Homer Veterinary Clinic, P.C. - Our Staff

Homer Veterinary Clinic PC

326 Woodside Avenue
Homer, AK 99603



Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Jennifer Wambach, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jennifer grew up in Homer and joined the Homer Veterinary Clinic team in 2001. She rapidly progressed to achieve her goal becoming a licensed veterinary technician in 2006, via the Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program offered through Cedar Valley College and supported through American Animal Hospital Association.

Jennifer brings dedication to providing professional and individualized care for each patient. Her special interests are optimizing dental health, patient nutrition, laboratory work and critical emergency care. Jennifer has attended special training sessions at national conferences and workshops, including advanced training in digital dental radiography and emergency care.

Outside of the clinic Jennifer finds time to enjoy the antics of her three pugs, Ellie, Jig and Sage along with her Labrador cross Iris.

Cody Czer-Ransom, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Cody joined the Homer Veterinary Clinic in May 2015 after moving here from Northern California. She brings with her a love of all things furry, scaled, webbed, hoofed and feathered. After gaining a great deal of experience in both large and small animal practice, she decided to leave the sunshine state. 

When Cody discovered Homer she felt there was no better place to call home. She brings with her a multitude of skills including practice management, neonatal and trauma/surgery specialty. Cody devotes a special interest to exotics and emergency care.

Cody most recently began work with the non-profit World Vets in Nicaragua in early 2016 and joined Dr. Bando on her Spring 2016 Alaska Rural Veterinary Outreach clinic in Kokhanok.

When not at work, Cody can be found hiking, fat biking and snowboarding and embracing outdoor adventures in Alaska.

Kit Beebee, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kit joined the clinic in the Fall 2014 after moving here from upstate New York where she raised her family. As her children approached high school and later college, Kit went back to school and graduated with a veterinary technician degree in 2013 and became licensed in 2014.

Before moving to Alaska, Kit had gained a lot of experience working with veterinarians in spay/neuter feral cat clinics, animal shelters, private clinics and also volunteered at the Janet Swanson Wildlife Hospital at Cornell University. Kit brings a deep commitment to serving our patients and clients with compassion and expertise in every situation. 

In Homer, Kit enjoys taking her dog for long walks and has a passion for working with stained/fused glass creating some extraordinary windows.


Client Care Personnel

Khristy Chapman, Client Care Coordinator

Khristy grew up in Stonington, Maine and graduated from University of Maine Farmington with an educational degree. Khristy worked at a veterinary hospital in Maine for 15 years caring for pets and their owners prior to moving to Alaska in early 2014. 

Khristy has brought a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the complexities of providing the best veterinary care to every client to her daily work at the clinic. She has helped create many new programs at the clinic and really enjoys been among animals and animal-loving people! Khristy is also instrumental in managing many aspects of the operations of the clinic and training staff new to the field.

Outside of the clinic, Khristy enjoys reading and relaxing, walking on the beach and spending invaluable time with her children.

Leslie Lord-Coffing

Leslie grew up in Homer and after working many years in another medical field decided to dive into the veterinary world in May 2015. Leslie has always had a passion for sharing her life with animals and is very happy to be learning the ropes at the clinic over the past year.

Leslie is a familiar face to many in the community and is very grateful to be able to serve our clients and animal friends through her work at the clinic.

Veterinary Assistants

 Elise Pundt, Veterinary Assistant

Elise joined the clinic in early June 2017 travelling all the way from Pennsylvania where she had most recently worked as a veterinary technician in the surgical area at a specialty clinic.  Elise brings experience and knowledge in the areas of critical care, anesthesia and in-clinic care and is enjoying learning new areas of technician work in Alaska and plans to become a licensed veterinary technician in the next 2 years.

JesseJesse Gibbons, Veterinary Assistant

Jesse was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up with a big family which included an odd array of pets ranging from dogs to an emu! She knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. Since beginning her career in veterinary medicine she has worked for Petsmart, a pet resort and has successfully completed her Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology.

During her schooling she enjoyed her internship at the Banfield Veterinary Clinic where she gained a lot of clinical experience. She moved to Homer in 2011 and joined our team in April 2016 and is a much valued member of our surgical team along with expanding her knowledge and skills in diagnostic imagine and performing laser therapy for many patients.

In 2017 Jesse hopes to move closer to attaining her Veterinary Technician license through the State of AK and is taking on additional studies during the year to achieve her goal. Outside of the clinic, Jesse loves spending time snuggling with her furry friends, watching movies and singing along with her favorite songs while driving in her car!

Beatrice Colman, Veterinary Assistant

Beatrice joined the clinic in 2011 as a kennel assistant and has progressed to become a very important member of our team where she mostly works as a veterinary assistant to surgical patients along with client communication - you may often meet Beatrice as she discharges your pet from his stay at the clinic! Beatrice is currently advancing her skills in veterinary dental care and recently completed her Fear Free Professional Certification.

Alec Cicciarella, Kennel Assistant

Alec was born in Georgia and moved to Alaska in 2006, living as a young boy in Denali National Park where he helped with the National Park Service Kennels working with their sled dog teams. His favorite event was watching "Puppy Ballet" when the dogs would race in circles around their bowls before devouring their meal. This time inspired his adoption of Snippet, now a 10 year old Malamute. Since moving to Homer in 2007, Alec has enjoyed the companionship of many dogs and cats and attributes his warm heart and caring personality to earlier medical issues where he learned the importance of caring health providers.

Alec now has 3 guinea pigs, 4 cats, 2 dogs, 8 Barred Rock chickens and 3 horses in his family! One of his closest friends is his cat Patches who he rescued from under a dumpster out East End Road and has ever since forged a bond of mutual trust and companionship.Alec completed a distance Veterinary Assistant course in Summer 2017 and is inspiring us with his dedication to learning while expanding his skills at the clinic every day! 

Christie Hill, Veterinary Assistant

Christie grew up in Homer, having a passion for animals, music, softball and track. In fourth grade she volunteered at Homer Veterinary Clinic as a dog walker, kennel cleaner and stamp licker!
Following graduation from high school, she decided to come back and work here again. She worked at the clinic for a year or so before moving onto other avenues. The next 18 years raising her family kept her very busy including been a hockey mom! Christie is also a very avid supporter of the American Cancer Society and has been the top fundraiser for the Annual Polar Bear Plunge held in Seward. Christie has jumped for almost 20 years!
Christie decided to jump back in here to work in the veterinary field in 2017. While her lifelong dream of being a veterinarian has changed a little bit, Christie will be starting school in the fall to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. 

Melissa Duda, Veterinary Assistant/Client Care Services

Melissa is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where she worked as a hairstylist for many years before turning her lifelong passion for animals into a career. In 2013 she started working with animals at a spay and neuter clinic in Northern California before relocating to Homer in the summer of 2017. She has done volunteer work with animal shelters and rescues.

Peaches, Melissa’s 11-year-old bully mix, loves getting out on the trails, kicking up sand along Kachemak Bay, and of course meeting new people and doggies -- just like her owner! When not out exploring, you’re likely to find the pair cruising around town or curled up on their couch watching the snow come down. Melissa is excited to call Alaska home and work with such an experienced clinic.