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Meet our amazing team!

The Vancouver Veterinary Hospital team treats all patients like family. We look forward to seeing you!

Dr. Kurt Dawid

Dr. Kurt Dawid

Medical Director/Lead Doctor

Dr. Kurt Dawid was raised in Chicago, IL. Following college, he worked as a paramedic on overnight shifts in an ambulance on the southwest side of Chicago, where he developed a passion for emergency medicine and honed his ability to perform under pressure while multitasking. Describing himself as somewhat of a wanderlust, he decided to attend veterinary school far from home. In 2017, he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. After graduation, he completed a year-long rotating clinical internship at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

His career began as an overnight emergency veterinarian in Vancouver, Washington, where he further developed his emergency medical skills and discovered a newfound interest in exotic species. During this period, he volunteered at the Newport Aquarium in Oregon, gaining valuable experience with aquatic species, particularly his favorite animal, sharks. It was during this time that he met his wife, Tana. Both sharing a passion for exotic animals, they made the bold decision to relocate to Fairbanks, Alaska, to assist in establishing exotic animal care at a local hospital. After completing this project, they returned to Vancouver, Washington, where Dr. Dawid joined Vancouver Veterinary Hospital as an associate doctor. Over the years, he advanced to become Medical Director/Lead Doctor.

Outside of work, Dr. Dawid enjoys going on Harley rides and adventures with Tana, reading cozy mystery books by the fire, and cherishing downtime at home with Tana and their geriatric tuxedo cat, Boots. His ultimate goal is to establish his own veterinary hospital one day.

Dr.  Roy Velardi, DVM

Dr. Roy Velardi, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Roy Velardi graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Prior to that, he earned his B.S. and M.S. in Genetics, also from UC Davis. In 1988, he completed an internship in equine medicine and subsequently practiced equine medicine and surgery until 1994, when he moved to the Pacific Northwest to join a mixed animal practice. As demographics and caseloads evolved, his focus shifted more towards small animal medicine and surgery. In 2003, he purchased Vancouver Veterinary Hospital and owned the practice until it was acquired by Wellhaven Pet Health in 2019. Outside of work, he stays busy managing his home property with his wife Mary, caring for her horses, his goats, their dogs, cats, hens, and occasionally dealing with marauding raccoons.

Dr. Holley Crooks

Dr. Holley Crooks

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Holley Crooks grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She spent her summers visiting family in Hood River, Oregon. She knew from an early age that she loved the Pacific Northwest and wanted to call it home. Dr. Crooks attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she met her husband. After graduating, she went on to Washington State University in Pullman, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007. Since then, she has lived and worked in Vancouver, Washington. Dr. Crooks finds fulfillment in her profession as a veterinarian, enjoying the diversity of each day and the opportunity to strengthen the human-animal bond. Some of her favorite breeds are Chihuahuas and Pit Bulls.

Dr. Rachel Wertheimer

Dr. Rachel Wertheimer

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Wertheimer, a recent graduate from Colorado State University, became a valued addition to our team in August 2023. With a special interest in geriatric patient care and emergency medicine, Dr. Wertheimer is dedicated to providing exemplary veterinary services. Outside of her professional work, she enjoys skiing, running, and reading a good book. Dr. Wertheimer also enjoys spending time with her pet companions, including her cat Willow, dog Penny, and new puppy Radish.

Kendall Allen

Kendall Allen

Veterinary Assistant

Kendall is a USC graduate who was born and raised in Southern California. She is currently in school to become a licensed veterinary technician. Kendall recently relocated to Washington and joined our team at Vancouver Veterinary Hospital. With a lifelong passion for animals and medicine, working here is a dream profession for her. She looks forward to experiencing the unique personalities and stories of your pets.

Salem Chamberlin

Salem Chamberlin

Veterinary Assistant

Salem joined our team in November 2021 following the completion of his studies in the Veterinary Assistant Program at Carrington College. Born and raised in Oregon, Salem has been immersed in the world of animals since childhood. With a passion for feline and reptilian care, Salem is known among colleagues as the ‘cat whisperer.’ Beyond his professional endeavors, Salem enjoys quality time with his cats, engaging with his nieces and nephews, and visiting amusement and water parks during the summer months. Salem hopes to establish a rescue for senior cats in the future.

Erin Coffman

Erin Coffman

Veterinary Assistant

Erin spent her childhood in the streams and wetlands of Oregon, finding the greatest joy in spending time outdoors with animals. When a neighborhood stray cat developed a large mass on his side, she feared it was the end for him. However, a kind-hearted veterinarian took it upon herself to make surgical removal financially possible, indirectly changing the course of Erin’s life. Watching her furry friend recover, Erin resolved to join a medical team dedicated to providing pets and owners with that same relief. In 2014, she embarked on her career in veterinary medicine. She cherishes all animals but finds working with exotics most rewarding due to their frequent misunderstandings and the variety of behaviors, colors, and personalities they bring to the hospital. In her free time, Erin enjoys gardening, gaming, crafting, and spending quality time with her trio of tuxedo cats.

Traci LaRose

Traci LaRose

Veterinary Assistant

Traci recently joined Vancouver Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary assistant, bringing with her nearly 30 years of experience in the veterinary industry. Before that, she worked in the equine industry and holds a B.A. Degree in Equestrian Science and Communications. Outside of work, she enjoys photography, cooking, and outdoor activities. Traci has adopted two dogs, a cat, and a Conure.

Jenna Spraggins

Jenna Spraggins

Veterinary Assistant

Jenna joined our team in October 2022. With 17 years of experience in the veterinary field, she has practiced as a veterinary assistant across multiple states and specialties, specializing in Dentistry and Surgery. Jenna grew up in sunny Southern California but developed a fondness for Washington state during the pandemic while working as a relief technician. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys hiking with her dog, Denver, traveling, and reading. She hopes to one day combine her passion for travel with her love for veterinary medicine by assisting in international relief and conservation efforts.

Jared Thorson

Jared Thorson

Veterinary Assistant

Jared began their journey in animal care and rescue in 2018. They joined the Wellhaven family in 2022 and became a member of our team in 2023. Jared has a love for all living things and strives to foster positive interactions with clients and patients. In their spare time, Jared can be found hiking, rock climbing, singing in a local choir, and distance running. They endeavor to bring a compassionate approach to animal care and derive joy from bringing smiles to those around them.

Viviana Vidal

Viviana Vidal

Veterinary Assistant

Viviana moved to the PNW from California and began wokring in the veterinary field in 2017. Viviana originally had plans to become a Veterinarian but discovered her passion for the hands-on technical aspect that defines veterinary assisting and being there to comfort patients during times of stress. She enjoys creating a fear free environment for pets and educating clients on preventative health care so their pets can lead long and healthy lives. Viviana is a proud dog mom of a sweet and spunky miniature schnauzer named Daisy. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, music, reading, movies and spending quality time with the people she loves.

Andy Schwartz

Andy Schwartz

Receptionist

Born in Vancouver, Washington, Andy has harbored a lifelong passion for veterinary care. Outside of her professional pursuits, Andy enjoys spending time reading, crafting, and cherishing moments with her family, which includes her husband, four children, four dogs, and five cats.

Careers in Veterinary Care At WellHaven

WellHaven is hiring! Whether you are looking for a full-time career, part-time job or prefer to work on an “as needed” basis, WellHaven offers an opportunity you won’t get anywhere else! If you are a veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary assistant, or receptionist, see our currently available positions below to start a conversation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Location

1616 St Johns Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661

Hours

Mon - Sat – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun – Closed

 

Contact Info

Phone: (360) 696-2529
Fax: 360-696-0026

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