Meet Our Team
Dr. Jennifer Nelson
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. Angela Wheeler
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. Claire Garden
Dr. Claire Garden developed her love for animals growing up on a farm on the southern Australian coast. Her family farm housed pigs to goats and even two pet emus. Her veterinary career started early, working at the local veterinary clinic as a kennel-hand at age 15. Dr. Garden began a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) at the University of Melbourne and worked as a veterinary assistant until transferring into a veterinary medicine. In 2011 Dr. Garden graduated from the University of Melbourne Veterinary School with first class honours. She started work at a mixed practice where she worked with domestic and farm animals including rabbits, chickens, the occasional wombat and kangaroo. Dr. Garden moved from Australia to Oregon with her husband (a native Oregonian) in 2018 and joined Mt. Hood Pet Medical. She particularly enjoys practising internal medicine, ultrasound and loves everything feline. When not in the clinic Dr. Garden loves to paint, garden, enjoys spending time exploring Oregon’s natural beauty and culinary offerings. Dr. Garden looks forward to meeting you and your pets soon.
Dr. Ed Richardson
Dr. Ed Richardson grew up locally and was surrounded by 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. Shelby Smyly
Dr. Shelby Smyly is a Northwest native from Spokane, WA, She grew up surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes. She knew early on that she was going to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Shelby Smyly headed south to California for college, receiving her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She went on to receive her veterinary degree in Philadelphia from University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Dr. Shelby Smyly started off her career at a 24-hour emergency practice. When she realized her passion for companion animal preventative medicine and fostering long-term client relationships, she decided to make the switch to general practice. In her free time, you can find Dr. Shelby Smyly hitting the slopes on her skis, exploring Oregon’s wild coasts and mountains with her fiancée, or playing fetch with her cat, Trinity.
Ra’Chelle was born and raised in the Portland Metro area. She has always had a passion for pets and the people that care for them. She became a Certified Veterinary Assistant in 2007 and has been with Mt. Hood Pet Medical ever since and has no interest in ever leaving! When the opportunity of becoming the Hospital Manager came in 2017, she had no hesitations. Ra’Chelle loves taking long road trips with her husband and two boxer dogs, Leila and Lena. She also enjoys the company of her Sphynx, Esmae and her old lady domestic shorthair, Dakota. She enjoys everything from camping trips and dancing to baking sweets and knitting.