Gerald Hoffman, DVM

I grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota and have always had an interest in helping animals. I graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1970. I then went on to join the US Army Veterinary Corp and served in Korea. While there I ran a small animal hospital serving US military dogs as well as diplomatic and dependent family pets.

I purchased the Lake Grove Animal Clinic in 1976 and shortly thereafter changed the name to Lake Grove Veterinary Clinic. Our clinic is dedicated to providing compassionate high quality medical care to our patients with an emphasis on preventative medicine.
I have special interests in veterinary dentistry and pain management.


Stephanie Harvey, DVM

I have always loved helping animals and their people, and I decided at a young age to become a veterinarian. I grew up in Marietta, Georgia, and graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Science degree. I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and worked in the Atlanta area for 5 years.

My husband and I moved to Portland in 2007, and I have been working at Lake Grove Veterinary Clinic ever since. I enjoy internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and helping my clients take great care of their pets.

I share my home with my husband, son, and two mischievous cats. I also have a beloved retired horse, and we hope to add a dog to our family soon. When I am not at the clinic, I like to hike, play with my son, and explore the Pacific Northwest.


Desiree Taylor, DVM

I was one of those kids that just always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I constantly had myself surrounded by animals growing up.

I graduated from University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine with the class of 2014 and moved to Oregon to start practicing. I joined Lake Grove in August 2015 as an associate DVM.

My special interests include behavior/fear free handling, soft tissue surgery and pain management.


Melinda Knox, DVM

I am originally from Massachusetts. I received my Bachelor of Science from the California Institute of Technology in Biology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University. After graduation I practiced in Arizona before relocating to Lake Oswego. After practicing at a large practice in Portland for many years, I am excited to be joining the Lake Grove Team and to be practicing closer to home in the community I love. I have a special interest in feline medicine, as well as the geriatric care of both dogs and cats. I share my life with my husband, two active children, three crazy cats, one spunky Golden Retriever, and a bearded dragon named Bella. When not in the hospital I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors.


Meet the Lakegrove Team of Certified Veterinary Technicians,
Veterinary Assistants and Animal Care Technicians


Lindsay – Certified Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon.


Joy – Certified Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon.


Leah – Certified Veterinary Technician

Leah has worked at Lake Grove Veterinary Clinic as a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2015. A graduate of the PCC Vet Tech Program in 2004, she is passionate about animal pain management and anesthesia, as well as dermatology, and has additional education and experience in these specialty fields. She enjoys working with animals of all shapes and sizes, and has shared her professional career with horses, sheep, pigs, chickens and quail, rabbits, possum, non-human primates, rodents, birds/parrots, and other exotics, along with dogs and cats. Leah enjoys gardening when the weather is fair, but can also be found spending time riding horses and motorcycles with her husband.


Trang – Certified Veterinary Technician

(Bio Coming Soon)


Renae – Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.


Nicole – Technician/Assistant Team Lead/Inventory Manager

Bio coming soon.


Sydney – Veterinary Assistant

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Liz – Veterinary Assistant

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Olivia – Veterinary Assistant (Coming Soon)

Bio and pic coming soon.


Olesya – Veterinary Assistant

Olesya has been with us at Lake Grove as a Veterinary Assistant for over a year now.
I grew up farming in southern Washington which inevitably grew my love for animals. I connected with animals before I connected with people as a child and to this day that has not changed. I moved to Oregon in 2018 to attend the Veterinary Technology program at Portland Community College. After graduating I plan to study abroad specializing in exotic animal practice.



Sam – Animal Care Team Lead

Bio coming soon.


Diane – Animal Care Assistant

I have always had a tremendous passion for animals. The love of my life has been working here at Lake Grove Veterinary Clinic in the kennel area – taking care of, and loving our daycare and boarding animals as if they were my own. I started working at Lake Grove in 2002 – I loved it then and even more now. I feel so privileged to be able to share in taking care of your little ones while you are away – they are so precious!


Kristin – Animal Care Assistant

Bio coming soon.


Erica – Animal Care Assisant

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Samantha – Animal Care Assistant

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Alex – Animal Care Assistant

Bio coming soon.