Dr. Mike Van Horn
Practice Owner and Medical Director since 2005
Dr. Van Horn's Bio
Dr. Mike Van Horn received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in 1993 and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Biology) from Union College. While in school, Dr. Mike enjoyed working in Alaska and experiencing companion animal veterinary practice in New Zealand. After practicing on the east coast for several years, Dr. Mike and family relocated to the Greater Puget Sound area in 1996, where he has been engaged in small animal practice exclusively ever since. Dr. Mike Van Horn’s professional interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and medicine for all life stages. Dr. Mike is a Seahawks fan and enjoys old time radio shows, reading, boating, and playing with his children. Dr. Mike and his family enjoy a myriad of pets, including 5 cats, 3 dogs, and a herd of Arabian horses.
Dr. Kristina Van Horn
Practice Owner since 2005
Dr. Van Horn's Bio
Dr. Kristina (“Keena”) Van Horn received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University in 1993 and her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cook College/Rutgers University in 1989. Her practice career led her from mixed animal practice to exclusive companion animal practice in referral and critical care settings as well as primary care. Her professional interests include feline medicine, pain control, Fear-Free practice, ophthalmology, acupuncture, and behavioral medicine. While Dr. Keena is not available for appointments at Woodside Animal Hospital at this time, her many years at Woodside helped shape the culture of patient care and resulted in many permanent improvements addressing feline specific needs to alleviate stress at veterinarian visits. Her contributions at this time include continued collaboration about the practice’s vision and growth as well as helping the staff disseminate important medical and behavioral information via the many client support handouts she has produced over the years.
Dr. David Balderrama
Associate Doctor at Woodside since 2015
Dr. Balderrama's Bio
Originally from California, Dr. Balderrama joined our staff in September 2015 and has been a great addition! Dr. Balderrama graduated from Ross University in 2003 and has experience in emergency clinics, private practices, and with a variety of species of animals. He moved to Kitsap County in 2009 with his wife, Dawn, and two sons, Joe and Alex. With his entertaining personality, Dr. Balderrama provides a dynamic balance of humor and efficiency to the workflow at Woodside Animal Hospital. When he is not dedicating time here at the hospital, Dr. Balderrama and his family are exploring all that the Puget Sound has to offer. Dr. Balderrama is also a huge Gonzaga basketball fan and a Beatles fan. Currently, Dr. Balderrama owns a select variety of reptiles, a few exotic insects, and a tortoise as loving pets.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Practice Manager at Woodside since 1992
Kerry has worked at Woodside Animal Hospital since graduating from Pierce College in 1992. She has worked many years as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, before being promoted in 2007 to her primary job is as our Practice Manager. Kerry remembers many milestones in her life she has gone through while working here at Woodside, from turning 21 to getting married and having children. She feels Woodside has been a part of her life for such a long time and it will always be her home. Kerry and her husband Chuck have two boys, Trevor and Jared. They enjoy camping, quad riding, and playing outside. Furthermore, Kerry enjoys scrapbooking and gardening. Almost every pet Kerry has owned has been one she adopted through working at Woodside. She currently has a Doberman named Roxy, a mix-breed dog named Buddy, and three cats named by her son: Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, and Plywood. Kerry’s job as practice manager includes several things; among them are helping to ensure the best customer service possible with extensive training and follow up training with employees, helping to ensure quality patient care, inventory management, and trying to maintain a healthy and happy working environment for our staff. It is Kerry’s goal to maintain a high quality, efficient animal hospital that cares for our community’s pets as if they were our own.
Lead Licensed Technician at Woodside Since 2011
Melissa was raised in Allyn, Washington. Her love for animals started at an early age and led her to join 4-H. She graduated from Pierce College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2000. Since then, she has worked with animal rescues, shelters, and private practices. Melissa has dogs, cats, and parrots; with a preference for cats. Melissa is a great technician with a big heart. She has become a very valuable part of our team and is unofficially known as “the organizer”. Her efforts in organizing help keep us in top shape, ensuring that we are always in order and ready for the next patient. When Melissa is not working at Woodside Animal Hospital, she is working at her husband’s nursery or volunteering with botanical groups like Rare Care Plant Conservation or Washington Native Orchid Society. Additionally, she enjoys petroglyph photography and hiking.
Licensed Technician at Woodside since 2011
Indy has loved animals ever since she was a little girl and has always aspired to work with animals. She grew up in Port Orchard and graduated from South Kitsap High School in 2011. Before graduating from Pierce, Indy volunteered at Woodside Animal Hospital for a few weeks before she joined the team as a Veterinary Assistant for 4 years. Indy graduated from Pierce College with a degree in Veterinary Technology as of June 2015 and has been a valued technician ever since. We value Indy’s ability to keep the entire team on schedule with her contagious motivation! Indy enjoys spending her free time with her two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Eiger, and Tschuggen. She also likes to spend outdoors camping, hiking, traveling, and kayaking.
Licensed Technician at Woodside since 2017
Growing up in a military family, Janessa was born in California but moved to Guam where her father was stationed. After 12 years in Guam, Janessa moved back to Washington State with her family. With her work in shelters, Janessa knew she wanted to pursue a career that aided animals’ health. Janessa graduated from PIMA Medical Institute with a degree in Veterinary Technology. From school, Janessa was hired as a licensed veterinary technician where she worked at an emergency veterinary hospital for three years before joining our team. We value the positivity that Janessa brings to the team and our clients. Her ability to make any client feel valued and heard is another reason why we appreciate her. Outside of her time at the clinic, Janessa enjoys being outdoors on hikes, spending time at the beach, adventuring with her Jeep, and spending time with her boyfriend, Jake, her Lab mix, Jack, and cat, Maya.
Licensed Technician at Woodside since 2000
Nancy was born in California and raised in Renton, Washington. Nancy has had a lifelong passion for animals. While she was in high school, Nancy volunteered at the Humane Society and worked as a Kennel Attendant. After high school, Nancy attended Brigham Young University and graduated with degrees in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelors of Science. We value Nancy’s eagerness to help whenever and wherever needed! Nancy has a strong passion for pain management and creating low-stress visits for clients and patients. When Nancy is not with us at Woodside, she is spending time with her husband and two sons. In addition, Nancy shares her home with her cat, Grimm.
Licensed Technician at Woodside since 2007
Brynn was born and raised in Gig Harbor and is a 1999 Graduate of Gig Harbor High School. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2002. She graduated from Pierce College Veterinary Technology in 2007 and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Woodside Animal Hospital ever since. We are fortunate to have had Brynn as part of our team since she started her career as an LVT. She is a stellar technician who takes her job very seriously and still is able to be a fun-loving, animal loving person who likes to laugh and have a good time while she works. She enjoys working with dogs and cats but also likes and has experience working with exotic pets and small ruminants. Brynn and her husband, Daniel, are enjoying their two daughters Mary and Charlie. In her spare time, Brynn enjoys walking with her mom, traveling, camping, kayaking, skiing, cooking; and watching her dog, 2 cats, 6 hens, 2 pullets, and her rooster known as Foghorn grow up.
Veterinary Assistant at Woodside since 2017
Jordan was born in Virginia and has lived in multiple states, including Minnesota, Florida, and Hawaii, throughout her childhood. When Jordan was a young adult, she moved to Washington State. Jordan has a well-versed background in the veterinary industry and experience with a variety of animals. Since she was 14 years old, Jordan was competing in horse shows regularly and was involved with animals whenever possible. Before joining our team, Jordan has previous experience as a Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant. The knowledge and experience that Jordan brings to our staff have been a terrific asset. Jordan’s ability to recognize animal’s cues and provide what they need to be healthy and feel comfortable is something place a lot of value in here. Jordan lives with her two dogs, Kinleigh, a Blue Heeler and Tucker, Chihuahua, her horse, VooDoo, and her three cats, O’Malley, Eli, and Rebel. Jordan loves to do activities that involve the great outdoors such as, kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking.
Veterinary Assistant at Woodside since 2018
A native to the area, Kyra was born and raised in Port Orchard. Kyra has always had a passion for veterinary medicine and the drive to work with animals. Her interest in the industry and her love for animals has made her a great addition to help us accomplish our vision for high-quality patient care. She has a talent of exhibiting the proper balance of tenderness and confidence that our patients appreciate. Kyra strives to provide each client and patient she encounters, with a warm, positive experience. Kyra’s companions include her cat, Doise, and her rat, Marley. Kyra enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling in her car, and listening to music. One fun fact about Kyra is that she only likes to drive a manual transmission!
Veterinary Assistant at Woodside since 2018
Tylie was born in Port Orchard but moved to Montana when she was seven years old. When the opportunity came for Tylie to move back to Washington, she jumped at the chance. Before joining our team, Tylie worked at an emergency clinic as a Kennel Attendant. From then on, she worked hard to get promoted to a position as Veterinary Assistant. We value Tylie’s ability to help keep the hospital flowing smoothly and helping to keep the entire team organized. Her love for animals makes her a natural fit at Woodside Animal. Tylie’s four-legged companion is Winnie the Golden Retriever. Together, Tylie and Winnie enjoy hiking and taking photos. In fact, Tylie has a degree in photography! Additionally, Tylie enjoys riding horses and driving to the mountains in her Jeep.
Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant at Woodside since 2018
PR Manager/Veterinary Assistant at Woodside since 2015
Born and raised in Port Orchard, Cheyanne cannot imagine living anywhere else! Cheyanne’s love for animals started when she joined 4-H as an adolescent. Since 4-H, she has grown to love the Basset Hound breed and shows Basset Hounds in the American Kennel Club. We appreciate the infectious cheerful disposition that Cheyanne brings to our team and clients. Cheyanne loves being able to provide high quality and passionate care for our patients and loves engaging with patients and their owners. Since graduating from Thomas Edison State University with her Bachelor’s in Natural Science/Mathematics, Cheyanne now manages our advertising, marketing, and social media. Her passion for digitally educating and informing our clients about their pet’s health has become a passion of hers. In her spare time, Cheyanne enjoys spending time with her family, playing soccer, and she enjoys music. Like the rest of our staff, Cheyanne owns several pets of her own including 3 dogs, 3 rabbits, 1 cat, and several chickens.
Client Service Coordinators
Front Office Manager/Reception at Woodside since 2006
Anna was born in El Paso, Texas and had the great fortune to travel the world with her family while her dad was in the military. He retired in 1995 here in Washington, where they then settled down in Port Orchard. Anna is a mother of 3 boys (Damien, Seth, and Isaac), 2 cats (Dinah and Mimzy) and one crazy dog (Niv). She has been married to her husband Adam for 13 years. Anna started working as a receptionist at Woodside Animal Hospital in 2006. Her greatest strengths are her attention to detail, drive, and leadership, which has advanced her into the role of front office manager. As a child, she always dreamed of working with animals. Through her life experiences, she realized that she loved working with people just as much. She feels that, as front office manager at Woodside Animal Hospital, she gets the best of both worlds. Anna states, “I am truly blessed to work with the people here. We take pride in what we do and our love for animals shines through in the quality of care we give to each and every one of our patients.”
Receptionist at Woodside since 2015
Ashlee was born in Beaverton, Oregon and moved to Washington when she was a young adult. Ashlee strives to make each experience for every client a positive experience and strives to meet everyone’s needs. Before Ashlee came to Woodside, she worked closely with elderly patients in a memory care ward. She was even awarded a Peacock Pin, an award given to individuals who go above and beyond to serve their memory care patients. Her experience at a memory care ward makes her an ideal candidate for providing the best care for our clients and patients. Ashlee is known for her passion for Harry Potter. Together, Ashlee and her fiancé, Jay, have a young daughter named Lily and two dogs, Mila and Holly.
Receptionist at Woodside since 2008
Cindi has lived in Washington her entire life and would not dream of living anywhere else! She has been married to her husband, Brent since 2009 and they have a son, Casey and a daughter Hailey. She has a Pitbull mix named Chloe and Pitbull named Denver. Her methodical personality is a necessity when it comes to maintaining consistency in our patient care procedures. Cindi’s warm and welcoming personality makes everyone feel welcomed In her spare time, Cindi enjoys cooking, baking, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family.
Receptionist, Kennel Manager, Veterinary Assistant at Woodside since 2015
Originally from Indiana, Carol moved to Washington State in 2011 with her husband, Chris. Carol’s passion for animals drove her desire to work with animals. Her career at Woodside Animal Hospital began as a Veterinary Assistant back in 2015, and she loved every moment of it! In 2018, Carol moved to a position as a Receptionist and has been a great addition to our team of receptionists. Amongst all her responsibilities, Carol is also our Kennel Manager and fills in as a Veterinary Assistant when needed. Carol has a fun loving personality and provides dedication and organization to our team. Carol has a passion for feline care in particular. Outside of the Woodside family, Carol and her husband have two children. Included in her family are her four cats: Badger, Pergo, Brayleigh, and Tyrion Cattister and two dogs: Sky and Cisco. In Carol’s free time, she enjoys bowling, karaoke, and a variety of outdoor activities.
Receptionist at Woodside since 2017
Nora was born in New Hampshire and grew up in Rochester until her and her family moved to Port Orchard when she was 12 years old. Nora has been in the medical field for a number of years, but she did not start out in the veterinary industry, rather entered the field as a human caregiver. Nora’s takes her experience in working with human patients and is able to translate that care to our four-legged patients with a genuine and tender heart. She has a great understanding of how a patient feels, how to meet their needs, and how to best communicate with family members. Known best for her passion for cats and Harry Potter, Nora also enjoys beachcombing, reading, crocheting, painting, and photography. Together Nora and her husband, Jesse, have a son, Glenn, and several furry companions. Nora’s pets include two pit bulls, Luna and Angus, and three cats, Gary, Crowley, and Benedict Cumbercat.
Receptionist at Woodside since 2002 and returned 2018
Jen has been apart of the Woodside family for a number of years! She was first hired as a Receptionist in 2002 and worked as apart of our team until 2011 when she moved to Indiana. Jen eventually moved back to Port Orchard, joined our team in 2018. Her primary focus is to manage all aspects of the clinic’s technical needs. In efforts to help us become a clinic that primarily operates “paperlite”. Jen is excited to be back at Woodside serving our clients and helping us to continue to improve our hospital. Jen is a proud mother of two kids, Aaron and Katelynn. Although her kids are now grown, Jen is thoroughly enjoying life as a grandmother and life with her pets. Jen has a Pitbull named Ruby and two cats, Bella and Harry Houdini. Traveling and scrapbooking are a couple of Jen’s favorite hobbies. Jen and her sister both enjoy seeking out variety of adventures. We are glad to have Jen back on our team!
We have a few individuals that help to keep the hospital running smoothly and clean while tending to patient needs and providing our patients with the best comfort while they are under our care. Our dedicated Kennel Attendants are a crucial component in delivering the quality medicine and care your pet deserves. We wanted to acknowledge our hard-working ladies who do so much for our patients and the hospital, as they prefer not to be featured on our website. Thank you, Bobbie, Susan, and Jessica for all you do daily!
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