Dr. Wright grew up in New Jersey watching her mother rescue wild animals among the menagerie of their pets. Her horse became her main focus during junior high and high school as she trained and showed in 3-day eventing. That passion took her to a private college in Virginia, where she studied horsemanship and business. She then transferred to Old Dominion University and completed a biology degree in 1991. Her long-term career with animals began with her first job at a veterinary hospital in South Carolina. Seeing a need in the community, she quit to start a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization. The seed was planted to become a vet during that project. After moving to Oregon in 1995, she worked at the local humane society in Corvallis for 2 ½ years, then started veterinary school at Oregon State University, graduating in 2001.
While working in a conventional clinic for several years, Teri Sue felt that the medicine she was practicing wasn't quite right, as her patients just didn't seem to be getting well. In 2005, she left the clinic she was working for to focus on her new son who was born with disabilities. His needs led her to research alternative medical practices and changed her whole lifestyle. She began seeing clients in their homes and experimented with putting dogs and cats on raw diets and whole food supplements. Finally she began to feel good about the results she was seeing! She continues to study nutrition and herbal medicine while expanding her mobile practice.
Teri Sue is a single mom of two children, ages 12 and 14, with a new addition of her recently adopted puppy from our local shelter and a few rescued cats. She spends her time volunteering for RideAble, preparing nutrient dense meals, reading, dancing, and being outdoors.
Ryann has a passion for animals and holistic care. She has been enjoying the presence of animals in her life since she can remember. She grew up with a household of pets and she rode horses for recreation and show. Ryann bred and showed Chinese Shar Peis and administered vaccines to her puppies and horses. She ensured each puppy found the perfect home and the new pet parents had her trainers' information. Ryann believes it's important to begin training right from the start.
Ryann’s holistic experience stems from her adolescent years when she was diagnosed with digestive issues. She didn't believe her diagnosis defined her being and instead, started researching and self educating. She learned that gut health isn’t just about what you eat but about how you are handling your emotions as well. Ryann lives by the guide that the body is one unit and every part needs to be cared for in order for the body to function at its fullest potential. In 2006, Ryann earned her BA in Psychology, in 2007 she opened Not For Dogs Only, a grain-free organic dog treat company and in 2008, she became a certified Reiki Master Teacher and opened her business, Lovelight Reiki.
Ryann has over 20 years of Administrative experience with 15 of those years being in management. Ryann brings her achievements to Balance Vet Care as our Practice Manger. She joined our team at the end of October 2019.
When Ryann isn't at Balance Vet Care, she is either taking or facilitating a class relating to holistic health, teaching her son preschool or simply 'being in the present moment' with her blessed family. Ryann, Bodhi and pup, Kaya Rose love exploring the outdoors, playing in the dirt, singing, yoga, gardening and simply, just spending quality time together. Energy medicine and mindfulness are Ryann's favorite topics.
Janet’s love for animals started at a young age. She has had cats her whole life. Living in rural Wisconsin as a child, she was surrounded by farms. Her extended family’s farms cared for cows, horses, chickens and dogs.
Janet’s holistic life-style stems from personal experience. Janet discovered the benefits of using natural products to treat the body as a whole and the healing attributes of whole foods and herbs. When she and her husband moved from Wisconsin to Oregon, she was really able to get connected to resources and discovered the wonders of holistic animal care at Balance Veterinary Care.
Janet has 8 years of teaching experience and a Bachelor’s in Education. She has moved into a new professional arena in reception and office management here at Balance Vet Care She joined our team in July of 2021.
When Janet isn’t at Balance Vet Care, she loves to be creative. Whether it’s sewing, painting or drawing, you can usually find her crafting and listening to audiobooks. She has three fun furry felines in her home she shares with her husband, Mark.
Carley has always had a deep love for animals. She spent her childhood running around digging
in the dirt, and making friends with all the snails, slugs, worms, pill bugs and other little creatures
she could find.
Carley attended college in Corvallis for two years, but decided to take a break while figuring out
what she really wanted to do. She started volunteering at the local humane society and soon
realized that she wanted and needed to work with animals to be fully happy and enjoy life. Soon
after, she got a job at the humane society in Eugene as a Kennel Tech.
After two years of rescue work, Carley decided to start furthering her education and became a
Carley got into holistic care after adopting a Bulldog with extreme skin allergies. When nothing
worked and the Dr’s wanted to place her three year old pup on long term steroids she knew
something wasn’t right.
Declining further treatment she set out to do her own research about diet and healing the body
as a whole. After a few months she discovered Balance Veterinary Care and her whole life
In her free time, Carley enjoys spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, reading a good book,
or just relaxing and watching all the nature around her. On her days off her bulldog accompanies
her almost everywhere.
Gabbie is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science for Environmental Studies. Her studies fueled a passion to support local, grassroots organizations that reform our relationships with each other and the environment. This led her to work for a local farm - Fair Valley Farm - as well as get involved in a project headed by the environmental justice non-profit - Beyond Toxics - as a plant illustrator. Prior to moving back home to Oregon and transferring to the U of O in December of 2020, Gabbie was attending the University of Texas at Dallas. During this time, she gained experience as a Floor Manager and Business administrator while also coaching gymnastics at a local gym.
Having grown up with many dogs, cats, horses, and a turtle named Spud, Gabbie has a deep love for animals. She joined the BVC team in July of 2021, after bringing her dog, Maggie, to Dr. Teri Sue for over a year. The holistic approach to Veterinary Medicine was a miracle for her, for an array of reasons. Not only was it the first positive vet experience for Maggie, but it connected her passion for local, whole foods and the environment to people and their pets!
When she isn’t working at BVC, Gabbie enjoys catching up with friends, spending time outside with Maggie and her partner, and making time to enjoy the simple things in life.
Born and raised in Oregon, Sarah has always felt a connection between herself and nature. She grew up hiking all over the Pacific NW, and from there developed an adoration for the world we are blessed to live in.
Sarah was constantly surrounded by animals during her childhood, which meant that she was able to fall in love with an abundance of different species. She’s had a variety of pets during her lifetime, ranging from dogs, to fish, to even a rat; but currently she owns a cat and a chinchilla.
After being accepted to the University of Oregon, Sarah moved to Eugene. While there she studied art, but her studies were paused at the beginning of the pandemic. As time went by, she realized that art was more of a hobby instead of a potential career path. Although she’s no longer attending college, Eugene ended up growing on her, and she decided to stick around. She briefly worked as a baker at a local retirement home where she developed a passion for creating specialty desserts from scratch.
Finding a career in animal care was a dream Sarah had as a child, and she’s now able to fulfill that dream at Balance Veterinary Care. Although her background wasn’t holistic, she always knew the importance of a healthy, natural diet. Since becoming a member of Balance, her knowledge about the holistic lifestyle has quickly grown. She joined the team in September 2022.
When she’s not helping around at Balance, Sarah can typically be found at home spending time with her roommates. She often spoils her roommates and friends with baked goods and would one day like to own a bakery food truck.
Tracee was born and raised in Eugene with her twin sister. Her love of animals started at a young age and she was lucky enough to be able to grow up with German Shepherds and horses. She got married and had a family that she raised in the Eugene area in her 20’s and decided a family dog was a necessity. So, she got a Maltipeke named Duke, and thus began her menagerie of pets over the years. She moved to the outskirts of Eugene and started saving the feral cats people abandoned. She spent many nights bottle feeding kittens and finding homes for them. More than once, she ended up keeping a cat. She added a black lab Zora, and a Great Dane named Scout to her little animal haven. Then the adventures with her pets began. Scout was the best WORST dog ever. For the next 9 ½ years, he was by her side causing all kinds of trouble, and she loved it all. (Well…not the broken leg, but everything else.)
She worked in the administration side of the medical field for 20+ years while raising three amazing kids, two boys and a girl. Now that her kids are grown and starting families of their own, she has decided to change up her life completely. She started traveling and finding things she was passionate about. Animals being one of her passions, she stumbled upon Balance Vet Care and found one of her happiest places to be. Tracee’s goal in life is the pursuit of happiness and helping others. She likes to try new things and go to new places.
When she is not “working”, she is with her granddaughter making her laugh, traveling as much as possible, and making new friends wherever she goes. She is keeping her eyes open for that next GREAT dog to come into her life and change it, but until then…she will settle for loving the animals she gets to come in contact with. A big part of Tracee’s journey is learning new things, and at Balance Vet Care she has learned a whole new way of taking proper care of pets in a healthy holistic way. She is proud to be a part of BVC.
Brittany was born and raised in the Cottage Grove and has always felt a strong connection with animals. Having grown up with dogs and cats, she understood early on how animals benefit from having a caring home with warmth and attention to their needs.
She started her pack with her Mini Aussie, Riley, and has since grown it to include a mixed breed named Franco; a German Shepherd/Husky named Valla; 3 Huskies named Ghost, Zora and Gracie; and a gaggle of little darlings named Lola, Dexter, Marshall, Scott and Itty Bitty. She loves taking them for daily walks in the forest at the local logging trails and cuddling with them in the evenings.
Brittany has worked in the veterinary field for 5 years and is very passionate about helping animals and ensuring their comfort and well-being. She believes in a holistic approach to animal health, which includes giving them proper exercise, feeding quality food and ingredients, and maintaining an open approach to prevention and treatment of the causes of any health issues. Naturally, Brittany was an excellent fit when she joined the Balance Veterinary Care team!
She enjoys hiking with her husband and their pack, taking trips to the coast, and relaxing at her country home in Lorane. She is a talented pet portrait artist and loves creating visages of beloved pets. She has experience in foster care and has helped save many dogs from unfortunate circumstances. Over the years, she has provided boarding services for dogs and loves being a part of enriching the lives of any animals she meets and cares for. She currently offers dog boarding in her country home in Lorane. She creates a loving and enriching service to the pups that she cares for. For more information on her boarding services, please visit Pack of Wilds Dog Boarding on Facebook.
Brittany is thankful that her passion and desire for animals are cornerstones of what the Balance Veterinary Care team practices.