In October, Sadie Veterinary Urgent Care will open in 8037 SE Stark Street in downtown Montavilla. This woman-owned and independently operated animal care provider will include four examination rooms, on-site imaging and laboratory facilities. This new venture aims to bridge the gap between general medicine and emergency services for cats and dogs.

In 2019, Dr. Jenica Wycoff, Dr. Malia Goodell, and Dr. Cindy Galbreath formed a partnership, creating Sadie Veterinary Urgent Care. All three worked at the same large urgent care facility in Clackamas. As their careers progressed, they observed the substantial burden placed on emergency medicine by significant but not extreme companion animal injuries and illnesses. Dr Galbreath explained that the group saw promise in a new concept in veterinary medicine around emergency care. “I think a lot of people know emergency care from human medicine. ERs are really busy and overwhelmed. We want to help our community by taking some of the burden off them and giving people a place to go when their pets are injured or sick but don’t necessarily need emergency care.

Sadie Veterinary Urgent Care’s focus will fill a specific niche in the veterinary healthcare system. They will not provide preventative health care, vaccinations, dental care, or annual checkups. These services should stay with a dog or cat’s primary care provider. However, for those times when a pet needs immediate attention, this location will have the necessary veterinary skills to provide an initial diagnosis and then treat or refer patients. X-ray, ultrasound and on-site lab provide the quick service animals need during times when help is hard to come by. Currently, they plan to open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, with earlier hours on weekends.

The partnership brings together nearly three decades of veterinary experience. Dr. Wycoff graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine ten years ago, working in emergency medicine until 2017. For the past five years, she has worked in a general practice focused on the treatment of endocrine and ocular diseases. Dr. Goodell attended Colorado State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and moved to Portland eight years ago for his internship. Since then, she has continued to work in the area, practicing emergency medicine. Dr. Galbreath graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She has primarily practiced emergency medicine over the years. Recently, Dr. Galbreath began working with the Humane Society and providing home euthanasia services.

They chose the Montavilla location because of its central location to an untapped market and the support of the building owner. “Outer Southeast Portland is an underserved community when it comes to veterinary services, so we were initially drawn to this pocket of Portland,” Dr. Galbreath explained. “We had a fairly favorable relationship with the owner, [who] was accommodating to our needs and willing to work with us.”

Although the location was ideal, working with the city presented challenges. Sadie Veterinary Urgent Care had hoped to open its doors well before October 2022. Significant delays in obtaining permits and supply constraints pushed the plan back several months. However, the welcome and encouragement from the community allowed the group to focus on opening the SE Stark Street site. “Everyone in our direct building and the neighbors who are across the street or down the street have been so welcoming and friendly. It makes us feel really good where we chose to be. be.

Sadie Veterinary Urgent Care is expected to open mid to late October. They have an asset Instagram account and will soon be launching the company’s website at After they open, pet owners can reach them by email at or by phone at 503-710-9769. Until then, people are encouraged to visit them this year Montavilla Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 31. Look for the Sadie Veterinary Urgent Care booth and say hello.

Images of Dr. Jenica Wycoff, Dr. Malia Goodell and Dr. Cindy Galbreath, courtesy of Sadie Veterinary Urgent Care

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