Dr. Rachel, DVM, CVA
Medical Director/ Practice Owner
I have been practicing veterinary medicine since 2002, when I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. My career is comprised of experience with a corporation as medical director of a five-doctor practice, medical director of an all-cat practice, and experience as an associate in private practices in SE Portland and Lake Oswego. In 2006 I began studying and training in alternative therapies including acupuncture and Chinese herbs. My passion in medicine is to offer an integrative approach to health and wellness that incorporates both Eastern and Western modalities. I love Portland's food, culture, parks, neighborhoods, farmers markets and people! When I am not working I enjoy biking, hiking, sewing, cooking, and hanging out with my husband, daughter, dogs and cats.
Dr. Romi, DVM, CVA
I was certainly one of those kids that wanted to be a veterinarian since I learned the meaning of the word. As it does for many of us, my attraction to the veterinary field began with a love for animals and a desire to help them. The pursuit of my childhood dream led me to Auburn University, where I obtained my Pre-Veterinary Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, then to the University of Florida for my veterinary degree. Having lived in the southeast all my life, I am very excited to be realizing another dream of mine of moving out to the state I've loved the most through my travels. It is the perfect place for me to partake in my hobbies of hiking, biking, yoga, and eating (if you can call that a hobby). Along my journey, I must say my passion for veterinary medicine has matured a bit. I've developed an appreciation for the challenges and problem solving that medicine requires, and for both the Eastern and Western medical modalities that may be applied to every challenge. This appreciation was broadened through my travels to China, where I completed much of my acupuncture certification program through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. From acupuncture to surgery, and everything in between, I am eager to serve my patients and those who love them through all stages in life, in every way that I can.
Dr. Ilona, DVM
I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, completed my undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent the next 10 years working as a computer graphics designer. I loved working in a creative environment, but ultimately discovered that I’m a much better scientist than artist. I was very fortunate to attend the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and moved to Portland after I graduated in 2004.
I believe that veterinary medicine is very much a collaborative and creative endeavor, and I welcome the challenge of finding the best solution for both the patient and client. I also believe that client education and communication are just as important as diagnostic tests and treatment plans. To complement my work at Irvington, I spend several days a month doing surgeries at the Pixie Project, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help homeless pets.
When I’m not working, I love to garden in my certified backyard habitat, bike, hike, play my banjo, or see a play at one of the local theaters. I share my home with Chalupa, my Chihuahua, and my cats Arlo and Owen.