Pet Samaritan Clinic’s experienced support staff strive to provide personalized, compassionate care for our patients and clients alike.
Jennifer is a true Portland native. She was born and raised in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. Jennifer has always had a passion for animals. She became a client of Pet Samaritan Clinic in 1992 with her first true love- (a rescue from Oregon Humane Society), her Golden Retriever mix by the name of Lady. Growing up as a child and young adult Jennifer always dreamed of working at Pet Samaritan Clinic. In elementary school she wrote a report on animals and caring for them. In the report, she stated that she hoped to one day work at Pet Sam. In 2003 that childhood dream came true, she was hired on as a receptionist and has since moved her way up and is now the Hospital Manager – with her report hanging proudly in the lobby on display. She keeps herself busy with her two daughters, husband, their Great Dane –Cooper and their Munchkin cat – Snickelfritz. When not at the clinic, Jenn and her family enjoy going to the lake, spending time with friends and family and traveling.
Jennifer takes pride in the history of Pet Samaritan Clinic. She is ecstatic with the amount of passion and care that her staff gives to both the animals and their owners.
Ashley was born and raised in the California bay area. She moved to Portland in 1992. She always dreamed of working at a veterinary clinic. When she moved to Portland she asked her sister who was already working in the field, who was the best veterinarian in Portland. Her sister replied, “Pat Huff” at Pet Samaritan Clinic. Ashley got her chance at Pet Samaritan Clinic and worked there for the next 19.5 years, working closely with Dr. Patricia Huff who became her mentor. Ashley worked in every facet of the clinic over the years; she also raised her two sons at the clinic. She has been very active in animal rescue and an advocate for the homeless and their pets. After Dr. Huff passed away Ashley decided to fulfill a promise she had made to Pat and finish her college education. She left Pet Sam for 5 years to peruse her schooling and received her bachelors of Art from Marylhurst University. Ashley has returned to Pet Samaritan to work as the Head Receptionist. She now lives in Troutdale with her Husband and their 4 children. She has 1 grandson and a set of twin grand babies on the way. Her household also is home to 3 cats and 2 dogs. Come in and meet Ashley, she is one to make you and your companion feel part of the Pet Sam family.
Certified Veterinary Technitian
Sarah was born on the East Coast and was raised with a large family in little state of Rhode Island. She left Rhode Island 25 years ago to attend Reed College in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Sarah was hired at Pet Samaritan clinic in 1997 and became a Licensed CVT in 2002. She also attended an ultrasound course in Dallas Texas where she learned how to do in clinic ultrasounds. This is a great achievement for Sarah and for Pet Samaritan Clinic- not many clinics have this service available on site. Sarah loves baseball, swimming, hiking, reading and her most recent hobby - knitting. She has 1 dog named Dallas (she rescued her when she was attending the Sound Eklin Ultrasound Course) that is the love of her life. She also has 1 cat named Bea that she recently rescued from a no-kill cat shelter that Pet Samaritan works with called House of Dreams. Pet Samaritan Clinic is so thankful to have Sarah on our team. She truly is an asset and cares deeply for animals of all sizes.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Wilton, California, where she grew up with a variety of animals. She participated in her local 4H group for 12 years, competing in both county and state fairs, and also competed in FFA in high school. She began working in the veterinary field in 2015, and once she moved to Portland for school in 2017, she joined the Pet Samaritan family. Elizabeth is currently finishing her senior year at Portland State, where she will be obtaining a BA of Science. Following graduation, Elizabeth plans to attend a college of veterinary medicine, where she aims to specialize in Surgery. Elizabeth has had a number of pets of her own, including parakeets, lizards, snakes, geckos, mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, goats, and horses, but presently lives with her crested gecko, Phoenix, and her roommates' cat and two dogs, Porch Kitty, Calamity, and Chuño.
Sophie started at Pet Sam as a Receptionist in 2015, and is now a Vet. Tech., the Pharmacy Tech. and Inventory Manager, and is also studying Phlebotomy! She loves working with animals, and has now collected 3 cats living with her at home since starting work at Pet Sam. *Cats pictured from left to right: Janeway, Minerva, Geordi, all females about 3 years old, and none from the same litter!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Sean is a New York state transplant who moved to Portland in 2009. After working as a freelance artist for several years, Sean decided to look into other possible careers. He took his love of animals and began volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society in the cattery. A couple years later, he was sure the veterinary field was for him. In the summer of 2016 Sean finished Portland Community College's Veterinary Technician Program, then went on to pass the VTNE later that summer and become licensed as a CVT. Sean and his wife, Tricia, have two cats, Teddy and Sparrow. Teddy made the move from New York along with Tricia in 2011 when he was just a year old; Sparrow joined the family in 2015, adopted from the very same PCC program Sean completed - she was the first cat he ever drew blood from. When Sean isn't working he enjoys gaming, cartooning, cycling, playing soccer and softball, and obsessively following the Mets.
Jammie Ginther is a local Oregonian, born and raised in our local area. She formerly worked as a receptionist at Pet Samaritan Clinic from 1997 – 2000 and we are so happy to welcome her back. Jammie lives in Gresham Oregon with her partner Will and their two sons Wiatt and Isaak. They have a super cool dog named Red, a kitty named Jingles, 4 chickens (her favorite is Cricket her frizzle chicken), a bratty budgie Lil Chirp and her betta fish Wim and Waylon.
When Jammie’s not at Pet Samaritan she loves adventure, exploring Astoria or even a good float in a lake. Jammie loves art, scavenging at garage sales, and repurposing items. She is a bloody mary aficionado; she likes strong coffee, food carts, outdoor concerts, old classic chevys and pie!
Jula came to work for Pet Samaritan Clinic when she was 16 years old in 2005 as a kennel attendant. She said when she got here that she wanted “to learn to do everything” and she spent the next 13 years doing just that. She has worked in every facet of the clinic from technician, head receptionist to assistant manager, she knows it all. She is a Pacific Northwest native born in Longview Washington and raised in Portland Oregon. Jula has adopted all of her adulthood pets from Pet Samaritan Clinic. Jula and her husband Paul currently have 2 munchkin cats named Midge and Beaux adopted from the clinic. They are both very spoiled by their parents and rule their house. Jula now works part time at the clinic as she is now a full-time student getting her Bachelors in Health Studies at Portland State University. In Jula’s spare time she likes to be involved with her local tribe’s cultural center. She is an affiliated tribe member of Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon and is very proud of her native heritage.
Nicole is a Northwest native, raised in Vancouver Washington her whole life. Nicole has a great deal of veterinary experience, first working at a veterinary clinic in Pullman Washington while attending Washington State University. She became a receptionist at Pet Samaritan in 2016. She loves working with animals and their people. Nicole has a passion for all companion animals. She currently has a 3 Year old Goldendoodle, Tucker and he is her soul mate. They spend their time hiking, doing dog agility and exploring the Pacific Northwest. She also has a cat who she rescued at the last veterinary clinic she worked for and his name is Saylor. Nicole dreams of owning a ferret one day.
Gwyn is from Davis California, she moved to the Portland area in 2000. She is currently studying at Portland Community College to get into the Veterinary Technician program. Gwyn started as a technician at Pet Samaritan in October 2017 after being a long time client. She likes to do black and white film photography and knit. She is a beer connoisseur; she loves to taste new flavors and brews. She and her husband have four cats, Zarkov, Flash Gordon, Utka, and Psycho. We are very happy to have Gwyn as part of the Pet Sam team.
Kristy has worked in the veterinary field for over 12 years. She has been at Pet Samaritan Clinic for the last 10 years where she has worked in every aspect of veterinary medicine from reception to pharmacy and has finally settled in her current role as a veterinary technician. Kristy’s primary passions lie in veterinary dentistry and laboratory cytology, she has certification in both veterinary radiology and dentistry. Kristy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Organismal Biology from Portland State University in 2017, where she found a special interest in coastal environments and marine mammals. When she is not a Pet Samaritan Kristy enjoys surfing, hiking and exploring with her partner Eric and their geriatric mutt Marley. She also likes to snuggle with her one-eyed cat Mayonnaise.
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Lee was raised in Wisconsin was active in FFA and showed cows and worked on a dairy farm for 7 years. He attended the University of Wisconsin Platteville for his Bachelors in History. He then attended graduate school at the University of North Dakota and got his Masters in History. Lee moved to the Portland area in 2012 and worked in a laboratory setting before he came to Pet Samaritan to be a technician. Lee is very much a dog person and has an amazing dog named Sadie. Lee grew up with Golden Retrievers, and he helped train bird hunting dogs. Lee currently resides in Gresham Oregon with his dog, his cat Nala and his fiancé Aubree. Lee enjoys playing hockey, hiking and playing video games. He is friendly and outgoing and an asset to our tech team.
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Deb's family moved to the Laurelhurst neighborhood in Portland in 1965 - she was ten years old. They had a beautiful Sheltie named Princess. Pet Samaritan was the Veterinary Clinic they chose for her care. Ever since, every animal that has been a part of her life has received excellent care here; and there have been many. Currently Deb and her husband Jeff have two pets, their cat named Cricket (who was found twelve years ago and brought to Pet Sam when it was a few days old...and Becca, a rescue dog they've had for ten years.)
For thirty five years Deb worked in restaurants. Serving for the most part, but also filling in as a cook or baker when needed. In 2009 Deb began working in an assisted living center, running a coffee shop there and filling in as needed in the kitchen, or at the front desk. For the last five years, Deb has been babysitting her granddaughters...and a handful of other little ones. This year, the granddaughters will be in school all day....and it's time for "Ma" to move on to a new position with Pet Samaritan Clinic - helping out in anyway she can for her daughter the Hospital Manager. Come in and meet Deb… her warm smile and just genuine happiness for life and animals can be most comforting on the roughest of days.