The Pawsitive Wellness Story

Great partnerships are forged in unusual ways. Pawsitive Wellness is about three friends who decided they wanted to create something great by combining very different skill sets acquired in academic and professional life. We all have many years of veterinary experience in a variety of roles. Andria started as a kennel assistant who dreamed of owning her own business one day. Dr. Lisa was looking for a place to provide her exceptional veterinary skills in a setting that valued her for what she has to offer. Matt wanted an investment in a business he knew would make a difference in the lives of pets by providing true patient advocacy and a fun environment for the people. We aren’t your typical veterinary practice, and it is a great!

Lisa Poquette, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Poquette was born in St. Louis, Missouri, when she was 7 years old her family landed in the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City. She grew up loving dogs, cats and horses and trying to save baby birds that fell out of the nest. She started riding horses at the age of 4 and got her first horse when she was 14. She went on to compete in dressage and eventing, until she retired from riding in 2015.

In the summer of 1987 Dr. Poquette was persuaded to go to a summer session at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, it was one of the best experiences of her life. She came back to Kansas, got admitted to the University of Oregon for winter term and sold everything she couldn’t take with her. After moving to Oregon in January of 1988, and graduating from the University of Oregon in 1990 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology, she was admitted to the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. This entailed one year at Oregon State, the next year and half at Washington State, then back to Oregon State for the final year and half. She graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1994.

After working in a clinic which served dogs, cats and horses for a year, she decided to focus on dogs and cats. She worked in the Portland area for 3 years before returning to the Eugene area where she has been ever since.

Dr. Poquette found animal chiropractic in 2001 and became certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2002. She maintains her certification by adjusting many dogs and cats every year and by doing 30 continuing education hours in animal chiropractic every 3 years.

With the animal chiropractic came an interest in other alternative therapies. Dr. Lisa has done some study in western herbology, western acupuncture, and cold laser therapy and she is always willing to listen and learn about new therapies.

With the opening of Pawsitive Wellness Veterinary Care Dr. Poquette opens a new chapter in her career and life, one where she can explore alternative modalities while still practicing the best of western medicine. She is excited to share her knowledge with you and to learn from you as well.

Andria D. Saxon – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, Certified Veterinary Technician

Andria Saxon began her career in veterinary medicine with Dr.Bob McKnight of Florence, Oregon as a kennel assistant on her 16th birthday. She attended Lane Community College and Oregon State University where she studied pre veterinary medicine. Falling in love, getting married, and starting a family put that career path on hold. While raising her family she worked for International Paper Company in the timber accounting department and explored a career in accounting. While enjoyable, it just wasn’t veterinary medicine. The family moved to Ketchikan Alaska to follow her husband’s career and she began working for Ketchikan Veterinary Clinic in reception and as a veterinary assistant. When her husband was injured on the job he changed careers and the family moved to Eugene. Dr. Nancy Johnson hired Andria as a veterinary assistant in 2002. Andria was promoted to practice manager and shortly after passed the national board examination to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. As the practice manager she discovered the right combination veterinary medicine and business management that created the perfect career combination. In 2007 Andria passed an international board examination to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. Since her career path had become clear she returned to higher education and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration through the University of Phoenix. It was a long and wondrous path and she wouldn’t change it a single bit. Andria is married to Brad and they own a farm in Creswell. Cats, horses, bees and chickens all call Tangled Orchard Farm home.

Matt Bolton – Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Matt Bolton started work in animal health in 2003 working for Schering-Plough selling pharmaceuticals and advising veterinarians from Eugene to Napa California. After leaving Schering-Plough he joined Pfizer Animal Health, now called Zoetis, where he completed his veterinary sales career. His calling to veterinary medicine made him feel like a lottery winner. Being able to work with people committed to bettering the lives of pets, and pet parents, was marvelous. After 15 years in industry he was ready to make a change and leave the comforts of corporate employment to enjoy self-employment. Joining Andria Saxon and Dr. Lisa Poquette to start Pawsitive Wellness Veterinary Care allows him to continue giving the highest possible care to furry family members in the Eugene area. Matt resides in Medford, Oregon with his wife and three rescue dogs Kahlua, Elbe and Buster. Matt’s wife, Lorna, is a board member with Friends of the Animal Shelter and volunteers over 1000 hours a year to enhance the lives of shelter pets.