Emergency and Critical Care
Mark McConnell, BVMS, MRCVS
A native of New York, Dr. McConnell studied Zoology at the University of Idaho and earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1986. He traveled to Scotland to continue his studies at the University of Glasgow’s College of Veterinary medicine, where he was his awarded his degree and membership into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1992.
A year later, Dr. McConnell joined the Emergency Veterinary Hospital as a full time veterinarian. Since 2006 he has devoted his time to his role as Hospital Co-Director. Dr. McConnell is involved in numerous professional organizations. In 2005 he was appointed by the governor to serve on the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board. He served nine years, the last two as chair. He currently sits on the board of The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) as a director and has been selected to be the incoming President-Elect effective April of 2016. In addition, Dr. McConnell is active with The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) by serving on the PAVE and RACE committees. He is a member of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the Lane County Veterinary Medical Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
An avid skier and cyclist, Dr. McConnell is often accompanied in his outdoor pursuits by his wife Mary Beth. At home, the McConnells enjoy the companionship of their many pets.
J. Ingrid Kessler, DVM
Dr. Kessler grew up in New York City, where a Siamese cat was instrumental in her rearing. She attended Cornell University and she received her Bachelor's degree in Classics in 1985. After graduate work in Ancient Philosophy and Classics at Stanford University, she found her true calling and set her sights on veterinary medicine. In 1994, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with honors from Michigan State University.
Dr. Kessler joined the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in 1996 as a full-time veterinarian. Since 2006 she has served as Co-Director of the hospital. Dr. Kessler is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, as well as the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the Lane County Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.
An iron-distance triathlete, Dr. Kessler spends much of her free time swimming, cycling and running. At home, she enjoys relaxing with her husband Andy and their numerous cats and dogs. At the end of the day, she has been known to pick up a game of Scrabble.
Megan Schneck, DVM
Dr. Meg Schneck grew up in Muncy, a small town in the north central forests of Pennsylvania. She spent her childhood under the care of a forgiving Irish Setter, an endearingly excited Labrador, a few vocal Beagles, a number of feral cats, and a courageous hamster named Peanut. She followed her nose north to Ithaca, New York, and spent eight years at Cornell University, first earning a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and then earning her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2006.
Following graduation, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA - one of the oldest and most respected small animal internships in the country. The following year she moseyed south and pursued a second year of internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in small animal surgery in 2008. She joined the Emergency Veterinary Hospital and Animal Urgent Care in 2008 and has maintained a focus on emergency medicine and surgery since that time. She maintains membership with the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Lane County Veterinary Medical Association. She believes firmly in community outreach and volunteers veterinary services both locally and nationally.
In her free time, Dr. Schneck hikes, bikes, skis, swims, windsurfs, sails, and enjoys the lazy evening on her back patio surrounded by friends and family. She is an avid reader and loves to travel.
Jamie Warren, DVM
Dr. Jamie Warren was raised in the beautiful scenic community of Corbett, Oregon located in the Columbia River Gorge. This rural backdrop was a perfect place to care for a menagerie of family pets, including chickens, horses, a llama, cats, cockatiels and a box turtle, that cultivated her childhood desire to become a veterinarian. Immediately after graduation from high school, Dr. Warren attended Oregon State University. She completed a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 2004. Dr. Warren received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2008, graduating as summa cum laude, the highest academic honor awarded.
Fueled by the desire to be a knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate veterinarian, Dr. Warren applied and was accepted to one of the country's top veterinary internships at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Upon receiving her certificate of completion from this intense program and winning the "Intern of the Year" award, Dr. Warren was fortunate to finally return home to the beautiful state of Oregon. She is pleased to be a member of the excellent veterinary staff at the Emergency Veterinary Hospital and Animal Urgent Care. Dr. Warren is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Society, the Lane County Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Her interests include critical care and surgery.
During time away from the clinic, Dr. Warren enjoys the outdoor activities that Oregon provides, including hiking, skiing, camping, and water sports. Dr. Warren spends most of her free time with her husband, Dave, and her cat, Charlie. (She is pictured here with a family pet, Porter).
Leslie Takesaka, DVM
Dr. Leslie Takesaka was born in California, but grew up mostly in upstate New York. Growing up, she always loved animals and knew that she wanted to help them in some way. As she grew older, Dr. Takesaka read all of James Herriot’s books, worked in a kennel and shadowed her own dogs’ vet, with the end result being that veterinary medicine really felt like the right path for her. She attended Tufts University in Massachusetts for undergrad before taking a year off to work as a vet nurse at Angell Animal Medical Center. Dr. Takesaka then went to veterinary school at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. During her time there, she spent a summer doing a research project in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Afterwards, Dr. Takesaka then completed a rotating internship in small animal emergency, medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D. C. She is a member of AVMA, VECCS, LCVMA and OVMA. Outside of work, Dr. Takesaka likes to read, dance, play piano, cook (and eat!) and spend time with her friends and family, including her furry friends Franklin and Toby. She is also looking forward to spending time outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Takesaka is very excited to come back to the West Coast and join the Emergency Veterinary Hospital family.
Brad Johnson, DVM
Dr. Brad Johnson was born and raised in Georgia and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. He has worked solely in small animal emergency veterinary medicine since graduating vet school in 2002, initially practicing in Hartford, CT then Missoula, MT, and most recently at Dove Lewis in Portland, OR.
He is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and FEMA's Veterinary Emergency Assistance Team.
Dr. Johnson has twins who take up a majority of his free time, along with his dog, Biscuit. However, when allowed, Dr. Johnson enjoys snowboarding, whitewater kayaking, and hiking.
Max Rinaldi, DVM
Dr. Max Rinaldi was raised in Reno, NV and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He attended veterinary school at Kansas State University and graduated in 2012. He then moved to Pullman, WA where he completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Washington State University followed by a second internship in Exotic Animal Medicine at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Rinaldi joined the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in 2014. His professional interests include surgery, critical care, and exotic animal medicine. Dr. Rinaldi and his wife enjoy camping, backpacking, cycling, cooking, and travelling.
Laura Niman, DVM
Dr. Laura Niman was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Growing up she loved animals and spent many hours volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society. Most of her family, friends and neighbors knew she would be a veterinarian before she did! Dr. Niman received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. At the same time, she also completed the required pre-veterinary science courses and worked at a veterinary hospital, knowing that becoming a veterinarian was her true calling. After graduation she was accepted to Oregon State University for veterinary school and graduated at the top of her class.
Following veterinary school, Dr. Niman completed a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at WestVet Emergency and Specialty Center in Boise, Idaho. During this internship Dr. Niman discovered a passion for emergency and critical care medicine. She maintains memberships in the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the Lane County Veterinary Medical Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Niman enjoys reading, hiking, yoga and traveling. She also loves a quiet night with a good movie, a cup of tea and a knitting project. She shares her home with her dog Dante, as well as two house rabbits (Izzy and Fiona). She is thrilled to be a part of the Emergency Veterinary Hospital Team.
Naomi Johnson, DVM
Dr. Naomi Johnson was born in San Diego California and did some of her growing up there before moving to Ohio. She obtained a degree in Biology at a small college in southwest Michigan. She obtained her DVM from Michigan State University in 2009 graduating with high honors. She went on to complete a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Prior to joining EVH Dr. Johnson practiced emergency and critical care medicine in a busy specialty referral hospital in Baltimore Maryland for 5 years. Professional interests include toxicities, surgery, and wound repair. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society. Outside of EVH she can be found hiking with her family, reading, enjoying her husband’s gourmet cooking, and snuggling with her 2 cats and beagle who was adopted during veterinary school from MSU’s research program.