• Our Careteam

    Taunia McDonald

    CVA, Hospital Administrator

    Taunia is originally from Calgary, Canada and has been with Alpine View since graduating from PIMA Medical Institute in 2001. From a very young age, Taunia knew without a doubt that she wanted to spend her life working with and for animals. Originally, as a Technician at Alpine View, she had a specific interest in veterinary dentistry and surgical assisting, and simply loved knowing that she helped make a difference in the lives of the patients treated at Alpine View. In 2002, however, Taunia transitioned into her current role as Hospital Administrator. Although her role has changed, the one thing that remains the same and is Taunia’s sincere love for animals and her desire to ensure that they are receiving the absolute best veterinary care available.


    As Taunia says, “We are their voice, therefore, it’s our job to make sure they are as healthy, happy, and comfortable as possible both during and after their visit to Alpine View!” Taunia and her husband Bryce live in Kenmore with their 2 beloved children, Dorian and Araylia, and their extremely spoiled and loved Rottweiler, Alkaia, as well as their feisty cat, PITA. In her spare time, Taunia enjoys spending time with her family and dog, traveling, snowboarding, all water sports, and working on updating their family home.
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    Alicia Hartley

    LVT, MCL, In-Patient Nurse & Staff Training Facilitator

    Alicia is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and has over 14 years experience in the veterinary field. She grew up in a military household and attended grade school in China and high school in the Philippines. She relocated to Washington State from Huntington Beach, CA in 1998 and loves the change of seasons here. A turning point for Alicia which caused her to enter the veterinary field was rescuing and rehabilitating a pigeon while working on her Master’s degree in Political Science. She soon began working with wildlife and switched over to veterinary medicine in 1998. Her passion lies in emergency medicine, hematology and orthopedics.

    Alicia works with our team here at Alpine View part time during the yr and full time during the summer. She fills the ultra important role of staff training coordiator, ensuring that all of our technicians, nurses, and assistants are up to date in the latest advancements in medical research and patient care.

    Alicia started working at Alpine View in December of 2005. She and her husband John have 2 fabulous children, Gage and Fia. Alicia and her family share their home with 1 cat, Trudy, and her dog, an active walker hound named Scuba Steve. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, and spending time with her family and friends. It is extremely obvious just how devoted Alicia is to the happiness of our clients and the care of our patients, and all of our clients simply love her and her warm heart and friendly smile!
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    Jenny Magruder

    LVT, In-Patient Nurse

    Jenny came to Alpine View with over 10 years of experience in the veterinary field. She attended Pierce College in 1999 to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. In addition to her hands-on knowledge, Jenny has a sweet personality with a kind heart. Jenny started at Alpine View during the summer 2006 due to relocation and we’re fortunate to have her here. Jenny and her husband enjoy staying busy by caring for their 3 children, Justin, Trevor, and Gloria, as well as their 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 birds and 2 fish. She currently only works Saturdays, however, she is an important part of our overall operation of the back lab, and we are happy to have her as part of our team.

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    Catherine Voller

    Lead LVT, MCL, In-Patient Nurse

    Catherine came to Alpine View with her Bachelor of Science degree in Primate Behavior and Ecology, Anthropology. Catherine currently fills 2 roles at Alpine View; a Veterinary Technician, and a Client Relations Representative. Due to her interest in the veterinary field and her love for animals, in 2012 Catherine decided to sit for the WA State Veterinary Technician exam and passed with flying colors! Catherine lives with her husband, Roger, in Bothell, WA and their cat, Vinny. Catherine and Roger welcomed their first child, Elliot James, in October 2012 and are loving every minute of parenthood. Catherine is simply as sweet and as kind as they come, our patients know it and absolutely adore her as does the entire team here at Alpine View!

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    Kyrsten Lauckhart

    Out-Patient Nurse, Lead-Boarding Facilitator

    Kyrsten has been with Alpine View since 2007. Formerly, Kyrsten was our full time boarding facilitator, however, due to her obvious love for animals and dedication to Alpine View she has since transitioned into her other role of Out-Patient Nurse. She truly loves working here and being with animals and really enjoys caring for our patients. Kyrsten became interested in working in the veterinary field after the passing of her beloved Dachshund, Gretchen.

    Kyrsten grew up in Snohomish and has many pets of her own, including a beautiful Siamese kitty named Kola, a very spoiled and smart dachshund named Hemi, as well as several geckos and parakeets. She has participated in 4-H with Kola and her horse, Blaze for many years. Kyrsten recently adopted a horse named Faith, and is currently training her in rodeo and barrel racing. Kyrsten has a warm smile and a sincere love for animals. She is known around the clinic as “The Dachshund Lady”, and has become an essential part of our Alpine View animal health care team!
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    Cassandra Elsenbast

    Client Relations Representative, Out-Patient Nurse

    Cassandra has been at Alpine View since October 2010. She began as a Client Relations Representative, but now also works as Veterinary Assistant. She has proved to be an essential asset to our team. Cassandra has a keen interest in veterinary medicine, has the ability to multi-task, loves a challenge, enjoys staying busy, and is an extremely quick learner. She excelled in high school and attended Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College, where she obtained her associates degree, all while she was still in high school.

    One of Cassandra’s favorite things to do is pet/house sit for 2 labs, Huck and Finn, which she does on a regular basis. When she is not keeping busy with all of us at Alpine View, she enjoys spending time with her 2 pups, French bulldog, Molly, and lab, Barrett. She also enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and loves the outdoors.
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    Jessica Brunsdon

    Out-Patient Nurse

    Jessica started with us here at Alpine View as a Veterinary Assistant intern from Pima Medical institute. We were so impressed with her experience, attention to detail, concern for the wellbeing of our patients, and her overall personality that she has since been hired to join our team here at Alpine View.

    Jessica was born and raised in Snohomish county and although she loves Snohomish, when she’s not working she loves to travel. She has been all over the states and Europe and hopes to be able to visit Australia next. She has 6 cats of her own: Rosabella, Trouble, Big Daddy, Feisty, Romeo, and Skatt; and 2 dogs, a Rottweiler named Gracie, and Brown Dog. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her loving family, cooking, and baking. She plans to continue working with Alpine View and in the future hopes to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
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    Kelly Meier

    Client Relations Representative

    Kelly has been working for Alpine View since October of 2007. She has played a very important role as Client Relations Representative. She and her family have been long time clients at Alpine View, so beginning her employment was an easy transition for her. Kelly grew up in the Monroe area and currently lives in Snohomish with her Pomeranian, Bella. Her family also owns 2 other Pomeranians, Tyson and Lucy, who keep them very busy!  

    In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with friends, weekend trips to Eastern Washington, photography, making people laugh, and working part-time as a barista. She also occasionally gets to pet sit for other employees here at Alpine View. Kelly states that she “feels honored to work for Alpine View. Every day is a new experience and I have learned so much over the past few years. Working with animals is something I always wanted to do, so getting the opportunity to do so has been an awesome experience”.
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    Jennifer Wootton

    Client Relations Representative

    Jennifer started here at Alpine View in February 2008, after moving back from the UK with her one-eyed kitty, Poppy. Jennifer knew she wanted to work at Alpine View due to her sincere love for animals and she currently fills an essential role as a Client Relations Representative. Jennifer now resides in Kirkland with her boyfriend, Mike, Poppy, Mike’s 2 cats, Shelby and Harley, and their well loved and feisty French bulldog, Lucy.

    In Jennifer’s spare time, she likes to spend time with her little family, go for walks with Lucy, attend local markets and festivals, and travel. Jennifer says, “I love animals and working with them gives me great pleasure. I am thankful to Alpine View for allowing me to spend my time in the position I so enjoy. Without them I also would have never met Mike or Lucy!”
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    Ashley Rennie

    Out-Patient Nurse

    Ashley joined our team summer 2013 after completing here internship here at Alpine View for the Licensed Veterinary Technician program through PIMA Medical Institute. Ashley has now successfully graduated from PIMA and is happy to be part of our family here at Alpine View. Once Ashley successfully passes the WA state Licensed Vet Tech exam this spring she will transition into the role of In-Patient Nurse, LVT here at Alpine View.

    Throughout school Ashley was a proud member of SCNAVTA (Student Chapter of National association of Veterinary Technicians) where they regularly held food drives and fundraisers to help pets and organizations in need. When Ashley isn’t so busy caring for animals at work she also previously enjoyed volunteering for PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society) where she was a feline care attendant and also an assistant in their wildlife section.

    Ashley has loved animals her entire life, and tells us that “she is so grateful to be able to work with such an amazing team, as well as get the opportunity to meet and get to know all of our clients and their pets.” Ashley currently has two cats of her own, “Jack” who is 9yrs old going on 9months, and she also just recently added a sweet 6yr old cat named “Jake” to her family.

    We are looking forward to having Ashley on board with us at Alpine View, her sincere love for animals is evident and her desire to learn and gain new knowledge in the industry obvious! We are sure you will love meeting and getting to know Ashley just as much as we have, she is truly a great addition to our team!

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    Christa King

    Animal Care Attendant / Veterinary Assistant

    Christa started with us this summer as an intern through Sno-Isle Skills Center-Veterinary Assistant program. Since successfully completing her internship here in hospital she has since graduated as “Student of the Year” in the Veterinary Assistant Certificate program in which she was enrolled. Christa not only excelled in the classroom, she excelled in hospital as well.  She proved to be a quick and eager learner, always willing to lend a hand, and really a fantastic fit when it came to caring for all our furry patients, which is so very important for all of our Animal Care Attendants. Due to her obvious love for animals and her bedside manner with our patients we are happy to report that Christa has recently been added to our amazing Alpine View Team.  

    Christa states that she has always had a sincere passion for all animals and has been riding horses even before she could walk. Christa actually just recently purchased her first horse on her own, named Mitsi and the two of them have made a great team ever since. Christa is extremely involved in 4-H with Mitsi, and together they are currently progressing through the medals program.


    Christa loves working at Alpine View and looks forward to a long and rewarding career in the veterinary field. She is super sweet, friendly, easy to get along with, and absolutely adores all animals. We are very fortunate to have her here with us at Alpine View!

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    Jessica Egglestone

    Lead LVT, Out-Patient Nurse

    Jessica started back in the spring of 2013 as a part time Out-Patient Nurse here at Alpine View Veterinary Hospital. For the past two years she has been working hard at PIMA Medical Institute in order to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Following her internship here at Alpine View she succesfully graduated from PIMA, and then successfully passed her LVT test with the state of Washington. Since Jessica is so amazing she has quickly and easily transitioned into her new role here at Alpine View as Lead LVT, In-Patient Nurse! Jessica loves working with and helping animals and tells us that she “is so excited to be part of our team here at Alpine View, and is looking forward to a long and enjoyable career in the veterinary field.”

    Jessica has two dogs of her own, “Bindi” a Border Collie, and “Patch” a Lhasa-Apso/Pom mix, and a thoroughbred mare “Velvet” as well as 2 ducks, “Goose and Ferdinand.” On top of an already packed schedule Jessica is also currently engaged to be married and planning a wedding for next July and she is thrilled that she has found someone who shares the same sincere love of animals that she does.


    We feel very fortunate have Jessica working here at our hospital; she is a sweet girl and a truly fantastic addition to our awesome team here at Alpine View!

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