Meet Our Support Staff
Meet our compassionate veterinary team.
We’ve dedicated our lives to provided the best possible care to your pet.
Internal Medicine Department
Ryan F., LVT
Jennifer Z., Veterinary Assistant
Jennifer has been in the veterinary field since 2014 where she started as an intern at a local wildlife rehab facility back in her home state of California. Her passion for animals leads her to become a student at California State University-East Bay, where she received her Bachelors in Biology and plans to go into veterinary school. Once she got her foot in the door as a kennel assistant, she found that her true passion was patient care and has enjoyed her time as a Veterinary Assistant since.
Jennifer started off in Oncology as a Radiation Therapy Technician Assistant. Since then, she has worked in many other departments, including Internal Medicine, Neurology, ER, ICU, Cardiology, Alternative Medicine and Physical Therapy. Jennifer started working for AMCS in November of 2018 in our Internal Medicine department as a Veterinary Assistant. She is excited to be part of the AMCS family and can’t wait to learn and grow with her Washington peers!
In her free time, Jennifer loves to cuddle or play hide-and-seek with her six-year-old Dachshund-Chihuahua named Zeus, go for long runs, attend concerts and bake.
Renee N., LVT, VTS (Oncology)
Renee grew up knowing her purpose in life was to be an advocate for animals.
A licensed veterinary technician, Renee attended school at Harcum College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also earned her veterinary technician specialty license in oncology, certified by the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT). Having over 15 years of veterinary experience, Renee has gained a large amount of knowledge not only in-patient care but also the ability to guide pet caregivers through the emotional hardships they may encounter. Renee is currently in the process of becoming Reiki certified and is an avid advocate for energy balancing and healing. Her patients’ quality of life, while undergoing chemotherapy, is of utmost importance to her. Renee believes a holistic approach leads to a healthy and balanced life for both humans and animals.
When she is not working, you will find her backpacking, mountain biking, practicing yoga, reading a book, or tending to her many plants. She is the proud mother of a 15-year-old cat named Momo, and a 13-year-old cattle dog named Dewey.
London A., LVT
Jennifer H., LVT
Jeni graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with a degree in studio arts and double minored in art history and classical studies. As much as she loved art, her passion for animals and learning pushed her to enroll in Pima Medical Institute’s veterinary technician program. Jeni began working at AMCS in the Emergency and Critical Care department as a veterinary assistant in May of 2018. She is currently studying to take her national exam to become a licensed veterinary technician.
In her spare time, Jeni enjoys baking sweets, painting and taking her dog on hikes and runs.
Brittanny T., Veterinary Assistant
Darian F., LVT
Darian graduated from Pima Medical Institute and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2015. Darian performed anesthetic dental cleanings at her past general practice, which is where her passion for dentistry began. After a few years of general practice, she decided to become a dentistry technician and joined the AMCS family.
Darian has loved animals from a very young age and used to live on a ranch filled with many different species. She currently has one furry friend, her cat Astrid the Amazing.
Sara K., LVT
Sara has had an affinity for animals since she was a little girl. She obtained her Associates Degree for Veterinary Technology at Vatterott College in Omaha, Nebraska and passed the VTNE in June 2006. In Omaha, she worked for about 9 years at a privately owned general small animal practice. In January 2015, she decided she needed a change of pace and moved to Seattle.
Since her move to Seattle, Sara has worked at Pima Medical Institute as an instructor for veterinary technicians. She has also worked at another general small animal practice, but her real passion has been dentistry. Sara hopes in November 2018 to apply for a spot in the veterinary technician specialty program through the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians to become a veterinary technician specialist in dentistry. She is currently owned by three dogs, two Newfoundland’s and a Pomeranian: Cinnamon – the boss (she thinks!), Merlot – the middle child, and Zinfandel – the baby.
Jenny C., LVT, VTS (ECC)
Jenny graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Technician program in 2013 and has been working in Emergency and Critical Care at AMCS since April of 2014. Jenny has loved animals since she was a kid and has always wanted the opportunity to nurse them back to health. Along with helping heal her veterinary patients, Jenny also enjoys mentoring new technicians. Jenny is a veterinary technician instructor at Pima Medical Institute where she helps train the next generation of veterinary technicians. In the fall of 2017, Jenny passed the exam set forth by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NACTA) to become specialized in Emergency and Critical Care, earning her the new title Jennifer Cossey, LVT, VTS (ECC)
In her free time, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and their rambunctious one-eyed chocolate Lab named Kahlua.
Charmaine M., LVT
Charmaine has been with AMCS since August of 2013 as an Emergency and Critical Care veterinary technician. She is a 17-year Naval Veteran who always held a special interest in veterinary medicine. Originally from Cleveland, she decided to make Washington State her permanent home and became a veterinary technician after leaving the Navy in 2012.
Charmaine recently decided to pursue another long time passion: baking. She has completed advanced training in pastry arts. She also loves to garden and care for her chickens (all 12 of them!). Charmaine also has 3 dogs and 2 cats.
Richard A., LVT
Richard is an El Paso, Texas native who moved to Salt Lake City, Utah after high school for a fresh start and to pursue a degree in Biotechnology at Utah State University. During this time he worked at a local animal shelter. Richard has always had an interest in veterinary medicine, even as a child, but his time at the animal shelter solidified his love for helping animals.
Richard moved to Yakima, WA to attend Yakima Valley College to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. After earning his Associates degree to become a Veterinary Technician, Richard moved to Seattle. He has worked in a shelter, emergency and specialty medicine (neurology-specific) which allowed him to experience multiple aspects of veterinary medicine. Richard really shined in Emergency and Critical Care as it provides a variety of cases and a fast-paced environment and joined the AMCS ER/ICU team in April of 2018
Richard enjoys continuous education and plans on pursuing a specialty in Emergency and Critical Care to further his knowledge of veterinary medicine. In Richard’s spare time he enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest or staying home and playing video games with his cat, Wasabi-Sake.
Kelley H., LVT
Kelley Hurley has been with AMCS since May of 2012 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in our ER/ICU department. Kelley worked in the UW Department of Biochemistry for nine years before deciding to return to school to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Kelley considers it an honor and privilege to be able to care for pets and their families during an often stressful and difficult time. She is passionate about emergency and critical care medicine and actively pursuing her specialty certification.
Kelley has a special place in her heart for fear-aggressive and abused dogs and has volunteered with rescue organizations such as the Humane Society and Pasado’s Safe Haven, where she was involved in rescuing animals from abuse situations. She has also spent time in Missouri to help care for 500 dogs rescued from a multi-state dog fighting ring.
Kelley was born and raised in Seattle where she lives with her husband, Gary, and her two year old son, Liam. They have a mixed-breed dog named Maple and an orange tabby named Bert. Outside of work, Kelley enjoys spending time with her family, weightlifting and international travel.
Danielle L., LVT
Danielle has been working at AMCS as a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2015 in our ER/ICU department. She loves working ER because she can combine her critical thinking skills with her deep compassion for our clients and their pets. Her special interests at work are pain management and anesthesia, and she is currently working towards becoming a certified pain practitioner in the veterinary field.
Danielle has a dog and a cat at home that are both spoiled rotten. When not at work you can find her camping with friends and family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, doing yoga, gardening, or spending time at home with her husband and pets.
Jason L., LVT
Jason has worked at AMCS as a Veterinary Technician in our ER/ICU department since April 2015. He has worked in general practice for over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our hospital. Jason enjoys working in ER because of the diversity of the cases he sees, along with being able to comfort and support our patients as well as our clients.
Jason’s main interests in veterinary medicine are CPR, nutrition, rehabilitation and pain control. In his spare time, Jason’s hobbies include fishing, camping, gardening, writing/recording music, playing the drums and spending time at home with his wife, dog, and cat.
Mark S., LVT
Mark has been with AMCS since October 2011. He started out as a Veterinary Assistant while he was attending school at Pima Medical Institute to earn his Associates degree in Veterinary Medicine. After he graduated and passed the VTNE to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Mark continued to work for AMCS in our ER/ICU department.
When Mark isn’t at work, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, camping and working in his yard. He shares his home with Willow, a six-year-old Labrador Retriever mix and two new kittens, Fred and Gracie.
Kristin F., LVT
Christina S., LVT
Christina has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician with Animal Medical Center of Seattle since August of 2015 in our ER/ICU department. A Chicago native, she decided to make the move to Seattle around the same time. Although she misses deep dish pizza and Chicago dogs, she loves the Seattle city life and all of the beautiful Pacific Northwest nature just around the corner.
Christina has worked in shelter medicine, rehab, surgery and general practice, but has found that emergency medicine is where here heart lies. In her free time, Christina enjoys exploring Seattle and dog friendly breweries with her two beagle mixes.
Sara R., LVT
Sara is a graduate of Bergen Community College in New Jersey, where she earned her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2014. She relocated to Seattle in January of 2018 to be closer to family and become part of the awesome AMCS team.
Sara has worked for practices in New Jersey and New York, where she got exposure to general and emergency veterinary medicine. She enjoys acquiring new skills and providing quality nursing care in the ER/ICU setting. Sara is fluent in Spanish and would like to learn a new language. In her free time, Sara loves to travel and spend time with her family and pet rabbit, Bunnyta.
Rina J., LVT
Rina started her career at AMCS in October of 2018 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in our ER/ICU department. She moved to Seattle from California and discovered her love of animals, motivating her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Rina graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2018 and worked primarily in general practice for about a year and a half before delving into Emergency Medicine.
Rina has a deep love of travel and adventure but also enjoys quiet time at home.
Gretchen T., Veterinary Assistant
Gretchen has been with AMCS since April of 2015 as a Veterinary Assistant. She was originally in our Oncology department but transferred to ER/ICU in May of 2016. Gretchen has been in the veterinary field for nearly three years as an assistant and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Gretchen received a BA in International Studies and studied abroad in Japan where she focused on Japanese Art History and speaks Japanese fluently. While in college in California, she volunteered at a South Los Angeles County animal shelter and gained a lot of experience in shelter medicine. After working as an art teacher for many years at a Japanese language-immersion preschool, she decided to pursue her passion: working with animals.
Gretchen’s interests in the veterinary field include respiratory cases, laboratory procedures, aspiration pneumonia and wound care. She has a particular soft spot for French Bulldogs and is known as the “Frenchie Whisperer.” In her spare time, she enjoys painting, watching movies, eating Japanese food with her husband, running and snuggling with her French Bulldog/Miniature Schnauzer mix, Turtle and French Bulldog, Matcha.
Tyler D., Veterinary Assistant
Tyler has been with AMCS since September of 2016 as a veterinary assistant in the ER/ICU department. He has wanted to work with animals ever since he was a kid and is grateful every day to be working in the veterinary field where his passion for animals can shine. Tyler is also studying to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician!
When he is not studying or working, Tyler is hanging out with friends, playing with his dog Parka, taking pictures around Seattle, playing soccer, or cheering on his favorite hockey team.
Nadine E., Veterinary Assistant
Darby L., Veterinary Assistant
Alex H., Veterinary Assistant
Alex has been with AMCS since August of 2016 as an overnight ER/ICU Veterinary Assistant. She started in the veterinary field about five years ago, and has been in love with the profession since day one. She originally started as a receptionist, and as her love for the field grew, so did her skills and desire to advance further. After being a receptionist for only six months, she started training to become a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently in the process of becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician and plans to continue to specialize in emergency and critical care.
When she’s not working, you can usually find her hiking and exploring the outdoors, spending time with her four dogs or relaxing with a good book.
Jessica S., Veterinary Assistant
Jessica joined the AMCS team in July of 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant in our ER/ICU department. Jessica has had a love and passion for helping animals since she was very young, which inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She has been a Certified Veterinary Assistant since 2015 and had worked in general practice for two years before she came to AMCS. Jessica wanted to experience another side of the veterinary field and emergency seemed to fit best as it allows her to see a variety of different cases.
Jessica shares her home with two wonderful guinea pigs named Peanut and Freya. In her spare time, Jessica loves to draw, paint, read a good book and spend time with her friends and family.
Pam F., Kennel Attendant
Pam has worked at AMCS since 2009. She started as an assistant in our ER/ICU department and is now involved in many tasks throughout the hospital as well as patient observation, monitoring, and care. She now has over 27 years of experience working at veterinary hospitals.
As a teenager and young adult, Pam volunteered at the Seattle Humane Society and worked at private kennels. Her passions outside of work include gardening, cars, and her beloved cats, ducks, and her senior dog.
Kayla C., Kennel Attendant
Kayla has been working at AMCS since July of 2016 in our ER/ICU department as a Kennel Attendant. Working in emergency medicine has been a very insightful experience for her because of the variety of cases that are seen at the hospital. She is always amazed by what she sees coming in the front door. Caring for animals has always been a passion for Kayla, whether it’s her own or someone else’s.
Kayla is also a student at Shorewood High School, and is a member of her high school’s marching band. Outside of work and school she is an enthusiastic gamer and an aspiring artist and writer. She also enjoys playing and napping with her one-eyed chocolate Lab Kahlua.
Bailey M., Referral Coordinator
Danielle B., Referral Coordinator
Danielle has been working at AMCS since September 2016 as a Referral Coordinator, where she enjoys interacting with clients and their pets. She grew up in the Philippines and moved to the United States when she was 10 years old. Even though she always loved animals from a young age, she never saw herself working in the veterinary field. Danielle graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics hoping to become a high school math teacher. In 2012 she was lucky enough to have met and cared for a stray orange tabby cat named Meelo. Sadly, he passed away from bladder cancer in 2014, but it was at that moment when she realized she wanted to pursue an animal-focused career.
After her wedding in December, she plans to go back to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Danielle lives in Seattle with her fiancé, their two cats Daisy and Noah and their Pomeranian Rocky. Outside of work she enjoys being a pet mommy, fostering cats for a local shelter, hiking/working out, and playing video games.
Chanel A., Referral Coordinator
Chanel has been with AMCS since July of 2011. She originally started as an overnight triage assistant and eventually took a position as a Referral Coordinator. Chanel graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Assistant program in 2007 and took a job working for a small family owned veterinary clinic for 4 years. As hard as it was leaving behind her regular clients, she decided to try her hand in emergency medicine.
Chanel was drawn to veterinary medicine since she was a little girl. She and her family used to show English Springer Spaniels, which helped contribute to her love of animals. She was always excited to go to the vet with her dogs and learn all about the clinic.
Chanel has a 1-year-old English Springer Spaniel named Levi, and their newest family member Tully who is still just a puppy. In Chanel’s spare time she enjoys concerts, movies, spending time with her family and curling up with a good book and her adorable furry family.
Jacqui J., Referral Coordinator
Jacqui has been with Animal Medical Center since November of 2016 and an animal lover her whole life. Her favorite part of the job is making new animal friends and being part of a team whose goal is to help animals and their human families. Jacqui has a BA in Psychology from Adrian College in Michigan, her native state. She had always dreamed of living in Washington. As of the summer of 2014 she is now living that dream in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
In her spare time, Jacqui enjoys crocheting, hiking, gardening, listening to a wide variety of music, and spending time with her husband, her dog Graham and her foster ferrets from the Washington Ferret Rescue and Shelter.
Nicole B., Referral Coordinator
Nicole has been with Animal Medical Center of Seattle since May of 2015 as a Referral Coordinator. She also helps out in our ER/ICU department as a Veterinary Assistant when needed. Nicole started her career in the veterinary field by becoming a volunteer at PAWS Wildlife Center. There she treated everything from baby squirrels to birds of prey. She volunteered there for 4 years and then started the Veterinary Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute graduating in 2005. After graduation, she started working in general practice as a Pet Nurse for 10 years, and eventually earned the title of Director of Pet Nursing.
Nicole decided it was time to move closer to home and learn more about emergency and specialty medicine, which brought her to AMCS. Nicole has been an avid animal lover her whole life, starting with her first subscription to Cat Fancy magazine. She loves Chihuahuas and has three at home: Malice, Benito and El Chapo. Nicole enjoys connecting with clients and their pets at the front desk and getting to know them better. She loves helping creatures of any kind and has since returned to volunteering at PAWS in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Kassandra A., Referral Coordinator
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Tim M., LVT, CVPM, Practice Manager
Tim’s career in the veterinary field began in 2008 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in an Internal Medicine specialty practice. In 2010, his journey led him to AMCS as an Oncology Technician. In 2013, Tim became our Practice Manager. In August of 2018, he earned his CVPM designation (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager). He is very proud to be a part of the AMCS team and thoroughly enjoys working with dedicated, passionate professionals.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys wine tasting, cooking, traveling and exploring the great Pacific Northwest.
April P., LVT, Hospital Manager
April has been in the veterinary field for nearly 20 years with the majority of her experience in anesthetic and surgical nursing. She participated in a year-long externship in surgical and critical care anesthesia under a veterinary technician specialist from the UC Davis veterinary teaching hospital. She moved to Seattle to pursue her dream of working in specialty medicine and found her home at Animal Medical Center of Seattle as an ER/ICU LVT. Over time, she was promoted to Shift Lead and Nursing Manager. She is now AMCS’s Hospital Manager. She has lectured at Pima Medical Institute and to the veterinary community about various topics related to veterinary staff training, team dynamics and customer service. She was nominated for the VECCS Practice Manager of the Year award in 2016. She has special interest in cardiovascular emergencies, airway management and total intravenous anesthesia.
In her spare time, April enjoys participating in Seattle’s independent film community, photography and spending time with her family.
Dayna W., Accounting/Services Manager
Dayna’s career in the veterinary field began in 2008 as a receptionist at a general practice. In 2012, her journey led her to AMCS as a receptionist. In 2014 Dayna became our Accounting and Services Manager. To this day she is very proud to be a part of the AMCS family and thoroughly enjoys working with everyone here.
In her spare time, Dayna enjoys scrapbooking, BBQs, camping and exploring the variety of beautiful scenery that Washington has to offer. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her Miniature Schnauzer, Schatzy.
Jina S., LVT, Marketing Manager
Jina attended Pima Medical Institute to earn her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and passed the national exam to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2012. She started her career as an LVT at AMCS shortly after, working graveyards in the ER/ICU department. When a position opened up a year later in Internal Medicine, Jina jumped at the opportunity to learn something new and became AMCS’ newest Internal Medicine Technician. After working as an LVT at AMCS for 3 1/2 years, she moved on to a career in real estate marketing as an Operations Specialist. She just couldn’t stay away from the wonderful people at AMCS though and took a position as Marketing Specialist in August of 2016. She hasn’t looked back since.
Jina has an American Eskimo Dog named Silver who works very hard in her office as the “Assistant Marketing Specialist.” She also has a 13-year-old Tortishell cat at home named Felicia. In her spare time, Jina can be found hiking, camping, horseback riding, practicing yoga, playing video games, or binge-watching Netflix.