Joseyln Powell, Veterinary Assistant
Joselyn joined Healing Arts in September 2015 making us a team of 2. She is a self- proclaimed “Proud Yooper” (meaning that she is from the Upper Penninsula of Michigan) where she spent her childhood among 7 siblings, pets, chickens, a horse and 4H pigs. So she fits right into our small clinic where sometimes space is at a premium. Since she was little, dogs have been her furry pal of choice.
Joselyn attended Northern Michigan University where she studied zoology. Toward her passion for animals, she volunteered at a veterinary clinic in Marquette. Her clinical brain was sparked! The veterinarian she worked under emboldened the love of medicine to match her love of pets. Summers as a camp counselor (and then the camp “maintenance gal”) kept her on her toes, further stretched her horizons, taught her she can do things that are new and different, and created life long friends.
She met her husband, Clayton in 8th grade and they have been together since she asked him out in 10th grade. She moved to Portland 2 years ago and they had Atticus – the cutest little cowpoke on the planet. Robust Atticus is dwarfed by Sid Vicious, their bullmastiff mix. For Halloween, Atticus was a cowboy and Sid was his horse! The Powell family plan fits the Healing Arts family plan – time off is family time. They love the farmer’s market, the beach, Multnomah Falls and FOOTBALL. Serious battles over Vikings vs. Packers are a weekly event.
She started working as a veterinary assistant at the veterinary clinic next door to Healing Arts in 2014. In fall of 2015, she started the Veterinary Technician program at Portland Community College. She met Dr. Mandi when starting rehab for Sid Vicious after his TPLO. Then, needing more flexible and part-time work, Dr. Mandi was lucky and privileged to add her to the team!
She says, “Since working with Dr. Mandi, my favorite thing is getting to know the pets and their people so well. It is so amazing to me how I see a change in the patients every time they walk in the door. We are really making their lives (people and pets) so much happier.”
Debi Kent, Receptionist
Debi AKA Dr. Mandi’s Right Hand, joined Healing Arts in August of 2016 with sixteen years in veterinary medicine under her belt. Emergency medicine, general medicine, horse medicine, farm medicine, reception, technician – you name it, she has done it all!
It all started in California when she got her first horse at 11 named Charcoal
She was hooked. She started showing horses at 13, which lead into 20 years as a judge at horse shows. At home she was raising three kids, all in 4-H. The farm was busy with kids, sheep, rabbits, guide dog puppies and breeding paint horses. In all her “spare time” she was a 4-H leader, taught home arts, and co-founded a non-profit rescue for sick, older, or hard to adopt shelter animals. In 5 years they adopted out over 500 animals.
As her kids grew, she joined the work force (as if she wasn’t “working” before….)
First she managed a small newspaper office, then started in veterinary medicine in 2000. Her kids are all grown and thriving. She now lives in Newburg with her long time partner Jay, her dogs Cedar (the orthopedic disaster) and Jack (who is sure that garbage trucks are sent by the devil every Friday morning), and a “dog-cat” Payton (who has no idea he’s a cat).
Bernadette Montagna, Certified Veterinary Technician
Bernadette has a deep love and connection to animals and been in the veterinary field for 7 years. Since a very young age, she knew that working with animals was her passion. Bernadette has had the opportunity to work in several aspects of the veterinary field including general practice, specialty surgery, and physical rehabilitation.
Bernadette received her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2014 and graduated summa cum laude. Being a student with a great interest in canine and feline physical therapy, as part art of her senior project she published a short article on the benefits and importance of post-operative rehabilitation. As a Certified Veterinary Technician with a background in massage therapy, Bernadette feels she has found a unique way to connect and provide individualized care for her patients.
When she is not assisting or caring for her patients, Bernadette enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her senior dog, Spirit.