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Meet Our Troutdale Veterinarians & Vet Team

Ken DeRemer, DVM

Practice Owner


Dr. Ken DeRemer DVMI grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and moved to the west coast (California) for graduate school. I graduated from vet school in 1983 from the University of California at Davis and moved up to the Portland area shortly after graduation. I started Paws and Claws Pet Medical Center as a housecall practice while building the current facility. The doors to Paws and Claws opened in 1994. In 2008 I purchased Peninsula Dog and Cat Clinic in North Portland, and I now split my time between both practices. My wife and I have 3 children: KC, Ben, and Wyatt, and currently have 1 dog, 2 cats, and a parrot. In my free time (which seems rare) I enjoy fishing and creating home-brewed beer.


Veterinarians

Christina Huntsinger, DVM

Dr. Christine Huntsinger DVMI grew up in Oregon and received my undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1998. I transplanted to the Midwest for vet school and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, after which I was happy to move home to the Pacific Northwest. I started practicing in Hillsboro and moved to Paws & Claws in 2007. I am proud to be an advocate for pet health and well-being. I enjoy educating clients on preventative medicine issues to improve the quality of life for both the animals and their owners. I also enjoy dentistry and managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and chronic renal failure. The majority of my free time is spent in the woods hiking, camping, and backpacking, or tending to my vegetable garden. I also am proud to be a member of the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team (OVERT). We are certified by the State of Oregon to be first responders during emergencies and disasters in order to set up and care for injured or misplaced animals, and to house the pets of people who have been displaced from their homes. I have 2 cats, Basti and Fester (aka "Fwuffy Kitten"), and a lab/border collie mix, "Mowgli". I treat cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, guinea pigs, and hamsters.


Monica Pollock, DVM

Dr. Monica Pollock DVMI am a homegrown Oregonian, raised in Beaverton, Oregon. I got my BS from Oregon State University, and I graduated from vet school in 1999 from the combined Oregon State University and Washington State University Veterinary Medicine program. I started practice in Beaverton, but have been at Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center since 2006. While I enjoy surgery and internal medicine, my true passion is preventative medicine and geriatric care. At home I have Kingston, my career-changed guide dog; Kitchen Lizard, my three-legged bearded dragon; and Porch, my orange tabby rescue. On my time off, I enjoy working on my house and garden, hiking, and wandering around the neighborhoods of Portland. In addition to cats and dogs, I also see birds, reptiles, and all small mammals.


Client Service Representatives

James H.

James H.In Spring 2007 I started working for Paws and Claws Pet Medical Center, initially as a kennel assistant, and have learned the skills to work as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. In the Fall of 2008 I started to split my time between Paws and Claws and Dr. DeRemer's other practice in North Portland, where I also work as both an assistant and receptionist. For now, I have three cats: Doom, Danger and Ayame. I have had exotics over the years too, including: sugar gliders, mice, turtles, and fish. For fun I play guitar, read, camp and cook.


Elaine K.

Elaine K.A native Oregonian, I was born and raised in Portland. I have always had one or more pets in my household, ranging from parakeets to guinea pigs, to cats and dogs. I worked as an English teacher before starting my family, which now counts at four (grown) children, one neurotic 9 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named "Lily", and a 5 year old black kitty named "Tula". I worked for 5 years at another veterinary clinic in Portland, took a two year break, and started at Paws and Claws in 2004. I chose this area of work because of my fondness for companion animals, and enjoy the daily contact with our clients.


Kim T.

Kim T.I was born and raised in Kansas, however I consider Oregon my home. With a degree in Graphic Arts from Portland State University, and years of customer service skills I started at the clinic in November of 2010. The clients and their pets are why I love coming to work every day!  My children have nearly grown and gone which leaves me time for my hobbies of many never ending art projects, knitting , making jewelry,  metalsmithing, and taking care of our farm.  At home I have my German Sheppard “Ella”, with numerous varieties of chickens, and pheasants.


Kerri P.

I was born and raised in Gresham, OR. Out of high school I enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves, and currently am part of a medical detachment. Shortly after my return from training, I began working as a receptionist at Paws & Claws in March of 2013. I currently have 4 cats, and if you ask me, it is not enough!

I am attending my first year of college at Mt Hood Community College, and one day aspire to earn my doctorate of veterinary medicine. I love being a part of the wonderful team at Paws & Claws.


Certified Veterinary Technicians

Deann Riggs, CVT

Deann Riggs CVTI grew up in Sandy, Oregon. I have always had a love for animals. I graduated from the PCC Veterinary Technician program in 1998. I worked at another clinic in Gresham before joining Paws and Claws in 1999. Currently I am only working a few days a month as my 3 daughters keep me very busy. In addition to them, I also have 2 cats "Katy" and "Tico", and 2 boxers "Dallas" and "Rollie" and 6 chickens.  I love coming to work as every day is always an adventure and I enjoy knowing I can make a difference in an animal's life.


Kelly Campbell, CVT

photo.JPGI grew up in Oregon and currently live in SE Portland with my horse, dogs, cat and geckos. In 2007 I graduated from OSU with a Bachelors in Business and spent five years working in Social Services. Upon discovering how long a 40 hour work week is I realized I needed more time in my professional life dedicated to animals. I have a great compassion for the value of the human-animal bond and appreciate all the wonderful moments they bring to our lives. I graduated from the PCC Veterinary Technology Program in 2012 and jumped immediately on board with the wonderful team at Paws and Claws.  Animals, in every shape, bring such joy to people's lives and I am grateful to be in a position of supporting others in caring for their special family members.


Wendy Frame, CVT

I currently live in Gresham, Oregon with my family which consists of my pack of cats and dogs, two fabulous children and my loving husband.  I grew up in Southern California, so I often miss the sunshine, but I do love the NW.  I have been  in the veterinary field since 2007 and really enjoy working with all animals. I'm very happy to be working at Paws and Claws which has given me a chance to expand my knowledge base to cover a wide variety of pets.  I have a great passion for learning and providing my patients with the best care possible. 


Alan Cole, CVT

I have loved reptiles and amphibians all of my life. As a child, growing up in Portland Oregon, I would spend a lot of time looking for snakes, frogs, salamanders, lizards and turtles. My love for animals grew over my years, leading me to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. I love working with all types of animals, and have been doing it professionally for over 20 years. In my not so free time, I enjoy the outdoors, fishing and volunteering.


Veterinary Assistants

Melissa

I joined the Paws & Claws team in July of 2013 and haven't looked back. Working with animals has been my lifelong dream. Growing up, there were always pets at home, and from that I knew being a part of an animal's care was the only thing I ever wanted to do. I have been working as a tech/assistant for over 9 years in clinics around the country. During this time I have worked in general practices, emergency clinics, and also with board certified surgeons. At home, I have two rats (Aria and Sansa), a tuxedo kitty (Serenity) and a huge orange tabby (Villin); both of my kitties were rescues.  One day, I would love to open up my very own rescue shelter.


Shelby

I was born in California but grew up in Boise Idaho. I spent a year in Dallas Texas but missed the great PNW, so here I am, truly blessed to be at Paws & Claws! I've grown up with all sorts of pets from horses, sheep and cows to your regular household pets (the list is truly never ending). Currently at home I have my rescued Pit Bull "Phoebe", my cats "Simba & Pearl", and my two Russian Tortoises "Babies & Tortie" and my English Bulldog "Babes". I also care for my Severe Macaw "Luke" and a Ruby Macaw "Bella". Basically I like to call it my very own personal zoo. My companions mean the world to me so I know whole heartedly how much yours mean to you! I've been in the world of animal care since high school where I started as a kennel technician at a boarding resort working my way up to be a veterinary assistant now. I am so excited to be here and cannot wait to meet you and your pets!


Cassandra

I have lived in Portland for 9 years and have been in the veterinary profession for 6 of them. I am currently attending PCC to complete prerequisites for the Veterinary Technician Program. My career goals are to gain as much experience with as many animals as I can. I want to to travel to places all over the world to help endangered species, and help preserve as many animals as possible. After I become a Certified Veterinary Technician, I want to specialize in nutrition as well as zoo animals. I hope to one day work with lions and other big cats, as well as any other animals that are in need. At home I take care of three tuxedo cats, a Russian Tortoise, a box turtle, a bearded dragon and an Albino Honduran Milksnake. I hope to have the means to house and care for many more in the future. In my spare time I love to read, take cats for walks, paint, and make clothes and play the drums.


Management

KC DeRemer

KC DeRemerI have been involved with Paws & Claws throughout most of life. I have always loved animals, and worked in the clinic off and on during high school. In 2005 I moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon. In 2010 I attained two bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Spanish before returning to work at Paws & Claws.  At home I have a pointer/hound mix named "Blaze" that I got from the shelter, and a fancy feline named "BLIP". In my spare time I love to snowboard, fish, go backpacking and I am also an avid home brewer of IPA's.


Clinic Pets

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Greddy

Greddy joined us in 2008 after his little head got squished by a car. He was a mess, with a damaged eye and a broken jaw and teeth. We were able to fix him up with a big surgery and lots of TLC. He's been greeting clients ever since. He loves to knead bellies, tease the other clinic cats, and scream at people for food.