Certified Veterinary Technicians
Joan, Certified Veterinary Technician
Joan is another of our longtime dedicated technicians. Originally from Ohio, Joan joined Aloha Dog and Cat in 1995. Extremely active in the AKC and local dog shows, she has a great wealth of knowledge in the areas of canine reproduction and breeding soundness. An award winning breeder of English Setters, her pet population is a bit fluid, but currently has five of her own dogs at home for breeding and showing.
Julie, Certified Veterinary Technician
Julie is our southerner, which we say with much affection! She was born and raised in Eastern Tennessee, but has been here in Oregon for the last 9 years. We love that she has brought her southern charm and grace as well as her vast veterinary experience to our team at Aloha Dog and Cat. She graduated from Columbia State Community College in Columbia TN with her AAS and then went on to work at the University of Tennessee Veterinary School in the ICU. Her favorite aspect of work is in anesthesia and surgery, she loves learning and experiencing how different patients respond to different anesthetic protocols and helping patients achieve the best possible surgical experiences. Julie loves many aspects of patient care, and also has experience in emergency medicine. Outside of work, Julie loves being able to hike in the mountains and go to the beach! She loves spending time with her family, she has three awesome children and an amazing husband nearly 30 years! Of course she has a few furry children as well- Lucky, her 13 year old cat who has two 1 year old kitties to deal with- Gracie and Charlotte, and Cindy her 13 year old Border collie mix.
Karen, Certified Veterinary Technician
Karen is another of our really experienced technicians that we were so lucky to find and have as a staff member here at Aloha Dog and Cat. She joined us back in 2017 and came to us with a background in mainly veterinary emergency medicine. Her education experience includes OSU, University of Hawaii, PCC and Mt. San Antonio College in California. Needless to say, she has a wealth of knowledge in both education and experience! It’s no surprise that her special interests at work include triage and emergency and critical care, but she also enjoys client education and anesthesia as well. Karen is a native of Hawaii, born and raised on the Big Island, but loves the Oregon outdoors as well. She enjoys fishing and shooting sports as well as visiting and tasting all the great microbreweries the Portland area has to offer! Her family includes two adult children, a Papillon, “Cricket”, a day gecko “Murderer” and has owned a wide variety of pets in the past including parrots, chickens, snakes, and horses!
Lori, Certified Veterinary Technician
Lori joined Aloha Dog and Cat back in 2014, and we are so lucky to have her wealth of experience and knowledge. Lori is a graduated of PCC, earning her AAS in Veterinary Technology in 1981. She’s been working as a veterinary technician ever since! Her special areas of interest at work include surgery, behavior/training as well as orthopedics and radiology. Outside of work, Lori continues her passion for working with animals through her Bernese Mountain Dog, Piper. Piper is quite talented and participates in agility, nose work, therapy, and obedience! Lori is a member of HOPE-Animal assisted crises response which provides working dogs to comfort people in crisis or first responder post crises situations. Lori and Piper also participate in Pet Partners, which is an animal assisted therapy organization that allow them to visit hospitals, rehab and memory care facilities, and schools! They are a busy team and provide so much back to our community! Somehow Lori still finds time to also spend time with her family which includes a husband Paul, two adult children and a cat, Marley, as well as an African Grey Parrot, Poco.
Mackenzie, Certified Veterinary Technician
Mackenzie is a born and raised Oregonian, and we are so lucky to have all her skills here at ADCH. She’s a graduate of Sanford Brown College Veterinary Technology Program and received an outstanding student award in her graduating class. Her favorite things about being a CVT are assisting with surgery/anesthesia, gross abscesses (really, Mackenzie?) and she also has a growing interest in internal medicine somewhat due to her wonderful French Bulldog, Bacon Bits and his many interesting medical conditions. Outside of work, McKenzie loves training Bacon to do tricks, he already has his “Novice Trick Dog” title! And she loves spending time with family and friends. In addition to Bacon, Mackenzie also has 2 adorable cats, Cheeto and Boo.
Marian, Certified Veterinary Technician
Marian joined Aloha Dog and Cat in 1995, making her another of our most dedicated employees. Marian has interests in many areas of veterinary medicine, but is usually our go-to person for cytology, or for the random injured bird or other wildlife, as she is extremely knowledgeable with many species besides dogs and cats. She has a small farm with goats, dogs, cats, a variety of poultry, and a horse!
Veterinary Support and Administration
Brooklyn, Receptionist / /Veterinary Assistant
Brooklyn joined our team in August of 2018 and has been a great addition to Aloha Dog and Cat! Brooklyn loves being able to greet and interact with all the adorable patients that come through our door every day, and also to greet the amazing owners that come with them. Being a student in communications, she really enjoys being able to be a bridge between our veterinarians and clients and getting to help the clients feel confident and included in their pets care. Brooklyn is a busy person, she is also pursuing a degree in Media Broadcast at PSU. Since she’s a newbie to Oregon from central California, when she has some free time she enjoys exploring Portland area for amazing new restaurants and fun places. She also has 3 adorable Italian greyhounds to keep her busy too–Jett (11), Talia (9) and Luna (7) and a new IG puppy too-Reign!
Devonna, Receptionist / /Veterinary Assistant
Devonna has been with Aloha Dog and Cat since 2017, but has a great wealth of experience in both the human and animal health fields. She loves being a part of our reception team as she gets to help build relationships with our clients and their pets. Devonna has a innate passion for animals and has a great respect for the human-animal bond which is very special to her. Being a receptionist and a tech assistant Devonna loves being able to be an advocate for both our clients and patients, and being able to empathize with them during the happy and sad times too. When she’s not hard at work, Devonna also has a passion for reading and loves a good podcast or documentary. She also loves spending time with husband Nate, visiting the many McMenamins locations and going on wine tasting adventures! Devonna gets to share her home with two cats, Sonny and Annie, and her Chihuahua, Jelly who can often be found under her desk at work!
Emily is one of our very dedicated and hard working receptionists, and has been an amazing member of our team since 2015! Emily loves being able to work with our clients and has a great wealth of knowledge from both her experience at work, and also her experience with her own pets who have had some interesting and very educational medical needs! Emily really enjoys being able to use that experience to help educate and bond with clients and their pets.
Emily is another Oregon native, and has two very sweet Italian Greyhounds which can sometimes be found under the desks in reception! When she’s not busy here at the clinic, Emily loves camping and hiking and enjoying some of the delicious food the Portland area has to offer.
Kelsey, Technician assistant
Kelsey is another one of our hard working assistants. She is a master at working at all the “behind the scenes” things our clinic needs to function well. A master of the autoclave and our in house technical support, she wears many hats well. Kelsey also enjoys radiology (X-rays) and improving the lives our patients. When not at work Kelsey enjoys reading, watching baking shows and attempting to bake.
Sandra, Practice Manager
Sandra hails from Wisconsin, but we try not to hold that against her, as she seems to genuinely love Oregon as her second home. As our Practice Manager she wears numerous hats and does it all with grace and a great sense of humor. Her favorite things about working with our clients is seeing every day how kind and thoughtful they can be, and she loves being able to partner with them in their care. Plus how adorable the pets all are makes it extra worth it! She also appreciates our great staff full of experienced, talented, supportive doctors and technicians, assistants and receptionists, and is grateful and proud to be part of the ADCH team.
In her free time, Sandra loves the outdoor adventures Oregon has to offer and is often found out with her dogs Gracie (12 yr old Rottweiler mix) and Ginger (4 yr old English Setter) hiking trails, kayaking or doing some stand up paddle boarding.
Shawna, Technician Assistant
Shawna has been one of our very hard working and dedicated veterinary assistants since 2011. She graduated with honors from Carrington College Veterinary Assistant program. She loves working with all the animals that come in, but she has a special place in her heart for the new little babies and caring for our geriatric patients. Shawna also has a special interest in working with the Fear free program and she keeps our pharmacy ship shape! Outside of work, she loves being out with her dogs- beloved and energetic boxers Drogo and Daenerys doing such as activities as beach strolling, hiking and wine tasting. Shawna is another Oregon native, born and raised in Bend. Her family (besides her fur kids) include a husband, 3 grown children, and 1 granddaughter.
Wyonia, Receptionist/Certified Veterinary Technician
Wyonia joined Aloha Dog and Cat in 1986, making her one of our longest employed staff members! Around the hospital Wyonia is affectionately known as our “cat whisperer”, as she really has a way with those of the feline persuasion. She also really values developing relationships with our clients and spending time getting to know them and their pets. Outside of work, Wyonia is quite a movie fan, and also loves collecting new and interesting jewelry. She has 2 cats, Ozzie and Layla.