Meet Our Staff

Kimberly Burton, LVT

Originally from Wantagh, NY on Long Island, Kimberly has always had horses in her life. She moved to Las Vegas and joined the DPE team in March of 2005. She came with a background in both large and small animal veterinary technology. In the fall of 2006, she graduated from the College of Southern Nevada with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Kimberly excels in all aspects of being a large animal technician with special interests in anesthesia and reproduction. Kimberly is a proud member of several committees and organizations to help advance her equine community in any way possible. They include:

  • American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians (A.A.E.V.T.) since 2013. Currently serving as a regional contact in the SW area.
  • A.A.E.V.T. Anesthesia Society since 2017.
  • CC Animal Advisory Committee as the equine representative.
  • CC Arena Committee as a consultant for the NW project.
  • CC Citizen Advisory Council for Lone Mountain
  • She is the President and Medical Director for L.E.A.N (Local Equine Assistance Network) a nationally recognized 501c3 Equine Rescue group.
  • She serves as the liaison of DPE to CSN and PIMA to provide large animal clinical service hours for students seeking to become veterinary technicians.

Some of Kimberly’s other accomplishments include:

  • Organizing the County’s first ever (and continued) low cost equine castration clinic and low cost dental clinic by partnering DPE with The Unwanted Horse Coalition and The Dancer’s Legacy Foundation.
  • Organized the County’s first ever community Brand Inspection/Vaccination Clinic.
  • Organized the first ever Large Animal Care and Handling/Equine Investigations Class by partnering with “Code 3” out of Colorado to instruct. The class included all area Animal Control Agencies, Sierra Vista AC from AZ and Red Rock Equine Search and Rescue.

On a personal note, Kimberly enjoys riding, shooting, camping, ATV’s, movies, and time with her friends.


Bryce Morgan, LVT

Bryce grew up in "small town" Indiana. Her father’s job brought her to Las Vegas where she studied to become a veterinary technician at the College of Southern Nevada. Bryce earned her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2017 and has since become a member of the American Associated of Equine Veterinary Technicians (AAEVT) and the Equine Anesthesia Society. Although she has never owned a horse, her love for large friends has led her to this career. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and attending off-road races. Bryce loves her role as a mom to her fur-babies, Bentley her silky terrier and O’Malley, her cat.


Amber Schlick, LVT

Amber was born in San Diego, California. She was moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when she was three years old where she was raised. Amber studied veterinary medicine at Pima Medical Institute and graduated in July 2018 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She will soon take her test to become a licensed Veterinary Technician. In her spare time, Amber enjoys reading, attending Comic Con conventions, taking weekend trips to San Diego, and spending time with her four legged family; Hannah Montana, her bear of a red heeler-shepherd mix, Oleander, her old lady white pitbull, Louie, her little old man chihuahua, and Timmy her cute orange domestic short hair with a hearted mouth. Amber currently does not have any horses of her own but her love for them started when she was a little girl. She is very excited to be apart of the Desert Pines Equine Family.


Nichole Ecret, Veterinary Assistant

Nicki was born and raised in Las Vegas, where she grew up rodeoing and working with horses. Her passion to become apart of the veterinary world started at a young age. As a mom of 4 wonderful children, she feels, this has opened up their hearts to the passion of animals. Nicki is currently finishing her schooling to become a licensed veterinary technician. In her spare time, she enjoys riding and training her horses, competing in body building, and is in finishing her equine refocus classes. She absolutely loves being apart of the DPE family.


Peyton Jones, Veterinary Assistant

I was born in California but raised in Las Vegas with my identical twin sister Baylee always by my side. Growing up I always surrounded myself with animals, which helped me decide that Desert Pines was where I would enjoy working. Currently, I am going to school to obtain a degree in Psychology. In my spare time, I go to the gym, spends time with my family, or go dirt bike riding. I love meeting new faces and reconnecting with old ones. I always work my hardest to make sure everyone is happy and devote my time to help others in any way that I can.


Azucena Torres, Veterinary Assistant

Azucena was born in Los Angels, California. Her family relocated to Las Vegas when she was a toddler. She was raised in a Charro/Agriculture family and has been involved in Mexican Charreria and American Rodeo her entire life. Her horse El Negro was a major influence in her becoming a veterinary technician. She studied at PIMA Medical Institute where she obtained a Veterinary Assistant Certificate and later an Associates Degree as a Veterinary Technician. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and assisting her horse training brother-in-law, in California. Azucena is a die-hard baseball fan who is loyal to the Dodgers. She really loves her job at Desert Pines Equine Center because of her passion to help animals.


Juan Torres, Veterinary Assistant

Juan Jose (JJ) was born and raised in Las Vegas. He is 3rd generation Charro on both sides of his family. He graduated Bonanza High School in 2017 and is currently attending College of Southern Nevada. He started volunteering at Desert Pines Equine Center and was then hired as a Veterinary Assistant. In his free time he competes in Mexican Charreria as a trick roper. He diligently practices every day after work and competes during the weekends. He spends some of his summers in California training horses with his brother-in-law. He is thrilled to be at Desert Pines Equine Center, as he loves all that he learns while at work.


Veronica O'Donnell, Administrative Assistant

Veronica O’Donnell was raised in Las Vegas since the age of 13. All her life she has had a strong passion for horses and began riding at the age of 15. Veronica was part of the Mexican drill team also known as Escaramuza where she met her horse Nikki who changed her life. She joined Desert Pines Equine in 2008 and worked as a tech until 2012, she was gone for 2 1/2 years and missed Desert Pines Equine. She then came back in 2015. Veronica started as a receptionist when she returned in 2015, then she worked as a Veterinary Assistant. When the practice manager position became available, she wanted to make sure the practice, team, and patients were understood and taken care how they deserve. Having the background from previous employments she took on the challenge. Even on the toughest, longest days she always looks forward to work along with the hard-working people she calls family. When not at the practice Veronica spends her time with her husband, Sean, sons Carson and Damon as well as her dogs Penny the crazy corgi, Ray the grumpy chihuahua, her 2 horses and mini donkey, Fajita.


Stephanie Jones, Pharmacy Manager

Stephanie Jones was born with a love for helping animals. In her hometown of Lake Havasu City, AZ there was not a huge equine community but she took every chance she could to be around horses. It was not until 2003 living here in Las Vegas that she was able to buy her own horse, Sandy Bar Wimpy, a perfect lil palomino quarter horse mare. Dr Lamb came with Sandy and so the relationship with Desert Pines Equine began. She has fostered 3 horses for LEAN and it was during one of those foster appointments that a conversation with Kimmie led her to joining the team. She has two adult children who have moved out of Las Vegas. Her daughter Sydnie lives in Portland, OR and her son Jeremy lives in Pineville, LA. She enjoys being a part of the Desert Pines team. She loves all that she is learning as well as getting to know the clients, whom she adores.


Heather Mac Mullen, Receptionist

Heather is a native Las Vegan, and has been part of the Desert Pines Equine family since 1999.


Brooklynn Otte, Receptionist

Brooklynn grew up outside of a small town in Kansas. She started riding and competing in Hunter Jumpers at a young age and continued to do so throughout college. She got a Bachelor Degree in Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. While in college Brooklynn competed on the IHSA Equestrian Team for 2 years, making her way to nationals both years in the Hunter Jumper division. After graduating from college she moved to Savannah, Georgia where she was a trainer and manager of a private equestrian center. Brooklynn is new to the Las Vegas area and is learning to love the desert. In her free time she likes to ride, hike, and go skiing.


Beverly Pohlmann, Office Assistant

Bev grew up in southern California and moved to Las Vegas in 1990. She started working for DPE in 2012 as a veterinary assistant and now is a part-time assistant for many different tasks. She has been a part of Back Country Horsemen of Nevada for a few years and she enjoys camping and trail riding with her horse.


Epifanio Garcia

Epi has been DPE’s barn manager since 2001. He will always greet you with a smile and takes pride making sure you find the practice at its best. He enjoys watching his son play soccer on the weekends with his wife and 2 other children. At family gatherings, you can find Epi singing Karaoke with his brothers.


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