Our Approach to Veterinary Care in Kirkland, WA

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Dr. Stephanie Stoegbauer, DVM

Founder and owner Stephanie Rawlinson aka Dr. Stephanie Stoegbauer, DVM is an highly qualified doctor with 15 years of experience practicing in both emergency medicine and general practice. Over the past decade, Dr. Stoegbauer has successfully founded and built her own veterinary consulting relief business (Stephanie Stoegbauer, DVM PLLC). During this time, Dr Stoegbauer has provided consultancy and relief services to over 25 general practice hospitals in the greater Seattle area and is known as a reputable practitioner with an extensive knowledge base of high-quality medicine. These hospitals have trusted Dr Stoegbauer time and again to work closely with their clients and patients and have them follow up with her on a regular basis. Dr. Stoegbauer has been working with and referring to the local emergency and specialty hospitals in Seattle and is viewed as a trusted and reliable referral partner for patients that are not emergent.

Dr. Stoegbauer and her team are trusted and relied upon to solve the most complex urgent care challenges. She is especially passionate about pain management in acute or chronic situations, faced by elderly pets and managing allergic skin and ear conditions.

L and L Animal Urgent Care, named for Dr. Stoegbauer’s two dogs, Lady (her rescued Greyhound) and Loki (her rescued Samoyed).

Dr. Stoegbauer has devoted her energy to creating a facility that would meet the needs of both animals and their owners. The hospital has been built from the ground up with state-of-the-art technology, including an in-house lab for timely results, x-ray machine, and anesthesia/sedation capabilities for injured pets. L and L Animal Urgent Care is a female-owned business and is staffed with a team of highly trained and compassionate veterinary professionals, including Dr. Stoegbauer herself. Opening in March of 2023, Dr. Stoegbauer and her team are excited to begin the journey of “helping pets and supporting vets” in the greater Seattle area.

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Sydney Roy

Hospital Manager

Sydney embarked on her journey in the veterinary field in 2018, when she welcomed her beloved golden retriever, "Bug", into her life. Early on, Bug faced several health challenges that prompted Sydney to seek veterinary care on a regular basis. During these visits, Sydney realized her passion for the veterinary field and sought to expand her knowledge by pursuing a career as a veterinary assistant.

With a wealth of cross-department experience within veterinary practices, ranging from leading a reception team to management, Sydney's commitment to the wellbeing of animals and helping other pets has always been unwavering. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Sydney witnessed the unprecedented need for more veterinary staff and support across the industry. As a result of her dedication to the veterinary field, she felt compelled to give back to both pet owners and the veterinary community by joining L and L Animal Urgent Care in their mission and cause of "Helping Pets and Supporting Vets.

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Cathy Pierce, DVM

Medical Director

Dr. Cathy Pierce developed a passion for veterinary medicine at the age of 13 when she earned school credit by volunteering at an animal hospital in rural Oregon helping with dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, or anything else that walked in. She continued to work a variety of hospital positions from kennel attendant, receptionist, and emergency technician assistant throughout high school, college, and during her veterinary education. She received a Bachelors of Science degree in biology from Montana State University in Billings, followed by her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation, she spent eight years practicing emergency and critical care medicine and surgery at hospitals in Tacoma, Las Vegas, and Issaquah. After eight years of overnights in the ICU, she wanted to strengthen her skills to support pets longterm via preventive medicine and wellness. She spent five years in Redmond at a general practice taking care of pets in all life stages, as well as managing the practice as medical director. She enjoyed working with families to provide high quality, individualized care, but saw how much urgent care for pets was lacking, especially after the pandemic. She witnessed and experienced the toll this was taking on pets, their families, and her colleagues that so badly wanted to help but struggled to keep up.

Dr. Pierce was thrilled with the opportunity of a brand new urgent care practice and was excited to help fill this niche in patient care. With thirteen years of emergency and general practice experience, she can provide top care for all types of urgent care needs including ear infections, chronic skin conditions, surgical repair of wounds, acute GI distress, and pain management. She takes a special interest in endocrine diseases such as diabetes mellitus and autoimmune diseases such as hemolytic anemia.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, and International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Outside of work, Dr. Pierce can be found rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking, and managing the many projects of a small homestead including gardening, canning, and raising chickens. She and her husband currently have one dog, Oscar, a bossy Cairn Terrier, as well as a flock of Jersey Giant chickens, a leopard gecko, and a tropical freshwater fish tank.

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Ciara Darby

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Ciara is delighted to join as the urgent care nurse for your pets! Her journey in animal care started in 2012 when she obtained her LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician) at PIMA. Beginning in a general practice, she transitioned through emergency services and has now dedicated her expertise to urgent care. Ciara is committed to continual growth in her field, prioritizing skill enhancement and delivering high-quality care to animals.

Outside of work, Ciara enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing video games, and being active outdoors.

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Jennifer Amberson

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jennifer, a Licensed Veterinary Technician, brings a wealth of expertise to L+L Animal Urgent Care, with 1o years of experience in the veterinary field. Her extensive background encompasses working with diverse animals, including horses, dogs, cats, and primates.

Jennifer prioritizes patient comfort and holds a Fear Free Certification, emphasizing a commitment to ensuring animals feel at ease under her care. Her passion extends to educating clients thoroughly, empowering pet owners with the necessary knowledge for their pets to lead joyful and healthy lives.

Beyond her professional pursuits at L&L, Jennifer's world revolves around her family, including her beloved furry companions: two Great Danes, two cats, and two horses. Balancing her hobbies and passions, she shares these moments with her husband and spunky toddler, leaving her without a moment of free time.

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Eliza Wolfe

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Eliza became a part of the L&L team in late 2023, after having worked in several specialties, including cardiology, neurology, emergency and exotic animal medicine. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program of Northern Virginia Community College in 2015 after having worked in the veterinary field since 2006. She moved from Washington DC to the Seattle area in 2017 with her husband and is continuously learning all the beautiful things that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

 Eliza has a particular soft spot for senior pets and works hard to ensure that the patients in her care feel safe and comfortable. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, cooking, collecting more books than she could ever hope to read and starting (but rarely finishing) various art projects. She lives with her husband and their two elderly (and very cranky) fur babies;  Mabel, a chihuahua mix, and Timmy, a red-eared slider.

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Gaby Martinez

Veterinary Assistant

Gaby is elated to be a part of the esteemed team at L&L Animal Urgent Care, where she provides invaluable support to neighboring hospitals and their beloved pets.

Her lifelong proximity to animals ignited a passion to assist them, leading her to pursue education at Pima Medical Institute in 2021 and 2022. There, she successfully graduated as a Veterinary Assistant, aiming to advance to a Licensed Veterinary Assistant role. Gaby is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to gain valuable experience in an urgent care environment while learning from the exceptional doctors at L&L.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Gaby cherishes quality moments with her two boys, Bruno (an Australian Shepherd mix) and Benji (a Pitbull mix). They enjoy spending time with friends and embarking on adventures, whether it involves a trip to the dog park or a spontaneous Starbucks outing.

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Jen (Betty) Skiver Thompson

Kennel Attendant/Veterinary Assistant

Jen brings a big passion for helping animals and their humans to L&L Animal Urgent Care each day. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and has come to veterinary medicine to grow her knowledge base and deepen her understanding of the whole animal. Inspired by the high standards of care and mentorship at L&L, Jen is pursuing her education as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

Outside of the clinic, Jen is a senior trainer and certified dog handler with her two dogs Zula and Nell in King County Search Dogs. She and her dogs are deployed by the King County Sheriff's Office within our county and greater Washington state to aid in the search for missing persons.

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Hannah Willis

Veterinary Receptionist

Hannah is thrilled to be a valued member of L & L as their Veterinary Receptionist. With a lifelong passion for animals and a background in psychology, she finds joy in the intersection of working with both animals and people. Her journey in the veterinary field began as a receptionist at an emergency clinic, where she discovered her affinity for supporting clients during stressful situations and contributing to ensuring pets receive necessary care.

Transitioning to L & L, Hannah continues to embrace learning opportunities alongside the exceptional doctors and technicians. She takes pride in being part of a team dedicated to exemplary pet care and veterinarian support. Beyond work, she cherishes moments spent with her dogs River (and Aussie mix) and Gunner (a golden retriever). In her leisure time, she enjoys engaging in activities such as playing ultimate frisbee, hitting the gym, exploring new destinations, traveling, and indulging in reality TV.

Meet Our Dedicated Team

Sydney Roy

Hospital Manager
Practice Owner

Ciara Darby

Licensed Veterinary Technician
Practice Owner

Hello! My name is Ciara, and I'm excited to be your pets urgent care nurse!

I've been working with animals since I attended PIMA in 2012, where I earned my license to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT). I started working in a general practice, transitioned into emergency, and now urgent care! I value expanding my skills and knowledge within my field, along with providing quality care.

When I'm not working, I enjoy spending my free time with my friends and family, playing video games, or being active outdoors.

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