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.

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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 is originally from Arizona, has always had a love for animals, and a passion for veterinary medicine. She takes pride in supporting the bond that clients share with their pets, and care about her patients as if they were her own family members. While working towards her degree in veterinary medicine, she was a veterinary technician for over 12 years. She earned her degree in veterinary science from the University of Arizona in 2003. She went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2007. Dr. Higel pursues many continuing education opportunities every year, to ensure her patients are getting the best care. Her special skills and interests are small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery (including Arthrex Tightrope cranial cruciate ligament repair), emergency medicine, and exotic animals including reptiles, birds and small mammals. She has loved living in Oregon since 2007, and happily joined VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital in the fall of 2009.

Outside of work, Dr. Higel enjoys spending time with her husband, their two fun and active daughters, one crazy dog, two cats, and many fish. She also enjoys cooking, amateur nature photography, and all the ocean beaches, rivers, lakes and beautiful landscapes the Northwest has to offer.

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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