Meet Our Staff
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
Tori Primm, Veterinary AssistantTori learned at a young age to care for animals, as her grandma is a breeder of corgis. She has always loved being surrounded by animals including dogs, cats, horses, parakeets and fish. Tori attended PIMA Medical Institute and graduated in June 2018 with her certification as a Veterinary Assistant. She currently lives in Enumclaw with her two cats and she hopes some day soon to add a puppy to the family.
This past summer, Tori was able to fulfill a life-long dream and interact with wolves. In her free time, Tori enjoys spending time outdoors with her fiancé, Cody. She loves spending time hiking and camping as well as snowboarding in the winter. She hopes in the future to further her education and become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Tori aspires to travel to many places around the world such as New Zealand, Greece and Ireland, to name a few.
Samantha Sherry, AssistantSammie has always had a focus on helping animals. As a kid, her goal was to become a veterinarian and work with animals. Growing up she had dogs and cats and helped her uncle with his horses, mules and chickens. Currently, she has a border collie/lab puppy named Belle, three cats named Seymore, Lucy and Ruger and a pug named Todd Barkley. Sammie’s goal is to obtain her veterinary technician degree and help animals as much as possible. She has previously volunteered with the Auburn Valley Humane Society.
In her spare time, Sammie likes reading, cooking and baking, playing video games, walking her dogs or taking them to the dog park, drawing, and riding horses whenever she can.