Pine Tree Veterinary Hospital

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Bridget Ferguson

Dr. Bridget Ferguson, ABVP-Certified in Avian Practice

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.

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

Dr. Amanda Zellar, DVM

Dr. 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 fish medicine, and is working towards a board certification in reptile and amphibian 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 geckos (a leopard and a crested) and tropical freshwater aquarium.

Dr. Casie McArtor

Dr. Cassie McArtor, DVM

Dr. Cassie McArtor spent her time as an undergraduate at the University of Idaho studying pre-veterinary medicine but transferred to Murdoch University in Perth, Australia to finish out her veterinary degree where she graduated in 2015.

In the last year of vet school Dr. McArtor specialized in wildlife and exotics medicine spending time at numerous zoos including: Perth, Melbourne, Monarto, and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. She has also been a part of numerous wildlife research projects including working with: platypus, Australian rosellas, and midwestern USA grassland passerines as well as having a paper published on kangaroo poxviruses. Having a passion for conservation she has also volunteered at wildlife rehabilitation centers on Salt Spring Island, in B.C. Cananda, and in Thailand, and spent 4 weeks with a wildlife veterinarian in the field in South Africa where she did extensive work with white rhinos amongst other species. She is now currently volunteering with Featherhaven in Enumclaw. Needless to say Dr. McArtor will see most any species in addition to dogs and cats.

In her spare time she and her husband enjoy most anything to do with outdoors and exercise including: hiking, camping, rock climbing, and are becoming more interested in mountaineering. She also enjoys playing music, reading, gardening, and traveling. She had a pet duck in Australia named Abigail Thundertail, who is now living with a friend there, but who is still very much her pet at heart.

Tigger aka Matthew Birch

Matthew "Tigger" Birch, LVT, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

Tigger, 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

Kelsey Tofstad, Office Manager

Animals 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.

Chelsey Sutton

Chelsey Sutton, Veterinary Assistant

Chelsey 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.

Jordyn Peters

Jordyn Peters, Veterinary Assistant

Caring 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

Cayle Brown, Veterinary Assistant

Cayle 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.

Breanna Randall

Breanna Randall, Receptionist

Breanna grew up in our locally in Auburn and has always had a love for animals. As a youngster she was always adopting them against her parents wishes. Over the years she has adopted a host of different pets, including a parakeet, a gerbil, cats (mostly), rabbits (until she discovered she was allergic to them), and a leopard gecko. In addition to her work at Pine Tree, Breanna is currently enrolled at Pierce College, completing her pre-requisites for the Physical Therapy Assistant program.

Breanna and her husband Jeffrey currently live in Wilkeson with their son Forest and daughter Willow. When they aren't out adventuring together, they are home relaxing with their two dogs, two cats, and leopard gecko, or tending to the family's nine chickens. In her free time, she loves to see live music, go hiking and camping, and spend time around the camp fire with her family.

Maddy McCallum

Maddy McCallum, Receptionist

Maddy has grown up with a wide variety of animals her whole life, including cows, goats, chickens and fish. When she was young you could always find her at the barn playing with her horse. Maddy showed horses for about 10 years of her life and will always have a love for them. She hopes one day to have small farm of her own with horses, chickens and pigs. She also has a massive love for free range bunnies.

She currently lives with her boyfriend Matt in Enumclaw taking care of their border collie, Lollie and their cat, Rocky. Maddy and Matt are often outside taking adventures in his truck up in the mountains. During her free hours, you can find her spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors. Maddy loves to read and listening to music. She really enjoys going camping with her family every Fourth of July to their special spot out in Twisp, Washington.

Taylor Schulberg

Taylor Schulberg, Receptionist

Taylor grew up in the Renton Highlands and graduated from Liberty High school in 2013. After receiving her diploma she went to Bellevue College to study Criminal Justice, as well as PIMA Medical Center to obtain her Veterinary Assistant certification. Taylor has worked with animals in many different job roles such as a veterinary assistant, veterinary receptionist, professional dog walker and sitter, a foster home for dogs, and a handler at a boarding facility. Taylor has always loved animals, especially dogs and has been working towards her goal of becoming a Sherriff (and then a K9 handler) for King County.

In early 2016 Taylor moved to Maple Valley. Since then she has welcomed two German Shepherds (Valor in 2016 and River in 2018) to her home and they have added a lot of excitement to her life! In the rare free moments between working, walking dogs and spending time with her own pets, Taylor enjoys being with friends, attending country concerts, going to Greenwater to go shooting, and volunteering at her favorite dog rescue, Saving Great Animals, where she frequently takes in foster dogs.

Safia Harrison

Safia Harrison, Receptionist

Safia grew up with a variety of animals, including cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, and lizards. Caring for and being around animals has always been an important hobby for her. She graduated the running start program in 2016 from Green River College, then completed her Bachelor's degree in English: Professional and Creative Writing in 2018. However, continuing her education is something that she never plans on ending and is a key part of her life. Helping the environment, being apart of the animal rights movement, and animal psychology are topics that fascinate her.

Safia currently lives in Maple Valley next to Pine Tree Hospital. Within the next years she hopes to save enough money to travel to landmarks around the world with her best friends and boyfriend. In her free time, you can find her going on spontaneous day trips with her friends, going to concerts, or writing short stories.

Samantha Sherry

Samantha Sherry, Assistant

Sammie 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.

Tori Primm

Tori Primm, Veterinary Assistant

Tori 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.