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Welcome to Kindness Family Pet Clinic

Your Veterinarian in Forest Grove, OR
Call us at 503-359-9548

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at 503-359-9548!

If you live in Forest Grove or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. Darrin Kortyka, Dr. Leah Story and Dr. Kirsten Thursam are licensed Oregon veterinarians, treating dogs and cats. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve. We put their health and their emotional well-being first. We understand that bringing your pet to a veterinary visit can be stressful for both you and your pet.

We believe that our patients should experience a low-stress visit, which is why we have trained our staff on special techniques that they use to make the visit as low-stress as possible. This special certification is called Fear Free. Our mission is to exceed your expectations by providing the highest quality medical care, with genuine compassion in a safe and comfortable environment.

Kindness Family Pet Clinic is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Dr. Darrin Kortyka, Dr. Leah Story and Dr. Kirsten Thursam have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care.

The special bonds we have with our own pets are our motivation for continuous improvement and for providing an exceptional educational experience for you at every visit. For this reason we are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 503-359-9548 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Forest Grove veterinary office is very easy to get to -- and you can find directions on our Contact Us page! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for our clients.

At Kindness Family Pet Clinic, we believe the human-animal bond is a top priority and we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Darrin Kortyka | Dr. Leah Story 
Forest Grove Veterinarian | Kindness Family Pet Clinic | 503-359-9548

2835 19th Ave. Ste. 100
Forest Grove, OR 97116

For more information on Fear Free veterinary visits please watch this video.

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Meet Our Veterinarians

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Darrin Kortyka
    Practice Owner

    Dr. Darrin Kortyka is originally from Ohio. He went to the National University of Ireland where he graduated with honors in 2001. His interests include internal medicine, pain control, dentistry and dermatology. He also passionately believes in preventative care and avoiding disease transmission from pets to family members.

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  • Dr.
    Leah Story
    Practice Owner

    I’m the black sheep of the family, as the only Beaver in a long family history of Ducks! After completing my undergraduate degrees in Zoology & Biology, at Oregon State University, I decided to pursue my veterinary degree abroad. This brought me to University College Dublin in the heart of Ireland.

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  • Dr.
    Kirsten Thursam

    I attended Oregon State University and received a poultry science degree in 1991 and my degree in veterinary medicine in 2000. I have spent 14 years in private practice and then decided I needed a change. I worked at the Feral Cat Coalition and did relief work in the Portland metro area for 3 years.

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Read What Our Clients Have to Say About Us

    I love all of the vets and vet techs at this clinic. They seem to really love their work and animals. We have never felt like we were just a number to them. We have three Labradors who are not fans of the vet office. Each of the veterinarians have gotten on the floor to sit with them and coo them before they begin the exam (which is also peformed on floor with my pups). They truly are so kind and comforting to my furbabies. It means the world to us. I drive 30 minutes out just to see them. I highly recommend Kindness Family Pet Clinic. PS shout out to their support team, too!


    The care and well-being of your pet is first and foremost with the staff and doctors at Kindness Family Pet Clinic/ We have been going there for years and not only have our pets been treated with great care and compassion, we as pet parents have been treated the same way. When we lost our little Noel in 2016, words can't begin to express the care and empathy we received. It was so appreciated when we were so hearbroken. We now have new fur baby who receives the same exemplary care as our Noel did. If we could give them more than 4 stars we would give them a million!


    We had an amzing experience - the vets were very friendly, knowloedgeable, informative and professional!!! They walked us through the entire check-up, explained each step and answered all our questions. They handled our puppy with care and kindness!!! They included a full puppy "care" folder which included how to potty training, acceptable behavior, and a list of good local puppy training classes. Even the technician and front staff were super friendly. I highly recommend Kindness Family Pet Clinic and we plan to continue seeing them for all of our new four-legged family memeber's needs.


    I can't find the words to express just how much I love this place. Dr. Kortyka is amazing, and I can't say enough how much I love everyone there. I am glad they are close, but would drive to see them if I had too, they are that good. Yes, THAT GOOD...


    I have had animals all my life and this clinic is by far one of the best vet clinics I have trusted to care for my pets. Their staff is very professional, courteous and very patient. The following up is outstanding with phone calls and emails. From the first phone call when I was searching for a bet to today when Ghost needed TLC for an ear injury, they have always been so carin and kind. Feels like visiting friends. Thanks so much Dr. K and Dr. Story!

    Marty Taylor

    This vet has been so very kind to us and our fur babies. They love both our dogs and have the best customer service. The pricing here is also amazing as well. It's a little drive out to forest grove, but so worth it. I highly recommend kindness family pet clinic.

    Jessica G.S. - Forest Grove, OR

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