Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Bear Creek Animal Clinic in Ashland! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 541-488-0120 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Jacqueline Church


Dr. Jacqueline Church hails from Arizona. We've partnered with Oregon State Veterinary College for doctor training (preceptorship and externship) and Penn Foster for vet tech training. You may see new faces as we train the next generation of veterinary professionals.

She met her husband in vet school at Washington State University. They’ve traveled about the country practicing veterinary medicine, and chose to settle on the Rogue Valley 5 years ago. Dr Church loves all aspects of veterinary medicine. From dentistry, surgery, to hospice and end of life care. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, and practicing yoga with her toddler. She looks forward to continuing to build life long relationships with her patients and clients.

Dr. Gail Colbern


Dr. Colbern works at the Bear Creek Animal Clinic as a relief Veterinarian. She is often with our clients providing top notch medical treatment.

Dr. Colbern received her DVM degree from UC Davis in 1982. She completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at University of Georgia, Athens and a residency and Master’s program in Equine Reproduction at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins. She completed Board Certification in Theriogenology (Animal Reproduction) in 1988 and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Reproductive Immunology at the University of California, San Francisco in 1992.

During her residency and fellowship, Dr. Colbern completed extensive research on management of the transitional mare, equine endometritis, reproductive immunology and equine reproductive surgery techniques.

Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Colbern entered general equine practice in the Bay Area of Northern California. After four years of general practice, Dr. Colbern returned to research pursuits in Reproductive Immunology and, later, Cancer Immunology. She was involved in the development of four major therapeutics currently being used to treat cancer in human patients.

After retirement from research, Dr. Colbern returned to her roots of veterinary medicine and equine reproduction. She established a general veterinary practice in the GreenSprings area outside Ashland, Oregon. The GreenSprings Veterinary Service supplies general veterinary care to all animals in the GreenSprings and Lincoln, Oregon area. Dr. Colbern also provides equine reproduction specialty services to the entire Rogue Valley.

Dr. Ema Thigpin


Dr. Ema Thigpin is a native of the Rogue Valley, born in Ashland and raised in Talent. She received her Bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and her Veterinary degree from Oregon State University. After vet school, she completed a one year internship in Alberta, Canada before returning home to start practicing in 2015. Dr. Ema is married to her highschool sweetheart and they have a wonderful son.

Victoria Wade

Practice Manager

Victoria Wade has been our Practice Manager at Bear Creek Animal Clinic since 2004. She keeps the business side of things running smoothly, from ordering food and medications, to ensuring that our clients and pets leave with questions answered.
She came to the Rogue Valley from New England. She earned her bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Unity College in Maine. Victoria has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1998 and currently shares her home with her 3 cats and 7 chickens.
In her free time, she loves to fish and enjoy the abundant epicurean treats available in the Valley, She has been a member of the Ashland Elks lodge for 20 years.
Victoria says her favorite part about working at Bear Creek Animal Clinic is that at the end of every day, she has been part of a team practicing a high level of medicine. She loves the opportunity to build relationships with our clients and their pets and getting to know many of them personally over the years.

Felicia Meyer

Shift Lead Veterinary Assistant

Felicia is one of our amazing Veterinary assistants who is working towards her Technician Certification. She likes to spend her free time hiking, knitting and enjoying the company of her 5 dogs and 2 cats.


Veterinary Assistant

Karli grew up in the Rogue Valley and has been working with animals since she was 15. She spends most of her free time hiking or with her cat Azula.


Veterinary Assistant

Elyse grew up in Southern Oregon and has had a love for animals since she was little. She started working with animals in high school by volunteering at the Humane Society and working at boarding facilities, which led her to Veterinary medicine. In her Free time she enjoys being Outdoors and traveling with family and friends.


Veterinary Assistant

Daisy was born and raised in California, she moved to Oregon in October of 2020. She knew at a young age that her passion was taking care of animals. Daisy Graduated from Pima Medical Institute with an Associates degree in veterinary assisting. Daisy has been in the veterinary field for 7 years and has been with the BCAC team since November 2022. Daisy enjoys spending her free time hiking, finding new places to explore and going to the dog park with her furbaby Luna.