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 April, 2012 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.
I have worked in the veterinary field for most of my life, and devote most of my time to helping animals. I started at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic in 2010. I recently retired from working at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter, and now enjoy living a semi-retired life at home with all of my lovely pets. At home I have Several birds ranging from parakeets to mccaws, 2 Dachshunds named Molly and Gemma, as well as a little terrier named Abby.
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.
Shortly after Peninsula Dog and Cat Clinic opened, I was hired on as a receptionist and as 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; and a blue nosed Pitbull named Nina. 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, play disc golf and recently got into metal forging.
I am born and raised here in the PNW. I began my career in the veterinary field working at South West Washington Humane Society. I came over to Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic in early 2015, and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It is a very rewarding job and I love working with such an incredible team that is so dedicated to helping animals. I learn more and more every day, and get to meet many wonderful animals. At home I have 2 pets, my cat Buttons and my Pitbull Paisley. In my free time I enjoy working out, playing basketball, fishing, listening to country music and hanging out with my girlfriend.
I grew up in Florida, and moved out to the West Coast in 2012. I have a degree in Zoo Animal Technology, and have worked as dog trainer, behavioral counselor, and have also worked and volunteered at several zoos and wildlife rescues across the country. I first worked with Dr DeRemer out at Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center out in Troutdale. After working there, I went to further my career in zoology to volunteer as an intern at a wildlife safari working with elephants. This helped me to get my foot in the door working at the Oregon Zoo, where I work part time and hope to one day work with elephants full time. I joined the team at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic to work with Dr DeRemer again. I loved working with him and also enjoy seeing all of wonderful pets that come in. At home I have two cats, Beetle and Bug, and also my adorable little dogs Penny and Lily. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, and exploring the great outdoors with my boyfriend.
I grew up and currently live out in Cascade Locks out in the Gorge. In 2016 I decided to pursue a career in the veterinary field. I considered going to school to become a veterinary assistant, but instead decided to join the fabulous team at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic and learn through on the job training. While it is a bit of a commute for me, I wouldn't change it for the world. I love working with all my coworkers and getting to meet all of the great pets that come into the clinic. I learn more and more every day, and hope to one day move up to be an assistant or even a certified technician. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, drinking coffee and going out an enjoy all of the beautiful outdoors this area has to offer with my dog Cisco.
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. I currently am working as a teacher in the Vancouver school district, but help cover shifts when school is on break because I love working with animals. In my not so free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking and long walks on the beach.