Meet The Staff of Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital
Client Care Coordinators
In August of 2004, my dream and passion to work with animals became a reality. I began working for a hospital in Auburn Washington as a receptionist and assistant and I truly loved building a relationship not only with the animals, but with their owners. In August of 2009, I moved back to Oregon to be closer to my parents and began working at Northwest Neighborhood. The skills and knowledge I have learned from this hospital has been and incredible experience.
In my spare time, I enjoy visiting with my family and friends, especially my twin daughters, Jessie and Allie. I love reading, and spending as much time as possible outdoors.
I grew up in the town of Wenatchee, smack dab in the middle of Washington State. In June of 2012 I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Journalism. I recently moved to Portland with my boyfriend of two years and our four year old beagle, Pearl. I’m a basketball buff; I’ve been playing for over 10 years and have coached for three, so much of my spare time is spent on the court or being a spectator (very excited to start going to Blazers games)! I’ve been around animals my entire life, and enjoy meeting new people, so this opportunity to be a part of the Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital team has been a great experience for me.
I am an Oregon native and grew up enjoying spending time outdoors and playing with my many pets. I completed my degree in Environment Science at the University of Oregon in 2010 and I am now pursuing a Master’s degree in Zoology. I love working with animals and aim to learn more about animal behavior, biology and animal care. I began working at Northwest Neighborhood in 2012.
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 begin 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.
I grew up in Lansing, Michigan in a very dog friendly family. I first worked in the Vet community while living with my husband for several years on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I enjoy traveling with my husband of 13 years and going to Portland Timbers matches (R.C.T.I.D.). We have 2 dogs, both rescues, Quincy- our Rottie Crucian Mutt from St. Croix and Lenny, our Staffie Pit Mix from Portland. Last, but not least, I became a first time mother to my son Emmett in October 2011. I began working for NW Neighborhood Vet. and Dr. Shuler in July of 2008.
I graduated in 2009 as a Certified Dog Trainer from Animal Behavior College. I specialize as the Food/Retail Coordinator for NW Neighborhood, Dr. Nick Growing’s assistant and international travel health certificate guru. I thoroughly love working at NW Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital and enjoy learning every single day from the best Veterinarians I have ever met.
I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend the Evergreen State College, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in 2006. Following graduation I was hired as a veterinary assistant at a very fast paced small animal clinic located in Olympia, Washington. I joined the team at Northwest Neighborhood in summer of 2009. In the fall of 2012, I will be attending Lewis and Clark’s Graduate school of Education and Counseling.
My interests include running, hiking, researching, and spending time with my family. My partner and I share our home with two cats, Rizzo and Journey, and two naughty little dogs, Pippy and Buffalo.
I have worked as a client care coordinator at NW Neighborhood since May of 2010; I also moonlight as a Veterinary Assistant from time to time, which is a nice change of pace. I am a born and raised Oregonian who grew up in wine country (McMinnville) and will be finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Organismal Biology at Portland State University. I intend to continue my education beyond my undergraduate degree to become a Marine Biologist, with an emphasis in marine mammals, with an end goal of someday becoming a zookeeper.
I have three very silly dogs (a Standard Dachshund, a Bloodhound mix, and a Papillon) and a wild and crazy kitten named Jelly Bean. I am a wine enthusiast and worshiper of the often absent sun, who loves watching sports and enjoying the company of my friends and family.
Certified Veterinary Technicians
Holly Otis, 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 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 LyBarger, 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.
Keelie Price, CVT
I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I moved to Colorado to attend the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. Upon graduation in 2001, I became a Certified Veterinary Technician. I earned a Certification in Canine Massage from Boulder College in 2002. After finishing my schooling, I moved back to Portland and spent 6 years in a surgical practice and then joined the team at Northwest Neighborhood in 2009. I have strong interest in the area or physical therapy and animal behavior.
In my spare time, I enjoy snowboarding, hiking and spending time with my dogs Ruby the Rottweiler, Mr. Miyagi the 5lb mix and Monkey the cat.
Stacie Williams, 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 to let us share the bed with them. It's a good thing my husband, Patrick, likes animals as much as me!
Kathy Dougherty, 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 Jeans, 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.
Lauren Thompson, CVT
I have always had a love of animals, and now I have been fortunate enough to turn that love into a career! I grew up in the Northwest in a home filled with anything from dogs, to cats, to rats. I have been a certified technician since 2008, and was thrilled to join the team at Northwest Neighborhood in 2012.
At home, I have three animals. May, my 17 year old cat who rules the roost. Vincent, my two year old cat with only one ear (get it?), and Madison, my goofy and sweet Bernese Mountain Dog. My Husband and I have one daughter, Emory, who is the cutest little girl you could ever ask for.
Emily Eakins, CVT
I recently graduated from a veterinary technology program and just passed my boards in order to become a Certified Veterinary Technician as of this fall. I am lucky enough to work as both a doctor's assistant and a CVT at NWNVH, and couldn't have asked for a better team - or clientele - to work with!
I was born in Washington, raised in Oregon, where I have become infatuated with what the PNW has to offer. I have three dogs of my own: a 14-year old black lab, Max, a 12-year old Pitbull/Rottweiler mix, Mickey, and a 1-year old Boxer/Pitbull mix, Ashes. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, meeting new animals, volunteering in my community, cooking for friends and family, and playing and listening to music.
Boarding Manager/Doctor's Assistant
I have been involved with the animals my entire life and I've enjoyed every step of the journey and the lessons they've taught along the way. I began in the veterinary field over 25 years ago branching into several amazing endeavors including starting and operating a no-kill shelter for many years and bringing no cost pet health care to the homeless and clients with HIV/AIDS. My emphasis is on strengthening the human animal bond and nurturing these relationships to their fullest potential. Whether helping someone understand their pet's care or assisting step by step through the excruciating end of life decisions that client's must sometimes make for their pets, I am constantly humbled by the unconditional love and grace found in the animal world.
Outside of the clinic I spend time with my own animals (2 fantastic old dogs and 2 gregarious cats) and am a cycling and yoga fanatic. I take advantage of any opportunity to get outside and play on a beautiful Portland day!
I was born and raised in the small city of Newburyport located on the Massachusetts coast. I moved to Portland last year after finishing a photography program in Boston, intending to continue my education in the Arts. Shortly after I relocated from the East Coast I decided to pursue a career working with animals. I am currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in hopes to become a Certified Veterinary Technician or perhaps even a Veterinarian. I am interested in non-profit animal health and rights organizations and have a passion for ending breed discrimination.
When I am not working with the amazing staff at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital I enjoy playing music, walking in nature and most of all spending time with Iris, a nine-year old American Pit Bull Terrier who is the love of my life.
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.