CHRISTOPHER PACHEL, DVM, DACVB
Dr. Pachel graduated from veterinary school at the University of Minnesota in 2002. After working as a general practice veterinarian for two years, he completed one year of residency training in veterinary behavior at the University of Minnesota and then an additional 3.5 years of supervised mentorship with Dr. Jacqui Neilson at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR. Dr. Pachel passed the board certification process to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. Prior to relocating to Portland and joining the Animal Behavior Clinic in the summer of 2010, he ran a successful housecall behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. During that period of time, he has assessed and treated more than 1,200 individual patients.
His approach to behavioral therapy combines learning theory, medical training and experience with compassion and effective communication to create a balanced treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Pachel’s approach emphasizes the importance of the human animal bond and the role that companion animals play in the lives of their families.
Dr. Pachel has published an article entitled “Comparison of feline water consumption between still and flowing water sources: a pilot study” in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior; Clinical applications and research. He co-taught the core veterinary behavior curriculum at the University of Minnesota from 2008 to 2010 and has guest-lectured in undergraduate and professional courses. He has also lectured at regional and national conferences including:
- 2010 Minnesota Veterinary Medication Association Conference (Minneapolis, MN)
- 2010 American Animal Hospital Association Conference (Long Beach, CA)
- 2011 Midwest Veterinary Conference (Columbus, OH)
- 2011 Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association Conference (Regina, Saskatchewan)
- 2011 Poodle Club of America (Salisbury, MD)
- 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association Conference (San Diego, CA)
- 2012 Oregon Veterinary Conference (Corvallis, OR)
- 2012 Vet Lectures (Moab, UT; Santa Barbara, CA)
- 2013 Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association Symposium (Duluth, MN)
- 2013 International Veterinary Social Work Symposium (Knoxville, TN)
- 2013 Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Fall Symposium (St. Paul, MN)
- 2013 Poodle Club of America (Salem, OR)
- 2013 Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association Conference (Regina, Saskatchewan)
- 2013 Vet Lectures (Bend, OR)
- 2014 Midwest Veterinary Conference (Columbus, OH)
- 2014 Portland Veterinary Medical Association Symposium on Behavior (Portland, OR)
- 2014 Association of Professional Dog Trainers (Hartford, CT)
- 2014 American Veterinary Medical Association Conference (Denver, CO)
- 2014 Society for Theriogenology Conference (Portland, OR)
- 2014 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference (Yakima, WA)
Dr. Pachel also teaches an elective course in behavior to students at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine every other year, as well as annually teaching the veterinary behavior portion of an ethology course at the same institution.
JENN FIENDISH, CVT, VTS (Behavior)
In 1992 Jenn turned her love of animals into a career. Since then she has enjoyed many roles in veterinary medicine in general practice, emergency medicine, and even teaching. She joined the Animal Behavior Clinic in July 2012 after working as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Rose City Veterinary Hospital for a number of years. As Rose City’s Behavior and Training Advisor, Jenn was able to use her knowledge to educate staff and clients about behavior and give ways to peacefully and thoughtfully communicate better with animals.
Jenn is passionate about animal training and behavior and after years of preparation and hard work, was awarded the title Veterinary Technician Specialist Behavior in July 2014. Jenn is one of twelve technicians in the nation to hold this title and one of only two on the West coast.
As a member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, Jenn is the current Treasurer, serves on the Continuing Education Committee and has been the SVBT Oregon state representative since 2011. Her involvement with the organization has allowed her to network with other veterinary technicians interested in behavior and has opened many opportunities for her to learn new techniques and teach others.
In her free time, Jenn enjoys riding horses and is currently training a new horse to be her next partner in mounted archery and working equitation. When not at the barn, she is an avid crocheter, always working on several projects at a time. Her ‘pack’ includes three hairless dogs, two horses, a snake, and one very patient husband.
MEGAN CRUZ, KPA-CTP
Megan has been training animals in some way or another since she got a dachshund puppy at age 3. In addition to horses, chickens, goats, fish, cats, numerous small rodents, and of course dogs, she trained and handled animals for the Oregon Zoo’s “Zoo to You” program, which included ferrets, parrots, snakes, box turtles, and rabbits. Nearly 25 years ago she discovered a passion for teaching people to train their animals. When she saw how training exercises or programs improved the relationship dynamics between people and their pets she was hooked.
Her own Airedale Terrier started her down the path of behavior modification, and helping and supporting pets with behavior challenges and their people became her primary training focus. In 2007, Megan was offered the first staff-sponsored scholarship for the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, and in January 2008 became the first West Coast graduate and Certified Training Partner of the program (and second graduate overall.) She comes to us with a background full of rich training experience focused on helping pets overcome unique challenges, from teaching group classes to her most recent work with “career change” dogs through Guide Dogs for the Blind who exit the program to be placed in appropriate non-guide work homes.
Megan shares her home with Tag the Airedale, Monty the Shetland Sheepdog, Kip the Keeshond, Tsubaki the Labrador Retriever; Jack and Flicka, two kitties; and one amazing husband. She enjoys Japanese art and culture.
Stephanie Collingsworth, CPDT-KA
Growing up in the country provided lots of opportunities for Stephanie to interact with, and learn from, the animals in her life. From dogs and cat to horses and goats, there were always four-legged friends around. She attended her first dog obedience class when she was 17 and that set her on the path to becoming a dog trainer herself. Stephanie quickly found that she enjoyed showing people how to communicate with their pets, and more importantly, how to understand what pets may be trying to communicate to us. She obtained certification as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer in 2009 and works to maintain these credentials with continuing education and training.
She began working at Multnomah County Animal Services in 1999. During her time at the shelter, she has handled thousands of dogs and cats. Her duties at the shelter included the behavioral assessment of shelter dogs and cats, consultation on behavior issues for adopted and fostered animals, and training of volunteers and staff on animal body language, behavior, and basic care. She also fostered dozens of dogs, and admits that adolescent dogs are among her most favorite to work with.
Stephanie is a self-proclaimed “dog geek” and never ceases to be fascinated with observing and learning about animal behavior. She is thrilled to be a member of the Animal Behavior Clinic Team and to continue fulfilling her passion for helping people and pets.
Maren can’t remember a time when her life wasn’t all about animals. She joined the Animal Behavior Clinic in August 2013, after spending two and a half years working as a Client Care Representative and Media Specialist for Rose City Veterinary Hospital. She harbors a long-standing passion for understanding the way animals think and the many intricacies of the human-animal bond. Over the years, she has fostered kittens, volunteered for the Multnomah County Animal Shelter, and worked as a dog and cat groomer before shifting to the veterinary field. She takes great joy in helping others, and always strives to provide the best information and assistance possible to our clients and colleagues.
She has Bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Literature and Russian Studies from the University of Oregon, and spends a fair portion of her time reading and writing. She is active with wildlife and nature conservation, particularly with regard to the gray wolf. Her other free time is divided between traveling (near and far), playing in her rock band, and cuddling her furry children Saxafrax (an Australian Shepherd), Ash (a Shiba Inu/Sheltie mix), TeeVee Cat, Esteban, and Harlow (three tabbies).