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Dr. Elizabeth Behrenfeld
Growing up on a farm in rural Oregon instilled Dr. Behrenfeld with a great respect and interest in animal care. This developed into a career as a veterinarian and a passion for all things equestrian. Dr. Behrenfeld lives with her husband Mike in the Alsea Valley with three cats and three horses. Dr. Behrenfeld has a DVM from Oregon State University and Washington State University, and she has a special interest in strengthening the human-animal bond, hunter/jumpers, and dressage.
Best Advice: "Don't eat anything larger than your head. Great nutrition, lots of exercise and parasite control is often the answer."
Dr. Robyn Lantz
Dr. Lantz knew she wanted to help and care for animals since volunteering at a veterinary clinic at 10 years of age. She has always been fascinated with the unique species of the world including reptiles, birds, small furry critters, and fish - even the dangerous and the creepy-crawly! Dr. Lantz volunteers with the Humane Society and has been involved in her local veterinary association since graduating in 2004 with a DVM from Oregon State University. She is especially interested in exotic animal care. When not at work she spends time with her dog, two cats, two rats, a Sulcata tortoise, and a Bearded Dragon. She also enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and cheering on the Beavs at OSU Football games.
Best Advice: "All species, hairy or hairless, two eyes or eight, legs or legless, tails or fins are here for a purpose and should be treated and cared for with the same love and respect. It is quality of life which matters most."
Dr. Jilinda Lewis
Since entering vet school in 1997 and joining Ark in 2001, Dr. Lewis has been most affected by the relationships she has developed with her animal patients and clients. When not at the clinic she enjoys gardening, playing with her son Alexandre and working with her personal animals. Dr. Lewis has a dual degree DVM from Oregon State University and Washington State University. Dr. Lewis' special interest in surgery prompted her to accept an one year internship with a surgery specialty practice in Nevada in 2009. Now with the internship completed she is committed to spending time at OSU-VTH when not working at Ark or Eastgate to further expand her knowledge of surgery.
Best Advice: "Walk with your dog. Take time to enjoy the outdoors, good company and staying healthy. It's good for both of you."
Dr. Nova Prince-Kelly
Growing up with all creatures great and small, Dr. Prince-Kelly started to think about a career in veterinary medicine at an early age. Watching the bond between pets and people, she knew veterinary medicine would allow her to help both pets and their owners. Since joining Ark Animal Hospital and Eastgate Veterinary Clinic in 2007, she has loved making people happy by caring for their pets. Dr. Prince-Kelly has a DVM from Oregon State University and special interests in pain management, dentistry, preventative health, and end-of-life care.
Best Advice: "Age is not a disease! There are many things that can help prolong your pet's life. Just ask about preventative health care at your next visit."
Dr. Melody Williams
From the age of five, Dr. Williams knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Since joining Ark in 2004, she has loved witnessing the bond between her clients and patients. When not at work, Dr. Williams enjoys spending time at home with her husband and daughter, as well as their dog and cats, Winnie, Mr. Pinchy, and Mrs. Winklebottom. Dr. Williams has her DVM from Oregon State University and Washington State University. She is also certified in canine rehabilitation and has special interests in companion animal medicine and end-of-life care.
Best Advice: "Please don't give your pet any medication without consulting a veterinarian. Common drugs like Advil and Tylenol can be harmful, even deadly to your pet."
Jasmine joined Ark Animal Hospital in September 2008. She has had the opportunity to work as a receptionist as well as an assistant before moving into her current role as Practice Manager. Connecting with clients and their pets is her favorite part of her job and says she feels "blessed to be able to work with such a compassionate and dedicated team everyday." At home she has five furry "kids," Bronx, a Rott-Heeler cross and four kitties, Brooklyn, Meko, Kaya and Ziggy.
Trace joined the Ark Eastgate team as an IT Consultant and Systems Administrator in 2015. From a young age he was fascinated by technology and its ability to empower people. As a Free and Open Source Software advocate his passion for ethics extends to the humane treatment of animals and drives him to support the rest of the team in providing the best care possible.
Kate joined the team in 2015 as an assistant with Eastgate Veterinary clinic. She grew up in Junction City, Oregon and graduated from OSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences. She hopes to specialize in animal rehabilitation in the future, and help animals recover from surgery, accidents and injuries using exercise. She has a long history with animals, and loves everything from horses, cats and dogs to birds, rodents and reptiles! In her free time she travels the West Coast and Canada with her family, bringing the X-Treme AirDog dock-diving dog sport shows to fairs and festivals for people to enjoy. She has a very sweet, very large black lab named Tahoma at home. When they aren't dock-diving she, her husband, and Tahoma are exploring the great Pacific Northwest!
Jayne was raised on a large dairy and crop farm in southern Wisconsin where an attraction to animals developed early. After graduating from school, a career in office management developed in various business disciplines such as long-term health care, environmental services, and computer hardware. The choices in career, while lessening her involvement with animals, did not lessen her love of them. In 1993, a career in business gave way to veterinary medicine. Jayne began coursework at the Medical Institute of Minnesota (MIM) towards obtaining a veterinary technician degree. Her first position in a veterinary clinic came shortly after graduating from MIM in northern Wisconsin. This first job allowed for valuable experience treating and caring for small and large animals, conventional and non-conventional for the region, domestic and wild. She also successfully completed examination and experience requirements to obtain Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) status while in WI.Shortly after a move to Alaska in 2000, Jayne began employment at Alaska Pet Care where she gained new experience in exotic animal treatment and exposure to different technologies and surgical techniques. Jayne spent nine years at The Pet Stop where she worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and later became a Client Services Representative. After 15 years in Alaska, Jayne recently moved to Oregon to continue her career in the animal field. She started at the Ark Animal Hospital in June 2015 as a Client Services Representative. She enjoys greeting our clients and their companions, providing client education, and expanding her own knowledge base through experiencing a variety of patients and patient challenges.Jayne currently has three cats which provide her with lots of amusement. Her personal interests include biking, skiing, knitting, reading, and exploring the tremendous opportunities that the State of Oregon has to offer.
Christina grew up in Wyoming and moved to Eugene in middle school. She started in Veterinary medicine at 16 and loves what she does. She is pictured with her blue doberman "Dudlee", also she has a Whippet named Colt, 2 kitties Zoey and Sugar, and a box turtle named "Kelly". When not at work her favorite past time is reading, spending time with family, and riding her motorcycle.
Sarah joined our team as a veterinary assistant after graduating from LBCC's assistant program in 2016.
Willow completed Linn-Benton's Assistant program in 2017 and joined Ark's team upon graduation.
Growing up on a farm in CA, we always had an abundance of animals. Ever since then I have always had a furry friend by my side and couldn't imagine it any other way. I recently adopted a very loving kitty named Leo and I also have a 7 year old English setter named Aiyana. I love exploring new trails or going to the beach with her. I have lived in Oregon over 5 years now and have enjoyed the vast and beautiful outdoors. I am a very creative person so I enjoy painting, drawing or playing my piano in my spare time. I joined the Eastgate team in March of 2014 and love the fact that I am constantly learning new things everyday.
Vicki grew up in Philomath, Oregon and graduated from Linn Benton Community College with an Associates of Science degree in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from Oregon State University. Vicki joined our team in October 2016 as a veterinary assistant . In her youth, Vicki participated in 4-H for nine years showing her beagle Xena, swine, and cattle. In her free time, Vicki likes to spend time with her family, relax with her cats, and care for their family farm animals.
Hannah grew up in La Crosse Wisconsin and has always had a special interest for all animals,especially large animals. Hannah graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2015 and joined the Eastgate team in November. Hannah Plans on continuing her education at Oregon State. In Wisconsin, Hannah has a 12 year old horse named Roxy, a 3 year old cat named Mayhem, and a Dutch Bunny named Earl Grey. In her free time, Hannah enjoys anything outdoors from fishing and hiking to trail riding with her horse and camping.
Jackie has been with Ark Animal Hospital and Eastgate Veterinary Clinic since November 2004. Currently she is our In-patient Technician and oversees the care of our hospitalized patients. She has a strong interest in animal behavior and animal welfare. Ark feels lucky to count Jackie as one of our family.
Kelly joined Ark in November 2013 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has her B.S. in Animal Science from OSU, then completed the Veterinary Technology program at LBCC. Prior to joining Ark, Kelly has worked in emergency veterinary medicine, at Heartland Humane Society & most recently, at OSU Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Kelly has strong interest in oncology, as well as, rehabilitation and physical therapy. She has one dog, Lilo, who is a 12 year old Lhasa Apso mix and shares custody of 3 other dogs (a lab mix and 2 pit mixes) and 1 cat. She enjoys the outdoors and goes camping and fishing whenever she can.