Meet Our Troutdale Veterinarians & Vet Team

Ken DeRemer, DVM

Practice Owner

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 1 cat, Boris, and a lab/cattle dog mix, ‘Rue’. I limit my practice to cats and dogs.


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.





Veterinary Assistant / 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! In my free time I enjoy going on outdoor adventures with my friends and family before returning home to snuggle with my 2 pups Brixton and Enzo.






Veterinary Assistant / 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

I am an Oregonian born and raised. I started working at Paws and Claws in 2020 after graduating high school. My love for animals is what drew me to the clinic.  I am passionate about veterinary medicine and I am pursing my Veterinary Technician license. I enjoy spending time with my 2 labs (my besties) Cash and Triton. I will be leaving Paws and Claws for school in the fall and hope to return to the clinic as a CVT in a couple years.




Client Service Representative 

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Wendy Frame,  CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

I currently live in Gresham, Oregon with my family and our 2 cats, 4 dogs, 2 chameleons and flock of chickens.
I grew up in Southern California, so I often miss the sunshine, but I do love the beauty of the PNW. 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 great passion for learning and providing my patients with the best care possible.
In addition to working at Paws & Claws I also foster orphaned animals.





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!





Cheyenne West, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Assistant

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Kennel Attendant

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.

KC DeRemer


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!