Hospital ManagerKristen Ashton
School: Lindenwood University, St. Charles MO, Physchology
Kristen was born and raised in O'Fallon, Missouri until 2010 when she, her husband and their three dogs drove all the way to Washington. It was well worth the drive since they love it here! She studied psychology at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. During college she worked at a pet retail store, as a groom technician, at the St. Louis Zoo and finally found the perfect job working in a veterinary office. She joined the VCA family as a receptionist in 2002 at VCA Cloud Animal Hospital in O'Fallon, MO and was later given the responsibilities of lead receptionist. When she moved to Washington she transferred to VCA Silver Lake in Everett and after about a year was promoted to Hospital Manager here at VCA Bellevue. She absolutely loves working in this field and and couldn't be happier than she is here! In her spare time Kristen gives lots of attention to her four-legged children, Gracie the 14 year old Weimaraner, Dee the 12 year old English Pointer and Norris, the 8 year-old Labrador mix. Sadly due to her husband's allergies she doesn't have any other pets.. Kristen and her husband enjoy hiking and sight-seeing all around the area. There's so much to see here she still feels like a tourist! She loves to cook, and may be slightly addicted to The Food Network. She also likes to tour the microbreweries with her husband and fancies herself a beer connoisseur. Kristen's favorite quote: In this particular line of work.... "Wag more, bark less."
Facilities ManagerSteve Bellevue
Steve has lived in the Penthouse Suite in the comfy VCA Bellevue cat condos since 2011. He was surrendered by his owners because of difficulty managing his seizures. Through consistent medication and care, Steve has had very few episodes here. Steve spends most of his free time sunning under the skylight from the top level of his cat tree. He also enjoys playing with his toys (as long as no one is watching).Steve has spent many years studying the art of time telling. In fact, if you happen to be at VCA Bellevue Veterinary Hospital any evening you are likely to hear his dinner requests echoing through the halls. Steve is also practices many excellent techniques to help the team members relax such as purring, eye gazing, and endless affection. He manages the condo facilities and keeps a watchful eye on the team out of his window. As most cats do, Steve thinks that all of the team members at VCA Bellevue are his pets and servants. Steve's favorite quote: "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine