Chelsea began working in the veterinary field in 2007 as a technician assistant in Laguna Beach, CA. She went on to pursue a career in management outside of the veterinary field, but in 2014 made the life changing decision to return to her true passion of working with animals as a vet assistant. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is working with the special needs of senior dogs and cats. When she is not working at AVC, she volunteers as an associate board member for a local all-breed dog rescue. She and her partner share their home with 1 perfect senior pup, 1 lovably imperfect rescue pibble, and 1 very bossy cat.
Born and raised in the Land of Enchantment (aka Albuquerque, NM), Amanda began working in Veterinary Medicine in 2003 while attending University in Southern California and instantly fell in love with the field. She finished school in San Diego, CA getting a degree in Photojournalism with a minor in Animal Science, in hopes of one day becoming a photographer for National Geographic, not knowing at the time that life had a different plan for her.
She quickly made her way into specialty work focusing on Internal Medicine, Trauma and Critical Care. Working with patients in need of such specialized and round the clock medical attention inspired her to advance her education further and she went back to school to get her Paramedic certification.
Several years ago she began working primarily with Non-Profit Organizations in the US, UK and South East Asia. She spent extended periods of time working with The Save the Elephant Foundation, Tech Aid International, United Asia Charity as well as multiple Humanitarian organizations working towards access to clean water, shelter and basic education for residents in rural regions of Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. Although this work was incredibly rewarding, homesickness got the best of her and she made her way back to the West Coast settling in Portland.
Since her return she found her way to the Alberta Vet Care team, joining our staff in 2018 and working her way up to become our Lead Vet Tech. She thoroughly enjoys facilitating a clinical environment that focuses on continuing education, cooperative medicine and superior patient care.
In her spare time she loves to explore the PNW with her partner Patrick and their 2 year old Boston terrier, Mason. She is also a licensed skydiving instructor, amateur vegan cook, plant enthusiast, rock climber and freelance photojournalist.
Ever since she can remember Carly has had an overwhelming love of animals. Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii she spent most of her life outdoors and in nature. Carly moved to Portland, OR in 2010 and volunteered at the Oregon Humane Society while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Social Science. She is incredibly happy to finally be working with animals in a field she is passionate about. In her spare time, Carly can be found lounging with her two rescue pups Cider (also from Hawaii) and troublemaker Rigby.
Tracy began working in the Veterinary field in 2005 as a kennel and technician assistant in Memphis, TN. She and her husband relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, with their pack of animals. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, roller derby, and spending time with her two dogs, Fitzroy and Fern, and her two cats, Seven and Jaxx.
Ariel entered the veterinary field in 2013 after graduating from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO. Ariel is a Denver native and, after working at a clinic there for over 2 years, she made the move Portland with her husband and 2 dogs. Ariel worked at a clinic in West Linn for nearly a year before joining the team at Alberta Veterinary Care. An animal lover all her life, Ariel is glad to have found a career working with animals and especially loves dentistry.
Fun fact: Ariel played competitive women’s flat track roller derby for 10 years. She played with the Denver team for the majority of her career and was a member of the World Champion Rose City Rollers in 2016 for her final season. In her free time, Ariel enjoys hiking, dancing and posting adorable pictures of her dogs, Lex and Kima, on Instagram.
Mandy grew up in San Diego. She was in college majoring in English, with the belief that she would likely be an English teacher one day. She started working as a kennel tech as a side job, and quickly became captivated with the veterinary field. In no time she was a veterinary technician, and tossed the idea of becoming a teacher. She moved to Portland in 2006 and worked at a local clinic for 15 years. She recently joined the AVC team, and is so excited to continue doing what she loves most. When Mandy is not caring for animals, she likes to hike, paddle board, camp and cook. She currently has 2 cats, and is waiting for a special dog to come along to complete the family.
Rachel grew up in the Pacific Northwest with a love and passion for animal care. She has had many pet friends throughout her life including dogs, cats, horses, goats, and various reptiles. It was at Idaho State University that Rachel acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences while working as an animal care specialist and later a veterinary assistant.
Rachel recently returned to her Washington home with her husband and there enjoys hiking, camping, and providing love to her zoo of pets. Rachel currently cares for three sweet kitties, Dandy, Chip, and Trixie, two silly corn snakes, Toast and Peanut, and two fancy goldfish, Pablo and Mango.
Kesia graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a Registered Veterinary Assistant in 2013. She has always had a fascination with animal behavior & science. Originally from San Diego California she moved to Portland in 2015.
She spends her time exploring the city on her bike. Over the past year she has gotten into gardening & tending to her "abnormal" amount of house plants she has collected. She also really enjoys painting, particularly portraits and plants.
She has a 2 year old kitty at home named Mr. Waffles who is filled with loads of personality.
Madison has spent her life dedicated to exploring and embracing the human-animal bond while growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She first rescued a raven with a broken wing at the age of 2, which opened a deep curiosity and appreciation for animal care. Madison entered into Veterinary Medicine in 2016 as an assistant, after volunteering with local animal rights advocates and emergency animal hospitals. She has worked primarily with small animal practices in both general and speciality settings over the last five years. She has also gained human medicine experience during this time, obtaining her National Phlebotomy Certification in 2020. Madison works with an emphasis on compassion; nothing means more to her than being able to advocate for each animal's individual spirit and needs with composure and patience.
Outside of the hospital, she enjoys local hummingbird populations, gardening, mycology, and spending time with their housecat Pims. Madison has plans for continuing education to become a part of an animal-assisted therapy team, with a focus on supporting individuals suffering from C-PTSD.
Erica recently moved to Portland from Colorado and is beyond excited to be working at Alberta Vet! As a Midwest native, Erica is thrilled to get to experience all the natural beauty the pacific northwest has to offer. Erica has been working in veterinary medicine for 3 years and is completing her technician certification through an online institution. Erica’s special interests include feline healthcare and dental surgery. In her free time, Erica likes to spend time with her cat Finn, read science fiction, and visit local breweries.
Leah was born in New Mexico but has called Portland home for most of her life. She has been working in veterinary medicine since 2018 and is currently going to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Leah has always had a passion for animal care that stemmed from growing up in an animal-forward household. She grew up with dogs, cats, birds, amphibians, horses, and guinea pigs. When she isn't in the clinic you can find her scoping out new breweries with her two dogs, Mishka and Daisy, and her partner. Leah also loves to spend time at home taking care of her many house plants with the help of Frankie the cat and Broly the leopard gecko.
I’m Kate and I’ve been working in the veterinary medicine field since October 2018. While I have always had a deep love and appreciation for animals, it wasn’t until college that I began working in a dog boarding facility and realized I wanted dogs and cats to be a part of my daily life and career. I enjoy reading and knitting in my free time, and on my days off you can find me hiking and camping with my border collie, Phoebe.
Madaleine recently moved to Portland and started working at Alberta Veterinary Care in 2022. Growing up she always dreamed of working with animals, and she is now studying biology in pursuit of that dream. Outside of Alberta Veterinary Care, she spends her time outdoors, at local concert venues, and more recently, rehabbing her squirrel friend.