Our Team of Specialty and Emergency Veterinarians
WestVet’s team of board certified specialists and highly-trained emergency doctors and staff serve famililes throughout Northern Utah and Eastern Idaho.
Meet the Specialists
Our specialists maintain the highest level of training and work as experts in their respective fields. In addition to publishing in professional veterinary journals, they provide lectures and continuing education training to doctors and veterinary professional in local, national, and international forums.
Just as in human medicine, the specialists expertise complements your family veterinarian. We refer to family veterinarians as our Referral Partners because we work together to provide you and your pet exceptional service and care to achieve the best possible outcome.
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, Veterinary Surgeon
About Dr. Jesse Terry
Dr. Terry joined the WestVet surgical team in summer 2016 with the assignment to launch specialty services in Northern Utah.
He grew up in Greeley, Colorado with several family pets, and found himself gravitating toward the sciences during high school. After volunteering and later working at a local animal clinic, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine — and has not slowed down since. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at Colorado State University in 2006, followed by his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State in 2010. That same year he received the Intervet/Scherin-Plough-Plough award for proficiency in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Terry traveled to the heat of the southwest to complete a rigorous one-year rotating internship at the Emergency Animal Clinic in Phoenix, AZ, followed by a year in general practice in Juneau, Alaska.
During the first two years following vet school graduation, Dr. Terry’s interest in surgery became apparent. He moved to Boise, ID to join the WestVet team in 2012 for a one-year surgical internship and was then selected from a large pool of competitive applicants for a three-year small animal surgical residency at Oregon State University. During his training at Oregon State, Dr. Terry completed a Master’s degree in Veterinary Sciences and extensive involvement with several research projects. He published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals during his time there.
In October 2015, Dr. Terry presented a section of his research on feline injection site sarcomas during the residents’ forum of the American College of Veterinary Surgeon annual symposium.
During his one-year internship with our surgical team, Dr. Terry exemplified professionalism, a strong work ethic, and a solid knowledge of medicine and surgery. Knowing his easygoing and approachable demeanor, we did not hesitate to invite him to join our team full-time as the lead surgeon for WestVet Northern Utah.
He enjoys the challenge veterinary surgery brings, requiring knowledge in multiple sciences along with complex technical skills. “I feel so very lucky to have found such fulfillment in the profession I have chosen,” he said. Dr. Terry successfully passed board certification exam in spring 2017 and now holds the title of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal.
Having grown up near the Rocky Mountains, he had hoped to settle in the West and welcomed the opportunity to live along the Wasatch front.
He and his wife Laura, also a veterinary professional, have two adorable boys, Grayson and Nolan. They also share their home with a handful of pets including a senior English Setter, a Corgi mix, a Miniature Pinscher and two Southern Painted turtles. The Terry family enjoys outdoor recreation including camping, fly fishing and hiking.
DVM, MS, DACVIM, Veterinary Internist
About Dr. Max Parkanzky
Dr. Max Parkanzky, Diplomate of the American Veterinary College of Internal Medicine, joined the WestVet Northern Utah team in August 2019. He completed his bachelor’s degree in animal science at Michigan State University. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and master’s degree from Purdue University. Following veterinary school, he completed an internship and residency at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
DVM, DACVECC, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
About Dr. Jordan Scherk
Jordan Scherk, DVM, DACVECC is a board-certified Veterinary Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. He attended the University of Florida (Animal Sciences) before going on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Western University of Health Services in Pomona, CA. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Scherk completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, followed by a three-year residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA in 2013.
Dr. Scherk is experienced in all aspects of small animal emergency and critical care with specific areas of interest in trauma, mechanical ventilation, and respiratory disease, metabolic emergencies, CPR, critical care anesthesia, and post-operative care. His favorite part of practicing emergency medicine is helping patients that don’t have a great chance of survival go to home to their families.
When not caring for patients, you can find Dr. Scherk enjoying Utah’s outdoors – rock climbing, skiing, and snowboarding. He also enjoys hiking with his dog and children, and cooking.
DVM, MS, DACVR, Veterinary Radiologist
About Dr. Dainna Stelmach
Dainna Stelmach, DVM, DACVR, a board-certified Veterinary Radiologist. Dr. Stelmach completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Following graduation from veterinary school Dr. Stelmach completed a rotating internship in radiology at Equine Sports Medicine in Weatherford, TX followed by a residency in Veterinary Radiology and Diagnostic Imagining at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA in 2014.
Dr. Stelmach believes strongly in a collaborative approach to patient care. She maintains special interests in whole body CT, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and MRI, brain and spine MRI, abdominal and thoracic ultrasound, urethral and tracheal stent placement, tracheal and esophageal fluoroscopy, and image guided biopsy.
Areas of personal interest include hiking, snowboarding, camping, rock climbing, fishing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Oncologist
About Dr. Katie Wright
Katie Wright, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM is a board-certified veterinary Oncologist. She earned her bachelors of science in Zoology with a minor in animal science and environmental science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Wright completed a small animal rotating internship at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY. She then completed a medical oncology residency at the world-renowned Animal Medical Center in New York, NY.
Dr. Wright withholds professional memberships with AVMA, VCS, VSSO, and ACVIM. She is experienced in all aspects of small animal oncology with specific areas of interest in lymphoproliferative disorders (leukemia and lymphoma), hemangiosarcoma, clinical research trials, diagnostics imaging, comparative oncology, and One Health. Her favorite part of practicing medicine is helping families understand the cancer diagnosis their pet is facing so that together, they can come up with the best treatment plan.
When not caring for patients, you can find Dr. Wright rock climbing, skiing, hiking, traveling and entertaining her two cats: Toast (Maine Coon) and Possum (domestic short hair).
Dr. David Sweeney
David Sweeney was born in Iowa and grew up in Minnesota, where he attended veterinary school. Finishing veterinary school in 1990, he worked for his uncle and his father, doing both small animal and equine work. In 1994 he moved from Minnesota to Salt Lake City, where he worked as an emergency veterinarian for the next six years.
In 2001, when his children were young, he worked at No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a Best Friend’s program, where he served as medical director of the spay neuter program, while also continuing to work part time as an emergency veterinarian at the newly established Animal Emergency Center in Sunset.
In 2007 David returned to full time emergency veterinary work, taking a position as associate veterinarian at the Sunset Emergency Clinic. In 2012 he and his family moved to Nebraska, where his wife took a position as Professor and Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Since that time, Sweeney has commuted to Utah from Nebraska. He became Medical Director in 2014 and helped to lead the successful transition from Animal Emergency Center to WestVet Utah.
He and his wife Teri have two human children, Sarah and Sam, who will both be attending the University of Nebraska this fall, in addition to two canine children, 8 year old Steve, a lab/border collie mix and a new puppy named Sebastian, a labradoodle. Outside of his passion for caring for sick and injured animals, David enjoys spending time with his family, road and mountain biking, going to plays and movies, and travelling.
Dr. Holly Dougherty
Dr. Holly N. Dougherty is a 2004 graduate from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. As a new graduate, Dr. Dougherty took an immediate interest in small animal emergency medicine. She enjoys the fast-pace, unpredictable nature of emergency medicine, and lending help to families and their pets in their time of most need. She is a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Dougherty is an Arizona native, and while she misses her friends and family in the desert, she is very much enjoying her new beautiful home state of Utah. When not busy caring for your furry family members, she enjoy s her three amazing canine children “Jake, Little Jake and Pongo” who give her constant companionship and love. Her hobbies outside of work include tap dancing, traveling, cooking, and gardening.
Dr. Audrey Morrissey
Audrey Morrissey, is an Emergency Medicine Veterinarian at WestVet Utah. She attended St. Andrews University in North Carolina where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Texas A&M (Gig ‘em Aggies)!
When not treating patients, she enjoys the variety of outdoor activities Utah has to offer, particularly skiing, hiking and equestrian sports. Dr, Morrissey share her life adventures with her husband, two kids, 1 dog and 2 cats.
Dr. Tara Curry
Dr. Curry graduated from UC Davis in 1999. Before obtaining her DVM she earned a masters in wildlife biology and spent time contemplating birds in the wind and rain on an island in the Bering Sea. Dr. Curry is multi-lingual having studied Italian, French, German, and just a titch of Russian.
Her favorite reading companions are more than one cat. Favorite walking companion is a ball-fetching dog. She is also mother to two human kids. Dr. Curry has practiced emergency medicine in Utah for 10 years.
Dr. Adam Daniell
Dr. Whitney White
Dr. White attended Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu where she earned her Master of Science degree in Marine Science. She then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pamona, California followed by a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship with VCA Animal Specialty Group in San Diego, California.
Dr. White’s interest in veterinary medicine began when she assisted a marine mammal veterinarian with stranded marine mammals in Hawaii. She enjoys the challenge of emergency medicine and likes providing a supportive and understanding environment during a stressful, unplanned period. Her clinical interests include urethral obstruction, fracture stabilization and emergency surgery..
When not treating patients, Dr. White’s favorite pastimes include stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, spinning, hot yoga, running and exploring the outdoors. She also loves spending time with her two Labrador retrievers, Guinness and Yukon.
Dr. Allie McPhee
Dr. McPhee graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors degree in Equine Science. While working on another bachelors degree at the University of Utah in Biology and Chemistry, she was accepted to Western University of Health Sciences for veterinary school. She graduated in 2014 with her DVM and completed a rotating internship at California Veterinary Specialists in southern California. She then stayed on working in their ER department and surgery service for another year.
Growing up in Utah, she knew she wanted to come back to the area to enjoy all that Utah has to offer. When not working, Dr. McPhee spends most of her time outdoors. She loves mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding and really anything outdoors.
What is a veterinary specialist?
Veterinarian specialists are a valuable resource in treating your pet. They serve as an extension of your family veterinarians practice – a referral partnership that ensures you receive the best veterinary care possible.
Occasionally – just as in human medicine – your family vet may suggest a referral to a specialist. This is to ensure your pet receives the highest level of care available.
Your family veterinarian and WestVet specialists will work as a team in treating your beloved pet, with the goal to provide you essential information on an accurate diagnosis and the best treatment options.
Once specialty treatment at WestVet concludes, your pet will return to the diligent care of your family veterinarian who remains your primary source for routine and preventative care.