Our Team

Our staff believes in the relationship between you and your pet. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality medicine in a compassionate and caring way. We emphasize client education and preventative medicine. We achieve this by using state of the art equipment and by encouraging personal and professional growth.

We will listen closely to your concerns and questions and take the time to explain what’s happening and what should be done. We will work together with you to reach a final decision and treatment plan that’s best for you and your pet. We have an open door policy - we’ll take you anywhere in the hospital to show you what we can do. We want you to feel comfortable and informed about your pet’s condition and needed treatments. Your peace of mind is important to us.

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

paw Team Spotlight
Karalyn Buttrill (formerly Kuchenbecker)
DVM Medical Director
Dr. Karalyn Buttrill found her calling to veterinary medicine while caring for injured coastal wildlife in Southern California. She attended Brown University and received her Bachelors of Science with Honors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2006. She continued her education at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, receiving her doctorate in 2010. Following graduation, she completed a one-year, rotating, small animal internship at New England Animal Medical Center that comprised of Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery, Internal Medicine, and General Practice rotations. Family drew her to Denver, Colorado from 2012 to 2018 where she was able to hone her laparoscopy and dentistry skills. She was finally able to find her forever home in the Pacific Northwest in 2018.

Though she is particularly passionate about minimally invasive soft tissue surgery aka laparoscopy (spays, cryptorchid neuters, prophylactic gastropexies, and liver biopsies, oh my!), she also enjoys complicated dental procedures, puzzling internal medicine cases, and alleviating chronic pain in our geriatric friends. As the Medical Director, Dr. Buttrill continues her passion for teaching and maintaining the highest quality of medicine while fostering the human-animal bond.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, art, cooking, and hanging out in North Portland with her family. She shares her home with a very smart, mixed-breed dog and a goofy, confident tabby cat.


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.


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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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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