April joined SVA in 1997 after earning her A.A. in Arts and Sciences and A.A. in Veterinary Technology at Pierce Community College. She has a cat named Marbles and a dog named Halla.
Outside the office, April makes glycerin soaps, salves, lip balms, and facial masks. She also enjoys gardening – growing Italian herbs, mostly – and spending time with her family.
Avis joined SVA in 2009. She began as a veterinary assistant at Northwest Veterinary Hospital after obtaining her Master’s degree in biological anthropology from Kent State University. She was licensed as a Veterinary Technician in 2015. Her veterinary interests lie in parasitology, zoonotic diseases and clinical pathology. When Avis is not work, she enjoys traveling, watching live music, hiking, reading outdoor survival stories, knitting, and spending time in the sun, when and where she can find it. She is a thrill-seeker and enjoys activities that involve speed and a healthy dose of danger. She has a young dog named Eli and spends time training and being active with her new companion. She also shares her home with a cute little geriatric kitty named Suna.
Constance joined SVA originally in 1995 after graduating from Pierce Community College with an A.A. in Veterinary Technology in 1993. Her veterinary interests include dentistry and complementary therapies. Constance’s great love of animals has led to her owning a practical zoo over the years. She currently cares for, Scooby Duke IV the Great Dane, Lacey the cattle dog cross, as well as four kitties named Mickey, Priss, Shikon, and Cheezy Puff. She also enjoys spending time with Shazam, her thoroughbred horse, Little Rusty rooster, Lucky the chicken, & the twin hens. As if that’s not enough, Constance also shares her home with Lizabeth the leopard gecko and her human family, too!
Emilie joined SVA in October of 2009 after earning her BA in Fine Arts from Seattle University and Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Pierce College in 2009. Her Veterinary interests include pharmacology, pain management and Shar Pei specific conditions and maladies. When not at work, Emilie enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Emilie also very much wishes to say: “Go Sounders!” Emilie lives with her Shar Pei named Sasha P. Ruffington who has a cute wrinkled face.
Julie joined SVA in 2010. She earned her Veterinary Technician License from Fort Steilacoom Community College with a degree in Animal Technology and got her LVT license in 1985. Julie enjoys all areas of Veterinary medicine and has a passion for working with geriatric pets. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, world music, restoring furniture, and volunteering at Northwest Seaport. Julie is managed by two cats: Zeb a Scottish fold Mix and Gusie, a smoke colored domestic medium hair. Both cats met her at the shelter and decided she could take them home. Sometimes they even let her sleep in the bed with them.
Linda first joined SVA in 1977 and returned in 1980 after earning her A.A. and A.S. in Veterinary Technology at Pierce Community College. She took 5 years off to focus on the specialty practices of cardiology & oncology before returning to SVA for good. She received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2008 and her second VTS in Canine & Feline Clinical Practice in 2012. She has also received specialty training in ultrasound imaging.
She currently has two fabulous rescue Cardigan Welsh corgis – Bill and Jake. She is a speaker and published author and is the editor of Small Animal Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians & Nurses. Outside the office, Linda enjoys scuba diving, traveling, supporting women in sports, watching the Seattle Mariners, and growing orchids and cacti.
Lisa joined SVA in 1988. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan and has maintained a Washington LVT license from 1988 to the present. Lisa says veterinary anesthesia is especially interesting and challenging for her. “The options for care are always evolving, so there are a myriad of treatment options to keep abreast of. For each patient’s surgical or dental event, I focus on providing an experience that is as serene, comfortable and safe as possible.”
Since she is admittedly a bit hyperactive, Lisa enjoys working in a profession that requires physical and mental stamina. Outside the office Lisa prefers to be outdoors. Her favorite outdoor activities are cycling, sailing, hiking, skate skiing and skijoring with her sweet pointer mix, Lexie. When she gets some down time she can be found reading or studying a language.
Lisa joined SVA in 2008, as a Veterinary Assistant. Lisa earned her Veterinary Technology degree from Penn Foster University and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2013. Lisa also holds a B.S. degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ashley joined SVA in April 2012. She is one of the practices cat advocates and she strives to make the veterinary experience as stress free as possible for the feline patients and their parents. She also looks for just about any excuse to get out her special cat toys and treats. Oddly enough, Ashley has two cats! Gus is the fluffy tailed man of the house and Jinga is the spunky little sister that wrestles with him all day. In her free time she enjoys going to Sounders games and hiking.
Daniel joined SVA in January of 2011 after earning a BS in Biology at Seattle University. He enjoys fishing, fly-fishing, snowboarding, and just about anything outdoors. He is currently a volunteer Track and Field coach at Seattle University as well as an alumnus of the program. Daniel also has an African Kenji Cichlid named Poke (Po-keh).
Eliana joined SVA in June of 2014 after earning her BS in Biology from Central Washington University. She has a strong interest in veterinary surgical procedures. In her spare time, she enjoys cuisine from all cultures, hiking, camping, rooting for the Seahawks with her husband and any time at the beach. Eliana looks forward to adding a puppy to her family.
Ga-Wing joined SVA in 2007 after earning a B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington. Ga-Wing has a cat, Bronson and a dog named Ruckus. She enjoys going to the mountains, traveling, playing sports, and spending time with family.
Nicole joined SVA in 2008 after earning her B.A. in English Literature from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. At work Nicole enjoys team-building exercises, training new assistants, and teaching and learning new low stress handling techniques. She also enjoys finding new ways to improve the veterinary experience for everyone from patient to client to coworkers. When she’s not at work she can be found reading, watching movies, cooking and sharing food with friends and family. She also loves to make her mixed breed dog Franks Red Hot (Sauce) go on brisk walks. Franks is more of a mosier who hates walking in the rain. Together they go to the dog park or the lake so Franks can fetch her Frisbee in the water. They also like to day hike around the local mountains or keep it low key and just sniff some butts at Green Lake.
Thomas joined SVA in April of 2017. He is currently attending a veterinary technician program and plans to become licensed in the future. Thomas made the decision to work in veterinary medicine because he finds great personal satisfaction in working with others to help those who cannot help themselves. When he’s not at work or studying he enjoys visual arts, live music, and baking! He lives with Barnabas, a 10 year old cuddle-cat!
Warren joined SVA in May, 2013. He earned his BA in English from the University of Arizona (BEAR DOWN!!!) and is currently a student at Penn Foster to become a Veterinary Technician. Warren’s veterinary interests include wildlife rehabilitation and feline medicine. When he’s not practicing low stress handling techniques at work Warren like to enjoy tabletop gaming, Korean cinema and vegan food. He has a fabulous black lab mix named Ebony and two equally fabulous cats, Mochi and Mushu.
Amie joined SVA in March of 2017. She received a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning. When she’s not working at the front desk she can be found backpacking, doing embroidery, studying urban design, and collecting and identifying rocks. Amie shares her home with Beau, a standard parti poodle and Puppins, a cockapoo.
Annie Joined SVA in 2015 after earning her degree in Geology/Astronomy from Missouri State University in 2010. Immediately thereafter, she spent a few years in Indianapolis before moving with her long-time partner, Blaine, to Seattle. Annie loves spending time gardening, bird watching (with her kitty Leo, of course!), tracking weather data, sailing, and eating Mexican food. Besides her cat Leo, she also shares her home with chickens Irma, Hildi, Gert, Olga, and Hedwig as well as two ducks names Scuttlebutt and Dinglehopper, and a finch named Huxley.
Becky joined SVA in 1998 after studying History and English at North Seattle Community College after which she spent nearly 10 years working as a dog groomer where she cultivated and solidified her love of working with pets and their people. Becky’s main veterinary interest is improving the lives of pets by helping clients understand how to treat and prevent flea and parasite infestations. When she’s not helping keep pets healthy Becky can be found watching scary movies while cuddled up with her husband and two mixed-breed dogs Joon and Violet and her three-legged cat Flannigan.
Berta joined SVA in November of 2016 after having received a Bachelors in Political Science and another in American Indian Studies from the University of Washington. Berta always wanted to work in health care and has worked in human medicine in the past, but jumped at the chance to work with pets and their humans instead. She says she thinks it’s the best of both worlds: getting to work in medicine with humans and getting to work with pets. When she’s not at work, Berta loves to run, play soccer, read, hike, and travel. Berta currently shares her home with a chow chow-shepherd mix named Mickey O’Malley who graciously allows her a small space sleep in the bed with him at night.
Hannah joined SVA in 2016. She grew up in MA and got her Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She then decided it was time for another adventure and moved across country to Seattle. Hannah has worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist previously and really enjoys the relationship between owners and their pets. She’s particularly interested in pet therapy-pets make people happy! In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, eating, taking photographs, and playing soccer. She sadly does not currently have a pet of her own, but is eager to in the future, and will always be attached to Rosita, the dog she grew up with.
Larisa joined SVA in March of 2013. She holds an AA in Early Childhood Education from Edmonds Community College. Larisa grew up on a small farm with goats, rabbits, chickens, geese, cats and miniature horses where she enjoyed caring for stray and injured wildlife including possums, birds, cats, dogs, raccoons, and squirrels. In her spare time Larisa enjoys listening to music, writing songs, singing with her band and spending time with family. She loves children, pets, warm weather and swimming. Larisa lives with the princess Wilhelmina (Mina for short) a Chiweenie, Hadlee (affectionately known as Chad) the Border collie, and Turt Russell the red eared slider.
JoAnne Donelson, Accounting
JoAnne rejoined SVA in 2007, after a previous ten-year employment with the company. She earned her BS from the University of Washington, is a Notary Public, and belongs to the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. She has one cat named Spurgey, who enjoys coming to work with her every day. JoAnne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, antiquing, and knitting. Her husband will not let her knit anything for him, though. She’s a little miffed at that.
Kelly, Marketing Specialist
Kelly joined SVA in 2007. Her veterinary interests include attempting to learn all the whats and whys of veterinary medicine and finding ways to make that information useful and understandable to everyone and also improving the veterinary experience for pets.. She’s very interested in visual arts (mainly photography) and finding ways to combine these things with her job. She lives with her husband and sister who help care for the family’s multiple pets: Loki the Basenji, Dache the Chihuahua, Cookie the Chihuahua, Phoebe the former Old Dog Haven mixed-breed dog, Nitro the green cheek conure, Turbo the parakeet, and often a lost waif who needs a soft place to land. Kelly volunteers for MEOW cat rescue in Kirkland helping with their annual Feline and Fine Wines auction.
Summer Smith, Human Resources
Summer joined SVA in 2007 after earning her A.A. from South Seattle Community College. When she’s not at work Summer loves gardening, and canning the harvest at the end of the season; spending time in the park with her husband, Bob, and their dog; razor clam digging out at the ocean; and spending time with family and friends. Summer’s home is shared with Freckles an older boxer lab mix they adopted at 4 years old after fostering her for several months.
Vicky, Inventory Specialist
Vicky joined SVA in 2001 after earning her B.A. in English from Washington State University. She enjoys painting, traveling, and seeing all the different animals that call Seattle home. She has two dogs; Kelty (the old creaky one) and Wren (the young springy one). They keep each other occupied and enjoy finding trouble to get into.
Wendy Soderquist, Practice Administrator
Wendy joined SVA in 2006 as our Hospital Administrator. She came to SVA with 16 years of veterinary management experience, 12 of which was spent in private practice and 4 of which was spent in corporate veterinary medicine where she was regional manager for 11 hospitals. She became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) in 1995 through the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.
Outside the office, Wendy and her husband love spending time with their children and grandchildren. In January 2014 they adopted Zoe, a mixed-breed, from NOAH. Zoe loves to go to the property with them, is very gentle with their grandchildren and loves to have play dates with their grand dogs. They also enjoy gardening, traveling, cruising in their classic cars and escaping to their property.