Meet The Veterinarians at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital
I grew up in Iowa and attended Iowa State University for both undergraduate and veterinary school. After graduating from vet school in 1999, my soon-to-be wife and classmate, Carrie Fleming, and I moved to Portland and immediately fell in love with the city. I worked in downtown Portland for five years, and then Carrie and I decided to move to Atlanta, so she could pursue a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the meantime, I worked at a very progressive veterinary practice that allowed me to hone my medical and surgical skills.
We moved back to Portland in 2008 and, after a careful search, found Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital to be a perfect fit for us. I adore all aspects of my job, especially educating clients on their animal’s health. My special areas of interest are veterinary surgery and geriatric care.
Our family includes three children, our mischievous cat Scooby Doo, and Hank the hound dog (the cat’s nemesis). In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my kids—two- and four-legged—hiking, camping, and fishing.
Dr. Shuler and I are excited and honored to be caring for your pets. Portland became our home in 1999 after we completed our doctorates in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. I started my career at a 24-hour emergency facility and quickly realized I missed the relationships that general family medicine could provide. While practicing at Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital in Beaverton, I completed my master’s in Public Health from Oregon Health Sciences University. I was accepted into the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. In Spring 2008, we came home to Portland to take ownership of NW Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital. I have a strong interest in promoting preventative medicine and overall health and wellness for our four-legged family members.
Our family has changed quite a bit since returning to Portland including the addition of Scooby-Doo, a 6-year-old orange tabby, and Hank, a 1-year-old hound mix.
I was born in England, moved to the United States in 1991, and subsequently graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001.
I have resided in Portland since 2001 with Victor, an 8-year-old bull/terrier mix, and Buster, a 10-year-old cat. My interests include running, motorcycles, and English Premier League football.
I grew up in Colorado, and graduated from Colorado State University with my veterinary degree in 2005. During veterinary school, I participated in an internship in wildlife rehabilitation, which sparked my interest in treating reptiles and small mammals.
Shortly after graduation, I completed a rigorous medical acupuncture course earning my certification in veterinary acupuncture. I am proud to be able to include this healing modality in my comprehensive "toolbox".
Integrative, or "complementary", medicine is a focus of mine. This approach allows me to utilize all of my available resources to better care for my patients. Often times, my treatments are western medicine based, but herbal medications, diet, or acupuncture frequently become part of my plan.
I adore being a veterinarian. Besides my integrative and exotic medicine background, I also have a strong interest in dentistry, internal medicine and behavior. I have an adorable ex-laboratory cat named Finky, and we share my NE Portland home with my little running buddy, my adopted mix-breed dog, Goblin.
I started my veterinary career over 11 years ago at NW Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital after completing my doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University. I have enjoyed growing with the clinic and being a part of your pets' lives. Over the years, I have taken a special interest in ophthalmology (eye) and feline medicine.
My cat, Iris presides over my NE Portland home, which is also shared by my husband and lab/hound mix Hilo. We are religious about snowboarding, love to cook, and enjoy working in our garden.