Dr. Bob Merrill
Dr. Merrill co-founded Bethany Family Pet Clinic with Dr. Norman. Bob grew up in Estherville, Iowa. He received his DVM in 1980 from Iowa State University. He currently splits his time between Bethany Family Pet Clinic and Sherwood Family Pet Clinic.
Dr. G. Mark Norman
Education: Iowa State University, USNA
Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa
Pets: Dogs: Tag, Pisa, Sandro, Edie
Dr. Norman is a co-founder of Bethany Family Pet Clinic, originally from Keokuk, Iowa. Mark graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980. After active service, Mark returned to attend Iowa State University receiving his DVM degree in 1996. Mark is a past president of Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital and a long-time board member of Indigo Rescue.
In his free time, Dr. Norman sails his 30′ Catalina around Portland and Hood River.
Dr. Kristin Velasco
Dr. Velasco is our lead Associate Veterinarian. Kristin, an Oregon native, received her DVM in 1997 from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a year-long internship in emergency medicine at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Leigh-Anne Lariviere
Dr. Lariviere is a native Texan. She graduated with her DVM from Texas A&M University in 2003 and practiced in Dallas, TX for 9 years. She has been practicing in Portland since November 2012.
Dr. Charlie Rodriguez
Charlie graduated from Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. He likes to spend his free time golfing, camping, snowboarding, and relaxing with family and friends.
Dr. Karen Hemmerich
Dr. Karen Hemmerich is excited to be joining the team at Bethany Family Pet Clinic. A native from the Oregon Coast, she graduated in 2016 from Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine. After briefly practicing in Boise, Idaho, she decided to return to her home state and has spent the last year practicing in the Salem/Keizer area while living on a 100 acre farm outside of Corvallis. Her veterinary field of interests are behavior, dentistry, and preventative medicine.
Dr. Hemmerich’s fur family includes her cat Fleur, a rag-doll, and Nala, an Alaskan Malamute. When not at work, Dr. Hemmerich enjoys spending time cooking, exercising, and spending time with family.
Dr. Tiffany Pow
Dr. Tiffany Pow was born and raised in Hong Kong, coming to the US in 2008 for college. She completed her undergrad at Washington State University, then went to the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2016. She is acupuncture certified by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. “Growing up in Hong Kong, Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts are ingrained into our daily lives,” she says. “From maintenance of health to fighting diseases, these concepts are often incorporated with Western medicine to help benefit people. I want to be able to offer such options to animals.”
Dr. Pow and her husband have a Calico cat named Lai Gui who “adopted” them while they were in undergrad.
Dr. Cherise Hill
Dr. Cherise Hill grew up on a ranch in northern Nevada, which led her to her love of animals. She attended Portland State University for her undergraduate degree in Science, and then Oregon State University for her Veterinary degree. She has held a varied veterinary career, with her special interests including pain management- especially in geriatric pets, endocrine diseases, and emergency medicine. Dr. Hill has a tiny 5-pound grey and white long-haired cat named Juniper who “is 100% fluff”. When not working on her home or at work, she spends most of her time outside hiking or gardening.
Dr. Anjana Mohanraj
Dr. Mohanraj joined BFPC in 2020 and always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She finished her veterinary degree in India at Madras Veterinary College, TANUAS in Chennai and then certified for practice in the United States at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Dr. Mohanraj moved to Oregon “on a whim originally, but I love it. The city I’m from in India is very green and rainy and so Oregon seems like a home away from home for me.” She has two mixed breed dogs back with her parents in India, and is hoping to find her own rescue dog very soon.
“I consider myself so lucky to be in a field of work where I can put my heart and mind into understanding the needs of animals. There is always a moment when the animal I’m treating realizes I’m trying to help them and that moment is more of a reward than I could ever ask for.” She also enjoys singing, playing guitar, anything musical really. She’s looking forward to exploring the trails around Oregon and looks forward to finding all of the water she can swim in.