Meet Our Team

  • Jennifer A. Malter

    Dr. Jen Malter is originally from Southern California and completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Santa Barbara before moving north up the coast. She spent 12 years at her last practice, both as a licensed veterinary technician, and then as a doctor after graduating from Oregon State University with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She's a true Beavers fan and on any day you might find her wearing an OSU scrub!

    Dr. Malter started working in clinics in high school as a volunteer and gradually worked her way through the ranks to become a doctor. Having worked in many clinics in many positions has helped shape her own preferences at Oceanlake Veterinary Clinic. Her primary focus is on patient care, patient comfort, and client satisfaction. Everything in the clinic is designed to make your visit as comfortable as possible. While she loves treating dogs and cats, she also has a special interest in birds and other small mammals.

    Outside of the clinic Dr. Malter spends her time with her bouncy yellow Labrador dog Emma, unique puli Nanni and Sweet Pea, a Lutino Indian Ring-necked Parakeet. If she can ever get away from the clinic you may find her walking the beach with Emma, bowling, water-skiing, or watching a Beavers game! Stop by and introduce yourself so she can better get to know you and your furry family.

  • Kelsey Merriam

    Dr. Kelsey Merriam, aka OLVC's 'crazy cat lady,' graduated with Honors from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. She was raised in the Puget Sound region of Washington State and knew she wanted to stay in the beautiful Pacific Northwest after graduating, but never imagined that she'd end up living a dream come true on the Oregon Coast. She still pinches herself sometimes, and feels so incredibly fortunate to have found such an amazing town and clinic to call home.  Dr. Merriam is passionate about animal behavior and is Fear Free Level 2 certified, so you and your furry family members can have the least-stressful visit possible. She also enjoys cytology (examining cells under the microscope), diagnostic imaging, and preventative medicine, but her favorite thing about veterinary medicine is helping to nurture the human-animal bond. When not in the clinic, Dr. Merriam can be found digging in her garden, perfecting her catio, looking for rocks on the beach, or out hiking. She also enjoys yoga, ice sports (she taught figure skating and played goalie in a hockey league during vet school!), and relaxing with her two purrfect kitties, Ronald and Meeko. 

  • Kaitlyn M. Vander Pas

    Dr. Kaitlyn Vander Pas or 'Dr. V' is a local Oregonian from the Portland area whom graduated from Oregon State University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2023. Some of our long-term clients may remember Dr. V before she became a veterinarian as she has been working with Oceanlake since 2017 as a veterinary assistant! With a love for the Pacific Northwest and the coastal community it was an easy decision to return. While she loves working with various species, Dr. V has special interests in preventative medicine, dentistry, ultrasonography, and nutrition. 'I'm privileged to live my passion for veterinary medicine and I will take great lengths to ensure your pet is given the very best possible care I can provide. I believe that every animal deserves health and happiness, whether they have fur, feathers, or scales.' When away from the clinic, Dr. V enjoys creating traditional artwork, swimming, and spending time with her 2 precious cats Zuko and Maou.

  • Kim
    Clinic Manager

    Kim grew up in Washington but has lived in Oregon for the last 17 years. She moved with her family to Lincoln City in March of 2020 at the start of the pandemic and took a year off to homeschool her children before starting at Oceanlake Veterinary Clinic in April of 2021. Kim has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Central Washington University, but her dream has always been to work with animals and people, so she started working in the veterinary field in 2007. She worked in kennels, as an assistant, a receptionist, and assistant manager prior to starting her career as a practice manager in 2014. After taking time off in 2022 to work in special education, Kim found her forever home at Oceanlake Veterinary Clinic. She loves working with the amazing staff and clients and enjoys the fast-paced environment.

    When Kim is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, or walking the beach hunting for treasures. Kim has 2 amazing children, 2 dogs (a St. Bernard mix named Harley, and a Cattle Dog mix named Chloe), and 2 cats (named Ryo and Fred). Kim also has a passion for farm animals and currently has chickens.

  • Mary

    Mary is a fifth generation Oregonian who was born and raised on a wheat ranch in Eastern Oregon. After graduating from Whitman College she attended Boise State University to obtain a second degree. She received her Master degree in Health and Human Performance from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Mary was an Assistant Professor and Head Women's Basketball Coach at Linfield College before moving to the Division I level to coach basketball at University of Idaho, Radford University, and Oregon State University. Following retirement from coaching she was the bookkeeper for Corvallis Cat Care. Currently, Mary is the business manager for Oceanlake Veterinary Clinic. Mary also loves sports, the outdoors, wildlife, bird watching and traveling.

  • Kyla
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Kyla completed the Veterinary Assistant program at Linn Benton Community College before moving back to her hometown of Lincoln City in 2011. She then started working for Oceanlake Veterinary Clinic in September of 2011. She has a Great Dane named Boone and a crazy Australian Shepherd Mix named Cricket who loves to go on beach/trail runs. She also has several chickens that she is very fond of (pictured above). Kyla finished her degree to become a Certified Veterinary Technician through Penn Foster College in 2019. She assists in surgery and exam rooms. On her days off, Kyla enjoys going to the gym, working on home projects, and going on hikes with her dog. 

  • Shelby
    Veterinary Assistant

    Shelby is one of the veterinary assistants here at Oceanlake. This is her first time getting to work in the veterinary field and she is enjoying the experience. Shelby was born and raised in California, but soon fell in love with the scenery at the Oregon coast. She had grown up on a farm and raised a wide range of pets from farm animals like poultry and goats, to more exotic animals such as snakes and hedgehogs. She also had shown goats and poultry competitively through 4-H. In her free time she loves to travel with her dog Scotch (shown in the picture), scuba diving with sharks, or curling up with a good book. Shelby is ecstatic to get to know you and your four-legged family members!

  • Sam
    Veterinary Assistant

    Sam moved to Lincoln City in May of 2021 from Mesa, Arizona. She has over four years of customer experience and has always loved animals. Sam started working for Oceanlake in October 2021 and is eager to keep learning more about the practice. She currently helps with reception, boarding, and treatment. On her days off she enjoys passing time by baking, playing video games, and cuddling with her two boys Jasper (bottom) and Cosmo (top).

  • Mary Ann
    Veterinary Assistant

    Mary Ann has lived in Oregon her entire life and has spent most of it on the Oregon coast. She grew up with a variety of animals from domestic pets to farm animals and even has had some exotics. She currently has an American Pitbull Terrier named Star (shown in photo), and three cats named Zazu, Kiwi, and Pigeon. Mary Ann has over 3 years of customer service experience and just as many, if not more, in animal care. She has worked in a rescue, as a groomer, pet sitter, and has experience in training. She has enjoyed it all. Mary Ann started working at the clinic in September of 2022 and absolutely loves it. She enjoys the fast pace and the constant learning. This has been considered her dream job for a while and she is more than grateful to have the opportunity to work at the clinic. When Mary Ann is not working you will find her out with Star or curled up with her cats and a good book.

  • Mary
    Client Service Representative

    Mary is one of our hardworking Customer Service Representatives. She has been with the clinic since September of 2022, and has loved the experience! This is her first job working in the animal care industry, but her previous experience lies in teaching music to children. She has two cats (Cooper left, Squirtle right), and is thoroughly a crazy cat lady! In her free time, she likes to try to crochet with the lovely distractions that are her cats.

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  • Rylee
    Client Service Representative

    Rylee was born and raised in Lincoln City. She grew up around many types of animals and has always wanted to work with them. Rylee has 2 dogs named Tequilla and Shiloh, they are her whole world, and the reason she has such a passion for helping other pets. Rylee is eager to continue learning and growing at the clinic and to meet your beloved pets! In her free time, she loves to explore with her dogs and go scavenger hunting!   


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Oceanlake Veterinary Clinic


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