“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 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, 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.
Christina Burger, DVM
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.
Shawnese Kraemer, CVT and Hospital Manager
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.
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.
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!
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
Andi Sajjadi, 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
TIffany Waddell, Client Care
I’m a small town girl starting a new chapter in the City of Roses! I was born into a large clan of animal lovers, artists, and caretakers among the wheat fields of eastern Washington. I later grew up on a mini farm surrounded by the high desert mesas on the western slope of Colorado where we boarded horses, raised goats and rabbits, and opened our doors to multiple cats and dogs who were in need of a good home. Both of my parents (a bull-riding cowboy and folk song singing hippie) grew up riding horses and naturally I did as well. Horse pucky is still one of my favorite smells today! 😉 I am currently mom to Majia (13), a sassy cow-kitty and Joplin (7), a wicked smart and equally stubborn Australian Shepherd. I collect owls and am deathly afraid of snakes. In my free time I enjoy meditative walks in nature, playing card and board games, trying out new food trucks, collecting succulents, and being Godmom and Auntie to all of the incredible children in my life. I am a caregiver at heart and have recently gone back to school, diligently working on completing my prerequisites for nursing school. Although I hope to eventually find my niche in obstetrics or hospice as an RN, I am excited to bring my love for animals and Doula/Caregiving experience to the clients of PAH. I feel so lucky to have become a member of the Pearl family; I look forward to connecting with you all and loving on your furry kiddos!
Casey, Veterinary Assistant
I grew up in northern New Jersey where I attended college at Rowan University and received a BA in English. After moving to Oregon in 2013, I had a change of heart and realized that my true passion was to work with animals. I began my career in the veterinary field working in feline exclusive medicine for 3 years. While I love kitties, I longed to work with dogs and began working at Pearl Animal Hospital in November of 2017 (best decision ever). I plan on beginning my classes towards becoming a certified veterinary technician soon. In my spare time I like hiking, camping, reading, and hanging out with my two sassy kitties, River and Marfa.
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