My Family's Pet Doctor

1215 Kelly Avenue
The Dalles, OR 97058


Our Doctors & Staff


Dr. Anne Maichel

Dr. Maichel has lived in the Columbia Gorge area for 11 years.  She is originally from Hawai'i and was born on the island of Kauai and still considers herself an island girl at heart.  She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa campus, attended the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and then attended veterinary school at Kansas State University.  Upon graduation, she was awarded the Paul & Phyllis Curd scholarship award for excellence in small animal surgery and internal medicine.  She resides in Hood River with her husband Scott and their daughter Dakota.  She has six dogs (a Pit Bull, English Bulldog, two Shih Tzus, a toy Maltese, and a Chihuahua), two cats, two guinea pigs, and a goldfish named "Chubs".  She enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, paddle boarding, reading, and sewing in her spare time.


Dr. Katie Sowell

Dr. Katie Sowell is a native Oregonian. She attained her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University and then returned to Oregon State to earn her veterinary degree. She graduated in 2008, with the second graduating class to spend all four years of veterinary school in Corvallis. She and her husband moved to the gorge area after graduating and love the drier climate. Dr. Sowell resides in Tygh Valley with her husband Jamie and her two children.  She has loved animals, children, and the outdoors since she was young, inspiring her to work and volunteer in many positions related to these areas.

When she is not at the clinic, she is busy keeping up with her two young children. She loves hiking in the woods and along the river with her children and big black lab. She also has two cats, one amiable orange male and the other a very pretty, long haired tabby, affectionately nicknamed "the just for show" cat. 

Joy Allen, CVT

Until recent years, horses had been Joy's main interest in life. Growing up in England and passing the BHSAI exam, Joy spent a couple of years grooming for a high goal polo team before venturing out and traveling extensively as a groom, a young horse rider, and barn manager.

After marrying and settling in Idaho, Joy worked as a veterinary assistant/office manager for an equine referral hospital and eventually qualified to take the national boards to become a licensed Certified Veterinary Technician in 2002.  She currently holds a license in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

A change in lifestyle brought Joy and her husband Eric back to Eric's birth place and an idyllic little house overlooking the Columbia Gorge. Joy is now enjoying learning about a different area of veterinary technology.  Joy is always enthusiastic about learning new things and nothing ever seems to get her flustered.  Her co-workers find her English humor hilarious and everyone around her has seemed to have mastered some of the English slang or have tried to poorly mimic her English accent.  She was aptly named because she has been nothing but a joy to work with.

Joy lives with husband Eric and two rescued dogs Niles and Jonathon and a cat named Clark W. Griswald. Their free time is spent gardening, walking and swimming with their dogs, and exploring the gorge.


Trena Shaw

Trena was raised in Alaska and Washington State. She eventually worked her way down to the Columbia River Gorge over 10 years ago. She resides in The Dalles and has an amazing family consisting of her husband, four children ranging in age from seven to sixteen.  She has two dogs: a shy German Shepherd and a sweet Labrador who is on a dog version of Jenny Craig. She has two cats, one of which is a special three-legged cat, an amputee who had been a patient at the clinic and it was love at first sight. She also has one bunny, a bird, and a gold fish.

Three and a half years into obtaining a Bachelor's of Science in Business, she decided she was heading in the wrong direction and sold a small business project she had been working on.

It was only by chance in 2013 that Trena came to work at My Family's Pet Doctor.  She had heard of a job opportunity even before it was even advertised. She started as a part-time receptionist, working just a couple of days a week.  She eventually started helping out in the back whenever she could and eventually, she transitioned into a full-time veterinary assistant. After working with so many sweet four-legged patients and getting to know their human families, Trena knew she had found her calling. In 2014, she decided to go back to school to earn her degree as a Veterinary Technician through Penn Foster.  Trena seemed to have made this decision overnight and when she did, there was no going back.  One minute she was talking about possibly going back to school and within days, she was enrolled and pursuing her dreams.  Trena is one determined person and she is someone that does not wait for opportunities to befall her.  Once she makes up her mind, she definitely paves her own path.  Now, she has completed all of her written academic work and tests, has finished the required small animal externiship, and will be completing her large animal externship requirement by Fall of 2016.  Once she completes this final requirement, she will be able to test for certification and become board certified and licensed in the state of Oregon.

Michala Gonzales

Michala has been working at My Family's Pet Doctor since November 2015 as a Veterinary Assistant.   Prior to that, she had been holding two part-time jobs.  One was as a veterinary assistant at another clinic and the second was in sales and customer service. 

Michala was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon and attended Hood River Valley High School where she graduated in 2014.  At work, she is known as "the little ninja" and her team members find her enthusiasm, energy, and bubbly personality infectious.  She enjoys working as a veterinary assistant and has a natural gift when it comes to interacting with people.  Everyone, clients and staff alike, just adore Michala because she exudes genuine warmth and friendliness. 

Michala's future plan is to eventually go back to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Michala spends her days off with her two crazy dogs; Taison, an American Pitbull that can't give enough kisses, and Mavis, an American Bully that thinks she is a diva.  Michala's dogs have been a great motivation in her life and helped her find the path to My Family's Pet Doctor, where she loves to be around the amazing staff and clients.


Leah Justman

Leah Justman is a beef cattle rancher's daughter. She grew up in Washington where she worked with all sorts of animals on the family ranch. Often,  Leah would find hurt animals and bring them home to nurse them back to health. It would be many years until Leah would start working at My Family's Pet Doctor, which gave her the opportunity to continue developing her kind and helpful heart. After three years at My Family's Pet Doctor, Leah decided that she wanted to continue her education and be a school teacher. She still helps out on the weekends and in the summer at the clinic. She has two cattle dogs and just adopted an abandoned kitten which she calls Mittens. Leah enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, SUP boarding and swimming. She also enjoys reading and spends her time sketching people and animals alike. Leah is often called "smiley" because of her optimistic and bubbly nature. The staff sorely misses Leah during the school year, but look forward to her return and each staff member looks forward to those days when they get to work with her.  Although Leah hopes to be a school teacher one day, she will always have a special place in her heart for animals and she will always have a special place in the hearts of those who work at My Family's Pet Doctor

Maria Marquez

 Maria has been working at My Family's Pet Doctor since May 2017 as a receptionist. Maria was born and raised in Hood River, OR. She attended Hood River Valley High School and graduated in 2014. After high school she attended Columbia Gorge Community College, pursuing a degree within their medical assisting program. She plans to continue this program in the future, as there are only a few courses left until completion. Maria is  currently our only Spanish/English bilingual staff member; she grew up in a bilingual  household, with both parents speaking Spanish and English fluently. Her skills have been  incredibly helpful on numerous occasions and will continue to be a great asset to My Family's  Pet Doctor.

 Maria and her family enjoy going to the river and spending the afternoon barbecuing. You will also find her adventuring around The Gorge and doing new things with her two sisters. She also enjoys going on hikes and taking walks with Bella, her lovely 1 1/2 year old Chihuahua mix (pictured). Maria loves animals, and plans to adopt more in the future so that Bella will have plenty of brothers and sisters to play with. She is excited to be part of My Family's Pet Doctor and looks forward to learning new things with the rest of the team.