DR. lisa mahlum
MS, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Mahlum is originally from the Pacific Northwest where she received her veterinary degree from Oregon State and Washington State University, graduating in 2006. Following graduation, Dr. Mahlum completed a rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, and Residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She was awarded Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) in 2010. 

Following the completion of her residency, Dr. Mahlum has worked as a Staff Criticalist in New Jersey, New York City, Southern California, and Oregon. Outside of work, Dr. Mahlum enjoys the great outdoors, exploring the culinary delights of the local area and spending time with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and her forever 8-year-old pug, Charlie. 

Dr. Mahlum is co-owner and medical director of BVER and will also be managing cases through the emergency and critical care department. 

 
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DR. megan steele
DVM, DACVim (Neurology)

Dr. Megan Steele grew up in central Pennsylvania, did her undergraduate degree at the Pennsylvania State University before receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Steele completed a small animal rotating internship at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA, and then a specialty neurology internship at the Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015 she completed her neurology residency at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has worked in Los Angeles, California, and the Pacific Northwest. Her special areas of interest include neurosurgery and Chiari-like malformation. In her spare time, Dr. Steele enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs, goats, and riding horses. 

Dr. Steele is a Co-owner and co-medical director at BVER and will also be working in the neurology department. 

Dr. Megan Korpita
DVM, DACVS

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Meg Korpita completed her veterinary training at the University of Georgia. She subsequently completed an academic rotating small-animal internship at Texas A&M. Following completion of her internship, Dr. Korpita accepted a position at UC Davis to complete her residency training in small animal surgery. Dr. Korpita loves many different aspects of surgery but has a true love for orthopedic procedures. While she grew up in South Carolina, Dr. Korpita is excited to explore the beauty and culture of the PNW with her significant other and their five dogs. 

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Dr. Robyn Kasun

DR. robyn kasun
DVM

Dr. Kasun grew up in California and graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School in 2013. She completed a rotating one-year internship in San Diego and then moved up to the Pacific Northwest. Since that time, she has loved working in the Portland area, doing a mixture of both urgent care/emergency medicine as well as general practice. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time at home with her family and their dogs.

Dr. Olivia Nathanson
VMD, DACVIM

Dr. Olivia Nathanson is originally from Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate training at Bard College in New York, and went on to earn her veterinary degree (VMD) at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she completed a rotating small animal medicine & surgery internship at the ASPCA Animal Hospital in New York City before returning to the University of Pennsylvania for a 3-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM) in 2019.

Following residency training, Dr. Nathanson worked in specialty practices in the New York City region. As an internist, Dr. Nathanson enjoys working closely with clients to establish long-term treatment plans for chronic disease management. She also enjoys the diagnostic investigation and puzzle solving that comes with the diverse Internal Medicine caseload, and has a special interest in endocrinology, gastroenterology, and feline medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Nathanson enjoys yoga, running, live music, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to relocate to the Pacific Northwest and make Portland, Oregon her new home.

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DR. Jessica Dahlberg
DVM, MS, CCRT, DACVS-LA

Dr. Dahlberg is a board-certified veterinary surgeon with over 15 years of veterinary surgery experience taking her from Alaska to Vietnam.

While completing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, Dr. Dahlberg earned a concurrent Master’s of Science focusing on biomechanics and osteoarthritis therapy in animals. She then completed a surgical internship and residency in large animal surgery at University of Pennsylvania. As she switched focus to small animals, Dr. Dahlberg practiced general small animal medicine for 4 years before pursuing a 2-year small animal surgical fellowship at a California referral hospital. She served as Chair of the ACVS Dual-Certification Committee which endorses supplemental surgical proficiency in diplomats working with multiple species.

As a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Dr. Dahlberg enjoys diagnosing and treating challenging lameness cases.

Before joining BVER, Dr. Dahlberg practiced for 3 years at a referral center in Alaska. She is awestruck by the level of knowledge and skill of her Bridgetown colleagues and is honored to share the floor with them.

When the work is done, you will find Dr. Dahlberg outside with her rescue dog, “Guy”. She enjoys trail running, mountain/gravel biking, camping, and snowboarding.

 

Dr. Veronica Verdoliva
DVM

Dr. Veronica Verdoliva, known as “Dr. V” by her clients, grew up in Italy, where she graduated from the University of Bologna Veterinary School in 2002. During a two year externship with a boarded European Cardiologist in Milan, Italy, she became interested in diagnostic imaging, specifically in abdominal ultrasound.

In 2004 she moved to Oregon with her husband, where she completed ECFVG program for foreign veterinarians in 2010 and then attended Oregon State University for her Veterinary Degree. Since this time she has worked as a general practitioner and sonographer. She is passionate about abdominal ultrasound, honing her skills through many years of training, continuing education and practice. She is pursuing her dream to become a boarded radiologist in the future.

At home, Veronica enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and two cats. She loves traveling, running and gardening, and of course cooking delicious Italian food.

Dr. Hillary Greatting

Dr. Hillary Greatting
MS, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Greatting was born in Springfield, IL. She went to veterinary school at Michigan State and completed her specialty training at Texas A&M University, Colorado State University, and The Veterinary Neurological Center in Phoenix, AZ. As a boarded neurologist, she was clinical track faculty at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and then moved to private practice in Boise, ID. She is also certified in veterinary rehabilitation. When not working, Dr. Greatting loves to fly fish year-round, row her drift boat, snowboard, camp, and paddleboard, and mushroom hunt with her husband. Other than her outdoor activities, she enjoys gardening, live music, and wine tasting. She has two Yorkshire Terriers, Elmer and Elouise, who do their best to keep up on all of her adventures. 

 

Dr. Sophia Sullivan
DVM

Dr. Sophia Sullivan grew up in a small town in northern Connecticut, where her passion and love for animals first started. She decided to turn her passion for helping animals into a career. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and then completed veterinary school at St. George’s University. Dr. Sullivan started her veterinary career in general practice , but decided to transition to ER medicine help provide critical and life saving care to pets within our community. Dr. Sullivan adopted her dog, Daisy, while living in Vermont and her cat, Kepler, while completing her clinical year at Oregon State University. In her free time, you can find Dr. Sullivan skiing at Mt. Hood with her partner, Kai. She also enjoys hiking, surfing, watching jeopardy, and puzzling. Whenever she has extra free time, Dr. Sullivan enjoys visiting her parents, who now live in Maine.

Dr. Kendal Besecker

Dr. Kendal Besecker
DVM

Dr. Kendal Besecker grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and received a bachelor of science from The Ohio State University in 2018 followed by completing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. As a new graduate, Dr. Besecker is passionate about small animal emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery and behavior cases. Dr. Besecker has 8 years of experience working in veterinary medicine and is excited to continue her path of lifelong learning with Bridgetown ER and Referral. Dr. Besecker recently relocated to Portland with her husband and two dogs, Rufus and Marlo. Outside of work, they love to run, hike, rock climb and explore the local food scene.

Dr. Chloe Chaidez
DVM

Dr. Chloe Chaidez grew up in Gilbert, AZ and received a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University in 2020 followed by completing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine in 2023. Dr. Chaidez is excited to be living in the pacific northwest and beginning her career in small animal emergency medicine at Bridgetown ER and Referral. As a new graduate, Dr. Chaidez is passionate about emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Chaidez brought her dog, Remi, and her cat, Felix along with her to Portland. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, reading, discovering new places to eat, and enjoying live music with her partner, Caed.
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Ricky Wagner, DVM

Dr. Ricky Wagner
DVM

Dr. Ricky Wagner grew up in Spring Hill, KS and received a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in 2019 followed by completing his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine in 2023. As a new graduate, Dr. Wagner is passionate about small animal emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, and ultrasonography. Dr. Wagner is excited to begin his career as an emergency veterinarian at Bridgetown ER and Referral caring for dogs, cats, and exotic pets. Outside of the hospital, you’ll catch him exploring nature’s beauty on hikes, trotting the globe, sweating it out at the gym, or simply basking in good company. Speaking of company, he brought two feline adventurers, Ellie and Cleo, along on his move to Portland.

Dr. Ilona Edens
DVM

Dr. Ilona Edens was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She moved to Portland after she graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Prior to joining the Bridgetown team, she worked in both small animal and mixed animal general practices. She also continues to work several days a month at the Pixie Project, and is grateful for the opportunity to help shelter animals and the low income community.

When she’s not working, Dr. Edens loves to garden in her certified backyard habitat, bike, hike, and see a concert or play at one of the local theaters. She shares her home with Pretzel, a Chihuahua mix, and her cats Arlo and Owen.

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Dr. Katya Barber
MS, DVM

Dr. Schuster Barber is originally from Germany but grew up in Florida. She obtained a B.S. degree in zoology from the University of Florida and a M.S. degree in ecology/environmental biology from the University of North Florida before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She attended St. George’s University where she graduated with highest honors in 2017. Dr. Schuster Barber worked in small animal and exotic general practice and home euthanasia before joining the Bridgetown team. She is thrilled to move into urgent care and emergency medicine with such a talented group of colleagues.

In her spare time, Dr. Schuster Barber can be found reading (especially science fiction), crafting, and spending time with her husband. They are often at a new restaurant, seeing a movie, enjoying a concert, or exploring the beauty and wildlife of the PNW! They share their home with rescue Greyhound Dennis, chonky orange tabby Oliver, and Japanese Bobtail cat Arthur.

Dr. Benjamin Harrison
DVM

Dr. Ben Harrison is from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. He received his Bachelor of science in Biology from West Virginia University, and his Master of science in Animal Physiology the following year. He attended veterinary school at the University of Melbourne in Australia, graduating with his DVM degree in December of 2023. His special interests include soft tissue surgery, imaging, and aquatic medicine. When not at work he spends his time with his partner, his three legged dog Pippin, and a sassy cat named Waffles. Having recently moved to the PNW, he hopes to enjoy the rock climbing culture and spend more time playing the banjo. All while exploring all of the fun weirdness Portland has to offer.

Dr. Sarah Hunter
DVM

Dr. Hunter grew up in Portland (go Generals!) and is thrilled to provide care and compassion to her community during their scariest moments. She ventured to upstate NY for her undergraduate degree before returning home to attend veterinary school at Oregon State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2017, she jumped right into ER medicine and has spent her time in both ER and urgent care medicine since then.

Dr. Hunter’s veterinary passions vary between wound management, soft tissue surgery and managing puzzling endocrinopathies. She strives to make sure her patient’s family are part of the medical decision making and that they have a good understanding of everything that is happening with their furry family member.

Outside of work, she stays busy entertaining two young kiddos with the help of her husband. She has a crazy blue heeler named Oscar and a feisty feline named Marvin. She enjoys knitting, hiking, and reading books to unwind.

Heidi Putnam
Veterinary Sonographer

Heidi is an SDEP Certified Sonographer and Sonography Instructor, and a licensed veterinary technician with over 17 years of experience. She began her career as a technician at the San Diego Humane Society, where she dedicated several years to helping homeless pets. Later, she transitioned to Urgent Care, specializing in emergency and critical care medicine for over 5 years.

In 2017, Heidi relocated to Oregon, where she received extensive training in performing abdominal, cardiac, and cervical ultrasounds. She then worked as a mobile sonographer in the Willamette Valley. She has since taught over 100 doctors and technicians how to perform abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds.

Currently, Heidi is a full-time sonographer, focused on providing high-quality imaging to ensure pets receive quick and accurate diagnoses. She particularly enjoys performing cardiac ultrasounds, recognizing the importance of timely echocardiograms for pets in need within the community.

In her leisure time, Heidi enjoys hiking, kayaking, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband, son, and German Shepherd.

Dr. Shelby Smyly
VMD

A Northwest local, Dr. Shelby Smyly was born and raised in Washington. She pursued her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, before obtaining her veterinary degree (VMD) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Smyly’s journey then brought her back to her PNW roots. Settling in Portland, she has since practiced in small animal emergency, general practice, and urgent care settings. Additionally, she spent time as a clinical professor in PCC’s Veterinary Technology program. 

Dr. Smyly is dedicated to providing compassionate critical care and comfort to her patients in their time of need. She believes in using the most current stress-free practices and has achieved additional veterinary certification as a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Beyond her veterinary endeavors Dr. Smyly enjoys seeking outdoor adventures with her husband and their young daughter, exploring the many natural wonders of the area. She cherishes quiet moments at home cuddled up with her beloved cat, Trinity, reading or practicing her crochet skills. 

Dr. Libby Luciani
DVM

Dr. Luciani is originally from St. Louis and attended the University of Missouri – Columbia for both her undergraduate and veterinary studies. Following graduation, she completed a rotating small animal medicine & surgery internship at Auburn University before heading to the University of Wisconsin – Madison for a 3-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

Dr. Luciani enjoys the wide variety of complex cases that come through the Internal Medicine service, but especially values her role as a member of the care team for valued family members. Within internal medicine, her special interests include endocrinology and immune-mediated disease. Outside of work, Dr. Luciani enjoys hiking, biking, cooking and gardening. She is excited to move to the PNW with her partner and their pets.

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Dr. Jacob Franklin
DVM

Dr. Jacob Franklin is originally from a small mountain town in Colorado. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Colorado and went on to earn his DVM from Colorado State University. Having experience working at an emergency animal hospital for a few years before veterinary school, he quickly realized that this was the path he wanted to follow for his career. Dr. Franklin’s veterinary passions include all things emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, and providing care to pets in rural communities.

Being new to the Portland area, he’s excited to explore all the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. As a self-proclaimed coffee snob, he also plans to search for the #1 best local coffee shop with his partner and their very sweet (and extremely needy) brindle pittie, Josie.

Dr. Olivia Roth-Carter
DVM

Dr. Olivia Roth-Carter grew up in Southern California. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Portland. She attended Oregon State University for veterinary school and recently graduated in June 2024. She is excited to start her career in emergency medicine at Bridgetown ER and Referral.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family. Olivia can often be found hiking, reading, knitting, and gardening. She has a shepherd mix named Rory and two cats, Stache and Jacks. She has been involved with the Pixie Project since 2018, and enjoys being able to help shelter and community pets in need.

Dr. Olivia Roth-Carter

Dr. Kat Hilton
DVM

Originally from Southern California, Dr. Hilton completed her undergraduate degree at University of Oregon studying small animal and equine medicine where she developed her interest in veterinary medicine. Pursuing this passion, she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences; shortly after she completed a rotating small animal internship at VCA Loomis Basin in Northern California. Dr. Hilton enjoys wound repair, geriatric care, and the ever changing cases of emergency medicine. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, bouldering, skiing, and camping with her partner Aaron. She and Aaron share their home with two chihuahuas, a spicy cat, and a dwarf hamster. Dr. Hilton is so excited to be joining the amazing Bridgetown team and to provide the best possible care when emergencies happen.