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Our Expert Staff

“Love love love these guys!! The entire office is amazing. From the receptionists to the vet techs to the vets themselves- fantastic! I started going to PBVC 10 years ago and have never had anything less than an excellent experience.” – Jill R.


Gregory W. Lathrop, D.V.M. (Practice Owner)


  Dr. 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 3 dogs. His wife and cat enjoy their quiet time when the rest of the family ventures into the great outdoors. 



Katy Felton, D.V.M.


  Dr. Katy Felton grew up in The Dalles, Oregon. She says she has always had a love of animals, especially rescues. At one point growing up she had 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, 4 ducks and 3 chickens, all of them rescued!

  She attended Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon and received her B.S. in Biology while simultaneously working as a veterinary technician. Dr. Felton then spent 4 years working in wildlife biology and fisheries with Canada geese, endangered desert tortoise and Columbia River salmon and steelhead. She finally returned to the field of veterinary medicine and attended Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Corvallis, Oregon to earn her DVM.

  Dr. Felton also studied canine rehabilitation therapy through the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and received her CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner).

  Dr. Felton currently lives with 2 cats, Finnegan and Druid, 2 tiny chihuahuas, Lupe and Jorge, a retired greyhound, KatieLynn, and her husband Alex. When she isn't rescuing animals, Dr. Felton enjoys playing tennis, running half marathons, traveling and wine tasting. 

Here's a link to Dr Felton's Linkedin profile:


Chicory Eddy, D.V.M.


  Dr. Eddy is originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1998.  Her first job out of school landed her in beautiful Juneau,  Alaska, where she stayed for 8 long years (Portland is dry compared to the northern rain forest in Southeast Alaska!).

  While in Alaska she became very experienced in treating all types of trauma and illness, as referral to a specialist wasn't an option in this isolated community.  Aside from the usual cats and dogs she also worked with all types of exotic pets and wildlife, raptors in particular.  Dr. Eddy became known as a "foster failure" - at one point she had 3 dogs, 6 cats, a 20 year old Amazon parrot, and an outside pond full of large goldfish.

  The isolation and rain finally got to her in 2006 and she moved to Oregon.  She now especially enjoys counseling clients about preserving the human-animal bond through preventive medicine, particularly nutrition, behavior, and geriatrics.

  Outside of work Dr. Eddy enjoys gardening, hiking, and running with her dog, Ajax.  Last year she even completed several half marathons.  She is especially active in the dog world of the Pacific Northwest.  Ajax competes at the highest level in Agility and is often the fastest dog on the course, even though he is 10 years old!  He has attained his Championship titles in Agility but still competes because he enjoys it so much, it's such a fun and addictive sport!  Last year he earned his Championship titles in Obedience and Rally and has retired from those sports, so now he has time to compete in his newest sport - Nosework!  

Here's a link to Dr Eddy's Linkedin profile:


      MeiMei Welker, D.V.M.

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  Dr. Welker comes to Powell Blvd Veterinary Clinic after working more than 6 years as a staff veterinarian at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital.  The past 3 years have been spent in the community Outreach position. This time has brought 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 to provide the best possible care for animals and their families at PBVC.  Her philosophy of care is to fully involve pet families in the decision making process through communicating as much knowledge as possible so that people can make informed decisions in the care of their animal companions throughout the stages of their lives. 

  MeiMei’s love and appreciation of animals began at a young age growing up on a small farm in Western NY.  The farm included one jersey cow milked by hand and a retired race horse named Frosted Tinsel amongst a menagerie of cats, dogs and chickens.  From this beginning she attended Cornell University, graduating with a degree in animal science. 

  Her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors brought her west to attend Washington State University Veterinary School.  Since graduation in 2001, she has worked in both general practice and emergency/critical care medicine.  Her professional interests lie in emergency/urgent care, feline medicine and soft tissue surgery.

  When not at PBVC she enjoys spending time with her family which includes a well behaved golden retriever, Banjo and an ill-behaved little spotted dog, Daisy Mae, one orange feline, Phred and 2 human children, 5 year old twins, Quinn and Elise.  She also enjoys running in the woods, mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing and snowboarding.      

Here's a link to Dr Welker's Linkedin profile:


Steve Ault, D.V.M.

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  Dr. 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. He also has a Labrador-mix named Stella, a German Wirehair Pointer named Teke, and a cat named Vivian.”

  Welcome to the team Dr. Ault!!!





Danielle Drennen, D.V.M.


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    Dr Danielle Drennen was born and raised in Oregon and could not ask for a better place to call home. She started working in the veterinary field at a young age and always knew becoming a veterinarian was her true calling. She has worked in every position in a veterinary hospital including a dog walker, kennel technician, receptionist and veterinary technician. 

  Dr Drennen attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon and double majored in Animal Science and Bioresource Research with a special interest in animal reproduction. She loved Corvallis so much that she stayed there to attend veterinary school at Oregon State as well (Go Beavs!!) Her current interest is enhancing the human animal bond including geriatric medicine, dentistry, nutrition, behavioral consultation, and sports medicine. 

  Dr Drennen currently lives with her black lab, Dakota, black cat named Brooklyn and her husband Matt. I enjoy volunteering for the community and helping with non profit organizations and shelters including Oregon Humane Society.  When she is not practicing medicine, she enjoys spending her time snowboarding, wake boarding, hiking the beautiful northwest, spending time at the beach, gardening and knitting. 

Hospital Manager


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  Denise is on her second tour as an employee of PBVC; she  worked here in 1996 during the "great remodel" as a technician, and she is back again as the hospital manager.

  Prior to working at Powell the first time Denise moved to Vancouver from the Skagit Valley, (where she was born and bred) so she could attend the Veterinary Technician program at PCC in 1992. She liked it so much that she's STILL in the Greater Portland area! To add to the technician degree she also has collected both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Management from Concordia University.

  When she's not going to school or working Denise enjoys hanging out at home with her beloved pets: Edge (Kitty McBiscuit) and Hewson or going to the barn to ride her horse Firenze. She also enjoys movies, television, the band U2, surfing the net, road trips and U2...whups, did we say U2 twice? (Not an accident, it's just that important it bears mentioning twice).




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  Leah 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 some of the local farms.


  Leah has a cat Jasper whom she rescued from a shelter, and a Chihuahua named Uma Thurman. Most recently, Pete the chocolate lab has taken up residence with Leah! In addition to her pets, Leah also has a husband named Shaun. In her spare time she enjoys movies, friends, family and animals.

  Animals really "dig" her calm, soothing nature.




  Nina sought a position in a veterinary clinic based on a strong combined interest in both animals and science. In addition to working for us here at Powell Boulevard Veterinary Clinic, we are also pleased to share that as of June 2008 Nina is a graduate of the P.C.C. Veterinary Technician Program and has passed her National Boards as a Certified Veterinary Technician!!! 

  Nina coexists with 2 guinea pigs named Rosie and Lily, and one dog. When she's not here at the clinic she enjoys reading, watching movies, playing video games, watching foreign dramas, browsing the internet and volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society.




  Jamie has lived in North Portland her whole life. She graduated from the PCC Veterinary Technician program in 2009. In her spare time she likes to work on her new house and play with her 3 dogs Lolita, R.O.U.S. (Rodent of Unusual Size), and Guillermo. She also lives with 4 cats: Plopoo, Captain Handsome, Catrick Swayze and Barbarella. When she's not working at her job or on her house Jamie also likes to volunteer for P.A.W. team as much as possible. 

  On the non-pet front she is a huge Portland Trail Blazers fan and enjoys season tickets! We are glad to have you on our team!




  Linja was adopted by her parents into the United States from Korea, and has moved around from the East Coast to the West Coast her entire life. She came to work with us here at Powell Boulevard Veterinary Clinic fresh from an 8 year career of working with various animal shelters around the country.

  For fun, Linja likes to take friends "jogging". Her definition of "jogging" is running the stairs at Mt. Tabor. She also likes to help homeless dogs out by giving them food from time to time! Thanks for all you do Linja!




  Maria comes to us from Philadelphia, PA where she received a BA in Biology at the University of Delaware in 2001. Post graduation she moved to the Pacific NW and attended the Veterinary Technology program at PCC and passed her National Boards to become a Certified Veterinary Technician!

 When Maria isn't busy at work she enjoys attending concerts, camping and traveling abroad (or locally) to sample International cuisine. When she is home, she spends time with her husband Ryan, dogs Reuben and Curtis, as well as her cats George and Fred.

  We heart Maria!



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  Neal was born and raised in New York City and moved to Oregon when he was 14. He has worked in Veterinary medicine for most of his adult life, Neal's veterinary experience is quite diverse, having worked at an emergency hospital as well as a spay and neuter clinic. He prides himself on having experienced Veterinary medicine from many different angles.

  When he isn't working at the clinic, Neal enjoys spending time with his two cats; Deacon (who has had almost every urinary problem known to vets) and Violet who is very "opinionated" He also enjoys watching terrible horror movies and making music with his friends.




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  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.

  Katie's favorite hobby is traveling, whether it's in-state or in a different country. One of her more recent adventures was Thailand, where she spent four weeks nurturing elephants.  

  You can find her dabbling in the wonderful Portland food scene, walking her dog Lollie in SE Portland or relaxing with her boyfriend and family on the weekends. Katie's favorite thing about being part of Powell Blvd Vet Clinic is getting to know you and your loved ones.




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  Jasmine has always felt a strong connection to animals and it is no surprise that she ended up working at an animal hospital. She started out as a kennel attendant and right away knew that a career working with animals was meant to be. One of her favorite experiences was working with dogs that had been rescued through Fences for Fido; these dogs still had never ending love in their hearts, even after everything that they have been through. 

  Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, she and her sister volunteered at more than one horse stable and enjoyed going on trail rides.  In 2010 she was a working student at a stable outside of Portland for two years. Mouse the 'once wild mustang' is now a good friend.

  Jasmine studies dressage and has learned how beneficial it is for the health of horses. At home her tortie kitty keeps her busy demanding belly rubs and playtime as often as possible. Jasmine thinks her cat sometimes acts more like a dog than a cat.




   Lauren came to us from Newport Beach, CA. She went to school to become a veterinary assistant and is actually going back in the fall for her CVT license. She has done some volunteer work at a local zoo back home and does pet sitting on the side. When she's not working she enjoys hiking and trips to Cannon Beach.



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  Rebecca was a New Hampshire native that moved to Portland in June of 2014. She jumped at the opportunity to move here with her husband and two young kids as well as their senior Jack Russell, Clancy and large tuxedo cat, Barney. Rebecca has been in the veterinary field since 2007. She loves getting to work, both as a receptionist and as veterinary assistant. She also enjoys exploring all that Portland has to offer with her family, creative writing and board games.




  Stephanie moved to Portland in 2010 from Bozeman, Montana.  Before that she lived in Las Vegas where she graduated high school and started working in the veterinary field.  She is currently attending PCC's Veterinary Technology program and will be graduating and getting her CVT license in June 2015!  Stephanie just got married in June 2014 to her husband Charles (a Portland native).  They live in Milwaukie with their very friendly Chow Chow mix Isha and hope to add another dog after Stephanie is done with school.

  When Stephanie isn't studying or working she loves to go hiking, running, hang out with friends and go to the beach.

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  Melissa was born and raised in the NW and currently resides in Vancouver.  Her furry family includes: a Lhasa/Maltese mix named Benni, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix named Cherry Pie, a previously feral orange tabby named Pumpkin Head and an older feline named Lucky. 

  She spends her free time with her daughter, other family and friends.  She enjoys various outdoorsy activities, some of which include camping and hiking.  Melissa also aspires to be a beekeeper with her own natural apiary someday.



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  A native of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State, Dan (gracefully) stumbled into Portland by train on October 28th, 2011 to try some place new. He happily found a place here at Powell Vet to nurture his love for animals and the desire to support and comfort them.  Previously considering himself a staunch 'cat person', Dan quickly found a soft spot just as big and cozy for canines, often sad to see patients leave for the day.

  At home he enjoys the relative peace of his computer nook, playing games, composing electronic music and typing up notes for stories he may yet author two decades from now...if lucky.  Dan keeps company with three cats (Anna, Booger and Sebastian) and one dog named Stanley. Not to mention four other humans he considers family.








  Erin grew up in Alabama where she obtained a BA in geology. She moved to Portland in 2011 after traveling throughout all the states except for Alaska.

  Erin's pet family includes a Boston terrier named Spock, a French bulldog named Lucy and a black kitty named Ninja Bruce. She enjoys hiking, gardening and spending time with her fur kids.









  Veronia came to us after working in the entertainment industry as a production manager on movies, commercials, music videos and internet videos.  She is currently working on updating PVC's Youtube video library and  producing in-house rehab/instructional videos for our clients.  Veronica lives in NE Portland with her cat Buttons and Chihuahua Coco. She enjoys painting, writing, reading, anything outdoors, movies and spending time with friends and family.

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