Meet Our Doctors
The primary goal of Pend Oreille Veterinary Service is to be a leader in the veterinary profession providing our clients with the highest standard of care and customer service. Our 103 combined years of service and knowledge in the veterinary profession gives you the peace of mind that your pet is receiving the best care in the industry.
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Dr. Bruce Vogel, Owning Partner
Bruce graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 and joined Pend Oreille Veterinary Service in 1995. Bruce enjoys working with both cats and dogs with special interests in acupuncture and treating exotic animals. When not at the clinic he enjoys spending time outdoors. Skiing, hiking and canoeing are just a few of the activities that Bruce enjoys in his spare time.
Dr. Christina Ponsness, Owning Partner
Dr. Ponsness joined the POVS team in 2013. She enjoys working closely with clients to meet the needs of their dogs, cats and small mammals. Her special interests include oncology, surgery, preventative care and specialty care of the geriatric family pet. She completed her undergraduate education at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA prior to attending veterinary school at Washington State University. When she is not at the clinic, Chrissy and her family enjoy most things outdoors; such as boating, fishing, hiking, camping, skiing and snowboarding.
Dr. Mary Jane Davis
Mary Jane graduated from University of Tennessee in 1989. She joined the Pend Oreille Veterinary Service team in 2005. An active member of the American Veterinary Dental Society, Mary Jane is committed to offering cutting-edge services in the dynamic field of veterinary dentistry. When she’s not in the clinic, she is most likely training or racing her team of Siberian Husky sled dogs.
Dr. Laurel Sundberg
Dr. Laurel Sundberg joined the Pend Oreille Veterinary Service team in June 2018. She graduated from Colorado State University and happily relocated to Sandpoint to be closer to family and enjoy the beauty of the inland Northwest. Her interests include cardiology, anesthesia, soft tissue surgery and the exciting variety of small animal general practice. In her spare time, Dr. Sundberg enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two beloved Golden Retrievers.
Dr. Jenifer Ness
Dr. Jenifer Ness graduated with her DVM from Washington State University in 2016. She was raised in North Dakota and spent many wonderful years assisting her father with his self owned business of breeding and training field bred hunting dogs. Her interests include, surgery, internal medicine and preventive care. In her free time Dr. Ness enjoys gardening, snowboarding, cooking and hiking with her husband and two dogs.
Dr. Christine Smart, Owning Partner
Christine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She has practiced small animal medicine in Pittsburgh, PA and New Orleans, LA before joining Pend Oreille Veterinary Service in 2005. She has special interests in ultrasound, endoscopy, internal medicine and oncology/hematology. When not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys hiking, running, snowboarding, dog agility and spending time with her family.
Dr. Charles Ashton
Chuck joined Pend Oreille Veterinary Service after graduating from Colorado State University in 1988. He was raised in Southern Idaho and Northern Utah. While enjoying all aspects of the veterinary practice, his special areas of interest are small animal orthopedics and the unique needs of sporting dogs. Outside of veterinary medicine and surgery, Chuck actively enjoys most kinds of outdoor activities.
Dr. Shelby Johnson
Dr. Shelby Johnson received her DVM from Oregon State University in 2015 and quickly relocated to beautiful Sandpoint, as has been her dream for many years! Her interests in veterinary medicine are wide and include dentistry, pain management, medical acupuncture and nutrition. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her husband, Bret and their three husky mixes(Miller, Ferrous and Gigi), Nordic skiing, jigsaw puzzles, playing golf and sewing.
Dr. Jerry Lewis
Jerry graduated from Colorado State University and established Pend Oreille Veterinary Service in June, 1964. He and his wife Pat have four children and eleven grandchildren. Dr. Lewis enjoys every aspect of the practice and believes that providing excellent client service is one of his greatest strengths. He was president of the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association in 1983 and chosen Idaho Practitioner of the Year in 1986. He was Idaho Tree Farmer of the year for 2000.