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.

Emma

Emma

  • Veterinary Assistant

Emma grew up in beautiful Rhode Island where she attended art school at RISD. She moved to the PNW six years ago to be closer to the great western outdoors. She always had a deep love of animals and as a young child would often tell people she wanted to become a veterinarian when she grew up. For the past several years Emma has worked as a dog walker, dog sitter, and at a boarding and daycare facility which temporarily placated her deep need for a dog until she adopted her own baby boy. Their favorite activities are sleeping, hiking with her weekly unofficial ladies hiking club, watching Parks and Recreation, cooking by a camp fire, coveting other peoples’ old Ford Broncos, and going to Thousand Acres dog park. She will be enrolling in the Veterinary Technician program at PCC in the near future.

Mallory

Mallory

  • Veterinary Assistant

Mallory made her way to Oregon in 2014, previously bouncing around various parts of California, Nevada and Tennessee. Owing to a childhood of binge watching Homeward Bound and Free Willy, Mallory jumped into the veterinary field straight after high school in 2008 and has worked her way through various roles in vet med since. On the weekends, Mallory volunteers at a wildlife rehab center where she is developing her skills with wildlife, primarily in avian handling and care. In her spare time she enjoys over-eating and sharing beers on the porch with her husband, Joe (and their three cats, Eddie, Ernie and Kwitten), as well as watching movies, game nights with friends and enjoying the PNW.

Cheheyla

Cheheyla

  • Veterinary Assistant

Cheheyla was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has family in Oregon and Hawaii, where she loves to visit often. As a child she always knew she wanted to work with animals. Cheheyla has always had pets around growing up, mainly cats a dogs. She currently has two bunnies named Millie and Ollie who are both rescues. She has finished a veterinary assistant program and is very proud to be working at a veterinary hospital that focuses on the care and happiness of pets and their loving owners. In her free time she enjoys reading poetry, drawing, relaxing with her pets and exploring in nature.

Alycia

Alycia

  • Client Care Coordinator

Alycia decided to pack up her things and make her way to the PNW in the summer of 2018. She may be new to Portland, but she’s no stranger to the world of dogs and cats. With a background in owning a pet care company in Chicago and doing animal rescue work in both Chicago and Boulder, Colorado, Alycia’s passion for the welfare of animals has deepened immensely. She has a continuously evolving interest in animal health and behavior and she’s thrilled to be a part of the Kenton Animal Hospital team. In her spare time, Alycia can be found petting other people’s animals, wandering the PNW forests, taking photos, writing, appreciating music, and/or snuggling on the couch with her two rescue pups and cat.