Aimee Kimmel, DVM
Dr. Kimmel's Bio
Dr. Kimmel grew up in the Seattle area with many pets including guinea pigs, gerbils, fish, cats, and dogs. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in biology and chemistry minor then moved back East to live and work in New York City for a few years before returning to Washington to attend Washington State University for vet school.
She now resides in West Seattle with her husband, two children, and adventurous French bulldog mixes, Hambone and Pickles. She loves boating, snowshoeing, long walks with dogs, and travel.
Ayaka Nakamura, DVM
Dr. Nakamura's Bio
Dr. Nakamura is a recent transplant from Michigan and now lives in Seattle with a cat named Bumblebee. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. She also loves staying in with Bumblebee and watching the rain fall.
Heather Weihl, DVM
Dr. Weihl's Bio
Kari Moore, DVM
Dr. Moore's Bio
Dr. Moore grew up in Kansas City and has worked in the veterinary field since 2000 as a veterinary assistant, receptionist, and licensed veterinary technician before becoming a veterinarian. She received her B.A. in Human Services from Ottawa University in Kansas and graduated from veterinary school at Oregon State University in 2015. She has worked in the Seattle area since that time and at Elliott Bay since 2016.
Her veterinary interests include canine and feline preventative and senior pet care, fear-free handling techniques, dentistry, anesthesia, and soft tissue surgery. She enjoys the bond she forms with her patients as they grow through their life stages and helping her clients make the best choices they can to take care of their pets.
She lives in Queen Anne with her partner, Kara, and their 2 cats Janet and Tito, plus their new Treeing Walker Coonhound dog, Wilma. Outside of work she enjoys going to concerts, exploring the city and restaurant scene, cheering on the Seattle Storm and the Reign FC, running, hiking, yoga, and traveling.
Tess Barkley, DVM
Dr. Barkley's Bio
Dr. Tess Barkley grew up in the rural town of Yelm, Washington where her love of animals and caring for them began. She started her foray into veterinary medicine by volunteering at her local animal hospital in 2000 during high school and after graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s in Zoology it was only obvious that she would continue on to Veterinary School. In 2011 she graduated from the Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in small animal practice ever since. She has a strong interest in surgery/dentistry, internal medicine, wellness care, urgent care/ER and behavior. In her spare time, Dr. Barkley enjoys family time with her husband Nick, and her two beautiful young children Ledger and Lowen and doing projects together on their fixer-upper home. The Barkley menagerie also includes her two dogs (Quinn and Juneau), three cats (Sage, Sushi, and Lolly) and ten lovely chickens with names like Saffron and Tilly. She also enjoys traveling especially beach time, camping, boating, hiking, art/watercolor, cooking and DIY/home improvement projects.
Kelly Burke, DVM
Dr. Burke's Bio
Dr. Kelly Burke is the most recent addition to the doctor team at Elliott Bay Animal Hospital. She’s a New York native and obtained a degree in Biology and Spanish from Binghamton University. Shortly after, Dr. Burke was accepted at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and moved to the beautiful island of St. Kitts & Nevis. She completed her clinical year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a DVM in 2016. Before moving up to the Seattle area, she worked for several years as a mixed animal vet on the coast of Northern California. She had the pleasure of working with all types of animals – from dairy cows and backyard chickens to geckos and guinea pigs (even the occasional ostrich.) She currently resides in Seattle and is very excited to explore her new home in the Pacific NW. In her free time, she likes to work out, travel, hike, practice yoga, and explore new breweries and restaurants with friends.
Emily Grossman, DVM
Dr. Grossman's Bio
Dr. Grossman volunteers with Pasado’s Safe Haven, Doney Coe Memorial Clinic, and Seattle Veterinary Outreach. She lives in Seattle with her husband, dogs Arlette and Pierre, cats Mookie and Zubaida, and a Russian tortoise named Major Tom. When she isn’t working, she loves international travel (especially to see wild animals in their natural habitats), appreciating the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest, playing with her nieces and nephew, and supporting Seattle’s local drag scene.
Debra Nicholson, DVM
Dr. Nicholson's Bio
Dr. Debra Nicholson spent her early career working in the field of exotic animal veterinary medicine and rehabilitation at such facilities as WildCare Foundation in Noble, Oklahoma, Homer Veterinary Clinic in Homer, Alaska, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in San Antonio, Texas and Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. Finally, in 2010, Dr. Nicholson moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked a brief time with a local nonprofit before purchasing Rainier Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Nicholson would go on to purchase two more independent practices, Bothell Pet Hospital and Beach Veterinary Hospital, before setting sites on the large-scale rebuild of Rainier Veterinary Hospital.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Colorado State University
In her free time, Dr. Nicholson enjoys hiking, running, snowboarding, touring the area in search of unique breweries with amazing IPAs, and biking with her family and her two bulldogs, Tater and Rocky, and their ever rowdy Bernadoodle, Yeti.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Technician Team Manager, LVT
Marie Clemetson is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who has been a proud member of the Elliott Bay family since 2004 when she started her animal care career in the kennel. She went on to graduate from the Veterinary Technology Program at Pierce College, and she obtained her license to practice as an LVT in 2007. Marie’s hard work, dedication and leadership qualities led her to become the Technician Team Manager in 2016, where she gets to guide and coach the Technician Team to be the best group of pet nurses in Seattle. Marie is most certainly a dog person, and her own pets have created a special place in her heart for fluffy Pomeranians and long-necked Rat Terriers. Marie wants you to know that she will always treat your pet as if they were her own, and she finds incredible satisfaction and happiness by being a part of the team that keeps your pet healthy and happy.
LVT, Inventory Manager
Geri, LVT, Inventory Manager, has been a Veterinary Technician for 35 years, spending the last 26 years at Elliott Bay. Geri’s family consists of 3 cats (Doris, Frankie & Sammy) and Pappi, a 10-year old Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix, who came from a Chihuahua rescue. Geri enjoys hiking in the Northwest with Pappi, road trips, reading and traveling.
LVT, Facilities Manager & Lead Trainer
Emma was born and raised in North Bend, WA where she first became interested in veterinary medicine because of all the wildlife living around her! She grew up with a Border Collie and later acquired a cat named Tomcat who loves to play and roam around outside, but once she moved to Seattle she had to leave Tomcat in eastern WA with her family so he could be an outdoor kitty. Emma now has a nice indoor cat named Charlie, who is very talkative and loving. Growing up she was a competitive gymnast but suffered a career-ending injury to her ankle, which ended up putting her on the path of veterinary medicine. Emma attended Pima Medical Institute where she graduated with an Associate’s in Science and passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam in December 2018.
Cat, LVT, was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She received her B.A. degree in Cultural Studies from Western Washington University. Soon after she graduated, Cat worked at a Farm Sanctuary in California (a shelter for abused and neglected farm animals.) This is where her two dogs, Luke and Monster, adopted her and they all headed to Colorado where Cat could attend Bel-Rea and become a Veterinary Technician. In her free time, Cat likes to travel, play soccer and go hiking with her dogs.
Katie received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boise State and then moved to Seattle in the summer of 2013. She found her second home in Elliott Bay Animal Hospital later that fall. Starting out in the kennel department, she quickly realized how much she loved working with animals and trained as a Veterinary Assistant spring of 2015, then became a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) December of 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, reading, crafting, dancing, or cuddling with her sweet terrier mix Zeko.
Caity, LVT, was born in Topanga Canyon, a small art-loving mountain town in Southern California. She and her mother moved to Seattle when she was 12 years old and she now considers Seattle to be her true home. Caity has always felt a strong connection and comfort with animals, growing up surrounded by many dogs and cats that she formed special relationships with. When she was 16, she spent her junior year of High School as an exchange student in Venezuela, where she made friends with many other exchange students whom she was lucky enough to be able to visit in their home countries after graduating. Once back in the states, Caity earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Western Washington University, followed by a degree in Veterinary Technology. Caity enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, and is honored to have a career that joins both her love of animals and lifelong learning!
A Seattle native who has lived in Kobe, Japan; Cooperstown, NY; San Antonio, TX; Philadelphia, PA; and who’s traveled thoughout Japan, Europe, Scandinavia and by ship around South America, she’s always loved the mountains and scent of salty air in the Pacific NW. Having been a distance runner and masters swimmer for many years, she loves to follow others in those endeavors as well as in any sports and activities that are pursued.
Sharon is the proud mom of two wonderful daughters and the proud grandma of two wonderful grandsons and two grandpooches.
Ezzy, LVT, was born and raised in the windy city of Chicago, IL. While living in the big city she loved playing for her varsity soccer team in high school, riding the ‘L’ throughout the city, indulging in the arts at Gallery 37, being a part of a digital media program called Free Spirit Media, and being a stage lighting technician for the high school theater. After high school, Ezzy moved to Cedar Rapids, IA, to attend Coe College for a few years until deciding to take another path to pursue her education. In 2017, Ezzy leaped out of her comfort zone to drive across the states with her partner, Eric, and her Pomeranian mix, Cubby, to begin a new life in Seattle, WA. Soon after she began classes at Pima Medical Institute to become a licensed veterinary technician. Ezzy passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in December of 2019 and also became Fear Free Certified. Ezzy eventually hopes to continue studying veterinary behavior medicine and become a veterinary technician specialist in behavior. In her free time, Ezzy enjoys immersing herself outdoors and staying active by hiking, kayaking, running, painting, camping, traveling, bouldering, and attending festivals.
Veterinary Assistant, Medical Record Auditor
Erika has been in the veterinary field since 2005. She joined the EBAH team in 2007 as a Veterinary Assistant and is now also the Medical Record Auditor. Erika can’t think of a better place to call her second home. Working with animals is a dream come true! Erika and her husband have two crazy boys, Tristan and Cameron. They also have Colbie, the goofy Shepherd mix and Kylo, the cutest pitbull mix.
If Jo were to pick a dog breed that best exemplified her personality, she would pick an American Eskimo dog, which she happens to have two of! Skwisgaar and Toki are her little white fluffballs of energy who know plenty of tricks and will happily do all of them all at once when a treat is involved (whether you asked them to or not.) She’s a nerd who loves hanging out with her dogs, cooking, video games, and travelling and learning about different cultures.
Destiny moved to Seattle after graduating college in Orlando for film. She quickly realized she was missing animal companionship as animals have always been an important part of her life. She was raised with four German shepherds, an Australian Shepherd, and two Yorkshire terriers. Currently, Destiny has a sassy kitty, Freya, who loves to go on hikes and adventures through parks with her. Destiny has worked as a dog walker, in a doggy day care and now finally at an animal hospital. She enjoys being able to help animals and give them the love and respect they deserve.
Alli is one of our Veterinary Assistants here at EBAH. She first started with us as one of our Animal Care Assistants and spent her first year caring and loving on all of our boarders. She moved here from Portland, OR and graduated from Oregon State University back in 2018, where she got her Bachelor’s in Biology Pre-Vet. Alli is applying to veterinary schools this year, and hopefully will be attending school next year. In her free time, she loves going on hikes throughout Washington, running, playing basketball, finding the best places to eat in Seattle, and Netflix binging. Alli doesn’t have any pets of her own, but gets to spend a lot of time house sitting for coworkers and patients! One day she hopes to be able to own a dog but wants to spend time focusing on school first.
Riley has always loved animals and knew that she wanted them to be involved in her career in some way, so she graduated with a BS in Agricultural Science with an Animal Science Minor from Oregon State University. After graduating from OSU, working in pet retail, dog training, doggie daycares, and seeing the behind the scenes while at a dog treat manufacturer, Riley found her dream career in the Animal Medical field here at Elliott Bay. Her goal is to make each visit as positive for the pet and their human as she can using all of her past experiences as a resource for each pet and their family. Her own fur babies (A 95 lb. Shiloh Shepherd, a 50lb. Formosan Mountain dog, and two cats) have taught her a lot about the realistic expectations of how wonderful and how hard owning pets can be, but there is nothing better than having 4 fabulous little monsters greet you each and every day. Riley genuinely loves each pet she gets the honor of meeting while working at Elliott Bay and does her best to make your pet feel as safe and cared for as she would want her own to feel while they are here.
Leah has been with EBAH since 2016 after working many years in multiple roles at a retirement home on Mercer Island. She’s had great compassion for helping people live healthy and happy lives and has decided to focus that compassion towards animals and their owners. Born and raised in the PNW, Leah has always had animals in her life, she currently has a 14-year-old big tabby named Billy and a leopard gecko named Lemmy. During her time away from EBAH Leah also works at a retirement home in north Seattle. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, walking dogs, cross-stitching and watching all the movies.
Client Care Coordinators
Client Care Team Manager, VMC
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Marlo moved away from the frozen tundra in 1998. After several years working with both children and adults in education and mental health services, she fell in love with a four-legged friend named Charlie and it changed her world! Marlo enjoys the educational and team-building aspects of her role, but mostly loves the relationships she and her team build with our clients and their pets. Marlo currently resides with her two-legged husband Dave, and Edward, a corgi/cattle dog mix who thinks he is human. They love to spend their off-time relaxing in the back yard, playing music, taking road trips, and chasing squirrels.
Client Care Coordinator, VMC
Emily attended the University of Washington earning a BFA in photomedia and a minor in art history. After graduating, she immersed herself in the arts community as art dealer and operations manager for one of Seattle’s top contemporary art galleries. This experience combined with a 9 year background in customer service revealed to Emily her adoration for building relationships with clients and learning about their passions. She is the proud Mama of two beautiful cats: Jane Austen and her daughter Nutmeg Cinnamon French Toast Christmas (Nut for short). Emily is elated to be a part of the EBAH family and cannot wait to meet you and your furry friends!
Client Care Coordinator, VMC
Megan joined EBAH in 2015 and is ecstatic to work with a team who is driven, passionate, and treats every pet that walks through the door like their own. Her compassion and integrity are huge parts of who she is and loves working in an environment that supports these values. Megan is a cat lover at heart and has two quirky, loving kitties named Bubbles and London. She enjoys her morning snuggles with them prior to work and is greeted at the door at home every evening with meows. In her free time, Megan enjoys partner dancing, reading, playing games, puzzles and (when the weather permits) outdoor activities.
Client Care Coordinator, VMC
Dylan arrived in Seattle, WA in 2018, hailing from Iowa in search of new adventures. His travels lead him to the doors of a guild renowned for its trustworthiness and compassion for animals. Elliott Bay Animal Hospital. He quickly moved to join the guild in their quest to ensure the health and well-being of all Seattle’s canine and feline companions. He brings along with him an animal companion of his own, a feline known as Ophelia the Kind. When not working for the guild, Dylan enjoys worldbuilding fantasy settings, hand-drawing large-scale maps, playing board games, and genuinely enjoying living.
STR: 14 DEX: 10 CON: 12 INT: 12 WIS: 18 CHA: 10
Proficiencies: Animal Handling, Arcana, Insight, Nature, & Perception
Client Care Coordinator
Client Care Coordinator
Client Care Coordinator
Animal Care Assistants
Animal Care Assistant
As one of the Animal Care Assistants, Olivia works to make sure your pet is cared for and boarded comfortably while at EBAH. She’s always had a passion for animals and the people that love them. Olivia has two of her own pups, Dexter and Moose, that she enjoys snuggling on Seattle’s many rainy days. Together, they all watch movies and indulge in the occasional board game!
Animal Care Assistant
Remie was born and raised here, just north of Seattle. She started working at Elliott Bay Animal Hospital in November of 2018 and has loved every second. She really enjoys being part of the team and getting to work alongside her mom, Karon. When she’s not working, Remie is doing homework for school and loving her own perfect pets!
Animal Care Assistant
Shae is a new member of the Elliott Bay team! Her position as Animal Care Assistant will be her first experience working with animals and she is thrilled! Shae has always had a huge heart for all animals, especially her own orange tabby cat named Kelso. He is sweet, feisty, playful and quite the hunter. Shae loves the outdoors, and one day she would love to have Kelso as her little adventure kitty sidekick.
Hospital Administrator, BSN, CVPM
Kim’s passion for the veterinary industry began when she started working at Elliott Bay Animal Hospital in 1995 while earning her BS in Nursing from the University of Washington. When she completed her degree, she had plans to move into the nursing field but could not bring herself to leave Elliott Bay. She made the decision to stay in the veterinary industry and work with the phenomenal Elliott Bay family, the incredibly dedicated clients and their furry family members. She has never regretted her choice!
Kim enjoys volunteering her time both within and outside the veterinary industry. For 3 years, she volunteered by serving on the ACE committee for the American Animal Hospital Association where she worked with a team to develop continuing education programs in the areas of leadership, communication, management, human resources, and coaching. She earned her Certification in Veterinary Practice Management in 2005, has been active with the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association since 2000 and was recently elected as a Member of the Board of Directors for the VHMA. Kim is also passionate about the special needs community and serves as an ambassador for the Melodic Caring Project, an organization that brings hope and joy to children who are battling serious illness by providing them with live-streamed personalized music concerts.
Kim was born and raised in Alaska and relocated to Washington in 1994. She has 2 wonderful children and she enjoys hiking, reading, photography, travel and spending time with her family and friends. She currently has 2 dogs at home, “Hatch” (a bulldog mix) and “Finnegan” (a goldendoodle) who continue to keep things exciting!
Hospital Team Manager, VMC
Helping people and caring for animals has been a passion of Karon’s since she was young enough to remember. During the late summer of 1998, she moved herself and her dog from Alaska and joined the amazing Elliott Bay Animal Hospital team. She never thought of staying in Seattle long-term, but working alongside such caring and hardworking people made it impossible to leave her work family. In 2002, Karon and her husband started their own family welcoming their daughter (also part of the EBAH family!) and five years later welcomed their son. Karon’s home, in addition to her two beautiful and amazing children, is shared with her adorable, rescued fur-babies (Diesel, Jack, Charlotte, and Moose) and always filled with friends, family, a lot of love and much-needed laughter.
Ashley joined the Elliott Bay Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2015 first as part of the Client Care Coordinator team before moving into his current position. Before that, he worked at Woodland Park Zoo for many years. His time at the zoo, surrounded by exotic animals, taught Ashley a lot about the natural world and the many animals we share it with. Working here gave him a whole different experience, one that is closer to home since he is also a dad to a wonderful Lhasa Apso pup, Sophie. In his current position, Ashley has the flexibility to move between departments. He enjoys working with the Animal Care team, taking care of dogs and cats who are here boarding. He also enjoys helping with the treatment team where there is so much to be learned. Most of all, he feels lucky to work with a group of talented, dedicated, caring, and loving people!
Ashley is also an artist. In his free time, he tries to catch up with his art as well as give himself plenty of time to hike, explore, and enjoy this beautiful state with his partner and his dog Sophie.
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