“hearts that care, hands that heal”
Courtney Anders, DVM and Practice Owner
I was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and I received my undergraduate degree from Towson University with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. I then obtained my DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. Immediately following graduation, I moved to Portland, OR, which I believe is one of the greatest cities in the world for its love of animals, people, art, and the environment. Before opening Pearl Animal Hospital, I worked as a veterinarian at Raleigh Hills Animal Hospital, where I developed a special interest in preventative medicine, client education, and veterinary dentistry. My natural compassion and respect for animals is why I chose to become a veterinarian. Pearl Animal Hospital exists so that we may practice and promote excellence in veterinary medicine and so that we may serve those who are committed to the very best health care for their companion animals. I currently live in SW Portland with my loving husband Nate, our wonderful twins Oliver and Scarlett, and our two affectionate and mischievous miniature dachshunds Sophie and Stella.
Alison Lord, DVM
I grew up in New York and earned my BA in Biology from Vassar College and my DVM from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I moved to Portland just after graduation and fall more in love with this city all the time. I live in an adorable bungalow in North Portland with 2 cats, a Llewellin English Setter, and a Pacific Parrotlet. I also have a horse but he doesn’t get to live with me. When I’m not in the office, I can be found snuggling my cats, hiking with my dog, riding my horse, running, or going to yoga. I am very fond of food, books, movies, music, and travel as well as chances to give back and pay it forward. I became a veterinarian because I love animals and also because of my passion for science and people. The opportunity to continually further my veterinary knowledge and the ability to work as a team to provide the highest quality care for my clients and patients is what I thrive on. Being a veterinarian brings great challenges but also fantastic rewards and I can’t imagine a profession I could be more proud of or find more joy in. I have worked in a variety of excellent veterinary clinics in the area including a feline-only practice, the Humane Society of SW Washington, and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. I am thankful to have been able to foster my interest in feline and shelter medicine and especially to have found Pearl Animal Hospital as my second home.
Leslie Nies, DVM
I am a 2013 graduate of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I originate from Missouri, but got my undergraduate degree in International Communications at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. After a brief time tending bar in Scotland (you know, International Communications, and all), I landed in Manhattan working in book publishing (a few steps in between have been edited out of this summary). As incredible as that experience was, it paled in comparison to the draw of the northwest. I moved to Portland in 2004 and worked for the Sales Department of a local microbrew while attending classes to apply to vet school. During that long, circuitous route, the joy of the hard won benefits of finding a career that is finally the right fit are being appreciated. Still combining the ability to meet a wide variety of interesting people with giving the highest level of care to their pets in a profession that allows for continual learning and growth has been as rewarding as I hoped. The most meaningful part of this career remains connecting with pet owners, helping them navigate the road of their pets’ lives to make them as long and as high quality as possible.
Stephanie Scott, DVM
I grew up on the Oregon coast and have lived in Oregon for my entire life. I have received two undergraduate degrees; the first was a BS in Biology from Oregon State University with two minors and my second was a BS in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University. I worked as a nurse for some time before pursuing my true love of veterinary medicine. My pursuit led me to earn my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University where I graduated in 2013. From the time I was a young I felt a special connection with animals of all shapes and sizes. This amazing human-animal bond continues to intrigue and drive me to provide the best care I can for our furry family members. I love geriatric and hospice care and enjoy making our pet’s golden years as comfortable and full of life as possible. I also enjoy wound management and am always amazed at how the body can heal. Shortly after getting my doctorate I moved to Portland where I love spending time with my friends and family. I live with my wonderful husband, a sweet loveable older Pit Bull, an energetic three legged terrier mutt, and five adorably affectionate older cats.
Samantha Owens, Hospital Manager – Client Care
I was born and raised in Cumming, Georgia just north of Atlanta. You could say that I’ve been an animal lover since before I could even walk or talk. I had such a passion for animals that I actually started working in the Veterinary field when I was in High School. I loved it so much that I continued working for various Veterinary clinics until this day. I moved to South Florida in 2005 and after spending 10 years there, I decided it was time for a life change, so I packed up and moved across the country. I came to Portland during a backpacking trip in November 2015 and officially moved here in April 2016. Moving to the Pacific Northwest was the best decision I’ve ever made! I live here with my amazing husband Timothy and we have a big lush for a pup named Lexi and two cats who are equally spoiled named Chip and Parker. When I am not working, you can find me hiking all over Oregon and Washington. I am so happy to call the Pearl District my home and hope to be here for many many years!
Shawnese Kraemer, CVT and Hospital Manager – Patient Care
I grew up in Washington and had been on the path of veterinary medicine since very early on in my life. I ended up going to Washington State University where I earned my Masters of Science in Animal Nutrition. After spending a summer interning with the nutrition team at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park I made the decision to go back to school to earn my degree in Veterinary Technology. I graduated from Pierce College in Ft. Steilacoom, WA in 2012, earned my license, and moved to Oregon later that year. My love for the science of veterinary medicine as well as my respect and admiration for the bond that people have with their animal companions is what drives my passion for the field. I am proud to be a member of the Pearl Animal Hospital team, which works hard to preserve and foster that human-animal bond. My husband and I currently live in Beaverton with our wonderful and hilarious corgis.
Cait Ceccacci, Receptionist
I grew up traveling across the United States, and it was a wonderful experience. Constantly relocating taught me that one friend who will always be with you is your pet. I cannot remember a time that I have lived without a furry friend! I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for about 8 years now and claim Vancouver, Washington as my home. I live with my wonderful husband Brandon who I met at a local coffee shop! We have a full household with our two dogs Lily (English Cream Golden Retriever), Maddie (Pittador Retriever) and our rambunctious cats Benson and Joey. We’re adding to the madness and are expecting our first two-legged child in February 2017, and we’re thoroughly excited! I am a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelors in Human Development, with an emphasis on Aging & Case Management.
Holly Hayes, Receptionist
As a Native Oregonian I find passion and comfort in the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy exploring the terrain while hiking, and expressing myself through dance. I recently became a member of the Rosebud Dance Team for the Portland Winterhawks! My passion for caring for animals began at a young age, and I continued to purse that passion through high school and on into college. I graduated from Oregon State in 2013 obtaining an Animal Science degree with an emphasis in Animal Behavior. As I work towards furthering my career in the animal care field, I am so excited to be a part of such a fantastic team here at Pearl Animal Hospital that cares well for pets and clients. I currently live in Tigard, still awaiting a living arrangement where I can have a fur baby.
Alex Mayo, Veterinary Assistant
I was born and raised in southern New Jersey, in a small town between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Growing up, I had pets of all shapes and sizes, from dogs and cats to goats and chinchillas. I think that it’s because of those childhood experiences that I’ve always had a love for animals and that they’ve always been a large part of my life. When I moved away to New York City for college I Ieft all of my pets and animals behind, but I still found a way to keep animals in my life, working and volunteering at an animal shelter during the summers, where I took care of and fostered dogs and cats. After college, I bounced back and forth between New Jersey and New York, working at a small animal hospital, a local animal shelter, and a large and busy Manhattan animal hospital. Eventually I decided to go back to school to complete my Master’s degree, but I never gave up working with animals and continued working as a Veterinary Technician in Manhattan. After completing my degree, I decided that it was time for a new adventure so I packed my bags and headed off to Portland, Oregon. After visiting the many Animal Hospitals around the Portland area I decided that Pearl Animal Hospital was the place for me and have been happily working here ever since.
Alison Baker, Veterinary Assistant
I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Portland 7 years ago. I joined Pearl Animal Hospital in 2015, with 11 years in the veterinary field. I enjoy crafting with my cat by my side and exploring the Oregon coast with my senior dog. The ability to employ my passion for animals to enrich the lives of pets and their people, is what I love best about working in veterinary medicine.
Amy Lacey, Veterinary Assistant
I started my career in veterinary medicine in 2004 and have since worked in a variety of shelters, general practices and emergency and specialty hospitals. This work is absolutely my passion as I rarely have a day go by that I don’t grow personally and professionally. My favorite aspect of the job is providing individualized nursing care to the patients; just like us, they are all unique and deserve to have their specific needs met while in our care. In addition to my experience, I graduated in 2016 from Portland State University with a BS in biology, with emphasis in zoology and conservation. When I am not working, I enjoy exploring, hiking and learning about the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest or hanging out at home with my animals. In the future my husband and I hope to open our own animal sanctuary where otherwise unwanted animals can live out their lives in a peaceful environment.
Kelsey Kline, Veterinary Assistant
I made my way from human medicine as a CNA to veterinary medicine as a receptionist at a clinic in Vancouver, WA in 2010. I have always been passionate about animals and medicine, so it was a natural choice and I was immediately in love the field. I worked my way from a receptionist to a technician assistant and then fell in love with the hands on work and science that technicians get to experience every day. I quickly realized that this is what I wanted to do and enrolled in school at San Juan College, working towards a degree in Veterinary Technology and becoming a Certified Vet Tech. My home is currently occupied by 3 cats and 2 dogs. I also spend my time with my spouse and our absolutely adorable son, Paxton, who is a chit-chatty toddler who fills my life with happiness.
Jack Leinweber, Veterinary Assistant
Born right here in Portland I was raised with a love for animals. This has grown into a passion for animal care and a deep interest in veterinary science. I can’t wait to meet you and your pets!
Yolande Gendron, Veterinary Assistant
After relocating from Quebec, Canada I grew up in the small town of Vernonia, Oregon where I lived on a small farm. We had chickens, ducks, goats, and sheep! Last year I started volunteering at the shelter where I adopted my pup. I grew interested in the veterinary field and wanted to learn more, and this led me to Pearl Animal Hospital. I’ve been learning ever since! I currently have one dog, Pepper, whom I share with my boyfriend (sometimes). I hope to one day be a veterinary technician and work in shelters, helping animals find health and new homes.
Melanie Copko, Veterinary Assistant
I grew up in Sacramento, California and attended the University of California in Davis, where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Biology. There, I mainly studied wild birds, as I had a passion for waterfowl. After classes, I would come home to my rambunctious English Setter named Gino, a chirpy parakeet named Bird, and my horse, Shara. At that time, I had the wonderful opportunity to intern at the Sacramento Zoo, where I befriended orangutans and chimps in the primate center. Soon after graduating, I got married and moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2016. As I began my job search, I knew that I loved to work with animals and the people who love them most. That fall, I was blessed with the opportunity to begin working among the amazing team here at Pearl Animal Hospital
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