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Veterinary Staff

Meet The Staff of Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital

 

Client Care Coordinators

Susan

SusanI grew up in Northern California but have been eager to relocate to Portland for a while. After visiting a few times, I fell in love with the area and moved here with my dog in September 2014. My chihuahua/corgi mix Rizzo is named after the character in one of my favorite movies, Grease. She is a big fan of treats, squeaky toys, squirrels and the ocean. Right now, we live in a North Portland skinny house with my roommate and her 2 chihuahuas, which makes for a lively household!

I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology. In my spare time, I like to paint and am really enjoying exploring my new town. I especially love checking out Portland’s art galleries, live music, breweries, and numerous vegetarian restaurants.

My previous veterinary experience was at a specialty/emergency clinic in California, where I spent 5 years. I’ve always loved animals, and am so happy to be able to spend my days in their company.

I feel very lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest, and to have found a place at Northwest Neighborhood Vet!

Alison

Alison

I lived in Northern Virginia my whole life and moved to Portland in early 2016 with my husband. We wanted to move to Portland after visiting family and falling in love with the area.

I have been working with animals for over 10 years and I am very compassionate and love what I do! I joined the team at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital in March 2016. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, going for walks and exploring Portland. I do not currently have any pets, but I am looking forward to adopting one (or two) once my husband and I get settled.

Megan

Megan

I have been in the Portland area since Summer of 2015 and absolutely love it here. I grew up with pets (mainly cats) my whole life and one of my first jobs out of high school was at a specialty pet food and supply store, which sparked my interest in working with animals. There was something about coming to work every day and knowing I would get to interact with animals of all kinds that really made me excited. Fast forward several years later I adopted my first pet on my own – Harley, a gorgeous tortoiseshell kitty. The wholehearted and unconditional love I immediately had for her really lit the fire under me to pursue that passion I had come to develop several years ago. I’m currently enrolled at Portland Community College, completing pre-requisites with the ultimate goal of entering the Veterinary Technician program there.

In my free time you can find me out on a hiking trail, trying new restaurants in this awesome city, and spending time with my two girls Harley and Bentley (of course I had to get Harley a friend!). And of course I love animals of all kinds but I really hold a special place in my heart for cats- as my fellow “cat people” know, they are truly extraordinary and peculiar animals.

Nikki

I grew up in the Northern Bay Area, then spent a couple of years in Boston before moving back west and finally settling in Portland. My love for animals came from my childhood. I have five siblings, and growing up we had many different types of pets, including dogs, cats, rats, mice, rabbits, and snakes, although I definitely call myself a dog person. My family and I have also helped raise four puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

I started college at Boston University, then transferred to Portland State where I graduated with a B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice. I am very excited to be a part of the NWNVH team and love that I am able to work amongst so many great animals every day. I am currently looking for my own dog to bring home from one of Portland’s many shelters or rescue groups now that I am settled into a new home. When I’m not working I enjoy hiking, thrift shopping, walking to a local coffee shop, or binge watching a new TV series.

Sam

Growing up in Bend, Oregon, I’ve been extremely fortunate to experience a diverse state with diverse ecology. Surrounded by an abundance of bugs and animals sparked my curiosity as a child and had me chasing and exploring any creatures I could find on my family’s property. I’ve had dogs, cats, ducks, chicken, rabbits, rats, frogs, lizards, and fish; all considered to be some of my best friends. Their friendships have taught me empathy, compassion, responsibility, love, and loss. Working with animals has always been a dream of mine and I’m so honored to have this experience working at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital. When I’m not working or cuddling my two sweet cats, I love being outside. Whether it be gardening barefoot or hiking dense trails, my favorite way to spend my days off is enjoying the great outdoors!

Angela

I grew up on the East Coast but I lived in Houston, Seattle, and Chicago before settling back in New York City for almost 10 years. When I adopted my Indian Street Dog, idli, I knew I had to relocate to a city with space for her to stretch her long sighthound legs! I moved to Portland in 2014 with idli, my Brooklyn bodega cat Ali, Minou the Montreal alley cat, and Pablo the 3 legged feral wonder kitty from Long Island. Sadly, Ali began feeling under the weather and after taking him to 4 different vet clinics, I brought him to see Dr. Maun at Northwest Neighborhood. She quickly diagnosed him with a rare(ish) fungal disease and he’s been in her and Dr. McCormack’s care ever since. He is currently in remission and doing great! I had previously worked in the animal care industry so when I decided to pursue a career in the Veterinary field, Northwest Neighborhood was my first choice. I am so thrilled to be working in such an amazing hospital! I look forward to learning more every day and one day step into a Doctor’s Assistant role. When I’m not at work I can be found driving miss idli to adventures in the gorge, Mount Hood and the coast.

Breanna

My interest in animals began at a very young age. In my youth, I was captivated by my aunt, who is a licensed D.V.M. in the state of Arizona where I grew up. She was kind enough to allow me, as a child, to occasionally be her shadow at her clinic. I would help with the kennels and observe her client/patient interaction and procedures. Fast forward about 6 years, my mother and I aided the Phoenix metropolitan area by dedicating several years to participating in a program provided by the county called Nip and Tuck. The aim of the program was to cut down on the stray and feral cat population and reproduction by humanely catching feral cats for spays/ neuters. During this time, we would also foster kitten litters that were able to be domesticated and re-homed.
As I aged, I never lost my sense of compassion or patience for animals and 10 years ago, I began working at a daycare and boarding facility for dogs, cats, and small animals. I also took a short course provided by the Arizona Humane Society learning basics of emergency animal medical technology.

While working at this company, my heart, and my family grew! I ended up adopting three dogs – all of which I met through the daycare/ boarding facility. These boys are an integral part of my life and when I’m not at work, I can usually be found taking naps and cuddling with my dog family, or we’re getting some exercise in one of the area’s lovely, wooded parks.

Doctors Assistants

Jen

Jen

I was born and raised in Alabama and I moved to Portland in 1998. I earned a B.A. in Biology in 2006 from Portland State University. My love and compassion for animals began when I was a young child. It was then that I realized how special the human/animal bond is. My career in veterinary medicine began in 2001 and I feel very fortunate to work in this field. I joined the team at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital in 2012. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my dog, gardening, camping, kayaking and taking photos with my dog Traveler.

Katie

Katie

I have been lucky enough to work at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital since 2010. Although I wear many hats here my primary role is as a Doctor’s Assistant to the wonderful Dr. Becky Prull. I am proud to be a born and raised Oregonian and I studied Animal Sciences at Oregon State University (GO BEAVS!) I have been passionate about animals since I was a little girl; it was clear at an early age that acting as an advocate for the animals was the path I was supposed to take. While I love all animals I am a huge sucker for scent hounds, especially Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds, and Dachshunds!

My husband and I live in our hometown in wine country with our three dogs (Emma the 13-year-old Dachshund, Pretzel the 11-year-old Papillon mix, and Raleigh the 9-year-old Bloodhound mix) and one wild and crazy cat named Jelly Bean. When I am not at work you can usually find me relaxing with my husband and critters, wine tasting, hiking/camping, or working around our house.

Mary

Mary

Where to begin, I have been a team member at NWNVH for over 10 years and involved in the Veterinary profession for 30 plus years…time flies! My past experiences also included the development and successful application of a unique approach to a no-kill Veterinary based shelter in Seattle, WA.

I still love my work as nearly every day provides the opportunity to help animals and their humans. Through education, compassion, and understanding I am allowed to make a difference in the lives of individuals of many species. I consider it an honor and am continuously humbled by the situations I am a part of through the hospital. This involves everything from new puppies and kittens and all life stages, but I have a special place in my heart for the end of life process. I feel any support I can offer at this time taps into nothing short of pure love.

I also use my background in teaching to go into schools or have groups and individuals come to me for education regarding the world of animals and behind the scene experiences at a Veterinary hospital. I absolutely love working with kids, and helping to instill and further their love and respect for animals means the so much to me.

Outside of the hospital, I can be found searching for that perfect stretch of blacktop in the middle of nowhere on my road bike, doing yoga, working in my yard and as a court-appointed advocate for kids in the foster system through CASA. I live surrounded by a lot of unconditional love from my near perfect family of Wanda Mae, the sweetest dog in the world, 2 indoor cats, James and Joe, 2 once feral outdoor cats, Squeak and Timmy…yes I have built outdoor habitats for them, and last and far from least, my rescue turtle, Walter, who has taught me so much about his world. Yep, I’ve got it pretty good!

Roberta

Roberta

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but have also lived in Ohio, Vermont, West Virginia, Illinois, and Colorado. I finally missed my rainy lush city too much and moved back to Portland in 2002. After feeling unfulfilled in the food service industry, I started as a kennel aide in 2004. Every day since then has been unique. I see myself as an advocate for the animals and particularly enjoy working with grumpy cats and anxious dogs. I have a BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. In my spare time, I attend the theatre and ballet and enjoy making mixed-media sculptures, crocheting, and knitting.

Veterinary Assistants

Allie

Allie

I’m originally from the Bronx in New York and I attended the University of Rhode Island where I achieved a B.S. in Animal Science (Pre-veterinary Studies). I graduated in May 2017 and I immediately moved out to the West Coast after getting an internship at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center in Crescent City, CA. Throughout college, I did a lot of wildlife rehabilitation volunteer work, particularly with Marine Mammals, as well as, a bit of research and field work and that was where my passion for animal medicine and endangered species conservation came about. After my internship in Crescent City, I got a job as an Animal Care Technician at a veterinary office where I worked for a few months before moving to Portland.

I moved to Portland in January 2018 to be in a bigger city that had more opportunities to offer. I hope to attend OSU in the future to pursue a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology or Conservation Biology, but I was lucky enough to have found Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital to work in the meantime.

I live in a little studio apartment in Tualatin right now, and unfortunately I have no furry friends to keep me company at the moment, but hopefully sometime soon in the future! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, swimming, gardening, and traveling.

Clarissa

ClarissaI grew up in southern Oregon and have always dreamt about living in a city. I am delighted to call Portland my home for the past few years and to be a part of caring for the wonderful people and pets in our community. My love for animals was present at a very young age. I spent hours as a child talking about my cat, all day every day, as my mom would agree. She could show you pictures of me with a toy stethoscope and a stuffed animal if you ask. My background was in an emergency veterinary practice mainly working nights. With there being so many activities to do in the city, the night owl life no longer worked for me or my fur babies and I am grateful to have the chance to establish trust with all the pets and clients that working in a general practice is able to provide. I plan on getting my technician certification through the Penn Foster Program and can not wait to be apart of NW Neighborhood’s amazing Certified Veterinary Technician team!

Certified Veterinary Technicians

Holly, CVT

Holly, CVT

I was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. I worked as a certified veterinary assistant in the Bellingham area until my travels took me to a small animal hospital in Lexington, KY. Around this time, I realized there was so much more to learn about veterinary medicine, so I moved back to the west coast to attend the Veterinary Technician Program at Portland Community College. I graduated from the program in 2003 as president of my class. I have worked at several hospitals in the Portland area but my heart lies with Northwest Neighborhood where I have worked since 2007 as the lead surgical technician.

I enjoy music and travel and I am the proud mother of two very special canine critters, Gracie and Cassie AKA The Muppet.

David, CVT

David, CVT

As a certified veterinary technician, I’ve been fortunate to work and live in such an animal-friendly community, Portland. I’ve worked for Dr. Shuler since he took over the hospital in 2008. I’m excited to see alternative animal medicine being adopted by our hospital and how it has helped my dog, Daisy Mae, aka, The Dinosaur. I adopted Daisy Mae, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, four years ago at the Humane Society.

We enjoy swimming together on our fishing and backpacking trips. She is a comedic staple at our hospital; if you don’t watch out she’ll steal your breakfast.

Stacie, CVT

Stacie, CVT

I have been working as a part-time Certified Veterinary Technician at Northwest Neighborhood since 2009 and I also work full-time with a mobile Veterinary surgeon. I graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Portland Community College in 1996.

Outside of work, I enjoy being on the golf course, cooking, dabbling in photography, and playing with my dogs. I share my house with a Rottweiler, a Lhasa Apso, 3 cats, and a husband. Beezie and Chino (the dogs) are so kind as to let us share the bed with them. It’s a good thing my husband, Patrick, likes animals as much as me!

Kathy, CVT

Kathy, CVT

I am originally from the east coast but I am loving every second I spend in Portland. After nurturing my eternal love of furry creatures for many years, I am currently in the process of getting my Veterinary Technician Certification from Portland Community College.

When I am not taking care of your bundles of joy, I enjoy snoozing on the floor with my elderly German Shepherd Mix, Toby, avoiding bites from my young kitty, Cleveland, and catering to hungry mews from my middle-aged overweight cat, Lily.

Tara, CVT

Tara, CVT

I grew up in central Missouri and after obtaining a degree in Anthropology, I decided I wanted to work in the veterinary field. That desire led me to Portland in 2003 where I graduated from PCC’s Veterinary Technology Program. I love providing the best clinical care to our patients while making them as comfortable as possible.

My husband Jon and I share our SW home with our children, Jack and Sadie, along with our crazy critters,2 dogs, Oz and PJ, and 4 cats, Sampson, Darwin, Newt, and Fig. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, reading, playing games, traveling and continuing to explore the NW with my family and friends.

Stacie, CVT

Stacie, CVT

I’m a Pacific Northwest native, originally from Vancouver, WA with family roots in Alaska. I grew up loving all animals and always knew I would end up working with them. I attended the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and spent the past 10 years working as a licensed technician from Washington to Alaska and then back to Oregon. Most of my time as a technician has been spent in general practice, but I also have a background in ER/ICU as well as time spent in advanced surgery, neurology, nursing wildlife, and shelter medicine.

When I’m not working I like to spend time with my shepherd-heeler mix “Dusty”. I also enjoy camping, gardening, rock-hounding, crafting, and don’t forget hula-hooping! I recently moved to St. John’s and am proud to have joined the amazing team here at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital.

Ash, CVT

Ash, CVT

I was born and raised in Michigan and started visiting the west coast about 2 years ago. My partner and I have always had a shared dream of living in Oregon. We recently sold nearly all that we own and headed west to start over. We are thrilled to be part of such a diverse and progressive community as is Portland! My background is in emergency medicine primarily, but I am excited to now be a part of the premier veterinary team at Northwest Neighborhood Vet! Aside from catering to our companion animals, I am also quite passionate about anesthesia and hematology. When I am not at work, I can be found somewhere outside, hiking, snowboarding, or stargazing. I am also in the middle of several artistic projects at all times. My partner and I share our home with one very large dog, Toledo (aka “Holy Toledo”), and two slightly smaller dogs, Dixie and Reese.

Kalia, CVT

Kalia, CVT

I was born and raised here in Oregon. I have lived in Eugene, Bend, and now Portland for the last 5 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 2010 and my Associate’s from Portland Community College in 2015 for Veterinary Technology. Animals have always been a big part of life as I grew up riding horses and competing in 3-Day Eventing. I love being able to help animals every day and feel very lucky to have found such an amazing veterinary hospital to work for.

Outside of work I enjoy spending as much time as I can in the great outdoors. I enjoy camping, rafting, and hiking with my dog Olive. I also enjoy exploring this amazing city and everything it has to offer.

Molly, CVT

Molly, CVT

I was born in New Hampshire, where my love for animals began with a goofy golden retriever named Britt, and a wise old orange tabby named Stanley. It was not long before I realized my love for animals had turned into a desire to care for them. After graduating from the Veterinary Technology Program at Central New Mexico Community College I headed to San Francisco where I worked as an RVT for 4 years at a small animal hospital in the Mission District, which was a great place to develop and sharpen my technical skills with a supportive team. However, the Pacific Northwest had been calling for some time and the decision to move to Portland with my husband and our Jack Russell terrier, Jax, was an easy one. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies and go on beautiful hiking adventures with my pup. I am very excited to be a part of Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital and look forward to expanding my knowledge with this great team.

Tina, CVT

Tina

I was born and raised in Upstate New York. While I loved where I’m from, my boyfriend and I dreamed of the Pacific Northwest. When we found the chance to move we jumped at it! I’ve always had a love for animals and knew one day I would work with them. It brings me such happiness that I can make a difference in the life of even one animal, let alone the many I get to help. Nursing care is my favorite part of my job: making sure every cat and dog is as well cared for as can be.

When I’m not caring for animals I spend much of my time knitting, painting or being creative in some way. During the warmer months, I spend my time exploring this beautiful state.

Stephanie, CVT

Stephanie

I grew up in Washington state and spent the last eight years in Oklahoma, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma before falling in love with the veterinary field. I began working at a small animal practice in 2015 and graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma City campus in 2018. I am excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest so I can be close to my family. I began working at Northwest Neighborhood in July 2019 and am absolutely loving it! When I’m not at work, I enjoy hanging out with my hound mix, Clover, and my cat, Billy, as well as exploring the shops, parks, and hiking trails around northwest Portland.

Practice Manager

Jan

Jan
I grew up in the Portland area and began my career in veterinary medicine as a Client Care Coordinator at a hospital in Beaverton. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Portland State University in 2003. After completing my studies, I left veterinary medicine to pursue a career in accounting. I soon discovered that I really missed the daily interaction with the animals, their owners and the great people that work in this industry. When the opportunity came along in 2008 to help Dr. Shuler and Dr. Fleming manage Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital I could not pass it up.

I currently share my home with my husband and my 2 Labrador Retrievers Jamie and Luke. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time at the beach, riding dirt bikes and quads and running with my dogs.