Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Bertram grew up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in California, where she and her sisters gained appreciation for nature and all animals as they hiked the hills with their family dogs, caught a variety of wild reptiles (our poor mom!) and got to see coyotes, bobcat, deer and hawks right in our backyard. She was a horse-crazy girl from an early age, and still is!
As a freshman in high school, she began working after school for the family veterinarian, and soon knew she had found her future career. She attended Humboldt State University in northern California and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Zoology in 1985. She moved to Oregon and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University in 1990. She first practiced in Portland, Oregon, then Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota, and eventually settled in Bend, Oregon, and stayed there for 20 years, raising her two children, and running her own integrative veterinary clinic.
She and her husband Dan, their daughter, Caelan, and their son, Shane, lived on their own ‘Ranchito’, in Oregon, in the company of dogs, cats, horses, cattle, chickens, and goats. When both kids had gone off to college, they sold their veterinary practice, and escaped the long, snowy winters of the Oregon high desert, migrating south to the sunny beauty of Tucson, in 2015.
Dr. Bertram has a special interest in surgery, dentistry, physical therapy, nutrition and pain relief modalities. She has completed 180 hours of training in veterinary acupuncture through IVAS, and is able to integrate acupuncture into her treatment plans for pain relief for arthritis, spinal pain, and supporting overall well-being for both cats and dogs, especially senior citizens.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, hiking and exploring the beautiful desert, mountains, and grasslands of southern Arizona. She keeps active with her ‘ busy’ rescued Border Collies, named Story and Kite, and riding her beautiful and sassy Appendix Quarter Horse mare, Kahlua.