Dr. Tricia Munroe, cVMA, CCRT
Dr. Tricia Munroe joined our staff in June, 2013, after practicing in Minneapolis for five years. Originally from Sitka, Alaska, she attended the University of California-San Diego and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2008.
Her special professional interests include dentistry, veterinary physical rehabilitation therapy, acupuncture, and dog behavior and training.
Dr. Munroe provides acupuncture and rehabilitation therapy for our patients. She completed her certification in veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine in June 2016.
Dr. Munroe is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, exploring new places, trying new things, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughter, Newfoundland dog, Scylla, and cat, Gracie Face.
Dr. Cara Greenwalt
Dr. Cara Greenwalt was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She studied Spanish and Latin American Studies as an undergraduate at Colby College, then developed an interest in veterinary medicine while living in Seattle after college.
She completed her pre-veterinary requirements at the University of Vermont and then attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine for her veterinary education. Dr. Greenwalt is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Greenwalt practiced in Vermont before relocating to Seattle. Her professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine and general veterinary medicine.
She enjoys spending time with her fiancée, as well as with with her pug dog, Mr. Squishy, her friends and family. She loves hiking and exploring the excellent outdoor opportunities in and around Seattle.
Dr. Lauren Restis
Dr. Lauren Restis grew up near Seattle in Auburn, Washington. She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University (go Cougs!).
Her love of animals and desire to be a veterinarian started long before college. In fact, she began telling everyone that she wanted to be an “animal doctor” as soon as she could talk. Dr. Restis joined our team in June of 2016.
Dr. Restis’ professional interests include dentistry, preventive medicine, and working through behavioral problems with clients and their pets.
When she is not working Dr. Restis likes to explore the Pacific Northwest. She enjoying hiking, snowboarding, boating, and listening to live music in Seattle. She is owned by her gray cat, Butch.
Dr. Laura Monahan
Medical Director & Owner
Dr. Monahan is an alumna of The Ohio State University and a transplant from the Midwest. She’s been “doctoring” small critters from the yard since the age of 5. As a teen she developed a strong desire to help people by caring for their pets. Veterinary medicine has been her passion since.
Dr. Monahan and her husband Steve, our practice administrator, took over the reigns of Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in 2010, but Laura has practiced in the Seattle area since they moved here in 1996. Together, they have two young sons and a furry, four-footed menagerie, all rescued pets: cats Gato, Wishbone, and Tilly, a goofball Lab, Jester, and retired Thoroughbred horse, Noah.
Dr. Monahan has 10+ years’ experience in cat-only medicine and a special interest in cat medicine and behavior, dignified hospice care, nutrition, and challenging medical cases where careful detective work can lead to an answer.
Continuing professional education is critical to Dr. Monahan. She attends conferences regularly and has chaired two national veterinary conferences. For fun, she enjoys hiking and skiing with her family, as well as reading, cooking, organic gardening, triathlons, and hanging out at the barn with Noah.
Elma has her finger on the pulse of the entire hospital, from patient care and client communication, to inventory management and our reminder system.
Originally from Bosnia, she moved to Seattle in 1999 with her family, unable to speak English. A determined young woman, she’s become fluent in English, earned an associate’s degree in business management, and worked her way up to serve as our office manager.
Elma is a new mom to an infant son. In her not-so-free time, Elma enjoys dancing and spending time with family and friends.
Originally from Atlanta, Shara moved to Seattle as a small child and fell in love with Washington’s incredible scenery.
She has always had a love for animals, and growing up she had guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, dogs, and even a turtle!
Shara aspires to become a licensed a veterinarian technician. In her free time, Shara loves making people laugh, playing on her cello, opera, classical music, and spending time with her twin sister, friends, and dogs, Mandy and Bentley.
Receptionist & Student Intern
Callie joined us as a summer intern. She has always loved animals and has a passion for helping them. Callie will return to Western Washington University in September where she’s double-majoring in biology and behavioral neuroscience.
Horses are a new love, and she joined Western’s equestrian team last year – with no horse experience!
Callie plans to apply to veterinary medical school after graduation. When not thinking about her future helping animals, Callie loves to watch Food Network and HGTV, read, work out, or practice drawing.
Kayla originally hails from Oregon. She moved to Tacoma for college and earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2008.
For the past three years she’s been working in cancer research, and currently manages a research lab at Harborview Medical Center on weekdays, then helps care for pets and their people at Atlantic Veterinary Hospital on Saturdays.
Medicine and compassionate care for animals have been two of her passions since childhood, and Kayla looks forward to combining these into a rewarding career in veterinary medicine. She is currently in the process of applying to veterinary medical school.
During her free time, she enjoys engaging with local art and music, family and friends, her dog, Prudence, and cats Dime and Yoko.
Lead Veterinary Nurse & Inventory Manager
Kari earned her associate’s degree in veterinary technology at PIMA Medical Institute. She is a quick learner and a wonderful patient advocate for the pets we serve.
She also does a great job as our inventory manager, doing her best to keep our shelves well-stocked (amidst the recent frequent drug recalls and shortages) and our prices competitive.
Soon to be married, Kari and her fiancée are busy making wedding plans. She also enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cheering on the Seattle Sounders soccer team, and loving on her kitties, Joey and George, and pooch Maddie.
Assistant Lead Veterinary Nurse
Cindy grew up on Mercer Island with lots of pets, but also spent time on the farms of extended family members where she felt at home with the animals. She began volunteering with a cat rescue and working at a pet store in high school.
After working as a professional dog groomer, she decided she wanted to do more and began her career in veterinary medicine at a cat hospital, where she worked for 12 years. After a short hiatus to be home with her daughter, she joined us here at Atlantic Vet in 2014.
She recently returned to college to complete her associate’s degree in veterinary technology. When not comforting our patients, Cindy loves hiking, gardening, and spending time with her daughter, family, and cat, Waikiki.
CJ comes to us with 20+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine. She’s been a licensed veterinary nurse since 1998 and is especially adept at making our cat patients feel comfortable.
CJ also has a part-time business providing home nursing care for feline patients with special needs.
In her spare time, CJ enjoys vegetable gardening and loves to fish and camp on Harstine Island with her husband. They have a dog, Koa, a cat, MaiTai, and several fish.
Veterinary Assistant & Boarding Manager
Originally hailing from Southern California, Jamie completed her veterinary assisting certificate in 2010 at PIMA. She is currently working to finish her associate’s degree in veterinary technology, fulfilling her childhood dream.
Jamie’s love of animals is evident every day as she interacts with our patients, and her efficiency and positive attitude have helped us organize some of our office functions.
Jamie loves the outdoor and social opportunities in the Pacific Northwest, and is happy to make Seattle her new home. She currently has no pets at home, but spoils our clinic cats every day.
Xina grew up in Seattle where she frequently volunteered to care for friends’ pets and her grandfathers’ horses.
Xina is fluent in Spanish, and as an adult, has traveled extensively, including living in Mexico City for three years. She and her young family recently moved back to Seattle and plan to stay.
Xina has completed her veterinary assisting certificate and working to finish her associate’s degree in veterinary technology.
In her free time, Xina enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Pancho, and performing with her ballet school.
Shaunice is our newest veterinary assistant. She grew up in Pasco, Washington, and recently graduated with a degree in zoology from Oregon State University. Shaunice plans to apply to veterinary medical school in a few years after gaining additional hands-on experience in the field.
Growing up, she was a multi-sport varsity athlete. In college, she was very active in the community and participated in student organizations, such as the Black Student Union. She is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a community-conscious service organization.
She loves watching horror films, drawing, baking, and dancing her heart out.
Patient Care Attendant Lead
Another Midwestern transplant, Lisa also cares for our boarding guests and ensures their comfort and cleanliness.
Lisa has a degree in graphic arts, but her love of animals has taken her career path in a different direction, and she aspires to be a veterinary assistant.
In her free time, Lisa loves to camp and volunteers at a local animal shelter. She shares her home with her significant other and their torti cat, Kitty.
Steve Monahan, PhD, MBA
Originally from New England, Steve brings many years’ experience to our practice after a career in biotech where he managed teams developing biological drugs and vaccines.
Steve recently completed his MBA at Seattle University and is excited to apply his expertise in science, team leadership, and sustainable business stewardship to the field of veterinary medicine.
After hours, Steve is a life-long ice hockey player, triathlete, Nature lover, Dr. Monahan’s spouse of 26+ years, and a fun-loving, active dad to their two young sons and pet menagerie.
Buford “Bubba” Jones
Public Relations Officer
Bubba, our youngest clinic cat, is a favorite amongst clients. He came to us in 2010 from the streets of Lynnwood after a previous career as a man-about-town.
His official duties include greeting, comforting, and amusing our clients, and occasionally taunting curious dogs with a practiced look of disdain while remaining just their out of reach. He is quite adept at coaxing everyone – including clients, staff, and the mailman – into opening the treat jar for him, and is thus on a perpetual diet to keep his manly figure.
His hobbies include working on his tan in the lobby under the skylight, morning naps, purring, watching the action in our Treatment Room from atop the refrigerator, afternoon naps, and running laps through the pharmacy after hours. He’s decided that his position at Atlantic is one of importance and privilege, and he has no plans whatsoever to return to his former life on the streets.
Dr. David Batteiger
Previous Owner, Mentor & Friend
After helping pets and their people at Atlantic Veterinary Hospital for 25 years, Dr. Batteiger retired to the peace and quiet of Eastern Washington to fish, garden, drive his new team of Belgian draft horses, and collect and restore antique tractors.
He still serves as our mentor and friend, and we enjoy keeping up with his latest adventures.
“Best vet office ever! All staff is fantastic and very accommodating. We always feel comfortable at each visit.”