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About Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Klau – Gresham Veterinarians

Gresham VeterinarianChuck Hawkins, D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Hawkins graduated from Purdue University. After proudly serving as a veterinarian in the United States Army, he brought his family to Portland.

With the help of his family and friends, he built Dogwood Pet Hospital (literally–with hammer, saw, and tape measurer). In 1978, Dr. Hawkins opened his hospital and has created a loving, compassionate, and dedicated practice over the last 30 years.  Not only does he create a bond with his patients, he also deeply cares about his clients and their families. Many of our clients have trusted Dr. Hawkins’ veterinary care and expertise for decades. Time and time again, Dr. Hawkins has been described by both clients and staff as passionate, caring, inspiring, and dynamic.

Realizing a need to go beyond the conventional approach of veterinary medicine, Dr. Hawkins developed an interest in holistic veterinary care (treating your whole pet, not just the specific problem) with a combination of Western medicine, Chinese medicine, nutrition, and herbal therapies. He received acupuncture training through a five-month course by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

During his career, he has continually given back to the community in which he loves. He has served as a Boy Scout Leader, an active church leader, on several city and county committees, and is current President-Elect of Gresham Rotary. In addition to his formal community service, he has been routinely known for the first one to lend a hand by helping his staff and their families, neighbors, family & friends.

When Dr. Hawkins is not at Dogwood Pet Hospital, he enjoys woodworking and home projects with his wife, Sandi, hiking (ask about his mountain climbs), long-distance bicycling (literally hundreds of miles), and spending time with his loved ones including Stardust and Flicka, as seen in his picture.

Levi Klau, D.V.M.

Dr. Levi Klau grew up in upstate New York, and graduated from veterinary school at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. After hearing about Portland’s reputation, he decided to come try his luck in the Pacific NW. He started with a one-year internship at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in NW Portland, but after completing the internship decided that emergency-only practice was not for him, as he wasn’t able to form relationships with clients and their pets. Dr. Klau is now looking forward to meeting new clients and pets at Dogwood, and learning more about integrative medicine from Dr. Hawkins. He also plans on treating small mammals and reptiles. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his cute but cowardly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Jolene, riding one of his three bikes around town, and attending gallery openings and live music.

Proud Members of:

American Animal Hospital Association
American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association

American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
Portland Veterinary Medical Association
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
Veterinary Information Network
Gresham Rotary

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