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. 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