Team

We offer one of the most comprehensive collections of specialists under one roof in the Northwest. Interaction between the specialties keeps us all up to date and fosters innovative solutions to complicated medical problems. We believe that maintaining open lines of communication between your family, your primary care veterinarian, and your specialty team is essential to provide the best possible care for your pet.

 

Veterinary medicine is constantly evolving, and every veterinarian must be a lifelong student. Our specialists provide formal continuing education seminars for referring veterinarians throughout the Puget Sound area, in addition to being available for consultations regarding specific patients. We also believe that we have a responsibility to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in each of our fields, and do participate in clinical research trials when provided the opportunity.

Jerry Demuth

Dr. Jerry Demuth

 

Dr. Jerry Demuth can occasionally be caught sketching various views of the brain, clear evidence that he selected the correct specialty! Dr. Demuth established his practice in medical and surgical neurology in the South Puget Sound area in 2008, and his empathy and high quality of care are well known.


Dr. Jerry Demuth is board certified in small animal neurology and neurosurgery through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Born and raised in Nebraska, Dr. Demuth received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He then received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1996. Dr. Demuth spent six years practicing as a small animal veterinarian in Raleigh, North Carolina. His interest in neurology grew steadily during that time, leading him first to an internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists and subsequently a residency at the University of Florida. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Demuth remained at the University of Florida as a clinical instructor for one year before relocating to the Northwest.

 

In his free time, Dr. Demuth primarily enjoys spending time with his daughter Elizabeth.  However, he also enjoys wood working, hiking, cooking, and working on indoor projects.  His extended family includes a very rambunctious chocolate Labrador named Cooper, two cats named Junior and Rebecca, and a flock of chickens.

 

 

Dr. Kate Finnerty

 

Dr. Kate Finnerty has had a passion for animals from an early age.  Growing up here in the Puget Sound, Dr. Finnerty always identified herself as wanting to be a Veterinarian, so it was no surprise when she enrolled at the University of Washington for her Bachelor's Degree and then moved to Washington State University to receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

 


During her internship at Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson she developed a passion for neurology and subsequently completed a neurology specialty internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Finnerty completed her residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin in 2013 and is excited to return to the Northwest.  She is board certified in small animal neurology and neurosurgery through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

In her free time, Dr. Finnerty enjoys golf, skiing, and gardening.  When she is not doing those activities, she spends time with her sassy German Shepherd, Sarge, and her flock of five chickens.

 

 
Sarah Gillings

Dr. Sarah Gillings


Dr. Sarah Gillings started her veterinary career in private practice and originally did not expect to pursue specialization. As her interest in cancer cases grew, she decided to return to academia for a residency. After 3 years of applications, with 6 weeks of notice she moved from Seattle to North Carolina for training. Though she met many wonderful people in the south, she is very happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest.


Dr. Gillings is board certified in oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and has practiced in the Puget Sound area since 2007. Following undergraduate education at the University of Idaho, she received her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota and then completed a 1 year internship at a private practice in upstate New York. She was in private practice in various locations around the country for 6 years before completing a 3 year residency in oncology at North Carolina State University.


The intellectual challenges of tumor biology are fascinating, but Dr. Gillings never considers academic interest ahead of her patients’ quality of life. She values the relationships she develops with her clients and patients, and is always flattered to hear that many patients appear to look forward to their visits.


In her time off, she enjoys hiking (regardless of weather), gardening, exploring local wineries and cooking.

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Beth Herman

Dr. Beth Herman


Growing up, Dr. Beth Herman could commonly be found memorizing trivial pursuit cards “just for fun” while a cat was curled up in her lap. This combination of a strong bond with animals and an almost obsessive zeal for learning carried her through years of education to become board certified in both Internal Medicine and Critical Care. Dr. Herman characterizes practicing internal medicine as the perfect combination of her “nerdy” nature and strong desire to help our furry companions, and has an ongoing passion to expand her knowledge within her fields.


Dr. Herman is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She is the only internal medicine specialist also board certified in critical care in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Herman has been practicing internal medicine and critical care in the Puget Sound Area since 2005 and has extensive training in endoscopy, gastroenterology, endocrinology, hepatology and all facets of internal medicine.


She completed a dual residency in internal medicine and critical care at a large specialty practice in the Washington DC area after an internship at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California. Dr. Herman received her DVM from University of California at Davis and has a Bachelors of Arts in molecular biology from University of California at Santa Cruz.


Though Dr. Herman spent many years coast hopping to complete her education and specialty training, she has happily settled in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys hiking with her dog (a juvenile diabetic mastiff, of course), jogging, cooking and enjoying the great cuisine of the Northwest.

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Andrew Hofeling

Dr. Andy Hofeling


Dr. Andy Hofeling doesn’t actually remember a time in his life when he didn’t want to be a veterinarian. For as long as he can remember, it was always just assumed that it was what he was meant to be. As he progressed through veterinary school, his attention to the physical details of healing and slant towards artistry made becoming a surgeon the ob vious career choice.


Dr. Andrew Hofeling is board certified in surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has been practicing in Tacoma since 2006. Originally from Nebraska, Dr. Hofeling relocated to the Pacific Northwest from Michigan where he completed his surgical residency at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Hofeling received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University and completed an internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colorado.


Dr. Hofeling’s professional interests include wound management and reconstruction, hepatic surgery, and orthopedics in addition to general surgery. He takes great care to spend ample time with his patients and their owners to assure they have a full understanding as to what options are available and how the recommended treatments can help their pets lead fuller lives.


In his free time, Dr. Hofeling enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing with his wife Laura and their extended family -- Border Collie "Hannah," Pomeranian “Sandie,” and their cat Beamer.

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Kirsten Lawson

Dr. Kirsten Lawson


Dr. Kirsten Lawson’s diverse interests within the field of Emergency and Critical Care include endocrine disorders, respiratory diseases, and surgery. Dr. Lawson is intellectually engaged by challenging cases, while remaining very aware of the stress that an emergency situation with your pet creates. She values the opportunity to provide support for her patients’ families while expertly treating your cherished family member.


Dr. Lawson is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She completed her residency at Advanced Critical Care and Internal Medicine in Tustin, California following an internship at the Animal Emergency Center in Glendale, Wisconsin. Her DVM degree is from Washington State University and she holds a BS in Biology from the University of Washington.


When not at work, Dr. Lawson enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children and her three kitties. Kitten is her 9 year old handicapped cat who drools when he purrs, HB is her 4 year old pampered princess of a kitty, and Arthur is the 3 month old baby kitty who plays like a wild man! She also enjoys skiing, swimming, quilting and is learning about old home restoration.

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Dawn Macready

Dr. Dawn Macready

 

Dr. Macready grew up in Northern California and decided she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 10 years old. She started volunteering at a small animal veterinary practice in high school and worked in private practice during her undergraduate and veterinary coursework. She obtained a bachelors degree in Nutrition Science from the University of California at Davis. She also received her DVM from the University of California at Davis and completed an internship in private practice in Northern California. She completed her residency in diagnostic imaging at the University Of Tennessee School Of Veterinary Medicine.


Dr. Macready is trained to read radiographs (x-rays), CT, MRI, and nuclear medicine studies. She also performs diagnostic ultrasound. She enjoys problem solving and achieving a diagnosis that can help animals and their owners, which makes diagnostic imaging a perfect fit for her.


During her free time, Dr. Macready enjoys cooking, hiking, mountain biking, wakeboarding and snowboarding. She has a dog in a fluffy cat suit who has been her faithful companion during her educational process.

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Kelly McCord

Dr. Melanie McMahon

 

Dr. Melanie McMahon became interested in the bond between pets and their humans during her undergraduate work at University of Texas at Austin, where she received her BA in Psychology. After deciding to pursue veterinary medicine, Dr. McMahon moved to California to attend veterinary school at the University of California. She completed an internship at Colorado State University and subsequently completed her medical oncology residency at The Ohio State University.

Dr. McMahon received her board certification in medical oncology through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and has been practicing in the Pacific Northwest since 2009. Dr. McMahon could not imagine doing anything else. Her main goal as an oncologist is to ensure that each patient has an excellent quality of life during cancer treatment.

Dr. McMahon truly loves living in the Pacific Northwest. She is an avid climber and backpacker and enjoys international travel to climb in remote places.

 
Kelly McCord

Dr. Kelly McCord


In the second grade, Dr. Kelly McCord organized a neighborhood petting zoo filled with chickens, chinchillas, dogs, rabbits and lizards as a fundraiser for an animal protection agency. The $6.25 in admissions fees that he raised that day set the stage for developing the love he has for helping to preserve the amazing relationships between people and their pets.


Dr. McCord is a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest from his home state of Colorado. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Colorado State University, from which he also received his DVM and Masters of Clinical Science degrees. His research during his residency focused primarily on pancreatitis, hepatology, and gastrointestinal disorders, but he has extensive experience and interest in all areas of internal medicine.


Dr. McCord has presented his research at the ACVIM Forum, at which he received the Distinguished Resident Research Award for gastroenterology in Montreal in 2009. He has published multiple veterinary journal articles on topics including canine acute pancreatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, and oxidative stress, among others, and co-authored a chapter on hepatic dysfunction in Veterinary Clinics of North America.


When not working, Dr. McCord is usually spending quality time with his partner Dale cooking, kayaking, running, traveling, and working out. They have three cats (Mawmaw, Pawpaw, and Babycat), and an obstinate (but adorable!) Chihuahua named Penny. Dr. McCord is thrilled to be at the Summit and is looking forward to being a part of the Pacific Northwest community.

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Dr. Becky Murray


After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Murray earned a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. She then attended University of California Davis Veterinary School and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. With single- minded focus, after completing a general and specialty surgical internship, she took her husband, Justin, and 2 cats to Columbus Ohio to continue her specialty training in surgery.


During her 3 year residency and an additional year practicing, she honed her surgical skills and specific areas of interest including: chest surgery, neurological surgery, and canine stifle diseases. She was awarded the House Officer Award for Best Presentation at the Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery in 2010.


She and Justin live with two rambunctious cats: Quigley and Indiana Jones, littermates who take turns wrestling, snuggling and generally causing mischief throughout the house. While in Ohio, they also adopted Cowboy, the World’s Best Labrador. Becky is thrilled to be back on the West Coast and looks forward to exploring all the adventures that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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eb okrasinski

Dr. EB Okrasinski


Dr. EB Okrasinski has been a highly respected surgeon in the Puget Sound area since 1992 when he created Veterinary Surgery Services, a fully equipped mobile surgery practice and the only one of its kind in the region. The creation of Summit Veterinary Referral Center is the fulfillment of a longtime professional dream.

 

Dr. Okrasinski is board certified in surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Following completion of his DVM degree at the University of Georgia, he returned to his hometown of Chattanooga, TN to work in the same hospital where his interest in veterinary medicine began with his work as a kennel assistant at the age of 15. As a doctor, he quickly realized his passion for the complexities and challenges of advanced surgery, and returned to the University of Georgia for an internship before completing a 3 year residency at the University of Tennessee.

 

During his residency, Dr. Okrasinski published research on fracture repair, the nutritional support of critically ill animals, and new approaches to the treatment of hemorrhagic shock. He is a charter member of the Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery, and has been an active member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society for 14 years.

 

When not at work, Dr. Okrasinski greatly enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities with his wife and 3 daughters, and their 2 labradors.

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Lee Yanik

Dr Lee Yanik


Dr. Lee Yanik is the founder of Animal Imaging Consultants, a mobile diagnostic imaging practice and has been practicing radiology on a fixed and a mobile basis throughout the Puget Sound area since 2004. Dr. Yanik is extensively trained in diagnostic radiography, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT or CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine.


Dr Yanik received his board certification from the American College of Veterinary Radiology following completion of residency training with Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. He received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University.


Dr. Yanik now calls the Pacific Northwest home and enjoys most sports including snowboarding and mountain biking, as well as spending quality time with his wife Melissa and four high maintenance cats.

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Our Specialties

 

Emergency/Critical Care
Jessie Clark, DVM

Julie DeCaire, DVM

Brian Heiser, DVM

Beth Herman, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

Denny Koontz, DVM

Kirsten Lawson, DVM, DACVECC

Jaycie Reisberg, DVM

Anna Wood, DVM

Deb Wulff, DVM

 

Internal Medicine

Beth Herman DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

Kelly McCord DVM, MS, DACVIM


Neurology
Jerry Demuth, DVM, DACVIM
Kate Finnerty, DVM, DACVIM


Oncology
Sarah Gillings, DVM, DACVIM
Melanie McMahon, DVM, DACVIM


Radiology

Dawn Macready, DVM, DACVR

Lee Yanik, DVM, DACVR


Surgery

Andrew Hofeling, DVM, DACVS

Becky Murray, DVM, DACVS

EB Okrasinski, DVM, DACVS

 

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