Our Veterinarians

Dr. Laura Ahlgrim is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is sitting with a large dog.
Laura Ahlgrim
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Laura Ahlgrim
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Laura Ahlgrim loves emergency and critical care medicine and is especially interested in anesthesia.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Health Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Ahlgrim lives with her two cats, Pizza and Yeti, and a brindle pit bull named Ginger. She enjoys hiking, backpacking and yoga, and volunteers with the Seattle Youth Garden Works.
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Heather Ashcraft
DVM
Radiation Oncology
Heather Ashcraft
DVM
Radiation Oncology
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Dr. Heather Ashcraft was drawn to cancer treatment and radiation therapy because of the diversity of treatment options. She particularly enjoys treating brain and nasal tumors and is trained in half-body irradiation as a treatment option for canine lymphoma.
  • Residency, Radiation Oncology, University of California, Davis
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl, Grand Rapids MI
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon
Dr. Ashcraft has a variety of favorite pastimes, including rock climbing, hiking, swimming, running, biking, painting, journaling, arts and crafts, and sometimes just sitting down to a good book with a warm drink. She has two cats, an orange tabby and a grey tabby, who are good travel buddies.
Dr. Melissa Chow is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Melissa Chow
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Melissa Chow
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Melissa Chow particularly enjoys treating ophthalmology cases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, East Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency, Walnut Creek CA
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Chow’s furry family members include a dog and two cats.
Dr. David Gill is an emergency medicine veterinarian. He is holding a chicken on his lap.
David Gill
DVM
Emergency Medicine
David Gill
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Gill has devoted his career to veterinary emergency medicine. He serves on the executive board of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
Dr. Gill enjoys the company of his wife, two daughters, one cat, two guinea pigs, 12 hens and three dogs – a Labrador, a Doberman mix and a pit bull.
Dr. Meghan Harmon is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. She is outside with a large black and white dog.
Meghan Harmon
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Meghan Harmon
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
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Dr. Meghan Harmon's particular clinical interests include coagulation disorders, immune-mediated blood disorders, sepsis and polytrauma cases. She also enjoys treating patients who require the use of a mechanical ventilator. As a clinical instructor at the University of Missouri, Dr. Harmon was involved in the investigation of platelet dysfunction during controlled surgical trauma and the evaluation of platelet function using thromboelastography with platelet mapping. She is excited to be able to perform the procedure at our Seattle hospital to assist in detecting coagulation disturbances in patients suffering from uncontrolled hemorrhage and monitoring their anticoagulant and anti-platelet medical treatment.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Indianapolis, IN
Dr. Harmon enjoys running, hiking, rock climbing and spending time with her husband, Mark who is a BluePearl clinician in the cardiology service. Their pets include Juneau the Newfoundland dog, Lizzi the fox terrier mix and Lexie, the cantankerous calico cat.
Dr. Mark Harmon is board certified in veterinary cardiology. He is holding a mixed breed dog in his arms.
Mark Harmon
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Mark Harmon
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
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Dr. Mark Harmon especially enjoys cardiac imaging, heart failure treatment, cardiomyopathies, pulmonary hypertension, congenital cardiac diseases and interventional therapies, to include pacemakers, balloon valvuloplasty and minimally invasive shunt occlusion.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Comparative Cardiology, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Internship, Cardiology, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Fayetteville AR
Dr. Harmon likes to hike, watch Seattle sports teams and cook with his wife, who also is a veterinarian. They have a Newfoundland who has lived a happy and healthy life after receiving treatment for multiple heart defects.
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Claire Johnston
DVM
Internal Medicine
Claire Johnston
DVM
Internal Medicine
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Dr. Claire Johnston’s particular clinical interests include endoscopic procedures and treating endocrine, gastrointestinal and airway disorders.
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA San Francisco, CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Johnston likes hiking, paddle boarding and climbing. She has two cats, Tortellini and Alfredo.
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Amanda Karch
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Amanda Karch
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Amanda Karch particularly enjoys treating surgical emergencies, sepsis and immune-mediated diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Emergency Medicine, Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center, Waukesha
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Marquette University, Milwaukee WI
Dr. Karch has three rescue dogs and enjoys hiking, mountaineering and rock climbing, along with crafting.
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Misty McNeil
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Misty McNeil
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Experienced in both general practice and emergency medicine, Dr. Misty McNeil's clinical interests include surgical emergencies, metabolic disturbances and ocular diseases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Western Washington University, Bellingham
Dr. McNeil enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing and taking road trips with her husband, baby and three furry children: border collie Blaze, Cairn terrier mix Axel, and Shrimp, a very sassy cat.
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Nidhi Menon
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Nidhi Menon
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Nidhi Menon has worked on poultry, dairy and sheep farms in India and Scotland, and in general and emergency practices in the U.S. She particularly enjoys surgical procedures and treating trauma, diabetic ketoacidosis, and Addisonian crisis.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, WA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
Dr. Menon's favorite pastimes include hiking, diving, reading fiction and finding new music to listen to. She also admits to spending time worrying about whether or not her adopted dog Asha, a rescued Plott hound mix, has a good life.
Dr. Duane Robinson is board certified in small animal surgery. He is outside holding a brown puppy in his arms.
Duane Robinson
DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Duane Robinson
DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
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Dr. Duane Robinson was an assistant professor at both the University of California, Davis and Louisiana State University. His research focus has been on complications associated with veterinary orthopedic implant infections and implant properties to reduce infection. His focus within the surgery specialty is orthopedic procedures, and he is especially interested in new methods and instruments that allow for a less invasive approach to treating fractures. Soft tissue procedures he enjoys include intestinal foreign bodies, gastric dilatation with volvulus and splenectomies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Doctor of Philosophy, Infectious Diseases, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Fellowship, Orthopedic Research, Iowa State University, Ames Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Orange Park FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Robinson’s hobbies include travel, trying new foods and restaurants, and beer/wine tastings. His pets include lab mix Elsa, yellow lab Gryphon, and Trakehner horse Ebony.
Dr. Katherine Robinson is a veterinarian in our oncology service.
Katherine Robinson
DVM
Oncology
Katherine Robinson
DVM
Oncology
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Interested in oncologic research, Dr. Katherine Robinson likes the challenge of a comparative medicine approach, allowing for cutting edge research to be translated into novel treatments for both people and animals; she earned an award in the field during her residency. One thing on the horizon that excites Dr. Robinson is the development of immunotherapies for use in conjunction with conventional treatment options.
  • Residency, Small Animal Medical Oncology, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Internship, Oncology Clinical Trials, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Dr. Robinson enjoys basketball, golf, kayaking, hiking and cycling. She also likes to travel and go to movies and concerts. Boots is her tuxedo cat and Sampson her Norwegian forest cat.
Dr. Laura Smith Lee is an emergency medicine veterinarian. Here she holds a tan and white puppy.
Laura Smith Lee
BVMS, MRCVS
Emergency Medicine
Laura Smith Lee
BVMS, MRCVS
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Laura Smith Lee was a high school teacher for two years before entering the veterinary field. She particularly enjoys surgery and pain management.
  • Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Specialty Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, NJ
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Bachelor of Arts, Geosciences, Williams College, Williamstown MA
Dr. Lee enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with her husband. Their furry family members include a pit bull mix named Senta, and a cat named Tinton.
Dr. Jennifer Waldrop is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. She is holding a dog in her arms.
Jennifer Waldrop
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Jennifer Waldrop
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
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Dr. Waldrop’s interests are varied and include hypoadrenal disorders, pediatrics, and metabolic emergencies. She enjoys teaching and lectures at national conferences.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency and Critical Care, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group, Ventura CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor of Arts, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
Dr. Waldrop’s household includes her husband, two children, rescued terrier/cattle dog mix Leo, two guinea pigs, and senior cat Moe. She is an avid sports fan and runner and enjoys outdoor adventures.
Dr. Danielle Wassink is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Danielle Wassink
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Danielle Wassink
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Wassink enjoys the daily challenges of emergency medicine and has a special interest in pain management.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
Dr. Akiko Westerhout is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is on the floor laughing with a large brown dog.
Akiko Westerhout
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Akiko Westerhout
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Akiko Westerhout’s special areas of interest within emergency medicine include cardiology and internal medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Memorial Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins