Dr. Kenneth DeRemer
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and moved to the west coast (California) for my graduate studies. I graduated from veterinary school in 1983 from the University of California at Davis. I moved to the Portland area shortly after graduation. I started my first clinic, Paws and Claws Pet Medical Center, as a house-call practice while its current facility was being finished. The doors to Paws and Claws opened in 1994. In 2008 I purchased Peninsula Dog and Cat Clinic in North Portland. I now split my time between both practices, working Mondays at Paws & Claws, and working the rest of the week here at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic. My wife and I have 3 children: KC, Ben, and Wyatt.Currently I have 1 dog, 2 cats, and a parrot. In my free time (which seems rare) I enjoy fishing and crafting home-brewed beer.
Dr. Sam Karben
Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVT)
I joined the fabulous team at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic in 2009 after completing an internship in their animal hospital. That same year, I graduated from a veterinary assisting program with a 4.0 GPA. I worked very hard to move my way up the clinic ranks; and in March, 2013 I achieved my goal of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. When I am not working at the clinic, I enjoy being in the outdoors and gardening. At home I am owned by my cat "Reggie", my boxer "Marley", and my chihuahua named "Bella".
I have loved reptiles and amphibians all of my life. As a child, growing up in Portland Oregon, I would spend a lot of time looking for snakes, frogs, salamanders, lizards and turtles. My love for animals grew over my years, leading me to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. I love working with all types of animals, and have been doing it professionally for over 20 years. In my not so free time, I enjoy the outdoors, fishing and volunteering.
Before moving to Portland I was born and raised in Kentucky. I have worked in several veterinary clinics over the course of my career. I worked in small clinics as well as in large hospitals. Most recently I worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Dove Lewis. During my time there I realized that while working in an emergency hospital was very rewarding, I really missed making lasting and more meaningful relationships with clients and their pets! I decided to move back into a smaller clinic where I get to meet amazing people and some incredible pets! In 2014, I joined Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic and I absolutely love it. I really enjoy getting to see pets grow and develop over the course of their lives. When I am not working, I enjoy hiking, gardening, reading, and finding new vegan food venues.
I was born in Peoria, Illinois, but I consider Portland my home. I have a great husband and two wonderful sons. My pets include my best buddy Murphy, a Schnauzer, and Lilly, my crazy calico kitty. Although I am fairly new to the veterinary community, I absolutely love my fun and exciting job at Peninsula Dog and Cat Clinic.
I came to work at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic in 2013. I previously worked for Dr DeRemer for several years at his first clinic, Paws & Claws, in Troutdale. I took several years off to raise my sons, and work at my local community child care. Moving back into the veterinary field was like riding a bike, and I jumped right away at the chance to work with such an amazing doctor. I love being able to work with animals, and make an impact on their lives. It is a very rewarding job. When I am not at work at Peninsula, I am very involved with my kids sports and education, and also supporting my local community. In my not so free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking and long walks on the beach.
Shortly after Peninsula Dog and Cat Clinic opened, I was hired on as a receptionist and an assistant. I have been working with Dr. DeRemer since the spring of 2007, and now also work at his other practice in Troutdale. Currently I have three cats; Doom, Danger and Ayame. I have had other pets in the past; dogs, sugar gliders, fish, mice and a turtle. In my spare time I like to play guitar, brew homemade beer and play disc golf.