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About Us

Meet the team

Dr. Maizie Humphrey

Dr. Maizie Humphrey

DVM

Dr. Maizie Humphrey grew up in Rhode Island surrounded by family and many pets of all shapes, sizes, and species. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019, then lived and worked in Philadelphia for another three years before moving to Seattle. Her professional passions include surgery, dentistry, management of chronic illnesses, and client education. When she’s not caring for pet patients, Dr. Maizie enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her partner, Corey. Her hobbies include hiking, skiing, sailing, listening to live music, and trying new restaurants.
Dr. Cami

Dr. Cami

DVM

Dr. Camille Ogdon, DVM, is so excited to be caring for your pets in her hometown! After attending Washington State University for her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, she started veterinary school at St. George's University and spent her clinical year at Oregon State University. After many years of studying away from home, Dr. Cami is so happy to be in the Des Moines Marina area again. Dr. Cami values holistic approaches to medicine and is working towards her rehabilitation therapy and acupuncture certifications. She also considers herself a crazy doodle lady and has a mini Goldendoodle named Bindy. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, doing arts and crafts, playing video games, and traveling the world. Her favorite places she has traveled to are Ireland, Disneyland, and Antarctica.
Dr. Deal

Dr. Deal

DVM

Dr. Deal is originally from Ketchikan, Alaska, and graduated from The University of Melbourne (Australia) in 2007. For the last ten years, she has been living in the Rainier Beach Community and spent nine years working with Dr. Young when he owned Rainer Beach Veterinary Hospital. She has worked as a full-time veterinarian to rescue animals and is now a proud member of Saltwater Animal Hospital.

Outside of work, Dr. Deal enjoys spending time with her ten animals, including five dogs (three chihuahuas and two pitbulls), four cats, and a 30-plus-year-old turtle she fell in love with as a child. She relishes nature, spending time with family and friends, working in her yard (especially on her Bonsai trees), sunshine, and open water swimming.

Dr. Deal is incredibly thankful for the friendships she has formed with clients and their cherished pets over the years and looks forward to meeting your furry family members.
Dr. Sitton

Dr. Sitton

DVM

Dr. Savana Sitton is excited to be an advocate for your pet's health! Originally from Deer Park, Washington, she graduated from Washington State University (WSU) with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology in 2019. She continued her education in Pullman, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2023. During her education, she studied abroad for two months in New Zealand and externed with Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, where Dr. Sitton confirmed her growing interest in comparative species medicine and exotics. She considers herself a lifelong learner and is excited to continue growing in the fields of exotic medicine, small animal internal medicine, oncology, soft-tissue surgery, and client education. At home, she lives with her cats, dog, and their other human, Justin. In her free time, she rotates through hobbies including but not limited to playing board games, bodybuilding, collecting plants, paint-by-numbers, riding her motorcycle, and kayaking.
Dr. Laura Arce

Dr. Laura Arce

DVM

Dr. Laura Arce is ready to turn her passion for loving animals into a long-lasting career! She became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2023 at Ross University located in St. Kitts and Nevis and is ready to establish roots here in the Pacific Northwest. She really enjoys working with small animals including all types of exotic species, especially rabbits! Dr. Arce is Fear-Free Certified, bringing a skillset to the office that offers extra comfort for your furry friend! She values clear communication and client education so that their pets can live their best lives at all times. Outside of the office, Dr. Arce loves traveling, reading, painting, being outdoors, and spending time with her two bunnies.

Dr. Bart Iaia

Dr. Bart Iaia

DVM FAAVA

Dr. Bart Iaia is a 1992 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include dentistry and food therapy. Dr. Iaia also has interests in complementary medicine and has completed courses in Lomilomi. He is a certified acupuncturist from both the Chi Institute and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. He has had extensive Chinese Herb training through A Time to Heal. He is also a fellow of the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture (FAAVA). Dr. Bart enjoys spending time with his wife Denise, their daughters Brie and Gianna, and the household pets. “I have always admired Veterinary Medicine. It truly is a profession that allows one to practice all aspects of medicine.

Anita K

Beth

Hospital Manager

BIO COMING SOON.
Anita K

Anita K.

LEAD LVT

Anita moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 from Philadelphia, where she earned her degree as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2007. She originally hails from the great state of Kansas, and while growing up, she was always surrounded by animals and knew at a very young age she wanted to work in veterinary medicine. With close to 30 years of working in Veterinary Medicine, Anita has worked in veterinary ophthalmology specialty practices since January 2010, but she also has experience in emergency/ICU practices and shelter medicine.

With her husband, stepson and furbabies, Atlas the Golden Retriever and Bube the Bengal cat, Anita’s free time is best spent working in her gardens, canning, catching live music, and enjoying local restaurants and ciders.
Nikki-LVT

Nikki

VA

I grew up in California and dabbled with working in animal shelters, doggie daycares, and rescues! When I moved to Seattle I worked in doggy daycare for some time then moving to the Graham area and went into veterinary medicine for large animal, small animal, and exotics for four years as a kennel assistant and then veterinary assistant until pursuing my goal of becoming an LVT that’s where I found a passion for dentals and surgeries and most importantly providing the best care for everyone’s furbabies!

With my husband and son we love to do anything outdoors especially camping and traveling to new places to explore and relax! In my spare time I love to read, I enjoy ciders and cuddling with all my fur-babies; Tito, buzz, and Z.
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Miranda

LVT

I was born and raised in California and earned my degree as a Veterinary Technician in 2016. I visited Washington as a teenager and fell in love with the upper Pacific Northwest. I moved to Washington in 2019. I have previous experience working six years in small animal practices and nearly two years working in a high-volume surgical and emergency setting as an anesthesia technician. My passion for anesthesia has led me to learn and continue to pursue golden standard medicine and pain management. Following a personal love for homesteading and the great outdoors, I dream of starting my own dairy and pack goat business in a few years with my partner.
Tensie P.-VA

Tensie

VA

Having worked as a receptionist in a high-volume clinic, Tensie’s favorite aspect of the field is meeting and interacting with all the wonderful clients (both furry and human!) and making their visits as smooth as possible. She is looking forward to learning all the ins and outs of assisting and, one day, becoming an LVT.

In Tensie’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her “mini-zoo,” which consists of cats, dogs, lizards, chinchillas and a ferret. Her 13-year-old mutt, Snoopy, is the love of her life! When she isn’t cuddling or caring for animals, she enjoys hiking, camping, riding her e-bike and going on adventures with her fiancée. She can also binge-watch Netflix with the best of them.
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Kaytee

VA

Kaytee is a Washingtonian at heart. Born and raised in the PNW she has always had a passion for the outdoors and all of the critters that inhabit it. Originally going to University for law and politics, Kaytee found her passion for the veterinary field during the pandemic and hasn’t looked back since. Spicy cats are her favorite patients to work with.
When not at work, she can be found lounging with her two dogs Dannie and Ducky and her cat Juniper or exploring the never ending forests Washington has to offer with her friends.
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Shyla

VA

Shyla began working in veterinary medicine in 2018. Her lifelong love for animals first brought her to a boarding and training facility where she discovered a passion for understanding behavior and science based training methods. In the clinic she most enjoys learning about radiology, low stress handling techniques, and teaching cooperative care behaviors. Outside of work she enjoys spending time and training with her two cats and two dogs, (an Australian shepherd mix and Dutch shepherd) hiking, kayaking and painting.
Molly-VA

Molly

VA

I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years now, and have worked with animals my whole life. I recently took a break from veterinary care to complete my Business Management degree from Central Washington University! My passion for animals and veterinary medicine began at a very early age, and I love being able to make a positive impact on all my patients. I have a strong passion for TNR and fostering kittens.
Outside of work, you can find me hanging out with my three cats and two golden retrievers. My boyfriend and I love to fish, ski, hike, and explore nature! We have a dream of becoming farm owners in the future with lots of animals.
Isabella-VA

Isabella S.

VA

Isabella is a PNW native with over 5 years of experience, including receptionist experience. She absolutely loves working with her team, meeting new pets every day, seeing our regular patients, and keeping them well and healthy.
Isabella enjoys hiking and exploring, or staying home reading books with her dog Princess, cat Taz, and sometimes even her snake, Monty. Isabella can’t wait to work with you!
Alaina-VA

Alaina

VA

I have lived in ten different states now and have been in Washington for two years. I began working in veterinary medicine in 2018. I had my first job when I was 13 on a horse farm, and that’s when I realized working with animals was my passion. I started off as a Veterinary Assistant, and for the past two and a half years, I have been working in surgery and specialty. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my own animals, Haka, Oakley, and Luna. I also enjoy hiking, exploring small mountain towns, and going to the dog park with my fur babies.
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Sadie

VA

Sadie was born in the PNW but has been living overseas for over a decade. Her love for nature and the outdoors fuels her passion for hiking and wildlife, while her interest in photography allows her to capture the beauty she encounters. She is constantly seeking opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills in the veterinary field to provide the best possible care for our beloved pets. She looks forward to contributing her expertise and passion to help animals lead healthier and happier lives.
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Rachel

VA

Rachel was born and raised in Washington, with a love for all animals and art. Shortly after Covid struck the world, she landed a job as a veterinary receptionist and hasn’t looked back since. She fell in love with veterinary medicine, treating patients, and not only helping family’s loved pets but educating owners as well. Herself and significant other have been breeding ball pythons since 2020, which helped find a new passion for all exotic animals along with furry ones! When not working, she loves cooking, painting, hiking, and spending quality time with her significant other, boxer-mix, Kuma, siamese-mix, Zorro, and hedgehog, Fern.
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Cindy

VA/CSR

Cindy is a Washington native, but she was raised in Oklahoma and spent some time in New Mexico before returning to her home state. She has worked in the veterinary industry for five years in a general practice facility. Besides seeing puppies and kittens, her favorite thing is assisting in the recovery of sick patients and seeing them regain their health.
When she isn't at work, you will often find Cindy snuggled in bed with her two chihuahuas, Scully and Mulder. She is excited to build and cherish client relationships and treat your furry family like her own.
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Vanessa Hernandez

CSR

Californian native from the Bay Area (Go Niners and Go Sharks). Moved to Washington in 2020 to be with family and raise a little one. Has 2 fur kitties as well as 3 more kitties with family in California. Always had love and compassion for animals since childhood, especially a passion for cats. Was a long time kitten foster (my 5 included) long before being introduced into the vet field over 11 years ago (12 years this September/2023) and not only enjoy, but LOVE the field since getting in the door. Not only enjoys getting to know the owners and their pets, but has learned a great deal about animal medicine and can wait to see and learn what the future in vet medicine holds.
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Skyler

CSR

I am an animal and sushi lover, born and raised in Texas for the most part. I grew up in Germany from ‘07- 09’, eventually moving back to Texas. Immediately after high school, I went to Germany again to be a Nanny for a few months and then started my customer service journey. I worked in customer service for over six years at all kinds of companies, expanding my passion to help people/all living things. I moved to Des Moines seven months ago, following my mom, who moved here from Texas in 2017. I’m looking forward to learning all about this amazing line of work and creating new furry and non-furry friends!

We Treat Your Pet Like Family

Saltwater Animal Hospital provides dental care, surgical care, wellness exams, diagnostics, puppy and kitten care, senior pet care, and more for dogs, cats, small mammals, sugar gliders, reptiles and amphibians in Des Moines, Burien, Normandy Park, Federal Way, SeaTac, and the surrounding areas.
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22014 7th Ave S, Suite 100, Des Moines, WA 98198

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