Veterinarians

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Dr. Laura Ahlgrim received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis. She went on to complete a rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Specialty Center to focus on emergency and critical care medicine. Prior to joining ACCES, she worked as lead overnight emergency clinician at a local emergency veterinary hospital. Her interests remain focused on emergency and critical care as well as anesthesia.

Dr. Ahlgrim lives in Seattle with her two cats, Pizza and Yeti, and a wonderful brindle Pitbull named Ginger.  When not spending time with her pets, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and yoga. She is also a volunteer with the Seattle Youth Garden Works.

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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.

A native of southern California, Dr. Gabrielle Bassin received her undergraduate degree in biology and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, California. Since graduating, Dr. Bassin has worked in general practice as well high volume spay/neuter clinics. Prior to joining ACCES, Dr. Bassin worked several years in emergency medicine at emergency specialty practices in Kansas and Washington including BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Overland, Kansas.
 
Dr. Bassin loves working in emergency medicine due to the varied and challenging cases she sees. She also enjoys the opportunity to work closely with specialists, fellow emergency clinicians, and the skilled, compassionate nursing staff. Her interests remain focused on emergency and critical care as well as managing metabolic emergencies (such as dogs with Addison's disease, urethral obstruction cats and animals with DKA) and toxicities.

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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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Dr. Megan Breit earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Washington State University prior to completing a rotating small animal medical and surgical internship at Animal Hospital Specialty Center in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She then went on to complete her specialty internship in oncology at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Florida and her three-year residency in medical oncology at The Ohio State University. During her residency, Dr. Breit also earned her master’s degree while researching a new therapy for canine melanoma.
 
Dr. Breit’s top priorities are the quality of life of her patients and ensuring their comfort during care. She is dedicated to providing pet owners with options and explanations about their pet’s specific cancer in order to assist them in making the best decision for their family. She is also passionate about diagnosing as well as treating cancer, collaborating with the local veterinary community and exploring new and better cancer therapies.

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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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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.