Dr. David Rataj
I have always enjoyed animals since I was young. I grew up with dogs, but as an adult has had both dogs and cats. My appreciation for cats has grown over the last decade. Cats are unique creatures and must be treated as such. I enjoy being able to provide a calm atmosphere at our clinic to best care for cats, and to provide them with quality healthcare in a minimally stressful environment.
Originally from Michigan, Dr. Rataj moved to Oregon in 2001. Prior to moving out west, he obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from Hope College in Michigan. In his last semester, he completed an internship in the Live Animal Center of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadephia, PA. He first began veterinary school at Oregon State University. There he met his wife, Drew. Since graduating in 2007, Dave has worked in the Portland metro and Salem areas and is happy to now be part of the All About Cats team. He strives to bring his clients high-quality feline medicine in a friendly and low-stress environment.
Dr. Melinda Barkley
Dr. Melinda Barkley grew up in McMinnville, OR and always had a lot of pets, including guinea pigs, frogs, cats, dogs, and birds. She has always had a special interest in wildlife and horses and cats. Dr. Barkley graduated from Oregon State University in 1999 and has been in small animal practice for over 20 years.
She has also worked in Shelter Medicine, Equine Rehabilitation and was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2008 at Colorado State University. Dr. Barkley particularly loves working with cats and enjoys the challenge of their unique biology and behavior.
She lives outside Oregon City with her husband, 2 kids, 3 horses, 3 cats, and 1 dog. In her spare time, she is either working in the barn or out exploring all the amazing forest land.
I was raised on a family beef ranch in California, where I had exposure to all species of farm animals as a kid. My love of both large and small animals was cultivated early and has lasted into adulthood.
Team member since July 2014, Tina has a BS in Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine Science and Beef Production from Oregon State University. She received her AAS from PCC’s Veterinary Technology Program in 1997, the same year she was licensed as a Veterinary Technician. She started her technician career working with horses and other large animals before moving to Shelter Animal Medicine in 2008, and finally to All About Cats working exclusively with cats.
When she is at home, she enjoys spending time with her young daughter, husband, and the family pets; cats Sully, Dini, and Midge, her dog Xena, and Mister, her horse. Tina also enjoys arts & crafts such as crocheting, scrapbooking, coloring, and learning to make candles.
Lauren’s exposure to a diversity of animals while growing up fostered a lifelong appreciation for animals. She studied animal behavior and learning at Reed College and later worked as a research assistant at OHSU. It was while at OHSU that she saw the multitude of opportunities afforded to certified veterinary technicians within research, which encouraged her to apply to the PCC Veterinary Technology Program where she is currently a student.
Lauren has always considered herself a “cat-person” and loves that every day at All About Cats she gets to make new feline friends. Each day at All About Cats is an opportunity to learn how to connect with each patient where they are, as not all cats that come to the clinic are ready to say hello and get head scratches. Through the excellent mentorship at All About Cats, Lauren has learned how to approach each and every cat with compassion, patience, and respect.
Outside of work and school Lauren enjoys baking, watching scary movies, listening to podcasts, practicing yoga, and taking walks in her neighborhood as an excuse to visit all the neighborhood cats.