VCA Alpine Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Katherine Medina-Orose

    Katherine grew up in Lacey and went to college in Seattle at the PIMA Medical Institute to be the first group to graduate the Veterinary Technician course. She initially joined Alpine in 2007 after her externship to work with the emergency team. After leaving for a few years to work at an animal shelter she came back and is now the day lead/surgery technician. Special interests include anesthesia, shelter medicine, and emergency/critical care. She has 3 fur babies, all rescues. One dog (Miss Piggy, a pit bull mix), and 2 cats (Kitty and Goju, both DLH). On her free time she likes to travel to anywhere sunny with a beach, run with Pig, and hang out with friends.

  • Technician Supervisor

    Allie Perkins
    Veterinary Tech School: Mesa College

    Allie is a 2004 graduate of the Mesa College Animal Health Technology program in San Diego, CA and has worked in the veterinary field since 1997. Her special interests lie in emergency medicine, pain management and anesthesia. She joined VCA Alpine in 2005 and became our Technician Supervisor in 2007. Allie enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, golfing, hiking and hanging out with her 3 sizeable yet handsome cats, Squirrel, Puffy and Min Tin Tin.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Travis Anderson
    Veterinary Tech School: PIMA

    Travis grew up in a dog and cat grooming shop. His passion for dogs and cats led him to VCA Alpine Animal Hospital where he became interested in caring for small animals. A few years later he graduated PIMA's Veterinary Technician Program and is aspiring to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Christina Gray
    Veterinary Tech School: Pierce College

    Christina started her veterinary technician career in California in 2001. She studied Veterinary Medicine at Los Angeles Pierce College and worked in small animal medicine, shelter medicine, and Spay/Neuter clinical medicine. After a few years she found herself fed up with the heat and smog and decided to move back to her native Pacific Northwest. After stopping in Portland and Vancouver for a few years she found herself back in the Seattle area were she promptly began working at VCA Alpine in the Emergency/Critical Care department (a passion of hers). When not working with animals, Christina spends time with her own brood of beasts (four cats-all of which came to her through her work), reading, jewelry making, knitting, and re-exploring Seattle and its surroundings.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Betsy Keller
    Veterinary Tech School: Colorado Mountain College

    Betsy has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since graduating from Colorado Mountain College's Animal Health Technology Program in 1985. Her work has been primarily with small animals, but she does have some experience with large animals and exotics. Betsy has worked with a number of specialists, including Laboratory, Surgery, Radiology, Cardiology and Internal Medicine. When not working, she enjoys the company of her family, friends and her cat, Milo. Betsy also likes to travel to see new places, and taking pictures of wildlife and scenery.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Stephanie Strothers
    Veterinary Tech School: PIMA

    Stephanie graduated from PIMA with an AA in Veterinary Science in July 2011 and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since December 2011. She joined VCA Alpine in the summer of 2011 as an extern and was hired in September 2011 to work with the emergency team. Her interests include emergency/critical care, behavior, anesthesia, and exotics. I have one dog (Ozzy, a husky/sharpei/lab mix), a cat (Boo Boo, a siamese), a bearded dragon (Gonzo), a corn snake (Stella), and two fish tanks. My hobbies are snowboarding, hiking/camping, making music (guitar, violin, viola, singing), and photography..

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Jean Welch
    Veterinary Tech School: Eastern Wyoming College

    Jean grew up in Montana and went to college in Torrington, WY to become a veterinary technician. She then moved to Escondido, CA where she became interested in emergency medicine. Later she moved with her husband and five cats to the Seattle area. She started at Alpine Animal Hospital in December 2002 in the emergency department. In 2008 she moved to Montana for 4 years to care for her aging mother. She returned to Alpine in October 2012 and is happy to be back in the real world.
    Jean enjoys collecting rocks and postcards and aspires to be a crazy cat lady.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Lizzy Craven

    Lizzy has had a passion for animals since she rescued her first dog at the age of 7. She has worked with a wide array of species from horses to livestock to exotics, having originally gotten her start training horses at a large hunter/jumper barn in 2005. She then progressed to working on a farm where she cared for horses and ponies, along with pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and other fowl, rabbits, cats, and dogs. Lizzy joined the Alpine team May of 2011 as a receptionist and became a veterinary assistant November 2012. Her interests include dentistry, anesthesia, and nutrition. In her spare time she enjoys riding her off-the-track thoroughbred Tonka and caring for her 3 guinea pigs Pierre, Stampy, and Ollie.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Rika Haugen

    Hello and Konnichiwa!! Rika is from Tokyo, Japan and she moved to Washington about 8 years ago. From the first time Rika took her dog to a clinic in Seattle, she thought "I want to be a Veterinary Technician!". She is very happy to work at VCA Alpine Animal Hospital and enjoys seeing and helping our clients. All dogs and cats have different faces when they visit here, some are smiling and some are nervous and so sweet that they make Rika feel like giving them a big hug! She has 2 very special dogs, adopted from the animal shelter where she was volunteering. Rika enjoys spending time with them as they are a big part of her life :-)


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Alpine Animal Hospital provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 425-392-8888. We are located at 888 NW Sammamish Road. Issaquah, WA 98027.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.