Dr. Richard Hillmer:
Dr. Hillmer received his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1980. He established the Oak Hills Veterinary Clinic & Bird Hospital in 1981. After five years of operation, he moved the practice to its current location on Wallace Rd. Dr. Hillmer's special areas of interest include pet nutrition, animal behavior, and avian health. He has extensive knowledge and experience in caring for companion dogs, cats, and birds.
Dr. Hillmer is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Marion Polk Veterinary Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the Amercian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, the North American Association for Laser Therapy and the Association of Avian Veterinarians. He enjoys many hobbies, including cross country skiing and roller skiing.
Dr. Darcy Smith:
Dr. Smith also obtained her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1980. She has worked at Oak Hills Veterinary Clinic for the past 25 years. Prior to that, she served as an emergency veterinarian for 8 years. Her special interests in the veterinary field include feline health, ultrasound, and dentistry.
Dr. Smith is passionate about continuing her education in veterinary medicine and works hard to stay up to date with the most recent advances in order to offer the most excellent care to patients. She devotes time each week to reading and attending continuing education courses.
Dr. Smith also belongs to several professional associations including the American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Marion Polk Veterinary Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Dental Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Dr. Smith and her husband, Dr. Richard Hillmer, own Oak Hills Veterinary Clinic & Bird Hospital. Together they have a daughter, Emily, live with 2 cats named Starfish and Van, and a Boston Terrier named Renji. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, cross country skiing, and running.
Both Dr. Hillmer and Dr. Smith believe in the necessity of working as a team, along with their technicians, assistants and front office staff to create a clinic culture where we provide the best medical care and client service for your pets and you.
Dr. Diane Alexander:
Dr. Alexander graduated from the University of Illinois, earning her degree in veterinary medicine in 1990. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while visiting here in 1989, and as a result, she moved to Oregon shortly after graduating to begin her practice. She practiced in Oregon City until 1999, when she established her own business, Relief Veterinary Services, and began working with various practices in Portland, Eugene, Salem and the surrounding areas, caring for patients whenever their primary doctor was away from the clinic. Dr. Alexander began working with the Oak Hills Veterinary team in 2000.
Her special areas of interest include soft tissue surgery and feline and canine internal medicine. "I feel extremely blessed to be able to wake up every morning and do what I love to do!" She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, and Amercian Association of Feline Practioners and has been involved as a volunteer surgeon for the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon's spay/neuter clinics since its founding in 1995.
She lives in Salem with her husband, Paul, and two cats. In her free time she enjoys hiking, bicycling, playing piano and working on home renovation projects.