Technician SupervisorAllie 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 TechnicianBetsy 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 TechnicianStephanie 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 TechnicianHeather VanGinkle
Veterinary Tech School: Pierce College
School: Washington State University, BS
Heather has been a member of the Issaquah community for the last 30 years. She attended Issaquah High School, where she participated in a Germany exchange program and excelled in academics. She decided to pursue her higher education at Washington State University, where she earned a Zoology degree. Wishing to fulfill her passion to help animals and serve the community she so loves, she accepted a job at Alpine working in the kennel. Twelve years later, Heather is a licensed veterinary technician with a passion for emergency and critical care medicine. Over the many years of working here, she has also adopted several four legged creatures, including one dachshund named Sophie and 3 cats named Oliver, Cartman, and Little. She enjoys assisting with complicated surgical procedures and managing critical emergency cases. In her free time, if she's not trying to catch up on sleep, she enjoys walking her dogs Sophie and Toby (another dachshund) and gardening (when it is not raining).
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianJean 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 AssistantTravis 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.
Veterinary AssistantRika 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 :-)