Our Team

The friendly, professional staff at VCA McKenzie Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who make it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission, the hospital team relies on many individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the friendly staff at the front desk to the talented and dedicated technicians and doctors, to the fun-loving kennel and day-care staff, our team works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.

Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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Mary Arpaia
DVM Medical Director
Dr. Mary Arpaia received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the combined veterinary program through Oregon State University and Washington State University in 2003. She graduated summa cum laude and was honored with the American Animal Hospital Association Senior Student Award and the Small Animal Practitioner Award. Dr. Arpaia joined McKenzie Animal Hospital shortly after graduation in 2003. She focuses her practice to dogs, cats and small mammals. Her clinical interests beyond general practice are dentistry, preventative care and feline medicine and surgery.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners. In 2010 Dr. Arpaia completed certification in veterinary stem cell therapy. She has additional training in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation. In 2012, Dr. Arpaia was instrumental in completing the hospital certification process for the Cat Friendly Practice Gold level status. She continues to be the Cat Advocate for McKenzie Animal Hospital and provides education to clients and staff on the unique needs of our feline friends.

Outside of the practice she enjoys cooking with fresh produce from her husband’s garden, reading, hiking and spending time with her daughter, husband and pets.
Alyssa Ryan Baker
Hospital Manager
Alyssa joined the hospital team in February of 2008 as a Kennel Assistant. Shortly after that she switched roles and worked as a Veterinary Assistant for 11 years. Before she became the Hospital Manager in 2019, she decided to continue her education in veterinary medicine and started the Veterinary Technician program with Penn Foster. She is set to graduate in 2022. Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, her husband and two sons, hiking and gardening. Her family has two dogs, Sage and Garth, a cat named Thor, and a Guinea pig named Chuck.

Veterinarians

Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.

Administration

The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.
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