Staff – Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic
Dr Kim Erbes, DVM
After graduating Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, Dr. Erbes practiced preventative for small animals, including pocket pets, reptiles, and birds. In 1987 she began practicing at SVEC and discovered her love of emergency medicine. In 1992 she joined the 18 other stockholder veterinarians as the newest stockholder of SVEC. Dr. Erbes had the fortunate opportunity to purchase the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic in 1998. After much searching for a great location, and with a huge amount of help from her contractor husband Joe, she and her staff were able to move SVEC in 2004 to its current spacious Market Street location.
Her special interests in veterinary medicine include pocket pet medicine, instructing animal first aid classes, and community awareness especially for children.
Community involvement is very important to Dr. Erbes. She is involved with the Marion Polk Veterinary Association and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, as well as working with the Joys of Living Assistance Dogs, Willamette Humane Society and Marion County Dog Control. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family which includes 4 children, a Golden Retriever, a Standard Poodle, a Ragdoll cat, and too many cute fuzzy Holland Lop bunnies to count.
Dr Rachel Jacobs
Dr Jacobs came to the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic after graduating from Oregon State University in 2008. Prior to coming to Oregon, Dr Jacobs went to the University of Alaska where she not only went to college, but also worked as an educational guide on a tour boat.
When Dr Jacobs isn’t saving lives at the emergency clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.
Dr Zoe Xava
Dr Xava graduated from Colorado State University in 2001 but has been working in veterinary medicine since 1996. After graduation, Dr Xava completed an intensive, year long internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, in Boston Massachusetts. She has been with Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic since 2002.
Her areas of special interest include toxicology, clinical pathology, and critical care. When Dr Xava isn’t at the emergency clinic she can be found at the gym, traveling, or “cleaning up cat fur”.
Dr Jodi Wiktrowski
Dr Jodi, as she likes to be called, graduated from Ross University in 2001 and has been working in the veterinary field ever since. She is originally from Buffalo, New York and is the oldest of 5 children. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include, seeing and treating exotics pets and performing surgery. When she isn’t working, Dr. Jodi loves spending her time with her border collies, training them in sheep herding. She also likes spending time on her farm raising baby sheep, chickens and playing with her feisty donkey, Leona, who came to her as a rescue.
Dr Crystalin Christensen
Dr Christensen graduated from OSU / WSU in 2004 and currently works at the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic as a relief doctor. She loves seeing dogs, cats and horses and is particularly interested in acupuncture as a form of treatment for them. When she isn’t working as a veterinarian she can be found either riding horses, spending time with her family, or just playing with the family pets.
Ally Ebert, CVT & Office Manager
Ally started her veterinary career in day practice and preventative medicine in 1999. She received her technician certification in 2003 and has been in emergency medicine since 2004. She has her Associates Degree and loves continuing education and learning new skills. She has certificates from the Hills Nutrition Program (VNA) as well as has her technician dental certification.
Her special interests in veterinary medicine include ultrasonography, surgery, anesthesia, critical care, and client education.
Ally loves to clean and organize, at the clinic and at home. When not at the clinic she likes to spend time with her menagerie including children, cats, dogs, fish, parakeets, and a hubby.
Ashlynn Bent, CVT
Ashlynn’s veterinary career began in 2010 when she began attending Carrington College in California. Shortly thereafter, she began working as a veterinary assistant. In 2012, Ashlynn graduated college with an Associate’s Degree of Science in Veterinary Technology and became a certified veterinary technician.
She has worked with a variety of animals in veterinary medicine, from large animal to small animal and exotics. While Ashlynn thoroughly enjoyed working with large animals, her favorite practice is emergency medicine.
During Ashlynn’s free time she loves to be outdoors. Hiking, swimming, and camping are some of her favorite activities. When it’s cold outside, she prefers to stay inside cuddled up with her two dogs reading a good book.
Krystal Baer, Veterinary Assistant
Krystal has been in the veterinary field since 2001. She has been working with the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic since 2004. Some of her veterinary education includes online CE, X-ray certification, and learning on her feet every day.
She really enjoys the variety of cases seen in emergency medicine, but her special interests include: Ultrasound, Radiology, Surgery, and wildlife care.
Krystal’s free time is spent wrangling her very active son, maintaining 2 high maintenance Sphynx cats, baking cakes and other confections for the Little Baer Bakery, boating with her family, participating in 5k walk/runs, and making jewelry to give to family and friends.
Samantha McVey, Veterinary Assistant
Samantha graduated from Ogee Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009. After graduating she worked in small animal practice as well as a feline only clinic before joining the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic team in 2012. Samantha likes the challenge of emergency medicine and that she sees something new every day.
Samantha is known as the “kitty whisperer” at SVEC. All the kitties LOVE her. When not at the clinic Samantha enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and fur babies.
Shiloh Clark, CVT
Shiloh has worked in the animal care field since December 1997 and became a certified veterinary technician in August 2006. Her professional interests include monitoring patients during surgery, performing lab work, and educating pet owners.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, riding her horse (on trails and in show jumping competitions), and reading books.