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Managers

Mark

Mark

Clinical Manager

Mark grew up here in Eugene, Oregon, and is currently enrolled at LCC to pursue business management. Pet Parent to cat Sephora, this homebody loves spending time snuggled up watching Netflix, or exploring the globe while traveling. Be sure to say hello to Mark when you see him around the halls!

Gina

Gina

Client Services Manager

Gina has been with the office for over 20 years and is an important member of our OVRA family. She provides love and support for all of the animals that come to us, day after day. When she has time off, she’s usually wrangling her 9 month old terrorist…. we mean Labrador puppy, who keeps her hands full. To unwind Gina likes to garden, play with her granddaughter, and be with her family.

Jenny

Jenny

Inventory Manager

Jenny comes to us from across the pond, being born and raised in Great Britain. After moving to the US in 1990, she began exploring a career in animal care. She joined OVRA back in 2004, working overnights in the ICU- which was an incredible hands-on education. Passionate about canine education, Jenny owns 3 highly trained dogs that have excelled in their specialties. Her eldest is Force, the Dutch Sheppard, who was the first of his breed to earn the Elite Champion title for NACSW. Next up is Vodka, the daughter of force. She is particularly great at truffle hunting, which has made for some delicious meals at Jenny’s home. Lastly is Fury, the son of Vodka. He is a talented master of scent detection and is very friendly. When Jenny has free time, she often fills her days with truffle hunting, crafting with leather, or tending to her orchid and cacti collection.

Craig

Craig

Hospital Administrator

Born and raised in New Mexico, Craig started working in the local veterinary hospital when he was 13 and after getting to work on a Mountain Lion from the Navajo Nation Zoo, he was hooked!  He moved to Denver in 1999 where he attended Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated in March of 2001.  This allowed him to work for a large Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Denver for the next 16 years, starting off as a CVT in the ER for 7 then and working up in management for the remainder of his tenure.  As part of his management training, Craig graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with a double Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing.

By 2018 Craig and his wife were looking to make a change which came in the form of recruitment by OVRA.  The Willamette Valley is a refreshing change to the crowed hustle and bustle of the Denver Metro area for both he and his wife.  And from their point of view the weather is fantastic in that he doesn’t have to shovel nearly as much snow in the winter!  

When not at OVRA, you can find Craig and his wife Katie spending time with their 6 dogs or exploring.  Whether riding their motorcycle through the scenic byways, walking the beautiful beaches on the coast, or discovering new restaurants and breweries, they are fully embracing all that Oregon has to offer!

Certified Veterinary Technician Leads

Chelsea

Chelsea

Certified Veterinary Technician Lead

Chelsea has had a passion for animals since she was a kid. She grew up in Newcastle, CA where she practiced riding, training, and handling nearly any kind of animal you could think of.  She attended Yuba college for her associates degree in veterinary tech. Chelsea currently owns 5 horses, 2 dogs named Night Ryder and P.T. Kruzer, and a cat named CHP who was hit by the California Highway Patrol Officer (hence his name). When she is not helping animals here at the office, Chelsea can be found competing in 3-day events, hanging with her kid, or riding one of her horses.

Courtney

Courtney

Certified Veterinary Technician Lead

Courtney has always had a passion for animals and attended Madison college in Wisconsin for school. She found herself living here in Eugene because it was her husband’s hometown. Courtney has been working with OVRA for several years, and her current pets include Bane, a mastiff-pit bull mix who is one of the sweetest dogs ever, and Rocket, the “super mutt” who is silly and happy all of the time. She also has a cat named Goose, who only acknowledges her husband’s existence. When she has time off, Courtney enjoys cooking, working on puzzles, and bingeing good TV.

Summer

Summer

Certified Veterinary Technician Lead

Summer grew up on the coast of Oregon, and after finishing school, began to work at a small animal vet practice in Tillamook. After high school, Summer attended Bel-Rea institute to obtain a degree as a CVT and then moved to the valley to pursue a career at OVRA. Summer shares her home with a 7-year-old chihuahua mix named Lily that they rescued as a stray with a broken hip. Lily inspires her to take care of each pet as her own. Whenever there is time off from work, you will likely find Summer camping with her 6-year-old son and husband, going on runs, or staying home cuddled under blankets and watching movies with the family.

Certified Veterinary Technicians

Christi

Christi

Certified Veterinary Technician

Christi is a native of Oregon, growing up in Eugene. While working in an emergency vet clinic, she studied hard to acquire her license at the same time, back in 2002. Christi has a menagerie of animals at home, including a very silly Lab/Hound mix named Jasper, a Maltese/Husky mix that thinks it’s in the circus, and two kitties that were foster fails. Quite the collection! When Christi isn’t at work, you may find her hiking in the high cascades or on a road trip with her family.

Rachel

Rachel

Certified Veterinary Technician

Rachel grew up in Connecticut, and it wasn’t until she moved to Boston for a few years that she realized the West Coast was calling her name. She has loved animals all her life and knew that she would be working in animal care from a young age. Rachel lives at home with cats Penelope and Nigel. Penelope is a special needs kitten who came to her last hospital as a failure to thrive kitten – however, she has proven all of her doctors wrong, and has blossomed into a healthy cat! Nigel is obsessed with avocados and will stop at nothing to get them. When she isn’t working with animals at OVRA or snuggling her kitties, Rachel loves to challenge herself by running half marathons in national parks.

Crysta

Crysta

Certified Veterinary Technician

Veterinary medicine is practically in Crysta’s genes, as her grandma was a vet tech, and her mother was a vet assistant. A career in animal care was a given, and she graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2015. Crysta is thrilled to be a part of the esteemed team at OVRA. Her own animal family includes Bo, the 10-year-old Boston Terrier, who has traveled with Crysta to many locations. She likes to call him the fun police. There is also Navi, the 1-year-old Poodle Mix who is both smart and sassy. When she has a day off you can usually spot her hiking up the coast or driving through the mountains.

Cori

Cori

Certified Veterinary Technician

An Oregon native, Cori grew up in Southern Oregon. After joining the Navy, she met her now-husband and fell in love. What she didn’t know is that she would also fall in love with his hometown, located in the picturesque Willamette Valley. When her husband retired, it was time to move back to where they felt most at home. She always dreamt of working at OVRA and is thrilled to be able to be a part of the team. In addition to her husband, her furry family includes Copper, the 12-year-old Lab, who loves to hunt and also earned an AKC novice trick title. There is also Coco, the 3-year-old lab who will hunt, but prefers hanging out and playing with other dogs. Her days off are usually filled with time in nature, whether through a wilderness cleanup hike, or flyfishing in the McKenzie River.

Brandee

Brandee

Certified Veterinary Technician

Growing up on a farm in small-town Nebraska, Brandee always felt drawn to a career in animal care. From a young age, she was exposed to all that nature has to offer and enjoyed helping take care of the animals on the farm.  grew up in the country, where animals were a big part of her childhood. She has worked with various animal species for many years and loves helping clients and their fur families. Her own pets include cats Mowgli, Meeko, and Mushu. Brandee loves being outside and being active, which means she spends her free time running around with her dogs Deku and Merida (both Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs), hiking, hunting for mushrooms, and camping.

Emily

Emily

Certified Veterinary Technician

Emily was originally from Oregon and moved away to Florida for a few years. Before moving back in 2018, she had worked at a specialty veterinary practice in Florida, and also attended St Petersburg college for her veterinary tech degree. Emily loves animals deeply and has a menagerie of her own pets at home. The “fur family” includes Waffles the rottweiler, Maple Syrup the springer spaniel, Maya the springer spaniel, Coconut, Kiwi, and Boysenberry – all  Manx cats. A fun fact is that none of Emily’s pets have tails!

Lindsay

Lindsay

Certified Veterinary Technician

After working in a large animal vet in high school, Lindsay opted to begin working with smaller animals. As a NorCal native, Lindsay attended Santa Rosa Junior College for vet tech classes and attended Colorado State for a BS degree. Lindsay is a huge dog lover, but loves helping fur babies of all kinds. Her own pets include Remi, a Malinois Shephard mix, and Lucy the elderly English Labrador Retriever. When she gets the day off, you may find her enjoying one of her many outdoor activities like kayaking or backpacking. 

Karen

Karen

Certified Veterinary Technician

Karen grew up in Minnesota, and has always enjoyed being around animals from a young age. Her love of animals dates back to visiting her grandparents’ dairy farm as a child.  Being exposed to animals from a young age inspired her to pursue a career in animal care. After moving to Hawaii to work at the local humane society, she started school to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. She moved to Oregon in 2015 and joined OVRA in 2019. Karen is currently enjoying life with her three pets: Finn – the Yorkie mix she adopted while living in Hawaii, Fiona – the Maltese mix she brought along from Washington when she moved to Oregon; and Phoebe – a Calico cat that she adopted while living here. She enjoys doing crafts like knitting or making cold processed soap at home and exploring the Oregon coast with her dogs when they are not busy sniffing around Eugene!

Katherine

Katherine

Certified Veterinary Technician

Born and raised in Southern California, Katherine now calls Oregon her home. She grew up loving animals of all kinds, including the quieter house pets like dogs and cats. After attending UC Davis for her bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology and Mt. San Antonio College for a degree in Veterinary Technology, she joined the talented team at OVRA. Katherine can’t imagine wanting to do anything but take care of animals, and in her free time she enjoys hiking and wine tasting with friends, and fixing up her old home.

Elise

Elise

Certified Veterinary Technician

Elise grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and moved to Eugene 17 years ago. Elise grew up in a home where they had no shortage of compassion or stray cats! Now her menagerie includes Gin- the cat Elise found trapped outside of a bar, and Fern, who she adopted after being dropped at OVRA without an ID. Elise felt the pull to get back to working at a specialty hospital after spending time in a general practice. She loves the exceptional care that is available to pet parents at OVRA.

Becky M

Becky M

Certified Veterinary Technician

After immigrating to Oregon in 1988, Becky attended Portland Community College to pursue their veterinary tech program. After graduating in 1992, she taught at PCC before moving to the Eugene/Springfield area. Her animal companions are quite the duo, and include a cat and an Amazonian parrot. In Becky’s spare time she enjoys VR games, writing, hiking, and living in servitude to her cat.

Client Service Representatives

Kayla

Kayla

Client Service Representative

Kayla grew up in Utah and always wanted to work with animals. She enjoys this work, as she is surrounded by furry friends all day long! She loves being the first point of contact for clients, and the work really suits her kind demeanor. Kayla recently adopted two leopard geckos who love to be held, and in her free time, she collects crystals, rocks, and vintage trinkets. She also loves creating, whether that’s painting or creating resin art for her small business.

Emily

Emily

Client Service Representative Lead

Originally from Galveston, Texas, and raised on the coast of Oregon- Emily is a lifelong pet lover who seems to have been born knowing all there is to know about animals and their health. Emily’s love for animals runs as deep as the sea, and she has never met a dog she didn’t like.  At home, she has an “accidental Goldendoodle” that taught herself how to play frisbee. She also lives alongside two saltwater aquariums and two birds. In her free time, Emily enjoys painting and even teaches a ‘paint & sip’ class! She also likes to game and do minor agility with her dog.

Briana

Briana

Client Service Representative

Briana grew up in Spokane, Washington, and moved to Eugene in 2016. She attended Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington for 2 years, and although she has always had a love of animals, Briana realized her passion for animal care while working at Greenhill Humane Society for nearly two years. At home, Briana has a 5-year olf rescue Siamese mix kitty named Apple, who responds to Snapple or Snabble. When she isn’t working, Briana is enjoying one of her many hobbies such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, gardening, and foraging. She also loves to get creative and loves painting, dancing, hula hooping, going to live music shows, and playing board or card games.

Veterinary Assistants

April

April

Veterinary Assistant

After originally growing up in sunny Florida, she decided to move cross-country to Los Angeles, where she worked in animal control for LA County. After a few years of enjoying the west coast, she migrated north to Oregon. April says that she instantly connected with OVRA as soon as she saw the website. An animal lover since she could walk, April grew up around a house FULL of small dogs and currently owns two pets– Gracie May and Mary Jane. Gracie May is the adventurous doggo, and loves sticking her head out of the moon roof while driving, while Mary Jane is April’s senior cat. At the age of 14, Mary Jane will gladly steal your seat the moment you stand up. When she isn’t working, you’ll either find April training her pets, gardening, or cooking.

Nikki

Nikki

Veterinary Assistant

Nikki, born and raised in Eugene, joined OVRA after working at other clinics. She prefers the specialties provided here and enjoys the ability to further help animals. Our loveable and enthusiastic veterinary assistant originally wanted to be a veterinarian but changed gears when she realized how much she loves being hands-on with clients. She has 4 cats at home and is married with 2 children. In her free time, Nikki loves hip hop and jazz dancing as well as cooking for her family.

Hannah

Hannah

Veterinary Assistant

Hannah grew up in Arizona and recently moved to Oregon. Hannah has always loved animals and as a child wanted to be a zookeeper! She loves getting to work with animals every day and when she isn’t working hard at the office, she’s pursuing her degree in zoology at OSU. Her hobbies include drawing, take care of plants, and snuggling with her cats! 

Amanda

Amanda

Veterinary Assistant

Grew up in Bend, and when she noticed that OVRA was the premier specialty clinic for most of oregon, she made it a goal to work here. Amanda is a lifelong learner and attends as many classes as possible to further her education. Her animal family at home consists of Maddie the pit bull who is scared of everything; Calvin who looks like a fruit bat (and is mostly an emotional support animal for Maddie); and Nagini the Columbian red-tailed boa who doesn’t like vacuums. Her days off are usually spent with her animals, tending to her orchid collection, or working as a volunteer with the Oregon Bee Project.

Shelby

Shelby

Veterinary Assistant

Passionate about animals from a young age, Shelby got her start in Springfield, Oregon. When it came time for college, she got her equine management and animal technology degrees while attending Linn Benton Community College. Her professional career in animal care began with large animals and horses, which was a major passion for Shelby. After seeing small animal vet care firsthand, she became fascinated with the work, and hasn’t looked back. Shelby has quite a few furry friends, including 4 horses, 4 dogs and 2 cats. Her dogs are ages 4, 3, 2, and 1, which makes for a very lively home life. When she wants to relax, Shelby loves heading to the beach, hiking, and hanging with her horses.

Brenda

Brenda

Veterinary Assistant

Before joining the team at OVRA, Brenda spent 6 years working at animal shelters. Her love of animals runs deep, and she treats each patient as if they were her own. Brenda has a full life outside of work, playing with her grandkids, and taking time to explore Oregon. She also has pets JD (short for jimmy dean) the 2.5-year-old mini pig, Sidney the 30-year-old umbrella cockatoo, and Jager, the 6-year-old pup who she calls her soul dog.

Kaytlynn

Kaytlynn

Veterinary Assistant

Kaytlynn grew up in Tampa, FL, and moved to Eugene in 2014. She was drawn to the area because she loved its incredible scenery. She has always had a passion for animals and would bring in stray cats as a child. As it turns out, they were just outdoor cats who’s owners would come knocking after a few hours. Kaytlynn currently has one dog named Sativa and two cats called Fruity Pebbles and Gelato. When she’s not adventuring outdoors, Kaytlynn enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and adventuring.

Tara

Tara

Veterinary Assistant

Tara grew up in Minneapolis and volunteered at a humane society as a teenager. She also worked at doggy daycare before moving to Oregon, and after working with animals at the local Humane Society, she wanted to get more experience with shelter medicine. Tara has been right at home here at OVRA, and she enjoys helping pet parents become more educated and supported. Tara’s animal family includes Goliath, the cat, and Bernard, the bearded dragon who she loves very much.

Katie

Katie

Veterinary Assistant

Katie grew up in Oregon and fell in love with animals at an early age. After adopting her cat Chloe, she has dedicated her life to caring for pets and helping people care for their fur-ever pets. She also has a passion for travel, outdoor activities, and cooking.

Emily

Emily

Veterinary Assistant Lead

Emily grew up in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and became interested in veterinary medicine after the devastating loss of her dog. Although her career began working at the front desk as a receptionist, Emily yearned to help pet parents on a deeper level. After saying goodbye to her beloved dog was a less than ideal experience, she wanted to be able to give clients the support that they deserve in challenging times. Emily currently has 4 dogs at home and fills her free time socializing with friends, painting, hiking, taking pictures, and hanging with her furry friends.

Dillon

Dillon

Veterinary Assistant

Dillon is an Oregon native and was brought up on a farm, surrounded by animals. He moved to the city for school and attended the Academy of Arts and Academics magnet for high school. While still attending school, Dillon joined dog behavioral training classes for 7 hours a day, solidifying his love of working with animals.

He has a feline BFF named Margot who he describes as a “sassy Tabby with a killer Russian accent.” When he isn’t working, you may find Dillon enjoying a game of chess, cooking for family, and hanging with his Rescue Australian Sheperd named Hiro.

Lennon

Lennon

Veterinary Assistant

Lennon is a native of Oregon, having grown up in Eugene. She is currently attending LCC and then plans to transfer to OSU for a degree in zoology. Lennon has always been obsessed with big cats and has wanted to work with animals from a young age. Although not a BIG cat, she does have a feline friend at home named Asher, A snake named Chanel, and two chinchillas- Tina and Felix. The chinchillas also just had babies, that she named Nerf and Gun. When she’s not spending time with her animal companions, Lennon loves indulging in some good reality tv and playing video games!

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