Meet Our Troutdale Veterinarians & Vet Team
Ken DeRemer, DVM
I grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and moved to the west coast (California) for graduate school. I graduated from vet school in 1983 from the University of California at Davis and moved up to the Portland area shortly after graduation. I started Paws and Claws Pet Medical Center as a housecall practice while building the current facility. The doors to Paws and Claws opened in 1994. In 2008 I purchased Peninsula Dog and Cat Clinic in North Portland, and I now split my time between both practices. My wife and I have 3 children: KC, Ben, and Wyatt, and currently have 1 dog, 2 cats, and a parrot. In my free time (which seems rare) I enjoy fishing and creating home-brewed beer.
Christina Huntsinger, DVM
I grew up in Oregon and received my undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1998. I transplanted to the Midwest for vet school and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, after which I was happy to move home to the Pacific Northwest. I started practicing in Hillsboro and moved to Paws & Claws in 2007. I am proud to be an advocate for pet health and well-being. I enjoy educating clients on preventative medicine issues to improve the quality of life for both the animals and their owners. I also enjoy dentistry and managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and chronic renal failure. The majority of my free time is spent in the woods hiking, camping, and backpacking, or tending to my vegetable garden. I also am proud to be a member of the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team (OVERT). We are certified by the State of Oregon to be first responders during emergencies and disasters in order to set up and care for injured or misplaced animals, and to house the pets of people who have been displaced from their homes. I have 2 cats, Basti and Fester (aka ‘Fwuffy Kitten’), and a lab/border collie mix, ‘Mowgli’. I treat cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, guinea pigs, and hamsters.
Monica Pollock, DVM
I am a homegrown Oregonian, raised in Beaverton, Oregon. I got my BS from Oregon State University, and I graduated from vet school in 1999 from the combined Oregon State University and Washington State University Veterinary Medicine program. I started practice in Beaverton, but have been at Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center since 2006. While I enjoy surgery and internal medicine, my true passion is preventative medicine and geriatric care. At home I have Kingston, my career-changed guide dog; Kitchen Lizard, my three-legged bearded dragon; and Porch, my orange tabby rescue. On my time off, I enjoy working on my house and garden, hiking, and wandering around the neighborhoods of Portland. In addition to cats and dogs, I also see birds, reptiles, and all small mammals.
Client Service Representative
A native Oregonian, I was born and raised in Portland. I have always had one or more pets in my household, ranging from parakeets to guinea pigs, to cats and dogs. I worked as an English teacher before starting my family, which now counts at four (grown) children, one grandchild, and one neurotic American Staffordshire Terrier named ‘Dallas’. I worked for 5 years at another veterinary clinic in Portland, took a two year break, and started at Paws and Claws in 2004. I chose this area of work because of my fondness for companion animals, and enjoy the daily contact with our clients.
Client Service Representative
I was born in Southern California but raised here in Oregon. The so-cal blood must run through me because I LOVE warm weather. Growing up, there were plenty of pets around the house. There were always at least 10 different animals running around, ranging from french bulldogs to foster opossums! I graduated high school early due to COVID-19, and immediately started working at Paws & Claws. I enjoy working here because of the team has grown to be like family; and, of course, because of all the adorable patients I get to see everyday! I have been playing volleyball for the last 11 years. In my free time I enjoy going on outdoor adventures with my friends and family before returning home to snuggle with my 15 year old cat Suki.
Client Service Representative, Fear Free Certified Professional
I was born in Toulouse, France, and grew up in Arizona. I moved to Oregon in middle school and love living in the Pacific Northwest. Ever since I was young I have had a passion for helping animals. I love working with animals and took it upon myself to attain my Fear Free Certification. I started working at Paws & Claws in 2020, and love working more with exotic animals. Eventually I plan to pursue becoming Certified Veterinary Technician. In my free time I enjoy snuggling with my poodle Abby, napping, playing video games and solitaire.
Client Service Representative / Kennel Attendant
Client Service Representative
I was born and raised here in the beautiful state of Oregon. I grew up with my best friend, King, a Labrador who is in my picture with me. I love sunny days but also enjoy the rainy ones. I have had a strong love for animals since I was a little girl. I decided to make that love part of my career and joined the team at Paws & Claws in 2020. I love being able to work at Paws & Claws because I make so many furry friends. In my free time I enjoy binge watching old Disney movies and going on drives with my family and friends.
Wendy Frame, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician
I currently live in Gresham, Oregon with my family which consists of my pack of cats and dogs, two fabulous children and my loving husband. I grew up in Southern California, so I often miss the sunshine, but I do love the NW. I have been in the veterinary field since 2007 and really enjoy working with all animals. I’m very happy to be working at Paws and Claws which has given me a chance to expand my knowledge base to cover a wide variety of pets. I have a soft spot for french bulldogs and I also really enjoy getting to work with puppies and kittens. I have a great passion for learning and providing my patients with the best care possible. In addition to working at Paws & Claws I also like to volunteer with the PAW Team and help foster young puppies and kittens.
Kerri Peetz, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician
I was born and raised in Gresham, OR. Out of high school I enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves, and am part of a medical detachment. Shortly after my return from training in March of 2013, I began working as a receptionist at Paws & Claws. I later became cross trained to work as an assistant, which further encouraged my love for veterinary medicine. In 2017 I was accepted into Portland Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program. I graduated in 2019 passed my board exams and began working as a CVT at Paws & Claws! I really enjoy getting to do more things hands on in surgery. I still aspire to one day earn my doctorate in veterinary medicine degree. I love being a part of the wonderful team at Paws & Claws, and will continue to work my way up through the veterinary professional career path! I currently only have 1 cat and it is not enough!
I am born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, with most of my life being between Oregon and the Puget Sound in Washington. I completed the Veterinary Assisting Certification Program at Carrington College in 2016. I enjoy reading fiction novels on my days off and taking walks in nature. I have always had animals growing up and love being around animals of all kinds. I adopted my bearded dragon named Queen Elizabeth (Lizzy for short!) in 2015. My dream is to eventually own a variety of animals including horses, rodents and reptiles. I started working at Paws & Claws in November of 2016 as a veterinary assistant and strive to further my knowledge and handling skills with exotics.
Veterinary Assistant, Fear Free Certified Professional
I was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. I grew up living across the street from Dr DeRemer, and have been around animals all of my life. I lived with many different types of animals and knew at a young age that I wanted to work with these beautiful creatures. I worked at a few clinics before joining Paws & Claws in January 2020. I really love what I do and furthered myself to achieve Fear Free Certification. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and exploring different aspects of the Pacific Northwest with my two dogs, Delilah and Levi. I also like to spend time with my family and friends.
A New Hampshire native, I moved to Oregon in 1985. After four years in the Navy, I returned and worked many jobs in many places. I always loved working as a kennel attendant, and have an immense love for furry friends. I worked at Paws & Claws for three years in 2003, and rejoined the team in January 2019. My interests include building and flying model airplanes, restoring old Volkswagens, drawing, being in the great outdoors, and all of the sciences.
I have been involved with Paws & Claws throughout most of life. I have always loved animals, and worked in the clinic off and on during high school. In 2005 I moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon. In 2010 I attained two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Spanish before returning to work at Paws & Claws. At home I have a pointer/hound mix named ‘Blaze’ that I got from the shelter, and a fancy feline named ‘BLIP’. In my spare time I love to travel, snowboard, fish, go backpacking and I am also an avid home brewer of IPA’s.
CFO – Chief Feline Officer
Maggie was brought to Paws & Claws in August of 2016. She had severe damage and ulcers on the globe of her eye, and was at risk of losing it. We created eye drops using her own blood’s serum which helped it fully recover. She now runs all over the clinic being quick to steal peoples chairs. She is a little fluff ball of joy and would love to meet you, come in and say hi!