Our Staff

Dr. Stiles

Jean Stiles DVM, MS, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology

Dr Stiles is a professor of Ophthalmology and section chief. She received her DVM and MS degrees from the University of California-Davis. She completed a small animal internship and residency in ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota and was board certified in 1992. Dr Stiles sees cases at the Purdue clinic and she has a particular interest in cats.

Dr. Wendy Townsend

Wendy Townsend DVM, MS, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology

Dr. Townsend is an associate professor of Ophthalmology. She has a special interest in equine ophthalmology. With her arrival, the ophthalmology service at Purdue will begin offering cataract surgery for horses.  Dr. Townsend will be continuing her research on pigmentary uveitis, an ocular condition unique to Golden Retrievers. She also has a strong interest in systemic disease and their effects on the eye. Dr. Townsend received her DVM from the Auburn University in 1995.  Dr. Townsend came to Purdue in 1998 as a small animal intern. She remained at Purdue for her ophthalmology residency and a Master’s Degree.  Both were completed in 2003. In the same year, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Dr. Townsend was on faculty at Michigan State University from 2003-2010.  While at Michigan State University, Dr. Townsend was instrumental in the development of an intraocular lens for horses undergoing cataract surgery. In her spare time, Dr. Townsend, her husband, and two children enjoy gardening, horseback riding, renovating their house, and playing with their 2 dogs and 3 cats.

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Benjamin Bergstrom DVM, Resident, Veterinary Ophthalmology

Dr. Bergstrom is originally from Illinois and received his undergraduate degree and DVM from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia before arriving in West Lafayette. While at the U of I, he developed a particular interest in horses but loves the species variability that comes with comparative ophthalmology. In his free time, he enjoys running, fishing and spending time with his friends and family.

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Beth Kimmitt DVM, Resident, Veterinary Ophthalmology

Dr. Kimmitt is originally from Maryland and received her DVM from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal internship at Purdue University. In her spare time, Dr. Kimmitt enjoys hiking with her dog, baking, and watching movies.

Pam Kirby

Pam Kirby RVT

Pam graduated from Purdue with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology in 1997. She started working at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1998. She joined the ophthalmology section in 2001. Pam is a board member of the Veterinary Ophthalmic Technician Society. She and her husband, Andy, have a son, Chase, and a daughter, Alyssa. They share their home with three horses, one pony, three dogs, three cats, and a bearded dragon. Pam enjoys horseback riding and camping with family and friends.

Cassie Douglas

Cassie Douglass RVT

Cassie is a local Indiana girl who received her B.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. She then obtained her associate degree in Veterinary Technology in 2008 from International Business College. She worked at a local private practice for several years and then had the opportunity to join the ophthalmology team at Purdue University. Her furry kids at home include two dogs: Kasey, a lab mix and Dixie, an English springer spaniel. Cassie looks forward to meeting you and caring for your furry family members. In her free time, she loves curling up with a good book and spending time with her family and friends.

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