We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in Shoreline, WA. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical and dental services. Our veterinary hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suite, dental suite, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve Bitterlake, Greenlake, Greenwood, Northgate, Broadview, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, Lynwood, Seattle, Bellevue and beyond!
Dr. Chris Hoffman, DVM
What I love about the veterinary profession is simple: being able to help animals feel better and stay healthy. I love coming to work each day at Cascade Pet Hospital because I get to do what I love and work with wonderful people who share my passion. In fact, it is because of the great staff here at CPH that I chose to practice here with them. My passions in veterinary medicine include surgery, ophthalmology, and preventative medicine, as well as seeing the occasional exotic pet.
I have loved animals from early childhood. I grew up with dogs and cats always in the house and spent countless hours with my grandmother visiting the zoo watching the big cats, elephants, and all the small mammals, birds and reptiles of the children’s zoo. During my undergraduate years at UMASS Boston I worked as a dog walker and upon graduation I took a job as a surgical technician. Working with so many great veterinarians inspired me to make it my profession and I enrolled at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, I completed a year-long internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, gaining immeasurable experience in the ER, as well as in the internal medicine, neurology, and surgery departments. I have been practicing in the Greater Seattle area since then and at Cascade Pet Hospital since early 2019.
I grew up in the Boston area, but ultimately came to the Seattle area for the amazing outdoor features and activities, not to mention the milder weather! I live north of the city with my wife, daughter, and myriad pets, including dogs, cats, chickens, a tortoise named Darwin, and a horse named Oz. I look forward to meeting your pet(s) and working with you to keep them healthy and happy.
Dr. Nicole Taylor, DVM
Veterinary medicine has always held a place in my heart because it allows me to not only help animals, but strengthen the bond between pets and their human family members. Being a veterinarian means providing support for clients during the stressful times of having a sick pet, and through the exciting times of adding a new furry member to the family. Creating bonds not only with my patients, but with the people who love them most brings me great joy.
I am new to the state of Washington and have lived in Indiana for the majority of my life. I attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana for my bachelor’s degree. I then moved to the island of Grenada to attend St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. From there, I completed my clinical training at The Ohio State University.
I have a strong interest in preventative medicine, dermatology, feline medicine, and behavior. I am certified in both Low Stress Handling and Fear Free medicine which allows me to improve the often scary veterinary experience for your pet by creating a more comfortable environment. A visit to the veterinarian does not have to be a fearful experience. My aim is to reduce stress for both you and your pet when they visit.
Grenada left me with a sense of adventure and love for the outdoors – which ultimately brought me to the Pacific Northwest. Outside of hiking, camping, and sailing, I thoroughly enjoy cooking, film photography, and have recently taken up watercolor painting. I have two wonderful cats named Ceviche and Merlot and we are all beyond excited to be a part of the team at Cascade Pet Hospital!
Dr. Andrea Christenson, DVM
I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was five years old. My initial childhood plan to work with tigers at the zoo eventually changed to working with smaller tigers and then dogs as well. I grew up in California, right on the coast amongst the redwoods. We had quite a variety of pets when I was a child, and our family veterinarian was a wonderful role model.
I attended the University of California at Davis, both undergraduate and veterinary school. After graduation, I worked in various small animal practices in California and Washington, where I gained experience and acquired a variety of medical skills. I have always loved animals, and to be able to care for them and make them feel better when they are sick is a privilege. I very much enjoy getting to know owners and their pets and being part of their lives over many years.
I love working with a team that supports the human-animal bond. I live in Shoreline with my husband, a cat named Sophia, an English Springer Spaniel named Montgomery, a Holland Lop rabbit named Nikita, and several chickens. Some of my areas of interest are feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology, and behavior. I enjoy skiing, reading, gardening and have recently taken up running. I love underbites, chai, sushi and cats, especially Bengals.
I graduated as a licensed veterinary technician from the Danish Veterinary Medicine School back in Denmark in 2014 after 3.5 years worth of education and working as a student at two different animal hospitals, emergency & specialty and general practice hereafter. I got to work as a tech for about 5 years before moving to America.
I have had the great pleasure of working for Cascade Pet Hospital since June 2016, being the manager since September 2019 and I can’t imagine finding a better job, hospital or colleagues!
I moved to the States at the end of May 2016 and I’m living with my Husband and our Pitbull, Loki north of Shoreline.
When I’m not working you’ll find me out and about, discovering the great state of WA and all it has in store. I’m already very much in love with everything this amazing place has to offer.
Licensed Vet Technician
Kyla didn’t dream of being in veterinary medicine as a child. She wanted to be the first female fighter pilot and then an astronaut – she wanted to go to Mars. She also fancied taking her gymnastics career going all the way to the Olympics. She then dreamed of being the first female NFL kicker. And when she started college, she was sure she was going to be the Jane Goodall of Grey Wolves in Alaska.
Kyla ended up getting a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, but the rest remained in the imagination of her childhood. She focused on raising her son and her family life after college, working as an executive assistant to pay the bills. After a few more career moves, she knew she wanted to work with animals after she took her cat to the vet. A proverbial light bulb lit up in her brain, she could be a veterinarian!
With a little more research and some job-shadowing, she discovered that the veterinary technicians get to do the fun stuff – the handling, the cuddling and the comforting. She gets to look at all the interesting things under the microscope, runs the anesthesia, draws blood, bandages up the pets, cleans teeth and so much more!
She first started working as an assistant at an emergency and critical care hospital while she went to school at Pima. She graduated with her Veterinary Technician License in 2011 and has loved every day since. Her experience includes working in general practice and emergency and critical care settings (which is where she rescued her one-eyed Frenchie, Stevie Wonder) She is happy to be returning to general practice and having the opportunity to form relationships with Cascade patients and clients over time!
Working with and around animals is something I’ve always dreamed about since I was little. I finally decided to go ahead and make that dream into a reality and enrolled at Pima Medical Institute back in late December of 2018.
Nine months later and I have completed the VTA program and started my journey here at Cascade Pet Hospital. Both have been such a great and wonderful experience. Living out my dream and helping other people and their pets is something I will always hold close to my heart.
As of right now, I’m happy where I’m at with my studies and with the people who I’m working with. I intend to eventually continue my education at Pima and study to become a licensed veterinary technician.
Animals have been a big part of my life since I had my first loving dog, Qoo when I was around 6 years old. My family had three dogs when I was younger that were all found near my neighbor’s houses and needed rescue. They were my best friends and supported me so much. As a child, I could not allow myself to cry in front of others, but I could be open in front of my dogs. After I moved to Seattle in April 2011 from Japan, my host mother who used to have two cats and two dogs awakened the animal lover in me once again.
One Saturday morning in 2015, I discovered the “Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet” show and became inspired by what I saw. Soon after the show started, I witnessed an extremely passionate veterinarian, Dr. Jeff, immersed in his life’s work with the utmost devotion and care. Displaying his motto, “Surgeon Samurai” tattooed on his arm in Japanese symbols, he took on patients purely for the love of his craft, often charging a vastly reduced fee. I already had a strong belief in animal rights and a fondness for taking care of animals, so Dr. Jeff’s show greatly influenced me. Previously, I had reflected on my passions in life and what career I could pursue that would embody my interests, but I was finding it difficult to determine a direction that suited my goals. Dr. Jeff’s program opened my eyes that day to a personal and career path that fully aligned with my vision.
After completing the VTA program at Pima Medical Institute of Seattle and externship at Cascade Pet hospital in 2016, I went back to Japan and worked at an animal hospital where my childhood pets were treated many times. Working there for over a year taught me much about Japanese veterinary medicine, practice, and emergency procedures. I came back to Seattle in April 2018 with much more confidence in the field and I am enjoying being part of this amazing team every day. I just started taking the VTT program at Pima Medical Institute of Seattle this year to be a veterinary technician and I cannot wait to be a licensed vet tech soon! I vow to always be eager to learn and practice my skills in the veterinary field to provide the best care for your loving fluffy families!
Daniela stays very busy—she holds two jobs while also enrolled in school—and all of her endeavors involve helping animals! Daniela is studying to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She finds spending time with the animal community especially refreshing: “I love spending time with people who are equally as cat-obsessed as me”! Daniela has one kitty named Jedi, who is her best friend.
Animals and animal welfare have been passions of mine for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to grow up with three dogs and a forest for a backyard, both of which I believe played a major role in who I am today. In the past seven years I have been able to turn my passion into more than that by studying biology and animal medicine in an educational setting, volunteering at shelters and at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and now in the work that I do at Cascade Pet Hospital.
Considering where I am now, it would be surprising to most that I started my undergraduate years at the University of Washington as a pre-business major. This is what my father wanted my siblings and I to do. As we all entered our freshman year together, we began on the same path. However, we are all going in completely different directions now. My sister is completing a master’s in elementary education, while my brother has a job doing digital marketing for a company in downtown Seattle. Then here I am, about to complete a master’s degree in conservation biology and working in veterinary medicine. It has been truly amazing to do what I love while also being able to make my father proud, despite not following in his footsteps.
One bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, conservation expedition to Brazil, and veterinary assistant program later, I am happy to say that I have truly found myself. I have learned who I am on my own which, as a triplet, proved difficult. This unique field has allowed me to challenge myself and was the first step for me in becoming independent of my siblings. I have learned so much while pursuing veterinary medicine and will take what I have learned with me every step of the way as I prepare for the next big step in my life.
Raychael has been passionate about animals her entire life, coming from a family that placed a big emphasis on animal kindness.
Working with animals is one of the best decisions she’s made and hasn’t regretted it for an instant. She believes that animals can bring out the best in people, as well as be there for you during difficult times.
Originally from Michigan, Raychael is begrudgingly allowed to share an apartment with three great cats: Ripley, Annie, and Willow. In her free time, she enjoys Dungeons & Dragons, cheesy 80s movies, and curling up with a good book.
I’ve been around animals my whole life growing up on 100+ acres of farmland in Kansas. I grew up taking care of farm animals including peacocks, dogs, cats, and so many more! With that, I developed a deep love for the well being of any and all animals.
I worked as a makeup artist for over 7 years until I moved to Washington and decided to make a whole career change doing what I love most – taking care of animals.
I spend my free time living and exploring Seattle with my husband, Ricky, and my cat Mr. Felix.
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