Dr. Katie Marcus
Dr. Katie Marcus
Education: Louisiana State University
Dr. Katie Marcus received her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound. Having grown up in Southern California and living in Washington State for college, Oregon feels like a natural move for Dr. Marcus, who considers all of the west coast her home.
Her clinical interests include internal medicine and dentistry, both of which make her a great fit at Frontier. She is also certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is excited to offer this treatment option to her patients.
Dr. Marcus has a full house at home with her husband Chris, their two boys Will and Nate, and two Maine Coon cats Madison and Landon. Dr. Marcus enjoys gourmet cooking and just about anything outdoors, making her a true Oregonian even with her California roots.
Hi Katie! Do you go by Katie or do you have any nicknames?
I’ve pretty much always gone by Katie, although I had one friend that called me K.T. and a number of friends in college that simply called me by my last name. Around the hospital, I’ll respond to just about anything that sounds like my first or last name or my initials.
In your words, what is your job at Frontier?
As one of the veterinarians at FVH, my job is to provide medical and surgical care to the animals and to help educate owners about the care of their animals. I have a particular interest in pain management and acupuncture for cats and dogs. I’ve recently been put in charge of the Workflow Committee to keep us a well-oiled machine–if things aren’t moving along the way they are supposed to or as efficiently as they should, my committee and I try to figure out why not and how to make that happen.
Why did you decide to work at Frontier?
When looking to move from Los Angeles to Portland, I came across the job posting for Frontier, and fell in love with hospital as soon as I started going through the website. Then I talked to and met people here, and I just knew that this was where I wanted to work. It’s really a family of amazing people who all love animals and take the most wonderful care of them.
Do you have any pets?
My husband and I have two fur-babies. Madison is truly original baby, despite being a 17-year old silver tabby Maine Coon. She went through veterinary school with me, and has moved many times and is a total trooper. She’s a beautiful girl, but a bit of an Ice Queen. Her nemesis is Landon, my husband’s laid back cat, a 9 year old brown tabby Maine Coon. Landon is a frequent photo subject on the Facebook page for Frontier – he’s hard to miss at 20lbs and 40inches from nose to tail! He looks like he could take down a gazelle, but he’s really just a love that would like you to scratch his chin or rub his belly.
Tell us a little known fact about you!
I love to travel, and my bucket list of places to go is never-ending. I’m as happy carrying a backpack and staying in a hostel as I am in a fancy hotel, as long as I can get out and see the sights. I really want to wander around London and hike Machu Picchu.
Why did you want to become a Fear Free Certified Professional?
Working full time as a veterinarian for 14 years, I see and hear from many clients that they don’t come in with their pet as often as they would like for routine care or that they delayed coming in for urgent care for their pet because the whole process is so stressful to the pet or to them (or both!). Situations where their dog pants and whines with anxiety; where their cat cowers and hides; or their dog struggles for a “simple” nail trim I wanted to find out more about how we could take away some of that stress and make the experience more comfortable for all so that I can better do preventive care to keep pets healthier longer and so that I can help that sick pet earlier in the illness before it becomes so severe that it’s harder to treat. It’s about having another tool or two to make it easier to give the excellent veterinary care we want to give to the pets!
What was your favorite/most valuable thing you learned going through the certification process?
Certified or not, we’re already doing almost all of the things we learned about! We live and work this every day, and I am part of and see the staff handling of pets day after day, so I already knew what we were doing that makes pets more comfortable in a situation that may not actually be comfortable, but to have it validated was fantastic. We are already using Feliway spray and diffusers. We’re already using treats for positive reinforcement and rewards and to get dogs more comfortable with us in the exam room or as we do our treatments. We use the cat carrier as a “safe space” for kitties for their exam. There were some great tidbits of information to learn and put into practice at Frontier, but mostly it reinforced that we were on the right track even before it was recognized