Elizabeth Harmon, Lead LVT
Elizabeth started her journey to her career as a licensed veterinary technician in 2008. She had always had a love for animals and wanted to help pets in need.
She started as an assistant at a local veterinary clinic, gathering knowledge to move forward towards her goal.
In 2012 she and her boyfriend (now husband) moved to Seattle so she could attend the 18-month immersive, fast-paced Vet Tech program from PIMA Medical Institute. During this time she worked part-time at a local clinic in Shoreline.
She graduated in Spring 2014 and continued to work full time as an LVT until she moved back home to Port Angeles.
Elizabeth has been with us since 2016, and quickly became a valuable member of our team. When the position of Lead Veterinary Technician was created, she stepped forward to fill those shoes by helping manage and guide other fellow employees.
She plans to continue her education and gain certification in the use of CBD for pain and anxiety in animals. She currently resides in Port Angeles with her husband Emery, dog Floki, and two cats Katacat and Kausi.
Candy Kirk, Lead Receptionist
Candy joined our reception team in 2019 and has made a sunny and cheerful addition. She and her husband Matt moved here seeking cooler temperatures and better opportunities for adventures. They have made a mission out of exploring and enjoying the changing seasons. Candy is a jester and an excellent photographer.
Exploring the Peninsula taking photos of old barn and silo structures has allowed her to discover the area and has only increased her love of the great Pacific Northwest. Candy and Matt share their home with Killian the Heeler, Lucy the Bulldog, and cats Caliope and Monty.
Kendra Hoffman, LVT
Kendra is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and has been lucky enough to spend her entire 10+ year career as an LVT at Blue Mountain Animal Clinic. From the small veterinary clinic she joined years ago to the constantly growing practice Dr. Wagnon has created today makes Kendra very proud to be a part of the BMAC team.
Being a technician requires intuitively providing the best assistance to the veterinarian they are supporting. The flexibility and versability of the role is part of what appeals to Kendra. This ranges from dietary consulting (a special interest of hers) to being a Dental Hygienist. Kendra loves highlighting and educating on the diverse skills that LVT’s possess, and brings this passion with her to work every day!
Family is a priority to Kendra; she was born and raised right here on the Olympic Peninsula and she and her husband Jason are surrounded by several generations of family. Kendra and Jason are the parents of two beautiful daughters and have another baby on the way! The Hoffman’s dog Dennis, cat Pickles, and chickens are an important part of the family too. When she is not working, Kendra enjoys camping, hiking, and spending quality time with her beloved family.
Hailee Harrington, LVT
Hailee is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She was drawn to veterinary medicine after her six-year-old Border Collie, Worf, died from squamous cell carcinoma. She needed a much better understanding of what happened to him. She registered for classes on-line and secured a position as a veterinary assistant. After five years she was finally eligible to challenge the Veterinary Technician’s National Exam, which she passed and earned her Veterinary Technicians License. “I still do not understand the vile disease of cancer,” she says, “but I now feel confident that I did everything I could for my dying pet.”
Hailee is very proud to be a life-long Seahawks Fan. “I was cheering them on when Warren Moon was their quarterback and have continued to support them through good and bad seasons. Go Hawks!!!” Her co-workers will attest to the joy that Hailee felt when the Hawks won the Superbowl!!!!
Hailee loves Veterinary Medicine but considers her marriage and family her greatest achievement. “I am blessed to have a job I love, to live in the most beautiful place on Earth, and to be surrounded by family that loves and supports me.”
Hailee is a Pacific Northwest native born and raised in Oregon. She moved to Washington state where she met her husband, Greg. They have three grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren. Still in the home is 12-year-old Border Collie, Maggie, who is very fond of her safe zone, the family coat closet. She is at her happiest when the Seahawks make a touchdown; she grabs up her green and blue, fuzzy Seahawks football and squeaks it like the #1 fan she is!
Courtney Van Rossen, BS, AS, LVT
Courtney has lived on the Olympic Peninsula for her entire life. With deep roots on our Peninsula, the family’s name has been synonymous with draft horse and conventional logging, cattle production, and dairy farming for over 80 years. Courtney grew up around animals and was seriously involved with her high school’s FFA club.
A 2011 graduate of our own Washington State University (GO COUGS), Courtney earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. Her degree is in Animal Science, Production Management with an emphasis on reproduction and nutrition in large animals. She continues to make use of her training, working on her family’s cattle farm, Breithaupt Cattle Co, and helping out with the local FFA & 4H. At Blue Mountain Animal Clinic, Courtney’s excellent veterinary nursing skills shine and her team spirit plus sparkling personality are an integral part of our crew.
Courtney and her husband, Brian, are raising their daughter, Bristol, and newborn son, Luke, in Agnew. They share their home with Cowboy, a Chihuahua and two Humane Society cats, Dan Wesson and Liberty Belle.
Claire Woolf, Assistant
Claire is a native of Sequim and is enjoying living here after a short departure residing in Kentucky. When Dr. Wagnon asked her to join the practice, it was a given! A graduate of Sequim High School, Claire began her veterinary career after spending 2 years at Washington State University. She began working in equine sports medicine and surgery in Lexington, Kentucky, and has a passion for rehabilitation and large animal medicine.
A lover of animals all her life, Claire has a home full of love and furry friends. You may often find Claire going on adventures with her family on an ATV, gardening, or cuddling up to a good book with her pets in her free time. Claire’s family includes her wonderful husband, Brad, beloved 5-year-old daughter, Jane, and a new bundle of joy that is due to arrive in April of 2022! Her furry family includes a very energetic black lab named Penny, a kitten named Duckie, and Ellie, a 9-year-old cat that adores snuggles
Tenille Tosland, Veterinary Assistant
Tenille is a Peninsula native. She is a graduate of Sequim High School and Whatcom Community College. She intends to continue her veterinary education in the future.
Tenille and her family share their home with a fluffy, tabby cat named Tundra and a Lab mix named Teva. A goat enthusiast, Tenille showed goats in 4H for over 10 years. Her two Pygmy goats, Tia and Trinity are beloved pets and continue to bring cheer and joy to Tenille’s barnyard.
An avid soccer player, Tenille started her own team and is now joined on the field by Dr. Brian and Technician, Elizabeth in the Port Angeles Adult Soccer League games!
Marion Wagner, Assistant
A former aircraft mechanic and firefighter, Marion immigrated from Germany to live with her American husband. Working in veterinary medicine is her third career. She is studying to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She never misses the opportunity to learn, even if it means coming in on her days off to attend certain procedures, or to perform clinical tasks required for school.
Marion is an active cat rescuer. She leads Spay to Save’s TNR Program (Trap-Neuter-Return). The work of her team has reduced the feral cat populations in many areas around the Peninsula. Since 2014 they have trapped and fixed over one thousand cats! Marion and her husband Lee like to restore antique airplanes, and share their home and hangar with several feline family members!
Kate Galbraith, Office Manager
Kate, our office manager, hails from a plethora of places. Before moving to Sequim, she grew up in Maryland, Hawaii, Germany, and New York, where she received her BA in Economics. Although she lived in Sequim for 8 years in the mid-2000’s, Kate opted to move back to the area in 2020.
Before working in the industry, Kate always had a love for animals, growing up with a variety of Dogs, Cats, Chickens, Rabbits, Guinea pigs, parakeets, and hermit crabs! Her current furry friends include Dr. Cuddles, an 80+ Mastiff/Pit mix who is a gentle giant, and Deka, an 11-year-old Seal Point Siamese who has decided to accept Cuddles recently… after living with him for 8 years. Kate loves the natural beauty of the area, and when she isn’t at work you may find her taking strolls outside or relaxing with her pets in the backyard.
Hannah Earley, Receptionist
Bio coming soon.
Alissa Jarvis, Assistant
Bio coming soon.
Sarah Wright, Kennel Technician
Sarah grew up in Oregon, but was born right here in Port Angeles—and she has now returned home to be closer to family. As there were always pets in the house while she was growing up, Sarah developed a love for animals and started working in the veterinary field in high school. She went on to take classes in animal science at Linn Benton Community College in Oregon, and has now joined us to help provide exceptional care to our pet patients as a kennel tech.
Though she doesn’t have pets of her own at home right now, Sarah is a loving “auntie” to her family’s pets, which include a golden retriever named Gus, a pug named Sophie, and Kona, a chocolate Labrador. When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys hiking, going on Jeep adventures in her Wrangler, or just chilling inside watching TV and playing video games.
Sunrise Coulter, Medical Clerk Technician
I grew up in the Northeast, but have spent more time out west at this late date and have traveled many places over the time in between. There are few places in the world as incredible as the Pacific Northwest.
The PNW is a wonderful environment for cycling. While I greatly enjoy spending as much time as possible on my bikes and going as far up into the mountains as I can manage, I must admit I am beginning to slow down some. As a result, I do enjoy reading many different kinds of books and the occasional well thought out pun.
Prior to finding myself as a part of the amazing team at Blue Mountain Animal Clinic, I spent my days as a massage therapist and learning as much as I could about soft tissue, dynamic movement, and the human body. It is amazing how much of that education and learning translates to Veterinary Medicine.
Being here at the Clinic allows me to have, and care for, more pets than I ever could have hoped for. Some of the most special animals I have met pass through our doors. They all come with their own stories and often create new ones while they are here. Thank you for sharing them, and trusting them, with us.
Melissa Mainzer, Receptionist
Melissa is a Washingtonian, born in Tacoma, and spending most of her childhood in Sequim. Before joining the practice, she was a client and brought her pets here for over 10 years! When she opted for a career in pet care, the only place she wanted to work at was Blue Mountain.
Melissa always loved animals, and as a baby, her family’s rescue German Spehard slept with her in her crib. A career in veterinary medicine was fated! She considers dogs to be her greatest love and has always formed deep connections with them.
When she isn’t at work, Melissa spends her time with her fiancé, 3 Yorkies, her senior rescue cat, and their Beta fish, named Sashimi. Melissa and her partner also enjoy camping and taking weekend trips to Portland to support her best friend’s Drag performances
Emily Palmer, Veterinary Assistant
With more than two decades of experience under her belt, Emily still loves every minute of the time she gets to spend with your animal companions! She’s now helped pets in five states – Washington, Wisconsin, California, Oregon, and Hawaii – and we’re fur-ever grateful she found a home here at our clinic.
Emily’s furry family consists of three cats: Marvel, Princess Peach, and Phillip J. Fry. They all have their own unique personalities. Marvel, the oldest, is a veteran in the tricks department. She can out-do most dogs. Princess Peach, the middle child, is a sweet lap kitty. And Phil does not yet trust humans, so he’s Emily’s socialization project.
When she’s not tending to your best friends, Emily loves to cook and travel. She’s also into gaming and fosters/raises bottle-fed kittens for a local rescue organization.
Rebekka Butcher, Kennel Technician
bio coming soon