Get To Know Our Team
Our Veterinary Team
Meet the wonderful staff and veterinarians at East and West Ridge Animal Hospitals. We take great pride in giving your pets the best possible care!
Meet our doctors.
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Meet our staff.
Dr. William Kazokas
Raised a barefoot Florida boy, Dr. William Kazokas grew up with a respect and love for nature and the living creatures in it. He cultivated his interests into passions as an animal science major at Cal Poly SLO, where he participated in several student-run enterprises including ruminant nutritional research, grass-fed beef production, and sheep and goat herd management. Graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2018, he returned to his home state to attend The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where he discovered an aptitude for small animal medicine, radiology, and surgery. May of 2022 began his career as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine after graduating from UF with honors. He is excited to develop his career with the wonderful people at East and Westridge Animal Hospitals and to serve the community of Klamath Falls as your new veterinarian. His interests outside of veterinary medicine include cooking, hiking, camping, and all water activities.
Dr. Erin Byrne
Dr. Erin Byrne grew up in Michigan and was lucky to move to the beautiful state of Oregon prior to starting high school. Like many of her colleagues, Dr. Erin aspired to be a veterinarian from a young age. This left her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences with a pre-veterinary medicine option and minor in Spanish, graduating from Oregon State University in 2016. During her time in undergraduate education, Dr. Erin worked at the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in the necropsy laboratory. She also worked at a research feedlot where she helped take care of the sheep and cattle at the facility and performed food trials to help better understand digestion and health in these species. Dr. Erin received her DVM from Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. During veterinary school, Dr. Erin spent much of her time with community outreach and education events to help the local community with veterinary education, including topics such as CPR for pets. Outside of the field of veterinary medicine, Dr. Erin enjoys hiking, camping, and relaxing nights watching movies. She is very excited to join the East and West Ridge family and help the community of Klamath Falls to keep their furry family members happy and healthy.
Dr. Doug McInnis
Dr. McInnis grew up with animals on their small family farm; it was there that he discovered a love for helping animals and decided to pursue a veterinary career. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oregon and Washington State Universities. After graduating, Dr. McInnis became incredibly active in organized veterinary medicine locally, statewide, and nationally.
He is a past president of the Klamath and Lake Counties Veterinary Medical Association, past president and board member of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association. Currently, he serves as the Oregon Delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates. He is a past member of the American Veterinary Medical Association Foundation and is currently a member of their Advisory Board. Dr. McInnis is a member of the Rotary Club of Klamath County where he has held roles as Treasurer, President, and served on the Board of Directors. He is also the past president of the Klamath County Rotary Club Foundation. Dr. McInnis is currently serving his community as a member of the Sky Lakes Medical Center Board of Directors, a member of the Sky Lakes Medical Center Foundation Board, and a board member of Klamath County CASA (Child Abuse Special Advocates).
Dr. McInnis is dedicated to his profession and often fosters that dedication for high school students and youth interested in veterinary medicine. He encourages his veterinary hospital staff to pursue continuing education and career advancement while providing preceptorships to students in the veterinary field. Dr. McInnis serves on two local scholarship committees: The Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee and the Merle and Emma West Scholarship Committee.
Dr. McInnis is a great animal advocate and has served the Klamath Humane Society on the Board of Directors and has held the role of Vice President. Dr. McInnis continues to support the efforts of the Humane Society, donating many services and providing assistance to the shelter and its animals.
Dr. McInnis received the Diamond Collar Award in 2018 for his efforts in animal welfare from the Oregon Humane Society. Follow the link here.
Dr. Whitaker earned her D.V.M. in 2002 from the University of California, Davis College of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduation, Dr. Whitaker has been in Klamath County and joined East Ridge in October of 2006. When Dr. Whitaker is not working, she is with her husband and two daughters at their home in Bonanza, where they raise Boer meat goats. Dr. Whitaker stays busy with her daughters’ sports and showing activities and is one of the Goat Superintendents for the Klamath County Fair.
Dr. Marcie Keener
Dr. Keener has been involved in veterinary medicine for over 30 years. She began her career as a kennel worker at Brant-Hill Veterinary Hospital, which is now East Ridge, in 1988. She obtained her degree and license as a veterinary technician in 1991. In 1995 Marcie returned to Klamath Falls to be near family and in 2000, Marcie became part of the West Ridge crew as a Technician. She returned to school and obtained her Doctorate in 2009 and has been an anchor Veterinarian at East Ridge since that time. Dr. Keener has one grown daughter, one granddaughter, and many dogs and cats. She enjoys woodworking, crafting from reclaimed wood, and spending time in the great outdoors in her off time.