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 Raines, 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. Swartz 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. Swartz worked in clinics in Oregon and Alaska, including the Oregon State University Sheep Barn and other private lambing operations. Adding to her varied experience, Dr. Swartz 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, Dr. Swartz settled in Oregon. Dr. Swartz has practiced in a mixed-animal, mobile capacity since 1988.
Dr. Swartz 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 Swartz 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 15 each year) and then cans, makes sauce to freeze, and shares lots with friends.
Mari has taken her cats to Dr. Ulbrich for 19 years, after becoming dissatisfied with traditional medical care. LePaws, Precious, Ebony, Little Mari and Fuzzy currently “let” her live with them.
Mari Kennedy, Clinic Manager
Eve grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and moved to Portland with her beautiful black cat, Freya, in 2005. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2002, and is currently studying Psychology and taking prerequisites for the nursing program at PCC. When she is not busy studying for class, she enjoys volunteering, running, and working in her vegetable garden.
Eve currently shares her home in SW Portland with her two beloved cats, Freya and Rue.
Brian grew up on a cattle ranch in Salem, Oregon, where he discovered his passion for helping animals. He started his career in veterinary healthcare in 2003 and has worked at the Oregon Humane Society, Dove Lewis Emergency Hospital, and now the Holistic Pet Vet Clinic. He has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Informatics and is currently finishing up his last year at Oregon Tech to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Informatics. His long‑term goal is to contract with hospitals as an Information Systems Specialist, helping to create the electronic health records systems that allow hospitals to be fully automated.
During his time spent in the veterinary field he has dedicated his off time as a foster parent for the Oregon Humane Society (OHS), taking in animals that are either too young or too sick, until they are well enough to be placed into their permanent homes. He has fostered over 50 animals—in fact, he ended up keeping and adopting two of the foster dogs himself. Zoey and Bianca were both infants when they were abandoned in public areas, left in boxes. They were dropped off at OHS and placed in the foster program, where Brian became not only their foster parent, but their permanent guardian. They have since become the light of his life, and on some occasions will come to work with him as “greeters” for the clinic. They love their job, and work for treats.
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.
Cassi was born in Bremerton, WA, into a military family, the youngest of two children. Cassi's family moved around frequently as she grew up. Since she was a little girl Cassi has always had a love and passion for all types of animals and critters. Cassi moved to Sherwood, OR, in the summer of 2002. Cassi has had many different types of jobs, but the one she came to love and enjoy the most was her job at a locally owned pet store in Newberg, OR—Critter Cabana, where she worked for five years.
As her passion and love for all things fluffy, furry, scaly, and slimy grew, she was determined to do more for animals and learn about holistic treatment. This led her to her joining the Holistic Pet Vet Clinic staff. Cassi's household is quite diverse, and full of all sorts of critters. She currently has four snakes, two tortoises, a bearded dragon, a crocodile skink, a sun conure named Mikey, a whites tree frog, and two nano fish tanks. Cassi also has her baby girl, Layla, who is a two-year-old Jack Russell terrier. She recently adopted a five-week old kitten named Summer Rae.
Gaby Carter, ND, CVT
Gaby has been working in the veterinary field since 1995. Her career began in Chicago, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 2004 and finally to Portland in 2010. She spent 12 years of that in veterinary specialty practice as an anesthesia and surgical technician. It was during her time in California that Gaby found holistic veterinary medicine to help her senior pets live healthier lives. It was this love of natural medicine which eventually resulted in her obtaining her degree as a naturopathic doctor from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. While in medical school Gaby found a passion for homeopathy, which she utilizes for all her patients—pet and human guardian alike. She continues her homeopathic education by attending weekend courses through the New England School of Homeopathy. Gaby brings a unique combination of veterinary technical skill and naturopathic medical philosophy to holistic healthcare for all species.
She currently resides in SE Portland with her two cats, Vinny and Hank, who attempt to negotiate increased lap time now that “mom” isn’t in school all day. The boys are benefitting from all the homeopathic treatments they have received but are adamant that despite their collective decreased fears they are not open to having a dog in their lives at this time.
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.
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!!