Learn more about our Board Members!

Carla Lerum DVM
PVMA President, 2018-20

Presently, I work on the Veterinary Affairs team at Banfield Pet Hospital’s headquarters in Vancouver, WA. I previously worked as a clinical veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital locations in Oregon. In my current role, I bring a medical and operational perspective to the broader scope of work. This incorporates drafting medical policies and guidelines, being a liaison for other teams for hospital workflow, and managing the process for evaluation of quality in the care that is delivered by veterinary teams in Banfield’s more than 1,000 hospitals across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. I earned my veterinary degree from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine after graduating from Lewis and Clark College. I enjoy connecting with and supporting the veterinary community, including being an active volunteer at local and national STEM events and alumni events to engage students in the sciences.

Alon Kramer DVM, DACVS
Treasurer, 2018-20

After receiving my DVM degree from UC Davis, I completed a year-long internship, after which I returned to UC Davis for a 3-year small animal surgery residency. Upon attaining ACVS board certification, I worked one year as staff surgeon at a Santa Cruz, California referral practice. I then joined a multi-specialty practice in Portland, where I was an associate surgeon for more than three years. I then joined Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, a multi-specialty private/academic hybrid advanced care facility in their New England location, where I had a central role in creating, establishing and operating the hospital’s surgery department. My family and I underestimated our deep ties to, and affection for the Pacific Northwest area, and we returned to the Portland area in 2012, when we established OREV, a locally and independently operated specialty clinic.

My surgical interests and experience include all aspects of orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery, as well as neurosurgery. I get immense satisfaction from my profession, but Veterinary medicine is not all that I am about…

John Wooldridge DVM, DACVS
Continuing Education, 2018-19

I attended veterinary school at Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island, before completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, and then a residency in small animal surgery at the University of California, Davis. I became board certified as a specialist in small animal surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. I have been in specialty practice in the Portland area since 1999, and most recently co-founded Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists in 2014.

Laura Lambruschi DVM
Membership Chair, 2018-19

I began my career in 2010 as a small animal veterinarian. I attended The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine followed by additional training as an intern at VCA Alameda East in Denver, Colorado. Eager to get closer to the great outdoors I moved to Jackson, Wyoming where I worked as a general practitioner and on-call emergency veterinarian for the mountain town. Although living at the foot of the Tetons was a wonderful experience both professionally and personally, the long, cold and snowy winters pushed me further West. I moved to Portland in 2013 and worked for three years at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists as an emergency and critical care veterinarian. I then worked for about 2 years as a relief veterinarian working all over the Portland Metro Area. I currently work at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital.  I enjoy all areas of veterinary practice from routine preventative care to emergency medicine and surgery. I have been a proud member of the PVMA since my arrival here in Portland. I currently serve on the PVMA board as the Membership Chair. I have loved being a part of this organization which does so much to support the veterinary community here in Portland. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, backpacking and living in and exploring the Pacific Northwest, and volunteering with the Portland Animal Welfare Team. I currently live in NW Portland with my husband Matt, canine companion Bourbon, and have just added a new member to the family. Our son Hugo was born in March!

Lisa Mahlum DVM, DACVECC
P/R, Community Events, and Animal Welfare, 2018-19

My name is Lisa Mahlum and I am native to the Pacific Northwest. I am a 2006 graduate of OSU and WSU Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. I grew up on a small family farm and was one of those kids who knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian.  I worked my way through the ranks as kennel staff, receptionist, technician and then finally doctor. I completed a rotating internship and then a 3-year emergency/critical care residency in Boston at Angell Animal Medical Center. Since graduation, I have worked in multiple states and countries and have been exposed to many different aspects of the profession. Over the years, I have developed a particular interest in mentoring new graduates, both technicians and doctors. In the emergency/critical care field, we are exposed to particularly difficult situations, which creates an emotionally demanding work environment and because of this I have great concerns about the pressures put on us by our career, our clients and most importantly, ourselves. I am currently developing an art therapy program for our hospital, which I am hopeful will serve as a creative outlet for the staff. I have recently moved back home to Portland and am looking forward to an opportunity to give back to the community, both who are in the veterinary field and those who aspire to be. I want to bring to light the hardships of our profession and work on innovative ways to help with these challenges. I want to be part of a group with goals to provide cutting edge, high quality continuing education to veterinarians, support staff as well as to the pet-owning public. I would love the opportunity to help develop ways to foster relationships between general practice veterinarians and those in specialty medicine, as we all have something to teach one another. It is an honor to be part of the PVMA board and I look forward to being a part of an organization to further improve the field of veterinary medicine.

Yamini Chalam DVM
Marketing, Publications, and Governance, 2018-19

I’ve been part of the PVMA for the last 3 years, and I’m excited about the opportunity to join the board!  I’m a relatively new grad (Tufts 2014) and started my career here in Portland as a lowly intern at VCA Northwest Vet Specialists. Since then, I joined general practice and do occasional relief work here and there. Currently, I’m an associate veterinarian at VCA North Portland. My interest in joining the board is to bring light to some of the more common, but overlooked, struggles we face as veterinarians. One specific focus of mine is finances – negotiating work contracts, saving for retirement, student loan repayment options, how to afford a house/car, etc. And, on a less boring side, I’d also like to help create more hands-on learning events – dental extractions, handling emergency cases, surgical experience, etc. My hope is to take from some of the fears and hurdles that I’ve faced as a new vet – single doctor days, work/life balance, choosing the right practice – and create ways to help other vets navigate through these same challenges.

Tanya ten Broeke DVM
Past President

I was raised in Austin, TX. After a short career in environmental engineering, I earned my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 2002. Following graduation, I practiced in Grants Pass before moving to Portland, where I worked for both equine and small animal veterinary hospitals. I then purchased Gladstone Veterinary Clinic in January of 2007. I especially enjoy geriatric medicine, dermatology, and endocrinology. I have done veterinary volunteer work with Rural Area Veterinary Services in Central America since 1998, mainly in Guatemala and Nicaragua. I also volunteer with Feral Cat Coalition, the PAW Team, and I am involved in Practice Share.