There's no place like home
Born and raised on her parents' small farm, second-generation Wilsonville resident Dr. Anna Fumasi is back as the newest veterinarian at Village at Main Veterinary Hospital.
After graduating from Wilsonville High School in 2001, Fumasi set her sights on earning a degree in animal sciences from Oregon State University. While in Corvallis, Fumasi completed two bachelor degrees and her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Oregon State University in 2010 before heading off to Puyallup, Washington.
Although Fumasi says that she loved the fast-paced environment in the city of 80,000, she began to feel a pull to move back to Wilsonville along with her husband and two young children.
"I wanted to be back next to family, friends and the community," Fumasi says. "We also really wanted our kids to grow up here."
Despite having gone back to visit her parents in the 15 years since she moved away to go to college, Fumasi says that she was surprised by how much the city had grown and changed since she left.
"It's a lot bigger than when I grew up here," Fumasi says. "I'm enjoying it so far, but it is also strange because I'm used to somewhere larger like the city I was in."
Regardless of the changes, Fumasi says that her parents and children, ages two and four, have been big supporters of the move.
"My parents are thrilled, especially getting to play with the grandkids," Fumasi says. "And my kids love it too that they get to play with their nana and papa."
Fumasi says that being back near her parents has been a treat for everyone involved, but the relocation has also been useful for her parents.
"They'll give me a call and say, 'There's this wrong with my sheep. Will you come look at them?'" Fumasi says with a laugh.
But Fumasi says that the perk of being close to her family was sweetened by the opportunity to work at Village at Main with owner Ken Genova for a second time in her career.
"I worked with Dr. Genova when he owned Tigard Animal Hospital so I know what his expectations are as far as work goes and I enjoy the flow of things and being busy here," she says.
One of the areas of interest that she's been pursuing at Village at Main is laser therapy technology. Designed to speed up healing in wounds and easing pain, Fumasi says that the cold laser technology available at Village at Main is a game-changing advancement.
"You can use it for surgery, for bite wounds, for arthritis treatment for pain and provide comfort without the need for medical intervention — it's an alternative intervention," she says. "We've been using it for a while and gaining knowledge while seeing how patients respond to it, which is nice."
With a fondness for dogs and pocket-pets — like guinea pigs and rabbits — Fumasi says that she's excited to build her practice at Village at Main while looking for a long-term home.
"We're hoping to stay for a while and we've been talking about getting some property here," she says. "It would be nice to have a small farm with personal stuff, like chickens and a garden."