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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 is 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 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 and dogs, as well as hamsters, rats, and semi-aquatic turtles. All of their names were along a nut theme, including her current furry companions: “Hickory”, a black Lab mix, “Almond”, a gray tabby cat, and “Brazil”, a black cat. Their furry family has expanded after abandoned kittens were found and nursed back to health by their daughters. “Nibbles” (yes…he earned that name!) and “Lynx” are now part of the family, and are strongly bonded to their girls. 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.
Dr. Nichols with "Hickory and Wingnut"
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. Michelle Yamashita

Dr. Michelle Yamashita graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She is very excited to join the team at Alpine Animal Hospital! In addition to working with dogs and cats, her special interests include exotic bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian medicine. Dr. Yamashita completed an exotic animal medicine externship at an exotic exclusive veterinary hospital. Additionally, she has completed internships at a cheetah outreach organization in South Africa and a marine mammal rescue.

Dr. Yamashita is also Fear Free certified, which required training focused on improving the human-animal bond both at home and the veterinary hospital. From her previous involvement in animal therapy, Dr. Yamashita understands the important role animals play in people’s lives and strives to improve and maintain this relationship.

As an outdoors enthusiast, Dr. Yamashita enjoys trail running, backpacking, and hiking with her Border Collie, “Peter Pan”. Her animal family also includes a chinchilla, “Arya”, and two sugar gliders “Hiccup” and “Toothless”. A lover of animals at a young age, Dr. Yamashita has owned rabbits, hamsters, fish, dogs, and a horse. In addition to spending time with her pets, Dr. Yamashita’s hobbies include drawing, competitive hunter jumpers and she continues to enjoy horseback riding, as well as traveling domestically and abroad.
Dr. Yamashita with "Toothless"
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Phone: (509) 332-6575
Fax: (509) 334-4561
Mon - Fri 8am - 5:30pm
Sat 8am - 4pm

Alpine Animal Hospital
4853 SR 270
Pullman, WA 99163
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