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, Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant
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 Northwest has to offer. She and her husband enjoy fishing, camping, and eating as well as discovering great spots to take their infant sons, Leo and Reese, 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 finishing high school, she attended technician school and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in 2005. Candyce joined the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland team in the summer of 2009. Her favorite aspect of the profession is scrubbing into 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.”
Erin completed the PCC Veterinary Technician program and 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 2-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!
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 had an old Italian Mastiff named Leo since 2013 – 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 Russell 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. Her household also consists of Bits, the 2 1/2- legged terrier wonder dog, and Fluffy the stunningly beautiful and bald Columbian Red Tail Boa. “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 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 Russell Terrier Toby 1 Kinobe. When 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.”
Chris moved to Portland from Florida in 2015 but is originally from Wisconsin. She came to VSCP with experience in instrument sterilization from previous employment at a human hospital. When not at work she enjoys playing video games, spending time with her partner, and going on hikes with Lierre and Magic, their 2 Russian Wolf hounds.
Margaret Dubois has been a CVT for 9 years. She hails originally from Chicago and relocated with her husband in August 2017 to the PNW. The couple love to adventure outdoors and explore new areas. The couple shares a 9-year-old Siberian Husky named Maya.
Roberta started in veterinary medicine in 1999 out of high school as a kennel aide, then attended San Joaquin Valley College graduating in 2001 with a degree in veterinary technology. She has been licensed in California and Oregon. Roberta relocated from Lemoore, California to Beaverton, Oregon in March of 2018 after living in California for 30 years. She has always had a love for animals and couldn’t imagine doing anything different with her life. In 2016 she was blessed to add a son Eli, to her life.
Chai has been a veterinary technician for almost 17 years while working in a variety of roles within the field. During this time Chai has come to realize her “calling”, patient care. Taking care of the patients while in the hospital is her primary passion and she is lucky to have found such a wonderful place to do it.
In her spare time, she and her Husband enjoy the outdoors and anything that comes with it. Her household consists of an 11 year old pit-bull named Trippy, an 11 year old french bulldog named Mochi, a 5 year old cat named Sati, and a 16 year old appaloosa horse named Eagle.