Our Staff

Meet the Veterinarians & Expert Staff at Community Pet Hospital in Tigard OR

Elizabeth Killham

Medical Director

Dr. Elizabeth Killham graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Following 4 years working at a small animal hospital in North Carolina, she followed a life-long dream of moving to the Northwest in the summer of 2016. Her veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, rehabilitative medicine, and preventative care, with extensive knowledge in the care of large and giant breed dogs. Currently, her household includes her husband Mike, Kaipo (a Great Dane), Duckie the “labraduck”, Keona (a domestic shorthair), Dogwood (a ragdoll/mix who dresses up and joins her mom every day at work), and Cupcake the Corn snake. She and her husband spend their free time hiking, competing in adventure races, rock climbing, snowboarding, and any and all outdoor activities.

Lauren Nekota

Associate Veterinarian

Originally from Marin County, California, Dr. Lauren Nekota decided to make Portland her permanent home after graduating from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has developed a special interest in preventative health, neurology, soft tissue surgery, and diagnostic imaging and is happy to practice in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When she’s not working, Dr. Nekota enjoys hiking in Forest Park with her dog, Suki, touring the amazing food and wine scene with her boyfriend, Nathan, and cuddling up with a book and her cat, Waffle.


Practice Manager

Kalie joined Community Pet Hospital in November of 2018. Growing up in a rural area she has always had a soft spot for all animals big or small. She entered into the veterinary field at the young age of 14 and hasn’t stopped since. In her free time Kalie enjoys going on motorcycle adventures with her husband, spending time with family and friends, as well as staying indoors to listen to her record collection and loving on her one-eyed kitty, Myrtle Mouse.


Lead Technician

Tamara graduated from Apollo Colleges Veterinary Assistant program in 2005 and has been working as a Veterinary Technician ever since. Tamara has always been interested in working in the Veterinary industry and even shadowed in a veterinary clinic at the age of 16. In her free time, Tamara enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and all 3 of her animals. She has two cats, Niele and Nonolo, and a dog, Kaipo. Tamara also enjoys lots of outdoor activities such as sports, camping, traveling, and fishing. Tamara is also an avid movie connoisseur and enjoys all kinds of music.



Reid grew up with a menagerie of animals. She has taken her boards, received her certification in veterinary technology, and had several years of experience working in small animal veterinary practices. Reid has experience in everything from emergency veterinary hospitals to holistic medicine. When Reid is not at the hospital, she enjoys visiting friends and family and exploring the coast of Oregon. She has an adorable beagle mix named Echo and two cats named Artemis and Pandora. Reid is very excited about learning and growing in the field of veterinary medicine.


Veterinary Assistant

Erica joined Community Pet Hospital in May of 2017. Prior to moving to the beautiful PNW to be closer to family, she spent several years working at a general practice, humane society and the large city shelter of San Jose, Ca. Having fostered countless dogs and cats throughout the years, she has a passion for volunteering and helping rescues. Erica is a supporter of TNR and a devoted cat advocate. During her free time, she enjoys cuddling with her senior fur-children, Mia, Squishy and Pixie. As well as spending time with her other half, Jess. Erica genuinely enjoys helping pets and their parents and truly values the human-animal bond. She is grateful to be a part of the team and looks forward to growing with them!


Veterinary Assistant

Camryn is a pre-veterinary student at Oregon State University and loves getting experience at Community Pet Hospital as a veterinary assistant. Her favorite part about veterinary medicine is being able to learn something new every single day, and helping people keep their best friends healthy. When she’s not at CPH, she is usually doing homework, hiking, or cuddling with her kitty, Olivia. She hopes that she can be a part of helping you have a great experience at CPH!


Veterinary Assistant

Katie has been working with animals for over four years and finds each day rewarding. With over 900 hours of community service, she enjoys spending her free time with animals as well. In her spare time, Katie finds entertainment in enriching her animal services knowledge, playing video games, and hanging out with her pet, Mr. Boo. She also enjoys training emotional support cats and rabbits. She is a certified CCMA & CPT and looks forward to continuing her career and education in animal services with plans to go back to school in a couple years to be a vet.



Jenn has been with Community Pet Hospital since early 2018. She previously worked with pet owners, but not in a hospital environment. She loved spending her days getting to see all the adorable cats and dogs. Jenn has two cats at home one big black cat named Kingsley and another kitten named Theo. When Jenn is not at Community enjoying all the sweet animals, she is probably at home cooking a new recipe, watching tv, or making a trip to Ikea.



Christina grew up partially on a farm where she first discovered her love of animals. After a decade working on a support staff and as a receptionist for special need adults and the elderly, she followed her passion into pet medicine and into the Community Pet Hospital. When she’s not greeting clients at the front desk, Christina enjoys hiking, reading, and sewing. She shares her home with her partner, two angelic pups and one ferocious cat.