Dr. Bob Ulbrich earned his undergraduate degree at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and his veterinary degree at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. In 1994, he became a Certified Veterinary Homeopath, and in 2005 he received Certification as a Veterinary Chiropractor through the The Healing Oasis Wellness Center. Dr. Ulbrich can address any health problem using a variety of modalities, and has enjoyed a great deal of success using homeopathy to treat cancer and even behavioral problems.He is also available to consult by telephone with pet guardians and their local veterinarians throughout the country, and internationally, when a more holistic approach is desired.
Dr. Bob lives in SW Portland with his wife,one cat, and the one and only Hannah Banana. He lists some of his most interesting past employment experiences as being the Curator of Animals at the Aqua Circus of Cape Cod and volunteering to treat oiled seabirds in Washington state after the sinking of the Tenyo Maru. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, dancing, SCUBA diving, and river rafting.
Dr. Ann Swartz
Ann Swartz, DVM, CVH
Dr. Ann Swartz grew up on the East Coast and is a US Army veteran. Migrating to Oregon in 1979, she earned degrees in Animal Science and Microbiology from Oregon State University in 1984, and a DVM from OSU in 1988. Throughout her training as a veterinary student Dr. Ann worked in clinics in Oregon and Alaska, including the Oregon State University Sheep Barn and other private lambing operations. Adding to her varied experience, she had the exciting opportunity to volunteer on the Iditarod. Additionally, she has experience vetting and participating in Endurance Rides and in Ride and Ties. Following a year dedicated to primarily equine practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico she settled in Oregon, and has practiced in a mixed-animal, mobile capacity since 1988.
She keeps current in her field through membership in professional organizations, often holding leadership positions. She is a current member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (board member and past president), American Veterinary Medical Association (serving on the Council on Veterinary Services 2014–2017), Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AVH Liaison and Secretary 2014–2018), Veterinary Botanical Medical Association, American Endurance Ride Conference (certified judge), Rogue Valley Veterinary Medical Association (President 2014) and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.
In her free time, Dr. Ann enjoys bothering her adult children, hiking and camping, vetting endurance rides, and reading and learning more about homeopathy. She also volunteers locally, with 4H and FFA groups, and as part of a high school mentor program. She actively volunteers at the Jackson County Animal Shelter and at Sanctuary One in Oregon.
Dr. Lisa Hoberg
Lisa Hoberg, DVM, CVH, CVA
Dr. Lisa Hoberg graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 and received her early training in holistic veterinary medicine working alongside Dr. Richard Kearns at his clinic in Hingham, MA. Dr. Kearns is considered to be one of the “founding fathers” of holistic veterinary medicine, and instilled in her the love of medicine, the thrill of learning something new, the importance of a good diet, and the wisdom to consider the “whole pet” in her veterinary practice.
Dr. Lisa obtained certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1991 and moved to Portland in 1993. She completed coursework in Veterinary Homeopathy with Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD, in 1997, and the Advanced Homeopathy Course in 1999. Married to Chris Cartwright, she enjoys the company of their cat, Blossom, and dog, Teddy. In addition to her career as a veterinarian, Dr. Lisa is a yoga student at the Movement Center in Portland and an avid figure skater, judge, and fan of figure skating.
Mari grew up in Iowa and moved to Southern California to major in Still Photography, then relocated to Portland. She worked in hospitals (Neonatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Graduate Medical Education, Psychiatric Liaison Service, and Medical Transcription). She is also a freelance editor.
Besides her love for animals and photography, Mari is an avid gardener, having removed all the grass from her backyard over many years and replacing it with raised beds, rock gardens and pathways. Her garden grows year-round with many kinds of vegetables, her favorite being tomato plants (growing at least 20 each year). She loves to share them with friends. She also simmers them way down into a sauce and cans about 35 quarts each year.
Mari has taken her cats to Dr. Ulbrich since 1996, after becoming dissatisfied with traditional veterinary care. Precious, Ebony, Little Mari and Fuzzy found her trainable and “let” her live with them.
Nikki was born in Bremerhaven, Germany, into a military family. She moved frequently, but lived mostly in Southern California. After 12 years of living in Orlando, Florida, she visited Portland and moved here in 2016.
She has always had a passion for all types of animals, especially reptiles. Growing up she always had lizards, snakes, frogs, and dogs as pets. Currently she has Furryman, who is a 10-year-old Ragdoll. She has worked in the vet tech field for five years, and loves helping families and pets. In her spare time she likes to play guitar, create art, and go dancing. She plans to go back to school for her certification as a vet tech.
Kristen grew up living many places in Southern California and moved to Oregon about five years ago. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2008 and spent most of that time working as a critical care and emergency veterinary technician. She is passionate about all aspects of veterinary medicine and is excited to learn all she can about homeopathic medicine.
She currently has two cats, a dog and multiple freshwater aquariums. Her cats, Mooky and Ivy, are about 10 years old, and although they are not siblings they are completely inseparable. They spend most of their days sleeping together and occasionally watching the birds through the window. Her dog, Kaia, is a 5-year-old lab pit bull mix that she has had since Kaia was 20 days old. Kaia enjoys camping and swimming with Kristen, going for long rides in “her” truck, and chasing squirrels on sunny days.
Jesalyn is a nature lover who grew up on a turkey farm in Central California. Jes moved to Portland in 2010 to enjoy a greener part of America. She has always had a passion for animals, and is realizing a life-long dream of hers by working as a receptionist assistant at our clinic. She is also a believer in the healing power of essential oils and herbs for overall health and anxiety treatment, and feels connected to our Holistic practices. Jes completed the paralegal program at College of the Sequoias in California in 2013, and will be continuing her education in the field of Zoology next Spring.
Jes feels very blessed to be living with her brothers-in-law and her two adoring “nieces,” a Frenchie-Boston mix named Miss Mia, and a French bulldog named Ellie Pig (pictured), who are the lights of her life. Outside of work, you can usually find her with her husband, swimming and hunting for critters in one of Oregon’s beautiful rivers or lakes, cooking big family dinners for her friends, attending concerts, or, in the rainy season, playing board games and reading or watching horror and sci-fi tales.
Shawn was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. Looking for new scenery and beginning her education in Zoology, Shawn moved to Oregon and went to Oregon State University. There she received her Bachelor of Science degree.
Her passions include travel and animals. Most recently Shawn went on a National Park road trip to celebrate her graduation. She wanted to see the diverse beauty that the U.S. has to offer.
Following her love for animals Shawn has focused her career on animal caregiving, which led her to become a Veterinary Assistant here. At home she enjoys the company of her beloved cats, Louie and Bijou (both domestic shorthairs) who love cuddling, playing, and stalking squirrels. Also included in her family are her beta fish, Opal, and her roomates and their dogs.
Shawn helping one of our patients
Hannah the Wonderdog
Hannah the Wonderdog
Hannah "Banana" became the official greeter in our clinic after being adopted by Dr. Bob. She possesses the amazing balance of friendliness, compassion, and respect that makes a true clinic critter!! Hannah has been known to put both clients and patients at ease in the clinic setting, volunteering herself freely as an unofficial therapy dog of sorts. In her free time, Hannah lives for food and fetch!!