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.
Clarissa joined SVA in 2017 after getting a BSC in Biology for the University of Victoria and her technician training from Pima Medical Institute. Her veterinary interests include surgery, dentistry, wildlife, and conservation. When she’s not spending time at work Clarissa can be found doing crossfit, playing volley ball, eating pastries, drinking coffee, and hiking like a good Seattlite. She lives with two dogs, Umlaut the American Terrier mix and Babaganoush an Australian Shepherd mix.
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. In 2017 Lisa was the first staff member of SVA to earn her Fear Free Certification and is using that training to improve the lives of pets.
Rachel joined SVA in April of 2018 after earning a BS in Biology at Pitzer College and subsequently receiving her Veterinary Technician License in 2017. Rachel’s veterinary interests include surgery and large exotic animal medicine. When she’s not at work, Rachel enjoys soccer, running, and anything that involves getting out in the sun. Rachel shares her life with two dogs: Dakota the Australian Shepherd and Bentley the Treeing Walker Coonhound.
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Brooks joined SVA in 2017. He received a BA in anthropology from AZ State University. His veterinary interests are based in dentistry and radiology. When he’s not helping out at work, Brooks enjoys video games, reading, cats, tattoos, and bow ties. Brooks is a Harry Potter fan and proud member of Slytherin House. He is currently in service to three cats: Marla a tortie, Rupert an orange tabby, and Louis a marble tabby. He also takes care of Sir Quilliam Sprinkles, a hedgehog and a sweet floppy bunny named Marceline.
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.
Jacq joined SVA in December of 2018. Their primary veterinary interest revolves around animal behavior from feral population studies to canine training. In their personal life, Jacq is passionate about wildlife conservation, evolution, paleobiology, life drawing and sketching, literature, hiking, travel, and exploration. Jacq’s previous pet was a German Shepherd named Sawyer whom they love very much.
Katt joined SVA in February of 2014 after earning a BS in zoology from WSU, working with everything from capybara and waterbuck to elephants and tigers, but her biggest love is the Great Apes. She worked with chimpanzees and orangutans at a sanctuary in Florida that housed apes retired from acting, apes that had been kept as pets and also those that were discarded from circuses and laboratories. She actively works to educate the public against the use of palm oil (or at least from sustainable sources) and the use of great apes in movies and commercials.
Upon returning to the NW from Florida Katt spent a few years grooming dogs but eventually returned to working in the veterinary world with domestic pets and plans on getting her LVT in the next few years. She currently lives with her husband, a mastiff named Misato and her super ninja cat Killyjoy (who looks alarmingly like a black leopard).
In her spare time, of which there is little, Katt practices herbalism and makes several of her own medicinal and beauty products.
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.
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, mixed-breed dog Violet, and her three-legged cat Flannigan.
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.
Paul joined SVA in March of 2019 after earning a BA in Art and Technology from the University of Oregon. Paul’s grandmother was a veterinarian and he says her influence inspired in him a life-long love of animals. He is committed to bettering the lives of pets and pet owners through approachable and empathetic service. When he’s not at work, Paul is into consuming media, collecting, and “outdoors-ing.” Paul shares his home with a husky-German-shepherd cross named Haku.
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 as a client service representative at Green Lake Animal Hospital. Kelly started her life surrounded by multiple pets (mostly cats) and remembers helping bathe dogs in her mother’s grooming shop as a child. It seemed only natural for her to continue working with animals as an adult. She loves to learn all the whats and whys of veterinary medicine and find ways to make that information useful and understandable to everyone. She’s also passionate 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. Kelly’s furry family includes Loki the Basenji, Dache the Chihuahua, Cookie the Chihuahua, Phoebe the former Old Dog Haven foster Chihuahua, Lily the Dachshund, her twin Millie the Dachshund, and Turbo the parakeet. She often finds herself with a lost waif who needs a soft place to land (which is where most of her pets come from). Kelly volunteers for MEOW cat rescue in Kirkland mostly helping with their annual Feline and Fine Wines auction and annual Santa photos.
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.