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 great!
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 of 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 the industry he was ready to make a change and leave the comforts of corporate employment to enjoy self-employment.
Joining Andria Saxon 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.
Dr. Laura - Veterinarian
Dr. Laura Hardy is originally from the City of Chicago. She graduated with a double major in Pre-veterinary medicine and Animal Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in 2016. After graduation, she added a degree in Food Therapy at the esteemed Chi Institute in Florida. She is currently gaining her certification in small animal acupuncture.
Laura has completed multiple internships ranging from small and large animal medicine, equine orthopedic surgery, zoological medicine, nutrition, and Wildlife rehabilitation.
She is currently the resident veterinarian at The Northwest Dog Project Rescue, where she also holds a board position. Her specialties include Dental Medicine, Nutrition, and Geriatrics.
Laura currently lives in Eugene with her husband John and their rescue dog Paloma.
Wendy - Client Service Rep
Hi my name is Wendy, I’m your Client Service Rep here at Pawsitive Wellness Veterinary Care.
After many years working in dentistry, I finally get the privilege to work in the field that I had always dreamed of working as a kid.
I enjoy working with our clients and their pets assisting them in their wellness care.
I also enjoy my team here at PWVC, what a dream team to work with!
When I’m not here at PWVC, I enjoy riding & showing my horse Lena in stock horse shows.
I also enjoy time spent with my 2 dogs -Jack & Tucker, my cats -Skitsy & Aspen as well as my husband Kelly.