Veterinary Medical Referral Service

P.O. Box 65061
University Place, WA 98464

(253)475-5301

www.vmrctacoma.com

Dr. Karen Comer and "Sonic"



Dr. Karen Comer earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis.  Prior to entering veterinary school, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.  After graduation from veterinary school she continued her formal post-graduate studies with a clinical internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a clinical residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Georgia.  Concomitant with the internal medicine residency, she also completed a Master of Science degree in physiology.  

Dr Comer is a member of the
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
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She also is a member of: 

 

Dr. Comer's clinical interests include oncology (cancer medicine), gastroenterology (diseases of the stomach and intestines), and nutrition. 

Dr. Comer's furry family includes a whippet named "Cricket", a Norwegian Elkhound named "Sonic", and two cats named "Mr. Stubbs" and "Magik".

 

 

Trisa Hansen

 

Trisa Hansen obtained her Veterinary Technician license in 2003.  She enjoys many aspects of veterinary science, but has a special interest in behavior.  When not working, she can be found at a variety of dog shows with her dogs.  She is a dog 4-H project leader, certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator and is in training to be an AKC Junior Handler Judge.

 

She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, as well as with her dogs. Her furry family includes "Brandi" and "Fable", her Leonbergers; "Atticus" and "Bliss", her Border Terriers; and her cat "Jade".

 

Michelle Madsen

Michelle left the dry environs of New Mexico to experience the green views of Washington.
She will likely be the calm voice that you encounter when you call the office or check in at the front desk. She spent many years at the front desk of a primary care physician's office before experiencing the furry side of the medical field. Her 4-legged family includes 2 dogs and one cat.

 

Lyndsey Smith, LVT

 

 

Lyndsey graduated from the Pierce College Veterinary Technology program in June of 2011. She is interested in wildlife medicine and is a volunteer at the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood. She enjoys hiking and backpacking. She enjoys cooking and baking and is always willing to try new recipes!

 

Lyndsey enjoys spending time with her husband and their furry children. Their family includes "Geneva" and "Abbie", their Beagle-mix rescues, "Azul", their chihuahua and their three cats "Peanut Butter", "Nova" and "Dunkin". 

 

Tasha Anderson

Tasha is our all-around assistant. She assists the technicians with patient restraint, cleaning and sterilizing surgical instruments and linens after procedures, transferring laboratory results into patient records and occasionally taking initial vital signs on patients during appointments. She is a Washington native and a recent graduate of WSU. After working at Commencement Bay Animal Hospital she is considering further her education by pursuing schooling to become a Veterinary Technician.

Catarina Schulte

Catarina helps keep the clinic clean. She works daily chasing dust bunnies and recalcitrant cat hair in the corners of our rooms. Catarina was a long-time 4-H member in the dog project. She is learning by doing at our clinic to help her decide whether to further her training to become a veterinary assistant or technician.