Dr. Sharon Forster-Blouin
I’ve always been fascinated by cats. In fact my first suitor, a sweet seven year old named Lance, presented me a National Geographic featuring a cat article. It worked!
I was inspired to start Corvallis Cat Care after many experiences working in other veterinary clinics where I became the doctor always scheduled to see the cats, especially those thought to be irascible. I came to appreciate that they were not “bad”, they were just scared. After experiencing how uncomfortable my own cats were when visiting veterinary clinics, I wanted to create a hospital where I would want to take my own cats, a place that would meet my expectations as a concerned cat guardian.
I envisioned a space that, unlike most practices, would have windows in the exam rooms so feline patients could connect to the outside world and be soothed by something familiar while being in a very unfamiliar place. I wanted to build a hospital staffed by members who all really liked cats and wanted to work with them; staff who were themselves cat people and would understand and appreciate feline sensibilities and cat opinions. I wanted more wood and less metal, fewer smells to offend cat noses, fewer noises. And I wanted to work with other doctors who themselves had a particular fondness for cats. Read more about Dr. Blouin here.
Dr. Tamara Kimmel
Dr. Tamara Kimmel grew up in the Willamette Valley and in 2006 she graduated from the Oregon State University/Washington State University veterinary program having been honored with the Outstanding Senior Award and American Association of Feline Practitioners Senior Award. After graduation Dr. Kimmel completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists in CA. She joined their staff as an emergency clinician and for the next four years offered overnight and weekend critical care for the specialists as well as care for walk-in and emergency patients.
Dr. Kimmel’s professional interests include preventative care, internal medicine, critical care and diagnostic ultrasound. She is a current member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Oregon Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2013 she is also completed additional training in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation.
Dr. Kimmel and her young family moved back to Oregon in 2010 because, as she says, “The Willamette Valley will always be my home”. When not working her personal interests include knitting, gardening, hiking camping, as well as just spending time outdoors with her daughter and husband.