Melissa Flora, DVM
Veterinarian & Medical Director
Dr. Melissa Flora was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She moved to Portland in 1998 to attend Lewis and Clark College and fell in love with the city. After receiving her B.A. in English and History, Dr. Flora spent time traveling and discovered her true passion, working with animals, while helping out on a farm in New Zealand. Dr. Flora returned to Oregon in 2004 and started working in the veterinary field. She received her veterinary degree from Oregon State University. Dr. Flora has special interests in dentistry, end of life care and management of chronic disease. She is experienced in integrative medicine and feels comfortable discussing a wide variety of supplemental therapies.
As a third generation Alaskan, Dr. Flora feels most at home out in the woods. When not at work, you will find her rock climbing, backpacking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, or just trail running in Forest Park. She volunteers with PAW Team caring for the pets of the homeless and those in extreme poverty. Dr. Flora currently resides in Northeast Portland with her cat Blue, and her dog, Chip. Dr. Flora believes all pets are members of a family, and that we must consider the entire family and the pet’s role in any decision we make.
Greg Lathrop, DVM
VeterinarianDr. Lathrop graduated from the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He has been promoting the human-companion animal bond at Powell Boulevard Veterinary Clinic since 1983. Greg has built his clinic successfully, following only two other veterinarians that preceeded him. Since the clinic has been here for more than 80 years, we have multi generations coming to us for their pets’ needs. Greg is the clinic’s dental guru. He has done root canal therapies on pets and has even fit a dog for braces! When away from the office, Greg enjoys camping and fishing with his four children and 4 dogs. His wife and cat enjoy their quiet time when the rest of the family ventures into the great outdoors.
Steve Ault, DVM
VeterinarianDr. Steve Ault moved to Portland in 2014 after nearly 7 years away from the city. While originally from Salt Lake City, UT, he came to love Portland while attending the University of Portland for his undergraduate degree. He fell in love with the culture, vibe, and laid-back attitude of the city. Steve says he knew that he would have to make it back to Portland.
He took some time after graduating from UP to obtain more experience before attending veterinary school. Dr. Ault has worked not only in a small animal clinic, but also an equine hospital and an exotics clinic. He attended veterinary school at Washington State University in Pullman, WA (Go Cougs!). After graduation, he returned to Salt Lake City and worked in a large veterinary hospital. In addition to providing general medicine and surgery, the hospital offered 24-hour emergency care where he gained a lot of technical and medical experience managing ER cases (though he says he doesn’t miss the night shifts). Currently, his personal interests in veterinary medicine include internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, emergency medicine, nutrition, ultrasonography, and dentistry.
Dr. Ault believes strongly in the human-animal bond and the distinct ways animals and pets can enhance peoples’ lives. He feels that the bond with their pet is unique for everyone, but all points are valid and special. He hopes to utilize his medical knowledge as a single avenue to enhance the human-animal bond for people and their pets.
When not focusing on improving the health of animals, he typically enjoys “outdoor” activities… While at UP, he ran cross country along with track and field, so he still runs constantly. He enjoys biking (both road and mountain), has recently been doing triathlons and really enjoying them! Being from Utah, he’s definitely a ski bum at heart! His wife, Whitney, is a Nurse Practitioner and works at OHSU. Together, they have a 2 year old son named Aiden they love to watch grow. They also have two furry companions, a Golden Retriever named Penny, and a cat named Vivian.
Amy Horlings, DVM
“I see veterinary medicine as a partnership between the doctor, the patient, and the family. Getting to know folks and their pets well enough to be an active partner in an animal’s care is one of the daily joys of my work life.”
After growing up in Northern California (with periods in Korea and India), Dr. Horlings moved to Portland to begin her career in emergency medicine at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. After years of experience as a veterinary technician with both emergency and specialty practices, “The medical experience in critical care, oncology, and cardiology practices was invaluable, yet it also reinforced for me my wish to help pets throughout their lives, rather than through a single illness. Preventative medicine, especially dentalcare and health screenings is such an important part keeping our pets healthy, and it’s why Veterinary Family Practice is my calling.”
- Intern, Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital 2002-2003
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, 2002
- Bachelor of Arts, History, University of California, Berkeley 1992
- PAW Team, Portland, OR. “Volunteering at PAW Team, I see every day how deep the connections are between people and the animals in their lives. It is a privilege to be trusted with the health of pets who are so beloved.”
- Portland Audubon Society
- Big Sister, Big Brothers Big Sisters Colombia Northwest
Loves of My Life
After years of living with Labradors, the house is now a haven for tiny dogs: Guinness, Tuley, and Monty the terriers. There are also Floof, the Ragdoll and Leo the orange tabby.
Sarah Petri, DVM
More to come…
Practice Manager & Certified Veterinary Technician
Katie’s love for animals started at a young age. Whether she was playing with the barn cats or taking home her grade school chinchilla, she was always wanting a furry friend nearby. Katie grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota where her parents owned and operated a pet store.
She moved to Portland in 2008 after graduating from Montana State University with an Organismal Biology degree. She was fortunate enough to do an internship and volunteer work with birds of prey at the Montana Raptor Center for the last two years attending college.
You can find her dabbling in the wonderful Portland food scene, walking her dog Lollie or relaxing with her friends and family on the weekends. Katie’s favorite hobby is traveling, whether it’s in-state or in a different country. Katie’s favorite thing about being part of Powell Vet is getting to know you and your loved ones.