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.
Hana Thomas - Certified Veterinary Technician, Practice Manager
Hana grew up nearby in Aurora, Oregon and graduated with honors from Canby High School. Hana earned her degree in veterinary technology from Portland Community College and has been a licensed CVT since 2017. Her professional interests include small animal medicine/surgery, emergency medicine, and practice management. She owns a goofy Golden Retriever named Piper, a cat named Squirt, and a Paint mare named Fresca. In her free time, Hana enjoys traveling, hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, taekwondo, cycling, baking, playing piano, and horseback riding.
Emily Witczak - Lead Customer Service Representative
Emily is a native Oregonian with family history in the local area. Emily’s professionalism, compassion, calm demeanor, and near 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, one grandchild, five dogs, six cats, eleven chickens, and one horse. Emily and her husband own property off the grid in beautiful Oregon forests which allows room for all their critters. She enjoys camping, hiking, disc golf, horseback riding, ghost hunting, and spending time with family and friends.
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 time at the beach, camping, gaming and hanging out with friends. He has two fire belly toads named Homer and Archimedes.
Lana was raised in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. She moved to the Portland area after high school and has spent the past thirty years in Clackamas County. Lana's background in customer service and reception along with her lifelong love of animals has made her transition into the world of veterinary medicine a relatively smooth one.Lana lives in Canby with her husband and their five-year-old Pitbull, Dempsey The mother of four grown children and grandmother of two enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, photography, reading and doing genealogy. Lana is active with her neighborhood group, a local paranormal team, and has volunteered for Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association for the past twenty years.
Oregon City native, Nicole, has always loved animals. She brings excitement and enthusiasm to our clinic and is thrilled to be able to further her customer service career helping animals. She is learning quickly and enjoys meeting all of our amazing clients and their pets. Nicole and her husband, Kyle, have two fur babies in their home - their cat Ging and dog Rooney. She loves doing outdoorsy things with her dog, especially hiking and camping in the summer. During the winter months, she makes a point to complete as many holiday activities as possible. Nicole's computer skills and willingness to learn has made her a great addition to the Birch Street team.
Chyna has brought great energy to our clinic and is known for her soft, gentle, fear free techniques when handling nervous patients. Though born in Portland, Chyna was raised in a military family and had the opportunity to live in various places over the years. Her favorite home away from home was Louisiana. Chyna is a full time student pursuing a career as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She loves making a difference in the lives of our patients and is excited about the opportunities this field presents. During her spare time, Chyna and her Australian Shepherd/Border Collie, Winston, enjoy going on adventures. She also enjoys gardening/tending to her plants and reading.
Ashley’s lifetime love of animals comes from growing up on a farm amidst dogs, cats, goats, horses and cows. Ashley competed the Veterinary Assistant Program at Carrington College which is only one of the first steps towards her career goals. She aspires to eventually obtain a Doctorate Degree involving livestock. Ashley enjoys meeting all of our wonderful patients and connecting with their owners. She values being able to educate owners on wellness and prevention to help keep their pets healthy. Ashley has a special place in her heart for Basset Hounds and has one at home, along with two cats, four cows, and nine goats. She is at home when on the farm, working on trucks and hanging out with her amazing friend group.