Paula Sommerville, DVM
Dr. Sommerville earned her doctorate from Washington State University in 1995. She is from West Seattle and has lived in Olympia since 1998. She has two dogs, Isis and Skye, and loves to spend time at the ocean.
Carol Hoaglund, DVM
Bio coming soon!
Jennifer Weick, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Weick was born in Frankfort, KY. She attended the University of Louisville for her undergraduate studies and earned a B.S. in Biology and Minor in Studio Art. After volunteering with local groups in the community helping animals, Dr. Weick decided to go back to school and pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She received her doctorate from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Her interests include feline medicine, surgery, and animal behavior. She lives with her boyfriend and their three cats, Edward, Anchovy and Zeus. Dr. Weick loves traveling and experiencing new places and trying new foods. In her downtime, she enjoys hiking and being outdoors.
Hospital Manager, LVT
Looking to beat the heat, Utah native Shelley moved to Washington with her spouse, Karstin. Their four-legged family includes three cats, Frances, Shorty and Weasel. While their permanent address is in Olympia, their love of camping and hiking takes them to temporary homes all over the Northwest. Shelley graduated from Westminster College in Utah with a Bachelor of Science in biology, began her career in animal care at the Tracy Aviary, and later earned her veterinary technician degree. Though her focus is on domestic pets, Shelley has experience in wildlife rehabilitation, having worked with everything from hawks and herons with broken wings to bobcats and Burmese pythons with respiratory issues. She joined CVH in 2009 and became our Hospital Manager in 2022.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
After living in Kapolei (Hawaii) and Las Vegas, Teresa returned to the beautiful PNW with her two kiddos and a couple of kitties. She graduated from Pierce College in 2011 and has been a practicing LVT ever since. In her spare time she enjoys playing outdoors (hiking, kayaking, etc.). She also likes lounging indoors and is guilty of TV watching and movie binging…and reading.
Penny is a Southern California native who has lived in Washington since 1991. She has two grown children and two fabulous, very energetic grandkids. Penny’s hobbies include motorcycles, reading, listening to music and hanging out with friends.
Susan lives in Olympia and is originally from Hayward, CA. Susan has been in the veterinary field off and on since 2000. She has a full house of furry family members. Her “pet pourri” includes two cats, Baby and Bob, and two dogs, Bodie and Paige. Susan’s passions include wildlife rehabilitation, trail walking and reading family drama, real crime and animal stories (“Marley and Me” is a favorite). She’s a big Minnesota Vikings fan and loves all things Star Wars.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Karen was born in Seattle and currently lives in Olympia with Bill, her husband since 1995. She earned her Veterinary Technician license from Pierce College in 1985. Partial to beagles, Karen owns two of them. Buddy (aka “Buddy-Wuddy”) has advanced digging skills, a talent that prompted his family to briefly consider offering him as a cheap replacement for West Seattle’s “Bertha” project. Millie, a nine-year-old beagle mix, was rescued from a hoarder’s house, which included a collection of 26 dogs(!) “Millie-Willie” turns her back on people she doesn’t know, a penchant that has earned her the title of Professional Snubber. Karen’s interests include photography, gardening, reading Christian and other fiction, and all things Montana.
Krysti is a Veterinary Technician here at Companion. She has been in veterinary medicine for 15 years. She loves anything to do with dermatology and has an interest in specializing one day. She enjoys creating music and singing. Performing with her band Clownfish is one of her favorite hobbies. She enjoys being outside in nature and especially going for hikes! Her family is a baseball-centered family, so if they are not at home, you can usually find them on the baseball field.
Her fur baby gang consists of a cranky old man kitty, a happy-go-lucky chocolate lab, a spunky pit-bull, and her newest addition, a crazy loveable pug.
She feels as though the best part of her job is getting to help those who have no voice.
Natalie has over 20 years of experience in the animal care field. Originally from Seattle, she lives in Roy with her husband (retired military), and has family in Puyallup. Natalie first worked in veterinary medicine in Hawaii in 1995, and continued her career for 13 years in Kentucky. Her stable of pets: “Lucy Lulu Laverne,” a beagle who can play dead, carry a hula hoop around, and beg on her butt for long periods of time; a cat named “Katie Bug,”; and five horses (two quarter horses and three minis). Natalie’s interests include barrel racing, camping and four-wheeling.
Yessenia (“Yessy”) was born and raised in Chicago, where she lived for 22 years. She graduated from a veterinary technician program, earned her degree and briefly lived in Minnesota until moving to Florida, where she practiced for five years. Yessy lives in Chehalis with her significant other, Tommy, and three cats, Buddy, Ozzy and Savannah. In her spare time Yessenia likes hiking and other outdoor activities.
Elisa, who grew up in Washington state, has one leopard gecko, one African fat tailed gecko, and a chihuahua mix. Her hobbies include horse riding, drawing, singing, hiking and being with her pets. Elisa is studying veterinary medicine and loves her career because it combines science and animals. She enjoys making a difference in pet parents’ (and their pets’) lives.
As a native New Englander, Halley found her “little New England of the West Coast” right here in Washington. As a child, she was always the one to bring home and care for stray animals, helping them find their FURever homes. She has been in the veterinary field since 2016, where she has gained experience in dermatology, general practice, and emergency medicine. She completed her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry/ Molecular and Cellular Biology at UNH prior to joining our team here at CVH.
Halley can usually be found curled up with a book and snuggling with her Beagle/Basset Mix Sif or her two kitties Tarot and Grimalkyne. She also enjoys hiking, Dungeons & Dragons, and videogames.
Stella, a reddish-tan/cream tabby, is Companion Veterinary Hospital’s “clinic cat.” She’s a little reserved, but once you have gained her trust she will show you her sassy-self. She lives for treat time and has learned a few tricks, such as sit, stand and roll over. She likes to think she helps a lot with filing and laundry, but mostly she just sleeps on warm printers and spies birds from the window.