Dr. Dax Miller - Veterinarian, Practice Owner
Dr. Dax was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. His love for animals has been present since he was a young boy. He would often show up at home with animals and ask his parents, “Can I keep it”? During high school he started working at the vet clinic in his town and quickly learned without a doubt that he wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Dax studied zoology at Southeast Missouri State University and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. During summer breaks, Dr. Dax worked on ranches in Colorado and Wyoming leading trail rides. Since graduation from vet school in 2007, Dr. Dax worked in Grenada West Indies, Salem OR, and Gresham OR before purchasing Birch Street Animal Clinic in 2011. When he’s not busy being a doctor and running his own business, Dr. Dax enjoys hiking, backpacking, and traveling with his Golden Retriever, Brook and Mini Australian Shepherd, Rivers. Dr. Dax also adopted a cute little calico cat who he named Thumbelina, because she’s a polydactyl with extra toes. One of Dr. Dax’s most recent adventures has been purchasing a 15-acre farm and 3 horses.
Dr. Jarret Dod - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Jarret grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California and Roseburg, Oregon. His career in veterinary medicine started as a teenager at a local vet clinic. Over his last 25 years in practice, Dr. Jarret has worked every position in the veterinary practice, which contributed to his vast amount of experience in the field. Dr. Jarret earned his Bachelors in Animal Science from Oregon State University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. When Dr. Dax purchased the practice in 2011, Dr. Jarret was eager to join his classmate and friend in turning Birch Street Animal Clinic into the establishment it is today. Dr. Jarret has enjoyed employment in a variety of areas in veterinary medicine, including mixed animal, teaching hospitals, and shelter medicine, but is happy to now focus on private practice small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Jarret enjoys spending time with his parents and their animal family which includes Australian Shepherds, cats, llamas, and some chickens. Dr. Jarret’s enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, backpacking, and whitewater rafting.
Ashlie Bello - Lead Certified Veterinary Technician, Practice Manager
Ashlie brings compassion and expertise to her role as Lead Certified Veterinary Technician and Practice Manager at Birch Street Animal Clinic. Though born and raised in California, Ashlie now calls Oregon home after relocating from North Carolina in 2014 when her husband completed his service in the Marine Corps. Her passion for animal care blossomed at a young age, leading her to begin working as a veterinary assistant in 2009. After earning her Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Penn Foster College in 2023 and becoming a licensed CVT, Ashlie continues to advance her education, currently pursuing a bachelor's degree to expand her knowledge of small and exotic animal medicine, surgery, anesthesia, and practice management. In her free time, Ashlie enjoys bodybuilding, traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family, including her husband, two children, two dogs, two rabbits, and a rat.
Emily Witczak - Lead Customer Service Representative Witczak
Emily is a native Oregonian with family history in the local area. Emily’s professionalism, compassion, calm demeanor, and a over decade of veterinary experience has earned her the lead position of our CSR team. Emily loves getting to personally know each of our fur patients and their families. She also values working with a team of people who share the same love for animals. Emily is married with three children, two children in-laws, two grandchildren, five dogs, nine cats, twenty chickens, one horse, four cows, three sheep, and two fainting goats. Emily and her husband own property off the grid in beautiful Oregon forests which allows room for all their critters. She enjoys homesteading, hiking, disc golf, gardening, and spending time with family.
Christopher James - Customer Service Representative
Born and raised in various cities throughout Oregon, Christopher is a native Oregonian. Christopher is relatively new to the veterinary field, having started here at Birch Street Animal Clinic just over a year ago. Being a loving pet parent with three dogs, five cats, and three chickens, Christopher shows the compassion and empathy that is needed to thrive in the care of other’s pets. Quickly establishing himself as a favorite of our clients, Christopher has become an appreciated member of the team. When not at work, he enjoys live music and comedy shows, he is also an avid reader and movie goer. He and his wife are enthusiastic supporters of several fandoms, including Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.
Ben Edwards - Veterinary Technician
Ben started his first job in veterinary medicine when he was a teenager. What he originally thought would only be a summer job, developed into a rewarding lifelong career. He is a valuable asset to our clinic and has won over some of our most challenging patients. Pets respond well to his calm, gentle demeanor. Ben's mother, Shelly, worked at Birch Street for several years giving him a long time connection to the Birch Street family. In his spare time, Ben enjoys spending time with his husband and their Mini Australian Shepard, Ludo. He also enjoys relaxing at the coast, camping, gaming, and hanging out with friends.
Abby Weyer - Customer Service Representative, Veterinary Technician
Abby has lived in Oregon her entire life and has been in veterinary medicine for a little over three years, working with animals as a kennel assistant right out of high school and has worked her way up to becoming a veterinary technician. You will see Abby in her current role providing great customer care as a valued customer service representative as well as performing technician duties as needed. Abby loves caring for your pets and wants to provide the best care, as well as providing excellent customer service. In her free time, Abby enjoys riding her horse, snowboarding, traveling to new places, and hiking.