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.
Originally from Muncy, a small town in north central Pennsylvania, Dr. Schneck received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Cornell University in 2002 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in 2006. A child of rural America, Dr. Schneck grew up with dogs, cats and rabbits. Dogs especially are her first love. During her 8 years in Ithaca, she took advantage of her summers to work with large animals in distant climates – race and ranch horses in central valley California; goats, alpacas, and backyard horses in southern Arizona; cows in southern Idaho; and goat research in the Yucatan in Mexico.
She also took great pleasure in volunteering with the humane society for canine & feline spay neuter programs across the United States.
After graduation, she returned to small animals and spent a year in Boston, MA at the prestigious Angell Animal Medical Center in rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship focusing on the dogs, cats, and the odd exotic. She then went on to Dallas, TX to do an additional year of focused surgical training at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center.
In 2008, Dr. Schneck began to work at the Emergency Veterinary Hospital here in Eugene/Springfield. She is deeply devoted to the in depth medical & surgical care of EVH’s patients. She also works hard to be available to clients and maintain open and easy lines of communication. She emphasizes a cooperative approach to care that involves your regular veterinarian or specialty services. She enjoys teaching. She believes firmly in community outreach and volunteers veterinary services locally and nationally.
When not at work, Dr. Schneck is with her family – husband and 2 elementary aged kids – going to after school sports, taking them to music lessons, and volunteering in their school here in Eugene. She has a boating habit and weather permitting may be found out on the family’s white water raft at the oars or sailing their small sailboat. She also enjoys yoga or a good hike; frequently with one or two of the family’s dogs – Nala an sweet older yellow Lab/Cattle dog mix or Waldo a silly young Swiss Mountain Dog.
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.
Dr. Kirstin Hewitt was born in the Southern United States and lived in Europe prior to settling in Oregon. She graduated with a degree in Animal Sciences from Oregon State University and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. While completing her degrees she worked in shelter medicine, small animal general practice and mixed animal practice – working with a variety of species, her favorite being camelids.
After eight years of working in a variety of veterinary fields, Dr. Hewitt graduated and worked as a small animal general practitioner for a year. During her first year in practice she found a particular interest in emergency medicine/critical care and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to join EVH in 2019. Dr. Hewitt’s passion is veterinary medicine because it provides a unique opportunity to practice medicine, work with the community and provide care to people through animals.
Her professional interests include critical care, feline medicine and analgesia management. Dr. Hewitt spends her free time with her partner, adopted pittie mix and frenchie puppy enjoying studying less and playing more.
Dr. Ali McKay is a native of Oregon and attended Eastern Oregon University and graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry in 2007. She then attended Oregon State University and achieved her DVM in 2013. After veterinary school, she completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Washington State University, followed by a surgical internship at Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center and a second surgical internship at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center in Connecticut, completing her studies in 2017.
Since that time, she has worked in private practice emergency medicine, joining the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in 2019.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr McKay considers herself a gym rat and enjoys visiting breweries, wineries, and staying busy with her many animals, including nine cats.
Dr. Paula Lenhard grew up in sunny Florida, after her parents decided that the snow and the cold of upstate New York were not for them. Although a bit too hot for her, she stayed and attended the University of Florida, earning her Bachelor of Science in Zoology. After a few years break to determine the next step, she studied Veterinary Medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her clinical training at the University of Florida in 2010.
She and her husband agreed that Florida was too hot for them, and they decided on northern Virginia as the next spot on the map to move to. She practiced general medicine for several years before returning to Emergency Medicine, which was her first love while studying. She practiced emergency medicine for 2 years in Virginia before she finally agreed that moving across the country was a great idea; that only took her husband 15 years to convince her!!
Besides the chaos that emergency medicine can bring, her interests include Dermatology, the breed Shar Peis and internal medicine.
Her hobbies include reading, gardening, ballet and tap dancing and exploring Oregon as much as possible with her husband and son.
Dr. Schofield is from the Great Plains of Oklahoma where she was a veterinary technician for over 10 years before becoming a veterinarian. In this time she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her undergraduate work focused heavily on research. This focus continued throughout veterinary school at Oklahoma State University where she was granted a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association to step away from the veterinary program and study a signaling pathway during Influenza viral infection and its association with heart disease.
Returning to veterinary school she was awarded a full clinical year scholarship and graduate in 2016 at the top 10% of her class. Since graduation she has practiced emergency and critical care medicine. Her area of special interest is in the use of Global FAST as an extension of the physical exam and in management of patients in the ICU. She has completed extensive training in Dr. Greg Lisciandro’s methods of Global FAST and enjoys staying up-to-date on new developments through the FASTVet community. Dr. Schofield feels honored to be a part of the EVH team saying, “EVH has a great culture and some of the best veterinarians and support staff with which I have worked.”
When she is not at EVH she can be found on a hiking trail with her husband and boxer dog, Molly. She also enjoys solo backing, having completed the 50 mile Three Sisters Loop for her most recent birthday. Earlier in the year she completed an ultramarathon, the 50K Tillamook Burn Trail Race. But her true love is a good, long day hike after which you collapse on the couch with a burrito and BravoTV to Instagram your day’s adventures. She and her husband are owned by Molly, a sassy kitty named Oscar, and two cockatiels named Pearl and Rainbow Chicken.
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.