Our work is made possible by a proficient team of animal health technologists (analogous to RNs), care coordinators, hospital managers, and animal caretakers, who work specifically with cats because we love them.
Teresa began working with the Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center in 1994 while simultaneously working at the sister clinic, Cats Exclusive. She moved to Seattle from California where she worked in a general veterinary practice for 5 years. She jumped at the chance to work at a feline-specific practice and has enjoyed her career in feline medicine. In 1998 she received her BS degree in Zoology from the University of Washington, focusing on animal behavior. In February 2013, Teresa began working full time with the Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center as a nurse and assistant to Dr. Vaughan. She has a special affinity for geriatric cats (she enjoys her own 2 older cats!) and strives to make them as comfortable as possible during their hospital stay.
Miranda is a Washington native. After her career in the United States Air Force, she began working at an animal shelter in Portland, Oregon. Her roles at the shelter as community service coordinator and animal care technician working primarily with cats made her realize her passion for education and veterinary medicine.
She began working as a veterinary assistant before she attended Pierce College and obtained her Veterinary Technician license. Miranda worked in emergency veterinary medicine for more than five years where she saw everything! During this time two of her cats were diagnosed with hyperthyroidism; they were both successfully treated at the Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center in Tacoma.
With Miranda’s affinity for senior cats and a personal interest in feline hyperthyroidism, we were happy to have Miranda join our team in April 2014.
Matthew grew up in Alaska and moved to Seattle 12 years ago seeking warmer weather. His family always had animals while he was growing up and he wanted to find a way to work with animals in the big city.
He worked for years at a progressive doggie daycare in Seattle that had a heavy emphasis on training support staff in animal handling and animal behavior. He attended multiple seminars on animal behavior over the years.
Matthew has proven that a dog person can also be a cat person! Our patients took to him quickly and he has mastered feline husbandry.
On his days off he enjoys hiking and long-boarding with Ragnar the Husky, cutting blackberry bushes*, and watching movies with his girlfriend.
(*Nobody likes cutting blackberry bushes!!)
Our staff works closely with nuclear physicists to provide the safest work environment possible, and to insure that we comply with Washington State radiation safety standards for hospitalizing and releasing animals that have been treated with radiation. Nuclear pharmacists prepare the doses of radioiodine, and couriers trained in radiation safety transport it to our facility.
As with any highly-specialized medical service, it takes a village of educated people who care.