Katherine studied Social Work at Washington State University, and like many college students, she got a dog. Her name was Baggy and she changed Katherine’s life. Baggy had major orthopedic surgery as a young dog (to correct a genetic problem) and Katherine spent a fair amount of time at the veterinary clinic with her. Her interest in veterinary medicine was sparked. Katherine has worked in veterinary medicine for 11+ years, primarily in emergency and critical care prior to transitioning to oncology a few years ago.
Katherine has always felt a close connection to animals. Being able to help them during illness and recovery feels natural.
Finnegan is around 2 years old. He is a Doberman mix that closely resembles the dogs on the Far Side comic in both appearance and attitude. Chooch is an elderly Chihuahua who thinks he is a cat. Katherine also has an actual cat named Schnitzel, who is certain that she is Ruler Of All.
Nicole Shuey, BS, CVT, VTS
Nicole grew up in Denver, CO. Her love for animals and science has been a passion for as long as she can remember. Nicole graduated from Northeast College with an Associate’s of Applied Science (Veterinary Technology) in 2007. Since that time, she has lived and worked in several states, with her most recent career being an anesthesia technician at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. It was there that she began the long journey in obtaining her veterinary technician specialty (VTS) in anesthesia, which she achieved in October 2018, after relocating to Portland, OR. She is so excited to be working at VCSS and can’t wait to start hiking all of the beautiful mountains and trails in her new home state. She recently lost her dear little kitty Gnarly, at the age of 14, and is waiting for the right animal to steal her heart before adopting a new pet.
Trish Tomic, BS, CVT
Trish was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She has always been around animals; from horses, cats and dogs, to pocket pets, birds and reptiles. She joined FFA in high school where she showed market hogs and competed in livestock judging. After high school, she went on to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona earning a BS in Animal Science. Trish moved to Portland in 2003 in search of new adventures. In 2006, she became employed as a surgery technician in orthopedics and during that time earned her CVT licensing. She has two senior domestic shorthair cats named Sophie and Isaac. And two beloved pet rats named Ash and Bishop. In her spare time, Trish is an avid birdwatcher and loves fly fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping, crafting and watching B-rated horror movies.
Tammy grew up in Eastern Washington in the Columbia River Gorge. She has lived in Seattle, Arizona, Los Angeles, but decided Portland was the best place to raise her daughter. She studied at the University of Washington for English, but left that field soon after college when she began working as an assistant at a general practice veterinary hospital. She gained additional experience at an emergency clinic in Los Angeles, a speciality clinic in Portland and spent over four years working with a local radiation oncologist. Because Tammy is a self described cinephile, who also loves reading, all of her pets have amazing names! She has a tri-pod pit bull named Beatrix Potter, a newly adopted exceedingly handsome orange kitty named Friar Tuck and a tiny six pound chihuahua named Hedy Lamarr that rules the household. Tammy enjoy’s collecting and selling vintage items and playing board / card games with family and friends.
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Shrina has always had a strong bond with animals. Her parents knew from the time she was 3 years old that she would have a career in the veterinary field. She grew up in the Milwaukie area and has been working in the veterinary field since she was 15 years old. She started working at a veterinary clinic as a kennel technician after school and on the weekends. She was soon trained as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. Since then, Shrina has managed a doggy daycare, as well as a general practice veterinary clinic and has worked at a veterinary pharmacy before finding her home at VCSS. In her free time she enjoys taking day trips to various outdoor destinations, camping, hiking and spending time with her pets.
Shrina has 2 dogs: Anabel, a Great Dane and Penelope, a Chihuahua. She also has 5 cats: Weiner Schnitzel, Bananas, Meatwad, Titan and Draggin.
Emilie grew up in Austin, TX and moved to Portland in 2016. She has always loved animals and has had quite the variety of experience during her career. She worked for 4 years in general practice, 10 years in emergency/ICU, 2 years in ophthalmology and 4 years in oncology/surgery/RT. We are thrilled to have her join our oncology team! Emily has 2 dogs: “Penny” a chug (chihuahua / pug) and “Ellie” a chihuahua. She enjoys traveling, hiking, backpacking, thrift stores, concerts and exploring waterfalls in the PNW.
Jordan Elliott, AAS, RVT
Jordan grew up in Northern California. She moved to the PNW for adventure, but mostly for the amazing hikes! Jordan has always been an animal lover. She has extensive veterinary experience and a passion for anesthesia. She is currently working towards her VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialty) in anesthesia/analgesia. In addition to helping our VCSS patients, she uses her skills volunteering for amazing organizations like the Humane Society of the United States and Rural Area Veterinary Services. She is currently working with Spayathon 4 Puerto Rico! (#spayathon4pr). Jordan has 3 dogs: “Jude” and “Abbey” (both Aussies) and “Bunni” (an adorable one eyed Chihuahua). She loves hiking with her dogs and enjoying Oregon’s awesome selection of handcrafted beers.
Allie Thomas, AAS, CVT
Allie was born and raised on a farm in Beavercreek, Oregon. She was always surrounded by animals and loved caring for them, even at a very young age. She received her associate’s degree in veterinary technology at Sanford-Brown College, with a special interest and love for anesthesia and analgesia. She has not only worked in the small animal veterinary field, but also large animal! Allie’s pets at home include: “Cali” a Corgi, “Finnegan” the Foster Fail, “Snickers” and “Naughty Nora” the cats, “Smurf” a horse (who is the love of her life), “Molly” a horse, and “The Girls,” 9 chickens! She enjoys spending time with friends and family, horseback riding, adventures with the dogs and her husband Kyle, and traveling.
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Tiffany has lived in Portland for the last 15 years and has always loved working with animals. She has worked in a boarding facility, as a veterinary receptionist, and was an apprentice instructor at Guide Dogs for the Blind. After going through cancer with her own dog, Finola (a career change from Guide Dogs), she was impressed by the empathy and compassion shown at Finola’s many vet visits. The opportunity to provide that level of care to clients, during such a stressful time, is what brought her to VCSS. She genuinely loves getting to know clients, and hearing about the journey they have been through with their pets. She has a Basset hound named Riggins who is a giant goofball, and two kitties named Veruca and Savannah. In her spare time she enjoys photography, anything creative or crafty and spending time with friends and family.
Courtney grew up in the Mt. Hood/Sandy area and started working at a general practice veterinary hospital after she graduated from high school. She has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years, with experience in veterinary emergency and specialty services. Courtney grew up with Siberian Huskies and has always known she wanted to work with animals. She has a dog named “Piper”, who is Courtney’s her bionic babe and partner in crime. “Piper” has had 3 orthopedic surgeries in her young 6 years of life already! “Ziggy” is her 6(ish) year old cat who is the boss and Queen of the house. Courtney and “Piper” LOVE to go hiking, doing anything outdoors or water related, hunting, shooting and photography.
Amy grew up right here in rural Clackamas County, Oregon. She has had a variety of pets including dogs, cats, horses, cows, chickens and turkeys! In high school, she jumped at the chance for a job as a kennel attendant and has been in the veterinary field for over 15 years. Currently, Amy has a handsome, “tennis ball crazed” Labrador Retriever named “Thor” who loves to swim. She also has two cats from the same litter, “Crash” and “Burn”. In her free time she enjoys gardening, reading, camping, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.