Meet Dr. Janelle Walker

I was the neighborhood kid who brought home strays and tried to nurse injured birds and squirrels back to health. Following a double major of Biology and Microbiology, I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and have been a dedicated veterinarian ever since. As a pet owner all my life, I know how stressful it can be to bring a beloved family pet to the veterinarian for care. That’s why after starting Best Friends Veterinary in 2001, I’ve been working ever since to create a better, more comfortable way.

When the weather cooperates (and sometimes when it’s not!), you’ll find me on hiking trails with my dogs, gardening or riding my bike for miles across the countryside.

Professional Degrees & Affiliations

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State
  • University and Washington State University
  • Portland Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • American Association of Feline Practitioners
  • Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
  • Cofounder, Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

Meet Dr. Menighed

I was born in Algeria and grew up in France. Pursuing my dream for the welfare of animals, and believing that human health and animal health are synergistically intertwined, I feel it is my role as a veterinarian to further this synergy by practicing excellence in pet-health care. In line with this, it has been my honor to volunteer as a veterinarian with nonprofit organizations locally and overseas in countries such as France, Algeria and the Cook Islands in the South Pacific.

When I’m not caring for pets, I try to make time for soccer, volleyball, biking, hiking, photography, camping and traveling.

Professional Degrees & Affiliations

  • (France) Docteur Veterinaire, École Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort, Paris
  • (U.S.) Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • Santa Barbara Ventura Medical Association

Our Staff


Veterinary Technician
Hi I’m Tessa! I’ve lived in Oregon all my life and have had a passion for animals for as long as I can remember. I got my first fur baby, Mia, in 2019 and discovered how fulfilling it is taking care of her. She made me realize that I needed a career where I can help pets as well as their parents, and here at Best Friends I found my purpose in taking care of your fur babies like they are my own! You’ll often hear me singing to your cats and dogs in the background during treatments and telling them how handsome or pretty they are. I’m looking forward to seeing you and your pet at your next appointment!


Veterinary Technician
Hey! I’m Alicia. I am a native Oregonian and a recent graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in animal science with a focus in pre-veterinary medicine. I have always been an animal lover, and at six years old I decided I wanted to be a vet. Working at BFVMC is the next step in helping me reach my goal.

When I’m not working you can find me playing with my Australian Shepherd, Maizy, or at the barn with my four horses: Dixie Chic, Prints, Vixen and Minnie Mouse.

My dream is to attend vet school, where I want to specialize in equine lameness. All while continuing to show my horses to many more national world and national titles, most recently being named the 2022 American Miniature Horse National Stakes Grand Champion.


Veterinary Technician
Hi, my name is Maribeth! I moved here from New York but was born in Michigan. Moving to the West Coast has brought a lot of changes to my life, and the best one so far (besides the lack of snow) has been my career change from working in child care to being able to care for animals. Here at Best Friends, I am well known for being a certified cat whisperer among many other things. Being able to help bring quality care to animals of all sorts has been nothing less than rewarding. I look forward to caring for your pets as well.


Veterinary Technician
Hi, I’m Ellie! I’m originally from Richmond, Virginia, but I moved out here to go to University of Oregon (Go Ducks!). I graduated in June of 2022 with a Bachelors of Science in biology and a minor in biochemistry.

I have a long history of working with animals through pet sitting and have previously worked at a doggy daycare/vet clinic. Being around pets and getting to know their owners has inspired me to pursue veterinary school. I am taking some time off of school to gain experience and keep working with animals, but I’m looking forward to going back to school in the next couple years!

When I’m not working, I spend almost of my time with my husky, Willa. Together we are discovering all that Portland has to offer before we start our next big adventure when I head off to vet school. Until then, I’m really enjoying meeting off of our clients and their sweet pets!


Veterinary Technician/Receptionist
Hi, I’m Darbi! I was born and raised in Portland, and I knew from a young age all I wanted to do was be around animals (especially cats). At BFVMC, I am the cat lady that will go and adore all of your pets. It is my purpose here and everywhere else I go to make sure all animals get the best care they possibly can and help support the human-animal bond.

I am working toward my Veterinary Technician Degree and, at BFVMC, I get to work directly with what I am studying! If I am not here, you can find me at home with my 3 black cats—Trugget (pictured with me), Alfredo, and Cuddi—and with my lovely partner spending time doing art, bike riding around town, or cooking!


Veterinary Receptionist
Hi, I’m Daisy! I was born and raised in Southern California. When I was a kid, my dream was to be a veterinarian. When my 15-year-old dog Oso passed away (and as I grew up), I changed my mind but not my love for animals! I was lucky enough to have wonderful parents for letting my sisters and me get 3 other dogs while also having Oso. So, I have 3 dogs back home with my family, and 2 pups here in Oregon! Before working here, I worked as reception at a doggy daycare, which gave me the confidence to work at Best Friends.

When I’m not at work I like to be with my dogs and partner. Going to the coast, taking my pups to new places, and trying new restaurants/bars. I consider myself an unofficial foodie. (:


Office Manager
With a professional background managing construction crews, coaching teams of K-12th graders chess, robotics, soccer, basketball, baseball, archery, and tennis, and teaching kids of all ages everything from computer science to outdoor survival skills, now I find myself with a wonderful new challenge—helping keep the gears running smoothly in this humming veterinary clinic. I’ve always loved being around dogs and cats, but my life’s work has involved helping people. It’s my pleasure that I get to do both here at Best Friends.