About Us


Kenton Animal Hospital provides the service and compassion to every patient and client that we have come accustomed to expect and appreciate for our loved ones and ourselves. We strive to provide the best health care options, both naturopathic and allopathic, that help prevent and treat disease and suffering for our patients.

Kenton Animal Hospital is an independently owned hospital that strives to be as green as possible. Our clinic is run with paper-free record keeping, digital radiographs, LED lights, recycled/reclaimed lumber, and we offer employee incentives for public transportation or bicycle commute.

We know that a strong relationship with you is an integral part of providing the best possible care for your pet. This includes continual client education, open communication, and transparency of services. We will work to maintain a long-lasting and mutually respectful relationship with you and your pet.

Nikki Graf DVM, CVA

Nikki Graf DVM, CVA

  • Co-founder of Kenton Animal Hospital
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Nikki is a Pacific Northwest native and was fortunate to have been raised appreciating the amazingly diverse outdoors that we have. She completed her undergraduate degree (Pre-med with a Chemistry minor) in Bellingham, WA attending Western Washington University. Her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine was completed at Washington State University in 2010. After graduation, she completed an internship in Emergency and Critical Care at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. She fell in love with the challenges and fast-paced environment of Emergency Medicine and continue to work in ER/Critical care referral hospitals. Emergency Medicine is not only a challenge of rapid assessments in stressful situations, but also challenges the ability to communicate in an effective and compassionate manner. Nikki gets inspired by the human-animal bond that is profoundly evident in pets seen on an emergency basis as well as with the teams that help care for them. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture in a search for alternative modalities for pain management as well as a more holistic practice of medicine with emphasis on preventative health care. She is excited to continue her journey in Veterinary Medicine in a general practice setting where long-lasting relationships with clients and their pets will be nourished. Outside of work, Nikki enjoys surfing, snowboarding, cooking and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her partner, Andrew, and their terrier mutt, Roger.

Lindsay Thurwachter DVM, CVA, CVFT

Lindsay Thurwachter DVM, CVA, CVFT

  • Co-founder of Kenton Animal Hospital
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
  • Certified Veterinary Food Therapist

Lindsay grew up in Arizona where she received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Arizona State University. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest after moving here for vet school, and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 2010. She likes to combine eastern and western medicine modalities to find the best care for her patients. Her medical areas of interest are soft tissue surgery, geriatric care, nutrition, and acupuncture. The best part of her day is when she gets to interact with clients and their pets, helping them foster healthy relationships, and assuming an active role in our community. In her time away from the hospital, she enjoys getting outdoors with her two shelter mutts, Sierra and Watson, biking with her husband, Miguel, gardening, playing pinball, and enjoying this beautiful city.

Stephanie Hintz DVM, CVA

Stephanie Hintz DVM, CVA

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Stephanie made plans with her best friend in middle school to be a veterinarian and couldn’t be happier with her choice. She was an English major at the University of Wyoming before going to vet school at Colorado State University, graduating in 1996. She became acupuncture certified in 2006 because she was looking for ways to promote whole body health in her patients. She loves working with people to keep their pets as healthy and happy as possible, especially enjoying geriatrics, behavior and internal medicine. Outside of work she spends a lot of time camping and playing her banjo/ukulele with her two children and little three legged dog in tow.

Aenne CVT

Aenne CVT

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

Aenne is also a Pacific Northwest native, she grew up in Oregon City with a passion for helping animals. Eventually she moved to Reno, Nevada to attend the University of Nevada Reno where she graduated with a degree in Animal Science and completed the pre-veterinary program. After several years of working in the veterinary field she obtained her license as a veterinary technician in Nevada. While Reno was nice, Oregon was calling and she decided to come home. Aenne has been practicing integrative medicine for the past seven years in private practice and she has a special interest in anesthesia. She is very excited to be a part of the loving and passionate team at Kenton Animal Hospital and be part of building a hospital from the ground up. She has an adorable cat named Hippo and a lizard named Charles. When she is not working you can find her playing video games, writing, anything involved with zombies, and Zumba!

Nic

Nic

  • Client Care Coordinator

A dyed in the wool New Englander, Nic spent his formative years among the forests and pastures of western Massachusetts before moving to Portland in 2015 to pursue his degree in English literature and writing. Growing up amid a small menagerie containing cats, dogs, birds, hedgehogs, snakes, and innumerable other fauna gave him a deep and unyielding passion for animals that he is excited to bring to the team at Kenton Animal Hospital. A geek at heart, Nic can be found in his free time enjoying board games, knitting, writing fantasy stories, and forcing his love upon less than thrilled cats.

Maddy

Maddy

  • Veterinary Assistant

Maddy is a Pacific Northwest native who has always loved helping animals. She went to Eastern Washington University where she realized that she wanted a career in veterinary medicine. Maddy has a great devotion to our feline friends and has dreams of adopting and supporting as many cats as she can. Before working at Kenton Animal Hospital, Maddy had the opportunity to work at a veterinary emergency hospital for several years where she honed many of her skills. Maddy thrives on the close knit bond that comes with working at a veterinary hospital and is thrilled to be able to experience that at Kenton Animal Hospital. In her spare time, Maddy enjoys playing video games, relaxing in nature, and hanging out with her 2 cats, Meatloaf and Brad Kitt.

Erin

Erin

  • Veterinary Assistant

Originally from Michigan, Erin grew up with a variety of animal family members including dogs, snakes, hamsters, and even hermit crabs. She decided at 12 years old that she was going to work in veterinary medicine after watching an episode of “Emergency Vets” on Animal Planet and the rest was history. Now, after several years as a Veterinary Assistant, she still can’t imagine doing anything else. Erin, her husband, and their two dogs made the decision to come to Portland after a single visit hooked them in and she’s happy to call the PNW home for good. In her free time, Erin is an avid photographer. She also enjoys baking, camping, gardening, video games, and is a self proclaimed Whovian.