Meet Our Veterinarians

In July of 2001 Drs. Frost and Grossen purchased the practice. Since their purchase of the hospital Dr. Frost, Dr. Grossen, their associates, and staff have worked tirelessly to provide compassionate quality medical care for their patients on behalf of the people who love them.

Dr. Andrea Frost, DVM, co-owner
Education: Reed College, University of Iowa, Oregon State University


Dr. Frost received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Reed College and her Master’s degree in Zoology (Neuroscience) from the University of Iowa. Prior to veterinary school, she was employed by the U.S. Forest Service as an engineering aide and by Reed College and Legacy Health Systems as a biomedical research technician, working with slugs, snails, barnacles and electric fish. She received her DVM from Oregon State University and started practice in a rural setting in southwest Washington state, where she saw bald eagles and great blue herons daily. Although southwest Portland doesn’t offer quite the same scenic views, Dr. Frost loves being in a “family” practice, being able to walk to work and when it isn’t cloudy, seeing Mt. Hood on her daily walks.

Her special interests are in preventive care, geriatric care and zoonotic/reverse zoonotic diseases (those which can be passed from animals to humans and from humans to animals).When not at work Dr. Frost enjoys reading, gardening, walking, camping, and hiking with her human and canine family, and the never-ending remodeling of her 1940’s era house. Her two cats are her essential reading partners.

Dr. Julie Grossen, DVM, co-owner
Education: Oregon State University


Born and raised in Oregon, Dr. Grossen completed her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian when she earned her DVM from Oregon State University in 1993. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from OSU. Dr. Grossen has been practicing small animal medicine at Pacific Veterinary Hospital since June 1995. She became a co-owner with Dr. Andrea Frost in 2001.

Dr. Grossen lives in Milwaukie with her husband John, dogs Josie and Norm, and cat Alvin. On her time off she enjoys camping, traveling, scrapbooking and cheering for her beloved Beavers. GO BEAVS!

Dr. Susan Nolte
Education: Cornell University

Dr. Nolte graduated from Cornell University in 1984, moved to the Pacific Northwest post grad in 1984 and has never left. Dr. Nolte has worked in small animal practice in the greater Portland area for 26 years. She is an active member of our community and has volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for 7 years and as a 4-H dog training leader for 4 years. She has also volunteered as a math/reading tutor in Beaverton elementary schools, volunteered for SMART (start making a reader today) for 2 years and more recently has been a garden volunteer at NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) as well as a spay/neuter volunteer for the Feral Cat Coalition.

Dr. Nolte enjoys art (fused glass, felting, collage, colored pencil drawing) gardening (an art form in itself), hiking with dogs, her current hiking companions are Galena a sweet Aussie and an adorable terrier mutt named Ava.

Dr. Veronica Verdoliva
Education: University of Bologna, Italy, Oregon State University


Dr. Verdoliva—Dr. V to her clients—was born and raised in Puglia, Italy. She went to University in Bologna, Italy where she earned her degree in veterinary medicine in 2002. After moving to the United States Dr. Verdoliva told her husband that she needed to practice veterinary medicine, her love for veterinary medicine was so great that she returned to school and completed one year of clinical rotation at Oregon State University in 2006, before taking and passing the NVBME jurisprudence exam for Oregon.

Dr. Verdoliva also worked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Cardiology department for six months before moving to Portland with her husband and joining our team at Pacific Veterinary Hospital. As a veterinarian, Dr. Verdoliva likes ultrasound because of its non-invasive ability to see inside the body, as well as internal medicine.

At home, Veronica lives with her husband and their two young children. They also have two cats 17-year-old Furio (Dr. Verdoliva’s first Christmas present from her husband) and recently she adopted a two-week-old kitten she was fostering named Lupo (Wolf).

Dr. Laura Bukowski
Education: Iowa State University, University of Illinois


Dr. Bukowski is a transplant from the Midwest where she completed her bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences at Iowa State University in 2007 and received her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 2011. Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, she moved to Oregon 3 years ago and loves seeing mountains every day.

When not in the clinic, Dr. Bukowski enjoys playing upright bass and piano, reading, and spending time with her two mini-Schnauzer mixes, Lily and Scooter.