“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, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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 currently share my life here with my lovely partner and a cat, a Llewellin Setter, and what we suspect to be a cross between a Kelpie and a fruit bat. 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 our cat, hiking with our dogs, riding the horse, and trying to maintain some semblance of physical fitness. I am quite fond of food, books, movies, music, and travel as well as chances to give back and pay forward. I became a veterinarian because I love animals and also because of my passion for science and people. Being a veterinarian brings great challenges but also fantastic rewards and I can’t imagine a profession of which I could be more proud, or in which I could find more joy. My perpetual advancement of veterinary knowledge and ability to work as a team facilitates the highest quality care for my clients and patients, in all life stages, in sickness and in health. I have worked in a variety of excellent veterinary clinics over the years including a feline-only practice, the Humane Society of SW Washington, the Oregon Humane Society, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, and organizations that serve the needs of third world countries. It’s been an honor to help care for so many animals, to be able to contribute to communities in need, and to aide in the education of future veterinarians. I am especially thankful to have found Pearl Animal Hospital as my second home.
Leslie Nies, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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.
Christina Burger, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
I grew up in northern California and attended UC Santa Cruz for my undergraduate degree, earning a BS in Marine Biology with a minor in Education and Teaching. I grew up always surrounded by animals and loved riding horses from a young age. During college, I worked as a marine mammal trainer at UCSC’s Long Marine Lab, where I was lucky enough to train dolphins, sea lions, and sea otters for physiologic research studies. I then attended veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, West Indies. After 3 years of living in a tropical paradise, I completed my clinical rotations at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, graduating in 2013. I survived a cold, snowy Wisconsin winter and then headed to southern California to complete an intensive emergency, surgery and medicine internship. After my internship I spent 4 years at a general practice in northern California, before relocating to Portland with my husband, Nick. We share our home with Olive, a long legged Chihuahua mix (who enjoys napping in the sun), and Gatsby, a talkative gray tabby (who enjoys knocking breakable objects off counter tops). We love exploring Portland’s amazing restaurant scene and enjoying the many dog friendly hiking spots. I love being a veterinarian because it is a consistently challenging, yet overwhelmingly rewarding career. Client education is my priority, and to me it is vital that every owner be thoroughly informed about their pet’s health and treatment options. My goal is to work together with my clients to help their pets have a happy, fun, healthy life.
Rebecca Greene, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
I love being a part of the Portland community and I enjoy working with the wonderful team at Pearl Animal Hospital! I was born in San Diego, but grew up mostly in Maryland (being part of a Navy family meant I also spent years in other places including England). I earned my B.S. from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. My first career was as a human critical care nurse, including international experience (again in England). I decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after I was inspired by volunteering with a variety of animals at rescue hospitals – cats, dogs, rabbits, dolphins and sea lions! I graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia (just like Pearl Animal Hospital practice owner Dr. Anders – go Hokies)! When I was in school, I first came to Portland for an externship at the Oregon Zoo. Since graduation, I’ve worked in both small animal and exotics practice. I enjoy working with patients and their families to maximize health, and provide state of the art medical or surgical care when needed. I also worked part-time as a marine mammal veterinarian, and I try to stay involved with seal and sea lion health projects on the Pacific Coast. In my free time I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, biking and traveling with my husband, as well as kayaking and swimming with my rescue dog Rio. I’m honored for the opportunity to provide high quality compassionate veterinary care for Portland’s pets!
Shawnese Kraemer, Hospital Manager and CVT
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.
Ruthie, Certified Veterinary Technician
I spent the first 22 years of my life in southern California. I grew up in Long Beach, and then had the pleasure of spending nearly 4 years in Santa Barbara while completing a B.S. in Zoology at UCSB. Though I had wanted to work with animals for my whole life, I didn’t learn about the role of Veterinary Technicians until my last quarter of undergrad. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Portland with my husband and enrolled in PCC’s Veterinary Technology program. Almost 2 years later I’m still loving Portland and veterinary medicine. When I’m not working I love exploring the outdoors, checking out Portland’s food scene, and cuddling with my husband and two cats.
Kaylie, Certified Veterinary Technician
I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. After I graduated from high school, I moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, Reno for veterinary science. I came to visit Portland for my first time in September 2016 with my best friend and instantly fell in love with the city. After some research, I found there was a school here with a veterinary technology program. While finishing my last term in the spring of 2017 at University of Nevada, and graduating, I applied for the program and was accepted. I have lived here since August 2017 and graduated from the program in June of 2019. I like to spend time with my cat Posey, who kept me sane through college, as well as exploring Portland and the surrounding areas with my boyfriend.
Jessica, Veterinary Assistant
I grew up in Washington state. I always knew that my interest and passion for science and medicine would end up as a career, but I wasn’t exactly sure how. I spent my early twenties moving around and living in various parts of the U.S. including Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, and Hawaii. I finally decided to pursue a career in human medicine at the University of Arizona. Turns out, I’m not a huge fan of 100+ degree weather and decided to return to my roots in the Pacific Northwest. At some point during my relocation I realized that my true passion was in veterinary medicine. I grew up around animals and have always felt an indescribable bond with them. After settling in Portland, I immediately started school for certification as a veterinary technician. I accepted a job at Pearl Animal Hospital in December 2018 and graduated from Carrington College as a certified veterinary assistant in March 2019. I feel privileged and honored to work at Pearl Animal Hospital alongside some of the most caring and passionate individuals I have ever met. I plan to continue my education in veterinary science and spend the rest of my days providing the best possible care for every animal (and their humans) that cross my path.
Isabella, Veterinary Assistant
I moved to Portland from the Bay Area in 2016 after deciding to give my self a “do over” in life and leave my 27-year finance career to pursue a career in the veterinary field. Nine months after moving here, I officially said goodbye to finance and returned to school to learn all the ‘sciency’ stuff I needed to apply to the PCC Veterinary Technology Program. I am originally from Southern CA but moved to Santa Cruz in 1986 where I obtained my BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, got married, and had a couple of kids (not necessarily in that order). I am the mother of two amazingly intelligent and talented adult daughters who have taught me to be a good human and live my life to the fullest, 3 dogs – all of whom are insanely weird in different ways, and one cat who tolerates us all. When I HAD free time, I loved to build and remodel things (a skill I got from being married to a general contractor for 20 years), run and ride my bike… and of course play with my hoard of animals. I started off my new life by volunteering in the medical center at the Oregon Humane Society and then moving on to as a veterinary assistant at another hospital. I now concurrently work at Pearl Animal Hospital and Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. Since winning the job lottery with Pearl and Dove, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I was accepted into the PCC Veterinary Technology program in the fall of 2019 and will be working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. My life’s goal is to be the best CVT I can be in order to better help pets and their humans.
Andi, Client Care
I was born and raised here in Oregon, out in the country between Woodburn and Canby. I’ve had animals my whole life, and have been an animal lover the entire time too. I grew up with big dogs, barn cats, horses, parakeets, and pigs. I have a love for reptiles! Turtles, snakes, lizards – I love them! At the moment though, I only have eyes for my monster dog. Her name is Calliope. She’s a South African Boerboel, a total fat kid (therefore my spirit animal), and, yes, she has totally kicked me out of my own bed… more than once. I LOVE tacos. Like I could live on tacos… and I have. Oooh! And I came to join this fantastical team after almost a decade of decorating cakes
Stefanie, Client Care
I grew up in the oven they call Phoenix, Arizona. I had the joy of attending Arizona State University on a full academic scholarship getting a BFA in Photography. I always planned on moving to Portland since it’s the opposite of Arizona (I love rainy cloudy days, art, food, music, and nature). After moving here, I realized I didn’t want to pursue art as a career. I am absolutely in love with every animal I meet and am so lucky to have found Pearl Animal Hospital. I love everyday I get to see all the dogs and cats and chat with the pet parents that love them. Because of this amazing job and my love for learning, I am considering further study in veterinary medicine. I have a pet hedgehog named Chalupa and she loves hanging out at the food trucks. In my free time, I love to sleep, explore/travel, rock climb, run, and pet every single pup I meet!
Maggie, Client Care
I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and first made my way to the west coast in 2012 to attend the San Francisco Art Institute. The culture shock of moving from the sleepy Midwest to the hustle and bustle of San Francisco ultimately brought me back to Madison, Wisconsin. In 2018, I obtained by BS in Sociology from the Univerity of Wisconsin – Madison. After graduation, I was ready to give west coast living another try. Portland is the perfect ‘just right’ city in my Goldilocks fairytale. Not too big, and not too small. I found my perfect city, but I was still on the hunt for a job that was ‘just right’ – and I found Pearl Animal Hospital. As a receptionist, I am fortunate to be the friendly face to greet Portland’s community of animal lovers and, of course, animals! When I’m not at the hospital, I am adventuring with my dog, Badger or curling up at home on the couch with my cat, Money.
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