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As La Quinta’s only boutique veterinary practice, our goal is to meet and exceed your expectations in caring for your pets.

Dr. Kathryn Carlson, DVM

Dr. Carlson's Bio

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Education: UC Davis 1991

I Am a Vet Because…I love interacting with my patients and their significant others. Keeping that bond connected is my life’s passion.

My Favorite Part of the Workday is… When I see a new pet from a previous client whose pet has passed. The happiness is so contagious.

What Inspires Me… The strength and purpose of the Human-Animal Bond. The feeling I get when it is obvious I made a pet or client happy! Also, the satisfaction of solving a hard case after hours of hands-on medicine, client education, and referral consultation.

The Pet I Will Never Forget… Stevie Wonder; a 6 week old Blind Doxie puppy that I was supposed to euthanize, and instead was able to pick from half a dozen other clients wanting the precious pup. He lived a long happy life.

I Could Not Do My Job Without… My clients and staff. They are the real heroes.

Things I Value Most… Honest communication, my clients that understand how hard this profession is and the hard work that goes into saving lives and stamping out disease.

Something People Don’t Know About Me… I am a certified Reiki practitioner, I am a rabid baseball fan, and I LOVE Country western music!

I Relax By… Reading on my front porch with my dogs, and spending quality time in Montana with friends.

Dr. Megan Rioux-Forker, DVM

Dr. Rioux-Forker's Bio

Although born in Hawaii, Dr. Megan Rioux-Forker spent most of her formative years on a small farm in the Pacific Northwest with a variety of animals including horses, goats, sheep, rabbits, ducks, chickens and of course dogs and cats. Living with a dog trainer, Dr. Rioux participated in obedience to the Open level and agility with several of her dogs, including a border collie who was definitely both smarter and more agile than she was!

Dr. Rioux spent about 7 years before veterinary school traveling- living in a multitude of places including Ireland, Italy, Canada and Morocco. She found that no matter how far afield she ventured and how foreign it felt, it was the human-animal bound that filled in the gaps – whether a camel owner in Moroccan souk or a kitty in a Tuscan villa.

She attended Veterinary school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, where she contributed to her educational expenses by working in pandemic H5N1 avian influenza research and testing in the United States and Indonesia. Upon graduation, Dr. Rioux spent 6 years practicing medicine north of Toronto and then in the Pacific Northwest – initially working on horses (and the occasional circus animal or water buffalo), however she eventually transitioned into mixed animal practice, where she found a love for the internal medicine of small animal practice. Dr. Rioux moved to small animal medicine full time in 2018, although she still occasionally sees horses at the Polo Club for former clients.

Dr. Rioux’s professional interests include internal medicine, zoonotic diseases, pain management and the human-animal bond. She’s also particularly interested in Working Equid work – primarily working upon donkeys and mules that provide a source of horsepower (literally) for developing countries.She’s worked on veterinary projects in Egypt, Costa Rica, Mexico and has volunteered as an instructor to teach veterinary students to castrate mustangs on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon.

In her spare time, Dr. Rioux enjoys riding her horses, coffee, traveling to places she can’t pronounce, running and learning new languages (she speaks 5 with varying degrees of efficacy but always loves to give it a whirl!)

Dr. Norm Smith, DVM

Dr. Smith's Bio

Dr. Smith is a native Southern Californian who was raised in the desert since he was four years old. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly-Pomona and graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary of Medicine with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1987. Compelled to serve the desert communities which he had grown to love, Dr. Smith returned to start an ambulatory equine practice in 1990. Within two years the practice expanded into a small animal and equine practice in the High Desert. After building a large and successful practice, the time came to move on and he sold it in 2017. In late 2018, he began working at Village Park Animal Hospital and therein has found a very comfortable and compatible environment alongside the caring, knowledgeable and skilled doctors and support staff of this excellent animal hospital.
Time away from the practice finds Dr. Smith flying his airplane, enjoying watersports, Jeeping, hiking and traveling. These activities are shared with his family and close friends. Spending quality time with his family is of the utmost importance.

Motivated by lifelong compassion toward and connection with animals, he feels that his calling in his chosen profession is to be a “voice for the voiceless” and to strive toward effectively communicating the daily needs and struggles of animals to their human companions. He is dedicated to a lifelong commitment to delivering high quality and compassionate veterinary medicine and surgery to his voiceless patients.

Dr. Noon Kampani, DVM

Dr. Kampani's Bio
Dr. Noon Kampani has been practicing veterinary medicine for 14 years. She was practicing in Washington, DC until she moved to the desert to be closer to family in 2022. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, has a graduate degree from Georgetown University, and attended Virginia Tech for Veterinary School. Her professional interests include pain management, geriatric care, dermatology, and internal medicine. Away from the clinic she enjoys hiking, tennis, and traveling. She lives locally with her husband, son, and pets Hobbs, Riley, and Kaya.

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