Dr. Nell is originally from a small farm in central Illinois where she developed her affinity for helping animals at a very young age. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 with a focus on small animal and exotic animal medicine. In 2007, she moved to Portland with her husband Dr. Preston and their faithful companions – 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 birds, a rabbit and a tortoise. Nell and Preston came to the Great Northwest in search of a veterinary practice to call their own and a chance to pursue the many outdoor activities that they enjoy. The pets agreed to come along for the ride!
Dr. Nell is a foodie and also believes in good, high quality nutrition for her patients. It was nutrition and whole food supplementation that actually led Dr. Nell to explore more advanced alternative medicine therapies such as acupuncture and herbal formulas for her patients. In 2010, Dr. Nell completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Course including 150 hours of classroom work and 60 hours of internship, followed by a written and practical certification exam. Since that time, she has expanded on her education through attending international conferences and by becoming an educator for IVAS. She has been a teaching associate from 2013 – 2015 and will continue her involvement as an educator as well as an active member of this dynamic international organization. Dr. Nell leads the Integrative Medicine Program at Lombard Animal Hospital, offering a variety of traditional and natural veterinary modalities. She combines her original education in Western Medicine with her passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to achieve the best results for her patients. She is happy to work with almost any companion pet including dogs, cats, rabbits, small mammals, reptiles, birds and the occasional barnyard species.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Nell enjoys outdoor activities based on the seasons and loves to sit in a café with a delicious cappuccino on rainy days – or really any day. She works hard to practice what she preaches by staying fit, eating healthy, and paying attention to her health and life balance. She has a terrible case of the travel bug and is always looking forward to her next adventure with Dr. Preston.