Meet The Veterinary Technician Team
Since September 2021
Chrissie entered veterinary medicine in 2012 to become a licensed veterinary technician. She was inspired to follow this career path by the love she held for the remarkable benefit pets can be in a person's life. She has spent her career dedicated to strengthening the human-animal bond through education and advocating for her patients as well as their owners.
Chrissie has experienced her career learning and working in a variety of situations including emergency, surgery, exotic animals, some farm animals, end of life care, and, of course, dogs and kitties. Her passions are client education, helping our older, "crunchier" feline patients, and helping families through end of life care for their beloved companion.
Chrissie joined Willow Tree in 2021 after realizing that this clinic prioritized patient well being through Fear Free care, genuinely cared for our community, and promoted an advanced learning environment. She is hoping to bring continued excellence in care, add to the diverse and intelligent voices, help keep up on current end of life care standards, and provide detailed and friendly education for all pet parents.
Outside of veterinary medicine Chrissie has a variety of unique interests including all things dreary, dark and scary like horror movies, exploring abandoned towns, or relaxing during the beautiful pacific northwest grey season. She can often be found haunting the local area with her family (both those with fur and without). Her favorite color is orange and her favorite tree is the weeping willow. Her favorite cat names are any that sound like they belong to a human like Steve or Brittany. Finally, Chrissie is not a zombie, but has played one on TV (for real, she even has a movie credit on IMDB).
Since December 2021
Amber is a recent transplant to the state of Washington. After earning her BS in Biology from Northern Arizona University she moved to Alaska and spent the next 7 years working at a privately owned
veterinary clinic in Anchorage. It was there she completed training to become licensed as a veterinary technician.
Tired of the snow and wanting to be closer to their extended family, Amber and her family decided to relocate to the Pacific northwest.
Around the clinic, Amber particularly enjoys anesthesia and dentistry. She understands the discomfort and worry anesthesia can cause for pet parents and she likes being able to help families feel as comfortable as possible through education and communication throughout the day.
When Amber isn’t at the clinic, you might find her spending time with her two daughters (who keep her
very busy), reading a book in the sun, or searching for frogs in her backyard. She also shares her home
with her husband, two dogs and a menagerie of amphibians/reptiles.
Since February 2022
Bio coming soon!
Since June 2022
Kate was born in Boston but raised here in the Pacific Northwest with Point Defiance as her backyard. She earned her first Associate Degree at Tacoma Community College and went on to the University of Washington Tacoma to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Sciences specializing in Psychology.
After completing 80+ hours in canine behavior and becoming an Accredited Trainer, she decided to explore the medical aspect of animal wellness. In 2016, she earned her second Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology at Pierce College and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Over the years, Kate has specialized in triage and emergency care, but is currently focused on surgery and anesthesia.
Kate shares her home with Theo, a White Swiss Shepherd, who is both handsome and sweet as could be! In her free time she enjoys activities spent in the great outdoors, traveling and running.