Our Doctors


Kevin Kaiser, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Kaiser grew up in central Washington and graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He worked as a veterinarian in Walla Walla, Washington for 9 years at a mixed animal practice. During this time, he developed a passion for ophthalmology and was given the opportunity to enter an ophthalmology residency program with Dr. Yakely. He developed a love for Spokane and the wonderful activities the area has to offer, and after he became boarded in Ophthalmology it was an easy decision to stay. He, his wonderful wife and three children, now call Spokane home. When not tending to your pets eye concerns, he can be found following his children to their sporting events or doing just about anything outside with his family, one of the great benefits of living in the Pacific Northwest.


Abbi Sturbaum, DVM, Ophthalmology Resident

Dr. Abby Sturbaum joined Animal Eye Clinic of Spokane in July 2021 to start her three year ophthalmology residency.  Dr. Sturbaum grew up in Spokane, WA and received her Bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She returned to Washington to earn her veterinary degree from Washington State University in 2020. Dr. Sturbaum then completed a one year rotating internship at Kansas State University. 

Dr. Sturbaum is thrilled to be back in her hometown in the Pacific Northwest. She has an interest in equine ophthalmology with a background in horses but enjoys working with small animal species, as well. 

Practice Manager




Debbi has worked in veterinary medicine for 27 years and the last 23 of those years have been with Animal Eye Clinic of Spokane. She helped start the Animal Eye Clinic with Dr. Yakely in 1998. She has a Bachelors degree in Organizational Management from Whitworth University.


Her hobbies include fishing, hunting, camping and any outdoor activity with her husband, Ken. She and her husband have 3 grown children and 2 grandkids. They are also the parents of two Boston “Terrorists”, Annie and Frank.


Licensed Veterinary Technicians


Dawn, LVT, VTS


Dawn was born and raised in Juneau, AK. She moved to Spokane in 2006 and started with Animal Eye Clinic in March 2006. She has a bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University (Go Spartans!)

Dawn successfully completed her veterinary technician specialty in ophthalmology in 2018.


Dawn is married and has twin girls, Addison and Ella who keep her and her husband on their toes! In her free time she enjoys photography, sewing, traveling and gardening.


Amy, LVT


Amy has been with the Animal Eye Clinic of Spokane since 2010. She has been in veterinary medicine since 1988 and has previously worked in a surgical referral practice and a full service equine facility prior to joining AEC.


Amy enjoys working on her property, gardening, trail riding and taking care of her various chickens, cows, horses and dogs.


Alisha, LVT


Alisha joined Animal Eye Clinic in January 2018. She previously had been with a progressive general practice for 10 years. She received a degree in Occupational Science in Veterinary Technology from Pima Medical Institue.  


Heather, LVT

Heather joined Animal Eye Clinic June 2022.  She came to us from a background in emergency medicine and internal medicine.  





Teri joined Animal Eye Clinic in the fall of 2014. She came to us with receptionist experience from a progressive small animal practice. She has extensive customer service experience from previous years in the airline industry.



Christina joined Animal Eye Clinic as a receptionist in the spring of 2021.  She has experience working in a veterinary clinic and is looking forward to learning about ophthalmology.


Veterinary Assistant


Sarah joined Animal Eye Clinic in the fall 0f 2020.  She recently graduated from a Veterinary Assisting program.  She helps keep the clinic organized and enjoys assisting the technicians with our patients.




Brent has been with Animal Eye Clinic since 2010 as a veterinary assistant and kennel attendant. He completed his training through the skills center while in high school.