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 (Practice Owner)
and daughter Elise
Dr. Ziegenbalg, Dr. Z, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Environmental Biology. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and is a member of Phi Zeta. He worked as an associate in small animal practice and emergency/critical care settings after graduation for 7 years. In 2007 he and his wife designed and started their own small animal medical and surgical practice and grew it into a very successful practice which they sold 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. He enjoys staying current on the latest information and techniques in veterinary medicine and surgery. Dr. Z considers it a great privilege to take care of his patients, interact with and help their owners and 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 9 year old daughter Elise in the outdoors: running, biking, snow skiing, camping and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. They have a toy poodle named Gidget, and Elise would love to adopt a kitten and a puppy in the near future.
Dr. Mark Storey (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.
Meet our Team
Burlingame Veterinary Clinic's team are experienced at taking care of patient and client needs.
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 with Brenda is her son Tyler when he was tiny and her doggie Laila who passed away. 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 17 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 18 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!
Diana started working at BVC in May of 2017. Pictured above is her and her doggie "Dexter" and Diana's husband Bryan. 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!