and three cats: Nelson, Murphy and Angus.

    Before joining the Pet Health Clinic team in 2006, Joanna worked at a mixed animal practice in Selah, Washington.  Her professional interests include nutrition and dentistry.  Cooking and eating are Joanna's favorite hobbies, but she also enjoys reading, fishing, gardening, horseback riding and downhill skiing.

  • Dr.
    Brandon DeVries

    Brandon grew up in Outlook and attended Sunnyside Christian High School.  He did his undergraduate at Dordt College in Iowa. After graduating from veterinary school at Washington State University in 2015, he returned to the Yakima Valley to practice medicine.  Brandon and his wife, Jeniffer, live in Grandview.  They have a new baby daughter, one dog and two cats.

  • Jamie Kleinow

    Jamie Kleinow is from Grandview.  She has worked at Pet Health Clinic since 2002. She is pictured with Brown Dog, one of the clinic cats.

    Jamie and her husband James live in Sunnyside. They have three dogs: Millie, Brinks and Bruce, and three cats: Asha, Tiggy and Alvin. Jamie likes to run and ride her bike.

  • Heidi Faith

    Heidi Faith is a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  She graduated from the vet tech school at Pierce County Community College in 2002.  Heidi has four dogs: Red (pictured left), Josie (pictured right) ,Piper, and Dani, and one cat: Mouse. She has worked at the Pet Health Clinic since 2003.  Heidi and her husband Tim live in Outlook with their two boys, Hunter and Parker and daughter, Liberty.

  • Vanessa Romero

    Vanessa Romero grew up in Green River, Wyoming.  She attended the University of Washington and received her degree in Biological Anthropology in 2004. Vanessa is a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

    Vanessa lives in Benton City with her husband, Caleb.  They have one dog, Blackie, two cockateels: Ollie and Sparky, and several chickens: Edna, Vanessa's favorite is pictured with her.

    Vanessa's interests include reading, gardening, art, wildlife rehabilitation, cooking, WWII history and hugging chickens.

  • Sarah McEntire

    Sarah McEntire grew up in Prosser and lives there with her husband, Brandon.  Sarah has three dogs: Sadie and Barney (pictured) and Kimmy.  She has worked as a veterinary assistant at Pet Health Clinic since 2007, and is now the receptionist. 

    Her interests include fashion, working with local dog rescues to place homeless pets and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Melissa Garza

    Melissa Garza grew up in Prosser.  She currently resides in Sunnyside with her husband Baltasar, and three daughters: Celeste, Taylor and Brionna.  The family has 2 dogs: Firby (pictured), Ginger, and one cat: Sassy. 

    Melissa started working as a veterinary assistant at the Prosser Animal Hospital in 2006.  She joined the Pet Health Clinic team in August 2009.

  • Shelly Richardson

    Shelly is a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  She is originally from California, and has lived in this area since 2001.  Shelly also runs her own horse boarding facility and has helped the sheriff's department with horse rescue and neglect cases. Shelly competes with an equestrian drill team in the summer.  She has three dogs, Bella, Bayli and Paisley. 

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  • "For a long time I've wanted to send a note to thank you for your care of our pets. Every time we bring our animals to your clinic, you show the perfect combination of expert care and compassion. I am especially grateful for the sensitivity you showed me when I brought Whitefoot in for the final time. You helped me through a rough time."
    - Anne A. / Sunnyside, WA

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