Veterinarians

Martha H. DeWees, DVM

Dr. DeWees

Dr. DeWees received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, with honors, from Michigan State University in 1971. She has practiced in the Eugene/Springfield area since graduation and started the first Mobile Veterinary Clinic in the area in 1975. In 1978, she established the McKenzie Animal Hospital and in 2002 more than doubled the hospital size with the new addition and renovation of the existing facility. The hospital has maintained certification as a member hospital by the American Animal Hospital Association since 1979. Dr. DeWees serves as hospital Administrator, small animal practitioner, and employs 3 associate veterinarians and a staff of 25.


Dr. DeWees has special interests in Staff Development, Feline Medicine, Dentistry, Behavior, and Complementary Medicine. Dr. DeWees was named Veterinarian of the Year 2000 by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) for her exceptional contributions to and active involvement in local, state, and regional veterinary associations. She received the OVMA’s highest honor – the Meritorious Service Award in 2001 for her many contributions to the profession including chairing the continuing education committee for the OVMA for more than 20 years, representing the OVMA on the board of directors of the Wild West Veterinary Conference and serving as Oregon VMA delegate to the AVMA for several years. Dr. DeWees was appointed to the Veterinary Medical Examining Board in 1998 and served 8 years. She has been active in her community serving as president of the Emergency Veterinary Hospital for eight years, during which time she supervised the relocation and building of the new facility in 1996 and the remodeling project. Dr. DeWees has served in every office in the Lane County Veterinary Medical Association.


Dr. DeWees lives on a farm with her husband, Jonny. Her hobbies include flying, raising purebred polled Hereford Cattle, dog obedience training, and basenji rescue.


Matthew E. Fricke, DVM

Dr. Fricke

Dr. Fricke received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1994. Dr. Fricke joined McKenzie Animal Hospital in 1995. His areas of special interest beyond general practice are Exotic and Avian Medicine, Surgery, Acupuncture, and Alternative/Complementary Medicine.


Dr. Fricke’s interests outside of the practice are spending time with his wife Katharine, daughters Lydia and Caroline, and their cats, dogs, bunny and bird; soccer, snowboarding, wildlife rehabilitation, and home improvement projects.


Dr. Fricke is a past President of the Lane County Veterinary Medical Association (LCVMA), served as an Executive Board Member at Greenhill Humane Society, and has been the Oregon VMA delegate to the Wild West Veterinary Conference and moderator chair since 2003. Dr. Fricke established the Complementary and Alternative Medicine track at Wild West Veterinary Conference in 2004. He was 2008 Vice President and 2009 President of Wild West Veterinary Conference. Dr Fricke has trained in traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, Osteopathic Physical Therapy, Veterinary Stem Cell Therapy, Alpha-Stim therapy and Low Energy Photon Therapy (“Light Therapy”).


Mary Arpaia, DVM

Dr. Arpaia

Dr. Mary Arpaia received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the combined veterinary program through Oregon State University and Washington State University in 2003. She graduated summa cum laude and was honored with the American Animal Hospital Association Senior Student Award and the Small Animal Practitioner Award. Dr. Arpaia joined McKenzie Animal Hospital shortly after graduation in 2003. She focuses her practice to dogs, cats and small mammals. Her clinical interests beyond general practice are dentistry, preventative care and feline medicine and surgery.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners. In 2010 Dr. Arpaia completed certification in veterinary stem cell therapy. She has additional training in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation. In 2012, Dr. Arpaia was instrumental in completing the hospital certification process for the Cat Friendly Practice Gold level status. She continues to be the Cat Advocate for McKenzie Animal Hospital and provides education to clients and staff on the unique needs of our feline friends.

Outside of the practice she enjoys cooking with fresh produce from her husband’s garden, reading, hiking and spending time with her daughter, husband and pets.

Tamara Kimmel, DVM

Dr. Kimmel

Dr. Tamara Kimmel grew up in the Willamette Valley and did her undergraduate work at Oregon State University. In 2006 she graduated from the Oregon State University/Washington State University veterinary program and was honored with the Outstanding Senior Award and American Association of Feline Practitioners Senior Award. After graduation she completed a small animal medicine/surgery rotating internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists in Walnut Creek CA. She joined the staff as an emergency clinician for the next four years offering overnight and weekend critical care for the specialists as well as care for walk-in and emergency patients. Her professional interests include: critical care and internal medicine, toxicology, and diagnostic ultrasound.


In 2010, Dr. Kimmel and her young family moved back to Oregon because, as she says, “The Willamette Valley will always be my home”. Her personal interests include: jogging, gardening, hiking/camping, and just spending time outdoors with her daughter and husband.