Our Staff

Dr. Bethany Holman

Dr. Bethany Holman BVSc

Veterinarian

Bethany grew up in Salem, OR before attending Oregon State University for her undergraduate degree. Originally planning to become a human doc she decided at the last minute (after successfully suffering through the MCAT prep & test) that her real passion was in animal health. She then moved to beautiful New Zealand with her husband to attend veterinary school at Massey University in Palmerston North. Since moving back she has worked at a low-cost veterinary clinic in Southern Oregon until recently moving to Prineville to start up the Crooked Tails clinic.

In her spare time Bethany loves to get outside hiking, mountain biking, climbing, or anything else in the mountains. She has one cat and one dog – a 90lb lab mix named Makalu (Makalu is a mountain in Nepal which means ‘Big Black’).

Dr. Linx Alexanderson, DVM, CVA

Dr. Linx Alexanderson, DVM, CVA

Veterinarian

Born and raised in Oregon, Dr. Linx received her Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University and then spent 2 years in Bend, Oregon working as a Veterinary Assistant for her aunt, who was also a vet. She then moved back to the Valley to get her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oregon State University. After graduating she worked primarily as an equine vet and then was hired as Lead Veterinarian of the Bend Spay and Neuter Project, and as a Shelter Veterinarian for the Humane Society of Central Oregon. She is currently the Medical Director of the Oregon Outback Humane Society, and The Pixie Project in Portland with whom she performs bi-weekly sterilization clinics, and works with animals belonging to homeless and low-income families. Dr. Linx also has done quite a bit of traveling as a veterinarian, performing high-volume sterilization clinics domestically and abroad. She has participated in campaigns in the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Cabo Verde Africa, Siapan, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu. Since receiving her Doctorate 6 years ago, she has performed an estimated 10,000 sterilization surgeries of dogs, cats, and rabbits. Dr. Linx is also a Zeuterin Certified licensed veterinarian and trainer, and in 2015 became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She is licensed in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. Her professional interests include pain management, soft tissue surgery, Eastern Medicine, and dentistry of both horses and companion animals. In her free time she likes to hike with her Rottweiler, kayak, SUP, snowmobile, and SCUBA dive.

Jill Smart Ward

Jill Smart Ward

Certified Veterinary Technician

Jill joined the crew here at Crooked Tails in August 2016. Jill decided after 24 years of being a hair stylist to put her love for animals to use and became a certified veterinary tech. She graduated from the Veterinary Tech program through Central Oregon Community College. She is a wonderful addition to our team here at Crooked Tails.

Jill and her husband have lived in Central Oregon for 10 years. They two Newfoundlands Piper and Bella. They just rescued a 7 year old Bernewfie name Texas. She has two grown daughters. She loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking. She has hiked and explored many areas of Central Oregon. She has future plans on hiking as many mountains as she can. She and her husband also like to travel abroad when they can. She is an amazing and creative crocheter.

Tracy Sparks

Tracy Lancaster

Office Manager

After living in the Willamette valley and Washington State, Tracy moved back to Central Oregon seven years ago where she lived as a teenager. She comes to Crooked Tails with over 20 years experience in the animal field. She worked in law enforcement for 15 years as an animal control officer in the valley before moving back to Central Oregon where she worked at an animal shelter for four years. She has always had a love for animals. She grew up with horses, dogs, cats, cows and other farm animals.

She lives in Prineville with her husband on their small farm with a variety of animals including bees. She has two children, one in the Army and the other in college. She enjoys spending time outdoors and has traveled to Italy, Greece and St. Lucia. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horses, baking (which her co-workers enjoy) and a variety of crafts.