Meet Our Team
For these people horses are not just animals – they are friends and their passion!
Brandi Wurtz was raised on a small farm in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. She spent all her time on horseback exploring back country trails with her dad or participating in various horse events. Brandi's love for horses carried her on to obtained her veterinary technician associates degree through Penn Foster College. She has been part of the McKinlay and Peters team since May of 2012. She enjoys assisting Dr. Schneider with lameness exams and in the surgery room. When Brandi isn't busy working at the clinic, she is spending her time with her family. Husband Tom, daughter Haylie, and son Clayton all share in her love of anything out doors. Her daughter has her passion for horses and together they participate in trail challenges and other riding events.
Nichole grew up riding horses in the mountains of Northern Idaho. Her love for horses came early and naturally for her. Nichole first worked in the veterinary field at a mixed animal practice for 3 years, until she had her son. Riding bikes and horses with her son Mussy are some of her favorite activities. Though all horses are special for her, she has a passion for the pure Spanish horse (Andalusian), and has been a breeder for 17 years. Nichole joined McKinlay & Peters in March of 2008 and enjoys her work deeply as a continued source of connection with the equestrian lifestyle.
Rachel grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of Post Falls, and has always been passionate about horses and just animals in general. She was a member of 4H for 10 years and still calls the fairgrounds home during the last few weeks of August each year. After serving a stint in the military she decided Post Falls is where she wanted to be and joined the McKinlay and Peters team in September of 2014. As well as working closely with the doctors, Rachel is also a part of the MRI team. She prefers the outdoors to just about anywhere and is always looking for the next adventure either trail riding or backpacking.
Jessie was born and raised in Spokane Washington where her love for horses began at a young age. She was a member of a 4-H club growing up and participated in the local county and state fairs. In her spare time she loves to go hiking, camping, snowboarding, and trail riding on the weekends with her horse Queso. She also works with the local fire department responding to fire and medical emergencies. Jessie joined the Mckinlay and Peters Equine team in February of 2017 where she enjoys learning about and assisting equine reproduction at the Colbert clinic. She wants to increase her knowledge of equine medicine and eventually continue her education.
Morgan was born & raised in North Spokane where she developed her love for horses. Morgan spent many years working as an instructor & trainer for beginner riders, where she watched many young people progress into competent horse people. Now working at MPEH she enjoys being part of a team that is dedicated to improving the lives of horses. Horses give so much to humans & working at MPEH gives her a chance to give something back to them. Outside of work & horses Morgan enjoys anything that keeps her active. Her spare time is filled with anything from gardening to bike rides, or taking the dogs for a walk.
Alyssa is from Yakima, WA where she grew up riding and being involved with horses for most of her life. She earned her AA in Veterinary Technology at Yakima Valley College in 2019. When she's not working Alyssa enjoys riding and showing horses, going on hikes, camping, and spending time with friends and family.
Sarah was born in the Bay Area of California and moved to the outskirts of Spokane at a young age. Sarah learned how to canter on her first welsh pony before she could trot. Many hours were spent everyday romping around on ponies barefoot and bareback with her sisters. Going fast and jumping high was what she loved most about riding as a kid and it carried throughout her life. When Sarah was 10 years old she became interested in three day eventing and spent the summers on the west side training and competing. She has competed upper levels in eventing and dressage and learned how to gallop racehorses. Being homeschooled her whole life, she went into college at the age of 16, through running start. She also participated in gymnastics in high school. Sarah has had a fascination in veterinary medicine and wanted her career path to be in that field. She joined MPEH in 2014 as a stall cleaner and vet assistant. 2018 she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from EWU, got married and became a full time technician at MPEH. When she's not at work, she is usually riding, training horses or enjoying other outdoor
Diane was raised on a 257 thousand acre cattle and sheep ranch in southwestern Montana. From a very young age, she was involved in the care of animals. Diane fed sheep dogs, bum lambs and bum calves. She moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1999. She worked 13 years in the small animal field and joined McKinlay and Peters in 2012. Diane and her husband Steve have three children and four grandchildren. They share their home with two dogs, five chickens, a hive of honeybees and a cat. During the summer they are usually gone camping. Diane enjoys being outdoors. She loves to bike, hike, kayak and fish.
Shannon was born and raised in Montana, and spent her summer vacations on her grandparent’s farm in Eastern Montana where they raised horses, cattle and sheep. This is where she truly found her passion for animals. After leaving home, Shannon spent 15 years in the Greater Yellowstone Area, living and working in Yellowstone National Park for a couple summers, then went on to work at Grand Targhee Ski Resort. In her spare time she volunteered at local animal shelters, which fueled her drive to work with animals. After moving to Spokane in 2015 Shannon started searching for a career where she could pursue her passion of veterinary sciences. In 2016, she was hired on with McKinlay & Peters. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family (and two labs), camping, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.
Katie Joy was born and raised in Spokane, Washinton with a brief stay in Seattle, Washington doing an internship with Microsoft and Boeing in high school. The city life wasn't for her, so she moved back to her home town of Spokane in 2003. Once she returned home, she found herself career bound and going to school at North Idaho College. Working in the pharmaceutical industry was a great experience for her, but it wasn't her calling to live such a busy lifestyle missing out on the little moments in life that you'll never get back. In 2016 Katie Joy left her pharmaceutical career and traveled for 6 months across our country with her husband. After this traveling experience she found herself again and a new set of goals in life. She began looking for part time work in the veterinary industry. It just so happened that MPEH had a receptionist opening and it was exactly what she needed and wanted. When she's not working at MPEH Katie Joy and her husband own and operate a small wood shop building rustic furniture. She loves to do landscape photography as well as going to the Oregon coast, hiking, kayaking, church, riding
Ruth was born & raised in the Chicago Illinois area and after attending college for a brief time, moved to the Pacific Northwest (Puget Sound area) to work as a Pharmacy Technician. During this time she met her husband Frank with whom they have raised two grown children and just celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. Ruth has always had a love for animals – from an incident as a teenager where she helped a mother duck with her ducklings cross a crowded Illinois arterial-to her two pets at home; she has always had a passion for animals. Her previous job gave her the opportunity to work with many local veterinary clinics and inspired her to get more involved in caring for animals. When Ruth is not at work in the Pharmacy at MPEH, she is outside in the early morning running. Those who know her well enough know that she is always running. 5k’s, 12k’s, 30k’s and half marathons have kept her feet moving forward. When she is not running, Ruth is usually out for a walk with her spastic golden retriever Macy. What’s next you ask? Well, it’s a toss-up: either a full marathon or skydiving. Go Ruth!
Maxima was born and raised in Tuxtcla Cuevillas Guerrero located Southwest of Mexico City. At a very young age he was surrounded by different types of animals as his family raised cattle, goats and pigs. His grandfather also started and raised colts. At a very young age he wanted to go to school to become a veterinarian but during that time boys were expected to help around the ranch and we're not allowed to go to school. In 2001 he emigrated to California and went back and forth to Washington State working different jobs. He met his wife Sonia in November of 2004 and they married that following year. In December of 2005 they travel to Washington State to visit relatives and decided to stay. Max worked different jobs for the next couple years until he found a job with a horse trainer which brought us to the Spokane area. He has always said he wanted to be around horses which has been his passion since a very young age. In 2015 he heard about a job with McKinlay & Peters. Max jumped on board and went to the interview. He loved the place and in his heart he felt