About

Columbia City Veterinary Hospital is a locally-owned, small, independent animal clinic. We offer high quality medicine and state-of-the-art diagnostics at a reasonable price.

Meet the team

Dr. Lizzy Dean

MEDICAL DIRECTOR & CO-OWNER

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Dr. Lizzy Dean

MEDICAL DIRECTOR & CO-OWNER

Dr. Lizzy Dean grew up in a large catholic family in the Midwest. She has three older brothers, which molded her into the bold, boisterous person she is today. She wanted to become a vet from a young age and finally reached that dream in 2010 when she graduated from Michigan State University with her DVM in 2010.

She started her career in Florida where she completed an internship in surgery, emergency medicine and regenerative medicine. She moved to Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood in 2011 and still lives there with her husband and two rescue Persian cats. She has “dog fever” and if her landlord hadn’t threatened eviction, she’d have several by now.

Her lifelong hobby has been horseback riding and she currently owns is a paint quarter horse that she uses mostly for trail riding and occasional fox hunting. Don’t worry folks, no foxes are actually hunted, it’s more like motocross on horseback. She also enjoys alpine skiing, wakeboarding, hiking, and running during her free time. She’s run the Rock and Roll half marathon every year since 2012. She loves living and working in the same community.

Dr. Katie Rob

Medical Director & Co-Owner

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Dr. Katie Rob

Medical Director & Co-Owner

Dr. Katie Rob has worked as a small animal veterinarian for the past 12 years in Cape Cod and Seattle. She grew up in rural Vermont with backyard goats, sheep, chickens and ducks. Her first business venture was selling her chicken’s eggs when she was nine. She has fond memories of helping her dad take care of their pets, from trimming her goat’s hooves to bottle feeding lambs.

She left Vermont to attend Amherst College, where she studied biology and met her future husband, Giora, while dissecting horseshoe crabs in a biology class. Her upbringing then led her to the Royal Veterinary College in England. Vet school was filled with good times, one of the best being the three weeks she spent working the night shift on a sheep farm, delivering hundreds of lambs under the Northern Lights.

Katie has always felt fortunate to have found what she considers the best profession on earth. While not working, she always looks forward to days spent outdoors with her husband, three children, a brindle boxer-mix from PAWS and an energetic chihuahua-mix from Red Waggin’ Rescue.

Dr. Chris Lutton

Associate Veterinarian

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Dr. Chris Lutton

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Chris Lutton was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After high school, he went on to the University of Missouri in Columbia for his undergraduate degree and veterinary school.

He spent the following four years in Kansas City working for a general practice and a rescue organization, developing his surgical skills which is one of his favorites parts of practicing veterinary medicine.

Though he thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest was calling his name and he decided to start a new adventure in Seattle. While not at work, he loves to play ice hockey, travel and spend time outdoors with his two English Setters, Bailey and Wendell.

Dr. Shannon Nagasako

Associate Veterinarian

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Dr. Shannon Nagasako

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Shannon Nagasako was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii. After high school, she attended Pacific University in Oregon and discovered her love and compassion for animals.

She’s worked in all areas of the hospital with over 12 years of experience in the veterinary field and 6 years as a doctor.

In her spare time, Shannon loves to spend time with her wife, toddler, and Great Pyrenees puppy, Kainalu. She can be found on her bike, at the local farmers markets, playing beach volleyball at Alki or traveling internationally!

Dr. Maggie Schroeder

Associate Veterinarian

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Dr. Maggie Schroeder

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Maggie Schroeder is a Pacific Northwest native. She has been passionate about caring for animals for as long as she can remember. Her parents let her rescue an abandoned tuxedo cat when she was 3 years old, whom she named Winkles. It was her beloved Winkles who inspired her to become a veterinarian. Later, she rescued a fluffy Icelandic Sheepdog named Sam who became just as special to her.

Maggie attended Washington State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2013 followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2017. Maggie is enthusiastic about practicing high quality medicine. Her favorite aspects of being a veterinarian are providing compassionate care for her patients and creating special bonds with her clients.

When away from Columbia City Vet, Maggie enjoys reading, traveling internationally, writing poetry, practicing yoga, and attending the Seattle Opera.

Dr. Keri Dertinger

Associate Veterinarian

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Dr. Keri Dertinger

Associate Veterinarian

Keri graduated from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She believes that compassionate and exceptional quality veterinary care is an essential right that every patient is entitled to. She aims to provide that for all of her patients, and works diligently with pet parents to create a comprehensive picture of their four-legged family member's health needs, utilizing as many resources as possible to maximize their care.

It's extremely important to Dr. Keri that her clients feel comfortable and well-informed, so that they have the opportunity to make the best possible decisions for the health and well-being of their companion animals. Her professional interests are geared towards internal medicine, dentistry, pain management, dermatology and surgery.

Outside of the practice, she is an avid hiker and backpacker, with a love of nature fostered right here in the Pacific Northwest, where she was born and raised. Her family includes two rambunctious, undeniable adorable twins, her amazing wife, two slightly rotten but lovable cats, and the family's pride and joy pictured with Dr. D here! Finally, she believes laughter is an essential part of life, and tries to take advantage of every opportunity to partake in it.

Kevin Haywood, CVPM

Practice Manager

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Kevin Haywood, CVPM

Practice Manager

Kevin came on board as Practice Manager with more than 15 years of industry experience to lead Columbia City Veterinary Hospital. With a spectrum of skillsets, he has been engaged as a business consultant and relief technician for veterinary hospitals in the greater Seattle area. He's most recently attained his CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) credential.

Beyond overseeing operations at Columbia City, Kevin manages two other practices in King County, teaches sculpt yoga at CorePower studios in Seattle, and serves on the Board of Directors for several livestock and youth organizations in Seattle and the broader, Pacific Northwest region. Kevin grew up raising and showing livestock in California — he continues to stay active in 4-H as the Seattle Poultry Project Leader for this youth organization and also serves as a Fairs Commissioner for the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Kevin grew up in Southern California, attended Mt San Antonio College and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He currently lives in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle with his partner Matt, cat Monkey and chickens who come to the call of The Ladies. He transplanted to the Pacific Northwest in late 2008, after having spent some time abroad working in Europe and living in Atlanta for a brief stint. He enjoys the outdoors and travel, design and horticulture, and a variety of city activities.

Lanae Miller

Assistant Manager

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Lanae Miller

Assistant Manager

Lanae is one of the rare Seattle natives, who was born and raised in the Ballard neighborhood. She has always loved animals and feels fortunate to have found a way to make that passion her career.

She has worked in the veterinary field for almost 10 years and is just finishing schooling to become a licensed veterinary technician. She is an expert at running anesthesia, drawing blood, placing catheters, calming nervous cats and dogs and giving kitties lion cuts. Her favorite part of working in veterinary medicine is getting to know the pets and their families.

She loves spending time with her rescue pitbull, Roscoe. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine are listening to music, hanging out with friends and traveling. She is excited to get to know the pets of Columbia City.

Imogen Fox

Veterinary Assistant

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Imogen Fox

Veterinary Assistant

Imogen lives on a peaceful little mountain in Issaquah with her wonderful husband, Eli and her sweet daughter, Freyja. Her human family loves helping out on their “mini farm”, where they have wolfhounds, special needs kitties, and piggies. Imogen has a special passion and love for animals, and specifically enjoys veterinary medicine. She plans on attending Veterinary Technician School in the near future. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Maggie Grady

Veterinary Assistant, Floor Lead - Fear Free Certified (LVT in Progress)

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Maggie Grady

Veterinary Assistant, Floor Lead - Fear Free Certified (LVT in Progress)

Maggie joined the team as a seasoned Veterinary Assistant with more than six years of experience. She studied Animal Science during undergrad and has aspirations to open an ecology center to educate public on sustainability through the use of hands-on experience with plants and animals. She currently volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium in addition to being an integral part of our team!

She loves being in a field where she can share her love, passion and knowledge with like-minded and compassionate people. Maggie enjoys being able to be a pet’s support system and being able to make a positive difference in their lives.

Maggie has a domestics longhair cat named Frank. Outside of work, she loves the outdoors -- camping, hiking, skiing, sunbathing, and drawing in her free time. Additionally, she enjoys being a barista and works several shifts a week a Bisquit Bitch!

Stephanie Saarman

Veterinary Assistant

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Stephanie Saarman

Veterinary Assistant

Imani Daniels

Veterinary Assistant (LVT in Progress)

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Imani Daniels

Veterinary Assistant (LVT in Progress)

Imani is a recent high school graduate working toward applying to veterinary technician programs!

Ahmaud Hebert

Veterinary Assistant / Hospital Attendant

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Ahmaud Hebert

Veterinary Assistant / Hospital Attendant

Ahmad is a recent high school graduate who is in the process of completing undergrad coursework with aspirations of going to veterinary school!

Adam Allen

Client Services Coordinator

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Adam Allen

Client Services Coordinator

Jeana Taylor

Veterinary Assistant

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Jeana Taylor

Veterinary Assistant

Tori Matheson, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

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Tori Matheson, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mackenzie Stevens

Veterinary Assistant - Fear Free Certified (LVT in Progress)

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Mackenzie Stevens

Veterinary Assistant - Fear Free Certified (LVT in Progress)

Helen Cheers

Veterinary Assistant

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Helen Cheers

Veterinary Assistant

Brenda Rangel

Veterinary Assistant

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Brenda Rangel

Veterinary Assistant

Christine Northrop

Client Services Coordinator

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Christine Northrop

Client Services Coordinator

Our goal is to provide individualized care to ensure your pet lives his/her life to the fullest. We will keep the comfort of your furry family member at the center of our approach and tailor our care to your family’s unique needs. We strive to create an upbeat atmosphere with an emphasis on long-term customer satisfaction.

Client Testimonials

Dr. Katie Rob is fantastic! We plan to drive from NE Seattle to Columbia City Vet Hospital when it opens next month. Dr. Rob has been kind and gentle with our 12 year old black lab. She has gone out of her way to make sure she is comfortable in her final season of life. I am so grateful for Dr. Rob! Looking forward to visiting her new clinic.

— Teresa E.

Dr. Dean helped treat my cats for several years (she was amazing helping me with one that had cancer, taking personal care with his surgery) and she is an outstanding person and veterinarian. I would highly recommend her and Dr. Rob if you are looking for excellent care for your pets!

— Lori G.

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