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 Veterinary Assistants 

Head - Celena

Celena grew up in Buckley, WA, and moved to the Palouse from Bonney Lake in 2009. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2012, starting at Alpine in the fall of 2014 to continue her career growth and explore her passion for veterinary medicine. A talented and dedicated team member, she quickly rose to her current role as Head Technician, providing training and oversight for the veterinary assistants and technicians in our hospital. Although she treats every patient as her own, Celena personally owns one pet named “Maddie”, a lovable gray and white cat who enjoys all the attention a single pet household has to offer. She enjoys bow hunting excursions with her dad and brother every year. During her free time, Celena also enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and occasionally catching up on some of her favorite shows.

Bernie originally grew up in Big Bear, CA; however, she has called Pullman home for many years. Bernie has 2 border collies named “Tony” and “Jade”, 3 cats named “Ebony”, “Watson”, and “Franklin”, and 2 parakeets. In her free time, Bernie loves to play soccer, watch birds, and go on hikes with her dogs. Bernie graduated from WSU with a B.S. in Zoology and is pursuing a career in Veterinary Technology.

Meg joined the Alpine team in August 2017. She moved to Pullman in the summer of 2016 in order for her husband to finish his degree from the University of Idaho. After working with animals in a variety of environments, she has decided to pursue a veterinary technician degree. Meg and her husband spend much of their time spoiling their 3 animals. They have a shepherd mix (“Remington”), an orange tabby cat (“Trigger”), and a bloodhound mix “(Benelli”). Outside of working, Meg enjoys being outdoors, watching football (Go Hawks!), and spending time with her family.

Rachael was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She grew up with her parents, two sisters, and the family dogs, a golden retriever, a black Labrador, and a black Labrador/German Shepherd mix. Rachael is a WSU graduate with a B.S. in Animal Sciences. Rachael currently lives with her husband Preston and their flame point Siamese Wynter, whom they adopted from the Alpine two years ago. Rachael is cross trained to work in the boarding kennels, as a receptionist, and as a veterinary assistant, which allows her to help fill in when an extra hand is needed. When not at work, Rachael enjoys spending her weekends with her in-laws in Colfax, cozying up with a good book, or tackling a new baking project. Rachael's current interest is learning more about animal behavior, as she hopes to train Search and Rescue dogs someday. Rachael loves the color blue and hopes to travel to Europe and Australia some day.

While you may have heard of crazy cat ladies, D.J. can accurately be described as a crazy monitor lizard guy. D.J. is an Idaho native who developed a love of animals at a young age living on a ranch. As long as he can remember he has tried to catch and keep everything that creeps or crawls, and now has a sizable reptile collection in addition to his three dogs. About half of his many pets are rescues, and he is passionate about ensuring every critter under his roof is properly cared for and loved. In addition to reptile husbandry, D.J.'s hobbies include camping, 3D modeling and animation, martial arts and cooking for his fiancé.

Elizabeth moved to Pullman to complete her B.S. in Biology from Washington State University. She grew up in Western Washington, where she earned her Associates Degree during high school. She owns a Maine Coon mix named “Bode”, and would like to adopt a dog in the near future. She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, playing sports, and participating in church-related activities.

Karly grew up in Northern California and moved to Pullman the summer of 2018, after graduating from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in Psychology with a Research Concentration. She joined the Alpine team in April 2019 and her goal is to pursue a veterinary technician degree, specializing in animal behavior. If you ever can’t find Karly, she is probably road tripping in her 1979 Plymouth Van that she and her boyfriend built out into a camper van and travel in frequently. Karly enjoys rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, and just being outside with her chocolate Labrador retriever, “Porter”. She also enjoys spending some spare time on the couch cuddling and watching cooking shows with her orange tabby cat, “Tequila”.
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Phone: (509) 332-6575
Fax: (509) 334-4561
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Alpine Animal Hospital
4853 SR 270
Pullman, WA 99163
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