Our Veterinarians

Dr. Elizabeth Anglin is a clinician in our surgery service.
Elizabeth Anglin
DVM
Surgery
Elizabeth Anglin
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Liz Anglin is particularly interested in performing elective laparoscopic procedures, thoracic surgery and portosystemic shunts. She finds emergency procedures and fracture management especially rewarding surgeries to perform.
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, CO
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Ryan Veterinary Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
Dr. Anglin enjoys kayaking, hiking and creating art in her free time. She also enjoys exploring new foods and breweries with her significant other. She has two dogs, Quill and Penelope, and a cat, Quincy.
Dr. Jessica Chavera is a veterinarian in our neurology service.
Jessica Chavera
DVM, MS
Neurology
Jessica Chavera
DVM, MS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Chavera enjoys communicating with clients and educating them about neurological conditions. She is particularly interested in cases involving autoimmune diseases, cats and geriatric dogs.
  • Master of Science, Clinical & Translational Science, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Residency, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Internship, Neurology, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Music Education, University of South Dakota, Vermillion
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of South Dakota, Vermillion
Dr. Chavera has five cats and a dog. Outside of work, she likes road biking, running and hiking. She also enjoys strumming her guitar and singing.
Dr. Kristin Gill is a veterinarian in our avian and exotics service. She has a bird on her shoulder and a rabbit in her arms.
Kristin Gill
DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
Avian & Exotics Medicine
Kristin Gill
DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner (Avian Practice)
Avian & Exotics Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kristin Gill enjoys all aspects of avian and exotics medicine, particularly avian orthopedics and complex medical cases in birds and rabbits.
  • Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian Practice)
  • Residency, Avian & Exotics, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Dr. Gill lives with two large breed rabbits, a Pionus parrot, a corn snake and dermestid beetles. Her hobbies include ceramics, dabbling in other crafts, reading and kayaking.
Dr. Daniel Hicks is board certified in veterinary neurology medicine. Here he is with a black and white dog.
Daniel Hicks
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Daniel Hicks
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Daniel Hicks sees neurology and neurosurgery as a combination of internal medicine and surgery and views every case as unique and an intriguing challenge. He is particularly interested in Wobbler syndrome and surgery including spinal, intracranial and neuro-oncologic.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Science, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Bachelor of Science, Business, Montana State University, Bozeman
Co-founder of Heeling Hearts Australian Cattle Dog Rescue, it’s no surprise that Dr. Hicks has four Australian cattle dogs. But they are only a small portion of the farmyard menagerie he takes care of with his wife and three kids. They also have a border collie, donkey, four goats, two cats and multiple ducks. Dr. Hicks’ hobbies include canine agility and obedience performance, livestock herding, hiking with his goats and dogs, grilling and trail running.
Dr. Deborah Hodesson is a veterinarian in our dentistry service. She is outside by the water with a black lab.
Deborah Hodesson
DVM
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Deborah Hodesson
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Deborah Hodesson has worked in emergency medicine, owned her own small animal private practice, and worked as a mobile veterinarian. After years in the dental field, she still finds it gratifying to restore health to a diseased tooth or tissue. She also enjoys oral surgery, particularly mass removals and root canal therapy.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor of Arts, Humboldt State University, Arcata CA
Dr. Hodesson volunteers her veterinary skills with a number of organizations, assisting with a variety of species, to include marine mammals. She likes swimming, hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, scuba diving and triathlons, and her all-time favorite team is the Seattle Seahawks. She and her husband have three adult boys and three pets: chocolate lab Aniska, golden retriever K’Taira, and Himalayan cat Kai Lani Maka Leah.
Dr. Chelsea Huffman is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Chelsea Huffman
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Chelsea Huffman
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Chelsea Huffman is especially interested in toxicity cases as well as wound and laceration repairs.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Dr. Huffman enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors, playing basketball and drawing. She has a Saint Bernard named Athena, a pit bull mix named Boop and a rosy boa named Petunia.
Dr. Katrina Huskie is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a small brown dog.
Katrina Huskie
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Katrina Huskie
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Katrina Huskie is interested in transfusion medicine and critical care. Gastric dilatation volvulus, GDV, is one of her favorite emergencies because it requires fast, aggressive supportive care and surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Seattle Veterinary Specialists, Kirkland WA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience, Washington State University, Pullman
Dr. Huskie loves to snowboard in winter and surf in the summer, and she also likes to quilt and travel. Quincy, a Chihuahua-miniature pinscher mix, is Dr. Huskie’s dog, and her cats are Tavis and Scamper.
Dr. Eleanor Itzkow is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Eleanor Itzkow
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Eleanor Itzkow
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Eleanor Itzkow has a background in wildlife rehabilitation and is quite interested in avian and exotic medicine. She particularly enjoys treating gastrointestinal and dermatological conditions, as it can bring so much relief to both the owner and the pet.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Itzkow currently shares her life with a very sweet and aged Amazon Parrot, a very fluffy and ridiculous Belgian sheepdog, and one very patient fiancé.
Dr. Kendra Lyons is a veterinarian in our Oncology service.
Kendra Lyons
DVM
Oncology
Kendra Lyons
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kendra Lyons has strong interests in the pathophysiologic development and treatment of metastasis, the use of novel non-cytotoxic therapies, analgesia and hospice care in patients with advanced diseases.
  • Residency, Medical Oncology, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists, San Leandro, CA
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, Animal Cancer Care Clinic, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Southfield, MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Washington State University, Pullman
Dr. Lyon enjoys backpacking, amateur caving, pottery and cake decorating. She has an energetic dog named Kaiden who she tries to keep up with.
Dr. Heather Newton is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a dog on her lap.
Heather Newton
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Heather Newton
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Heather Newton's particular clinical interests include cardiology and internal medicine cases, especially diabetic ketoacidosis and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Seattle Veterinary Specialists, WA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Wisconsin, WA
Dr. Newton takes full advantage of the area, hiking, camping, road biking, stand-up paddleboarding, playing volleyball and running with her dogs, pit bull mixes Leo and Lilah and Doberman Trice. She has been a member of a number of choirs and played classical piano for over 20 years.
Dr. Ellie Nuth is board certified in veterinary radiology. She is holding a brown dog on her lap.
Ellie Nuth
DVM, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Ellie Nuth
DVM, DACVR
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Dr. Ellie Nuth chose the radiology field because she enjoys working with all veterinary specialties. Her favorite modalities are CT and ultrasound.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Diagnostic Imaging, Kansas State University, Manhattan Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, Wheat Ridge CO
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology and Biological Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Married with one daughter, Dr. Nuth loves biking and hiking. She also enjoys sampling her husband’s home-brewed beer. She has one dog, a Chihuahua named Nova.
Dr. Benjamin Perry is board certified in small animal surgery. He is kneeling beside a large dog.
Benjamin Perry
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Benjamin Perry
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Benjamin Perry considers his previous biomedical engineering training invaluable because it gives him a better understanding of the structure and function of body systems. A particular clinical interest is the challenge of addressing elbow dysplasia, a particularly debilitating disease of young, often otherwise healthy dogs with mostly pain-relief-only treatment options. A potential surgical treatment for this condition, in which Dr. Perry is trained, is proximal abducting ulnar osteotomy (PAUL). Dr. Perry is also involved in both the evolution and advancement of minimally invasive techniques utilizing arthroscopy.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Perry is an active mentor of younger veterinarians. His hobbies include obedience training, bicycling, live music, making Texas-style barbecue, traveling and cooking with his family. He is an avid Seattle Kraken fan.
Dr. Brittany Perry is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. Here she is a with a brown and white dog.
Brittany Perry
DVM, MS, DACVECC
Critical Care
Brittany Perry
DVM, MS, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Brittany Heggem Perry keeps up with developments in human critical care medicine, and she is most excited by the prospects of non-invasive and minimally-invasive testing, as these procedures can be incredibly helpful to doctors with little to no discomfort to patients. Some of the most fulfilling cases to Dr. Perry are those with sudden intoxications and endocrine emergencies because with good intensive care, most of these cases make significant improvement and are very rewarding.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoological Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Wildlife and Fisheries – Vertebrate Zoology, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Perry’s favorite pastimes include baking, playing the piano and gardening. She has one mixed-breed rescue dog who is her jogging buddy.
Dr. Amy Rossi is board certified in in veterinary dentistry.
Amy Rossi
MS, DVM, DAVDC
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Amy Rossi
MS, DVM, DAVDC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Dentistry
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Amy Rossi is experienced in all facets of dentistry and oral surgery. She likes treating stomatitis, jaw fractures, palatal surgery, periodontal and endodontic disease. She is also interested in orthodontics.
  • Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
  • Residency, Dentistry, Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery of New Mexico
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Master of Science, Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles
In her spare time, Dr. Rossi enjoys drawing and running.
Dr. Katrina Schmitz is a veterinarian in our emergency and critical care service. She is kneeling next to a golden retriever and a black labroador.
Katrina Schmitz
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Katrina Schmitz
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
As a board-certified emergency and critical care clinician, Dr. Katrina Schmitz enjoys treating septic and hemodynamically unstable patients. Coagulopathy cases are also one of her special interests.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA West Los Angeles, CA
  • Clinical Rotation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga
Outside of work, Dr. Schmitz enjoys spending time at the beach with her dogs, horseback riding and painting.
Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Robert Schnurr
DVM, MS
Diagnostic Imaging
Robert Schnurr
DVM, MS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Dr. Robert Schnurr is passionate about delivering remarkable care to pets.
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Residency, Radiology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Referral Associates, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Louisville, KY
Dr. Schnurr lives with his partner and their two dogs, Gremlin and Zeppelin. Outside of work, he enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking as well as relaxing evenings in with friends, playing board games or watching a movie. New to Tacoma, he’s excited to explore the many restaurants and breweries in the area.
Dr. Sharon Shor is board certified in veterinary oncology.
Sharon Shor
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Sharon Shor
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sharon Shor is dedicated to compassionate care for pets with cancer. His main focus is on educating clients about their pet’s disease and finding treatment options that best suit the pet and their owner.

Cancers commonly seen at the clinic include lymphoma in dogs and cats, mast cell tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, bone osteosarcoma and other bone tumors, bladder and prostate tumors, intestinal and anal gland tumors, nasal and oral tumors, and thyroid and lung carcinomas.

The oncology service uses diagnostic tools such as radiographs, ultrasound (abdomen, chest and neck), CT scans and tissue biopsies.

Treatments offered include chemotherapy, Palladia and other small molecule inhibitors; electrochemotherapy for incompletely excised tumors as well as small, non-surgical tumors in dogs and cats (unique for the South Sound area); ELIAS immunotherapy for bone osteosarcoma, and Stelfonta treatment for mast cell tumors, both used in dogs.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Medical Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign
  • Master of Science, Comparative Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Oncology, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Bachelor of Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Dr. Shor spends his free time with his wife and two children hiking, traveling and photographing the pacific northwest. Their pets include two cats, Duncan and Simon, both adopted from foster homes.
Dr. Margaret Spath is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Margaret Spath
BVetMed
Emergency Medicine
Margaret Spath
BVetMed
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Margaret Spath is experienced in both general practice and emergency medicine. Her special interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery (planned and emergency) and endoscopy for diagnostic and therapeutic use.
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, London, England
  • Bachelor of Science, Physiology, University of California, Davis
Dr. Spath lives in the South Puget Sound area with her husband, three children, two dogs and two cats. She enjoys spending time outdoors, island-hopping in Puget Sound and traveling the world.
Dr. Sheppard Thorp is an emergency medicine veterinarian. He is holding a small black dog on his lap.
Sheppard Thorp
VMD
Emergency Medicine
Sheppard Thorp
VMD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sheppard Thorp has extensive experience treating toxin ingestion, vehicular trauma including thoracic and abdominal injuries, urethral obstruction, diseases that cause vomiting and diarrhea, acute infections, acute endocrinopathies, acute immune-mediated disease and chronic degenerative disease such as heart, respiratory and kidney failure. He is also experienced in all types of emergency surgery bloat, cesarean section, foreign body retrieval, splenectomy, cystotomy and tracheostomy. His special interests include hypotensive shock, hypotension, circulatory and ventilator collapse and pain control.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kenyon College, Gambier OH
Dr. Thorp volunteers at the University of Puget Sound Slater Museum of Natural History providing specimen preparation and necropsy. He also volunteers for Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge NWR, Malheur NWR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey providing bird-watching tours and bird-count surveys, and for several Audubon societies providing bird-watching field trips and teaching courses on bird anatomy. He also is a jogger and avid player of board games. His pets are a tribute to veterinary medicine. Nick, the toy fox terrier who appeared on their doorstep, has a bone plate in his right front leg. Rosie, the Chinese pug, unexpectedly recovered from a 107° fever and seizures after ingesting slug bait and being in a chemical coma for four days. Nigel, the King Charles cavalier, underwent brain surgery for his cranial-occipital malformation syndrome. Hux Pux Delux, the yellow Labrador retriever with subaortic stenosis, loves to play fetch. Dr. Thorp lives with his wife and three children and considers family time precious.