Who We Are

 

 

We’re a community of Washington
State veterinarians.

 

We’re the ones who understand
that being a veterinarian is more
than just a career choice.

 

It’s a deep sense of compassion
for the health and healing of an animal.

 

To us, it’s knowing that we’re doing
our part to ensure our patients
always have an ally.

 

Because to us, our patients are not
just pets, they’re a valued member
of the family.

 

For this cause we have prepared
ourselves with the latest advances
in diagnosis and treatment.

 

For this cause we are moved to do
more.

 

To us this is more than a profession,
it’s who we are.

 

Together, we are the Washington State
Veterinary Medical Association.

 

 

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Our Board of Directors

Katherine Hickey, DVM
PRESIDENT

Dr. Kathy Hickey is a 2006 graduate of Washington State University and works at VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital in Silverdale as a Small Animal General Practitioner. She is honored to have served our state’s veterinarians as a WSVMA Board member since 2009. Dr. Hickey is passionate about advocating for issues that may affect our industry and members, as well as encouraging feedback on how the WSVMA can be more effective. She and her husband have two children in college and a plethora of furry family members. In her free time she enjoys backpacking, boating, leading a local youth group, and spending time with family and friends.

PAUL DeMARIS, DVM
VICE-PRESIDENT

Dr. Paul DeMaris grew up locally in Seattle, WA. Due to Paul’s sincere passion for both animals and science he knew early on that he wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine! After graduating from vet school in 1987 and working for just a few years in the veterinary field, Dr DeMaris knew he wanted to build his own practice, based on his own values. He wanted to be able to employ caring and compassionate staff that truly loved animals as much as he did! Therefore, in 1990 Dr DeMaris moved to Snohomish and purchased Alpine View Veterinary Hospital. When Dr. DeMaris is away from AVVH, he and his wife Barb enjoy spending time with their four children. Their family also has two spoiled and well-loved labs, Roxy and Zeke and a couple of funny, crazy kitties, Gus and Lucy. Dr DeMaris also enjoys playing basketball and hiking.

DIANE PINKERS, DVM
SECRETARY

Diane Pinkers graduated in 1995 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing mixed animal medicine for 20 years in Southwest Washington, currently employed at Brady Veterinary Hospital. In addition to her DVM, she is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Medicine. Diane Pinkers is also certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. She believes, “Without the WSVMA, veterinarians would have no voice in the state. Organizations live or die by the interest of their members, and I feel that it is important to be a part of that. When not helping pets, I’m hiking in the woods!”

Shawn Thomas, DVM
BOARD INTERN

Dr. Shawn Thomas was born and raised in Des Moines, IA and did his undergraduate and DVM at Iowa State University. He moved to Washington after graduating and is a small animal-only practitioner at Belltowne Veterinary Center in Belfair, where he likes to focus on dentistry, medicine, and surgery. Dr. Thomas initially became more intimately involved with the WSVMA after being part of the inaugural class of the WSVMA’s Power of 10 Leadership Academy. Dr. Thomas’s family consists of his beautiful wife, Jacqueline, and two young sons, Benjamin and Samuel. He also has two playful cats, Anakin and Phoenix. With what free time a young family provides, he is likes to work out and is passionate about sci-fi/fantasy (especially Star Wars) and gaming.

GARY MARSHALL, DVM
DIRECTOR

Dr. Marshall (WSU, 1989) focuses solely on caring for feline patients at Island Cats Veterinary Hospital, the clinic he started on Mercer Island, Washington in 1996. He is currently a member of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Feline Focus Task Force actively working toward improving the facilities and training to cater more toward the unique characteristics of cats. He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his veterinarian wife and two college-age children. He is an avid photographer who also participates in a weekly curling league and likes to spend summer weekends hiking and camping.

JEAN GULBRANSEN, DVM
DIRECTOR

Dr. Gulbransen received her BSc in Biology from UC Davis in 1989. Following graduation, she attended Washington State University and received a Master in Education in 1991. She completed her DVM degree at WSU in 1995. Dr. Gulbransen is Medical Director at Banfield Hospitals for the state of Washington. Previously, she was the owner of Animal Hospital of Omak from 1998 – 2009. A dedicated caregiver, her passion is teaching others about balance and happiness, especially the new generation.

LISA PARSHLEY
Director & Immediate Past-President

Dr. Parshley received a PhD in biochemistry in 1994 and her DVM from Colorado State University in 2003. Specialty certification in oncology from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine followed in 2010. Dr. Parshley is the owner of Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center in Olympia, WA, a state of the art veterinary oncology practice. Dr. Parshley recently commented that she’s passionate about the effects that organized veterinary medicine can have on the profession. She believes the WSVMA has a role to make it more relevant, bring it up to date, and into the twenty-first century. Dr. Parshley is an avid sailor, and when not working in my practice or sailing on Puget Sound, I enjoy biking, backpacking, skiing and spending time with her husband Tom Allen, who is also a veterinarian, and their two rescue dogs.

CANDACE JOY
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Ms. Joy joined WSVMA as Executive VP in 2002 following a successful 17-year career in business. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives and chairs their Communications Committee. Ms. Joy had a strong desire to align her heart with the work and working in non-profit was the best way to do that. A career change followed. “I had the wonderful fortune to be hired by the WSVMA,” Ms. Joy commented, “which not only allowed me to bring my heart into my work in a much greater capacity, but also to blend my love for animals and the wonderful people who care for them.” Ms. Joy enjoys hiking, boating, travel, the arts, and spending time with her daughter, son and her cats Pookie and Weezie.

Meet the Past Presidents of the WSVMA

We’re thankful to all of those who have volunteered time and resources to
improve veterinary medicine and the lives of those touched by it.

1909 Dr. J. Hilton
1910 Dr. S. T. Miller
1911 Dr. S. T. Miller
1912 Dr. A. J. Damen
1913 Dr. J. W. Kalkus
1914 Dr. J. T. Seely
1915 Dr. Robert Prior
1916 Dr. E. E. Wegner
1917 Dr. L. C. Pelton
1918 Dr. L. C. Pelton
1919 Dr. Walter Ferguson
1920 Dr. R. A. Button
1921 Dr. G. A. Jones
1922 Dr. J. W. Woodside
1923 Dr. H. A. Tippeer
1924 Dr. R. J. Donohue
1925 Dr. P. G. MacKintosh
1926 Dr. J. R. Fuller
1927 Dr. C. S. Phillips
1928 Dr. J. J. Stratton
1929 Dr. George W. Staggs
1930 Dr. E. A. Ehmer
1931 Dr. J. E. McCoy
1932 Dr. O. G. Button
1933 Dr. A. H. P. Hendricksen
1934 Dr. V. O. Pauhlman
1935 Dr. Ray Gilliam&lt

1936 Dr. Stanley Worley
1937 Dr. C. E. Sayer
1938 Dr. R. R. Isham
1939 Dr. J. P. Johnson
1940 Dr. Harry Marsden
1941 Dr. F. E. Smith
1942 Dr. M. O. Barnes
1943 Dr. W. L. Kilpatrick
1944 Dr. W. L. Kilpatrick
1945 Dr. O. Leighton Bailey
1946 Dr. George Folger
1946 Dr. Philip Millard
1947 Dr. Norman Garlick
1948 Dr. M. O. Mulqueeney
1949 Dr. LeMar Gaw
1950 Dr. T. Robert Phelps
1951 Dr. John Stevens
1952 Dr. Philip Hinze
1953 Dr. James Kraft
1954 Dr. Don Clarke
1955 Dr. Roy Hostetler
1956 Dr. Irwin Erickson
1957 Dr. George Duby
1958 Dr. William F. Harris
1959 Dr. Ernest Stone
1960 Dr. Robert Burch
1961 Dr. Howard DuBois

1962 Dr. Philip Pfarr
1963 Dr. Robert Ebright
1964 Dr. Harold Warsinske
1965 Dr. Ivor Evans
1966 Dr. Neil V. Follett
1967 Dr. Thomas Guilfoil
1968 Dr. Alex J. Ryncarz
1969 Dr. Orin G. Swanson
1970 Dr. Leon M. Bodie
1971 Dr. Clyde M. Bemis
1972 Dr. Robert E. Wilson
1973 Dr. Ronald J. Streeter
1974 Dr. L. Everett Macomber
1975 Dr. Stanley B. Coe
1976 Dr. William L. Yakely
1977 Dr. Arnold C. Slater
1978 Dr. John E. Alexander
1979 Dr. Jerold D. Gemar
1980 Dr. Michael J. Lust
1981 Dr. Robert L. Pietila
1982 Dr. Verner Pedersen
1983 Dr. Dee G. Meek
1984 Dr. Reilly P. Glore
1985 Dr. G. Gary Duskin
1986 Dr. Daniel L. DeWeert
1987 Dr. A. Roger Harder
1988 Dr. Thomas F. Meyer

1989 Dr. Harmon A. Rogers
1990 Dr. Brian E. Albers
1991 Dr. Charles R. Root
1992 Dr. Warwick M. Bayly
1993 Dr. Jerry Pospisil
1994 Dr. Kim A. Nicholas
1995 Dr. Donald I. Kelts
1996 Dr. Kathryn M. Haigh
1997 Dr. William B. Holleman
1998 Dr. Robert W. Bishop
1999 Dr. William Testerman
2000 Dr. Kathleen M. Connell
2001 Dr. Kit B. Bowerman
2002 Dr. Jayne E. Jensen
2003 Dr. Clive C. Gay
2004 Dr. Saundra E. Willis
2005 Dr. Robert R. Gilpin
2006 Dr. Saundra E. Willis
2007 Dr. Robert A. Thompson
2008 Dr. Debora Wallingford
2009 Dr. Carrie La Jeunesse
2010 Dr. Kit Wenrick
2011 Dr. John Cannon
2012 Dr. James McCutchan
2013 Dr. Jocelyn Woodd

Together we can make a difference.  GET INVOLVED