Meet our Doctors and Team
"Gidget" Dr. Z and Brandy's doggie
Gidget is BVC's greeter and she loves saying hello to all our clients and their furry friends!
Dr. Brett Ziegenbalg, D.V.M. (Practice Owner)
and daughter Elise
Dr. Ziegenbalg (Dr. Z), graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Environmental Biology. After graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy and served as a Naval Intelligence Officer providing support to NATO operations in Bosnia, Rwanda and the middle east. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and is a member of Phi Zeta. In 2007 he and his wife designed and started their own small animal medical and surgical practice then sold the growing practice in 2014 after deciding to pursue their interests in a new setting. Dr. Z has special interests in preventative medicine, minimally invasive surgery, ultrasound and endoscopy. He loves the challenge of being proactive rather than reactive and trying to prevent problems before they happen. Dr. Z considers it a great privilege to take care of his patients, interact with and assist their owners to help provide longevity and quality of life for his patients, a.k.a family. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife Brandy and daughter Elise in the outdoors and running. Dr. Z is passionate about all things skiing. On days off he can be found in the Cascade range north to the Coast range of British Columbia; ski touring, ski mountaineering, heli-skiing and keeping up with his daughter on the mountain; who likes to jump off everything-like her dad! They have a toy poodle named Gidget, a hamster named Kiwi, and a golden retriever puppy named Riley.
Dr. Mark Storey, D.V.M. (Relief Veterinarian)
Dr. Storey received a degree in Zoology and doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. He practiced as an associate in Wisconsin and Colorado before becoming a practice owner of Academy Animal Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. Dr. Story was a practice owner for 26 years before semi-retiring and moving to Portland, OR. He has also worked with Veterinarians Beyond Borders in Gangtok and Bylakuppe, India. Dr. Storey has special interests in soft tissue, orthopedic, laser surgery, geriatric care and acupuncture. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, hiking, cross country skiing and roller blading. BVC is proud to be able to call on Dr. Storey for relief if needed.
Dr. Carolyn Chen, D.V.M.
Dr. Carolyn Chen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Taiwan. She attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences and completed a small animal rotating internship program at VCA West Los Angeles. She has an interest in emergency medicine and ophthalmology. In her spare time, she enjoys running, salsa dancing, hiking, and exploring places off the beaten path. She shares her home with her fiancé Leo, who also works in veterinary medicine, and her very laid-back cat, Olga. Our clients and patients love Dr. Chen and we are very happy to have her working with us.
Meet our Team
Burlingame Veterinary Clinic's team are experienced, and happy to take care of all our patient and client needs.
Brandy Ziegenbalg (and daughter Elise)
Brandy, Dr. Z's wife, has loved animals since she was very young. She has many years of experience in all facets of companion animal veterinary practice. Brandy attended Baptist School of Nursing in 2006 and became a surgical technician and worked in human general, orthopedic and ophthalmic surgery for 5 yrs. She now works at The Skin Cancer Surgery Center in Tualatin. Brandy and Dr. Z married in June of 2006 and later had their daughter Elise in 2010. Brandy was the practice manager in their former practice in Arkansas which she and Dr. Ziegenbalg built and started in 2007. Brandy has enjoyed getting to know all the clients and their furry companions. She also works at the Skin Cancer Surgery Center in Tualatin as a surgical tech/MA. You might even catch their Toy Poodle (Gidget) in the clinic and their sweet daughter Elise, who loves to help with the clients and their pets.
Brenda Hilliker (and her son Tyler and her doggie Laila)
Brenda moved from California to Oregon in 2001. She has been working in the veterinary field since 1999. Brenda joined Burlingame Veterinary Clinic in October 2004. She enjoys interacting with our clients and their pets. During her time off she enjoys spending time with her family and friends while having game nights, camping and going boating. Pictured top left is Brenda with son Tyler when he was tiny and her doggie Laila, and the other photo is her son Tyler now and her newest little one Tristan. They also share their home with Spencer the cat. BVC is glad that Brenda is still a part of the team!
Honey O'conner (and Doc)
Honey has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 as a customer service representative and joined Burlingame Veterinary Clinic in May of 2014. And yes, that is really her given name. She loves connecting with clients and their furry loved ones while providing excellent customer service. When Honey is not working she enjoys gardening, sewing, and spending time with family, and would love to have another cocker spaniel some day. Honey is a big part of BVC, we are proud to have her!
Kristin Magnia (and her fur babies)
Kristin came to work with the BVC team in February of 2016. She is a native Portlander and has been working in the Veterinary field for 18 years. Above is a picture with her late lab mix "Mark" and her kitty "Randy". Kristin has been married to her wonderful husband Martin for 19 years. She and Martin love to go swimming, hiking, camping and canoeing in their spare time. Kristin takes pride in caring for all her patients and enjoys her job. We are very happy and lucky to have her on our team!
Veterinary Technician/Client Relations
Diana started working at BVC in May of 2017. Pictured above is her and her doggie "Dexter" and Diana's husband Bryan. Diana adopted a new cat recently as well to add to their fur family! She is a perpetual student, animal lover of course, hiker, plant hoarder, PDXer and she is terrified of spiders. We are so glad to have her on our team!
Christine joined the BVC team in May 2019. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University where she earned her degree in Animal Science. Christine has over 9 years of clinical experience; including ICU/Emergency shift lead at MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster College pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. She moved to Portland in August of 2017. When not working, Christine likes to spend her time hiking, working in her garden and exploring PNW. She has 2 cats and a chihuahua named "Taco". We are super excited to have her at BVC!
Veterinary Assistant/Client Relations
Katey was raised in Beaverton Oregon and has worked with animals professionally since she was 14 years old. She worked as a groomer for a few years before she moved to Eugene in 2017 where she started her career in veterinary medicine. She joined the BVC team in October 2019 after moving home to the Portland area. Katey shares her home with her two dogs Malcolm and Gidget and her cat Ruth. In her free time Katey enjoys reading, hiking, knitting, and playing board games. We are very proud to have her on our team!
Veterinary Assistant/Client Relations
Kathrin is the newest member of our team, she joined us in December of 2019. She was born and raised in Oregon City, and has lived out in the country on a farm her whole life. Kathrin’s been in the veterinary field since her junior year of high school where she started as an intern. She’s had animals in her life since she was young and wouldn’t want to live any other way. In Kathrin’s free time she enjoys hiking with her Labrador Retriver (Willie), horseback riding, camping, fishing, and painting with her cat (Oreo). We are so happy to have her with us!
Megan joined our team in October of 2019. She graduated from the Yuba College Veterinary Technology program and became a Certified Veterinary Technician prior to moving here from California. Currently, she is a student at Portland State University working towards a degree in biology. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time outdoors, painting, playing video games, and hanging out with her cat, Lucky. We are proud to have her on our team!