Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Alexandra McLaughry

    Dr. Alexandra joined the BarburVet family in August 2012 as lead veterinarian. She purchased the practice in May 2014. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Oregon and her veterinary degree at University College Dublin, in Ireland. Since graduating in 2003, she has treated many species of animals, from horses, llamas, and cows to birds, turtles, lizards as well as dogs and cats. She is happy to treat birds, pocket pets, reptiles and other exotics as well as dogs and cats. She enjoys educating clients about their critters! She enjoys dentistry and dermatology as well as addressing such common issues as osteoarthritis in the aging pet.

    When she is not having fun at work she is riding her bike home to be with her young daughters, Fiona and Athena, and husband Stephen. Her furry family members are Gunnar (dachshund cross adopted from OHS), Lily a young Pyrenees mix as well as Beatrice and Bernice both long haired orange and white former barn cats. She also has a rescue bunny named Robin.

    She loves all the opportunities for activities that Portland offers such as commuting to work on her bike, competitive track bike racing at the Alpenrose Velodrome or taking the girls and her dogs to Pendleton Park.

  • Dr. Jeanne Smith
    associate veterinarian

    Dr Jeanne joined the BarburVet team in the spring of 2018. She received her bachelor's degree at Pacific University in Forest Grove, and her veterinary degree at Oregon State University. Go Beavs! Since graduating in 2009 she has been working in the Portland area as a small animal veterinarian. 

    She loves working with dogs, cats, and pocket pets. She had many rats, gerbils, hamsters, reptiles and even a couple grass frogs as pets while she was growing up and through college. She even adopted a three legged stray rat from the Oregon Humane Society! She really appreciates the human-animal bond and considers every pet, no matter how small, an important part of the family. She loves every aspect of her job, but especially enjoys soft tissue surgery and dentistry. 

    She is a native Oregonian. Though she does enjoy traveling around the world, she wouldn't live anywhere else. Her home includes her husband, her two girls, her dog Virginia, her cat Curtis, and her daughter's Beta fish named Flower. In her free time she likes to hike and birdwatch, and she dabbles in photography.

  • Dr.
    Lili Kawaminami
    Relief Veterinarian

    Dr. Lili joined our practice in June, 2010, as a part-time associate veterinarian, she is currently our relief veterinarian. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia in 1991 and then completed her veterinary training at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. 

    Dr.Lili lives with Sachi and Nami, two adorable Shiba Inus. In her spare time, she enjoys bicycling and is an avid Cycle Oregon participant. She loves the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer including hiking, music, and the great local wines.

  • Pepper
    Clinic Kitty

    Pepper joined BarburVet in March of 2002. She was the clinic mascot, she the inspiration behind our 'Pepper Club'.

    She had the BarburVet medical team at her discretion and we wanted to provide our clients the same level of service for their pets.  

    Pepper passed away October 6, 2016  We mourn her loss and cherish the memories.  She will always be in our hearts.

    Dr. Alexandra

  • Trooper
    Clinic Bird

    Trooper is a young parakeet who was brought to BarburVet from a pet store. He was failing to thrive among the rest of the flock and we were happy to give him the extra TLC and individual attention he needed. 

    Trooper passed away June 28th, 2019 . We are heartbroken for the loss.  We will never forget him. 

  • Eve
    Veterinary Technical Team/CSR

    Eve joined the BarburVet team in February of 2017. Her primary role is in our technical team assisting with patient care, dental and surgical procedures.  With 12 years experience in many hospital positions, she can also be found working at our front desk.  

    At BarburVet, she enjoys her co-workers and being part of a happy work family.  We value Eve for her versatility and bringing a calm demeanor to any situation. During her time away from work she loves cooking, art and photography. Her kitty Freya is posing with Eve and she also has another sweet black cat named Imp.

  • Jessica
    Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

    Jessica happily rejoined the BarburVet team in November of 2016. Jessica earned her AAS from the College of Southern Idaho in 2006 and then obtained her license as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2007. She spent five years at a cardiology specialty practice and decided to delve back into general practice. Veterinary medicine is a passion for Jessica and she thrives on the opportunity to be involved in the paramount care of companion animals and their guardians by extending her compassion, knowledge and experience. BarburVet is thrilled to have Jessica's enthusiasm, skills and expertise on our team!

    Jessica's second passion is yoga. In December of 2016, Jessica completed her 200 hour teacher training with CorePower Yoga. Jessica feels it has been a great compliment to both the stress and joys experienced in veterinary medicine. Her long term goals are to someday see these two passions fuse by teaching yoga to fellow veterinary professionals to alleviate stress and achieve balance through the fundamentals of yoga.

    Jessica shares her life with her adorable young yellow Labrador named 'Chubbs', and her beautiful and ever-demanding lilac point feline. She also has an adopted Amazon, Citrus.

  • Kat

    Kat was welcomed to BarburVet in May 2017. She has 8 years experience in many different hospital roles which is an advantage in working our front office in Customer Care. Her passion is the human-pet bond and she truly enjoys helping people. Kat loves receiving dog kisses during her work day.  We value Kat for her dedicated work ethic and desire to provide good support to her co-workers and clients.  She is happy to be part of a cohesive team that enjoys their workplace.

    Kat is a good cook and works on her garden when she is not at work. She likes skiing, hiking and spending time in Central Oregon. She has three dogs: Coconut, an adorable round Chihuahua who is sometimes found at the clinic greeting children. Penelope who is pictured with Kat and Mico.

  • Cameron
    Veterinary Technical Team

    Cameron has been with BarburVet since January 2017. He has 6 years technical experience and brings those skills to his position at our hospital. He has a big heart and love for all animals and his favorite thing about veterinary care is the ability to help pets live a long healthy life. We value Cameron for his ability to lighten the workplace with his funny and witty sense of humor.

    Cameron is a Portland native and is an avid rockhound. He also enjoys video gaming, documentaries and anything science related. We consider him to be a music connoisseur, his range of musical knowledge is vast and varied between many different styles and decades. He is pictured with his dog Dizzy and also shares his home with 4 cats.

  • Mav
    Veterinary Technical Team/CSR

    Mav moved to Portland from Denver, Colorado in the winter of 2013 after completing her double undergrad at the University of Mississippi. She entered the veterinary field in 2019 upon completing the PCC Vet Assistant program and starting at BarburVet as a Patient Care Assistant.

    At BarburVet, Mav enjoys helping in all areas, but especially loves pocket pets and exotics. Mav strives to connect with animals and help them feel understood. She aims to provide a fear-free experience to both patients and clients. 

    In her off time, Mav likes to volunteer at wildlife and rescue organizations, and especially loves working with large birds. At home, she likes to play video games, paint and read books aloud to her four cats and her yorkie, Rose.

  • L
    Veterinary Technical Team

    L has been in the veterinary field for four years, after departing the restaurant industry to follow her dream of working with animals. She spent a year and a half working in an emergency vet and loved the fast paced environment. She has four chihuahuas, Sadie, Finn, Khaleesi, and Penny. She is from Gearhart/Seaside Oregon, and in her spare time, she likes to spend time at the coast with her dogs.

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