Kiri, Cardiology Coordinator/Technician:
“I am very fortunate to work with Dr. Wood and specialize in cardiology. I love being able to help improve the quality of life in our furry companions every day. They fill my work day with joy and it is my pleasure to befriend their owners.”
Kiri joined the Cardiology Northwest team in 2001. As a kid she wanted to be a NASA astronaut, but found her calling in the veterinary field. Her passion lies in improving pets’ quality of life, and supporting the human-animal bond. Over the last decade she has worked closely with Dr. Wood, gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to provide optimal care for every patient!
Kiri spends her free time motorcycling, hiking, and camping. She is also a food and beer connoisseur, and enjoys exploring Oregon’s cuisine and brewfests. She has been married since 2012, and lives with her husband and their fur-babies Porter, Daphne, Leeloo, and Kitty.
Brenda, Client Service Specialist:
“I love working for Dr. Wood because I get to bear witness to our client’s devotion and love for their furry family members on a daily basis. As the point of first contact for a lot of our clients, I strive to take some of the “fear factor” out of cardiac medicine. Education is first and foremost in maintaining pet’s health and owner’s peace of mind.”
Brenda wanted to be a veterinarian when she was younger, but found her true passion lies in facilitating world class service for clients and their pets. As an outreach liaison, she works with clients and community doctors to ensure a positive experience.
Brenda moved from Missoula, Montana in 2012 and joined the Cardiology Northwest team shortly thereafter. Outside the clinic she enjoys soccer, training for her next 5K, and participating in local poetry events. She shares a home with one unruly cat, “Murphy’s Law”.
Stephanie, Veterinary Assistant:
“I love working in an environment where we face down the odds day in and day out. There’s nothing like watching a very sick pet turn a complete 180 degrees and thrive under the proper care and management. I have a strong drive for client education, and love the moment when our clients realize “heart disease” is not synonymous with “death sentence”. I am proud to be part of such a compassionate, devoted team.”
Driven by her lifetime love of animals, Stephanie obtained her degree in Zoology from Oregon State University in 2012. During college, she volunteered at the local animal shelter and Chintimini Wildlife Center, where she learned valuable skills in caring for a variety of animals. She joined the Cardiology Northwest team shortly after graduating.
When’s she’s not working, Stephanie loves to knit, crochet, and play with her rambunctious Abyssinian mix, Frankie. She currently lives in Vancouver with her partner Michael, and also has a leopard Gecko named Petri, a bearded dragon named Beardimus Maximus, and a collection of fish.
CVT (Certified Vet Technician):
“The opportunity to help our companion animals and their caretakers gives me the satisfaction and enthusiasm to exceed expectations in offering paramount care through knowledge. I absolutely love our clients and their dedication to the quality of life and wellbeing of their best friends. I truly look forward to working with you and your animal companions.”
Jessica came to Portland, Oregon from beautiful McCall Idaho. She has been in the veterinary profession for well over a decade primarily working in small animal general practice, and dabbling in large animal and emergency medicine. She is a certified veterinary technician in Idaho and Oregon and graduated from the veterinary technician program at the College of Southern Idaho in 2006. Jessica has wanted to work with animals since childhood, and enjoys the challenge of specialty medicine. She passionately strives to create an excellent customer/patient care experience. She is on track to specialize in Cardiology, and will complete the 2 year training program in 2017.
In her downtime, Jessica enjoys exploring Oregon and its wine country, concerts, cooking, hiking, running, hot yoga and just hanging with her pets. Her and her husband of 8 years share their home with a ball-driven yellow lab named Hunter, a lazy and lovable bulldog/boxer rescue named Ondi, and China the highly affectionate, food-obsessed lilac point.
Nora Garofoli, Veterinary Assistant
Nora has been working with the Cardiology Northwest team for about ten years. Growing up on a farm in the foothills of the Cascades fostered a good understanding and love of our many furry friends. She graduated from the PCC Veterinary Technician program in its second year. She then went to work for several years at a small one-man practice, enjoying the wide variety of duties that are involved in small business. She left that job to raise three great children with her husband Joe. As the children grew and she gained a bit more free time, she pursued a career in one of her other talents as a professional seamstress of home decorating items such as draperies and custom bedding. She did that for about ten years before returning to her first love, the field of veterinary medicine.
When she is not caring for all the furry clients of Cardiology Northwest she enjoys gardening, reading up on a wide range of topics (especially science), sewing, quilting, and learning about the many insects.