Dr. 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.
Margot Mercer, DVM, CVA
Margot Mercer, DVM, CVA
Dr. Margot grew up in Upstate New York and spent her summers surrounded by nature. She was always fascinated by wildlife and animals. When she was five, she asked her parents for a sister and was taken instead to the local animal shelter to pick out a cat “sister,” Beauty, and a future vet was born! She earned her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Science at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. She then took a five-year break, which included two years traveling around the world and volunteering with various international animal organizations. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2016.
From early on, Dr. Margot understood the limitations of conventional medicine, and she knew even before starting veterinary school that she wanted to incorporate holistic modalities into her practice. She obtained additional certifications in both Western and Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, and acupuncture. She strongly believes in the gentle, yet effective results these modalities can provide. What drew her most to a holistic approach was the concept of working with the body’s inherent ability to heal instead of just masking symptoms and not addressing the root of imbalance. Her goal is to provide the best, individualized option for your pet and your family. Her commitment to a holistic approach extended to a national level as the president of the student executive board for the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) while in veterinary school. She feels very lucky to have worked closely with holistic veterinarians all over the country, and looks forward to sharing professional wisdom with these colleagues throughout her career. Being so involved in AHVMA got Dr. Margot even more excited to be a part of this field of medicine.
Dr. Margot is eager for all of the lifelong learning opportunities that veterinary medicine has to offer and plans to pursue additional holistic certifications to incorporate into her practice for the best integrative approach to your pet’s health. In her free time she enjoys hiking, backpacking, live music, gardening, traveling, spending time with good friends (both human and animal), and savoring all the beauty and bounty that Oregon has to offer.
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 early this year 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 the time their eyes were closed 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.
She currently resides in inner NE Portland in the beautiful Irvington neighborhood with her long-term partner, Ian. They do not currently have any pets, but have dreams of changing that when the right furry soul comes their way. 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.
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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.
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!!