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Meet Our Staff

Yuko Eguchi-Coe
DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMMP, CVTP, Practice Owner

Yuko Eguchi-Coe

Dr. Yuko Eguchi-Coe grew up in the Tokyo, Japan area. She came to Jacksonville, Florida as a high school exchange student and elected to stay in the United States to attend Oregon State University. She assumed ownership of West Hills Animal Hospital in September of 2015 after practicing in the Portland/Salem area. 
 
Yuko earned her Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Oregon State University. She has worked and trained with numerous board certified specialists including surgeons, dentists, oncologists and anesthesiologists. She has her certification in Radioisotope 131 therapy to treat hyperthyroidism and set up the treatment unit at VCA Raleigh Hills in Portland. She is currently pursuing her certification in acupuncture and is trained in endoscopy and surgical laparoscopy.
 
Her leisure hours are spent tending to the family farm, canning, reading, quilting and crocheting.
 
Yuko, and her husband, Matt, have 2 children Madeline and Sierra. The girls attend classes at Adams and Linus Pauling here in Corvallis. They also have furry children including 6 dogs (sizes range from 5 lb mini pinscher to 60 lb standard poodle), 5 cats (including an oriental Siamese along with various domestic breeds) and backyard chickens.

 

Candace Remcho
DVM

Candace Remcho

Team member since 1998

Graduated from: Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Special interests: feline behavior and care, internal medicine, and dentistry

What is the best thing about working in veterinary medicine? I have been blessed to share in the care of many loving companions. I value partnering with families committed to celebrating and nurturing the bond they have with their animals. Of course, it is hard to not love a job with a steady infusion of puppy kisses and purring kitties.
 

Julianne Vickstrom
DVM

Julianne Vickstrom

Team member since 2005

Graduated from: Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Special interests: exotic animal medicine including birds, small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, rodents, hedgehogs) and reptiles

What are your favorite hobbies and activities? Camping, running, and sailing

Dr. Michelle Kutzler
DVM, PhD, DACT

Michelle Kutzler

Dr. Michelle Kutzler graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  She practiced veterinary medicine in Minnesota for four years.  In 1997, she began a residency in veterinary reproduction (Theriogenology) at Cornell University and became board-certified in Theriogenology in 1999.  She also earned a PhD in Physiology at Cornell University in 2002.  In addition to providing reproductive services at West Hills Animal Hospital, Dr. Kutzler is an Associate Professor of Companion Animal Industries at Oregon State University.  Dr. Kutzler is married to an amazingly, supportive husband (Sean) and has three remarkable children (Courtney (23), Colleen (20) and Connor (17)).   Dr. Kutzler is also an AKC Dachshund Breeder of Merit.

Alis Fogarty
DVM

Alis Fogarty

Dr. Alis Fogarty was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She moved here to Oregon with her husband and children in 2004. She attended veterinary school at Oregon State University and has since practiced in the Salem/Albany areas. She is very excited to be working in her adopted home town!

Alis lives in Corvallis with her husband and three children and a plethora of pets, including a little terrier (Emmett), three kitties, a mini Rex bunny, two rats, two parrots and an aquarium. She enjoys birding, knitting, reading and relaxing with her family.

Trina Scharlau-Neuwirth
Certified Veterinary Technician, CCRT, Practice Manager

Trina Scharlau-Neuwirth

Team member since 1998

Where were you born? Paducah, Kentucky

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A pampered pet feline because they (for the most part) don't have a care in the world and get to enjoy life, relax, and hang out with the people that mean the most to them without worry or stress.

Who inspires you? People in general inspire me. We are complicated, compassionate, innovative, terrible at times (which inspires as well to do differently), funny, and loving creatures that never cease to amaze me for both good and bad reasons.

Courtney Marchesi
Certified Veterinary Technician

Courtney  Marchesi

Team member since 2001

Who was your first pet? A white rabbit named Snow White

What is the best thing about working in veterinary medicine? Helping to strengthen the human-animal bond and saving lives.

What are your favorite hobbies and activities? Painting is my passion.

Laurie Flood
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Laurie Flood

Team member since 2008

What is the best thing about working in veterinary medicine? Participating in the care of animals during every phase of their lives, and making a connection with both the pet and owner.

Where is your preferred place to travel? I love many types of travel but prefer sun and beaches.

What is your favorite restaurant in Corvallis? The Spaghetti Factory

Lauren Littrell
Certified Veterinary Technician

Lauren Littrell

Team member since 2014

How long have you lived in Oregon? My entire life

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A dolphin! They are arguably one of the smartest animals, they have sonar capabilities (which would be neat-o), and they also get to swim around all day.

What would you name your autobiography? "I'm Just Getting Started."

Courtney Williams
Certified Veterinary Technician

Courtney Williams

Team member since 2014

Who was your first pet? Foo Foo, a grey female rat

How do you spend your weekends? Working at Heartland Humane Society, playing with my cats, catching a new movie, or trying a new local beer in the evening.

What is your favorite restaurant in Corvallis? Flat Tail...got to have my frickles!

Courtney Cenkner
Certified Veterinary Technician

Courtney Cenkner

Team member since 2016

Where were you born? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Who was your first pet? The most perfect rabbit named Hoppy

Describe the best day of your life? One of the best days of my life was getting to go to the Galapagos for school. Getting off the plane and hiking straight to the ocean was defienantly a perfect day. 

Christine Anderson
Veterinary Assistant

Christine Anderson

Team member since 2015

Where were you born? Oregon, born and raised.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A tiger. They're beautiful, majestic, and just amazing.

What is the best thing about working in veterinary medicine? The variety of animals I get to meet; watching pets grow from young to old; building relationships with pets and their owners.

Danielle Kimes
Veterinary Assistant

Danielle Kimes

Team member since 2018

Where were you born? Portland, Oregon

What is the best thing about working in veterinary medicine? The best part is when patients recover from and illness or injury and our clinic was able to help.

How do you spend your weeknds? Taking my dog on little adventures like the river or the park, getting dinner at local resturants, visiting family.

Sue Faria
Patient Care Coordinator

Sue Faria

Team member since 2008

How do you spend your weekends? Fixing up a house older than me.

Who inspires you? My best friend, Nancy, and all of my dogs.

Describe the best day of your life. It was the day I went skydiving!

The Art of Progressive Veterinary Care
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We have been with West Hills Animal Hospital for over 30 years. We appreciate the great care and compassion they have given our dogs. We appreciate their informative explanation and choice of treatments. They have a wonderful staff!

Once again, excellent service and genuine care for our 13 year old lab. We know we are in great hands at West Hills! Thank you!

I took 10-year-old Dusty in for his semi-annual exam. He is always thrilled when he sees we're at West Hills, as he associates them with love and cookies. Dr. Remcho and the rest of the team showed their usual warmth, competence, and care for Dusty throughout the process. I will admit that I sometimes cringe when I see the bills, but I never doubt that Dusty is getting the best possible care.

The veterinarians were so kind and they were wonderful with my animals. The clinic kept in contact with me through out the procedure and recovery. They even called me the next day to make sure everything was going well. Thank you so much to West hills for the amazing service!

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