Dr. Tricia Munroe, cVMA, CCRT
Medical Director, Certified in Rehab Therapy and Acupuncture
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. Laura Monahan
Practice Owner and Cat Behaviorist
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 reins 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.
Dr. Kayla Cline
Dr. Kayla Cline has joined us all the way from her sunny home state of Florida. Dr. Cline grew up in Daytona Beach, where she always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. After she helped raise some baby squirrels displaced from a hurricane, she was hooked!
She graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a B.S. in Animal Science and was a member of their Equestrian Team. She earned her DVM from the University of Florida.
During vet school Dr. Cline developed a love for internal medicine, shelter medicine, and pain management.
Dr. Cline is ecstatic about getting to experience and explore the Pacific Northwest, away from alligators, hurricanes, and hordes of mosquitos. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, trying new foods/drinks, fish-keeping, and spending time with her husband, her rescue dog, Echo, and two cats, Tortilla and Jackson.
Dr. Ashley Bucklin
Dr. Ashley Bucklin grew up in Bellevue, WA and then moved to Massachusetts to attend Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine outside of Boston.
Her special interests include surgery, dentistry, and canine behavior.
In her free time she can be found trail running with her golden retriever, Nala, a “career-change” service dog who was just too excited about other dogs to keep her cool.
Dr. Xuân Mai Võ, DVM, CVA, CVPP
Relief Veterinarian and Pain Specialist
Dr. Xuân Mai Võ is our relief veterinarian. Recently hailing from the East Coast, she came to Washington for the mountains, which remind her of her native Switzerland.
Dr. Vo graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has earned additional professional certifications in veterinary acupuncture and pain management.
Dr.Vo has worked in both clinical practice and as a professor in academia. Her professional passions are cats, adventure pets, pain management, anatomy, and public health. She maintains a deep commitment to improving the quality of life in animals and supporting the bond between them and their families.
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 busy mom to her son. In her not-so-free time, she enjoys dancing and spending time with family and friends.
Practice & Inventory Manager, Lead Nurse
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.
Married and mom of one son, Kari enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cheering on the Seattle Sounders soccer team, and loving on her kitties, Joey and George.
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.
In 2020, Jamie completed her associate’s degree in veterinary technology at PIMA Medical Institute.
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.
Originally from Southern California, Jamie loves the outdoor and social opportunities in the Pacific Northwest, and is happy to make Seattle her home. She currently has no pets at home, but spoils our clinic cats every day.
Senior Veterinary Assistant
Shaunice grew up in Pasco, Washington, and graduated with a degree in zoology from Oregon State University. She plans to apply to veterinary medical school in a few years after gaining additional hands-on experience in the field.
Growing up, Shaunice 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.
Senior Veterinary Assistant
Tom is originally from Illinois and completed his veterinary assistant certification at Renton Technical College. He believes animal medicine is his true calling. He plans to continue his studies because his future goals include becoming a veterinarian.
Tom grew up on and near farms, and has been around animals all of his life. He wouldn’t have it any other way!
In his free time, he enjoys hiking the many beautiful trails the Pacific Northwest has to offer, as well as playing tennis, basketball, and baseball.
Elizabeth is from Eatonville, a small town in Eastern Washington. She was surrounded by lots of pets growing up and loves all kinds of animals.
Elizabeth recently started school to become a licensed veterinary technician. In her free time, she enjoys art in a variety of media, spending time with her kitty “Snickers,” and visiting family in Eastern Washington.
When Nina was in kindergarten, she checked out all the animal books from the library every day. So it’s no surprise that she’s thrilled to greet the pets that visit Atlantic Veterinary Hospital.
A Seattle native, Nina loves the outdoor activities our area offers. She also loves languages and traveling and hopes to expand her knowledge of different types of animals when she travels abroad.
Devon moved from Detroit to Seattle with her cat, Sen, when she was 18. She studied humanities and social/racial justice at Seattle Central and Antioch University.
Since she was a young girl, Devon has collected – and memorized – books about dog breeds, and she has always dreamed of working with animals. To her, joy = cat. She adopted a rescue cat named Rita.
An activist, animal lover, and empath, Devon left the food service industry to work with us and says it was one of the best decisions she’s made this year.
A creator at heart, Devon loves to draw, collage, and paint. She enjoys soaking up the rays while lying on the beach and swimming in any body of water available.
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.
“Considerate and compassionate people, as well as very knowledgeable. My cat's vet is wonderful!”