Meet Our Staff
Dr. Ferguson completed her undergraduate degree in Avian Sciences at the University of California in Davis with a minor in Veterinary Medical Entomology and Nutritional Sciences in 1992. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University in 1997. After working in an "exotics only" clinic in San Francisco, California she obtained her Board Certification in Avian Practice in 2003.
Dr. Bridget Ferguson, ABVP-Certified in Avian Practice
Over the past 18 years, Dr. Ferguson has treated a wide variety of companion animals including birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, and hedgehogs, in addition to cats and dogs. She enjoys consulting with local veterinarians as well as performing advanced diagnostics, treatments and surgery on exotic patients.
Dr. Ferguson has consulted with several rescue groups for non-traditional pets, including Mollywood Avian Sanctuary, Zazu's House Parrot Sanctuary, All Parrot Rescue, Hookbill Aviary, and Everlasting Hope Rescue in Washington. She has also served as the medical director for Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue in California for the past 14 years. In addition, she consults with Traipse Bengals, a USDA-licensed Bengal cat breeder located in Snoqualmie, and Beaker's Parrot Place in Wilkeson.
In her spare time she enjoys hiking and gardening, as well as spending time with her family and menagerie of pet animals including two goats, two rabbits, a hawkhead parrot, two budgie parakeets, a blue-tongued skink, a dog, two cats, four chickens, and a salt water habitat filled with reef critters.
Dr. Amanda Zellar, DVMDr. Zellar graduated Summa Cum Laude with her undergraduate degree, in Organismal Biology, from Montana State University. She completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.
In addition to cats and dogs, Dr. Zellar enjoys seeing a wide variety of animals including reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds ferrets, rabbits, rodents, and hedgehogs. She has special interests in reptile and fish medicine
During her veterinary education, Dr. Zellar devoted herself to working with a wide variety of animals, studying at the Exotic and Animal Care Center, in Raleigh, NC, the Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital of Seattle, Burge Bird Services, in Kansas City, KS, and Southwest Animal Hospital, Portland, OR. She worked with the Denver Aquarium on research in fish anesthesia, and co-founded the CSU Aquatic Animal Medicine Club. She also conducted research in snake vascular disease, avian influenza, pack dynamics in African wild dogs, and foot disease in Asian elephants.
Off duty, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Renly, painting, mixed media art, photography, and spending time with her leopard gecko and tropical freshwater aquarium.
Matthew "Tigger" Birch, LVT, Licensed Wildlife RehabilitatorTigger, as most people know him, was born Mathew Birch. A Seattle native, he started working professionally with animals in 2000. His passion for animals started as a child visiting his grandparents' farm on Whidbey Island. By his late teens and through his early 20's he was raising rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and goats, as well as owning ferrets, a California gopher snake, a painted turtle, a black Labrador and several cats. In spring of 1999 he started volunteering at P.A.W.S. Wildlife Center. He enjoyed wildlife rehabilitation so much that upon being hired the following spring he spent most of 6 years there. In 2005, after working with everything from hummingbirds to eagles and opossums to black bear, he started work as a Veterinary Assistant in a mixed practice hospital and continued to work with wildlife on the side. He received both a Veterinary Technicians License and WA Wildlife Rehabilitators Permit in 2010. In addition to working as an LVT, he helped to found South Sound Critter Care Wildlife Center in 2009. He is currently working with Featherhven Native Songbird Rehabilitation in Enumclaw, as well as consulting for For Heaven Sake Wildlife Center in Rochester.
In his off time he enjoys spending time with his wife, children and his current pets, which include Jake the dog, the cats Luna Belle and Sassy, a sugar glider named Roo, Rupert the rex bunny, Happy the cockatiel, and Elva, Fiona, Thalonia, and Skeeter the chickens (known collectively as "the girls").
Kelsey Tofstad, Office ManagerAnimals have always been a big part of veterinary assistant Kelsey's life, as she grew up with many pets. She began working in veterinary hospitals in 2013 after completing the veterinary assistant program at Pima Medical Institute in 2012. Kelsey is planning more schooling to obtain her veterinary technician's license and she is enjoying learning more about exotic animals.
Kelsey recently gave birth to her daughter, Rowan, joining her husband Derek and step-daughter Lexie in the Tofstad family. In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys playing with her fur babies, and reading. Kelsey also enjoys hiking in the mountains, riding her four wheeler in the dunes, throwing a mean game of darts, and playing softball, something she has done competitively for sixteen years.
She is an expert on all things related to Harry Potter, both books and movies, and has aspirations of becoming a wine connoisseur.
Cassandra Winter, ReceptionistIt's safe to say that Cassandra is animal crazy. She grew up on a small horse farm in Maple Valley with her family and started riding horses when she was 7. Throughout her youth she competed very successfully in Equestrian sports, both locally and on the national level.
Because of her interest in animals, she chose to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Biology at Pacific Lutheran University. She then went on to work at several area veterinary clinics before joining the staff at Pine Tree Veterinary Hospital.
Over the years Cas has had a number of amazing animal experiences: she's ridden a horse valued at a worth exceeding most cars, swam with dolphins, hugged an orca, trained an ibis, kissed a sea lion, held a small shark, and scuba dived with a legendary Puget Sound giant pacific octopus!! As if that weren't enough animal adventure for any one person, she has also fed a baby bengal tiger, held a 150 pound anaconda snake, and released endangered baby sea turtles off the beaches of Mazatlán into the Pacific Ocean.
Cas and her husband Brandon keep and breed several species of snakes including pythons, boas, and rat snakes, as well as their two pet dogs and a cat.
Chelsey Sutton, Veterinary AssistantChelsey Sutton has been around animals her whole life. She devotes a great deal of her time to taking care of all types of pet companions. She currently owns nine snakes, about twenty geckos, a salt water tank full of fish, and two wonderful dogs. Chelsey would love to continue her education at the University of Washington, at the Bothell campus, to obtain a bachelors degree in biology, then later go to vet school to major in exotics. Her dream is to one day open her own animal hospital, so she may take care of any type of animal in need of medical attention.
In her spare time, Chelsey loves to spend time with her friends, family and her animals. She also enjoys taking her dogs for walks around Lake Washington with her boyfriend. And she gravitates toward being outdoors, especially if it involves camping, hiking, or white water rafting.
Bonnie Forbes, ReceptionistBonnie Forbes grew up on a farm in upstate New York. Her childhood was spent tending to a menagerie of animals, including cows, sheep, horses, chickens, ducks, dogs, and over 30 cats and nearly 40 pygmy goats, so it's only natural that she has gravitated toward the animal health care profession. After graduating from high school in Ashland, Oregon, Bonnie headed to Washington State, where she now calls Pine Tree home.
Bonnie is a newlywed and she and husband Brad like spending time with their two cats, a blue point Siamese named Cash and an ancient Calico named Roxie, as well as hiking and camping in the woods. When time allows, Bonnie plays guitar and saxophone, and is an aspiring singer-songwriter.
Jordyn Peters, Veterinary AssistantCaring for animals has always been a passion for Jordyn Peters. Growing up she had a collection of animals, from frogs to chinchillas, with rabbits, hamsters, leopard geckos, cats and dogs in between. Currently, she has 3 animals: a brown rabbit creatively named BunBun, a leopard gecko named Shadow, and Draco, a German Shepherd dog who is her pride and joy.
Jordyn is a full-time college student at Green River Community College, studying for a Criminal Justice Associate's degree, with hopes of one day becoming a police K9 handler. In the past she has helped with a few different volunteer and rescue organizations, including Guide Dogs for the Blind.
In her spare time, Jordyn likes to go on walks with Draco (who loves to play a good game of fetch), and when the weather is too rainy for that she spends her free time watching movies and playing video games with a mug of hot cocoa.
Cayle Brown, Veterinary AssistantCayle has always been around animals, and when she was little she decided that one day she was going to become a Veterinarian. Through the course of her life she has cared for a small parade of dogs, cats, rabbits, frogs and fish. Currently Cayle has a pair of guinea pigs (Nismo and Gus), a chocolate lab shepherd mix named Kassi, and 2 bengal cats named Bree and Autumn.
At the present Cayle is a part-time student at Pierce College and is hoping to receive admission to the Veterinary Technician Program at Pierce College in the Fall of 2017.
Cayle has always had a passion for riding horses and attended horse camps when she was younger. She has also volunteered for Critterqueen Rabbit Rescue, in addition to her constant pet sitting for friends. In her spare time Cayle likes to go on hikes, go camping, walk on the beach or do anything that involves getting outside with her boyfriend or family. She also enjoys photography and cars, so she is always up for going on long drives and discovering new places.