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 areas of interest are soft tissue surgery and feline geriatrics; prolonging and enhancing your cat’s senior years. Dr. Marshall serves as a Vice President of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association locally and is Vice-Chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation at the national level. He also is Adjunct Faculty for Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he mentors students and also helps train those interested in feline practice as part of their senior year rotations.
Outside of this profession, Dr. Marshall enjoys getting to all the corners of the Pacific Northwest to work on honing his landscape photography skills, and during the winter he participates in a local curling league.
Dr. Marshall is married and has two grown children. He and his wife share their home with their senior cat named Millicent Cloudberry (Millie) and Bassett-Retriever cross named Fred. The Marshall’s late cat Kimo was the model for the Island Cats Logo.
Christine Wilford, DVM
Dr. Wilford graduated from veterinary college at Texas A&M University in 1987 but has been in the Seattle area since 1990. She has worked with cats exclusively since 1994, particularly at a practice in Shoreline and founded the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project in 1997. While she loves cats of all ages, she really enjoys caring for senior kitties! In her spare time, Dr. Wilford enjoys spending time with her family, including her three horses, four cats, and three dogs.
Kristen Kjellberg, DVM
Dr. Kjellberg was born in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she performed at football games as a part of the Longhorn Band, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. While studying as an undergraduate, she worked as a technician for a non-profit spay/neuter clinic. There she discovered a passion for shelter medicine and making medical care accessible to every pet. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A & M University.
Dr. K has worked in shelter and emergency medicine, as well as general practice in Austin, Texas, where she also served as the Mayor’s appointee to the Animal Advisory Commission. She maintains an interest in local, state, and federal policies, especially those affecting veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond.
Dr. K relocated with her husband, 2 dogs and 3 cats to California in 2016, where she worked as a veterinarian for Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles. While she loved helping homeless pets, she missed the bonds she had with her clients and patients in general practice. She is mostly a city girl, but missed the wide-open spaces of Texas. She had always been fascinated by the beautiful Pacific Northwest, so when the opportunity arose, she and her husband jumped at the chance to become Seattleites.
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. Hayla lives with 3 cats, Sherman, Finley, and Javier.
Marcy, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Inspired by a desire to know more about her own cats, in 2014, Marcy decided to begin a new career in veterinary nursing with a feline-only focus. She is a graduate of the PIMA Seattle Veterinary Technician Degree program and has been a licensed veterinary technician since January of 2016. Marcy enjoys continuing her education, specifically concerning feline-friendly treatments, nutrition, and behavior studies. She especially loves senior cats.
Nikki, Practice Manager
Nikki joined the Island Cats team in October 2017. Nikki has 20 years of experience in customer service and business management, including 16 years as Practice Manager at a veterinary specialty surgery hospital. Early in her career, she was a Veterinary Assistant at a veterinary hospital in Southern California. She has a geriatric rescue cat named Meowz and a geriatric Australian Cattle dog named Frankie who are best buddies. Outside of the office, Nikki spends most of her time in the garden and working on vintage cars with her husband.
Cutler, Veterinary Assistant
Cutler is from Charleston, Rhode Island but has lived on and off in Washington for 20 years. He has been a Reiki practitioner for 11 years and has worked primarily with animals. He loves being a low-budget Audiophile and looks forward to getting to retire and lounge on the beach. He has two cats who are litter mates: Askuwheteau (meaning He keeps watch) and Dotadabun (meaning day star). Their names are Algonquin Native American Names.
Mindy, Veterinary Assistant
Mindy joined the Island Cats team in July of 2017. She grew up on here on Mercer Island and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and minors in French and Music. She has three cats: Loki, Valkyrie, and Felix. During her free time, she enjoys photography and playing the flute, piccolo, and saxophone. She has lived with cats all her life and enjoys being involved in veterinary medicine.
Ella, Office Cat
We adopted Ella back in February 2018 due to the extensive medical care she required for a congenital intestinal disorder. Ella is an incredibly outgoing and affectionate cat and a beloved addition to our team. She loves to meet new people and never turns down a scratch behind the ears. Ella’s favorite past-times are snoring upside down, aggressively headbutting with love, and attempting to steal food. She is the perfect embodiment of a classic British Shorthair with a distinctively chunky body, dense coat, chipmunk cheeks, and laid-back attitude.