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Cheryl Adler, LVT graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Washington and is planning to attend graduate school for Microbiology/Epidemiology. Prior to joining ACCES in 2010, Cheryl worked as a veterinary assistant at a handful of local area veterinary hospitals. She is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and recently attended the society’s 49th and 50th annual meetings. Cheryl is also a transitional member of the American Society of Microbiology and a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She is interested in studies around clinical microbiology, immunology and gene therapy.

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Melissa Bjorland, LVT is a graduate of the PIMA Medical Institute Veterinary Technician Program.  Prior to joining ACCES in 2011, Melissa had spent more than eight years working at regional veterinary day practices where she had the opportunity to work with cats, dogs, pocket pets and exotics. As one of our surgical technicians, Melissa enjoys learning new technologies and would like to specialize in anesthesiology. 

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Bridget Black, LVT graduated in 2010 from of the Portland Community College Veterinary Technology Program. Prior to joining ACCES in 2012, Bridget had acquired a quite extensive background in the veterinary field. She had worked for Seattle Veterinary Specialists overnights assisting with the care of surgery and neurology patients while also supporting the ICU. In addition, she had worked for Southwest Animal Hospital in Beaverton, Oregon where she cared for exotics and small animals. Bridget began her career in the field as a kennel attendant for Neighborhood Animal hospital. Her community activities included volunteer work for the Marion County Sheriff’s office in search and rescue from 2004 to 2010.

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Stephanie Bradley, LVT has worked in the veterinary field for more than 20 years; 15 years of which she has worked alongside Dr. Karri Meleo, DVM, ACVIM (oncology), ACVR (radiation oncology). Prior to her work in the veterinary field, Ms. Bradley had earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminology from the University of Arizona. 
 
Radiation oncology remains Ms. Bradley's favorite aspect of patient care. She is currently a member of the Veterinary Technician Cancer Society, and previously served alongside Dr. Meleo as Co-Chair of the Veterinary Cancer Society’s annual conference, combining her passions for cancer patient care and gastronomy.

Ashley Brown, LVT has worked in the veterinary field for about 10 years with more than seven years experience as a veterinary technician. Prior to joining ACCES as a radiology technician in 2013, Ashley worked for a large day practice in Texas for six years and for a local day practice in Seattle for nearly two years. 

Edwin Cruz began his career in the veterinary industry at ACCES in 2012. He is currently working towards his veterinary assistant certifiation at the PIMA Medical Institute with the goal of continuing on at ACCES as an assistant.

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Dana De La Torre joined ACCES in 2008 as a veterinary assistant. Prior to joining ACCES, Dana spent the previous nine years working for the Animal Dermatology clinic. Dana is an active dog show enthusiast who spends her spare time showing her Border Terrier in conformation.

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Michelle Duritza earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Canisius College, with dual minors in Animal Behavior and Zoo Biology. Michele has also gone to school for animal husbandry and behavior. Prior to joining ACCES in 2009, Michelle worked as a lead in the kennels at the Seattle Humane Society, as well as participated in an internship at the Buffalo Zoo. She has an avid interest in all aspects of animal medicine and loves to use her knowledge and skill to help where needed.

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Sarah Falk, LVT began her veterinary career as a kennel assistant at ACCES in 2013. She has now assumed a technician role with ACCES having recently earned her Licensed Veterinary Technician certification from PIMA Medical Institute. Prior to joining ACCES, Ms. Falk earned her Bachelor of Science from Western Washington University. Sarah has also been active in the community having volunteered in the past for the Sarvey Wildlife Center, working as a member of the School’s SCNAVTA and currently playing for the Emerald City Mudhen’s Women’s Rugby.

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Holly Gambill, LVT, CCRA earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College in Florida. In addition, she is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. Prior to ACCES, Holly worked at an emergency and specialty center in Florida for six years. She has worked for ACCES for the past year as a technician working in multiple departments. She enjoys being able to provide her skills and knowledge to all the departments that ACCES has to offer. 

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Renee Graham joined ACCES in 2013 as a member of our cardiology specialty practice team. Having completed her Associates of Arts and Science in 2008, Renee is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Washington as part of her pre-vet studies.  

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Kim Grist graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2003. Prior to joining ACCES in 2013, Kim had worked in veterinary medicine for more than 13 years. During that time, she has been active in the community including volunteer work at the Woodland Park Zoo and various continuing education program opportunities. 

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Elizabeth Hadcock joined the ACCES client services team in 2012 and has recently assumed the role of the ACCES Renton surgery and internal medicine department referral coordinator. Prior to joining ACCES, Elizabeth had spent more than eight years working in human medicine administration as well as nearly three years in veterinary medicine. She is active in the community and is currently a member of the Seattle Woman's Chorus.  

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Sarah Hamel, LVT has worked in the veterinary field since 2006 and graduated from the PIMA Medical Institute Veterinary Technician Program in 2006. Sarah joined ACCES in 2012 as a member of our surgical team supporting the work of our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Weh. In her spare time, Sarah is a volunteer technician at the Seattle/King County Humane Society Pet Project program.

Alysha Harrison, LVT began her career at ACCES in 2013 as a veterinary assistant. During her time at ACCES, she went on to earn her Licensed Veterinary Technician certification from the PIMA Medical Institute.

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Taryn Hawkins joined ACCES in 2013 as a veterinary assistant after completing her certification at the PIMA Medical Institute the same year. Prior to joining ACCES, Taryn worked in day practices in the South County area. Taryn is also retired US Armed Forces having just wrapped up her tour two years ago as a Munitiions Systems Crew Chief at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. 

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Melissa Hoemann, LVT, VTS(ECC) is a graduate of Pierce College and is a licensed veterinary technician with a specialty certification in emergency and critical care medicine. Prior to joining ACCES in 2010, Melissa spent nine years working at several area emergency and referral clinics as well as co-directing a cat rescue group for seven years. Melissa's strong interest in supportive, long-term care led her to launch an in-home pet nursing service to assist pet owners with home care. 

Tricia Hu graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Physiology with a minor in Chinese Language from the University of Washington. Tricia went on to join the ACCES team in 2013 as a kennel assistant. Since joining ACCES, she has transitioned to a radiology assistant.

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Lynn Jansheski, LVT, is the Head Technician at ACCES Seattle overseeing the ER and Specialty Services support staff.  Prior to joining ACCES in 2008, Lynn had spent more than six years building her veterinary field experience including two years of general practice, two years of specialty surgery and two years in specialty emergency practice. Lynn has a Bachelor of Visual Art Studies from University of Florida and a Bachelor’s of Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. Lynn’s interest and passion for veterinary medicine arose out of her time spent volunteering at PAWS in Lynnwood.

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Ally Johnson Spent two years attending Washington State University prior to transferring Pierce College to attend the Veterinary Technology program where she completed her certification. Ally began her veterinary career in 2013 when she joined the ACCES team as a veterinary assistant. Prior to ACCES, Ally had focused her education an extracurricular activities towards the field of veterinary medicine including working as a kennel attendant and taking veterinary assistant technical classes at the Sno-Isle Skills Center in Everett while still in high school.

Jennifer Johnson, LVT as been a part of the ACCES team since she moved to the Seattle area in 2009. Prior to joining ACCES, Jennifer worked as a licensed veterinary technician for two veterinary practices in New York. Jennifer eared her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University and an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Laguardia Community College in New York.

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Minda Kida has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 and joined ACCES in 2006 as a radiology assistant. Recently, she also assumed the role of ACCES Seattle referral coordinator for the radiology department. Mina enjoys working with small animals and has special interest in emergency and internal medicine. 

Theresa Kincaid, LVT joined ACCES in 2007 after having spent the five previous years in the field working at local day practices. Theresa earned her degree from the Veterinary Technician School at Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington in 2007 and subsequently completed an internship at the University of Washington animal research lab in 2008. Currently, Theresa oversees the veterinary assistant and technician interns at ACCES Renton and often conducts talk through the ACCES Continuing Education program.

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Carmen King-Sawyer, LVT, VTS (ECC) graduated from the Pierce College Veterinary Technology Program in 2002. She is the daughter of a local veterinarian, started cleaning kennels at age 14, and has been working in veterinary medicine ever since. Carmen has been working at ACCES since 2004 in the Emergency Department and earned her Specialty Certification in Emergency and Critical Care in 2008. She and her husband share their home with two Dobermans - a petite red female named Calla and a big silly black boy named Dante, who is a blood donor - and Abby the cat who is a retired blood donor. Carmen loves the variety and the challenge of working in the emergency department but also enjoys working with happy, healthy pets as the ACCES Blood Bank's Saturday technician.

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Alexandra "Lexie" Law, LVT graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the Univeristy of Washington and then went on to complete her certification the PIMA Medical Institute Veterinary Technician Program. Prior to joining ACCES in 2012, Lexie had spent three years working in the veterinary field. Lexie is active in the community including her support of the Feral Cat Project.

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Marissa Lee graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Diversity from the University of Washington, Seattle. Prior to joining ACCES as a radiology and kennel assistant in 2013, Marissa had volunteer with the Seattle Humane Society. She is looking forward to beginning her veterinary career as part of the ACCES team.

Chad Littlewood joined the ACCES team in 2013 as a veterinary assistant. Prior to ACCES, Chad had worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years. Chad earned his Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from the University of Washington in 2005.

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Adrienne Lopez, LVT graduated with an Associate in Occupational Science from PIMA Medical Institute and earned her veterinary technician license in 2012. Prior to joining ACCES in 2012, Adrienne worked in retail while she pursued schooling to secure her dream job in the veterinary field.

Helena Malpica-Alcaide joined the ACCES team as a kennel assistant in 2013. Prior to ACCES, Helena had lived in Spain where she graduated with a Baccalaureate from IB LA Mallola in 1998. Committed to community engagement, she also volunteered her time at the local animal shelter in Spain since 2008. Helena is looking forward to advancing her career in the veterinary field through her work at ACCES and through pursuing her certification as a licensed veterinary technician.

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Joshua Martin joined the ACCES team in 2008, but has worked in veterinary day practices as a receptionist, kennel and veterinary assistant since 2000. Joshua also gained additional animal care experience as a volunteer at Sarvey Wildlife Center and as a dogsledder. His special interests are in veterinary medicine, biochemistry and genetics. Josh owns two cats, Possum and Panda, who are part of the ACCES Blood Bank donor program.

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Marina May, LVT graduated from the Pierce College Veterinary Technology Program in 2010 and earned her Associate of Arts degree from Green River Community College in 2008. Prior to joining ACCES in 2010, Marina worked at a veterinary day practice in Maple Valley. In her field, Marina’s interests extend to exotic emergency medicine and she hopes to assist with wildlife rehabilitation in the future.

Annie McDonald, LVT  joined ACCES as a licensed veterinary technician in 2013. Prior to joining ACCES, Annie had graduated from the Veterinary Technician Insitute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2006 and went on to work at day practices in the same region before moving to the Pacific Northwest. Annie is committed to community engagement and plans on volunteering with the local department of health as her interests include public health services.

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Sarah Metz began her career in the veterinary field as a kennel assistant at ACCES in 2013 where she quickly moved on to the role of surgery assistant. Sarah is currently enrolled at Pierce Community College where she is pursuing her certification as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Prior to joining ACCES, Sarah had worked in Yosemite National Park as a tour guide on horseback.

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Heather Montgomery, LVT has worked at ACCES since 2007 in both the ICU and in Internal Medicine. Now as the director of the ACCES Blood Bank, Heather oversees a program with nearly 180 dog and cat volunteer donors who help supply blood product to more than 20 hospitals across Puget Sound. Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Physical Anthropology from the University of Washington. 

Linda Ness, LVT, VTS(ECC) has worked with ACCES since 2003. During her tenure at ACCES, Linda earned her specialty certification in emergency and critical care and has taken on additional responsibilities as the ACCES Hospital Safety Coordinator and Senior Technician. Linda had previously worked as a licensed massage therapist before switching her career to the veterinary industry in 2000. Her special interests in her field include critical care, anesthesia and exotics.

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Kate Paisley began her career in the veterinary field at ACCES in 2010 as a member of the client services team. Kate went on to assume the position of referral coordinator for the ACCES Cardiology and Internal Medicine specialty departments. Prior to joining ACCES, Kate had completed her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a Minor in Film Theory from Mills College in Oakland, California. Kate is active in the community having volunteered for Northwest Harvest. She is also an avid runner who accomplished her first 8K in 2013.

Julie Posch, LVT, VTS(ECC) graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Business Management from Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Science, Zoology from Western Washington University and a certification as a Licensed Animal Massage Practitioner from Northwest School of Animal Massage. Julie also completed her specialty certification in emergency and critical care. Prior to joining ACCES in 2006, Julie spent more than nine years working in the veterinary field where she pursued her special interests in emergency critical care and anesthesia.

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Samantha Redning joined the ACCES team in 2013 as a veterinary assistant. Prior to joining ACCES, she had worked in the veterinary field for three years. She is excited for the opportunity to expand her knowledge of emergency veterinary medicine, especially in the care of cats and kittens. Samantha is actively involved in community engagement including her previous volunteer work with the Minnesota Valley Humane Society. Her plan is return to volunteer work with the Tacoma Humane Society in the near future.

Kelsey Richards graduated with her Licensed Veterinary Technician certification from the PIMA Medical Institute in 2012. Prior to joining ACCES in 2013, she had worked area veterinary practices and assisting at the Puget Sound Goat Rescue.

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Leanne Scherb graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from Washington State University in 2010 and recently completed her Associates in Veterinary Technology from Pierce College in 2013. Prior to joining ACCES in 2013 as a veterinary assistant, Leanne had worked in the veterinary field for more than six years at a day practice. In her spare time, she also successfully raised a puppy for Canine Companions for Independence. 

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Andrew Schultz began his career in the veterinary field at ACCES in 2013 as a kennel assistant. Prior to joining ACCES, Andrew graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Andrew is active in the community and has previously volunteered at both PAWS and the Seattle Art Museum.

Greg Shea join the ACCES team in 2013 as a kennel assistant and is now supporting our medical team as a veterinary assistant. Prior to joining ACCES, greg had worked more than five years in the animal care field. Greg is actively involved in the community including his work with Pasado's Safe Haven, Action for Animals and NARN (Northwest Animal Rescue Network). 

Lindsay Simpson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Oregon. Lindsay then went on to complete her certification in the Pima Medical Institute Veterinary Technician Program. She now is part of the ACCES team as an LVT in support of our internal medicine team.

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Kyla Smith, LVT initially joined ACCES Renton as an extern prior to being hired as a full-time member of our team in 2011. Kyla graduated from the PIMA Medical Institute Veterinary Technician Program in the spring of 2011 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Puget Sound in 1996. Her medical interests lie in emergency and critical care, especially trauma. In her spare time, Kyla volunteers for King County Animal Control as a dog walker and as a volunteer technician at the Seattle/King County Humane Society Pet Project program.

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Cynthia Swanson graduated from Apollo College in 2005 and worked at a general practice before joining us as a veterinary assistant in December 2008. She can be found these days handling things at the reception desk or taking your pet's vitals. She enjoys radiation therapy and says the opportunity she has to pet all of our cute patients is one of her favorite aspects of the job. In her spare time, she enjoys white water rafting, hiking, swimming, skiing and gardening with her husband and daughters. 

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Rebecca Taicz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Physiology from the University of Washington in 2013. Prior to joining ACCES in 2013 as a kennel assistant, Rebecca completed an internship at PAWS Wildlife in Lynnwood and worked as an assistant at the feral cat spay/neuter project.

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Trisha joined ACCES in 2011 and is currently working as a member of our internal medicine team as a licensed veterinary technician. She graduated from the Pierce College Veterinary Technology program in 2010. Prior to joining ACCES, Trisha worked as an assistant at the Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center, an assistant at a day practice, and has volunteered as a kennel attendant at PAWS. 

Sarah Thiele, LVT graduated with an Associates Degree from Highline Community College in 2007 along with a two-year degree in Veterinary Studies from PIMA Medical Institute in 2011. Prior to joining ACCES in 2011, Sarah spent nearly three years working at a small animal/exotics day practice initially as a veterinary assistant and then as a technician. While in school, Sarah completed an externship at ACCES. Sarah has always been passionate about helping animals and people and had always wanted to work in the field of veterinary medicine. 

Yvonne Victor joined ACCES in 2005 and is currently a member of our ACCES Seattle surgical team. Yvonne’s interests extend to animal husbandry and geriatrics. 

Raynel Walsh has enjoyed the companionship of animals since an early age. After a 14-year career in printing, she decided to enter a field that she is truly passionate about, where she could empathize with people and help them care for their pets. She passed boards and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2009. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing and camping with her husband, Tim and their dogs "Sparky" and "Daisy". She has also enjoyed the company of a diverse menagerie of rescues including multiple cats fish and birds: Poppy, Oliver, Phantom and Torti - a Russian tortoise.

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Alexis Warner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California Lutheran University. Alexis joined the ACCES team in 2010 and is currently the ACCES referral coordinator and ACCES Seattle reception lead. Alexis’ interest in veterinary medicine took root when her childhood dog became a patient of ACCES. 

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Cassandra Warren, LVT, graduated with an Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from the PIMA Medical Institute. Prior to joining ACCES in 2012, Cassandra worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in and around Seattle working at both permanent and relief veterinary jobs for nearly six years.

Brooke Weaver graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University, SanLuis Obispo and is currently pursuing her veterinary technician degree. Prior to joining ACCES in 2012, Brooke had spent the last eight years working in the veterinary field. 

Claire Whitmer, LVT, graduated from the Veterinary Medical Technology program at Joliet Junior College in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining ACCES in 2012, Claire had spent the previous five years working in the veterinary field and volunteering with PACT and PAWS in Chicago spaying/vaccinating low income/feral cats.

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Jon Wieringa is the Technical and Hospital Manager at ACCES Renton. Jon began his first job in veterinary medicine nearly 25 years ago, and has worked in emergency medicine and critical care for most of the last 13 years.  He has a special interest in critical care and trauma anesthesia, is a boarded Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care and a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians.  In his free time he works as an EMT, search manager, and search and rescue K-9 handler for the King County Sheriff’s Office.