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: Priscilla, Fatty and Mr. Beans, Mr. Quinn and Mr. Domino.

    Sherrie has many hobbies: travel, quilting, knitting, cooking, gardening, and woodworking.

  • Dr.
    Brandon DeVries

    Dr. De Vries 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.  He is president and founder of the local Big Doug Club. 

    Brandon and his wife, Jeniffer, live in Grandview and have two young children. They also have one named dog Lil'E, two cats named Bert and Popcorn, a hamster named Cookie and a tank of fish. His interests outside of work include sports, family and video games.

  • Dr. Sarah Vining

    Dr. Vining is originally from Connecticut and attended University of Connecticut for her undergraduate degree and graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College with her DVM degree in 2007.  She met her husband in Connecticut before they moved to Nevada and had two daughters. They then moved to Maine and are now settled here in the Yakima Valley.  

    She has many pets: three border collies: Twig, Zelia and Pemaquid, two cats: Sunfish and Charr, a horse named Zeke and a small flock of fiber sheep.  Her hobbies include riding, working sheepdogs, knitting and spending time with family (ideally outdoors).

  • Heidi -
    LVT

    Heidi has an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from WSU.  This is where she met her husband Tim.  She then went to Pierce College in Tacoma to become a licensed technician. 

    Heidi has been at the Pet Health Clinic since 2003.  Her professional interests include behavior and rehab. Heidi and Tim have three children and two dogs: Reddy and Rosie.  Her interests include skiing, hiking, camping, hanging out at the beach, and her family.

  • Vanessa -
    LVT

    Vanessa Romero grew up in Wyoming and then attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate degree. Vanessa is a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

    Vanessa and her husband Caleb have five chickens: Doris, Phyllis, Tadcaster, Static and The Sitiuation.

    Vanessa's interests include travel, fine art, early 20th century art pottery, airplanes, painting, Iceland and Croatian national soccer, reading, WWII history, bugs, hiking and trees.

  • Sarah -
    Office Manager

    Sarah McEntire grew up in Prosser and lives there with her husband, Brandon.  Sarah has two dogs: Kimye and Joser.  She has worked as a veterinary assistant at Pet Health Clinic since 2007, and is now the receptionist and Office Manager. 

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

  • Melissa -
    Veterinary Assistant

    Melissa Garza grew up in Prosser.  She currently resides in Sunnyside with her husband Baltasar, and four children. They have a golden retriever named Cooper. She is a registered skydiving instructor and is often out at the local airfield. 

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

  • Kathya -
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kathya was raised in the lower valley and has been with the Pet Health Clinic since 2017.  She has a large family of pets (and humans)!  Rats, Cats, Dogs, Hamsters, Fish and Reptiles... she loves them all. 

    Her interests include attending concerts as much as she can, spending time with her pets and family. She likes hiking and going to the river with her little dog Shayla(in picture). She knows nothing about sloths but absolutely loves them. 

  • Taylor -
    Veterinary Assistant

    Taylor grew up in Sunnyside and has been a fixture at he Pet Health Clinic since she was little.  She began officially working here in 2019.  She is currently in school pursuing a dental hygienist degree.

    She has one dog named Sherman and one hamster named Jamon.  Taylor loves going on adventures, camping, checking out viewpoints, and hanging out with friends.

  • Itzel -
    Veterinary Assistant

    Itzel grew up in Sunnyside and after graduation moved to California and then Texas.  She is back in Sunnyside and has been at the Pet Health Clinic since 2020.

    She has one crazy little dog named Suki who enjoys long boarding with her.  Itzel's other interests include lifting, hiking and hanging out with friends.

  • Destinee -
    Veterinary Assistant

    Destinee is from Moxee, WA and is currently attending the YVCC Veterinary Technology program.  She is on track to graduate in 2023 and will then take the national board exam to receive her license.

    Destinee has a dog named Baby Girl (pictured), a cat named Queso and two ferrets named Mabel and Myko.  She enjoys camping, concerts and paddle boarding.

  • Sam -
    Veterinary Assistant

    Sam is from Sunnyside and graduated from high school with her Associates degree. She is currently attending YVCC working on a degree in Agricultural Business.  She is going to graduate in June and will pursue a career in Agronomy. 

    She has two dogs named Ridge and Red.  When she is not busy studying or working, she enjoys hanging out with friends.

  • Marysa -
    Veterinary Assistant

    Marysa is from Sunnyside and is currently attending the YVCC Veterinary Technician program.  She is looking to graduate and obtain her license in 2025.

    Marysa has two dogs: a Husky named Loki and a Pit Bull named Sky.  

  • Annahi -
    Veterinary Assistant

    Annahi is grew up in Sunnyside and graduated from high school with her Associates Degree.  She is currently working toward a degree in education.  She is on track to graduate with her Bachelor's Degree and will pursue her career as a teacher.

    She has been at the Pet Health Clinic since July 2022.  She has a Pit Bull named Reign and a Shih Tzu named Nuala.  Her interests include family, being outdoors, travel and having fun with friends.

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Clinic Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Location

Testimonial

  • "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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