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Owner - Dr. Ashley Nichols

Dr. Ashley Nichols has been a veterinarian at Alpine Animal Hospital since the summer of 2008. She was thrilled to become a partner in the ownership of Alpine and be able to carry on the excellent reputation for providing quality and compassionate veterinary care to pets in the Pullman area. Dr. Nichols graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, and then completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at the WSU Teaching Hospital in June 2008. Originally from the Seattle area, Dr. Nichols and her husband fell in love with the Palouse and decided to settle here and raise a family. Dr. Nichols enjoys all aspects of small animal practice, including preventative health care. She can often be found counseling pet owners on how to provide daily care for their pet at home to improve their health and longevity, including topics from nutrition and exercise, to home dental care. A lover of puzzles since childhood, Dr. Nichols is especially passionate about diagnostic challenges and tough medicine cases. She also has a special interest in feline medicine and diagnostic ultrasound.

Dr. Nichols and her husband have two young daughters who keep them laughing and busy with school, extracurricular activities, and sports. Since childhood, Dr. Nichols has owned pets including cats, dogs, hamsters, rats, and semi-aquatic turtles. Her current furry family includes two cats, "Nibbles" (yes...he earned that name!), and "Lynx", and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, "Winston" and "Basil". Last but not least, “Squirt” is a semi-aquatic turtle who loves it when people come and talk to him in his tank. In her spare time, Dr. Nichols enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending Cougar football games (Go Cougs!), local symphony concerts, and theatre productions with her family, as well as accompanying her children to their various activities. Dr. Nichols and her husband also enjoy attending car shows with their unique 1958 BMW Isetta.
Corgi Day!
Owner - Dr. Jennifer Ronngren

Dr. Ronngren has been a laboratory instructor for the Principles of Surgery Clinical Skills course for the first year veterinary students at WSU, and served as Practitioner Coach for the Clinical Communication course for second and third year veterinary students. Working with future colleagues at the College of Veterinary Medicine has been very rewarding!

Dr. Ronngren lives just outside of Pullman in a 1912 farmhouse with her husband. Both are big Cougar fans, and support the Cougs both at home and away as often as possible. She and her husband have two daughters, both WSU grads, one a veterinarian and the other an assistant buyer for Nordstrom. They are a Coug family!

Dr. Ronngren enjoys quiet time out on the Palouse countryside, growing perennials and English roses, and traveling with her husband. She is pleased to be a part of the Alpine team, and looks forward to meeting more clients and their pets!
Dr. Ronngren with "Bella"
Dr. Francesca Corcoran

Dr. Corcoran has been providing compassionate care to animals for over thirty years. She came to Alpine Animal Hospital fresh from WSU veterinary school in 1984 and has been practicing small animal medicine ever since. She thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to practice the spectrum of “family medicine” including puppy and kitten exams, annual exams, surgery, dentistry, behavior concerns and management of hospitalized patients. Dr. Corcoran is also certified in companion animal pain management and the use and application of Class IV therapeutic lasers. In addition, she is involved in teaching at her Alma Mater as a Community Coach at the Clinical Communications Laboratory for the WSU Veterinary program.

Dr. Corcoran is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 6. She has, sadly, lost 2 close family members to Marfan’s Syndrome and understands the pain of genetic diseases. She enjoys the beautiful Palouse with her family, and trains regularly for sprint distance triathlons. Her other interests are cooking, hospitality, reading, and church-related activities.

After many years of cat and dog companionship, Dr. Corcoran currently has a dog only household. Her longtime side kick is “LeRoy” an adopted, high-energy, mixed-breed dog. She also shares her home with part-time resident Miniture Poodle “Trixie Belden” and Great Dane grandpuppy “Luna.”
Dr. Corcoran
Dr. Taylor Powers Harrison

Dr. Taylor Powers Harrison joined the Alpine Animal Hospital team in August 2020. She graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She recently moved to the Pullman area from Georgia with her wife who is starting a veterinary residency at WSU. Dr. Taylor is very excited to continue her career in our beautiful area and looks forward to loving and providing excellent healthcare to your pets!

Dr. Taylor has a special interest in Internal Medicine cases, palliative and end of life care, and client education. She enjoys working with exotic animals and their unique diagnostic challenges.

Dr. Taylor’s personal menagerie has ranged from snakes to tarantulas to birds to horses, but currently she has a less exotic household. Her canine companions are “Butters”, a senior diabetic Rat Terrier, “Chance”, a “Georgia Ditch Dog” mixed breed, “Hermione”, a tiny Long Haired Chihuahua and “Emily”, a Jack Russel. If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she also has 2 cats named “Lucy” and “Goldie Hawn”, who both think they’re more important than the dogs!

In her free time, Dr. Taylor can be found doting on her pets, hiking and kayaking, and landscaping or working on DIY projects at her recently acquired historic home.
Dr. Taylor with "Chance" & "Hermione"
Dr. Lilly Nizer

Originally from Oregon, Dr. Nizer has called Pullman home since moving here to earn her undergraduate degree and doctorate at Washington State University. Drawn into veterinary medicine by an appreciation for the human-animal bond, Dr. Nizer finds great joy in cultivating the relationship between an owner and their beloved pet. Her favorite aspects of practice include preventive care, dermatology, and senior wellness. Additionally, she thrives on the diversity of animals and the unique challenges veterinary medicine brings each day!

Outside of the hospital, you may find Dr. Nizer with her husband, Dean and young son, Boaz – his zest for life and strong personality keep them very busy! Their family also includes “Norman”, a cairn terrier mix, who was adopted during the time Dr. Nizer was in veterinary school. A lover of the outdoors, one of Dr. Nizer’s favorite past times is golf, though she also enjoys camping, paddle boarding and kayaking with her family.
Dr. Nizer
Dr. Brooke Bennett

Brooke Bennett is the newest associate veterinarian at Alpine Animal Hospital. She completed her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State University in 2020. Following graduation, she entered an internship at her alma mater in Shelter Medicine and Surgery with a specific focus in high quality, high volume spay/neuter techniques. Over the last year, she has worked primarily spay/neuter, completing more than 10,000 surgeries since graduation. Her specific interests in veterinary medicine include anesthesia and analgesia, soft tissue surgery, behavioral medicine, and community outreach and education.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Bennett’s interests include going on hiking and camping adventures with her husband, Jeremiah, and their two dogs, Beck and Annie. Beck is a 2 year old On-The-Border (half border collie, half chihuahua) that has enough energy to power his mom’s aspirational dreams for him as a future agility prospect, and Annie is a 9 year old pittie/something-scruffy mix that has taught her mom a lot about allergies and auto-immune diseases. Dr. Bennett also spends a lot of time keeping her two cats, Creek and Ripple, out of all of her crochet and cross stitch supplies. Creek is a 9 year old black domestic shorthair that loves his mommy more than the evil spirits he summons at nightfall to fuel his eternal hatred for all others, and Ripple is an 8 year old tortoiseshell point ragdoll mix that only knows two things – food comes twice a day, and someday, she will capture the red dot. Last but not least, Dr. Bennett’s fifth pet is an approximately 16 year old creamsicle corn snake. Her and her husband joke that the corn snake, Rio, is their most well-behaved pet. Dr. Bennett is very excited to join Team Alpine and explore all that the Palouse has to offer in regards to both community and adventure!
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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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