Meet the Team at Willakenzie Animal Clinic
Welcome to Willakenzie Animal Clinic in Eugene, OR, where we are passionately devoted to the long-term well-being of your furry family members. We are proud to not only provide exceptional medical attention for your pets but also to foster an environment where they — and their pet parents — can feel at home.
Get to Know Our Eugene, OR Veterinary Team
Dr. Meri Brandt
Dr. Brandt was born in Illinois, raised in Arizona, and a resident of Oregon since 2016, when she joined Willakenzie Animal Clinic. Dr. Brandt received her degree in Biology from Arizona State University. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year of veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After graduation from veterinary school in 2007, Dr. Brandt returned to Arizona to practice.
Drawn to the climate of the Pacific Northwest, she joined the team at Willakenzie Animal Clinic in 2016. She lives in Eugene with her husband and young children. Their dog Walter- an adorable terrier mix, is most content guarding the house while basking in the sunshine. Dr. Brandt enjoys all aspects of general practice from puppies and kittens, soft tissue surgery, dental care, dermatology, and geriatric medicine. She most enjoys developing relationships with pet owners to help them best care for their pets.
Dr. Stacy DeWall
Bio Coming Soon!
Dr. Lisa Poquette
Dr. Poquette was born in Missouri and was raised just over the border on the Kansas side of Kansas City. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Oregon in 1990, and her DVM from Oregon State University and Washington State University in 1994. Additionally, she earned her certification in animal chiropractic care. She currently lives in Creswell with her husband and their 2 whippets, Mira and Tigger, formally known as “The Couch Warmers”.
Dr. Poquette enjoys veterinary general practice, especially wellness and preventative medicine, with an interest in chiropractic care for her patients from puppyhood to geriatrics, as well as injuries and performance.
Dr. Helen Sutthill
Dr. Sutthill graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1992. After her trek along the Oregon Trail in 1997, she settled on the coast where she owned a successful veterinary practice for 24 years. She has recently relocated to the Eugene area to be closer to family. Dr. Sutthill is a proud mom of two grown human children along with her plethora of pets. Her eleven pets consist of three dogs, two cats, two guinea pigs, and six chickens. In her free time, Dr. Sutthill enjoys hiking, reading, doing math for fun, vegetable gardening, and learning the Irish language. In the clinic, her interests include dermatology, preventative care, and client education. She is a wonderful addition to our team and we are excited for you to meet her.
Dr. Stephen Kairis
Bio Coming Soon!
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Colleen W., Practice Manager, CVT
Heidi G., CVT
Autumn W., CVT
Autumn moved to Oregon from Minnesota in 2019, then joined our team in December of 2020. She lives in Eugene with her husband Kyle, and their many pets: Jack (Aussie mix), Gordie (Border collie mix), Raj (Black DSH), Hannah (dilute calico DSH), Mila (orange tabby DSH), Oliver (Buff DLH), Kazi (Brown-ticked tabby DSH) and Cashew (Buff DLH). Autumn has an adult son, Brandon, and a young granddaughter named Max. When not at work, she can be found hiking with her dogs and husband, fishing, kayaking, reading, sewing, crocheting or playing in her gardens. She joined the veterinary medical field being a human nurse for many years and when asked why she changed fields, she will tell you “Dogs will usually growl before they bite. Humans don’t.
Landy L., CVT
Landy moved to Oregon in 2021 after living in San Diego, Hawaii, Northern Navada and even Australia. She was drawn to the majestic beauty of the PNW and relocated here with her partner and 2 cats, Mr. Kitty and Fibonacci. Landy has been in the veterinary field for many years and is motivated to make a positive contribution, whether it’s advocating for patient care or just listening to people during their stressful times. Outside of the clinic, Landy spends time hiking and exploring the natural world, cooking (and eating!), watching movies and relaxing with her family.
Colleen T., CVT
Ellis H., Veterinary Assistant
Ellis is a Karen Pryor certified training partner. They are passionate about creating stress-free vet visits for you and your pets. When not working as a Veterinary Assistant, they can be found hiking with their wife and dogs, Frankie and Commander Pants.
Ethan L., Veterinary Assistant
Joanne JC., Veterinary Assistant
Kaelynn B., Veterinary Assistant
Bio coming soon
Cameron M., Veterinary Assistant
Cameron was born and raised in Springfield, Oregon. He started as a volunteer at our clinic in August of 2019 and was hired on as an official part of the time June 2020. He currently attends Oregon State University as a pre-vet major. When Cameron is not at work or studying, he enjoys scuba diving, walking, hiking, and just relaxing at home and watching television. Due to his busy schedule, he doesn’t currently have any pets of his own, but he enjoys treating every animal like his own. “My favorite thing about working in the field is being able to comfort the cats who come in who are very stressed out.”
Client Service Representatives
Alivia F., Client Service Representative
Alivia was born and raised in Oregon and has loved working with animals for the last 4 years. She enjoys ensuring the health and happiness of pets in our community. When not in the clinic, she is hiking or at the river with her dogs: a pug named Arthur, a Pitbull named Willie and a lab named Maxxie.
Natalie F., Client Service Representative
Natalie was born and raised here in Oregon and joined the veterinary field in 2021. She enjoys helping pets get the care they need and exceeding clients’ expectations. When away from work, Natalie enjoys spending time outdoors, exercising and loving on her cat Fez and dogs Elsie and Russell.
Chelsie P., Client Service Representative
Chelsie hails from right here in Oregon and has been with our clinic for 6 years. She highly values the relationships we build with our clients and their pets. When not in the clinic, Chelsie makes some of the finest baked goods around and spends her free time with her family.