ABOUT OUR VETERINARIANS
We have eight doctors on staff at Northeast Veterinary Hospital and all of them are experienced in canine and feline medicine. Three of our veterinarians are also experienced in the care of small mammals, including ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, rats and mice. The services our doctors provide include routine preventative care for young healthy pets, early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages, and complete medical, surgical and dental care as necessary during his or her lifetime. With eight doctors, we not only offer many years of practical experience, but also some options for on-site care that you will not find at many hospitals, including veterinary acupuncture, dental radiology and orthopedic surgery. Our veterinarians provide sound advice and optimal, cost-conscious veterinary care, thus allowing you to enjoy life with your companion for a maximum number of years.
Dr. Lauren Brechner
Dr. Brechner (‘Brekner’) was born and raised mostly in South Florida before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2010. She completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Washington and is a loyal Husky fan! She and her husband, Alex, are proud owners of a retired racing Greyhound, Tonks, and two domestic shorthair cats, Davos and Foosa. They are both immensely excited to once again call Seattle their home.
Dr. Brechner is joining Northeast Veterinary Hospital in June of 2021 and is thrilled to be a member of this fantastic team! Her interests include Greyhound/Sighthound medicine, feline medicine, surgery, strengthening the Human-Animal-Bond, exotic animals/pocket pets, and parasitology.
In her spare time, Dr. Brechner enjoys spending time on the ocean, coaching figure skating, golfing, running, painting, crafting, listening to music on her record player, and touring the many breweries and wineries that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
D.V.M. – Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
B.S. – University of Washington
Dr. Erik Christensen
Dr. Christensen joined Northeast Veterinary Hospital in 1996, after working in mixed-animal practices in the Caribbean and Nebraska
Preventative medicine for your pet, the nuances of managing chronic issues, and all the available options for diagnostics and treatment often require extensive discussion. Dr. Christensen's focus is communication and working with clients to keep their pets happy and healthy, always taking into account the logistical and emotional cost
Dr. Christensen has no pets himself, but loves his wife Mary, and so agrees to house and care for the menagerie. He has multiple hobbies outside of work, and according to the staff, these will probably be described in repetitive detail at your appointment.
D.V.M. - Kansas State University, 1992
Dr. Stephanie Edwards
Dr. Edwards first knew she wanted to be a vet at age 12 while volunteering at the local animal shelter in Texas. After finishing her veterinary degree, Dr. Edwards relocated to Seattle, working at a small cats-only clinic. Wanting more diversity, Dr. Edwards joined Northeast Veterinary Hospital in 2006 and is now a partner in the clinic.
Special interests include: Soft tissue surgery, feline inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes.
D.V.M. - Texas A & M University, 2004
B.S. - Midwestern State University
Dr. Benjamin Fisher
Dr. Fisher grew up in southern California where his first interest in the veterinary world began as he and his brother raised and cared for a number of turtles and other creatures in their pond-filled backyard. He attended University of Wisconsin Veterinary School where he met his wife, Dr. Wrycha. He joined Northeast Veterinary Hospital in 2012 and is a partner in the practice.
His interests in veterinary medicine include tough internal medicine cases, dentistry, and seeing the occasional reptile. Other than work, he spends much of his time with his family, enjoys running and is contemplating running another marathon.
D.V.M - University of Wisconsin, 2005
B.S. -- Cal Poly Pomona
M.S. -- Cal State Fullerton
Dr. Kayla Hough
Dr. Hough ('Huff') was born in Renton, Washington. She traveled to the Cayman Islands to attend veterinary school at St. Matthew's University before coming back to Washington State University to finish her clinical year. She owns a bonded pair of rabbits (Rory and Mac), and long-haired tuxedo cat (Charlie) and a dwarf hamster (Billie).
Dr. Hough joined Northeast Veterinary Hospital in July 2020 and couln't be happier to be part of the team! Her interests include cardiology, soft-tissue surgery, exotics and providing compassionate end-of-life care.
D.V.M. - St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine
B.S. - Washington State Univeristy
Dr. Jeanine Tweed
Born and raised in Queens, NY, Dr. Tweed earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2000. Dr. Tweed has a special interest in Chinese medicine and how it can be integrated into Western veterinary medical practice. She received her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2017 from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
Anyone who knows Dr. Tweed knows about her obsession with brachycephalic breeds (French and English bulldogs, pugs, and other squishy-faced dogs), especially her own French bulldogs 'Cecile' and 'Mavis.' In her spare time, Dr. Tweed's passions include photography, making jewelry and creating assemblage art for her Etsy shop, and composing and performing music on her vintage 1980's Yamaha DX7 synthesizer.
C.V.A.--Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Amy Ward
Dr. Ward was raised in Seattle, and always knew she loved animals. She graduated from Washington State University in 1996, and joined Northeast Veterinary Hospital in 2002.
Her interests in veterinary medicine include acupuncture and orthopedic surgery. Outside of work she enjoys dog training, as well as arts and crafts.
D.V.M. - Washington State University, 1996
C.V.A. - I.V.A.S. Certification, 2001
Dr. Kristin Wrycha
Dr. Wrycha rejoined Northeast Veterinary Hospital in 2011, and is a partner in the hospital.
Her interests in veterinary medicine include opthalmology and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work she enjoys running marathons and spending time with her family.
D.V.M. - University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005