Sarah Elkins- Lead Veterinary Technician
I have lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life. My love for animals began very early on, and my lifelong passion has been to love, help, and care for them. I have had the privilege to work in the veterinary field all of my adult life, and be a part of the Irvington team since 2010 when the clinic opened! I have one amazing dog and four fabulous kitties!
Nicholas DiStefano- Client Care Coordinator
I was born an animal lover. Born and raised in Louisiana. I worked as a hairstylist for 28 years. After helping me and my partner through the passing of my 24 year old kitty, Dreyfus, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the Irvington Vet Team! My pets are my family so I am very passionate to be able to work and share with clients in the celebration of a new member of their families, watch their children grow, and be there as a shoulder to lean on when we have to let them pass on. I like to spend my free time with my partner, Wally and our dog, Poochie.
Jean Breiling- Certified Veterinary Technician
I grew up in Connecticut and got my Veterinary Technician Degree from The University of Maine. I first worked in a clinic in New York City before moving to Portland to work for Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. After 7 years I went back to school and began a career in Human Resources in both Eugene and Portland. Eventually I pulled out of the workforce to raise my two children. I re-entered veterinary medicine in 2008, and worked in various settings as a Surgery Tech, a Clinical Medicine Tech and also volunteered with the Feral Cat Coalition of Portland. Here at Irvington Veterinary I love learning so much about applying Eastern and Western Medicine to the care of animals. In my off time, I take Tai Chi classes, cross country ski, hike, bicycle, go to live performances of dance and theater, and share my life with my husband, teenagers, dogs and cats!
Kimberlee Anders- Client Care Coordinator
I am a proud Portland native. I have loved all creatures great and small my entire life and started working in the veterinary field at age sixteen. After college I entered the field of interior design for a dozen years but always missed the fulfillment of working with animals, my true passion. In 2012 I returned to the veterinary field here at Irvington Veterinary Clinic and couldn't be happier to be doing what I love, especially with such a compassionate and professional team. I enjoy bicycling around town, traveling, working in the garden, exploring all the local restaurants, and spending time with my husband Paul, our kitties Moon and Sunny and our rescued Greyhound, Noche.
Ria McLean- Client Care Coordinator
Growing up in Houston Texas as an only child with multiple dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, horses, rodents (and even a pig!) ensured that I was never lonely or bored. When I decided to leave a career in the design world to raise my three children, my life still included many creatures large and small. I’ve been an active part of the Northeast Portland community for over 15 years, so Irvington Veterinary was a natural fit for me when I considered returning to work. The staff feels like a close-knit family, I love that I get to connect with so many familiar faces and families, and best of all – I get puppy kisses almost every day.
Lori Wilken- Patient Care Coordinator
I grew up in the Midwest but had been drawn to the Pacific Northwest for a long time. I finally moved out here in 2011 and haven't looked back since. After working in the service industry for most of my life I decided that I needed a career change. I feel so grateful and lucky that Irvington Veterinary Clinic hired me as a veterinary assistant. I am now studying to be a veterinary technician at PCC and I couldn't be happier. I absolutely love working with animals! In my free time I study, cook, enjoy the outdoors and hang out with my boyfriend and cat son, Ronnie.
Leah Denison- Patient Care Coordinator
My family always had pets growing up and I've always felt a strong connection to animals. I feel very lucky to be able to get to care for our animal patients and their families everyday! In my free time, I enjoy exploring this beautiful city, biking, hiking, running and yoga.
Brian Austin- Business Manager
I was raised with cat and dog rescues of all types and sizes. My first dog as an adult was a Bullmastiff mix named Emma that meant the world to me. After experiencing her diagnosis with cancer and the care related to it, I became very passionate about veterinary care and wellness. After Graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004, I became a project manager in the design industry and continued to do so while opening Irvington Veterinary Clinic with Dr Rachel. When I am not working I enjoy camping, snowboarding, cooking, gardening, bonsai, bicycling, and hanging out with Dr. Rachel, our daughter, and two dogs Henna and Buddha.