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, Ronald, Richmond Beach, Echo Lake, NW Seattle, Olympic Hills, Greenlake, Greenwood, Northgate, Broadview, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, Lynwood, Seattle, Bellevue and beyond!
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. Sanjuana Zaragoza
I moved to Washington with my two cats (King and Harry) right out of school in 2019 and haven’t looked back. For the majority of my life, I lived in Georgia where I attended the University of Georgia for my bachelor’s degree. My love for veterinary medicine was solidified in my small apartment where I helped deliver my roommate’s dog’s litter of puppies (one which lives with my parents in Atlanta). I moved to Romania shortly after graduation to teach English for a year which was cut short when I was accepted and attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. I completed my clinical training at the University of Missouri.
My strongest passions are preventative medicine, oncology, and surgery. My favorite part of being a veterinarian is being able to help patients to have a good quality of life and owners to enjoy that time with their beloved pets.
I am ecstatic to be working at Cascade Pet Hospital!
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
I started my veterinary career 10 years ago by diving right into school while also learning on the job as an assistant. Once licensed, I went directly into ER and surgery specialty that taught me a wide variety of skills and experience with an array of medical conditions. I missed the connection to the owners and follow-up care of the patients and their families who left the ER and (hopefully) didn’t come back. I transitioned to general practice and have not looked back.
I am passionate about preventative medicine and providing owners with the tools for best success with their beloved furry family members. I try to empower owners with knowledge and understanding of conditions, treatments, surgery process and address whatever concern they have. I also love watching puppies and kitties grow and develop into their own little quirky creatures as well as being there when they are sick, injured, scared, in need.
I am proudly the oddball at the clinic and love all black cats and any bully breed dog. When not at work, I spend most of my time at home with my husband, Presley (12 yr old stubby Staffordshire terrier mix), as well as Dexter and Sinister (inseparable cat brothers). I love to garden, try to build things with my husband, and watch terrible TV shows.
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.
Dax grew up surrounded by dogs and cats, and began working with a local cat rescue at 13 years old. However, it wasn’t until a brief stint at PAWS in early 2019 that he decided to pursue veterinary medicine as a career. Dax started working at Cascade in February, 2020 as an intern, and was officially hired in March. He currently lives in Capitol Hill with his partner and their cat, Charlie. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors, listening to and playing music, cooking, and playing video games.
Hi! I’m Lauren! I am a vet assistant here at Cascade Per Hospital after dog walking and pet sitting for over 7 years. In my free time, you can find me embroidering, reading, or eating. I have a sweet kitty and a rambunctious puppy at home, but spending the day with your pets brings so much joy and purpose to my life! My favorite things to talk about with my cat: how pretty she is, tuna stock, how much I love her, and what we truly think about the birds. My favorite games to play with my pup: run in circles until one of us runs into the other, the “what’s in your mouth” grab bag, and hunting for treasure (tennis balls) under the couch.
The only thing I remember wanting to be when I grew up is an animal chiropractor because you’d get to work with animals and help them feel their best. However, life had other plans for me. I grew up in northern California and only after receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television Arts from CSU, Fullerton in 2016 I found myself in the PNW, no longer interested in pursuing the film work I went to school for. I began my foray into vet med as a receptionist at an animal hospital and I didn’t look back. After working as a receptionist and getting a feel for the field for about a year, I moved into the Assistant side of veterinary medicine for more hands-on time with helping our patients. I have been an Assistant for several years now and I’ve found it is the place where it’s easy to truly care about your work.
I grew up exclusively with large breed dogs and adore them, but as of now, I have three kit kats at home with my fiancee, including 2 newly adopted formerly-feral kitten siblings, General Grievous(male, grey, shorthair) and Steve(female, grey, shorthair). Ham Sandwich (12y/o male, grey and white, long hair) and the kittens enjoy spending time with us human-folk out on the balcony of our apartment where we can watch the neighbor dogs from up high and watch the birds demolishing the bird feeder. The humans of the family also enjoy hiking the beautiful PNW, reading the best fantasy novels, gaming Overwatch, and buying new feather toys for the kittens to eagerly destroy. I look forward to meeting and treating your pets to make their doctor visit as low-stress as possible!
ReceptionistHello my name is Erika and I am one of the receptionists here at the clinic. Growing up here in the PNW, my love of animals started when I was just a little girl. My first dog was a puppy from a mommy dog named Shadow that we had and a daddy dog named Baron who lived down the hill from us. Boo became the love of my life at that time and I had many an adventure with him by my side. We always had cats and dogs growing up, mostly the type that would find us and decide that we were a good place to be and would move on in oh and my brother dallied in Gerbils for awhile too. My heart animal though was always of the equine variety and I was finally able to have a pony when we lived on Vashon Island for a few years. Moving back to the mainland again I was blessed to have a horse for quite a few years and would always have a dog or two to accompany me on my rides whether they rode in the saddle with me or ran through the bushes looking for that elusive “something” whose scent was in thier nose.Fast forward to today, I raised my three children in Idaho and my daughter and I had horses and we became “home” to rescue dogs and cats as well. My family has always told me that I should become a vet assistant or a vet tech because of my love of animals and I would love to pursue those paths someday. I moved back to the PNW in June of 2020 and my home now consists of two rescue sister cats Charlee and M-cat but I dream of living in a farmhouse with horses and dogs perhaps a few more cats (I heard after 5 you are considered a “crazy cat lady”)and of course chickens gathered all around. After being a stay at home mommy for 12 years my first job was in human medicine and I have worked in some sort of capacity that way until my “big break” into animal medicine came in September of 2020 when I was hired at an animal Orthopedic hospital and then came here to Cascade in February of 2021. What an amazing switch and I have enjoyed everyday I have been able to work with your animals here at the clinic. The staff and doctors here are simply the best and you can have all faith and confidence that your cats and/or dogs are in the best of hands when you bring them here. Oh and I will be giving them a few extra loves while they are here too…..it will be my pleasure!
‘Growing up, I have always been fascinated by nature. I would spend whole days tracking down marmots in Mongolia; hoping I could bring one home one day. I have been known as the friend who loves “trash animals”, aka possums, raccoons, ferrets and skunks. They truly spark joy. I never thought that I would ever pursue a career regarding animals, but watching my obsession with raccoons grow over the years, I thought why not and applied to Cascade Pet Hospital to begin my journey working with animals. I am currently in school pursuing a psychology degree but have been considering switching to a degree that would allow me to work with the environment and wildlife more often. I am a ferret-mom to three sneaky ferrets that wreak havoc and cuteness everywhere they go!’
I am a recent transplant back to the PNW. I spent the last 25 years in Florida with most of that in the animal care and welfare business. I have been an animal lover since I was very young. I was that kid the dogs always “followed” home and tried to convince my parents to keep them. Always dreaming of having acres and acres of land so I could rescue all the animals. I have worked in several animal hospitals an animal shelter and had a pet sitting business.
When not working I love to garden and shop thrift and antique stores with my husband, Eric. I also enjoy many types of crafting including, crocheting, sewing and beading. I am a crazy cat mom to 4 kitties, Mango a main coon, Minnie and Cadie domestic short hairs, and Ciarra an all-black domestic long hair. I am also mom to Mille a lemon and white basset hound.
I am proud to be a member of the Cascade Pet Hospital team and I look forward to helping care for your furry loved ones as if they are my own.