About Us

About Us

Cathedral Animal Hospital provides the service and compassion to every patient and client that we have come accustomed to expect and appreciate for our loved ones and ourselves. We strive to provide the best health care options, both naturopathic and allopathic, that help prevent and treat disease and suffering for our patients.

Cathedral Animal Hospital is an independently owned hospital that strives to be as green as possible. Our clinic is run with paper-free record keeping, digital radiographs, LED lights, recycled/reclaimed lumber, and we offer employee incentives for public transportation or bicycle commute.

We know that a strong relationship with you is an integral part of providing the best possible care for your pet. This includes continual client education, open communication, and transparency of services. We will work to maintain a long-lasting and mutually respectful relationship with you and your pet.

Our Team

Nikki Graf (She/Her) DVM, CVA

  • Co-founder of Cathedral Animal Hospital
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Nikki is a Pacific Northwest native and was fortunate to have been raised appreciating the amazingly diverse outdoors that we have. She completed her undergraduate degree (Pre-med with a Chemistry minor) in Bellingham, WA attending Western Washington University. Her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine was completed at Washington State University in 2010. After graduation, she completed an internship in Emergency and Critical Care at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. She fell in love with the challenges and fast-paced environment of Emergency Medicine and continue to work in ER/Critical care referral hospitals. Emergency Medicine is not only a challenge of rapid assessments in stressful situations, but also challenges the ability to communicate in an effective and compassionate manner. Nikki gets inspired by the human-animal bond that is profoundly evident in pets seen on an emergency basis as well as with the teams that help care for them. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture in a search for alternative modalities for pain management as well as a more holistic practice of medicine with emphasis on preventative health care. She is excited to continue her journey in Veterinary Medicine in a general practice setting where long-lasting relationships with clients and their pets will be nourished. Outside of work, Nikki enjoys surfing, snowboarding, cooking and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her partner, Andrew, and their terrier mutt, Roger.

Lindsay Thurwachter (She/Her) DVM, CVA, CVFT

  • Co-founder of Cathedral Animal Hospital
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
  • Certified Veterinary Food Therapist
Lindsay grew up in Arizona where she received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Arizona State University. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest after moving here for vet school, and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 2010. She likes to combine eastern and western medicine modalities to find the best care for her patients. Her medical areas of interest are soft tissue surgery, geriatric care, nutrition, and acupuncture. The best part of her day is when she gets to interact with clients and their pets, helping them foster healthy relationships, and assuming an active role in our community. In her time away from the hospital, she enjoys getting outdoors with her two shelter mutts, Sierra and Watson, biking with her husband, Miguel, gardening, playing pinball, and enjoying this beautiful city.

Kelly Creech (She/Her) DVM, CVA

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Kelly is Maryland native, growing up among a household of dogs, hamsters, ducks, guinea pigs and ferrets. She received her BA in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University and her Doctorate from VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing in Oregon since 2005. Kelly believes that medicine requires individualized care, tailoring to the needs of each patient. She enjoys the teamwork between herself, the patient and the family. Embracing both traditional and conventional techniques, she is certified in acupuncture with training in Chinese and Western herbs. Her professional interests are in preventative and geriatric medicine, with the goal to provide the best long-term care and quality of life for her patients. Kelly enjoys life in the Pacific NW with her husband, two boys and mix-breed dogs Taterpie, and Arteen. In her free time, her family is backpacking, gardening, snowboarding and playing board games.

Alison Lord (She/Her) DVM

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Fear-Free Certified
Alison is New York City bred. She attended Vassar College, earning her BA in biology, and completed Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine doctorate program in 2002. Immediately following graduation, she sought the quality of life afforded by the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. She adores people as much as animals and believes that it is through community and communication that pets can be cared for comprehensively and with the utmost compassion. She has a special interest in dentistry and soft tissue surgery and is eager to expand her skill set in such an excellent integrative practice. Alison balances private practice with emergency care and shelter/feral cat surgery and thrives on teaching. Her passion, other than veterinary medicine, is eventing her horse, Otter, an off-the-track Thoroughbred. She also loves yoga, hiking, traveling, music, movies, napping, and snacking. Alison and her lovely wife, Louise, share their home with Jim, a Llewelin Setter, Fruity (nee Little My Magpie), a "little black dog”, and the thrilling addition of a pair of kittens, Pekoe and Peony.

Victoria Colby DVM, CVA

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
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Dr. Ariel Grubb

  • DVM
Dr. Grubb works part-time as a relief doctor at both Kenton and Cathedral Animal Hospitals. She has loved getting to know some of our fabulous clients and patients and enjoys feeling like part of the team.

Aenne (They/She) CVT

  • Certified Veterinary Technician
  • Practice Manager
Aenne is also a Pacific Northwest native, she grew up in Oregon City with a passion for helping animals. She attended the University of Nevada Reno where she graduated with a degree in Animal Science and completed the pre-veterinary program. After several years of working in the veterinary field she obtained her license as a veterinary technician. While Reno was nice, Oregon was calling and she decided to come home. Aenne has been practicing integrative medicine since 2010 in private practice and she has a special interest in anesthesia. Since her start at Kenton Animal Hospital, she was been transitioning into the Practice Manager role and is now helping to oversee both Kenton and Cathedral Animal Hospital. She is very excited to continue to be apart of not one, but two amazingly caring and passionate hospitals. In her spare time, Aenne makes video games and enjoys speaking publicly about all aspects of gaming and gaming culture. When she can find free time, she spends it relaxing at home with her partner, Ryan, and their adorable pets Hippo, Uni, Betty, and Charles (2 cats, a rat terrier mix, and a bearded dragon).

Wendy (She/Her) CVT

  • Certified Veterinary Technician
Wendy is a Wyoming native who has made Portland her home for the past 15 years. Wendy was drawn to the veterinary field by the human-animal bond, as she feels it is one of the most sacred and beautiful things in our world. She graduated from the Portland Community College Veterinary Technician program with an Associates of Applied Science and earned her Certified Veterinary Technician’s license in 2019. After spending time working with numerous and varied species in both integrative and emergency veterinary work, Wendy has found her home at Cathedral Animal Hospital. Wendy is passionate about cultivating and enriching the human-animal bond through education, preventative, integrative and compassionate care. After hours, Wendy enjoys electronic music, tattoos, soccer, obsessing over her cat, Machine and accessorizing her dog, MJ.

Mallory (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Assistant Practice Manager
If you can believe it, Mallory has had aspirations of working with animals since she was a wee child. When she came to the realization that whale training wasn’t a readily available career, Mallory decided to venture into vet med and has loved it ever since. Since 2008, she has worked in various positions of vet med in several different states including California, Nevada and Tennessee. She made her way to Oregon in 2014 with her three cats, Eddie, Ernie and Kwitten, and has since adopted a Mastiff mix named WolfBoy. In her free time, you can find Mal at a local dive bar or enjoying a game night with her pals.

Law (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Office Manager
Bre was raised part-time in Grants Pass, Oregon and part-time in Central California. She recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest permanently to be closer to family and has had a passion for animals since she was born, being born into the show/sporting dog world. She has volunteered with dog rescues and wildlife rehab centers since high school and got her first job in a veterinary hospital fresh out of high school in 2011 and worked in emergency veterinary medicine for almost 5 years. Before her move back to Oregon she co-founded a doggie daycare and herding dog rescue in Central California. In her free time she has a passion for trick and sport training both her dogs and cats and couldn't imagine a life where she wasn't working with animals every day. Bre is so happy to have found a home with the loving team that is Kenton Animal Hospital

Emma (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Certified Animal Massage Therapist
Emma grew up in beautiful Rhode Island where she attended art school at RISD. She moved to the PNW six years ago to be closer to the great western outdoors. She always had a deep love of animals and as a young child would often tell people she wanted to become a veterinarian when she grew up. For the past several years Emma has worked as a dog walker, dog sitter, and at a boarding and daycare facility which temporarily placated her deep need for a dog until she adopted her own baby boy. Their favorite activities are sleeping, hiking with her weekly unofficial ladies hiking club, watching Parks and Recreation, cooking by a camp fire, coveting other peoples’ old Ford Broncos, and going to Thousand Acres dog park. She will be enrolling in the Veterinary Technician program at PCC in the near future.

Jenn (She/Her)

  • Certified Small Animal Rehabilitation Massage Practitioner
Jenn is originally from southeastern Connecticut, but has been in the Pacific Northwest for 22 years. Ever since she can remember, she has always had a pet companion to care for and dote on. In 2008 her life changed forever when she adopted a mangey dump dog from Mexico named Pepsi. This new companion took care of her too! It only made sense that after almost 15 years in the pet food industry (with a focus on canine nutrition), that she looked into working in the veterinary medicine field. And here is where she was introduced to the field of canine massage. Jenn enrolled at the Northwest School of Animal Massage and is now a Certified Small Animal Massage Practitioner and is currently working on her Rehabilitation Massage Certification. In her limited spare time, she can be found trapping feral cats for the Feral Cat Coalition, massaging shelter dogs, going to movies and live music shows, and most importantly spending time with her partner, Mat, and their beautiful shelter mutts' Pepsi and Rocket and their 21 year old kitty, Jorge.

Bre S. (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Client Care Coordinator
Bre is a Pacific Northwest native with a short stint in New Mexico. Bre has been working in the Veterinary field since 2012 and graduated from Carrington College from the Veterinary Assisting Program in 2013. She grew up with all sorts of animals ranging from dogs to guinea pigs, she currently owns 4 dogs, a cat and a guinea pig! Her animals names are Mocha, Bella, Rosta and Turtle, her cat's name is Moustache and the guinea pig is named Spud! Turtle came to her with two broken legs and after surgery, healing and physical therapy you'd never know that he had broken limbs as he thoroughly enjoys life now, running around with the rest of the pack. She prides herself in striving to provide the best care possible for your furry family members. When not at work you will find Bre with her nose buried in a book or at the hanging out at the beach with her dogs. She enjoys working with all cats and dogs but Chihuahua's hold a special place in her heart, especially the grouchy old fellas!

Maeci (They/Them)

  • Veterinary Assistant
New to Portland, Maeci is excited to be a part of the skilled and compassionate team at Kenton and Cathedral animal hospitals. Maeci started working in veterinary medicine in 2016 in Northern California. In their free time Maeci loves to be outdoors, camping or trying to find a swimming hole with their partner and two goofy mutts.

Jess (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Client Care Coordinator
Jessica was raised on a 20 acre lavender farm in Sandpoint, Idaho. She spent her summers competing in rodeos and other equestrian competitions and spent winters skiing at her local resort. She was lucky enough to have grown up in the company of 5 horses, a few good dogs, a couple of cranky hedgehogs and many barn cats. Jessica moved to Portland 3 years ago to drip her foot into city living. She has since adopted her fluffy black cat named Lucy and found her first canine true love, Norman the German Shepard mix. In her free time she is skateboarding, skiing, eating and staring lovingly into Norman's eyes.

Taylor (She/Her)

  • Client Care Coordinator
  • Veterinary Assistant
Taylor hails from the Westside of Michigan. She recently sold/donated most of her belongings in order to fit what she could, including her 65lb dog Rudy, into her small sedan to make her way to Portland. She couldn't be happier to have moved to the Pacific Northwest and explore all the beauty it has to offer. Taylor has adored all animals big and small since she was able to walk. She has a special place in her heart for bully breeds and creatures that are misunderstood. Taylor gets jazzed about spending time with her partner Trevor, Lord Of The Rings, Chicago-style pizza, learning about wine, and hiking.

Karlee (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Karlee moved to Portland from the Midwest in 2018. She has always known that she wanted to have a career working with animals and found her calling in veterinary medicine right here at Kenton Animal Hospital. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in science and plans to enroll in in vet school. In her free time, Karlee likes to climb, camp, explore the coast, or lounge with her rescue pup, Lottie.

Cas (She/Her)

  • Kennel Assistant
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Alorea (They/Them)

  • Client Service Representative
Born and raised in Oregon small towns, Alorea has always had a love and passion for farm animals and pets alike. After some time working on local farms they shifted their focus to specifically learning better care in the vet med industry alongside talented doctors and assistants. Alorea has two pet dogs (Harvey and Ruthie), one cat (Huckleberry), and five chickens (Glados, Ultra Pasteurized Rice, Blue Jeans, Sweet Cheeks, and Kumquat), and cares for them all with the love and support of their roommates. In their spare time Alorea loves sewing for their cosplays, adding to their variety of collections, and doing outlandish makeup.

Nicole

  • Veterinary Assistant
Nicole has always had an incredible interest in veterinary medicine, and from an early age, it was apparent that this was the field for her. Nicole was born in New Mexico and made the big move to Portland about 10 years ago. She completed a veterinary assistant program just before moving to Portland. She is happily settled into her life here, spending time with her daughter and partner outside of work. She has a 13-year-old husky mix named Lola.

Ronan

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Declan (He/Him)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Declan is a pre-vet student who moved to Portland in 2019 with aspirations to pursue a future in avian medicine and wildlife rehabilitation. Prior to falling into vet med, Declan attended Humboldt State University where he dual majored in Zoology and Marine Biology, desiring nothing more than to work in cephalopod research and husbandry. After trading one intelligent, "beaked," non-mammal group for another he hasn't looked back! During his free time, Declan mitigates stress by bouldering, cycling, being with his baby conure Quincy, playing darbuka and guitar, and engaging in all things nerdy in an epic quest to continue growing his neckbeard.

Leanne (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Leanne grew up in Ithaca, New York, but made the move to Portland in June of 2016. She spent most of her twenties on a self-discovery kick, traveling around and trying to figure out her path. She realized she needed to do something she was passionate about and the one thing that has remained constant in her life is her love for animals and science! Leanne volunteered at a handful of shelters before she realized that she wanted to do more to make a difference. With that, she is currently navigating her way through the Veterinary Technology program at PCC. She is on track to graduate in June of 2022, becoming a CVT! When she is not in school or working, you can catch her hiking, camping, traveling around, cooking/baking, or just laying low at home with her partner, their doggo, River, and their cat, Mia!

Kat S. (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Kathryn (Kat) is originally from Missouri and has lived in Portland for almost six years. From the mountains to the coast, she has loved everything about Oregon. In her free time, she loves to travel with her husband and explore new places while taking their cat along whenever possible. She enjoys biking, hiking, horseback riding, and snowboarding. She has a 15-year-old kitty cat named Isis who is definitely spoiled. She hopes to have a dog and Alpaca one day. Kat is an enthusiastic Veterinary Assistant dedicated to providing the highest quality care to both pets and their people. Her passion for animals and awareness of their needs motivates her to succeed. She has loved working with animals for as long as she can remember and has worked in the veterinary field since 2011. She looks forward to new experiences and is excited to be a part of a fun, loving, and caring team at Cathedral and Kenton Animal Hospitals.

Libby (She/Her)

  • Client Service Representative
My name is Libby. I am originally from the Midwest, an Oregon transplant since 2015. Avid animal lover since childhood, always spending as much time with any animals I would came across. This is my first job in the veterinary field, but I've always volunteered to watch pets for my friends and family. Besides animals, I love art.

Stacie

  • Veterinary Assistant
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