Meet Our Staff

The skilled veterinarians and technicians at Juanita Bay Veterinary Hospital can’t wait to meet you and your pet. It is our privilege to serve Kirkland, WA and the surrounding areas. With compassion and high-quality care, we aspire to help our pet patients, their owners, and the community as a whole.

Doctors

Michael Clark, DVM and Owner

Michael Clark

Dr. Clark’s father founded Juanita Bay Veterinary Hospital in the 1960’s. As the current owner and medical director, Dr. Clark has practiced in the Kirkland area since graduating from Washington State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He is married with two daughters, two cats, and one dog. In his free time, Dr. Clark enjoys skiing and fly fishing and is an automobile and motorcycle enthusiast.

Aubrey Schaeffer, DVM

Aubrey Schaeffer

Dr. Schaeffer grew up in Bothell, WA. In 2007, she graduated from Washington State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She loves getting to know pets and their people. Dr. Schaeffer and her husband share their home with two dogs and one cat. She enjoys hiking and camping with her husband, along with gardening and creating stained glass projects.

Kari Johnson, DVM

Kari  Johnson

Dr. Johnson grew up in central California and southern Idaho.  She graduated from Washington State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  She enjoys solving medical problems and helping pets, and people, live happier and more comfortable lives.  Juanita Bay patients are most fortunate to have the benefit of her experience as an emergency doctor and rehabilitation doctor, in addition to her general practice knowledge.  Dr. Johnson and her spouse  Patty Ellen share their home with dogs Gromit and Lucile O Ball and Beep the cat, who just happens to have 24 toes.  When not at work helping the pets and people at Juanita Bay, Dr. Johnson can often be found bicycling and pursuing her enjoyment of fixing things- watches, vintage radios, lawn mowers…..we think that makes her a tinkerer!  She is an American history buff, comes from a past that includes being on the school math team and has the distinction of being an all-American basketball player.

Receptionists

Patricia
Office Manager

Patricia

With a background in hospitality and business management, Patricia found her way to veterinary medicine. A Wyoming native, who comes from a ranching family, she was naturally drawn to work with pets.  She has worked in veterinary medicine since 2006 and is dedicated to providing optimal care to clients and their fur babies.  She and her husband Chuck settled in Washington where they raised their boys, Gerald and Nick.  Patricia enjoys crafting and spending time with her family, which also includes Golda a German Shepherd, Ralph a Shorthair Pointer and of course Jacque LaPan the rabbit.

Jayme
Receptionist

Jayme

Jayme has worked in the veterinary profession as an assistant and receptionist for almost 10 years. She lives in Edmonds with her husband, Kevin and son, Henry. They share their home their black lab, Aengus and Abel the cat. Jayme’s love for animals was fostered by her mom. She has always had pets and was interested in working with animals from an early age. She most enjoys interacting with our clients and their pets.

Lucie
Receptionist

Lucie

Lucie was born and raised in the Czech Republic. Prior to joining Juanita Bay Veterinary Hospital in 2008, she worked as a nanny in Colorado. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, Dave and their mystery mutt Avalanche Danger. She decided to work in the veterinary field because she loves animals and the people that care for them. Lucie enjoys the opportunity to learn something new every day as she gets to interact with pets and their humans!

Michelle
Receptionist

Michelle

Michelle has been working in veterinary medicine since 2009. She grew up with a love for pets and has always had a special connection with animals. Her first job with animals was as a 13 year old working on her family’s horse boarding farm. She has worked in dog and cat boarding facilities as a caretaker. In 2007, she was certified as a dog trainer and worked professionally as trainer in private and group lessons. She lives in Edmonds with her husband, Dave and daughter, Naomi. They live with three dogs: Boo Boo, a Chihuahua, Chief a crazy Border Collie mix, and Nala, an Alaskan Husky.  She enjoys working with people at their pets at Juanita Bay Veterinary Hospital. She finds it rewarding to partner with clients as they pursue the best possible care for their animals. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and being outdoors with her family. 

Ashton
Receptionist

Ashton

While new to veterinary medicine, Ashton comes with an impressive background in customer service.  Her love of animals made this a perfect fit.  Ashton wanted to be part of a team that helps animals and makes a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.  Originally from Spokane, she and Roxie- her rescue Red Healer, came to Western Washington to be close to family.  In her spare time Ashton likes to pursue the outdoors, snowboarding and hiking.  She is a very talented sketch artist and makes very fancy cupcakes (lucky us!).

Addie
Receptionist

Addie

Addie came to Juanita Bay with after working in human medicine.  She has many years of customer service experience and excels at helping people have an enjoyable visit to the veterinarian with their pets. She is sensitive to helping pets who she calls “the least selfish creatures on this planet”.  Addie is often busy outside of work as she is a student pursing a degree in Molecular Bioscience and studying with the help of her cat Phillipe.   She also just happens to be a car enthusiast- she flew to Texas to purchase her dream car and drove it all the way back by her self- basking in every moment.

Technicians

Rachel, LVT
Lead Technician

Rachel, LVT

Rachel graduated from PIMA Medical Institute and earned her licensure in 2011. From a young age, she felt a special connection with pets and wanted to work with them. Veterinary medicine allows her to work directly with animals to help them. She enjoys that fact that no two days are the same. She loves working with our patients as well as sharing information and educating our clients to strengthen the bond with their pets.

Rachel is very close with her family and lives only a few miles away from her family home. She lives with her fiancé Chris and their two wonderful Pitbulls, Chloe and Roscoe, as well as Barkley, the cat who thinks he is a dog! She enjoys being active and going hiking, camping and fishing.

Katharine, LVT

Katharine, LVT

Katharine graduated from PIMA Medical Institute and earned her Veterinary Technician License in 2013. Prior to that, she worked in shelter medicine in South King County. She decided to enter veterinary medicine out of a love for animals and a desire to help others. She enjoys being able to build relationships with clients and their pets. Kat and her boyfriend have two cats, Nino and Angel Face. She enjoys hiking and kayaking and anything else that gets her outside!

Sarah, LVT

Sarah, LVT

Sarah’s beginning in veterinary medicine was as a 17 year old volunteer. She quickly realized this was her calling and has spent the last 16 years providing amazing patient care. Combining medicine and biology with her lifelong love of animals has been her true calling. Sarah and her husband welcomed a baby boy to their family in 2015. They share their home with a girl kitty named Carl Sagan. In addition to enjoying cheesy jokes and speaking a bit of French Sarah is also an accomplished musician and first chair violinist for her community orchestra.

Casey, LVT

Casey, LVT

Casey grew up in Bend Oregon before moving to Seattle.  She graduated from Yakima Valley Community College in 2011 and shortly after became licensed as a Veterinary Technician.  A proud military wife to a Navy Sailor, Casey moved to Arizona for a spell while her husband, John, was away on active duty.  Upon his return, they moved back to this area.  She and John share their home with Louie, a Boston Terrier, who just happens to be a great hiking and kayaking buddy.  Casey recognizes the importance of lending a voice to her patients whose feelings and needs may otherwise not be fully understood.  Additionally, she is a very friendly individual who is dedicated to personal growth and supporting others through mentorship.

Rachel
Veterinary Technician

Rachel

Rachel has been working in veterinary medicine for 13 years! It has been a lifelong dream to be able to work with and help animals. She loves working in veterinary medicine because it allows her to help our clients and their pets feel more comfortable. She also enjoys the variety that every day brings. She would love to pursue a career in animal behavior one day.

Rachel lives with her husband, Ryan, her 1 year old son, Waylon and new addition Wesleigh Rose born in November.  They also share their home with Z.Z., an 8 year old Cane Corso. They enjoy a happy, busy and outdoorsy lifestyle!

Assistants

Alex
Veterinary Assistant

Alex

Alex comes to us from California, as a student at the University of Washington. She has recently graduated with a Major in Biochemistry and a Minor in Chemistry and is in the process of pursuing an education in veterinary medicine. Alex chose veterinary medicine as she enjoys being part of taking care of an important member of the family and seeing the progress that is achieved with great veterinary care. She loves witnessing the bond between pets and their people and especially enjoys the stories they share with her. Alex is the youngest of three children and her family lives with Bella, a Golden Retriever and Riley a Miniature Dachshund. As the child of an Argentinian mother she speaks fluent Spanish. Alex has volunteered at a Veterinary Clinic in Argentina where she helped with the worthy cause of spaying and neutering. We are so excited for Alex to achieve her life’s goal to become a veterinarian- you couldn’t find a nicer or more hardworking individual!

Kat
Veterinary Assistant

Kat

Kat is a California native we feel most fortunate to have on staff. She has chosen veterinary medicine because of her love of animals. Which also allows her to pursue her enjoyment of working with people and an interest in science. Kat finds it exciting to be a daily part of the growth and progressing of veterinary medicine. To say she enjoys fitness is an understatement as she likes CrossFit like “it’s my job”. Kat has an impressive background having taught a Krav Maga – a form of self-defense. Her self-defense specialty allowed her to demonstrate her unique abilities on the both the news and a city billboard. Kat has a unique touch with people and has taught women’s empowerment seminars. She and her boyfriend Chuck dote over Riley, the luckiest of Alaskan Malamutes. Not to be forgotten is her naughty Rat Terrier mix, Jack, who misses Kat but has definitely adopted her Mom back in warmer climes.

Hospital Administrator

Judi

Judi

Judi is co-owner of Juanita Bay and has been involved with the hospital since 1977.  She has worn many hats including everything from veterinary assistant to hospital manager.  While always part of the JBVH team over the years she also had a career as a Parent Educator.  After 25 enjoyable years, Judi retired in 2007 to focus on Juanita Bay.  Her “can do” attitude helped the hospital transition into the modern facility you see today while still holding on to its original values.  She is proud that Juanita Bay has always been a hospital that goes above and beyond, to be there in those moments when you not only need excellent veterinary care, but compassion and support.

Judi is most energetic and enjoys swimming, paddle boarding and gardening.  She and her husband Mike are empty nesters and like to spend time mounting biking, exploring weekend getaways and spending time with their daughters, nieces and nephews.  

Candy

Candy

Candy is a Western Washington native and a graduate of the University of Washington.  She has 21 years of experience in Veterinary Hospital Management and Consulting. She enjoys the variety of experiences that her job brings in customer service, technology, science and human resources. Having the opportunity to interact with people and their pets and provide mentorship for staff is the most rewarding aspects of her work. She and her husband Tom share their home with the most awesome- Jango Rose, a Border Collie mix and Francis Jean, their 8-year-old cat. Leroy the horse graces the barn with his sweet presence. Candy is a funny prankster who is very serious and passionate about gardening, specifically growing flowers. She currently has 50 different dahlias in her garden. If you visit us during the summer and early fall, you will surely see some of her beautiful flowers decorating the hospital.