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Springfield, OR 97477

Our Veterinarians

Max Rinaldi, DVM

Partner/Medical Director

Dr. Max Rinaldi was raised in California and Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Reno for his undergraduate studies in Biology. He spent time living abroad in Scotland and returned to the United States to attend veterinary school at Kansas State University, graduating in 2012. Dr. Rinaldi then spent a year in a rotating internal medicine and surgery internship at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, followed by a year internship in exotic animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Rinaldi and his wife have always wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest and, after completing his internships, he joined the Emergency Veterinary Hospital as an associate veterinarian in 2014. In 2019, he assumed the role of medical director and looks forward to many years in service to the practice and our community.

Dr. Rinaldi’s professional interests include emergency and critical care, emergency surgery, and exotic animal medicine.  He is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

When not at work, Dr. Rinaldi enjoys woodworking, hiking and cycling, and spending time with his young family, his cat, Kiki, and his Walker Coonhound, Dolly. Continue reading more about our local veterinarians below.

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Naomi Johnson, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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 pets.

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Hayati Wolfenden, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Hayati Wolfenden was raised in Bend, Oregon, and loves cross country skiing and all the great outdoors. She graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Oregon State’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.

While in school she worked and volunteered at humane societies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and at a mixed animal general practice. She has a particular fondness for raptors and is a blossoming birder.

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Tanner Feuerstein, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Feuerstein grew up in Chandler, AZ, and has always had a passion for animals. He studied veterinary science and Spanish at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He spent all four summers of undergrad volunteering for a veterinary organization in Central America, confirming his interest in becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Feuerstein moved to Oregon to complete his DVM at Oregon State University.

Dr. Feuerstein spent the majority of vet school focusing on building his knowledge in emergency medicine. He was the president of the emergency and critical care club during school and worked in the large animal hospital after hours, providing critical care to numerous large animal species. His professional interests include emergency and critical care, emergency surgery, multimodal pain management/anesthesia, ultrasound, international veterinary medicine, cytology, exotics, and equine critical care. He has a particular interest in translating elements of human medicine into the veterinary field to provide cutting-edge care for patients.

Outside of work, Dr. Feuerstein enjoys riding his bikes, hiking, exploring the outdoors, spending time with his lab mix named Bronco, and watching horror movies with the lights off (while he is home alone). He is excited to be providing care for patients with the fantastic team at EVH.

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Holly Arnold, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Holly Arnold is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She moved to the great state of Oregon when she was accepted into a masters program at University of Oregon where she studied microbial ecology and bioinformatics. After volunteering for several years in shelter medicine, she decided to combine her love of science and animals with a DVM / PhD degree in veterinary medicine which she obtained in 2020 from Oregon State University. Her research has been on feline upper respiratory tract disease and development of statistical methods to link the gut microbiome with vertebrate health covariates. She completed a rotating internship and a critical care internship at Oregon State University prior to joining the EVH team.

Brooke Barlow, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Brooke Barlow was born in Atascadero, CA and moved to Southern Oregon during her youth.  She attended Oregon State University, obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, taking two years between undergrad and veterinary school to work as a cheetah/carnivore zookeeper.  While at OSU, she spent the majority of the time focusing on zoo medicine and performed multiple externships at AZA accredited zoos.  Dr. Barlow obtained her DVM at OSU in 2023 and graduated with acceptance into a Veterinary Honor Society to recognize those proficient in animal welfare and disease.

 

Dr. Barlow’s professional interests include emergency medicine and surgery, exotic animal medicine, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, and fear free medicine.  In her personal time, she enjoys domestic and international travel, supporting creditable zoos/aquariums, camping, scuba diving, hanging on the coast with her dog and doing conservation work.  Now that she has completed school, Dr. Barlow plans on teaching herself (and her dog) how to skijor!

Meg Schneck, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Meg Schneck was born and raised in the rural countryside of Muncy, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, graduating in 2002 & 2006.  She completed advanced post doctorate internships at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2007 and Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in 2008.  She moved to Oregon in 2008 with her husband and dogs. In the time since, she has been a career emergency medicine and surgery veterinarian.  She has an interest in ultrasound, surgery, critical case management and mentorship of younger veterinarians. Her family includes her husband, 2 kids, and 2 dogs.  In her spare time, she hikes, reads, stand up paddle boards and travels.

Megan Steffen, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Megan Steffen earned her Doctorate of Veterinary from the University of Missouri in 2023, relocating from Columbia, MO to the Eugene/Springfield area in June.  Dr. Steffen chose the South Willamette Valley of Oregon to pursue her interests in both emergency medicine and her active outdoor lifestyle, including hiking, kayaking/paddle boarding and camping.  She believes that richness in life comes from the community you build to experience it with you.

Growing up with a paramedic mom (who is currently a chef), a firefighter/paramedic dad, and a sister who is currently a surgical intensive care nurse at Mizzou (and who also happens to be her best friend in the world!), Dr. Steffen has a well-ingrained affinity for the world of emergency medicine!

On her days off, Dr. Steffen enjoys road trips, including a coast-to-coast trip taken this last year.  Her dog Zion also serves as her devoted co-pilot, hiking companion, and canine love of her life!  When not traveling, a perfect day includes grabbing a coffee from a local café, loading her dog up in the car and perusing little free libraries.  Dr. Steffen adores cooking (especially for other people) and her favorite past-time is curling up with a good book and pot of tea on a rainy day, preferably diving into a good sci-fi/fantasy novel.

 

 

Haley McCarthy, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Haley McCarthy hails from Florida, where she grew up in the Tampa Bay area. She earned her degree at the University of Central Florida in Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Studies. She also achieved a Certificate in Veterinary Forensic Science from the University of Florida. Before going to vet school, Dr. McCarthy worked at two emergency clinics in Central Florida which drove her passion to become a veterinarian. She then moved to Tucson, Arizona to obtain her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine as a member of the inaugural class at the University of Arizona.

At the University of Arizona, Dr. McCarthy was a part of many clubs, including holding the position of club president of the emergency and critical care club. Her primary interests in veterinary medicine include ultrasonography, surgery, emergency care, nutrition, and cardiology.

During Dr. McCarthy’s free time, she loves to paint, read fantasy novels, play basketball and softball, and hiking. Besides what a fantastic clinic EVH is, the scenery and adventures that Oregon offers persuaded her to move across the country. She is bringing her three fur babies, Maverick, Wrigley, and Swimmy. Dr. McCarthy is ecstatic to serve Eugene and provide optimal care to her patients at EVH.

 

Caitlin Baxter, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Baxter is a native of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She previously lived in Washington, California and Maryland, but considers herself a proud Oregonian and is glad to be home.  Dr. Baxter moved back to Oregon in 2021.

Though she began her career in small animal general practice, she is most passionate about urgent and emergency medicine, and is excited to provide exemplary care to patients at the Emergency Veterinary Hospital.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, knitting, horseback riding, or hiking with her partner and their dogs.

 

Sarah Yamada, DVM (picture coming soon!)

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah Yamada was raised in the Eugene/Springfield area. She attended Oregon State University to study Animal and Rangeland Sciences, receiving a Bachelor of Science in 2013.  She then attended Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. After veterinary school she received some training at Dove Lewis Animal Care and Emergency Clinic in Portland, OR. Dr. Yamada has worked for the Emergency Veterinary Hospital during school breaks as a veterinary assistant before receiving her DVM, then returned to fill a part time doctor position in 2018. She also works for a local general practice where she enjoys building longer-lasting relationships with clients and pets.

Dr. Yamada has had a passion for animals since childhood and has aspired to be a veterinarian since she was 10 years old. She had a special childhood dog named “Faith” who had a lot of medical needs and heavily influenced her decision to enter the veterinary field. In college Dr. Yamada enjoyed volunteering for the Heartland Humane Society, working in the Lambing barn at OSU, riding on the OSU Equestrian Drill team, and joining some extracurricular classes to learn about cattle reproduction. Now Dr. Yamada enjoys living in the country with her husband, 3 stepchildren and new baby. Together they enjoy camping, hiking, dirt biking and just about any other outdoor activity!

 

 

Cara Hettick, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Cara Hettick grew up in Eugene, Oregon and graduated from South Eugene in 2016. She earned a bachelors degree from Oregon State University in 2019 with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

Dr. Hettick completed her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine Oregon State in 2024. She focused on a small animal track during her clinical rotations and her primary interests in veterinary medicine include imaging (radiology and ultrasonography), emergency and critical care and surgery.

In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking and skiing. She also enjoys hanging out at home with her husband Tyler and their two dogs Olive and Rosy.