About Us

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.

Our Team

Dr. Ariel Grubb

  • DVM
Dr. Grubb works part-time as a relief doctor at both Kenton and Cathedral Animal Hospitals. She has loved getting to know some of our fabulous clients and patients and enjoys feeling like part of the team.

Nikki Graf (She/Her) 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 (She/Her) 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 (She/Her) 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 (They/She) CVT

  • Certified Veterinary Technician
  • Practice Manager
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 since 2010 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!

Law (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Office Manager
Bre was raised part-time in Grants Pass, Oregon and part-time in Central California. She recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest permanently to be closer to family and has had a passion for animals since she was born, being born into the show/sporting dog world. She has volunteered with dog rescues and wildlife rehab centers since high school and got her first job in a veterinary hospital fresh out of high school in 2011 and worked in emergency veterinary medicine for almost 5 years. Before her move back to Oregon she co-founded a doggie daycare and herding dog rescue in Central California. In her free time she has a passion for trick and sport training both her dogs and cats and couldn't imagine a life where she wasn't working with animals every day. Bre is so happy to have found a home with the loving team that is Kenton Animal Hospital

Cheheyla (She/Her)

  • 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.

Uri (He/Him)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Originally, I was born in Mexico City, Mexico and was brought to the U.S. as a child when I was eight. I was living in Southern California for most of my life up until two years ago when I made the great move to beautiful Portland, Oregon. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for animals. You can always find me watching endless hours of Animal Planet. Steve Irwin was one of my idols as a child and I still look up to him. Growing up, I always had the dream of working in some way with wildlife and about four years ago I began working as a veterinary assistant. That’s when I learned my true calling in life. I love everything about the veterinary field. From taking care of sick and injured pets to educating people about how to take care of their new puppy. Currently finishing my undergrad at PSU and I hope that one day I can go to veterinary school to become a veterinarian myself.

Emma (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Certified Animal Massage Therapist
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.

Alycia (She/Her)

  • 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.

Sam (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Sam moved to Portland in 2013 from Flagstaff, AZ and decided to turn her love of animals into a full time career. She's been working her way through the veterinary field since then and has worked at a handful of clinics in the Portland area. In her spare time she likes to read, draw, be outdoors, and spend time with friends. She has a rescue shepherd mix named Oliver who likes to go for long walks and play tug of war.

Ezra (They/Them)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Ezra grew up on a small dairy goat farm in Western Oregon. They spent their childhood showing chickens and goats up to a national level as well as dabbling in horses, sheep, alpacas, and rabbits. They volunteered for mixed-animal vet clinics through high school and started working as a veterinary assistant for a mixed animal holistic mobile vet while they were getting their biology degree. They continued that job as well as dipping their toe in emergency medicine right up until the pandemic changed their life circumstances and they needed to move to Portland. Thankfully, Kenton Animal Hospital has allowed them to continue their passion for holistic medicine and learn more about general practice for small animals. Ezra is also completing their rehabilitative massage certification for large and small animals. In their spare time, they enjoy fiber arts, hiking with their partner, and clicker training with their dog and whatever horses they can get their hands on.

Karlee (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
Karlee moved to Portland from the Midwest in 2018. She has always known that she wanted to have a career working with animals and found her calling in veterinary medicine right here at Kenton Animal Hospital. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in science and plans to enroll in in vet school. In her free time, Karlee likes to climb, camp, explore the coast, or lounge with her rescue pup, Lottie.

Kayla (She/Her)

  • Kennel Technician
Kayla was born and raised in Oregon. She is a first-generation college student working towards earning her bachelor's degree in Biology and Spanish. She then plans to continue her education and one day fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian. In her free time, Kayla likes to go on hikes, road trips, and spend time with family and her dogs!

Kat (She/her)

  • Client Care Coordinator
Kat grew up in Oregon City and has had many pets growing up, from chickens to rabbits, cats, ducks, guinea pigs and geese. Within her heart she always carries a deep passion to work with animals. She believes in following her dreams and making them reality. Which brought her to working with us. She feels it is an honor to work with such an amazing team. In her free time, she spends it with her 3 kiddos and 6 chickens. She also enjoys fishing, adventuring, painting, making dream catchers and shooting her bow & arrow. She is optimistic and looks forward to how far she can go with life and in working with animals. Her dream is to eventually work in an animal sanctuary when she’s an old lady up until retirement.

Sydne (She/her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
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Nicole

  • Veterinary Assistant
Nicole has always had an incredible interest in veterinary medicine, and from an early age, it was apparent that this was the field for her. Nicole was born in New Mexico and made the big move to Portland about 10 years ago. She completed a veterinary assistant program just before moving to Portland. She is happily settled into her life here, spending time with her daughter and partner outside of work. She has a 13-year-old husky mix named Lola.