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Dr. Colin Kertson, DVM
Dr. Kertson is not only one of our outstanding veterinarians but is also the owner of Tahoma Veterinary Hospital. When we first opened our doors in 1990 he was a co-owner but became the sole owner in 2006. Dr. Kertson graduated from Washington State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). He is currently associated with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA), and American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). Dr. Kertson's hometown is Stanwood, WA. He is happy to be able to continue to serve you in his home state! Outside of work you can find him leading worship at church or at home enjoying spending time with his family, raising his own livestock and reading a good book.
Dr. Eric Long, DVM
Dr. Long hails from Dallas, TX. He has graced us with his presence since 2010 and has been a wonderful addition to our staff. Dr. Long studied at Dartmouth College where he received his BA in Biochemistry and Psychology. His education continued at Cornell where he completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Professionally he is affiliated with Small Ruminant Practitioners, as he loves working with farm animals such as goats, alpacas, pigs and chickens. He is currently associated with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) In his free time Dr. Long enjoys the great outdoor activities that the Northwest has to offer including kayaking, hiking, cycling and participating in mud runs. He adores his two dogs Maddie and Herbie.
Dr. Suzannah Strauss, DVM
Dr. Strauss came to us in 2011 from Amenia, NY. She brought 6 years of experience in mixed animal practice from her prior job in Columbia County, New York State. Dr. Strauss studied at Houghton College where in 2000 she received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in biology. She then attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). She is associated with American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) and Christian Veterinary Mission. In her free time, Dr. Strauss enjoys spending time with her son and husband. She also enjoys hiking, traveling and overseas development work. At home you can find her playing her piano or gardening.
Dr. Jessica Cooper, DVM
Dr. Cooper is originally from Duvall, WA. However she attended Colorado State University where she received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Equine Science pre-vet concentration in 2005. She then graduated from Washington State University where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2011. She spent 2 years practicing in Moses Lake and moved here to join us at TVH. Dr. Cooper is associated with Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA), American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). In her free time, she enjoys trail riding, skiing, camping, scuba diving and hanging out with her husband and three dogs, Apollo, Chula and Bear.
Dr. Chandra LeFevre, DVM
We welcome Dr. LeFevre from Oceanside, California where she finished a year-long internship working in a 24 hour clinic that treated dogs, cats, exotics and wildlife. Prior to working at Tahoma, she did quite a bit of volunteer work with wildlife and shelter animals. Originally from Lake Forest Park, Washington she completed her undergraduate education at Washington State University where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Zoology in 2010. She then went on to attend the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Since graduating from this particular school, she is eligible to practice medicine in the UK, all of North America, Australia, and New Zealand but she couldn't stay away from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When she isn't working at the hospital or volunteering with wildlife and animal shelters she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest by hiking, backpacking, skiing or anything near water from sea kayaking to swimming and sailing. She loves lavishing all of her animal adoration on her dog, Orion; a mixed breed rescue from California.
Taran Johnson, Practice Manager
Taran joined our team in November 2015. She is also a Licensed Veterinary Technician and graduated from Pierce College June 1998. She enjoys her wonderfully, busy family life, fulfilled with horse shows and fast pitch! In her spare time you can find her at a horse show or on the ball field with her husband cheering their daughter on. They share their home with five horses, Dream, Faith, Lady, Flynn and new Mustang on the way, three dogs, Gary, Carmen and Lucky Puppy, a cat named Gordon and a few chickens.
Erin, Marketing Manager
Erin joined our team in May 2013. She started as a Veterinary Assistant and moved into managing the social media & marketing for the hospital in early 2014. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, riding her horse, Dolce and photography. Her other furry family members are three dogs, Sadie, Cece & Cowboy, and a fat orange cat, Rusty.
Ashley, Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician
Ashley joined our team June 2013. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two adorable St. Bernard pups, Lucy and Henry. They also share their home with three cats, Chloe, Romeo and Theodore.
Crystal, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Crystal joined our team in July 2014. She has been a veterinary technician for 5 years and enjoys camping, fishing, archery, shopping and cooking in her spare time. She shares her home with four dogs, Brue, Cabela, Luke and Russel Wilson and a bunny named Mr. T.
Alli, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Alli joined our team in 2016 with 1 previous year of veterinary assisting experience. She enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors with her two labs, Champ and Josie.
Brooke, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Brooke joined our team this past 2017 summer and has been a great addition to our team! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and riding her horses.
Hailey, Veterinary Assistant
Hailey joined our team in November 2014. Outside of work, she enjoys going on hikes with her dog Abby, playing video games, star wars, and cooking Korean food.
Felica, Lead Veterinary Assistant
Felica joined our team in March 2014. She enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with her daughter, Oaklee Anne and Chocolate lab, Copenhagen.
Tylor, Veterinary Assistant
Tylor joined our team in May 2015 with 3 years previous veterinary related experience. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, camping and hiking. She is very much a cat person and her two cats Sasquatch and Skid have her heart. She also has a dog named Baya and two goats, Starsky and Hutch.
Ashley, Lead Receptionist
Ashley joined our team in September 2015 with 5 years previous veterinary related experience. She enjoys fishing and outdoor activities with her two boys. She shares her home with her two dogs, Charlie Mae and Junie Bug, and her two cats Buff and Meow Meow.
Lacey joined our team in August 2016. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family outdoors hiking, bike riding and playing with her three dogs, Sarah, Parker, and Larry and two cats, Bridget and Marley.
Brittney joined our team in September 2016. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding her horse, Dixie and playing with her black lab, Kona.
Brittany joined our team in March 2017 with 4 years previous veterinary related experience. Outside of work, she enjoys going on adventures with her husband and their blue nose pit, Gotti.
Cheryl joined our team in April 2017 with 15 years previous veterinary related experience. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family and dog, Maddie.
Becky, Kennel Manager
Becky joined our team in December 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, gardening and fixing up cars. She also shares her home with her best friend Chopper, a blue pit, who also lives with a little old schnauzer friend Dusty, two cats, Cali & Scooby and a 23 yr old corn snake named Snow.
Kate-Lynn, Kennel Care
Kate-Lynn joined our team in April 2017. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her various pets and riding horses.
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