Dr. Bob Ulbrich earned his undergraduate degree at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and his veterinary degree at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. In 1994, he became a Certified Veterinary Homeopath, and in 2005 he received Certification as a Veterinary Chiropractor through the The Healing Oasis Wellness Center. Dr. Ulbrich can address any health problem using a variety of modalities, and has enjoyed a great deal of success using homeopathy to treat cancer and even behavioral problems.He is also available to consult by telephone with pet guardians and their local veterinarians throughout the country, and internationally, when a more holistic approach is desired.
Dr. Ulbrich lives in SW Portland with his wife, two sons, two cats, and the one and only Hannah Banana. He lists some of his most interesting past employment experiences as being the Curator of Animals at the Aqua Circus of Cape Cod and volunteering to treat oiled seabirds in Washington state after the sinking of the Tenyo Maru. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, dancing, SCUBA diving, and river rafting.
Erika Halle, DVM, CVH, CVSMT, CVTP
Doctor Erika is the veterinarian that almost wasn’t. After a brief crisis of personal mission in the first year of veterinary school, her career was saved by discovering Traditional Chinese Medicine and the amazing things that it can offer to our furry patients. She received her veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 2010 and has since become a certified veterinary acupuncturist, certified veterinary spinal manipulative therapist (animal chiropractor), certified veterinary tui-na (Chinese massage) therapist, and certified Chinese food therapist for pets. She also has integrated Chinese herbal medicine into her practice since the beginning.
She has chosen to learn so many modalities because she is committed to creative integrative and complementary solutions for your pet’s health. Her goal is to provide solutions that work for your pet and for you. After all, daily herbs for life sounds like a great idea until you try to pill your cat twice a day for five years!
Dr. Ann Swarz
Ann Swartz, DVM, CVH
Dr. Ann grew up on the East Coast and is a US Army veteran. Migrating to Oregon in 1979, she earned degrees in Animal Science and Microbiology from Oregon State University in 1984, and a DVM from OSU in 1988. Throughout her training as a veterinary student, Dr. Ann worked in clinics in Oregon and Alaska, including the Oregon State University Sheep Barn and other private lambing operations. Adding to her varied experience, she had the exciting opportunity to volunteer on the Iditarod. Additionally, she has experience vetting and participating in Endurance Rides and in Ride and Ties. Following a year dedicated to primarily equine practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she settled in Oregon, and has practiced in a mixed-animal, mobile capacity since 1988.
She keeps current in her field through membership in professional organizations, often holding leadership positions. She is a current member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (board member and past president), American Veterinary Medical Association (serving on the Council on Veterinary Services 2014 through 2017), Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AVH Liaison and Secretary), Veterinary Botanical Medical Association, American Endurance Ride Conference (certified judge), Rogue Valley Veterinary Medical Association (President 2014) and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.
In her free time, Dr. Ann enjoys bothering her adult children, hiking and camping, vetting endurance rides, and reading and learning more about homeopathy. She also volunteers locally, with 4H and FFA groups, and as part of a high school mentor program. She actively volunteers at the Jackson County Animal Shelter and at Sanctuary One in Oregon.
Mari grew up in Iowa and moved to Southern California to major in Still Photography, then relocated to Portland. She worked in hospitals (Neonatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Graduate Medical Education, Psychiatric Liaison Service, and Medical Transcription). She is also a freelance editor.
Besides her love for animals and photography, Mari is an avid gardener, having removed all the grass from her backyard over many years and replacing it with raised beds, rock gardens and pathways. Her garden grows year-round with many kinds of vegetables, with her favorite being tomato plants (growing at least 17 each year). She then cans, makes sauce to freeze, and shares lots with friends.
Mari has taken her cats to Dr. Ulbrich since 1996, after becoming dissatisfied with traditional medical care. Precious, Ebony, Little Mari and Fuzzy currently “let” her live with them.
Mari Kennedy, Clinic Manager
Renée grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, and moved to Portland in September of 2015 after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from The Evergreen State College. She entered the veterinary field in early 2015 when she began an internship at South Sound Critter Care as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern. During her time there she cared for animals such as raccoons, seabirds, raptors, rabbits, opossums, squirrels, songbirds, coyotes, and snakes. One of her favorite parts of being an intern was being able to foster orphaned squirrels over the summer. She raised multiple babies from before their eyes were open until they were big enough to be considered for release to the wild. Renée has had a lifelong obsession with animals, studying abroad twice in her undergraduate career in Ecuador and Australia to study animals in the wild and learn first‑hand about wildlife conservation issues around the world.
Her long-term goal is to become a wildlife conservation veterinarian so that she can follow her passion in this field and travel extensively to see all of the amazing animals that we share this planet with. Renée has been working at Holistic Pet Vet Clinic since September of 2015 and has become deeply invested in integrative medicine. She hopes to expand her knowledge in this area before continuing on to Veterinary Medicine College at St. George's University in Grenada. SGU not only has a dual degree program where Renée can work towards a Masters in Wildlife Conservation Medicine while also obtaining a DVM degree, but they also have an integrative medicine club where she can continue her exploration into holistic medicine. Renée currently resides in inner NE Portland in the beautiful Irvington neighborhood with her long-term partner, Ian, and their newly adopted fur kid, Jackson. When Renée is not obsessing over animals, she enjoys vegan baking and her deep love of punk rock music. She is featured here with a wombat she befriended in Australia.
Lisa comes from New England, where her passion for animals began. She raised service dogs for the deaf and disabled, then ran a small pet-care business before moving out of the country. Her return to the States brought her to Oregon, where she worked in animal rehab and completed a course in small-animal massage. Lisa enjoys the beautiful Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. She shares her home with her husband Andy, their two dogs Autumn and Dewey, and Mimmie Saba, the cat.
Nikki was born in Bremerhaven, Germany, into a military family. She moved frequently, but lived mostly in Southern California. After 12 years of living in Orlando, Florida, she visited Portland and moved here in 2016.
She has always had a passion for all types of animals, especially reptiles. Growing up she always had lizards, snakes, frogs, and dogs as pets. Currently she has Furryman, who is a 10-year-old Ragdoll. She has worked in the vet tech field for five years, and loves helping families and pets. In her spare time she likes to play guitar, create art, and go dancing. She plans to go back to school for her certification as a vet tech.
Samantha earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology at Oregon State University in June 2016. She has a wide background in animal husbandry and medicine at the Oregon Zoo, Oregon State University’s Sheep barn, Heartland Humane Society, OSU Large Animal Teaching Hospital, Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital, California National Primate Research Center, and more. Samantha will be applying to veterinary schools for the first time in the Summer of 2017 and she’s excited to dive into the world of veterinary medicine.
Samantha’s two-year old White Boxer/Blue Heeler mix, Emira, is grateful that the Holistic Pet Vet Clinic recommended the Thundershirt because she can now stay home alone without tearing up shoes and remote controls. Emira and her friend Duke also love all the treats at the clinic—it’s their favorite place to visit!
Gabriela is our new receptionist and will be the first face you see when you come in for an appointment. Her bio will be posted here soon!
Hannah the Wonderdog
Hannah "Banana" became the official
greeter in our clinic after being
adopted by Dr. Bob. She possesses the amazing balance of friendliness,
compassion, and respect that makes a true clinic critter!! Hannah has
been known to put both clients and patients at ease in the clinic
setting, volunteering herself freely as an unofficial therapy dog of
sorts. In her free time, Hannah lives for food and fetch!!