Gretchen Kuchenmeister (Sicard), DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Gretchen Kuchenmeister (Sicard), DVM (Certificate of Residency in Surgery, Practice limited to Surgery)
Dr. Kuchenmeister received a BS in biology at Bradley University while playing Division 1 volleyball. She attained her DVM at University of Wisconsin in 1997 and moved on to a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She completed a one year fellowship in small animal orthopedic surgery before completing a three year residence in small animal surgery at the University of Wisconsin in 2002. Dr. Kuchenmiester worked in private practice for one year in Waukesha Wisconsin before taking a position as Assistant Professor in Small Animal Surgery at Kansas State University. She moved to Portland after having her first child, and finally settled at Northwest Veterinary Specialists two years later before having her third child.
Dr. Kuchenmeister has performed extensive research and published academic journal articles in kidney transplantation, idiopathic chylothorax and intraluminal tracheal stenting. She also has special training in minimally invasive surgery, specifically procedures in interventional radiology including urinary bypass techniques (ureteral stenting, urethral stenting and placement of subcutaneous ureteral bypass techniques), tracheal stenting, and treatment of portosystemic shunts. Other interests include oncologic surgery, and she thoroughly enjoys thorocotomies (surgery of the chest cavity) and the never ending intrigue of the abdominal explore.
Outside of work, Dr. Kuchenmeister is an avid runner and regularly attends crossfit and yoga classes. She enjoys single parenthood and homeschooling especially hiking, biking and camping with her three children and miniature heeler mix. Dr. Kuchenmeister also teaches veterinary medicine classes to elementary students and volunteers at the Humane Society of Southwest Washington