MeiMei Welker, DVM
Dr. Welker came to Powell Veterinary Center after working since 2006 as a staff veterinarian at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. Her last three years were spent in the community outreach position. That time brought MeiMei a deep respect and appreciation for the human-animal bond and the profound and unique role animals play in our lives. Dr. Welker says she hopes to utilize this experience and knowledge as much as possible so that people can make informed decisions in the care of their animal companions throughout the stages of their lives. In MeiMei’s spare time, she enjoys: running with her two dogs, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and camping with her human twin children. Dr. Welker’s interests and specialized skills include: emergency/critical care, wellness care, dentistry, feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, and senior wellness care.
Lainey Vaught, DVM
Dr. Vaught was born in South East Alaska, and then grew up in North West Montana near Glacier National Park. During her undergrad time at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma she worked at a general practice vet clinic in Washington. While attending Washington State University Veterinary program she worked in the University’s ICU and ER departments. She enjoyed the emergency medicine, surgery, radiology, and senior wellness care in particular. Lainey really values relationships with clients and their pets. She enjoys seeing animals grow over time from puppy/kitten-hood to adulthood to seniors, making her a perfect fit at Powell Veterinary Clinic. In her spare time Dr. Vaught enjoys spending time outdoors hiking with her Aussie / heeler named Rowdy and her Border Collie named Topeka. She is also an avid skier, hose-back rider, loves cooking and gardening, and film photography.
Technical Support StaffLeah came to Portland July 1, 2007 from Northern California where she worked in the Veterinary field since 2002. Prior to that she worked at the local Humane Society as well as the local Farm Sanctuary. Leah lives with her husband Shaun in the SE Portland. In her spare time she enjoys movies, friends, family, animals and crafting Leah has a Chihuahua named Uma Thurman and two chocolate labs named Flo and Peet.
Technical Support StaffSarah is a native Oregonian, residing in Portland for the past 3 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling but has always had a passion for animals. She is able to combine her two interests by helping people and their animals lead a more happy and healthy life together! When she is not at Powell Vet, she spends her time volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society Foster Department and studying to become a Certified Veterinarian Technician. She also enjoys pet sitting, cooking and meal prepping, and hanging out with loved ones. She unfortunately does not have any pets of her own (yet!), so she thoroughly enjoys taking care of animals in a variety of different settings. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets!
Reception StaffDarby moved from a small southern Oregon town to the big city of Portland in 2011. She currently lives in the Westmoreland neighborhood and loves that she gets to walk to work. On her days off she enjoys watching movies, drinking coffee, and hanging out with her dog Gunther.
Reception StaffNatalie is originally from Colorado, but settled with her family in Gresham in 2002. She has been a long time animal lover and has had golden retrievers since kindergarten. This is her first job in the veterinary field and she loves meeting all the pets that come through our doors. In her free time she enjoys reading, binge watching TV shows, and hanging out with her dog Tierney.
Reception StaffDebby has always been passionate about working with animals. For thirty years, she managed the Sunnyside Veterinary Hospital before she brought her knowledge and experience to Powell Boulevard. She has worked in the veterinary industry for almost 39 years total. She also has a few fur children of her own: Lillie, a Chihuahua mix and Team Thunder Cat, comprised of two felines Avery and Pippin. In her free time Debby enjoys traveling with her husband.
Reception StaffDelaney grew up in Richland, Washington. After attending Whitworth University in Spokane where she studied theatre, she finally made her way down to Portland in the spring of 2018. Once she arrived she was lucky enough to find a home at Powell and has never looked back! Delaney has loved animals since an early age and in her position as receptionist she gets to combine her love of customer service with her love for our furry friends! Delaney lives with her partner Connor and their dog Pumpkin in Milwaukie. In her spare time she enjoys exploring her new home, going to concerts, cooking, writing, listening to podcasts, and playing board/video games with friends!