Veterinarians

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Brianna Backlund, DVM, DACVIM completed her residency in small animal internal medicine at Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine and her internship at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally hailing from Anacortes, Washington, Dr. Backlund received her DVM degree from Washington State University in 2006. Prior to joining ACCES in 2012, she worked in private practice at a large referral hospital in Connecticut.

Dr. Backlund is available for consultation and management
 of patients with complex problems such as immune mediated diseases, endocrine problems and hepatic diseases. She is a skilled endoscopist and provides bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, and endoscopy services at our Seattle location. Dr. Backlund’s interests in internal medicine include a focus on infectious and immune mediated disorders such as immune mediated hemolytic anemia, immune mediated thromocytopenia, and immune mediated polyarthritis.

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Linda Barton, DVM, DACVECC received her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. Following an internship at the University of Pennsylvania, she worked in private veterinary practice. To further pursue her interest in emergency and critical care medicine, Dr. Barton left private practice to complete a residency in emergency and critical care at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1996, Dr. Barton became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She directed the Emergency and Critical Care medicine service at The Animal Medical Center in New York for ten years before moving to Seattle to work for an area specialty and emergency center. At ACCES Renton, Dr. Barton oversees our medical team, leads our critical care and emergency services specialty service and oversees our hemodialysis service.

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Liz Anne Bowman, DVM graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After graduation, she worked in a small animal practice for four years before pursuing her interest in emergency and critical care medicine. Dr. Bowman practiced at the Contra Costa Veterinary Emergency Center from 2002 to 2008. From 2008 to 2010, she lived in England where she was a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Returning to Seattle in 2010, Dr. Bowman practiced emergency medicine at area specialty practices for three years before joining the ACCES team in 2013. 

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Jennifer Brown, BVMS, MRCVS graduated from the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) in 2013. (Degree equivalent to the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.) Prior to pursuing her BVMS, Dr. Brown had worked extensively in the veterinary field having started her career as a veterinary assistant in 2003 before joining the ACCES team in 2006 as a licensed veterinary technician. Dr. Brown spent 2010 through 2013 applying herself in a series of externships at a broad range of practices including work with exotic pets, wildlife and livestock. 

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Beth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC is one of ACCES’ owners and is the medical director for both hospitals (Seattle and Renton). Dr. Davidow graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine after which she completed her residency at Dove Lewis Emergency Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Following completion of her residence, she worked several years at an Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Lynnwood.

 

In 2002, Dr. Davidow achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. In addition to her work at ACCES, Dr. Davidow consults for VIN (the Veterinary Information Network), is on the board of Washington Poison Control, and is an adjunct assistant professor at Washington State University.

 

Dr. Davidow has a strong interest in transfusion medicine, immune mediated blood diseases, toxicology, and emergency medicine for exotic pets. 

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Mary Ellen Finley, DVM is a graduate the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences at Colorado State University. Following graduation, Dr. Finley completed a small animal rotating internship at Oregon State University. After moving to the Seattle area, she worked at an animal emergency hospital for four years prior to joining ACCES in 2012. Dr. Finley has special interests in emergency surgery, pain control and wound care. She shares her home with her husband Jim, and three adopted mixed breed dogs: Ani, Jake and Howie. 

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David Gill, DVM graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and has since devoted his career to veterinary emergency medicine. Dr. Gill started at ACCES shortly after it opened in 2003. He enjoys the challenging medical aspects of emergency medicine, the constantly changing focus from one patient to the next, and being able to help both suffering animals and their families. Dr. Gill also serves on the executive board of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association. At home, he enjoys the company of one cat, two guinea pigs, 12 hens and three dogs; a Labrador, a Doberman mix and a Pitbull.

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Nikki Graf, DVM graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Following her graduation, Dr. Graf completed her small animal internship in emergency and critical care medicine at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. In 2011, Dr. Graf went on to become a member of the Dove Lewis team where she was able to gain invaluable experience working as an emergency clinician. Now a member of the ACCES team, Dr. Graf continues to focus her career on emergency and critical care medicine.

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Beth Guerra, DVM graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2001. After graduation, Dr. Guerra worked in a day practice in Chicago before moving to Seattle in 2003. She worked at the Alpine Emergency Hospital for four years before joining the ACCES staff in 2007. Dr. Guerra excels in treating trauma patients and is our resident expert on emergency medical and surgical treatment of exotics.

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Originally from Oregon, Dr. Lisa Hann is excited to be practicing back in the Northwest after studying abroad and on the East Coast for many years. Dr. Hann completed her undergraduate studies at St. George’s University in St. George’s, Grenada prior to pursuing her doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. She went on to complete her internship at BluePearl Veterinary Specialists in New York and her internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hann enjoys all aspects of the often complex nature of internal medicine, but she is especially interested in endocrinopathies, hematologic disorders and gastrointestinal diseases. She also finds the development of strong, long-term relationships with both client families and the referring family veterinarian a beneficial component of her work. 

Originally from rural New Mexico, Dr. Chamisa Herrara moved to Washington state to pursue her undergraduate studies at Eastern Washington University. She went on to attend veterinary school at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. After earning her doctor of veterinary medicine degree, Dr. Herrera completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Missouri and stayed on to complete her oncology residency. Dr. Herrera conducted her masters research in the epigenetics of cancer development and is interested in using epigenetic changes as biomarkers for early cancer detection as well as therapeutic intervention. At ACCES, Dr. Herrera is committed to providing progressive collaborative care for patients with cancer.

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Pete Hetrick, DVM graduated first in his class from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Prior to joining ACCES in 2010, Dr. Hetrick had been practicing in the Puget Sound area at a day practice for three years. Dr. Hetrick has special interests in emergency surgery and internal medicine. At home, he has an Australian Shepherd named Sparks.

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Alexis McMurray, DVM, DACVR is a recent graduate of The Ohio State veterinary radiology residency program. In addition to her clinical work as a resident at Ohio State, she also participated in research on the use of CT and PET to quantitate pulmonary metastasis in a mouse model of canine osteosarcoma that she presented at the 2012 ACVR National Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to residency, she completed a rotating internship at a private practice (VCA ARECA) in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. McMurray obtained her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She is excited to be a part of the ACCES team and help referring veterinarians with their imaging needs.

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Amanda McNabb, DVM graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After graduation, Dr. McNabb completed a one-year small animal internship at Cornell University, followed by a one-year surgical internship at the same institution. Prior to joining ACCES in 2010, Dr. McNabb spent six years working in veterinary emergency medicine as well as general practice in the Seattle area. Dr. McNabb’s special interests include HVMA Field Services work, providing veterinary support at spay/neuter clinics, and assisting with shelter medicine when needed. At home, she has various pets including one dog, two cats, snakes and some frogs. When she's not working with animals she spends her time as a local bicycle racer, with an avid interest in outdoor activities.

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Karri Meleo, DVM, ACVIM (Oncology), ACVR (Radiation Oncology) is an established leader in the field of veterinary oncology with nearly 25 years of experience. She earned her DVM at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and went on to complete additional years of schooling and specialty training to become board certified by both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Radiology. She has provided radiation therapy services in the Puget Sound region for more than 20 years and continues to consult on radiation therapy treatments. She has also participated in numerous clinical trials and has published many scientific articles and book chapters on veterinary oncology.

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Bethany Mullins, DVM graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. During this time, Dr. Mullins also completed a year of study at the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. Following graduation, she completed a one-year rotating internship with a focus on emergency medicine and surgery. She enjoys many aspects of emergency medicine, but has particular love for surgery, diagnostic imaging (ultrasound in particular), pain management, and patient care. Dr. Mullins feels that our animals are our family members and understands the difficulty and hardship of having a loved one requiring emergency or critical care. Dr. Mullins has three dogs of her own: Drake, Kingsley, and Peter, and a turtle named Lego. She loves geriatric cats and dogs the most for their wonderful character. When Dr. Mullins is not working as an emergency clinician, she loves spending time with her husband, attending his cycling events, taking her dogs to the beach or park, SCUBA diving, or just laying around and resting up for the next exciting and rewarding shift in the ER. 

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Ada Naramor, DVM graduated from University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Following graduation, Dr. Naramor completed her small animal internship at a VCA Sacramento Referral Center with an emphasis on emergency and critical care. Drawn to ACCES by the impeccable teamwork, high quality of care, and compassion for both patients and owners, Dr. Naramor moved to Washington in 2013 to work as part of the ACCES team. She currently lives with her husband, a Labrador puppy rescued after being hit by a car during her internship, and three cats. Outside of work, she enjoys camping with the in-laws, painting, and building models.

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C. Alan Schreiner, DVM, DACVIM graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1994. After graduation, Dr. Schreiner completed a one-year internship at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency, and Critical Care in Milwaukee in 1995; a residency in internal medicine at Iowa State University in 2001 and received his board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Schreiner joined the ACCES medical team as an internal medicine specialist in 2010. Dr. Schreiner particularly enjoys cases involving gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal/urinary diseases, and cardiology. He also enjoys the challenges presented by cases, which involve diagnostic and interventional endoscopies.

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Jenelle Sharpley, DVM, DACVR earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and her Master of Science in Radiological Health Sciences from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in Fort Collins, Colorado. From there, she went on to complete her three-year diagnostic imaging residency at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and became board certified in 2012.

 

Prior to joining ACCES, Dr. Sharpley worked as a veterinary radiologist with PetRays Telemedicine Consultants. She also spent two years with Mountain Veterinary Imaging in Fort Collins, Colorado where she honed her craft conducting mobile abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds and interpreting radiographs for the larger primary care veterinary community.

 

Dr. Sharpley's professional experience includes small animal radiology, abdominal and non-cardiac thoracic ultrasound and Computed Tomography (CT). Dr. Sharpley has a particular interest in the imaging of oncology patients, patients with gall bladder disease and those with portosystemic shunts. She also finds image-guided biopsies and aspirates professionally rewarding.

 

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Jason Spina, DVM, DACVS graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 after spending a year at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Following graduation, Dr. Spina completed an internship with Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine He continued his training at Oregon State University completing a three-year residency in surgery. Originally from New York and wishing to stay

in the Northwest, Dr. Jason Spina joined the ACCES surgical team in August of 2013. Dr. Spina’s surgical interests include minimally invasive surgery (i.e., orthopedic, laparoscopic and thoracoscopic), surgical oncology and rehabilitation.

 

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Nicole Stair, DVM graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. After graduation she worked for a year in a general practice hospital in Redmond, then completed an internship in emergency medicine at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland. She moved back to Seattle in 2011 and worked at (another ER) before joining ACCES in 2013.  Dr. Stair has a special interest in emergency surgery, neurologic emergencies, and toxicology. Dr. Stair is originally from eastern Washington  and received her Bachelor of Arts in biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla. She enjoys spending time with her family: husband, baby boy, sweet but neurotic rescue lab mix and two very hairy tuxedo kitties, as well as cooking and baking (because these both lead to eating), reading, and starting craft projects (occasionally finishing them too).

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Anthony Tobias, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM joined ACCES in 2012 after spending 10 years as an associate professor of cardiology at the Veterinary Clinical Services Department at the University of Minnesota. As an associate professor, Dr. Tobias was the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Small Animal Clinical Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, Class Teaching Award from the Sophomore Class for 2000 – 2001, and the Award for Curriculum Development and Revision. In addition to teaching in the veterinary curriculum, Dr. Tobias mentored residents and interns, provided care to clients in the Veterinary Medical Center and engaged in clinical and laboratory research. Prior to his tenure, Dr. Tobias completed his residency in cardiology at the University of California Davis and his PhD at Washington State University. He is the author of more than 30 journal articles in the field of veterinary cardiology and served on the editorial board of the journal of veterinary cardiology.

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Jennifer Waldrop, DVM, DACVECC graduated from University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 followed by an internship at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group of Ventura, California. She went on to complete a year of emergency practice in San Jose, California before pursuing her specialty. Dr. Waldrop completed a three-year emergency and critical care residency program at Tufts University in Massachusetts where she was board certified in 2003. Prior to joining ACCES in 2012, Dr. Waldrop was the assistant medical director and critical care specialist for the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn, Massachusetts.

 

Dr. Waldrop’s interests are varied but include hypoadrenal disorders, pediatrics and metabolic emergencies. She enjoys teaching and lectures at national conferences including IVECCS, Western Veterinary Conference, CVC Kansas City and the Pacific Veterinary Conference (2013).

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Tamara Walker, DVM, MS, DACVS graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1995 and completed her internship at Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario in 1996. Dr. Walker completed her surgical residency and Master's degree at Washington State University in 2001 followed by her board certification in small animal surgery in 2002. Dr. Walker worked in Victoria, B.C. in general practice for one year, worked as a clinical instructor at Washington State University for one year, and spent three years at a private referral surgical practice in Portland, Oregon before joining ACCES in 2006.

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Danielle Wassink, DVM graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine followed by a one-year internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York. She has a special interest in pain management. 

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Jennifer Weh, DVM, DACVS graduated from Tufts University Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine and went on to complete a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Finally, pursuing a love of surgery, Dr. Weh returned to Tufts University/Angell Animal Medical Center for a small animal surgical residency. She joined the ACCES team in 2010. Dr. Weh has a strong clinical interest in minimally invasive surgery, trauma, and fracture repair.

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Akiko Westerhout, DVM graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences at Colorado State University. After graduation, Dr. Westerhout completed a small-animal internship at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining ACCES in 2005, Dr. Westerhout practiced at a Seattle-area animal emergency center. Her interests include cardiology and internal medicine.