Dr. Preston continues to practice high quality medicine while also leading the team as Medical Director of Lombard Animal Hospital. He enjoys maintaining the neighborhood atmosphere at LAH by interacting with his clients and patients on both a professional and personal level.
At home, Dr. Preston spends time with his 15-year old friend Coors the cat, his bird Homie, and Gomez the tortoise. He can be found making lots of noise on his guitar when Dr. Nell is not home. When spending time together, they are usually hiking, biking, kayaking, snow-sporting, and enjoying the good food and drink we have here in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Nell is a foodie and also believes in good, high quality nutrition for her patients. It was nutrition and whole food supplementation that actually led Dr. Nell to explore more advanced alternative medicine therapies such as acupuncture and herbal formulas for her patients. In 2010, Dr. Nell completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Course including 150 hours of classroom work and 60 hours of internship, followed by a written and practical certification exam. Since that time, she has expanded on her education through attending international conferences and by becoming an educator for IVAS. She has been a teaching associate from 2013 – 2015 and will continue her involvement as an educator as well as an active member of this dynamic international organization. Dr. Nell leads the Integrative Medicine Program at Lombard Animal Hospital, offering a variety of traditional and natural veterinary modalities. She combines her original education in Western Medicine with her passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to achieve the best results for her patients. She is happy to work with almost any companion pet including dogs, cats, rabbits, small mammals, reptiles, birds and the occasional barnyard species.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Nell enjoys outdoor activities based on the seasons and loves to sit in a café with a delicious cappuccino on rainy days – or really any day. She works hard to practice what she preaches by staying fit, eating healthy, and paying attention to her health and life balance. She has a terrible case of the travel bug and is always looking forward to her next adventure with Dr. Preston.
Outside of work, Dr. Stuie‘s favorite activities include hiking, playing board games with friends, trying new coffee shops, and knitting. She also tries to enjoy as much time as she can with her own menagerie of pets, which include her cat, Io; her dogs Quincy and Opal, and her cockatoo, Brandi.
At home, she has two black cats: Onyx, and Obsidian whom she rescued from the Caribbean and California; and a red mare named Annie. In her spare time, Dr. Victoria plays music from West Africa and Brazil, playing with local Brazilian bands Samba Alegria, and Maracatu PDX. She also loves to hike and spend time outdoors, as well as cuddle up with kitties and read a good book.