Meet Our Team

Robert Merrill, DVM


Dr. Merrill is a 1980 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa. After practicing in Madison, Wisconsin in an emergency clinic for 4 years, Dr. Merrill moved to Portland, Oregon, where he practiced at Dove Lewis Emergency Clinic for 7 years. He then practiced at SE Portland Animal Hospital for 5 years. Dr. Merrill opened the doors of Sherwood Family Pet Clinic in 1996.

He currently splits his time between Bethany Family Pet Clinic, located in Portland, a practice he co-founded in 2000, and Sherwood Family Pet Clinic. His veterinary interests include all areas of small animal medicine and surgery for dogs and cats. His special interests include orthopedic surgery including TPLO and TTA (these are surgical procedures to repair anterior cruciate ligament injuries), patellar luxation surgery, soft tissue surgery, dental care, dermatology, and patient well-care.

Dr. Merrill is a past president of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association and has completed the AAHA Veterinary Management Institute Program at the Kranert Business School at Purdue University. He is currently a member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Merrill enjoys spending his spare time with his 3 sons and his wife, Cathy. Dr. Merrill also shares his home with his Border Terrier, Daisy, Chihuahua Yoshi, and his three cats, Mario, Peach, and Kirby. Dr. Merrill's sons named their pets after Mario Brother characters!

Years in Practice: 38

Education: Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Courtney Woodside, DVM, CVA


Dr. Courtney Woodside joined the SFPC team in 2000. She graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1997 and became a certified Veterinary Acupuncturist by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2006. Since then, she has used integrative medicine to provide the best options for her patients.

Prior to Veterinary school, Dr. Woodside worked in the field of genetic research. Through a variety of veterinary experiences, she's had the opportunity to work with Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals, Tigers, Lions, Raccoons, Squirrels, Kangaroos, Orangutans and a plethora of wild birds.

Dr. Woodside enjoys Veterinary medicine because she gets be a detective, solving the mysteries of what's ailing patients, while providing exceptional care. She derives satisfaction from enriching the life of someone's faithful companion.

Dr. Courtney lives in Portland with her husband, her two daughters and her Terrier Mix, Max.

Fun Fact about Dr. C: She has climbed to the top of two peaks that were over 13,000 feet!

Years in Practice: 21

Education: University of California Davis

Interests: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine

Mark Schlimgen, DVM


Dr. Schlimgen is a graduate of Texas A&M University for both his Bachelors in Veterinary Science and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Areas of particular interest are dentistry, internal medicine, surgery and dermatology. He has experience working at a referral facility in both the anesthesia and emergency medicine departments as well as general practice prior to his current role as associate veterinarian with SFPC.

Prior to veterinary medicine, he was a member of the military and deployed all over the world. Dr. Schlimgen lives in Sherwood with his wife and two daughters, along with his dog and two cats. In his off-time he enjoys spending time with family, various wood-working projects, fishing, snowboarding and exploring the outdoors.

Years in Practice: 8

Education: Texas A&M

Leticia Wustenberg, DVM


Dr. Wustenberg graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 after obtaining her Bachelors degree in Animal Sciences with honors in 2007.

She grew up in Germany where she completed one year of veterinary school at the University of Hanover TiHo before transferring to the program at Oregon State.

During her initial years of practice, Dr. Wustenberg worked in a small animal clinic in Beaverton as well as her own ambulatory equine practice. She joined the SFPC team in January of 2015.

Dr. Wustenberg lives in Carlton with her husband, son and daughter.  Her little hobby farm is home to all of her animals including her dogs, cats and horses. 

She is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery but especially enjoys internal medicine, patient well-care, behavior and dentistry cases. Dr. Wustenberg likes working on making our timid patients feel a little less scared during their visits.

Years in Practice: 7

Education: Oregon State University 

Christina Sitton, DVM


Dr. Sitton is a 2015 graduate of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in Southern Oregon, where her passion for animals and veterinary aspirations started at the age of 4.

Since then, Dr. Sitton began focusing her time and energy on learning as much as she could about animals. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Sitton graduated cum laude, earning a Bachelor of Science with a minor in both Mathematics and Chemistry.

Dr. Sitton has an innate passion for animals and enjoys working dogs, cats, and pockets pets. Her professional interests include canine sports medicine and surgery. Dr. Sitton loves veterinary medicine because it allows her to both share and assist in the human-animal bond, which she believes makes relationships with pets so special.

Throughout the years, Dr. Sitton has lived by the words of her favorite quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” She was previously a USFSA competitive figure skater and also spent over 5 years trialing in NADAC canine agility with her Papillon.

Dr. Sitton lives in Carlton with her 3 dogs, cat, and rabbit. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time on the farm with her husband.

Years in Practice: 3

Education: Oregon State University 

Kaitlyn Rudie, DVM

Dr Rudie

Dr. Kaitlyn Rudie joined the SFPC team after graduating from Oregon State University. She has fit right in, naturally exhibiting our core values:
service focused, friendly and flexible, personal and professional, compassionate and caring.

Dr. Rudie graduated 3rd in her class from the Oregon State University College of Veterinary medicine in 2019. Upon graduation she was selected for the AAHA Award for Proficiency in Primary Care. Dr. Rudie also attended OSU for her undergraduate degree, she graduated *Summa Cum Laude* with an Honors Bachelors in Zoology, and a minor in Chemistry in 2015.

Dr. Rudie has always had a passion for animals, but fell in love with veterinary medicine because of the human connection. She is grateful to be involved in a profession that provides care to animals and by extension, the people who love them. She has particular interest in internal medicine and soft-tissue surgery.

In her free time, Dr. Rudie enjoys drawing, hiking and playing with her
affectionate Siamese cat Pippin.

Years in Practice: 1

Education: Oregon State University 

Interests: Hiking

Mary, CVT, Management


Mary Swartz joined Sherwood Family Pet Clinic in 2005. She is a 1985 graduate of the veterinary technician program at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. Mary knew from the time she was 5 that she would work in the veterinary field. She has a great love of animals and is passionate about helping people. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1980.

Mary previously was at Brookvale Animal Hospital in Fremont, California. She managed this practice for 15 years and worked there for 20 years. After over 30 years in the field, she still loves what she does and looks forward to going to work everyday.

In March of 2011, Mary went to Belize with the World Vets organization ( to provide veterinary care for the people and animals on the islands of Caye Caulker and San Pedro. The trip was a fulfillment of a lifelong dream and she hopes to go on another trip in the future.

Mary lives in Sherwood with her husband Gary. They have 2 adult children Justin and Kaylee who are twins and her greatest joy!
They share their home with Shasta, a yellow lab.  At different times, various other dogs fall under her tutelage for care or training.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, fishing, painting, and gardening. She also actively volunteers with her church group for various community outreach projects.

Years in Practice: 32

Education: Foothill College in Los Altos, California 1985

Kristen, CVT


Kristen joined our team in 2010, shortly before starting the PCC Veterinary Technician Program, graduating in 2012. Kristen has always loved animals and grew up with dogs and a cat and spent a lot of her free time working with horses.

After getting her second dog Kismet, who has fear issues, Kristen became very interested in dog behavior. Kristen has worked with local veterinary behaviorists and trainers to help Kismet become less fearful and reactive. Kristen has recently graduated from a dog training program and is looking forward to start working towards helping other dogs like Kismet.

Recently, Kristen brought home a new Labrador puppy. Koby loves visiting with people and Kristen hopes to get him certified as a therapy dog when he is old enough. Kristen and Koby as also training in canine scent detection.

When Kristen isn’t working with her two Black Labradors and she spends her free time hanging out with her family.

Years in Practice: 9

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician Program

Angie, CVT


Angie joined our team in March of 2008. She's a 2003 graduate of the PCC Vet Tech program and now resides in Sherwood, Oregon. Her family includes her husband and daughter, her French Bulldog, Brandie, her Doberman, Diesel, and her cats Lola & Leo.

After working for a veterinary cardiologist for four years and due to a high occurrence of cardiac issues in Dobermans, Angie has a special interest in cardiology.

Years in Practice: 15

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Sarah, CVT


Sarah joined our team in April of 2007. She's a 2010 graduate of the PCC Vet Tech program. She currently lives in Newberg, Oregon with her family and her two cats, Smith and Nachito (a kitten she adopted from SPFC).

In her spare time Sarah enjoys playing indoors and out with her husband, daughters, and son. She enjoys running for a cause, such as the Shamrock Run, Race for the Cure, Warrior Dash, etc. Sarah has devoted her time as a volunteer Vet Tech with World Vets, a non-profit organization that helps spay and neuter stray pets in third world countries, and hopes to go on many more trips with World Vets in the future.

Years in Practice: 9

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Chandra, CVT


Chandra joined us in 2012 after getting her Veterinary Technician degree from PCC. Chandra grew up with cats, and has been deemed "the cat whisperer" at the clinic. As much as she loves cats, she loves all other animals too.

Chandra shares her home with her husband, her daughter, their Mini Australian Shepherd, cats, and fish.

In her free time, Chandra enjoys outdoor activities, as well as all things crafty. She especially loves to oil paint portraits of animals. The cat paintings in exam rooms 2 and 3 are of her childhood cats, which she painted as a teenager. Check them out the next time you’re in the clinic!

Years in Practice: 6

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Elly, CVT


Congratulations to Elly for passing her CVT board exam and graduating from the PCC Veterinary Technician program!  Elly is now part of our team full time and we're so pleased to have her.

Prior to attending the PCC Veterinary Technician program, Elly obtained a degree in Animal Science from OSU.  She has had a passion for animals since she was young.  She currently shares her home with her husband and their two cats.

She enjoys golfing and being outdoors.

Years in Practice: 1

Education: PCC Veterinary Technician program

Kelly, CVT


Kelly joined the SFPC team in 2019. Prior to this, she earned an AS degree in Veterinary Technology from Pierce College and worked for nearly a year in Er/Critical Care. 

She grew up in Michigan and moved to Oregon in 2018 with her fiancé, Michael, and her cat, Meeko. In her free time, she likes to hike and read. 

Years in Practice: 2

Education: Pierce College Veterinary Technician program 

Jesse, Customer Care Specialist


Jesse joined our SFPC team in August of 2011. She truly loves working with animals and their people.

Jesse shares her home with her husband, darling sons, and a beautiful orange Tabby, Abu.

In Jesse's spare time she enjoys reading, running and working in her yard.

Years in Practice: 7

Liz, Customer Care Specialist


Liz joined the SFPC team in July 2015 after being in the Coast Guard for four years in Washington, D.C. She grew up in the country with all sorts of different animals, which helped develop her love for all animals.

Liz has earned her Bachelors in English! Congratulations! In her free weekends and evenings, she is finding time to read and hike.

Liz and her husband, Bryan, recently bought their own home allowing them to adopt a puppy, much to the chagrin of their two cats! Cute Clementine had her first photoshoot shortly after adoption, appearing in one of our Google Posts.

Years in Practice: 3

Kathy, Customer Care Specialist

Kathy.jpgKathy worked in the veterinary field for years before taking a break to be a mother. Now that her children are independent, she has returned to the field as part of the team at Sherwood Family Pet Clinic.

When at home, Kathy is busy with her "hobby farm" which includes miniature horses, full size horses, goats, chickens, dogs and cats.

Years in practice: 19

Kacie, Customer Care Specialist


Kacie grew up on a hobby farm with lots of different critters. In high school she showed her paint horse all over the state and then switched to showing dogs professionally. She has shown at world class competitions, including Eukanuba and Westminster kennel club. Animals have always had a soft spot in her heart so working in the vet industry is a perfect fit!

Currently, Kacie is at SFPC infrequently as she is attending PCC Veterinary Technician program. If you are lucky enough to see her, wish her well with her studies!

She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, two Dobermans Isaac and Boomer, her French Bulldog Bentley, horse Marci, and Atticus the cat.

Years in practice: 2

Kaylee, Customer Care Specialist


Kaylee grew up with dogs and cats. With years of service experience, she brings an ideal combination to our SFPC team. Kaylee is a graduate of Sherwood High and a certified paralegal.  Kaylee enjoys reading, hiking and spending time exploring the out of doors.

Years in Practice: 2

Ayla, Customer Care Specialist


Ayla joined the SFPC team in early 2018. Soon she will be headed for additional training at the PCC Veterinary Technician program. She is currently studying at the PCC Veterinary Technician program. We look forward to her joining us between terms.

Cassidy, Customer Care Specialist


Cassidy joins our team with a degree in Zoology from Oregon State University. She also has several years of experience working with sheep and a variety of wildlife species.

Cassidy enjoys spending time in the out-of-doors and being with family, her boyfriend, and her pug, Ralph, and her cat, Rawley.

Years in Practice: 3

Katherine, Customer Care Specialist


Katherine has recently joined SFPC as part of our Customer Care team. Her
puppy, Watson, and her mature dog, Irie, keep her busy in her free time.

Years in Practice: 1

Katie, Clinic Maintenance

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