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Dr. David Parent

David Parent DVM is, with Kristen Reiter DVM, co-owner of the Useless Bay Animal Clinic. He has practiced on South Whidbey since 1990. He has always been interested in all kinds of animals, from birds and mammals to insects, reptiles, amphibians and tidepool critters. During his childhood, his long-suffering mother allowed him to keep a menagerie of wild and domestic pets.

He graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington and received his veterinary degree from Washington State University in 1987. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but especially knee surgery and endoscopy. He appreciates his connections with the animals and people he meets every day. He feels very fortunate to work with all his extremely competent and personable co-workers.

He is licensed by the Washington Department of Fish and Game to treat wildlife. He has participated in many wildlife research projects including Rocky Mountain Goats in Olympic National Park, Murrelets in Glacier Bay National Park and Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemurs, Mouse Lemurs and Diademed Sifakas in Madagascar.

In his spare time he enjoys landscaping, reading, mountaineering, off-trail travel, telemark skiing, canoeing, paddleboarding, birding, and hanging out with his sweetheart, four children and nine grandchildren. 

Dr. David Parent

Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University.

 

Dr. Kristen Reiter

Dr. Reiter entered the veterinary field at the age of fifteen, paying her way through school by serving as a kennel assistant, receptionist, and veterinary assistant at several small and large animal hospitals.  In 1992 she graduated from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI with a BA in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and English.  She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, earning her Doctorate in 1996.

Upon graduation, Dr. Reiter relocated to Whidbey Island.  She has served the needs of small animal patients in Island, Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties for over 20 years.

Dr. Reiter shares her life with her farm full of furry "children".  She breeds and shows Labrador Retrievers and Appaloosa horses.  Her little tuxedo cat, boots, rounds out the pet menagerie and keeps everyone in line.

Dr. Kristen Reiter

Degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of Wisconsin.

 

Dr. Robert Bishop

Dr. Bishop is an island native, born in Coupeville.  He is a third generation Cougar, receiving both his Bachelor's Degree (1982) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1986) from Washington State University.

Dr. Bishop has served on both the Executive Board and as President of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association.  After having his own practice in Oak Harbor for years he began working on a limited basis at the Useless Bay Animal Clinic around 2005.

Dr. Robert Bishop

Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University.

Ellie

Ellie has found herself a prime piece of real estate here at the clinic!   She has called UBAC home for the past 16 years.  She spends her days making sure the counters are good to lay on, the chairs are soft and squishy, and there is plenty of food in her bowl. Ellie also makes sure everyone has enough love to give to all the patients that come in each and every day. Ellie is a sweet girl with a lot of PURR-sonality.

 

Miss Ellie (Office Manager)

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Brandy

Brandy has been our part time office assistant since 2004.  In her spare time she loves to write books and listen to music.

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Malina

Malina started at UBAC through an internship while in high school.  She worked here several years part time and has been here full time since 2005.  She enjoys working up front at reception as well as in the back as a technician.  She grew up on a farm in Oak Harbor where she discovered her passion for animals .  

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Certification in veterinary assisting from Sno Isle Skills Center.

Lisa

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Mary

Mary is a life-long islander and lives with her four rescue kitties Sebastian, Fern, Joel, and Bean. She enjoys going to the beach, volunteering at WAIF Animal Shelter, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

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Sam

Sam has been working at Useless Bay Animal Clinic since 2016. She started out as a Kennel Assistant and in 2018 she transitioned and began working as a Vet Assistant. She has spent her whole life on Whidbey Island living in Freeland with lots of furry friends.

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Kat

Kat was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Whidbey Island in 2013. She currently lives with her husband and their pets: Chloe, Roxie, Rocko & Randall. She loves animals and helping others and enjoys creative hobbies in her spare time.

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Ronni

Ronni moved from Las Vegas, NV to Whidbey Island with her husband and their pup Luna in 2014. Her love of animals and learning new things brought her to the UBAC team in 2017. In her free time she enjoys running, playing Dungeons and Dragons with her friends, and learning the art and science of winemaking.

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Serenity

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Tara

Tara moved to the area from Northern California in 2015 with her husband and son. She has been in the veterinary field for about 10 years. When she's not working she's normally riding her horse, Cider, who's main discipline is barrel racing but she also dabbles in reining, trail and gaming. Tara is currently studying equine science, body work and massage and started her own business in Feb 2019 putting her skills and modalities to use. She also owns dogs, cats and fish and raises silkie chickens.

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