We are extremely proud of our caring, skilled, and enthusiastic veterinary team! We’ve combined our diverse experiences, formal education, dedication, and love for animals into a cohesive veterinary team. In order to best serve your pet, we are cross-trained to perform various functions throughout the hospital.
Chuck 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 past president and an active member of the 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 photography, 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 Flicka, as seen in his picture.
Ken Hughs, D.V.M.
Dr. Hughs graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. After several years working with both dogs and cats, he opened Cats Exclusive Medical Center in 1998, one of the first Gold Certified Cat Friendly Practices. He loves working with cats and has devoted his recent career to feline medicine.
After joining Dogwood in 2016, he is rediscovering his love of working with dogs, too, although his heart is with your cats. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Hughs treat your pets as if they were their own. They understand that pets are part of your family and an important part of your life!
Kara LaRue, D.V.M.
Dr. LaRue graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.She spent six years working with dogs and cats at a veterinary hospital in San Antonio, TX. Her areas of specialty are ultrasonography, internal medicine and surgery.
She and her husband moved their family of three children and four fur babies to Oregon in 2017. They look forward to exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She is very excited to be a part of the Dogwood Pet Hospital Team and would love to meet you and your fur babies.