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. 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.


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. Todd Green


Dr. Todd Green is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  Dr. Green completed his residency in Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University and worked in private practice for several years before moving into academia.  


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.

Nathan Kice

Dr. Nathan Kice

Dr. Nathan Kice was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, so it is no surprise that he chose to make Tacoma his home.  A native of a small town in Oregon, Dr. Kice has always wanted to practice veterinary medicine in this part of the country.

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. 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.

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.


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. Vanessa Rizzo


Dr. Vanessa Rizzo is joining Summit following her residency in Veterinary Medical Oncology at Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine.  She is a 2010 graduate of Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, and she completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in 2011.

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.


Our Specialties


Emergency/Critical Care
Jessie Clark, DVM

Julie DeCaire, DVM

Angela Graupmann, DVM

Denny Koontz, DVM

Kirsten Lawson, DVM, DACVECC

Aaron Maderia, DVM

Jaycie Reisberg, DVM

Anna Wood, DVM

Deb Wulff, DVM


Internal Medicine

Todd Green DVM, MS, DACVIM

Kelly McCord DVM, MS, DACVIM


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


Sarah Gillings, DVM, DACVIM
Vanessa Rizzo, DVM



Nathan Kice, DVM, DACVO



Lee Yanik, DVM, DACVR



Andrew Hofeling, DVM, DACVS

Becky Murray, DVM, DACVS

EB Okrasinski, DVM, DACVS

Brian Heiser, DVM (Resident)

Stephanie Loomis, DVM (Resident)