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

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.

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.

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 (She/Her) DVM, CVA

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
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Ariel Grubb (She/Her) DVM

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
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.

Kathryn Kirstein (She/Her) DVM

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
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Amy O (She/Her)

  • Practice Manager
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Mallory (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Assistant Practice Manager
Mallory began working in vet med right after high school, and has loved the ever-evolving field of medicine because it provides endless opportunity for learning and improvement. She has worked in general practice, emergency and at low-income clinics over the years in California, Nevada, Tennessee and now Oregon. She's particularly fond of working in surgery because it keeps her on her toes. Mallory is now the assistant practice manager for both hospitals and loves being in a position to help guide new veterinary assistants as they grow within the field. In her free time, you can find Mal at a local dive bar, enjoying game night with her pals, or huddled under the blankets for a movie night with her two cats, Ernie and Kwitten.

Taylor (She/Her)

  • Office Manager
  • Inventory Manager
Taylor hails from the Westside of Michigan. Her favorite things about the PNW include the beautiful hiking opportunities, wine country, and food carts. She has a special place in her heart for bully breeds and creatures that are misunderstood. Taylor will never miss the opportunity for a well-placed Lord Of The Rings reference or classic dad joke. She thinks about her American Staffordshire Terrier, Rudy every second of the day. Is he a dog or a small sea lion? The world may never know.

Aenne (They/She) CVT

  • Certified Veterinary Technician
  • Lead Surgery Technician
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.

Kirsten (She/Her) CVT

  • Certified Veterinary Technician
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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.

Uri (He/Him)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Originally, I was born in Mexico City, Mexico and was brought to the U.S. as a child when I was eight. I was living in Southern California for most of my life up until two years ago when I made the great move to beautiful Portland, Oregon. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for animals. You can always find me watching endless hours of Animal Planet. Steve Irwin was one of my idols as a child and I still look up to him. Growing up, I always had the dream of working in some way with wildlife and about four years ago I began working as a veterinary assistant. That’s when I learned my true calling in life. I love everything about the veterinary field. From taking care of sick and injured pets to educating people about how to take care of their new puppy. Currently finishing my undergrad at PSU and I hope that one day I can go to veterinary school to become a veterinarian myself.

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.

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.

Cas (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
My first experiences with animals started at a very young age running with alligators in my home state of Florida. My parents were the type that could never turn away a stray and encouraged us to love all animals. So we took care of everything from baby squirrels to stray kittens and puppies. We even rescued a few parrots along the way. After escaping Florida to the West Coast in 2012, I met the chihuahua of my dreams, Jasper. The deep bond I share with Jasper inspired me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. I started as a kennel assistant and quickly moved to a veterinary assistant here at Cathedral Animal Hospital. I am excited to further my knowledge and experience in the veterinary field. I hold a Veterinary Assistant certificate, and I am CPR and Fear Free certified. In the future, I plan on pursuing the Veterinary Technician program. When I'm not caring for all the furbabies, you can find me painting, playing with Jasper and my newly adopted kitten, Grim Reaper, enjoying the Oregon coast, or planning my next Halloween costume.

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 (She/Her)

  • 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.

Sydne (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
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Corina (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Client Service Representative
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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.

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, desirining nothing more than to work in cephalopod research and husbandry. After falling for psittacines and trading one intelligent, beak-bearing non-mammal group for another he hasn't looked back! During his freetime Declan mitigates stress by bouldering, cycling, being with his bb conure Quincy, playing darbuka and guitar, and engaging in all things nerdy in an epic quest to expand his neck beard.

Emily (She/They)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Emily moved to Portland from California at the beginning of 2022. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in History, but very quickly realized that her heart belonged to veterinary medicine. Though much of her background is in emergency medicine, she is excited to return to primary care where she can assist patients in all aspects of their health and wellness. Outside of work, Emily can be found exploring Portland with her rescue dog, Walter, and making baked goods for friends and family.

Stacie (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
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Ava (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
I've lived in Portland almost my entire life, I've been working in veterinary medicine for about 7 years. I started with large animals (mainly alpacas) and moved to shelter medicine. I'm signed up to start tech school this fall with hopes of working in wildlife rehabilitation. Working with rescue animals is a huge passion of mine, I dream of opening a hospice sanctuary for retired farm animals and working canines (and of course the occasional decrepit, toothless chihuahua). When not surrounded by animals I'm usually hiking with my cattle dog, playing softball, or throwing pots on my wheel at home.

L (She/Her)

  • Client Service Representative
Born and raised on the Oregon Coast, I moved to the big city 30 years ago and love it! I have been in the veterinary field for 7 years. I started in Emergency care as a Technician-Assistant and then moved to Specialty. Now, I've found my home at Cathedral as a Client Service Representative. When I'm not at work I am either at the beach with my three chihuahuas (Finn, Khaleesi and Penny) or hanging out with my 3 yr old ball python Billie.

Seth (He/Him)

  • Client Service Representative
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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!

Kelsey (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
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MJ (She/Her)

  • Kennel Assistant
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Amy S (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Client Service Representative

Cara (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
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