Our Team

VCSS Veterinary Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists! We’re pleased to provide exceptional specialty care for your pets!

Our Doctors

Get special treatment by the most valuable professionals.

Kim Freeman

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Freeman has been practicing oncology in the Portland area since 2003. Originally from Clarksville, TN, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Arts in History. She achieved her DVM from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and did a one year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Dr. Freeman completed her medical oncology residency at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX and became ACVIM board-certified in oncology in 2003. She founded the Veterinary Cancer Referral Center in 2009 and merged this practice with Veterinary Surgery & Orthopedics to form Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists in 2014.

Dr. Freeman’s primary focus is on integrating the latest in cancer therapy with quality of life care. Kim takes great pride in educating her staff to provide excellent care to our patients. She and her husband, Brian, moved to Oregon to pursue their shared interests in the great outdoors. They spend much of their free time backpacking or skiing in the mountains, surfing at the coast, and cooking amazing meals to share with friends. Kim and Brian share their home with Raven (the most snuggly athletic dog ever) and Rafa (the charming and handsome tuxedo cat).

John Wooldridge

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Wooldridge attended veterinary school at Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island before completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and then a residency in small animal surgery at the University of California, Davis. He became board certified as a specialist in small animal surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. Dr. Wooldridge co-founded Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists in 2014 and has been in specialty practice in the Portland area since 1999.

His professional interests span both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, including oncologic (cancer) surgery, hepatobiliary and urinary system surgery, fracture repair, cranial cruciate ligament disease, patellar luxation, and the relationship of limb alignment to common orthopedic problems.

Jim Perry

DVM, PHD, DACVIM (ONCOLOGY), DACVS-SA

Dr. Jim Perry’s last day with VCSS will be 4/25/2023. He has become well-known for his enthusiasm and expertise in both surgery and oncology and is well-loved in the Portland veterinary community. We have been privileged to work with him these past four years and wish him and his family the best of luck on their new adventure. Dr. John Wooldridge will continue to take new surgical referrals Monday – Thursday.

Dr. Susie Kang

DVM, DAVCIM (Oncology)

Susie Kang is an enthusiastic and devoted animal lover. Susie began training to be a veterinarian in the sixth grade when her family welcomed a puppy into their home. Since then, she has focused her talents on caring for animals of all kinds. Her formal education began at the University of California, Davis, where she earned degrees in Animal Science (B.S.) and Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). Dr. Kang continued her studies by completing a rotating small animal internship at Purdue University. She then completed a medical oncology residency at Cornell University. She is a board-certified medical oncologist and has been in private practice for over six years.

Dr. Kang strives to achieve the best possible outcomes for her furry patients, along with their human companions, every day. She has a special interest in treating mast cell tumors, lymphomas, osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, and palliative care.

While not at work, Dr. Kang enjoys reading, cooking, and the great outdoors. She is certainly a cat person, having once attended a traveling cat show, art exhibits featuring life (and adoptable) cats, and has visited a cat cafe. Her gray tabby Dimitri can give “high fives” and perform other unique tricks. Her dog, Merlin, enjoys jogging and couch surfing.

Dr. Kang looks forward to helping you and your beloved companions during the difficult time of a cancer diagnosis.

Our Team

Customer Care

Amy

Amy
Client Service Representative

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.

Courtney

Courtney

Courtney Krushwitz
Client Service Representative

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 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.

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Mariah

Mariah
Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon.

Oncology

Angela

Angela
Veterinary Assistant

Anglea joined VCSS in August of 2021. Originally from California, she moved to the Portland area in 2010. She began her career in veterinary medicine in 2000. She truly enjoys the pets and clients and says her favorite part of the job is being able to get to know each of the pets and their pet parents every day.

She shares her home with her Boyfriend with whom she is currently renovating their home. Her furry kids include Linus the orange tabby, Sheldon the shy tuxedo, and the newest addition, Athena, a fun and loving (adorable) chihuahua mix.

Her interests include gardening, hiking, camping, and watching movies.

Jamie, CVT

Jamie
CVT

Jamie joined VCSS in April 2022. Growing up in Oregon City she is a native-born Oregonian. Her career in veterinary medicine began in 2009 and she has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2013. She is currently studying to obtain her Veterinary Technician Specialty certificate in Clinical Pathology this fall. Her favorite thing to do at work is looking at cytology samples and reviewing blood films to perform cell counts.

In her life away from work, Jamie shares her home with her husband, two young girls, and a short-haired tuxedo cat named Snip. She is busy! She enjoys knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, archery, and gardening and is currently working on a camper van renovation to aid her love of hiking and camping. Fun fact: She collects shot glasses and currently has over 300!

Jessica, CVT, FFCP

Jessica
CVT

Jessica joined VCSS in May 2022. She grew up on the east coast and moved to the Portland area at the beginning of 2022 Her career in Veterinary medicine began in 2001 when she became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is also Fear Free Certified. Her favorite part of the job is helping families be able to spend more quality time with their pets.

She shares her home with her husband of over 20 years, Justin. Her fur children are the senior’s Willie, the one-eyed pug/ Boston terrier mix, and Tula the pug. Her interests outside of work include reading, traveling, hiking, and attending music events.

Katherine

Katherine
Oncology Technician

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.

Rachel

Rachel 
Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Tammy

Tammy 
Oncology Technician

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 specialty 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 tiny six-pound chihuahua named Hedy Lamarr that rules the household. Tammy enjoys collecting and selling vintage items and playing board/card games with family and friends.

Surgery

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Alexis, RVT

Alexis
RVT

Alexis lived on the east coast her entire life, until she moved to San Diego in 2016. She relocated to Portland in 2019 and says, “it’s true what they say – the west coast is the best coast!”

Beginning her career in veterinary medicine in 2008, she has always had a passion for taking care of animals. Beginning at age 13 she took care of horses in exchange for riding lessons. Alexis says,”I truly believe animals are a special gift, and make life more precious, so I love to do whatever I can to contribute to their quality of life and keep them happy and healthy with their loved ones.”

At home Alexis lives with her 10 year old black lab, Rocky, who has a bottomless pit for a stomach, and a 15 year old cat named Mischa who loves to chase balls of paper.

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Danielle, CVT

Danielle
CVT

Bio coming soon!

Katrina

Katrina, CVT

Katrina, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Trish, CVT

Trish, BS, CVT
Surgery Technician

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 license. 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.

Support Team

Heather, CVT, CVPM, FFCP

Heather R.
Practice Manager

Heather was originally attracted to veterinary medicine while she was in high school. The defining moment was when it was time to say goodbye to her longtime companion of her whole childhood, a 16-year-old German Shepherd. The doctor who helped her family at this critical and emotional time shaped her view of the profession and she was set on a path. She first began her career as a volunteer at a local small animal veterinary hospital in 1995. Soon she was invited to become a regular employee. She’s never looked back. Throughout her life, she has worked in all support team member roles (kennel assistant, reception, VA, CVT, and ultimately Practice Manager holding a CVPM certificate.) Her work experience includes small animal private practice, corporate medicine, lab animal husbandry, shelter medicine, industry, and now specialty medicine.

Heather is a Fear Free certified Professional and attributes her love of shy animals to her interest in this area of medicine.

At home, she shares her life with her husband, a mini rex rabbit, a spunky Chihuahua mix, and two feline friends.

Outside of work Heather enjoys reading in her hammock, painting, cheesy horror movies, collecting Christmas ornaments, and taking trips to the coast or the mountains.

Julian

Julian
Office Assistant

Julian has been a part of the VCSS team since September 2022. With more than five years of Administrative experience, this is the first time they can bring their skills to a veterinary practice.

They are one of seven housemates, three humans, and four animals. The head of their household is Buddha, a black cat who has always held office as the Alpha of the pack. There is also Karma, Buddha’s timid but needy little sister, Achilles the Great Pyrenees lapdog, and Moose, the rottie mix guardian of the couch.

On most weekends, you will likely find them in a tea cafe, a used bookstore, or Ikea, pretending they live in the showroom.

Trevor

Trevor G.
Kennel Assistant

Trevor joined VCSS in April 2022, but he’s been trekking from mess to mess behind some animal or another since 2016. He grew up in rural Oregon near Banks, and has lived in the Portland area for ten years.

Trevor has one dog at home, a GSD mix named Cruller. The two of them enjoy a good wander outdoors together. Trevor also enjoys tabletop gaming with friends on weekends; Cruller could take it or leave it.