VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Doctors Overview

We invite you to learn a little bit more about our specialty teams here at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists. Our team of doctors are highly-trained and experienced veterinary professionals, who are ready to assist you and your pet whenever a health problem arises. As you will see in our biography section, the staff has a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, but above all, they are all dedicated veterinary professionals who share a genuine love of animals and a desire to provide the very best care for them. As pet owners ourselves, we understand how difficult it is when a pet becomes ill. It’s our mission to help in every way possible with expertise and compassion. Please don’t hesitate to call upon us whenever we can be of assistance to you and your pet.

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  • Stephen Kochis

    Medical Director
    DVM, Cornell University
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Kochis received his BS in Animal Science and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He completed an internship in small animal medicine

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  • Christie Anderson

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Colorado State University
    Certifications: DACVIM/Oncology
    MS, Washington State University
    Departments: Oncology

    Dr. Christie Anderson is board certified in veterinary oncology. Dr. Anderson grew up in Texas and initially had a career in interior design, before she followed her heart and pursued veterinary

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  • Cassandra Brown

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Certifications: DACVIM
    Departments: Internal Medicine

    Dr. Brown came to VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists shortly after completing her small animal internal medicine residency in Illinois in 2004, and has been happy to call this hospital home ever

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  • David Gall, MA, DVM, MS

    Veterinary Specialist
    Colorado State University
    Certifications: DACVR
    Departments: Diagnostic Imaging

    Dr. David Gall was born in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. He originally enjoyed a career as a mental health therapist, working with children and families until deciding to go to veterinary

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  • Robert Kroll, DVM, MS

    Veterinary Specialist
    University of Minnesota
    Certifications: DACVIM/Neurology
    MS in comparitive neurology, University of Missouri
    Departments: Neurology

    Following his residency, Dr. Kroll completed a post-doctoral Fellowship in Neuro-oncology (1992-1994) and then became an Assistant Professor of Neurology (1994-1998) at Oregon Health Sciences University

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  • Gretchen Kuchenmeister (Sicard)

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Departments: Surgery

    Gretchen Kuchenmeister (Sicard), DVM (practice limited to surgery)

    Dr. Kuchenmeister received a BS in biology at Bradley University while playing Division 1 volleyball. She attained her

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  • Scott Lozier

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Colorado State University
    Certifications: DACVS
    MS, University of Missouri
    Departments: Surgery

    Dr. Lozier's special interests include, developmental orthopedic abnormalities and injuries of the sporting dog particularly of the elbow, stifle, and hip, arthroscopy and limb alignment, orthopedic

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  • Robert Mack

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, University of California, Davis
    Certifications: DACVIM
    Departments: Internal Medicine

    Dr. Mack is one of the original owners of Northwest Veterinary Specialists which was founded in 1998. He has been board certified and practicing internal medicine since 1990.

    Dr. Mack's

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  • Lisa Mahlum

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Oregon State University
    Certifications: DACVECC
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Mahlum is originally from the Pacific Northwest where she received her veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 2006.  Following graduation, Dr. Mahlum completed a rotating Internship

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  • Catie McDonald, DVM, DACVIM (O), DACVR (RO)

    Veterinary Specialist
    Departments: Oncology

    Catie McDonald, DVM, DACVIM (O), DACVR, Veterinary Specialist
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Certifications: DACVIM (O), DACVR (RO)

    After graduation

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

FOR PET MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL OUR HOSPITAL AT (503) 656-3999 OR TRANSPORT YOUR PET IMMEDIATELY TO OUR FACILITY (NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED)

VCA NORTHWEST VETERINARY SPECIALISTS IS LOCATED AT:

16756 S.E. 82nd DRIVE
CLACKAMAS, OR 97015
TEL: (503) 656-3999
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Pet Emergency Handbook for Download

VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists is ready to provide emergency and critical care for your beloved companion around the clock every day of the year. Our Emergency Service is staffed by 4 board certified emergency and critical care specialists -- more than any other specialty hospital in the Pacific NW! Our ER/CC team works collaboratively with all of our specialty departments as needed to provide the most diverse and comprehensive specialty care in Portland. If your pet is having an emergency, please come immediately to our hospital - we are ALWAYS available, any time, day or night! You may speak with an ER/CC team member if you have questions/concerns by calling (503) 656-3999.

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