Meet Our Doctors
Our Caring Staff
Dr. Jennifer Nelson is proud to be leading a top notch pet health care team at Mt Hood Pet Medical. Having joined the practice in 2012, she is passionate about being part of the community she serves, caring for both pets and the families who love them. Companion animal medicine has been her exclusive focus since graduating from Oklahoma State University of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She brings years of expertise in internal medicine, dentistry, general surgery and preventive care. As the hospital leader she also fosters strong collaborative relationships with a wide array of local specialists covering everything from orthopedic surgery to radiology and oncology. Dr. Nelson is a dyed in the wool mountain lover and spends her free time with her partner, two young daughters and Otto the Wonder Dog happily exploring Mt Hood in all types of weather. She enjoys everything from hiking, camping and mountain biking to snowboarding, cross country and downhill skiing.
Dr. Ed Richardson grew up on just a few acres out of town, but it they were packed with animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, a cow and peacocks. He even recalls his grade school class coming to his home for a field trip! Dr. Richardson received his BS in 1977 and DVM degree in 1981 from Oklahoma State University. For 27 years he practiced near Tulsa, OK and owned a small animal veterinary hospital the last 18 years there. In 2008 he and his wife moved to Oregon to be near his children and 3 grandchildren. He joined Mt Hood Pet Medical in 2009. Dr. Richardson enjoys his family and especially all the outdoor activities including camping, birding, and hiking. He has a cat (Agnes) and bird (Taro).
Dr. Nicole Van Abel grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She has been practicing at Mt Hood Pet Medical since 2012 where she has loved being part of the clinic and part of your pet’s lives. Her childhood dream was to become a veterinarian and she couldn’t be happier with her choice! Dr. Van Abel believes that our pets are an important part of our lives, and being able to discuss their health and your concerns should be part of every visit. Her goal is to provide the best long-term care and quality of life for her patients. She has several professional interests including geriatric medicine, pain management, surgery, internal medicine and alternative therapies.Dr. Van Abel shares her life with her husband, her darling daughter and a lovable Akita mix named Keith Richards. When she is not in the clinic she enjoys going to concerts, yoga, gardening, hiking and spending time with her family.
Dr. Angela Wheeler was born and raised in rural Wisconsin where she was privileged to share a home with many amazing pets. moving to Portland several years ago, she attended undergraduate school at Portland State University, and went on to receive her DVM degree from Oregon State University. Dr. Wheeler then practiced medicine in Southern Oregon for a number of years before briefly moving to the East Coast, and has since happily returned to the Portland area to call home. Her special interests include: geriatric medicine, internal medicine, and acupuncture. She finds great pleasure in fostering the human-animal bond. When not at work she likes to kayak, hike and travel. Dr. Wheeler enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, 3 dogs (Willie the dachshund, Kona the Aussie mix, Gracie the Whippet) and kitty-cat (Charlie the Persian).
Dr. Zubin Emmanuel graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2006. After graduating, he moved to Seattle where he was the chief of staff of a busy veterinary practice for 8 years before eventually moving to Portland in 2017. He loves being part of a large, outgoing team and has a particular interest in internal medicine. He enjoys exploring the Pacific NW with his 6 year old mixed breed dog, Kona. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, traveling, learning to climb and going to as many music concerts as possible.