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

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.

Kelly Creech (She/Her) DVM

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Kelly is Maryland native, growing up among a household of dogs, hamsters, ducks, guinea pigs and ferrets. She received her BA in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University and her Doctorate from VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing in Oregon since 2005. Kelly believes that medicine requires individualized care, tailoring to the needs of each patient. She enjoys the teamwork between herself, the patient and the family. Embracing both traditional and conventional techniques, she is certified in acupuncture with training in Chinese and Western herbs. Her professional interests are in preventative and geriatric medicine, with the goal to provide the best long-term care and quality of life for her patients. Kelly enjoys life in the Pacific NW with her husband, two boys and mix-breed dogs Taterpie, and Arteen. In her free time, her family is backpacking, gardening, snowboarding and playing board games.

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.

Kathryn Kirstein (She/Her) DVM

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
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Amy O

  • Practice Manager
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Mallory (She/Her)

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Assistant Practice Manager
Mallory began working in vet med right after high school, and has loved the ever-evolving field of medicine because it provides endless opportunity for learning and improvement. She has worked in general practice, emergency and at low-income clinics over the years in California, Nevada, Tennessee and now Oregon. She's particularly fond of working in surgery because it keeps her on her toes. Mallory is now the assistant practice manager for both hospitals and loves being in a position to help guide new veterinary assistants as they grow within the field. In her free time, you can find Mal at a local dive bar, enjoying game night with her pals, or huddled under the blankets for a movie night with her two cats, Ernie and Kwitten.

Taylor (She/Her)

  • Office Manager
  • Inventory Manager
Taylor hails from the Westside of Michigan. Her favorite things about the PNW include the beautiful hiking opportunities, wine country, and food carts. She has a special place in her heart for bully breeds and creatures that are misunderstood. Taylor will never miss the opportunity for a well-placed Lord Of The Rings reference or classic dad joke. She thinks about her American Staffordshire Terrier, Rudy every second of the day. Is he a dog or a small sea lion? The world may never know.

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!