Grass Valley Veterinary Hospital Doctors

Dr. Mace Dekker

Medical Director – Veterinarian

Dr. Mace Dekker received his M.S. in biology (entomology) from Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. As his father worked for international giant Philips Electronics, he was raised in many countries and cultures before moving to the United States in 1993. Dr. Dekker received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University before moving to California, where he worked for nearly ten years in the Bay Area doing veterinary emergency medicine. Dr. Dekker specializes in emergency medicine, pain management, diagnostics, surgery, and an approach to the whole patient rather than a symptom-based, reductive model of medicine. Additionally, he has been certified to practice acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, an approach that harnesses the animal’s own immune system to manage pain and speed healing.

In his free time, Dr. Dekker enjoys skiing, diving, hiking and bicycling. He and his wife Donna have been married for 20 years and have a son and a daughter.

Dr. Kristy Cortright

Dr. Kristy Cortright received her DVM in Veterinary Medicine and PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California at Davis where she lived most of her adult life. She practiced medicine in the East Bay area of Northern California for a number of years before making the move to the mountains that she calls home. She enjoys getting to know her patients and clients and all aspects of general practice, with an emphasis on education, preventive care, dermatology, dentistry and small animal surgery. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her partner, cycling, cross-country skiing and biathlon, as well as hanging out with her dogs Meesha and Manny and her cat Punkin.