Our Staff


Amy is our Hospital Manager and has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years as both a Head Technician and Manager. She has a B.S. in Zoology specializing in Animal Care and an Ecology Minor. Previously she studied as a triple language major but changed course knowing that animals were her true passion. Amy was recently a national finalist for 2016 Practice Manager of the Year. She has a farm full of rescued critters in the Columbia River Gorge. Her hobbies include hiking, whitewater rafting, gardening, reading, home improvement projects, managing rental properties, and being active in her local Church. She and her husband of 21 years have been blessed to have 23 Foster children be part of their lives and currently are raising 2 amazing kids. She is a vegetarian, and would love to live completely off the sragrid!


Ashley has been in the veterinary field since 2012. She studied at Carrington/Apollo college and has been with East Padden ever since. In her spare time, she enjoys spending lots of time with her family and close friends. Camping at the sand dunes is their number one hobby. If not at the dunes or working, her son, 2 cats, and 2 dogs keep her well occupied. Ashley’s passion for animals has been since the beginning and she can’t wait to meet you and your furry friends!


Cathy started working in veterinary medicine in 2008, and has been a part of the EPAH team since August of 2013. Even from a young age Cathy was interested in animals and would bring home every stray in the neighborhood. When she is not at work she is home with her two wonderful Pitbulls, Pupa and Dub, and her kitty Mewsette.


Zoe joined the East Padden Animal Hospital team in February 2014. We are her very first working experience in an animal hospital. She graduated from Apollo/Carrington College in 2014. Zoe has always loved all kinds of animals; from helping her neighbors by pet sitting their dogs, feeding their horses and taking care of their chickens. She also has two pets of her own, Cody her Beagle and Duke her Pitbull mix. Zoe’s other hobbies include spending time watching her son Kayden grow.


Charity recently moved back home to Gresham, from Central Oregon with her two sons. Josh is 19 and has recently joined the US Marine Corps. Matt is 17, a Junior in High School and a computer genius. Charity also has furry children; Chile is a 5 year old Chihuahua/Pomeranian, Boss a 6 year old Lab Mix, Butters a very crabby Siamese, and the newest addition is a kitten named Yukon Cornelius. Charity splits her time as an Exam Room Technician and Receptionist.


Erin is a born and raised Portland Or girl who has had a lifelong passion for helping animals. She has been involved in the care and rescue of animals since the age of 8 when she first became involved in several programs at the Oregon Humane Society, she continued her involvement with them into her late teenage years. She attended Oregon State University in the pursuit of a BS in animal science. At home, Erin enjoys spending time with her dog/best friend Addicka, her old lady kitty Nina, and her Holland lop ear rabbit Fiddlesticks. She enjoys a number of outdoor activities as long as the weather is warm. The ability to do things outdoors all years long drew her to Hawaii for several years but she returned home to be close to family and friends again.


Jessica was born with a love of animals, and would always be the family “pet” whenever she and her friends played house. She would get Zoo books instead of Barbies and covered her room in animal posters. Steve Irwin was her hero growing up, and it showed as she would often bring home snakes, robins, opossums, baby birds, and even dogs and cats. Her parents would often find wild animals in their closet, or in the garage. She has rescued dogs and cats off the freeway, climbed into blackberry bushes to get a litter of kittens, and will even stop traffic to get a pet off the road. When she got her start at another animal hospital, she knew that this was not only what she loved, but also became what she loves to do. Jessica has had a menagerie of pets including reptiles, cats, a dog, rodents, hermit crabs, even a squirrel named Hermoine. She now has four cats, Rudi, Spongebob, Raider, and Mystery, a dog named Zeke, and a ball python named Precious. When she’s not at work, she can often be found hanging out with friends and family, being active outdoors, riding dirt bikes with her fiance, and baking or crafting.

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Since Tina was just a little girl she knew that her passion for animals would lead her into a career in Veterinary Medicine. And that’s exactly what she is doing. Tina is currently in her third year of undergrad studying biology at WSU Vancouver with hopes that once she graduates she will continue her education studying veterinary medicine. Tina was born in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois and moved to Vancouver, Washington at the age of ten with her mother, father, and older brother and continues to live there happily. In her spare time, Tina enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters, playing video games, and spending time with her friends and boyfriend of five years. She has recently adopted a Chiweenie named David Randell who she found as stray on the side of the road. As Tina continues her journey here at East Padden she hopes to rescue and help more animals while also gaining experience for her future endeavors.


Gerod has been in the veterinary field for 2 years now. He started back in Las Vegas, NV after getting out of the military. He moved Vancouver to see different places and try new things. On his days off he likes to read, watch movies with his family, and head to mountains. He plans on getting his DVM at WSU Pullman.


Traci’s career as a veterinary technician started in 2008 when she graduated from Apollo College. While in school she landed a job at Orchard Hills Animal Hospital, this is when she met Dr. Thompson and Amy. She did some part time and fill in work here at East Padden Animal Hospital from fall 2008 to spring 2010. Traci and her family were called away to Colorado to be with the children’s grandma; sadly she passed away in 2012. They had a couple great adventures and learned a lot about Midwest weather during their stay. After meeting their newest family addition, Shaymus along with some talking and planning, they decided to return home to the Great Northwest. One of Traci’s most cherished loves, besides her family, of course, is her love for the Seahawks. Her love doesn’t stop there, football, in general, is something she truly enjoys. She is a wife and mother of three, four if you count her pup, Shaymus. She is happy to be back at East Padden Animal Hospital and looks forward to working with all of you.


Leanna started in the veterinary field in 2010, ranging from being a kennel hand to a vet Assistant, and a receptionist. Leanna enjoys meeting the pets and their owners and helping them during their visits to East Padden. Leanna has two Tonkinese kitties that she enjoys cuddling with every chance she gets. Leanna plans to continue her career in the Veterinary Field and hopes to pursue her Certification in the near future. Leanna also enjoys the outdoors, kayaking, camping and hiking.


Kimberly was a zoo keeper for 2 years while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She was able to work with over 100 species at the zoo, but her favorite was the African Black Footed Penguins. She helped with the hatchings of new baby penguins and the training of many others. This last year Kimberly lived in St. Augustine Florida and worked as a dolphin trainer. She got to train and care for 15 Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, including a new born that she was present for the birth of. Kimberly moved back home to the PNW to be near family and where she loved growing up. Of course, she does miss being near the Florida ocean and her favorite sea animal—dolphins! You can always spot her wearing something with a dolphin, and if you come ask her for a dolphin fact, she can probably tell you something you never knew! Kimberly absolutely loves to travel–her last trip was a month-long adventure exploring ancient ruins and cultures in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. She has two little Caribbean hermit crabs and will soon add a dog to her family. Outside of work she can be found hiking, at the beach, discovering local bakeries, or being with friends and family.


I have lived in the Vancouver area my whole life. I live on a retired dairy farm where my family and extended family have lived for three generations. I love to be around our two horses, six cows, two ducks, many many chickens, three peacocks, three cats, and my new dog Rex. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. When I am not around my animals (or yours!), I am either reading, crafting, camping, or just taking a good nap.


Kassie has loved animals her entire life and knew she wanted a career working with them from a young age. She has been working in veterinary medicine since 2009. She enjoys building relationships with patients and clients at East Padden Animal Hospital. Outside of work, Kassie enjoys spending time with her husband Tyler, her daughters, Kinsley and Taylin, and their many pets (including dogs, cats, and rabbits).


Lynette has been in the veterinary field for 5 years, after graduating from WSUV with her B.S. in Biology and a Zoology Minor in 2012. She is an avid animal lover and is usually spending time with her two dachshunds Willow and Cordelia, her formally feral feline KitKat, and her two rabbits Peter and Olivia. Her hobbies include photography, and managing the Lost & Found Pets of Vancouver, WA group on Facebook, helping to reunite lost pets with their families.


Haley has been working in the veterinary field since 2013. After deciding something in her life needed to change she decided animals were the way to go and started working at a veterinary hospital as a kennel assistant. Haley graduated from Animal Behavior College in 2014 as a certified veterinary assistant and has been practicing ever since. Haley has 5 pets, 4 cats (Rascal, Spaz Monkey, Weasel, and Penelope) and a rescue dog named Nova. In Haley’s spare time she spends time with her family, rides dirt bikes and loves camping. Haley loves all animals but has a special place in her heart for senior cats.

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Ashley got her start in Veterinary medicine in 2008 after attending Apollo College. She spent the first 8 years of her journey as a Tech at Orchard Hills Animal hospital. In 2009 Ashley adopted her first lab, Ali (chocolate) at just 12 hours old, she has been her best friend ever since. In 2013 her husband brought her home a “foundling kitten” named Bergy who is full of sass and addicted to crinkle-ball fetch. In 2014 Ashley decided a male lab friend was needed to complete her home. She adopted Gauge (black) who is best known for his handsome smile and wiggly butt. In her free time, Ashley enjoys being in the woods, paddle boarding and playing fetch with whatever fur child is nearest. She is happy to join the EPAH team and is looking forward to meeting you and your pet.


Lissa is one of our amazing Veterinary Receptionists. She has been in the Veterinary field for over 20 years, with a great background in emergency and exotic care. She has worked in many aspects of a Vet Clinic but loves working the front desk the most so she can spend time with our great clients. Lissa lived in Arizona for many years and fell in love with the desert and cactus’s….but is tolerating our wetter climate by buying rain boots with chickens on them! She has one adult son and a special place in her heart for Chihuahuas. She currently owns 2 Turtles named Donnatella and Dude and 2 Tarantulas named Pepita and James Earl Bones.

Lissa has a quick wit and is always fun to chat with! She hopes you will all be sure to say “Hi” to her when you are in!


Chelsea was born in the Pacific Northwest and raised alongside a few kitties, a couple of dogs and a guinea pig named Sesame. Her love for animals is always growing, and she looks forward to the day when she can raise dogs of her own. With a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University, Chelsea assists in managing East Padden Animal Hospital’s social media pages, and acts as one of our friendly receptionists. Outside of work, Chelsea values time with family and friends, and loves spending time writing, reading and enjoying the outdoors. Looking ahead, Chelsea would love to found an animal rescue- specifically to help Pitbull’s in need.


My name is Whysper. For this being my first job, I really enjoy it. Being involved in helping and bettering animal’s lives makes me feel great inside. I don’t have a favorite animal, I love them all. Working here at East Padden Animal Hospital is a great experience for me, and an opportunity to learn and grow in the animal field.


Amber has been a part of the veterinary community for 6 years. She is currently enrolled in school and working toward becoming a licensed veterinary technician. Amber is about halfway through her program. She has been passionate about animals for as long as she can remember, as her grandparents have a farm full of animals. Amber worked at East Padden for about a year and then met and married her soulmate Freddy. His job took them to California and now they are back for good. They’ve settled in Kalama with their one dog, Jaxon and one cat, Bisky, with more to come!


Meaghan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine from IUPUI in 2012 and has been working in the veterinary field since 2010. She decided in kindergarten, that her future was veterinary medicine. Although, her parents were never animal lovers, her love for all animals, especially cats, grew and grew. She got her start caring for rescued exotic felines as a volunteer keeper in Indiana. She then moved on to becoming a surgical volunteer at the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Eventually, she landed a job at a high volume spay/neuter clinic with an excellent TNR (trap-neuter-return) program for feral/community cats. Her passions include artistry of all kinds, cat rescue, hiking, and spending time in nature. She made Vancouver, WA her home in 2016 where she currently resides with her beloved family.


Andrea grew up in Oregon and has spent her whole life here in the Pacific Northwest. At the age of 6, she knew she wanted to be in the veterinary field, starting her career in 2010. She spends a lot of time at the beach with her boyfriend and stepsons. They go rain or shine at least once a month, and also love hiking all over Oregon and Washington. Andrea has quite the house full when it comes to furry family members. Her home includes one hamster named Chalupa who they found in their front yard, 2 dogs, a border collie named Maddie, a rat terrier named Hurley, and 2 orange kitties named Zorro and Diego!


Elise was born and raised in the PNW and has always had a love for animals. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as her dogs and cat. Elise has been in the veterinary field since attending Carrington College in 2015. She enjoys meeting new people and helping owners learn how to best take care of their pets.


Michele has lived in the pacific northwest for most of her life, and (like most PNW folk) she loves coffee! Michele also enjoys hiking, road trips (especially to the beach!), and all sorts of arts and crafts. She has one pet; a rescue cat from the Humane Society, named Portia. Michele’s all-time favorite activity is staying at home with Portia and spending all day snuggling and watching shows on Netflix together. Michele especially likes crime-solving shows and murder mysteries. She adores animals of all sorts, but anything furry and domesticated has a special place in her heart as she does have a tendency to want to cuddle every animal she meets! Michele loves working in the veterinary field because she enjoys the array of interesting challenges that every day brings, and meeting all sorts of wonderfully unique patients. Each day is a new adventure!


Sharron was born and raised in the Bay Area, but has lived in Vancouver since 1994. She has worked as a receptionist in the veterinary field since 2009! Sharron grew up in the country with all different farm animals, and lots of cats and dogs. She currently has a pitbull named Tank and two cats, Bug and Juliet. Sharron enjoys cooking, eating, watching movies, reading and exercising in her spare time.


New to the vet field is our Lobby Coordinator Mindy; a mother of 5 children, 1 husband, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 bunny rabbit and a coop of chickens. Mindy loves to visit with fur babies and their people. She’s all about yummy treats and prizes for your children. When at home she enjoys wood crafts, paper crafts, vinyl, quilting and embroidery.