Meet Our Team

Robert Merrill, DVM


Dr. Merrill is a 1980 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa. After practicing in Madison, Wisconsin in an emergency clinic for 4 years, Dr. Merill moved to Portland, Oregon, where he practiced at Dove Lewis Emergency Clinic for 7 years. He then practiced at SE Portland Animal Hospital for 5 years. Dr. Merill opened the doors of Sherwood Family Pet Clinic in 1996.

He currently splits his time between Bethany Family Pet Clinic, located in Portland, a practice he has been associated with for the past 18 years, and Sherwood Family Pet Clinic. His veterinary interests include all areas of small animal medicine and surgery for dogs and cats. His special interests include orthopedic surgery including TPLO and TTA (these are surgical procedures to repair anterior cruciate ligament injuries), patellar luxation surgery, soft tissue surgery, dental care, dermatology, and patient well-care.

Dr, Merrill is a past president of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association and has completed the AAHA Veterinary Management Institute Program at the Kranert Business School at Purdue University. He is currently a member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association Accredited Hospital (AAHA) of which Sherwood Family Pet Clinic is an accredited hospital. Currently only 16% of all small animal hospitals in the USA are accredited by the AAHA.

Dr. Merrill enjoys spending his spare time with his 3 sons and his wife, Cathy. Dr. Merrill also shares his home with his Border Terrier, Daisy, Chihuahua Yoshi, and his three cats, Mario, Peach, and Kirby. Dr. Merrill's sons named their pets after Mario Brother characters!

Years in Practice: 35

Education: Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Courtney Woodside, DVM, CVA


Dr. Courtney Woodside joined the SFPC team in 2000. She graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1997 and became acknowledged as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2006.

Prior to Veterinary school, Dr. Woodside worked in the field of genetic research. Through a variety of veterinary experiences, she's had the opportunity to work with Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals, Tigers, Lions, Racoons, Squirrels, Kangaroos, Orangutans and a plethora of wild birds.

Dr. Woodside enjoys Veterinary medicine because she gets be a detective, solving the mysteries of what's ailing patients, while providing exceptional care. She derives satisfaction from enriching the life of someone's faithful companion.

Dr. Courtney lives in Portland with her husband, her two daughters and her Terrier Mix, Max.

Fun Fact about Dr. C: She has climbed to the top of two peaks that were over 13,000 feet!

Years in Practice: 18

Education: University of California Davis

Interests: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine

Mark Schlimgen, DVM


Dr. Schlimgen is a graduate of Texas A&M University for both his Bachelors in Veterinary Science and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Areas of particular interest are dentistry, internal medicine, surgery and dermatology. He has experience working at a referral facility in both the anesthesia and emergency medicine departments as well as general practice prior to his current role as associate veterinarian with SFPC.

Prior to veterinary medicine, he was a member of the military and deployed all over the world. Dr. Schlimgen lives in Sherwood with his wife and two young daughters, along with his dog and two cats. In his off-time he enjoys spending time with family, various wood-working projects, fishing, snowboarding and exploring the outdoors.

Years in Practice: 7

Education: Texas A&M

Leticia Wustenberg, DVM


Dr. Wustenberg graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 after obtaining her Bachelors degree in Animal Sciences with honors in 2007.

She grew up in Germany where she completed one year of veterinary school at the University of Hanover TiHo before transferring to the program at Oregon State.

During her initial years of practice, Dr. Wustenberg worked in a small animal clinic in Beaverton as well as her own ambulatory equine practice. She joined the SFPC team in January of 2015 and has since had a baby boy called Tristan.

After a little baby break, Dr. Wustenberg is back in the clinic and has been focusing her attention to small animal medicine.

Her little hobby farm is home to all of her animals including Labrador mixes George & Abby and Jack Russell Wally. Her kitty Olive joins them every day on walks and during chores out with horses Carlotta, Glen and Bellino.

She is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery but especially enjoys internal medicine, patient well-care, behavior and dentistry cases. Dr. Wustenberg likes working on making our timid patients feel a little less scared during their visits.

Years in Practice: 6

Education: Oregon State University

Christina Rains, DVM


Dr. Rains is a 2015 graduate of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in Southern Oregon, where her passion for animals and veterinary aspirations started at the age of 4.

Since then, Dr. Rains began focusing her time and energy on learning as much as she could about animals. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Rains graduated cum laude, earning a Bachelor of Science with a minor in both Mathematics and Chemistry.

Dr. Rains has an innate passion for animals and enjoys working dogs, cats, and pockets pets. Her professional interests include canine sports medicine and surgery. Dr. Rains loves veterinary medicine because it allows her to both share and assist in the human-animal bond, which she believes makes relationships with pets so special.

Throughout the years, Dr. Rains has lived by the words of her favorite quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” She was previously a USFSA competitive figure skater and also spent over 5 years trialing in NADAC canine agility with her Papillon.

Dr. Rains lives in Carlton with her 3 dogs, cat, and rabbit. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time on the farm with her boyfriend.

Years in Practice: 2

Education: Oregon State University

Mary, CVT, Management


Mary Swartz joined Sherwood Family Pet Clinic in 2005. She is a 1985 graduate of the veterinary technician program at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. Mary knew from the time she was 5 that she would work in the veterinary field. She has a great love of animals and is passionate about helping people. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1980.

Mary previously was at Brookvale Animal Hospital in Fremont, California. She managed this practice for 15 years and worked there for 20 years. After over 30 years in the field, she still loves what she does and looks forward to going to work everyday.

In March of 2011, Mary went to Belize with the World Vets organization ( to provide veterinary care for the people and animals on the islands of Caye Caulker and San Pedro. The trip was a fulfillment of a lifelong dream and she hopes to go on another trip in the future.

Mary lives in Sherwood with her husband Gary. They have 2 adult children Justin and Kaylee who are twins and her greatest joy!
They share their home with Ravin' a black lab and Kobe a cat she adopted from the clinic.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, fishing, painting, and gardening. She also actively volunteers with her church group for various community outreach projects.

Years in Practice: 31

Education: Foothill College in Los Altos, California 1985

Kristen, CVT


Kristen Joined our team in May of 2010. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at the PCC Rock Creek Campus in 2012.

Kristen lives in Newberg with her two black Labrador Retrievers, Kooper and Kismet.

Kristen has always loved animals and has a interest in medicine. Combining the two makes veterinary medicine a wonderful career choice for her.

In her free time, Kristen trains and competes with both Kooper and Kismet in Canine Nosework.

Years in Practice: 6

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Angie, CVT


Angie joined our team in march of 2008. She's a 2003 graduate of the PCC Vet Tech program and now resides in Sherwood, Oregon. Her family includes her husband Aaron and a daughter named Jenna , her French Bulldog Brandie, her Doberman named Diesel, and her cats Lola & Leo.

After working for a veterinary cardiologist for four years and due to a high occurrence of cardiac issues in Dobermans, Angie has possesses a special interest in cardiology.

Years in Practice: 8

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Sarah, CVT


Sarah joined our team in April of 2007. She's a 2010 graduate of the PCC Vet Tech program. She currently lives in Newberg, Oregon with her family and her two cats, Smith and Nachito (a kitten she adopted from SPFC).

In her spare time Sarah enjoys playing indoors and out with her husband, daughters, and son. She enjoys running for a cause, such as the Shamrock Run, Race for the Cure, Warrior Dash, etc. Sarah has devoted her time as a volunteer Vet Tech with World Vets, a non-profit organization that helps spay and neuter stray pets in third world countries, and hopes to go on many more trips with World Vets in the future.

Years in Practice: 9

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Tenele, CVT


Tenele joined Sherwood Family Pet Clinic in 2007. She is a 2002 graduate of PCC's veterinary technician program. Tenele's hard work ethic comes from being raised on a dairy farm. She has raised Brown Swiss cows for many years. She and her daughter, Autumn, show them at the Washington County Fair.

Tenele lives in Cornelius with her husband, 3 daughters and son. Her menagerie includes two dogs, four cats, two horses and a small herd of cows.
In her spare time, Tenele loves riding horses with her eldest daughter, reading, farm life, especially family time.

Years in Practice: 9

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Chandra, CVT


Chandra joined us in 2012 after getting her Veterinary Technician degree from PCC. Chandra grew up with cats, and has been deemed "the cat whisperer" at the clinic. As much as she loves cats, she loves all other animals too.

Chandra shares her home with her husband, their Mini Australian Shepherd, cats, and fish.

In her free time, Chandra enjoys outdoor activities, as well as all things crafty. She especially loves to oil paint portraits of animals. A painting of Dr. Merrill's dog can be found behind the front desk. The cat paintings in exam rooms 2 and 3 are some of her first portraits, painted of her childhood cats as a teenager.

Years in Practice: 4

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Kristi, CVT

kristi.pngKristi joined our team in October of 2016. She graduated from the PCC Veterinary Technician program in 1994 and also graduated from George Fox University with a bachelors of science that same year. Kristi lives in Newberg with her husband Tony and twin daughters Kyra and Teya. They have a border collie mix named Buddy, a chihuahua named Marley and a cat named Mittens. Kristi has enjoyed working with animals since she was very young and has felt called to working with people and their pets. Kristi spends her free time with her family. Their favorite activity is going to the beach with the dogs.

Years in Practice: 22

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Jesse, Customer Care Specialist


Jesse joined our SFPC team in August of 2011. She truly loves working with animals and the people they take care of.

Jesse shares her home with a beautiful orange Tabby, Abu, a Boxer-Lab cross(Loxer), Belle, her husband, and darling son.

In Jesse's spare time she enjoys reading, running and working in her yard.

Years in Practice: 5

Devonna, Customer Care Specialist


Devonna joined SFPC in October of 2014. She grew up in Southern Idaho and worked at Sawtooth Animal Hospital for 5 years.

After moving to Oregon in 2007, she was employed by the Southern Oregon Humane Society for 2 years. She also worked in several private practices in Southern Oregon. Devonna moved to the Portland area in September of 2013.

She shares her home with her husband Nate and 2 adorable trouble-making cats, Annie and Sonny.

In her spare time, Devonna is an avid reader. She also enjoys spending time with her family and husband.

Years in Practice: 2

Liz, Customer Care Specialist


Liz joined the SFPC team in July 2015 after being in the Coast Guard for four years in Washington, D.C. She grew up in the country with all sorts of different animals, which helped develop her love for all animals.

Liz is a full time student earning her Bachelors in English and in her spare time loves to read and hike.

Liz and her husband Bryan have two adopted kitties at home.

Years in Practice: 1

Kathy, Customer Care Specialist

Kathy.jpgKathy worked in the veterinary field for years before taking a break to be a mother. Now that her children are independent, she has returned to the field as part of the team at Sherwood Family Pet Clinic.

When at home, Kathy is busy with her "hobby farm" which includes goats, chickens, dogs and cats.

Years in practice: 2

Chelsea, Customer Care Specialist


Chelsea joined our team in March of 2016. She is currently enrolled at PCC to pursue her Veterinary Technician Certification.

Chelsea's passion and care for animals and people has been a constant in her life. Her favorite part about being in animal care is helping to maintain and nourish the bond between pets and their families.

Chelsea lives in Happy Valley with her husband and two feline fur-babies, Leonitus and Padfoot. In her spare time she loves to hike, play the ukulele, and spend time with friends and family.

Years in practice: 1

Kacie, Customer Care Specialist


Kacie grew up on a hobby farm with lots of different critters. In high school she showed her paint horse all over the state and then switched to showing dogs professionally. She has shown at Eukanuba and Westminster kennel club. Animals have always had a soft spot in her heart so working in the vet industry is a perfect fit!

She worked in an animal hospital for 1 year before joining SFPC. Kacie is currently working towards getting into the PCC veterinary technician program.

She enjoys spending her free time with her fiancé, two Dobermans Isaac and Boomer, her French Bulldog Bentley, horse Marci, and Atticus the cat.

Years in practice: 1

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