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 two amazing kids. She is a vegetarian, and would love to live completely off the grid!
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, two cats, and two 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, to 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 five-year old Chihuahua/Pomeranian, Boss is a six-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.
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 Zoobooks 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, and even a squirrel named Hermione. 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.
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 10 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 a 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 two years now. He started back in Las Vegas, Nevada after getting out of the military. He moved to 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 of 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.
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 since 2012, after graduating from WSUV with her BS in Biology and a Zoology Minor that year. 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 rabbit Peter. Less common pets she had growing up include chickens, goats, and even a hedgehog. Lynette is the owner of Willow Bee Photography, and took all of the pet portraits featured in the hospital! When not working, she enjoys activities where she can include her dogs, such as camping, going to the beach, or watching a good movie.
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 five pets: four 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.
Amber has been a part of the veterinary community for six 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!
New to the vet field is our Lobby Coordinator Mindy, a mother of five children, one husband, two dogs, three cats, one 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.
Beverly was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and was never without a pet growing up. From cats and dogs to birds and fish she has always had a special place in her heart for animals of all sorts. In high school, she decided to pursue a career related to helping animals and went on to get a degree in Biology from WSUV. During her time at WSU she worked under a professor studying Oregon’s endangered Fender’s Blue butterfly. After graduating, she interned at Wildlife Safari in Winston, OR, in their Carnivore Department. Now she is helping pets of all shapes and sizes at East Padden and is very much enjoying how rewarding the experience is. Outside of work, Beverly enjoys cuddling up to her cat, Alice, and taking her dog Jack to the dog park. She also loves baking, video games, and spending time with friends and family.
This is Emma’s first job in veterinary medicine, but she has always loved animals and wanted to get involved in this career field. She has a charismatic dog at home named Cassio, and a spunky cat named Miss Mercury. Emma has traveled all over the country, from Georgia to California and everywhere in between, and recently moved back to Vancouver from North Carolina. She loves to be outdoors and explore with her dog and her friends. Working at East Padden is a wonderful experience for Emma and she is very excited to meet you and your fur babies!
Jefferson has worked in the veterinary field since 2002 and in the human medical field as well. He has experience in various positions, including veterinary technician assistant and receptionist. He previously attended Delta State University as well as the University of Texas, where he majored in Cultural Anthropology. Currently, he is working toward a bachelor’s in Computer Animation. In his spare time, Jefferson is an artist who works in various mediums, such as charcoal/pencil, pen and ink, sculpture and scratchboard, and he specializes in realistic portraits. Jefferson also enjoys spending time with his husband Adam and their furry child Fergus.
Kaliese is a born and raised PNW girl who has worked in the veterinary field since December of 2017. She loves the fast-paced excitement of the field and getting to work with all different types of pets. Kaliese grew up with Australian Shepherds and competed in AKC showmanship, agility, and obedience for most of her teenage years. She is recently married and she and her husband plan to adopt a dog together this summer. In her free time, Kaliese enjoys cooking, reading, camping, and snowboarding. She loves to meet new people and looks forward to being your tech!
Kelsey was born and raised right here in the Pacific North West and has lived here her whole life. She has always had a great love of animals and has been taking care of her family pets since she was a young girl. Kelsey and her family have raised dogs, cats, a pair of goats and rescued exotic and game birds. In her free time, Kelsey loves to be at home with her dog and chinchilla and relax with a good book, a video game or craft project. Kelsey is excited to join the East Padden team and splits her time as a room technician and receptionist.
Renee was born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest! Her whole life she has loved anything outdoors such as hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Renee lives in a cute little old house with her boyfriend and fur babies! She has 4 cats and a pot-bellied piggy. On Renee’s days off she enjoys adventuring with her boyfriend or relaxing in a cuddle puddle with her cats and piggy. She has taken her pets to East Padden Animal Hospital since she was a kid and has dreamed of working here. Renee loves animals so much she might try to take your’s home!
Taylor has lived in the Northwest her entire life, and even though this is her first job in the veterinary field she has always wanted to work with animals since she was a kid. She is currently in school to study zoology. She has three cats; Nibble Dorr, Shadow, and Binks. When not at work, she likes to relax with her three fur babies while watching Netflix and eating lots of food.
Aaron is born and raised here in Washington and has spent most of his childhood growing up in Puyallup. In 2015 Aaron graduated from an AVMA accredited veterinary technician school in Portland and has been in the field ever since. In his free time, Aaron enjoys spending time with his two dachshunds Oscar and Jackson, enjoying the food at local vegan/vegetarian restaurants, and playing basketball competitively. His favorite part about working in the veterinary field is being able to form long-lasting relationships with clients and their animals while working alongside a dedicated group of individuals (EPAH family.)
This is Dakotah’s first job in the veterinary field. She has been with EPAH since August of 2019. She hopes to someday be a technician, but is having fun working in reception. Dakotah grew up in Vancouver with many dogs, cats, and even a couple birds and has always wanted to work with animals. In her free time, she likes to be with her family or reading a book with her cat, Bruce.
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