Gary Marshall, DVM
Dr. Marshall is a 1989 graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been working in the field of companion animal health since 1979. Dr. Marshall is a lifelong Eastside resident and has enjoyed bringing the first feline-exclusive practice to Mercer Island. His special area of interest is feline geriatrics, prolonging and enhancing your cat’s senior years.
Dr. Marshall is married and has two children. The Marshalls previously welcomed into their home, the “special needs” clinic cat Jicama, in 2002–Jicama conquered diabetes and lived well with the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. He passed away because of aggressive lymphoma in 2012. They currently share their home with a pettite cat they adopted named Millicent Cloudberry. She was born in 2011. The Marshall family dog, a Bassett-Retriever cross named Fred, is not amused by Millie. Fred was born in 2005. The Marshalls’ late cat Kimo was the model for the Island Cats Logo.
Kirsten Ronngren, DVM
Dr. Kirsten Ronngren was born and raised in Washington, spending time on both the west and east sides of the state. She attended Washington State University for her undergraduate degree which she obtained in 2011, as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree which she obtained in 2015 (Go Cougs!). Her interests in medicine include diagnostic imaging, feline medicine, and preventative care. Dr. Ronngren enjoys outside activities like hiking, biking, spending time with family, and running with her golden retriever Jasper. She is also an avid sports fanatic, and loves traveling and cooking in her free time.
Hayla, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Hayla has been a member of the Island Cats team since 1998. She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician assisting the veterinarians with treatments, dentistry, surgery, radiology, and feline patient care. She has a special interest in feline behavior and nutrition.
She lives with 3 cats, Sherman, Finley, and Javier.
Juliana, Veterinary Assistant & Client Care Coordinator
Juliana was born in Colombia, then moved to Florida in 2006 where she started working at an animal hospital that focused not only on cats and dogs, but also a wide variety of exotic animals. In 2012, she began to call the Pacific Northwest her home and became part of the Island Cats family in 2013. She’s passionate about clinical care and animal behavior. She’s currently pursuing a biotechnology degree, working herself up to the Bioengineering Program at UW.
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Sarah was born in Toronto, Ontario, then moved around from the midwest to the Netherlands. She received her B.S. in environmental science from Northern Michigan University and has taken some veterinary technician courses in Mesa, Arizona. She is passionate about learning about feline diseases, especially diabetes, since one of her own cats is diabetic. In her free time, Sarah likes spending time with her husband and taking her dog on long walks.
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Crystal, Veterinary Assistant
Crystal became part of the Island Cats team in October of 2011. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Biochemistry in 2012. She claims to currently have the sweetest cat, and the most playful dog. At one point, she actually had 10 hamsters! So as you can see, she has a great passion for animals! Crystal was born in California, but raised right here on Mercer Island. She loves to travel, and during a short span of time while in college, she visited Greece, Turkey, Albania and Italy! Overseas, Crystal was fortunate enough to learn about the animal welfare system in other countries.
Crystal started veterinary school at WSU in Fall 2013, but continues to help out at Island Cats on her breaks!
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Greta, Office Cat
We adopted Greta back in June 2009. She is known as the ghost of our office. Sometimes you see her and sometimes you don’t. She spends most her time in the back of the clinic keeping a watchful eye over the staff. She is quiet, stealthy and mischievous but never passes up the opportunity when it comes to food. Just one little shake of her delicious treats and she comes running!