Meet Our Team



2042 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
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Phone: 206-285-7387
Fax: 206-285-9074


Mon-Fri: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sun: Closed

Our Doctors

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 graduated from Michigan State University with a dual degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health. She has a passion in protecting animal health through preventive care, as well as interests in internal medicine and dentistry. She strives to provide the best care for her patients by staying current in medicine and collaborating with colleagues & specialists.

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
Heather Weihl, DVM, graduated from Tufts University in 1988, fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Although she has worked with all kinds of animals from sloths to snow leopards, she most loves caring for your four-legged family members from their pediatric through their senior years. In her free time, she travels, plays trombone and accordion and volunteers for some terrific non-profit organizations, and loves spending time with her exceptionally talented and handsome cats.

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 grew up in the Seattle area and has been practicing veterinary medicine in Seattle since 2009. She received her BA from Brown University and taught high school math in Seattle for several years prior to attending veterinary school at Washington State University. Her veterinary interests include preventative care for all ages, helping senior pets live their best lives, and making veterinary visits as stress-free as possible for anxious pets. Most of all, she loves the bonds she forms with families and their pets.

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

Veterinarian, Owner

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, Elliott Bay Animal Hospital and Bothell Pet, before setting her sites on a 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

Dr. Debra Nicholson is the founder of the Rainier Animal Fund, which works to help ensure access to veterinary care for pet owners who cannot afford the full cost of treatment.

Home Life:
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 three dogs, Tater, an American Bulldog, and their ever rowdy Bernadoodles, Yeti and Marley.

Allison Scire, DVM


Dr. Scire's Bio
Dr. Scire grew up in New Market Maryland with a wide variety of pets including a wild sparrow that she and her mom rehabilitated. It was her childhood dream to become a veterinarian, so she began working in the field in 2007 as a veterinary assistant until she graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Her love of travel and the great outdoors inspired her to move to the PNW post graduation and she has been working in small animal private practice since then.

Professionally Dr. Scire has a strong interest in multi-modal pain management, soft tissue surgery, fear free handling, and preventative care medicine. She loves building strong relationships with clients and patients and helping them live happier, healthier lives.

Outside of work, Dr. Scire enjoys fly fishing, backcountry snowboarding, backpacking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. She lives with an incredibly cuddly and sociable cat named Artie who came from the streets of West Seattle.

Jody Luk , DVM


Dr. Luk's Bio

Dr. Jody Luk joined Elliott Bay Animal Hospital in 2022 following the completion of her BVetMed doctorate from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London. This was followed by an internship year at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, where she was able to further refine her skills in emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, neurology, and surgery.

Dr. Luk began her academic career at the University of Washington where she was twice honored on the dean’s list before pursuing her veterinary studies at the Royal Veterinary College, where she was also awarded a pass with distinction.

“Why do I love veterinary medicine?,” shared Dr. Luk. “Each day is different than the next but, in the end, you are able to help animals and the people who love them. What keeps me going is listening to each unique story and what that pet means to their families.”

Professionally Dr. Luk has a strong interest in internal medicine, geriatric and hospice care along with urgent care and preventative medicine. She is focused on providing comprehensive care while working closely with our clients to address their pet’s specific, long-term needs.

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, London, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Volunteer Work:
Dr. Luk previously worked as a veterinary services volunteer at the Seattle Humane Society, a caregiver at the PAWS cat adoption center, and a bat care provider at the Covey Lab at the University of Washington.

Home Life:
Dr. Luk shares her home with two precocious cats, Kimchi and Cheddar, along with her super mutt Flower who is a little too enthusiastic about life. In her spare time, Dr. Luk enjoys exploring the world and learning about history and culture while also enjoying live music, knitting, baking bread, and striving to find the bet boba shop in Seattle.

During her academic pursuits, Dr. Luk also had the unique opportunity to explore her love of travel with study breaks in Lisbon, dogsledding in Oslo, and many other adventures.


Dr. Jody Luk joins the Elliott Bay Animal Hospital team on the heels of her completion of her BVetMed doctorate from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and several externship rotations where she was able to further refine her skills in radiology, internal medicine, and surgery.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Luk, please call 206.285.7387 or email us at

Licensed Veterinary Technicians


Technician Team Manager, LVT

Marie's Bio

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, Facilities Manager & Lead Trainer

David's Bio
David, LVT, Facilities Manager, Lead Trainer, was born and raised in upstate New York and has been working in the veterinary field since 1984. He moved to Seattle in 1995 where he joined the EBAH team as an LVT. His hobbies include fishing, camping, gardening, juggling, and wire art. Most of his free time is spent with his kids and partner having great adventures. He currently has three dogs: a Chiweenie named Uli, a Schnoodle named Zoomie, and Zilla the Chabrador. Cats? Yes, two of them: Burt and Zig. Also, Magneto the veiled Chameleon, Monty the African grey parrot, Koi and tarantulas. He has worked at EBAH for half his life and loves caring for, working with and growing with the generations of clients and their animals.



Caity's Bio

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!

Veterinary Assistants


Veterinary Assistant, Client Care Coordinator, VMC
Leah's Bio

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.


Veterinary Assistant
Hannah's Bio
Coming soon!


Veterinary Assistant
Remie's Bio

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!


Veterinary Assistant

Alli's Bio

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.

Client Care Coordinators


Client Care Coordinator, VMC

Dylan's Bio

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, Animal Care Assistant
Kaylee's Bio
After living all over the country and in Switzerland, Kaylee finally settled in the Seattle area over a decade ago. Formerly an Elliott Bay employee, Kaylee returned in 2009. Her past includes interning at a zoo when she was in college, volunteering at an animal shelter and owning a dog walking/cat sitting business. Kaylee loves black cats, laughing, helping others, Diet Coke, visiting her dad and tootling on a floatie thing on his lake, Ellen DeGeneres and Austin Richard Post (she claims she will marry them both simultaneously someday), watching true crime, going to concerts, bunnies and her 5 cats.


Client Care Coordinator

Sophie's Bio

Coming Soon!


Client Care Coordinator

Anna's Bio

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Client Care Coordinator
Charis' Bio
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Client Care Coordinator

Heather' Bio

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Client Care Coordinator

Bri's Bio

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Client Care Coordinator

Carley's Bio

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Treatment Assistants


Treatment Assistant
Robin's Bio
Bio coming soon.


Treatment Assistant
Ollie's Bio

Bio coming soon.



Hospital Team Manager, VMC

Karon's Bio

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.


Practice Manager
Jennifer's Bio
Bio coming soon!


Facility Caretaker

Ashley's Bio

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.

We proudly serve the pets of the Seattle metropolitan area.

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