Meet the Caldera Family Medicine Founders
Our founding team is comprised of passionate and dedicated individuals who believe in our mission to provide comprehensive, compassionate care to Central Oregonian individuals and families. We’re proud of the strong foundation upon which we’ve built Caldera Family Medicine.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Brianne Kanehl graduated with her Master’s degree in Nursing from Samford University and is board certified in Oregon with over seven years of medical experience caring for patients across the lifespan. She especially enjoys working in women’s health, pediatrics, and mental health. Outside of the office, Brianne stays active. She is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys biking, skiing, camping, and hiking with her and two dogs. As one of her most significant accomplishments, she summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with the nonprofit organization CARE Canada.
Kate Meyer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Oregon State University and her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts. She has lived in Bend since 2012 and is ecstatic to practice medicine here and serve the community she loves. Kate sees patients of all ages. Her approach involves listening and meeting everyone with compassion and kindness. Outside of work, Kate loves practicing yoga, cooking healthy meals, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Kendra Owens graduated from Concordia University in Milwaukee, WI, with her Master’s of Nursing in 2013. She worked in Wisconsin as an Oncology/Hematology Nurse Practitioner for two years before making the long journey to live in Bend, OR. Kendra is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Oregon and joined the CFM team in 2014. Compassionate and dedicated, she is motivated by helping patients during their most difficult days and forming long-term relationships with them. With her husband, young children, and two energetic dogs, Kendra loves exploring the outdoors, from paddle boarding to snowboarding. She is passionate about travel and has been fortunate to have spent time in Europe and Mexico and volunteered with Hope without Boarders in Tanzania, Africa.
Kirsten Heron earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College in Massachusetts. After this, she pursued a medical career and graduated from Pacific University with her Physician Assistant degree in 2003. As an industry veteran, Kirsten loves caring for and seeing her patients grow—often seeing them throughout life’s biggest transitions. She’s an integral part of our clinic and Bend’s healthcare community. As an Oregon native (from Portland and Bend), Kirsten is an avid skier and alpine coach and enjoys the area's many outdoor activities with her husband and two children—from white water rafting to mountain biking.
As Caldera Family Medicine’s CEO, Misty Boughton is an integral part of what keeps operations running smoothly at our family practice. Innovative and collaborative, Misty has over 15 years of experience in the field, including her work as a medical assistant, dental assistant, coding specialist, and insurance biller. Her diverse experience gives her a unique perspective in her leadership role at CFM, where she applies her critical thinking and creativity to create long-term strategies. Motivated by leading a collaborative team, Misty enjoys piloting new ideas and learning from the smartest people in the room. When not at work, you can find her taking advantage of Bend's outdoor activities with her two teenagers.