Dr. Laura Fredricks Powell

While growing up in Chicago, Dr. Laura Fredricks discovered she had a strong bond with animals. After graduating from high school, she followed her dreams of becoming a veterinarian and moved out west to attend Colorado State University. In 2004, she completed her bachelors degree in Zoology, with a minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology. She continued her veterinary education at Colorado State and graduated in 2008. While going to school, she became an avid snowboarder and participated in the university Triathlon club. After graduation, she continued her journey out west to experience the coast and mountains. She has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Rogue Valley since 2010, specializing in surgery and ophthalmology. In January 2013, she joined the Best Friends Animal Hospital team. She has an orange tabby, Rusty, and a Catahoula hound dog, Kyra, that she likes to run with.

Dr. Sahaja Hladky D.V.M., M.S

Dr. Sahaja Hladky was raised in Colorado where she graduated from high school at age sixteen to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. She gained her pre-veterinary experience and early surgical skills working closely with numerous non-profit and rescue groups providing medical care and spay/neuter services to unhomed pets along the Front Range. She spent nine years studying at Colorado State University, in which time she completed her Bachelor’s in Environmental Health Science, Master’s of Science in Toxicology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. All the while, she continued to work with rescue groups and performed research for the USDA National Wildlife Research Center and Colorado State University’s retrovirus research group. Her studies involved non-lethal population control and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in wild feline species.

Through the years, she has enjoyed traveling both for schooling, exploration and to work closely with numerous international communities. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad in New Zealand and developed her own environmental sustainability program which she helped teach to local elementary schools. During her veterinary studies, Dr. Hladky participated in a summer long externship in Namibia, Africa for the World Wildlife Fund working on conservation and sustainability of free ranging wildlife populations in their indigenous communities.

Dr. Sahaja Hladky moved to the Rogue Valley in 2015 and has been working here as a small animal General Practitioner ever since. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and the human animal bond. She lives with her husband, dogs, horses, goats, chickens and cat on their hobby farm. For fun she enjoys trail riding, hiking, camping, making goat cheese and drinking craft beers. Her goals are to provide exceptional veterinary care and compassion to the beloved furry friends of the Rogue Valley.


My Name is Kelly Vilarino, I’ve lived in Oregon for twenty six years. I graduated in 2010 from Southern Oregon University with a BS in Health and Physical Education and played on the soccer team for two seasons. I enjoy spending time with my two cats, Dragon and Bubba Gnome and love working with animals and people. I also enjoy an active healthy lifestyle and train mixed martial arts.