Katie, Lead CVT
I was born and raised in the PNW and love crafting, the outdoors (especially in spring/ summer), and of course animals. I enjoy spending time with my husband, four-year-old daughter, and our pets. We have two labradors, one little terrier, and two cats. There’s never a dull moment in our household, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I was involved in Wildlife Rehabilitation and a foster based dog rescue, while completing my B.S. in Animal Science at The University of Arizona. My decision to make a career out of helping animals was solidified. I started working as a Veterinary Assistant in Emergency Medicine in 2010 and I was hooked. I obtained my Veterinary Technician Certification in 2015. I’ve found a wonderful home as a Lead Technician at Fern Hill Veterinary Care. I’m so grateful for all of our wonderful team members, clients, and their amazing pets!
After graduating with a doctorate in mathematics education you would have expected to find me teaching mathematics at a local community college. However, I had the urge to explore veterinary medicine and “accidentally” graduated with a degree in veterinary technology and became a Certified Veterinary Technician early 2022. When I realized that veterinary medicine is what I was truly meant to do with my life, naturally, I started my application to vet school. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities this new adventure will bring to build on my passion for client education, anesthesia, clinical pathology, nutrition, and patient care.
My heart is full when I am able to care for and advocate for pets and you can always expect me to treat your pet as if they were one of my very own. I love working at Fern Hill because each day I get to care for pets and work with amazing doctors, technicians, clients, and the rest of our amazing team. When I am not gushing over your pet in the clinic, you can find me spending time with my husband and our menagerie of pets including four backyard goats, four cats, a rescue dog, a cockatoo, and an adorable rabbit. I also enjoy cycling, anything 80s, video games, and Formula1 car racing.
I have had a passion for animals all my life, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I spent my childhood fascinated with all the animals at the zoo and those I found on camping trips with my family. I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S in Zoology and spent the next several years as a zookeeper. My favorite animals were the chimpanzees, red pandas, and alpacas. I moved to Oregon in 2017 and have worked in the veterinary field since then. I became a certified veterinary technician in 2022. Prior to working at Fern Hill, I worked at ER hospitals, and I enjoy utilizing those skills when challenging cases come in. Since moving to general practice, I have loved watching my patients grow and building a bond with them. I want to make sure each of my patients has the best experience possible, and like figuring out what works best for them.
When I am not working, I like to spend time outdoors, either hiking with my dogs or working in my garden. It’s fun to eat “farm” to table or to just enjoy all the life growing around me. I also enjoy crafting, cross-stitching, and puzzles. My companions for all things are my two labs, Kira and Shadow, and my husband, Sean.
I am a born and raised Portland native who has had a passion for animals for as long as I can remember. In high school, I volunteered as a Zooteen during my summers to help educate the public about various animals and their habitats.
In 2005 I started working at my first general practice where I gained 4+ years of experience and enough hours to sit for the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam). After passing the national exam, I was officially certified in 2009.
I transitioned into working at the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland where I spent the next 12 years working alongside talented board certified surgeons, assisting in various orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries, as well as arthroscopy. There, I gained immense experience in monitoring both critical and stable anesthesia and post operative care of various procedures.
As exciting as specialty surgery is, my passion for dental procedures went unfulfilled, so I transitioned back to general practice in 2020. I worked closely with a few amazing doctors where I was able to improve my skills and become proficient in dentistry. After 15+ years of working over an hour away, I decided it was time to find a job a little closer to home. I am extremely excited to be a part of such an incredibly talented and educated team that is led by 3 amazing, smart, and compassionate Veterinarians. Not only did I find a job closer to home, but I feel at home being a part of this work family.
In my free time, when I’m not collecting an abundance of crystals, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and two kids. I have 2 cattle dogs, Koji and Purkinje, who enjoy running as much as they can when we get them out to Thousand Acres. I also have 4 cats, Halle, Aslan, Maize and Jack who enjoy playing parkour in the living room of our home. In the summertime, you can find us hiking, camping, kayaking, at the beach or just enjoying time outdoors and usually near a body of water
Cheryl, Veterinary Technician
I have been in the veterinary field since the summer of 2000, a summer job after my first year of college. I started out working in fast paced Emergency Medicine Urgent Care where I learned a lot about medicine and animal behavior. My love for this fast pace continued as I left the emergency only practice and joined a Specialty Hospital where I worked as an ER Tech Assistant and ICU Assistant. It was at this hospital that I was introduced to Internal Medicine. To say I found my calling was an understatement. I loved all things medicine, and especially loved the ultrasound and radiograph (xray) interpretation. After over a decade of ER, ICU and Internal Medicine, I took a break to return to school, but ultimately returned to the field. Today I enjoy the slower pace, but haven’t lost the love for ultrasound.
I moved to Portland in the summer of 2014, and I enjoy spending time with my beautiful daughter (6yo) and our 11 ½ year old Pittie named Dahlia. We enjoy spending time outside, kayaking in the summer, going to indoor pools in the winter, going to the zoo to learn about all things animal, and just being together. In my alone time I enjoy art, charcoal and pencils, going to the movies, and working in the yard/garden.
Emily, Client Care Specialist
Growing up in Oregon has instilled a love for the great outdoors and our beautiful Pacific Northwest. I have had some opportunities to travel and live across the country, but I always come back being thankful for this incredible area I get to call home.
I have had the pleasure of working with many different animal species in my career. Many years were spent working as a commercial beekeeper’s assistant. I then spent 8 years as a Marine Mammalogist working with beluga whales, sea otters, sea lions, seals, along with penguins and a variety of seabirds. Having left the zoological field, I needed to fill a critter void and still have some animal care in my life, so I came to join the wonderful team at Fern Hill Veterinary Care where I help provide top-notch care for our clients and their wonderful pets.
In my free time, I enjoy making and selling beeswax candles. Camping and spending time exploring natural wonders with family and friends are amongst my favorite ways to spend time. The list of places to visit is endless!
Courtney, Client Care Specialist
Originally from Northern California, I moved to Oregon in July of 2022, with my sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece.
I studied to be a Medical Assistant and worked in pediatrics for 7 years. Looking for a new adventure in my beautiful new city, I saw an ad for Fern Hill Veterinary Care and felt right away this was meant to be. I am excited to have this opportunity to learn about the veterinary medicine world from some of the best and most amazing doctors and staff. Being a huge animal lover, I am honored to care for your fur babies.
Since moving to the gorgeous state of Oregon, I love going for hikes, when the weather allows, of course (they weren’t kidding when they told this California girl it rains A LOT in Oregon) or going for walks around my neighborhood. I also love doing all kinds of different crafts from making keychains and badge reels out of resin to painting custom wood signs. And I love hanging out with two of my favorite people, my nephew and niece.
Jen, Client Care Specialist
I am a Portland native and have had a love of animals all my life. My first best friends were my cat Silverstreak, my grandparents pug Anastasia and my dachshund Willy. Growing up we had cats, dogs, gerbils, fish and even a snake at one time. My love of animals led me into the veterinary field. In 1999 I started work in a dual general and speciality practice. I love the human-animal bond; helping pets and their families is a real passion of mine. I want every client and pet to have the best possible experience. I strive to fulfill that passion everyday!
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, photography and baking. I love to collect Eiffel towers and anything with a dachshund on it. I love the beach, exploring Oregon and traveling. My family includes my husband and two sons. Dachshund/Yorkie mix Loki, chihuahua mix Sophie, Siamese cat Louis and a tank of fish.
Hannah, Lead Veterinary Assistant
I have known from the time I was a very small child that I wanted to spend my life taking care of animals. I have a strong passion for both wildlife and domestic animal care. I have worked consistently in small mammal veterinary medicine since 2016, before that I primarily worked at zoos caring for a wide variety of species, from dwarf mongoose to elephants.
Since I became focused on a career in small animal veterinary medicine, I have found new ways of getting involved in wildlife care and conservation including taking opportunities to volunteer with wildlife conservation organizations overseas. I got the opportunity in 2018 to spend 6 weeks volunteering with the Sabah Wildlife Rescue Unit in Malaysia, Borneo. I also spent the first 6 months of 2022 working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Somaliland, Africa, rescuing and rehabilitating cheetah cubs confiscated from the illegal pet trade.
What I love most about veterinary medicine is the constant opportunity for growth. There is always more to learn. Whether you are in the field for 6 months or 20 years, you can always learn something new. I love interacting with animals and their people, and teaching pet parents new ways to care for their pets at home is one of the most rewarding parts of my career.
I have an equal love for wildlife and domestic pets and feel quite lucky to have found a balance where I can contribute to both wildlife conservation and the lives of our domestic pet family members.
I am a Californian from the East Bay Area of San Francisco and have been working in veterinary medicine since 2012. During this time, I graduated from Holy Names University in Oakland, Ca. with a BA in International Relations, and lived in Gottingen, Germany for two years while completing my MA degree in Intercultural Theology in 2017. Being Native Hawaiian, I have danced competitive Hula for 8 years with the Academy of Hawaiian Arts. I moved to Oregon in the summer of 2022 with my husband, cat, and dog while joining the Fern Hill family in July 2022. I enjoy family BBQs, fried food, sun tanning, and watching the Golden State Warriors win championships. Go Dubs!
Ryan, Veterinary Assistant
Ryan originally hails from England, where he imprinted on the stories of James Herriot at a young age and never recovered. He detoured briefly into a counselling degree (and is now qualified to say “Hmm”), and spent a few years bouncing around life and California, but returned to his true passion of animal medicine in 2017.
He has worked as an assistant in specialty and emergency clinics, and is just now getting around to general practice, but he’s enjoying the heck out of it. He has a special soft spots for cats (especially spicy ones), but loves working with dogs too. He is currently in school to get his Veterinary Technician license. He lives with his badass wife, Roxanne, who has never forgiven him for losing his English accent. They have three cats, Milo, Chai Tea, and Maple Leaf, and one very outnumbered little corgi, Quinn. When not working, he likes to cook, play D&D, watch horror movies (he and Roxanne fight over who gets to hide behind the pillows), and attempt variably successful DIY projects.
Trey, Veterinary Assistant
Hello, my name is Trey and I recently moved to Oregon from Colorado! My passions are: doing anything outside, animal care, gaming, and watching anime. Previously, I’ve worked with mostly wild animals (mammals, birds, fish, some amphibians and reptiles). Nowadays, I’m learning to appreciate the different behaviors and personalities of domestic pets!
Liz, Veterinary Assistant
I was born in PDX, raised in Colorado and educated in Massachusetts. I have a long history with organic farms, managing livestock and grooming dogs. I love to go camping and hiking with my family, and am a professional artist in my spare time. I find working with animals to be immensely rewarding, and I’m so happy to be here at Fern Hill with these amazing people and pets.
Danielle, Veterinary Assistant
Hey! I’m Danielle, one of the veterinary assistants here at Fern Hill! I have been in the veterinary field since 2018, all experience being with dogs and cats in a general practice clinic. I am Fear Free certified, and always aim for a low-stress and positive experience for your pet every time they come in to see us. My favorite role in the clinic is assisting in surgery, specifically dental procedures! I also pride myself in being the best treat giver in the clinic 🙂 Outside of work you can find me hiking/camping/doing something outdoors, or at home reading a book, cuddling with my dog Pippen (pictured).
Hanna, Veterinary Assistant
I grew up in beautiful Santa Cruz California with my two bunnies, three cats, and two dogs. Growing up I was always a huge animal lover and could be found out in nature, researching manatees, or idolizing Jane Goodall.
I graduated in May of 2022 from Lewis and Clark College with a degree in Psychology focusing on Neuroscience. Over the course of school I worked in two different mental health hospitals and assisted with Neuroscience research. While I continue to love Psychology and Neuroscience, I felt something was missing from my career and wanted to reconnect with my lifelong passion for animals. I am incredibly grateful to be working at Fern Hill Veterinary Care and couldn’t be happier with this change in my career path.
I have been in the Veterinary industry since October of 2022, originally starting in Veterinary Neurology and then moving to Fern Hill Veterinary Care to gain a better understanding of General Practice Medicine. I love this clinic and learn so much each day working here.
In my free time I enjoy hiking, reading, playing piano, and painting. I aim to provide your pets with excellent care and to do all I can to make the vet clinic a comfortable environment for them. I look forward to seeing animals each and every day!
Robin, Veterinary Assistant
My name is Robin and I am a veterinary assistant at Fern Hill. I am a huge cat lover and have three of my own: Astrid (8), Wyatt Earp (1), and Sasquatch AKA Squatchy (5 months). When I’m not at work, I can be found reading, drawing, or playing video games–almost always with a cat or three snuggled up with me. I also love pet sitting–especially those with medical or behavioral issues.
Over the past decade I’ve worked in wildlife rehabilitation, animal shelters, with 20+ cattle dogs rescued from a neglect case, and have now been in the veterinary field for the past three years. My favorite patients are those with behavioral issues. Most of these pets have had some sort of trauma in their lives which can result in their fear showing up as biting, scratching, reactivity, etc. Working with neglected animals taught me that misunderstood pets typically have the most love to give. With enough time and space, any animal can come out of their shell, even if only around their people. My favorite days at work are those in which a scared pet can have a successful visit, especially if we are able to improve upon their past experiences.