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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Christopher George is a veterinarian in our internal medicine service.
Christopher George
DVM
Internal Medicine
Christopher George
DVM
Internal Medicine
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Dr. Christopher George has done extensive research on feline chronic kidney disease, so it’s no surprise to find that his clinical interests include both acute and chronic kidney disease management and gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures.
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Mission Animal Referral and Emergency Center, Mission KS
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan Bachelor of Arts, Human Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Dr. George’s favorite pastimes include cooking, hiking and traveling. His pets are miniature dachshund Duke, border collie mix Gus, and cat Hank.
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)
Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner (Avian Practice)
Avian & Exotics Medicine
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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)
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
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
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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.
Photo coming soon.
Emily Hoots
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Emily Hoots
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Emily Hoots enjoys everything about emergency medicine, especially soft tissue surgery; endocrine emergencies, specifically diabetic ketoacidosis and Addison’s disease; autoimmune disease, such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia; congestive heart failure and trauma.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Hoots enjoys quiet pastimes such as knitting, reading and vegetable gardening. She and her husband, a veterinary surgeon at BluePearl, have one daughter, a cat named Oscar and three dogs: whippet Breezy, dachshund Ruby, and Chihuahua Honey.
Dr. Katrina Huskie is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a small brown dog.
Katrina Huskie
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Katrina Huskie
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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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
Emergency Medicine
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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. Daniel Mullins is an emergency medicine clinician. He is kneeling beside a dog with an orange scarf.
Dan Mullins
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dan Mullins
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Interested in all aspects of emergency medicine, Dr. Daniel Mullins particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery and wound repair.
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, 1st Pet Veterinary Centers, Phoenix AZ
  • Clinical Rotation, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. Matthews University, West Bay, Cayman Islands
  • Bachelor of Arts, Marketing, Columbia College, Chicago IL
Dr. Mullins enjoys scuba diving, skiing, hiking and travel.
Dr. Heather Newton is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a dog on her lap.
Heather Newton
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Heather Newton
DVM
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
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
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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
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
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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. He also volunteers helping Boy Scouts obtain veterinary medicine merit badges. His hobbies include obedience training, watching the Chicago Blackhawks, bicycling, live music, traveling and cooking with his wife. They have one rescued dog.
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
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.
Photo coming soon.
Katie Rawlings
MBA, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Katie Rawlings
MBA, DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Katie Rawlings’ particular clinical interests include surgery and treating lacerations, wounds and osteoarthritis.
  • Internship, Equine Medicine & Surgery, Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center, Scottsdale AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Master of Business Administration, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Chemistry, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA
Dr. Rawlings is married, has two kids and a black dog. In addition to family time, she likes doing anything outside and reading about veterinary medicine and historical fiction.
Dr. Amy Rossi is board certified in in veterinary dentistry.
Amy Rossi
MS, DVM, DAVDC
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Amy Rossi
MS, DVM, DAVDC
Board Certified in Veterinary Dentistry
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
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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
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.
Dr. Sharon Shor is board certified in veterinary oncology.
Sharon Shor
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Sharon Shor
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
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Dr. Sharon Shor has two main goals: to educate pet owners about their pet’s cancer and find the treatment option that suits them best. He is highly attentive to pain management for his patients, especially for pets with bone-invasive tumors. Always interested in adding to the veterinary medicine body of knowledge, Dr. Shor participates in collaborative oncology clinical trials that benefit both pets and humans. Some of his particular clinical interests include treatment of lymphoma, mast cell tumors, osteosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma.
  • 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 dog Mitchell, and cat Patchy, both of whom were rescued in Israel and are now world travelers.
Dr. Kevin Sio is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Kevin Sio
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kevin Sio
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sio has experience working with zoo animals and is especially interested in treating exotic species.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Premier Veterinary Group, Chicago IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Creighton University, Omaha NE
When not in the ER, Dr. Sio likes to play video games.
Dr. Margaret Spath is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Margaret Spath
BVetMed
Emergency Medicine
Margaret Spath
BVetMed
Emergency Medicine
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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
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.