Dr. Alaina Carr’s particular clinical interests include diagnosing patients with hepatobiliary and urinary tract disorders, such as portosystemic shunts and feline ureterolithiasis. She also enjoys collaborating with her colleagues on complex critical and emergency cases.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
Residency, Diagnostic Imaging, University of California, Davis
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona, Mesa
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Carr is married and has two dogs. She enjoys landscape photography and riding competitive upper level dressage.
Dr. Michelle Gates enjoys the fast pace and variety of cases that present through the emergency service.
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center, Albuquerque NM
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bachelor of Science, Animal and Veterinary Science, Clemson University, SC
Dr. Gates has two sibling cats, Jack and Bailey, and a cattle dog mix named Rio. Other favorite pastimes include exploring beaches, Mariners games and visiting the many Seattle and Pacific Northwest breweries.
Dr. Rachel L’Heureux enjoys treating conditions such as urethral obstructions, chocolate toxicity and rodenticide toxicity because they can have fast and rewarding recoveries. She also finds rewarding treating pyometras and performing complicated wound repairs and foreign body removals.
Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Affiliated Animal Care, Virginia Beach VA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth
Dr. L’Heureux enjoys snowboarding, running, cooking and going on adventures with her dog, Pistol Pete, a beagle/shorthair pointer cross.
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Board Certified in Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Dr. Maura Lazzarotto came to us from general practice in Canada and Australia, focusing her last few years there on advanced dentistry and oral surgery. She particularly enjoys treating root canals, orthodontics, and jaw fracture repairs.
Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
Residency, Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Seattle Veterinary Specialists, WA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western College, Saskatoon, Canada
Bachelor of Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
A world traveler, Dr. Lazzarotto lived for two years in India and has traveled throughout Africa. Some of her favorite pastimes include scuba diving, open water competitive swimming, hiking, running, and salsa dancing. Agnes is her French bulldog, and Ryder is her cat.
Before veterinary school, Dr. Kate Wirth was in a toxicology graduate program studying the effects of food pesticides on colonial water bird populations, but soon realized she was more interested in medicine than epidemiology and population studies. Her clinical interests include endocrine disorders, immune-mediated emergencies and traumatic wounds.
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, Medford MA
Bachelor of Arts, Biology, College of Wooster, OH
Dr. Wirth enjoys running, skiing, boating, hiking, reading and cooking. She and her husband have two children, and their home includes many pets: German shepherd Lucy, cats Gus and Benny, and a variety of fish and invertebrates.