Our Team

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Animal Hospitals is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to the mission, the hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet. And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board-certified specialists.

Want to join our team? Visit our Careers section.

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.

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Marie Higel
Medical Director

Dr. Marie Higel earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2007. She happily joined VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital in 2009.

Dr. Higel is originally from Arizona and has always had a love for animals and a passion for veterinary medicine. She earned her degree in veterinary science from the University of Arizona in 2003, and has worked in the veterinary field since high school. Her special skills and interests include small animal soft tissue surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and small animal acupuncture. She provides care for cats and dogs, as well as birds, reptiles and small ...

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Erick B.
Hospital Manager
Erick joined the hospital in October of 2017. Previously, he was in various operations management roles for large corporations throughout the Northwest. Erick is a native of Portland but has lived all over Oregon and Washington before settling in Forest Grove with his wife, two boys, geriatric Labrador and new kitten. When it's not snowing, you will find Erick on his motorcycle, playing disc-golf, camping or just hanging outdoors with his family and friends.


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.
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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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