About Our Doctors and Staff
Compassionate Care is a mobile veterinary service offering in-home pet euthanasia 24/7 by Dr. Lori Gibson and associate veterinarians, Dr. Jennifer Willey, Dr. Amelie Hatfield, Dr. Meg McNabb, Dr. Beth Procassini, Dr. Jessika Lais, Dr. Stacy Chirillo, and Dr. Deb Christensen; practice manager, Dr. Andrea La Raus; certified veterinary technician Julie Booth, RVT; client care specialists Joanne Kinnunen, Eartha Kimener, and Nikki Davis; facility manager Carla Brauer, and facility assistant Shane Brown.
Dr. Lori Gibson, Founder, Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. Lori Gibson received her undergraduate education at the University of Portland, Portland, OR, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999 from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Corvallis, OR, in partnership with Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA.
She began her veterinary career as an Associate Veterinarian working with small animals at a clinic in West Linn. She has also worked in the medical device industry managing projects related to drug-eluting intracoronary stents, and pacemakers and defibrillators for use in human clinical medicine. Desiring a return to her “roots”, Dr. Gibson began Compassionate Care because she recognized the great need for a highly available and responsive home euthanasia service to serve Portland’s pet-loving community.
Dr. Gibson has a current license to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon and Washington, and is a member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). She has served the veterinary community as an Executive Board Member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association since 2010.
Dr. Gibson spends her free time running, traveling, enjoying the plethora of great Portland cuisine, and attending and supporting local events. Her family’s menagerie includes guinea pigs, betas, African dwarf frogs and kuhli loaches, and a ball python named Monty (Python, of course) ;)
Dr. Andrea La Raus, Practice Manager
As Dr. Andrea La Raus tells it, the story goes that as a four year old growing up in Idaho, she told her mom that she wanted to be a vet and have a horse. In 1991, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho Moscow, ID. In 1995, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA.
She began her veterinary career as a small animal practitioner in southern Oregon. She moved to the Portland area in 1997 and worked at several area clinics as an associate veterinarian and later providing veterinary relief. Working with and supporting the bond between clients and their pets was one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. Dr. La Raus holds a current veterinary license in Oregon and is a member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
When not at work, Dr. La Raus likes to spend time with her husband, 1 dog, 4 cats and 1 horse. Dr. La Raus has a never ending quest for veterinary knowledge and is very active in the veterinary community.
Dr. Jennifer Willey, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Jennifer Willey is a Portland native. She graduated in 2003 from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Corvallis, OR, in partnership with Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA. Her undergraduate degree was a B.S. in Zoology from OSU in 1998.
She began her veterinary career in Pasco, Washington as a busy mixed animal practitioner. She enjoyed working on a variety of animals in that region, such as: dogs, cats, horses, small ruminants, alpacas and llamas. In 2005, she came back home to Oregon. She found another mixed animal practice in Woodburn, OR and provided dedicated service to the community for 5 ½ years. The experience she has had with such a variety of animals has only strengthened her interest in the important bond between owners and their pets. Since the birth of her son, she has changed to providing veterinary relief work and has joined us at Compassionate Care.
Dr. Willey has a current license to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon and Washington, and is a member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).
In her spare time she loves to spend quality time with her family; she enjoys hiking, photography and traveling to exotic places such as Peru and Bali. If she ever found enough time, she would also love to pick up surfing on the Oregon coast again!
Dr. Amelie Hatfield, Associate Veterinarian
Dr Amelie Hatfield earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in January 2007 and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from University of Texas. She has dedicated the previous five years to canine and feline health, and in addition to providing services through Compassionate Care, also works as a feline focused veterinarian at Cat Hospital of Portland.
Dr Hatfield is often asked why she was drawn to the kind of assistance Compassionate Care provides: To Dr Hatfield, humane and loving euthanasia is a very personal topic. In April of 2001, she had to have her very injured cat, Evie, euthanized due to acute trauma. The experience was memorable in that the procedure that was employed for Evie was painful and inhumane; however, on this day, Amelie knew that her calling was to help alleviate the suffering that she and her cat had experienced during this event. While the emotional pain of losing a beloved pet cannot be rectified quickly, having the knowledgable assistance of a veterinarian who can provide immediate relief of suffering is invaluable and a key component to their last few minutes in your arms.
Dr Hatfield is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), and the American Association of Feline Practioners (AAFP). In addition to her veterinary work, Amelie enjoys running, reading, watching documentaries and Sci-Fi/Fantasy series, collage work, collecting textiles and fabrics, mixed media art, and other artistic ventures that often remain incomplete and only passably attractive. She adheres to the Portland motto that putting a bird on something will immediately make it better. Her cat, Trader, generally agrees.
Dr. Meg McNabb, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Meg McNabb earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University in 1993 and Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University in 1981.
Dr. McNabb began her career working at a busy emergency and specialty hospital in Tacoma, Washington and then branched out to work with large animals at a mixed animal practice in Enumclaw, Washington. She has also spent time working at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. McNabb has a current license to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon and Washington and is a member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
In her spare time, she can be found barreling down a hill on her mountain bike, volunteering for hiking trail maintenance in the national forest, backpacking and gardening.
Dr. Beth Procassini, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Beth Procassini received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1989 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Villanova University in 1983.
Dr. Beth’s career as a small animal practitioner started in Pennsylvania and continued in Oregon after her move here in 1994. She since has grown webbed feet and loves the Portland area. She took over Housecall Veterinary Practice in 2000 from its founder, Dr. Steven Blauvelt, and was quickly touched by seeing what a peaceful and loving experience in-home euthanasia could be. Preserving the human-animal bond through this meaningful service has become an ongoing passion and she is delighted to be continuing this through Compassionate Care.
Dr. Procassini has a current license to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon. She is a member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Dr. Procassini relaxes by square dancing with her partner Robert. They also fly fish, hike, and paddle dragon boats with the Golden Dragons. She has two sons, both in college, and a rat terrier/chihuahua named Frida who is home- schooled.
Dr. Jessika Lais, Associate Veterinarian
Dr Lais is a born and raised Oregonian. When she was a child her parents said that she could get feral cats and wild rabbits to come up to her. She seemed to have an instant bond with all animals, so it didn’t surprise them when she went off to college to get a bachelor’s degree in Zoology, and then continued on to graduate from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. In college she volunteered for Feral Cat Coalition, Heartland Humane Society and Pro-Bone O. During vet school she joined the International Veterinary Student’s Association and traveled down to Nicaragua twice to perform exams, treatments and surgeries on pets that had no access to veterinary services. She is currently licensed in Oregon and is a member of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Her first four years of veterinary work were spent at both a small animal practice in Coos Bay where she worked days and after hour’s emergency work, and at a small animal practice in Tigard. She joined Compassionate Care because she has been on the front lines not only with the loss of her client’s beloved pets, but she was also recently the primary caregiver at end of life for someone very near and dear to her heart. She understands the heartache of suffering and feels that being able to let go and say goodbye in the comfort of home with dignity is so important. Her biggest reason for deciding to become a vet was first and foremost to relieve suffering. She loved working in a clinic setting, but felt that the love, compassion and understanding she held inside for those going through loss would be better suited for a service like Compassionate Care.
In her free time, Dr Lais enjoys live music or playing with her 3 cats: Squee, Juno and BW. Juno and BW were feral cats that she saved from euthanasia and tamed to be quite the social and sweet felines that they are today. Squee is her spoiled little man who acts more like a dog than a cat, following her around and talking a lot! Other activities that she enjoys are hiking, road trips, camping, playing Frisbee and spending time with family and friends any chance she gets. Her motto in life is Gratitude, Gratitude, Love!
Dr. Stacy Chirillo
Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Dr. Stacy Chirillo recently moved to the Portland area after years of longing for warmer winters, mountains, and more interesting hiking terrain. She studied Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and then continued on at their College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with her DVM in 2000. She worked in a small animal practice followed by a high volume spay/neuter clinic for many years before discovering her true calling to help families through the difficult end-of-life transition. Several years ago she began this important, poignant work in Chicago and saw the positive impact being in the comfort of their own home had on both families and their beloved fur babies. Her patients could relax at home without the distractions of being in a stressful, foreign environment which meant their families could focus on saying goodbye. Dr. Stacy is honored to continue serving families in Portland and the surrounding areas.
Dr. Stacy grew up with golden retrievers and gerbils. She thought all cats were as evil as the Siamese cats in “Lady and the Tramp” until her roommate in veterinary school adopted a cat. She quickly fell in love with the beautiful, quirky kitty (a Siamese mix of course!) and adopted her own cat just before graduation. She currently enjoys the company of her ‘handsome golden boys,’ two mischievous (but not evil) orange tabbies. When she isn’t catering to their every whim, she loves doing yoga as well as hiking, cooking, and reading.
Dr. Stacy has a current veterinary license in Oregon and Washington and is a member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA).
Dr. Deb Christensen
Dr. Deborah Christensen earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of California – Davis in 1995, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Carleton College in 1988.
She began her career in a mixed animal practice north of Portland, treating dogs, cats, horses, cattle and small ruminants. In 2001 she began doing small animal relief work in Portland and then transitioned into practicing at a small animal hospital in Tigard for the next 14 years.
Having witnessed the discomfort and anxiety of many pets and their guardians associated with end of life care, she joined Compassionate Care to help provide relief from suffering in the more quiet, peaceful and relaxed environment of home.
Dr. Christensen is currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon and Washington. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).
Dr. Deb lives on a small farm with her husband and three daughters. Her extended family includes 2 cats (Phantom and Deja), Addie the Australian Shepherd, Kepler the Belgian Malinois, 7 beautiful Pygora goats (plus spring kids) and 6 laying hens. She also enjoys music, driving her daughters to practice and leading dog and goat 4-H clubs.
Julie Booth, R.V.T., Certified Veterinary Technician
Julie graduated with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2002. She began her career working in the biomedical research field, including positions at Oregon Health and Sciences University and Purdue University. She feels honored to assist Compassionate Care clients on the phone when they most need understanding and support.
When not working for Compassionate Care, Julie and her husband stay VERY busy with twin boys. She enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, traveling, and volunteering in the community. They also have two dogs and two cats at home.
Joanne Kinnunen, Client Care Specialist
Joanne has worked in the veterinary field for over four years, most recently as an emergency and triage nurse at a 24 hour emergency animal hospital. She enjoyed working in an emergency setting, but had a desire to be there to support clients at a very difficult time, and that desire brought her to Compassionate Care.
While not at work, Joanne enjoys running half marathons, wine tasting and a good book. Joanne has a house full of cats, all of which keep herself and her husband busy.
Eartha Kimener, Client Care Specialist
Eartha graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in Biology in 2005. Since then she has been working in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. She understands the difficulty in saying goodbye to a beloved pet and hopes that she can make a very difficult time a little easier for our clients.
Eartha enjoys spending her free time with her family in the great outdoors, camping, hiking and gardening. She shares her home with two dogs, three cats, and four chickens
Nikki Davis, Client Care Specialist
Bio coming soon!
Carla Brauer, Facility Manager
Carla has spent much of her life working closely with animals, starting when she managed to convince her local vet clinic to employ her as trainee and chief kennel cleaner when she was 15. She has since worked in the veterinary field at both general practice and emergency clinics, and has spent the past two years providing cremation and memorial services. She considers it a great honor to work with the families that come to Compassionate Care, and hopes she can make a difficult time a bit easier for them.
Carla spends much of her free time at home, where she and her wife have a small farm and are surrounded by an ever-growing menagerie of critters including cats, ducks, chickens, quail, pigeons, sheep, and an axolotl. She enjoys growing obscure heirloom vegetables, hiking, kayaking and otherwise finding ways to enjoy and appreciate nature.
Shane Brown, Facility Assistant
Shane has enjoyed working with animals most of his life, beginning when his mother started a wildlife rehab out of the house when was 3. Since then, he has provided cremation and memorial services for over a year and continues to rehabilitate wildlife. He feels honored to continue helping people through the loss of their loved ones.
Shane’s spare time is typically spent at home, where you can find him enjoying the array of animals that have come into his life, or in a room full of electronic components, working to build or repair a computer.