Growing up in Bothell, Washington, Colleen found herself migrating toward a career in veterinary medicine at an early age. In 1984 she spent a few months in Ecuador as a volunteer with Amigos de Las Americas, where she helped to immunize over 2000 dogs and cats against Rabies. It was this experience that fueled her mission to become a veterinarian.
What Colleen finds most rewarding about her work is the daily opportunity to observe the strength and beauty of the human-animal bond. While she enjoys the challenges of many aspects in veterinary medicine, she is especially interested in emergency and critical care, surgery, public health, and integrative medicine including acupuncture. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, and studied at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Outside of work, Colleen enjoys life with her wife Jenny, their dog Niyah, and two cats, Simon and Satsu. She finds her peace traveling to foreign lands any chance she gets, running the extensive trails of Bellingham, and playing in the mountains, both skiing and hiking. She’s most grateful to be living near family and sharing in the joy of watching her nieces and nephews grow-up.