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Sunstone Veterinary Specialists Sunstone Veterinary Specialists

Phone (503) 505‑7255 Address Portland, OR Email ClientCare@SunStoneVets.com

Meet Our Staff

Veterinarians

Dr. Joshua Elliott
MA, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine), Medical Director, Co-Founder

Joshua  Elliott

Raised in Hawaii and California, Dr. Elliott is a native of the Pacific Basin and loves the Pacific Northwest for its cooler climate, warm and friendly people, and dedicated pet parents.

Dr. Elliott’s higher education began at UC Santa Cruz where he earned both his undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in marine biology. He went on to vet school at UC Davis; followed by an internship and residency, both in private practice in Southern California. Dr. Elliott is a Board Certified Small Animal Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist. He has been practicing internal medicine in the greater Portland area since 2008 when he finished his residency at the California Animal Hospital.

Dr. Elliott’s training and expertise as an internal medicine specialist allows him to focus on his patients especially complicated medical problems. While he enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, he is particularly skilled in ultrasound and endoscopy and has trained many veterinarians in these modalities. His goal is to help his patients live higher quality lives through thoughtful diagnostics and careful treatment.

Our internal medicine team is here to offer you and your pet the support you need to find a path forward. Rest assured, your pet will receive the highest level of care at Sunstone in a comfortable environment where you and your pet will feel welcomed.

Dr. Elliott and his family moved to the Pacific Northwest so that he could join a veterinary specialty practice where he could practice a high quality of medicine and be able to make a good life and a future for his family. They love all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Dr. Elliott especially loves snowboarding and training in Aikido. He holds a black belt in Aikido.

Dr. Regina Tobin
DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Regina Tobin

Dr. Regina Tobin attended veterinary school at Cornell University. Following her graduation in 1994, she completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. Dr. Tobin then spent a year in general practice in the Boston area before starting her small animal internal medicine residency at UC Davis. She became board certified in small animal internal medicine in 1999. Dr. Tobin has worked in clinical practice in Oregon since 1998, with the exception of a two year period when she worked as a consultant for a major diagnostic lab.

Although she manages dogs and cats with all types of complex medical problems, Dr. Tobin is well known for her expertise in liver disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disease, immune mediated disorders, and hormonal diseases.

Dr. Tobin feels strongly that her role as a small animal internist is to offer clients all diagnostic options that are available for their pets, provide compassionate high quality care to her patients and support her clients through difficult decisions.

When she is not working, Dr. Tobin enjoys camping, reading and traveling. She has started horseback riding, an activity she enjoys with her daughter.

Dr. Debra Klaser
DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Debra Klaser

Dr. Klaser grew up on the west coast and earned her undergraduate degree at UC San Diego.  She then headed to the University of Georgia (go Dawgs!) where she worked as a research assistant and then graduated from veterinary school with the class of 2000.  Her next move took her to New York City, where she completed her internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center, becoming certified in small animal internal medicine in 2004.  She worked in a large referral hospital in Annapolis, MD in the years since, enjoying many of the east coast amenities.  

2019 brings her west again, and joining Sunstone feels like she is coming almost full circle.  She is looking forward to being back on the coast “where sunsets belong over the ocean”, where she is close to family and some favorite friends, and where she can be surrounded by the beautiful northwest and its people. 

She is one of the lucky few who have truly always known what she was meant to do, and is grateful to her mentors along the way, from those who gave her her first job in a veterinary clinic in 10th grade, to those who trained and helped her become the clinician she is today.  Dr. Klaser enjoys many aspects of internal medicine, particularly endocrinology and ultrasound.  She finds that the most rewarding part of her job is getting to know her patients and their families as she helps manage some complicated and multifaceted medical scenarios.

Dr. Klaser and her husband have 2 children, Sabrina and Finn, so they keep quite busy. They typically have at least one geriatric cat and a yellow Labrador living in their home.   Dr. Klaser considers the journey of parenthood to be her greatest life accomplishment, and in her spare time enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and cooking (especially over a campfire). 

Dr. Lillian Su
DVM, MVSc, CCRP, DACVS (Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon)

Lillian  Su

Dr. Lily Su is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon and she is thrilled to be serving the Portland pet community at Sunstone Veterinary Specialists! She has focused her veterinary career specifically on the practice of small animal surgery since 2005.

Her training and education have taken this native Californian all over North America.

Dr. Su’s journey to become a Board Certified Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon began at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. After vet school, she completed internships at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, and Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists in Colorado, followed by a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. She completed her residency in small animal surgery at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011. Following her residency she taught small animal surgery at The Ohio State University.

Her desire to bring high quality, comprehensive, and personalized surgical care to each patient made Dr. Su a perfect fit for Sunstone. While she enjoys using the skills her years of training and education have given her, she feels her greatest success is in seeing her patients return to a normal life. To that end, she is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Dr. Su works with her clients, their primary care veterinarians, and local rehabilitation facilities to provide the very best outcomes for her patients through their post-operative recovery.

When not working, Dr. Su enjoys spending time with her perfect (but slightly naughty) herd of animals, trying out interesting places for food / drink, and exploring the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

Medical Support Staff

Alicia
AA, AAS, CVT, Surgery Technician

Alicia

Alicia is the surgery technician here at Sunstone Veterinary Specialists. She has been an Oregonian her whole life and is the youngest of three with two older brothers. Animals have always held a special place in her heart and she is so thankful to be where she's at today. She attended the PCC Vet Tech Program where she earned her associates of applied science in Veterinary Technology. She has been certified since 2009. She enjoys working with Dr. Su and the rest of the surgery team at Sunstone.

She has two cats; Sparrow was a rescue with one eye and Alfie was a rescue in her younger days and has two eyes! She also rescued Missy, a German Shepherd, but would love to rescue a Greyhound one day!

In her spare time she loves to fish, read, run, hike, spend time with family/friends, and hang out with her niece. She also loves the fall when she gets to work on her families pumpkin farm!

Jen
BS, AAS, CVT, Internal Medicine Technician

Jen

Jen is excited to join the Sunstone Veterinary Specialists team as an internal medicine technician on Dr. Tobin’s team. She assisted Dr. Tobin for several years prior to joining her at Sunstone Veterinary Specialists. Jen works closely with Dr. Tobin’s patients, providing personalized care for clients and their pets. Jen loves working in internal medicine and considers it an honor to help patients and their families on their path to recovery. Jen grew up in upstate New York, working in animal welfare for 5 years before completing an A.A.S. in veterinary technology at State University of New York at Delhi in 2005. She worked as a veterinary technician in emergency/critical care for 7 years both in NYC and after moving to Portland, OR in 2008. She completed a B.S. in organismal biology at Portland State University in 2013, and later that year began working in internal medicine.

In her free time, Jen enjoys cycling, woodworking and restoring her 1920s bungalow, where she lives with a shy lab mix named Adeline, a precocious beagle named Scout and a fancy long haired black cat named Jessie.

Karla
CVT, Patient Care Technician

Karla

Karla joins the Sunstone team as one of our Patient Care Technicians. She brings with her almost 20 years of experience in specialty veterinary care, working as a surgery technician for the majority of her career. She loves providing a high quality of care to her patients and enjoys bonding with them individually during her shifts. She truly enjoys the bond between owners and pets and hopes that while in her care, our patients feel a connection to her as well.

In her free time, she likes to hike, kayak, and spend as much time with her children and grandchildren as she can. Her favorite place in the world to be is at the beach, soaking up the sunshine and listening to the waves. She enjoys reading and likes to listen to audiobooks while driving. Karla has a very loved, very spoiled, 9 year old cat names Tonks, who’s quite the character. She let us know that Bigfoot believes in her, too. :)

Jey
CVT, Surgery Technician

Jey

Jey is the Surgery Technician here at SunStone Vets. 
 
She is grateful to have opportunity to bring her acquired knowledge and skills to the SunStone family, and is passionate about patient care, anesthesia, and client education. She is happiest when her patients feel happy, healthy and relaxed; and when her patients' families feel comfortable with their pet's care and recovery. She has a special interest in Anesthesia and Analgesia, and uses this interest to continually learn more and more about the field.  
 
Jey is a California transplant.  She started her career working in a mixed small animal and exotic hospital in Southern CA as an after-school job. After spending many summers as a child in the Pacific Northwest, she new it was meant to be her home. She moved up to Vancouver, WA and started working to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jey has been licensed since 2006.  She has spent the last 12 years in Emergency and Specialty practice, gaining invaluable knowledge as a “Jill of all trades” in many different specialty services. The last 7 years she has primarily focused on Anesthesia and Surgery.

Jey lives in Vancouver, WA with her two children and partner Jason. She has three dogs; Fey a blind Shih-Tzu, Flynn a rescued street Terrier and Dozer a Pit Bull.  She also has two cats; Jezebel a recued dilute torti and Seven a domestic shorthair.

In her free time she enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her family.

Cecilia (“CC”)
CVT, Internal Medicine

Cecilia (“CC”)

CC is very happy to be a part of the Sunstone family and Dr. Elliott’s internal medicine team. She has been working in the veterinary profession since 1999 and she has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2010. Most of her experience in emergency medicine, though she also has experience working in general practice and small animal surgery.

CC is constantly marveled by the human-animal bond and she loves getting to know all the personalities that come through the door at Sunstone. Her number one priority is making sure nervous or fearful patients are made to feel as calm and comfortable as possible.

She moved to Portland from Los Angeles in 2009. CC lives with her son and two rescue Chihuahuas, Sydney and Izzy. She enjoys exploring all the beautiful landscapes and parks in Oregon. She also loves music and sometimes plays guitar along with her son who plays the drums.

Jennifer
BS, CVT, Internal Medicine Technician

Jennifer

Jennifer is excited to join the Sunstone Veterinary team as an Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician. She's previously worked with Dr. Tobin, and during the five years on her team, she discovered how much she loved building trusting partnerships with clients during their journey of caring for their pets. She is passionate about being a resource to clients and providing quality care for their pets. Jennifer grew up in Utah and moved to Oregon to work in veterinary medicine while earning a B.S. in Microbiology. Jennifer has worked in many areas of the veterinary field, including general practice, emergency, internal medicine, surgery, education, diagnostic laboratory, and shelter medicine.

Jennifer is a mom to two teens and after a short stint of no fur-pets, has added two cats, Odin and Kitty, and a dog Snowflake to her micro-homestead of 5 chickens. She enjoys hiking, running, kayaking, camping, and fiber arts

Colleen
BS, Internal Medicine Assistant

Colleen

As the internal medicine assistant, Colleen is usually busy helping Dr. Elliott with medical records and procedures, answering client questions and ensuring that every patient is as comfortable as possible. She takes pride in making the internal medicine team run smoothly and is extremely excited to join the Sunstone family.

Colleen was born and raised in the Seattle area and graduated from Washington State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Zoology. She then moved to the Portland/Vancouver area to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She worked in emergency medicine for two years before stepping into the field of internal medicine in 2014.

Colleen currently lives in Portland with her husband, John, and their cat, Turtle. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys reading, cooking, and cheering on the Seahawks.

James
AAS, Patient Care Nurse

James

James is our Patient Care Nurse here at Sunstone. She strives to leave the best impression possible with her patients with the hope that if their paths were ever to meet again, that pet would remember her as a friend. She takes great pride in providing the most comfortable environment possible while pets are away from home.

As a teenager, she worked as a “pack kid” scrubbing medical instruments at a 25 doctor, 24 hour Emergency Animal Hospital. She immediately fell in love with it and, through hard work, began ascending to different positions. From pack kid to doctor's assistant, then surgery assistant, and finally ICU technician. After decades of working in veterinary medicine, she took some time off to earn an Associates degree in Applied Science at Mt. Hood C.C in 2013. After graduating, she returned to a SW Washington ER/Specialty Animal Hospital dividing her time between assisting in ER, ICU and Oncology and along the way developing a special interest in palliative and hospice care.

In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out at home with her partner and their 3 small dogs, enjoying nature, watching good movies and believing in Bigfoot. She loves bugs, the smell of used comic books, and the sound of Leon Redbone. We are thrilled to have her with us at Sunstone, and we are so grateful for the ownership she has taken to provide the very best care for our patients.

Stephanie
Internal Medicine Assistant

Stephanie

Stephanie joined the Sunstone family as our Internal Medicine Assistant on Dr. Tobin’s team. She feels privileged to join the Sunstone team and to continue working with Dr. Tobin and her technician, Jen. She worked in general practice for 5 years before she felt compelled to transition into internal medicine, where she could provide more personalized quality care to her patients and their humans. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2012 with her degree in Wildlife Biology and spent several years volunteering and interning at zoos in Europe and the U.S. She is also currently in school to become a licensed veterinary technician.

Stephanie and her husband have “his and hers” dogs. Stephanie’s dog is the most beautiful, most perfect Siberian husky on earth named Tasha, and her husband John has an Australian Kelpie named Sam.

In her free time, Stephanie likes watching and identifying birds, taking leisurely strolls with Tasha, hiking and watching tennis and Lifetime movies.

Administrative Staff

Marie Xavier
BFA, CVT, Business Manager, Co-Founder

Marie  Xavier

Marie Xavier has worked in the greater Portland area since 1997. She spent 10 years at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital. At Dove, Marie was able to combine her love of design and space planning while working as the Project Manager for the new DoveLewis Northwest location in 2005. Following the construction of the new hospital, Marie worked as the Operations Director for several years.

In late 2007 she was recruited to build a new specialty practice in Southwest Washington. During her tenure as Hospital Director, she opened a new practice in Seattle, built a new 12,000 square foot veterinary medical facility in Vancouver, WA. She hired many wonderful and talented people growing the collective staff, in Vancouver and Seattle, from 19 people to over 120 talented people.

In mid-2015 Marie formed Sunstone with Dr. Josh Elliott. Together they envision an environment where management systems and veterinary leadership make positive a difference in the lives of their employees, clients, and patients.

Today, she is happy to be a business owner, working diligently to create a culture that the Sunstone staff proudly represents.

Marie enjoys spending her free time renovating her house, gardening, or enjoying the beach with her wife and their dogs.

Crystal Ochsner
Practice Manager

Crystal   Ochsner

Crystal is the new Practice Manager here at Sunstone Veterinary Specialists.  She is a wonderful asset to our team, and is passionate about ensuring that our patients, clients, and staff members are happy and cared for.

She started her journey in the veterinary field by volunteering at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington in 2006. Her time there showed her how excited she was about this field, and that she wanted to build a career in it. She went on to complete a veterinary assisting program in 2008, and started a job as a veterinary assistant at a local emergency and specialty hospital. She spent 10 years there, progressing through several different leadership roles, until she became the practice manager in 2015.

Crystal is so excited to join the team here at Sunstone, and can’t wait to get to know everyone!  She enjoys hiking with her two dogs Nina (pibble) and Sarge (boxer), and spending as much time at the beach as she can.

Lisa Heiting
BA, Systems Manager

Lisa  Heiting

Lisa is a native Oregonian.  After high school, she went to Oregon State University for 2 years before flying off to Hawaii.  A short 3 years later, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marine Science from the University of Hawaii Hilo in 2000.

She began her career in veterinary medicine in 2001 as a receptionist at a general practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Her restless spirit soon carried her to Orlando, Florida where she spent 7 years at an avian/exotic practice, before moving back home to the Pacific Northwest in 2009. Lisa spent the next 9 years working at an emergency and specialty hospital in Southwest Washington as the Financial Coordinator and Systems Manager. 

Lisa is excited to be part of the family here at Sunstone and to be working with her dream team of people.  Her job is to inspire us all to peak performance by supporting our systems, helping us embrace technology, and adopt best practices for our systems (whatever they may be).  She is a very patient person.

Lisa lives in Vancouver with her partner, Tony, and two cats. She is a huge Harry Potter buff and avid music lover. You may spot her around town in her handmade Gryffindor beanie or at a show!

Erin Johnston
BS, Front Office Manager

Erin  Johnston

Erin is the Front Office Manager at Sunstone Veterinary Specialists. She works closely with the medical team in the back, to ensure our clients and patients receive the best experience possible. She loves building relationships with our clients, and does everything she can to keep them comfortable in any situation.

Erin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Washington State University Pullman in 2013. She made her move into the veterinary world that same year. She spent five years at a local emergency and specialty hospital - learning the ropes of reception and into a leadership role. She came to us in February of 2018, and couldn't be happier to be a part of this amazing team!

Erin lives in Vancouver, WA and spends her free time camping, gardening, and reading with her family and her dog and cat - Zola and Tiger.

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