Best Advice:  "Don't eat anything larger than your head. Great nutrition, lots of exercise and parasite control is often the answer."

Best Advice: "Don't eat anything larger than your head. Great nutrition, lots of exercise and parasite control is often the answer."

Dr. Elizabeth Behrenfeld

Growing up on a farm in rural Oregon instilled Dr. Behrenfeld with a great respect and interest in animal care. This developed into a career as a veterinarian and a passion for all things equestrian. Dr. Behrenfeld lives with her husband Mike in the Alsea Valley with three cats and three horses. Dr. Behrenfeld has a DVM from Oregon State University and Washington State University, and she has a special interest in strengthening the human-animal bond, hunter/jumpers, and dressage.

Best Advice:  "All species, hairy or hairless, two eyes or eight, legs or legless, tails or fins are here for a purpose and should be treated and cared for with the same love and respect. It is quality of life which matters most."

Best Advice: "All species, hairy or hairless, two eyes or eight, legs or legless, tails or fins are here for a purpose and should be treated and cared for with the same love and respect. It is quality of life which matters most."

Dr. Robyn Lantz

Dr. Lantz knew she wanted to help and care for animals since volunteering at a veterinary clinic at 10 years of age. She has always been fascinated with the unique species of the world including reptiles, birds, small furry critters, and fish - even the dangerous and the creepy-crawly! Dr. Lantz volunteers with the Humane Society and has been involved in her local veterinary association since graduating in 2004 with a DVM from Oregon State University. She is especially interested in exotic animal care.

  • TCVM Acupuncture Certified through IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society)

  • TCVM Herbal Therapy, and Food Therapy through The Chi Institute


Best Advice:  "Walk with your dog. Take time to enjoy the outdoors, good company and staying healthy. It's good for both of you."

Best Advice: "Walk with your dog. Take time to enjoy the outdoors, good company and staying healthy. It's good for both of you."

Dr. Jilinda Lewis

Since entering vet school in 1997 and joining Ark in 2001, Dr. Lewis has been most affected by the relationships she has developed with her animal patients and clients. When not at the clinic she enjoys gardening, playing with her son Alexandre and working with her personal animals. Dr. Lewis has a dual degree DVM from Oregon State University and Washington State University. Dr. Lewis' special interest in surgery prompted her to accept an one year internship with a surgery specialty practice in Nevada in 2009. Now with the internship completed she is committed to spending time at OSU-VTH when not working at Ark or Eastgate to further expand her knowledge of surgery.

Best Advice:  "Better out than in."

Best Advice: "Better out than in."

Dr. Jessica Link

The newest associate of Ark Animal Hospital and Eastgate Veterinary Clinic Dr. Link is an Oregon State University graduate that is excited to serve the community where she received her education.


Best Advice:  "Age is not a disease! There are many things that can help prolong your pet's life. Just ask about preventative health care at your next visit."

Best Advice: "Age is not a disease! There are many things that can help prolong your pet's life. Just ask about preventative health care at your next visit."

Dr. Nova Prince-Kelly

Growing up with all creatures great and small, Dr. Prince-Kelly started to think about a career in veterinary medicine at an early age. Watching the bond between pets and people, she knew veterinary medicine would allow her to help both pets and their owners. Since joining Ark Animal Hospital and Eastgate Veterinary Clinic in 2007, she has loved making people happy by caring for their pets. Dr. Prince-Kelly has a DVM from Oregon State University and special interests in pain management, dentistry, preventative health, and end-of-life care.

Best Advice:  "Please don't give your pet any medication without consulting a veterinarian. Common drugs like Advil and Tylenol can be harmful, even deadly to your pet."

Best Advice: "Please don't give your pet any medication without consulting a veterinarian. Common drugs like Advil and Tylenol can be harmful, even deadly to your pet."

Dr. Melody Williams

From the age of five, Dr. Williams knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Since joining Ark in 2004, she has loved witnessing the bond between her clients and patients. When not at work, Dr. Williams enjoys spending time at home with her husband and daughter, as well as their dog and cats, Winnie, Mr. Pinchy, and Mrs. Winklebottom. Dr. Williams has her DVM from Oregon State University and Washington State University. She is also certified in canine rehabilitation and has special interests in companion animal medicine and end-of-life care.