Meet our team!
Multiple surgeons, certified veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and administrative support staff make up our VSCP Team. We will work with you and your primary veterinarian to provide seamless care for you and your pet. Teamwork is essential for a successful client and patient experience. We encourage clients to learn more about our team by reading our bios below.
Amelia M. Simpson, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Simpson graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She completed a small animal internship at Kansas State University, a surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Surgery in Houston, and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. After working in a specialty referral practice in Virginia, she joined the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a clinical instructor and surgeon. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary surgery in 2004.
Dr. Simpson moved to Portland and joined the Veterinary Surgical Center in 2007. She purchased the practice from Drs. Tim and Christine Munjar in 2013.
Dr. Simpson’s primary interests are with soft tissue surgery including thoracic and abdominal surgery, oncological surgery, tracheal and upper airway surgery, portosystemic shunt correction, head and neck surgery, and reconstructive surgery (skin flaps and grafts.) She also enjoys general orthopedics, complex fracture repair and TPLO surgery.
Dr. Simpson is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, mountain biking, camping and trail running. She is an avid traveler when she can get away. She lives downtown with Luci the adorable Labradoodle, Olive the Chihuahua adopted from Pixie, and Oakley her sweet orange kitty.
John E. Kiefer, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Kiefer graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 2010. He completed a small animal internship at Memphis Veterinary Specialists and surgical internships with Veterinary Surgical Centers (VSC) in Washington D.C. and Long Island Veterinary Specialists in New York.
Dr. Kiefer returned to VSC to complete his 3-year surgical residency. After his residency, he practiced in Toronto Canada at the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and his primary interests are general orthopedics, fracture repair and TPLO surgery.
Dr. Kiefer enjoys traveling and spending time with Mstislav, his Russian Wolfhound.
Vanessa R. Serratore, DVM
Practice Limited to Surgery
Dr. Serratore graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, WA in 2011. She completed a general small animal internship and surgical internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orlando, FL and a surgical residency at MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets in Columbus, OH. After her residency, she practiced in Phoenix, AZ at VetMed Emergency and Specialty Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Serratore has finally made it back to the PNW and joined the team at the Veterinary Surgical Center in 2018. Her primary interests include soft tissue surgery (especially abdominal, thoracic, oncological and reconstructive surgery) and general orthopedic surgery such as the TPLO and FHO procedures and fracture repair. Dr. Serratore loves adventure and can often be found exploring the outdoors via hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding, water sports or airborne activities. She lives with her two adorable, yet rambunctious, shelter cats named Sage and Spice.
Timothy A. Munjar, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons ~ Hawaii Resident
Dr. Munjar opened the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland in 2000. After more than 20 years serving the pets and families of the greater metropolitan area, Dr. Munjar has gone on "permanent vacation". He and his family have moved to Hawaii. While we couldn't be happier for him ~ we hate to see him go. Dr. Simpson will be following up on all of his previous patients.
Dr. John Kiefer, DACVS will arrive September 2017. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but currently working in Canada. Dr. Kiefer has a stong interest in orthopedic surgery with a focus on minimally invasive techniques, sporting injuries, and rehabilitation. Don't think you have seen the last of Dr. Munjar ~ he may be back from time to time to allow Dr. Simspon a little R&R.
Kurt Smith, MBA - Practice Administrator
Kurt has worked in various roles in the veterinary field for over 20 years. His career started right out of high school in an equine practice in the Midwest. He has since worked in leadership and consulting roles in both private and corporate veterinary practices. He completed his biology degree at Portland State University and recently completed his MBA in Healthcare at Oregon Health & Science University. Kurt is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and he loves to explore the Northwest with his wife, two young children and his rescued German Shorthair, Miles. "...the thing that has always touched me about veterinary medicine is the power of the human-animal bond. I'm also constantly humbled by the passion and dedication of the people working in veterinary practices." firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa, CVT-Lead Technician
Lisa has worked in veterinary medicine since 1997 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2002. She has been with the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland since it opened in 2000. When not working with animals, Lisa enjoys hiking, traveling and working in the yard. Lisa shares her home with her husband and their dogs Tony and Vinnie. Lisa and Todd welcomed their first baby, Logan, in November 2011 and their second child, Lucy in April of 2014.
“I feel very fortunate to be helping four-legged (or sometimes three-legged) family members on their journey from illness to injury back to good health and an active life.“
Caitlyne has been a veterinary receptionist for the past 7 years. Originally from the Bay area, Caitlyne studied Animal Science at Santa Rosa College and much of her life has been centered around animal care. Caitlyne enjoys exploring the beautiful landscape the North West has to offer. She and her husband enjoy fishing, camping, and eating as well as discovering great spots to take their infant son, Leo, and their 2 year old boxer "Sally". Their family also includes two kitties, Harry and Lloyd, who do NOT enjoying camping.
“When I was young, my mom would often find me next door playing with the neighbor’s Gordon Setter puppies. Time hasn’t changed anything!”
Candyce always knew she would work with animals. After high school she attended technician school and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in 2005. Once certified, Candyce joined the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland team in the summer of 2009. Her favorite aspect of the profession is scrubbing in to surgery to assist the surgeons with the various orthopedic and soft tissue procedures our hospital offers. At home she is accompanied by two cats, Halle and Chewie, and she loves taking her pups Koji and Purkinje to the beach and Thousand Acres. Candyce also enjoys hiking and has been on bowling leagues for more than 20 years.
“Getting to know the pets and seeing them through to good health is the most rewarding part of my job. It always puts a huge smile on my face to see them wag their tails again.”
Carlie, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant
Carlie has experience in the veterinary field extending back to 1995 when her volunteer work at the local cat shelter evolved into a paid position! She has a background in graphic design and drafting and is currently in school navigating her way towards a degree in nutrition. Carlie and her husband enjoy their three dogs- Roscoe, Echo, and Yago, and kitty Taz.
“I'm not only an employee, I'm also a client! I feel this brings a unique perspective to my work and better allows me to help you help your pet. It is my goal to exceed your customer service expectations. It is my priority to make sure pets in our care receive the pampered attention they deserve.”
CC is a licensed technician with over 18 years of experience in the field. While her background is in general practice and emergency, CC really enjoys soft tissue surgery. Lola, her 12-year-old Chihuahua/Whippet mix gets to come to work with CC on a regular basis. When she is not working, CC is spending time with her son, walking Lola in her neighborhood, or playing the guitar.
“I love to help patients feel safe and comfortable when they are scared or nervous. One of my favorite things to see is how happy a dog gets when their person comes to pick them up."
Erin, PCC Technician Student/Veterinary Assistant
Erin is in her first year of the PCC veterinary technician program. She has previously worked as a veterinary receptionist, technician assistant, and surgical assistant. Erin is very motivated by helping and saving animals. Due to her busy schedule, she is obviously relying a lot on caffeine! Erin shares her home with her one-year-old Chihuahua named Abby. They spend their time together playing in the grass at the Beaverton library, going for walks, and relaxing at home. Erin's very little spare time is spent studying and watching Netflix. After graduating, Erin plans to work as a surgery technician and also do a lot of traveling!
Jessica, Veterinary Assistant
Jessica has been a member of the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland team since fall 2015 and is one of our wonderful veterinary assistants. She has always been drawn to animals, volunteering at the Oregon Zoo, general practices, and doggy daycares, but her background thus far has been geared towards customer service. Now in her preferred field, Jessica has been learning the ins-and-outs of veterinary medicine and loving it! She is fascinated by radiology and the intricacies of animal anatomy. She is joined every day by Cashmere, a beautiful yellow lab. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding and a good book.
“To watch a family’s journey from diagnostics to surgery to go-home is both enlightening and gratifying. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to expand my skills at VSCP, learning from great technicians and doctors.”
During studies in zoology at Northern Michigan University, Joselyn began volunteering at a local veterinary clinic. She moved to Oregon in 2013 and entered the PCC Veterinary Technology program in 2015. Joselyn graduated with honors and her Associates in Veterinary Technology degree in 2017. She enjoys reading, hiking and beachcombing with her family. Joselyn's pet family includes two guinea pigs - Leonard and Sheldon, a mastiff mix named Syd, and also Zoey the chihuahua mix.
Kael moved to the Portland area nearly three years ago from his home state of Montana. After graduating with a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana, Kael decided to pursue his goal of working in the veterinary field. He began working towards his veterinary technician degree at Sanford Brown College in downtown Portland. While Kael was enrolled in the technician program, he completed his internship at the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland. After receiving his certification, Kael went on to work at a general practice until he heard of a job opening at the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland and applied! In his spare time, Kael enjoys exploring the city and experiencing the beauty the Great Northwest has to offer. He loves being on the water in the summer and spends his days on the slopes during the winter. Kael recently adopted a golden retriever named Nala through Golden Bond Rescue.
“Working at Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland while surrounded by a unique team of professionals has only strengthened my passion for working with animals and people alike.”
Laura, Veterinary Assistant
Laura began working in veterinary medicine in 2012. Sine then she has developed a love of veterinary surgery and joined our Team at VSCP in the Summer of 2017. Laura has a 6 year old Italian Mastiff named Leo - he is her world! Laura was born and raised in the D.C. area and moved to Portland in 2014.
"I was drawn to this field after learning the impact I can make in both the pet's life and the owner's life. I became more focused in the surgery specialty field because it allows for such life changing benefits and that is very rewarding."
Lindsay has been a member of the Veterinary Surgical Center team since 2014 after working at a general practice for 8 years. She graduated from Oregon State University with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Zoology and has worked with animals the majority of her life. She and her husband are owned by two boxers, Maggie and Aubrey, and their little sister, a Jack Russel mix named Lucy. The family spends as much time as possible on Mount Hood where they enjoy quiet cabin life and bird watching. As one of our appointment technicians, Linsday is a familiar face to most of our clients and is adored by our patients. She loves being involved in the healing process and witnessing all the stages of healing. Because she plays a significant role in rechecks and bandage changes, she sees the subtle changes pets in recovery can make in short periods of time.
“A day spent with animals is a day well spent.”
Maeve has been in the Portland area for over 10 years after moving from the East Coast. She attended Indiana University and went on to earn her BS in Biology at Simmons College in Boston, one of the few all-women schools in the country. Always drawn to science, she spent time at Mass General researching transplant biology before moving into the veterinary field. With 13 years of anesthesia and surgical experience and 5 years working with a veterinary neurologist, she is a great resource for our clients and their pets. Maeve is owned by three cats, Diego the Velvet Prince, Elijah Dolittle the hippo-fattiumus, and Jibba, an orange tabby who Maeve describes as being very goldfish-like. Bits, the 2 1/2- legged terrier wonder dog, and Fluffy the stunningly beautiful and bald columbian red tail boa snake round out Maeve's pet family.
“I like to know how things work. Understanding the biology behind the medicine can help us control pain and begin the healing process, benefiting both pets and their people.”
Renee, Veterinary Assistant
Renee joined the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland in July of 2007. Prior to joining our team Renee worked at a general practice veterinary hospital for 3 years. Renee shares her home in Portland with her husband Bobby, sons Luca and Saul, her English Bulldog, Piglet and Beagle Mix, Bruno.
“I understand how stressful it can be to see your pet undergo surgery. I hope to ease the concerns of pet parents by communicating, listening, and educating. After all, pets are our family.”
Robi, Veterinary Assistant
Robi graduated from Apollo College in 2004 with a degree in Veterinary Assisting. She worked in emergency veterinary medicine until 2005. Robi worked in general practice for 2 years prior to joining the Veterinary Surgical Center in April of 2007 as our night nurse. She shares her home with her Jack Russel Terrier Toby 1 Kinobe. While not at work Robi enjoys mud runs and 5ks with her sons, Keegan and Saegan. In her free time Robi is fond of hiking, relaxing at the beach with Toby and making jewelry for friends.
"Hearing a pet-parent say ‘I can sleep comfortably tonight knowing you are taking care of my baby’ reminds me I’m precisely where I am meant to be professionally.”
Sarah, Veterinary Assistant
After receiving her BS in biology from Willamette University in 2013, Sarah came to work at VSCP as an intern for six months. She returned to VSCP in August 2015 and has been a wonderful team member since! Sarah grew up in a veterinary clinic on the Oregon coast and her first job was cleaning kennels and medicating patients on the weekend for her father’s hospital. She was recently accepted to OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and will be graduating in 2020!! In her spare time Sarah enjoys exploring various hiking trails along the Columbia River Gorge, spending time with her family on the Oregon Coast, and reading with her mischievous rescue kitty, Alvin.
“My goal is to become the best I can be; to better myself for my patients and hospital as a whole. Above all else, always be kind.”
Sarah has been accepted to Veterinary School at Oregon State University fall 2016!