Leslie Eide, DVM, CCRT, ACVSMR Resident
Dr. Eide graduated from Colorado State University’s Veterinary School in 2006. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine in Albuquerque, NM. She continued her education by becoming certified in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehab Institute with a focus in sports medicine. Dr. Eide continues to learn more about rehabilitation, sports medicine and pain management through daily practice and continuing education seminars.
In the agility world, Dr. Eide has trained two dogs to their ADCH (Agility Dog Champion), one to ADCH Bronze, ATCH2 (Agility Trial Champion), and MACH (Master Agility Champion). Three of her dogs have qualified and competed at USDAA Nationals with multiple Grand Prix Semi-final runs. She currently competes with 3 dogs in agility.
Dr. Eide’s interest in sports did not just begin with dog agility. At the age of 5 she began swimming competitively for her local summer league team. She competed in many national events placing 3rd in the 1994 U.S. Swimming National Junior Championship in the 200 Breast Stroke. She went on to compete for the University of New Mexico Swim Team from 1996-2000. In 1998 she broke the school record in the 400 Individual Medley and held that record until 2002. During her time as a swimmer, she learned about exercise physiology, sports medicine, and physical therapy.
When she’s not training and conditioning her dogs, Dr. Eide enjoys competing in triathlons.
Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, ACVS, ACVSMR
Dr. Shaw received her DVM from the University of Florida in 2003, before completing a one-year small animal internship in Colorado. She returned to the University of Florida for a four-year small animal surgical residency and to pursue her master’s degree, conducting research on ischemic kidney injury.
In 2008, Dr. Shaw became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She spent an additional two years at the University of Florida as a faculty member in the Soft Tissue Surgery department while conducting her PhD and establishing the rehabilitation service at the veterinary teaching hospital.
In 2010, Dr. Shaw moved to Seattle and began working in private practice. She became board-certified in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013.
Her areas of surgical expertise include brachycephalic airway syndrome, cardiothoracic, oncologic, orthopedic, urogenital and intestinal procedures, congenital defects, and wound healing and reconstruction.
She has conducted extensive research in soft tissue surgery and rehabilitation, published numerous journal articles and textbook chapters, and presented at national and international conferences. She is also an instructor for the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
When she’s not performing surgery, you can find Dr. Shaw running, snowboarding, traveling, relaxing in downward dog, or simply spending time with her husband, Aaron, their Frenchie, Beans and their Labrador, Arrow.
Cynthia Knapp, DVM, CCRT, SAMT, CVA
The privilege of watching heart surgery done on a puppy was what tipped the scales for Dr. Cynthia “Cindy” Knapp to finally pursue her dream of veterinary medicine. After working 12 years in the fashion industry, she began her studies and earned her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1998. Dr. Knapp then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine in Irving, Texas, eventually making Washington State her home. It was during her internship that Dr. Knapp realized she had a passion to care for pets in crisis, leading to 19 years practicing emergency medicine.
Over time, Dr. Knapp observed many clients who were concerned about their older/geriatric animals who were painful even taking multiple medications. It was hard for her to see clients having to make tough decisions about their loved ones’ quality of life when their pet still had so much spirit in them. Wanting to make a difference, Dr. Knapp decided to change her focus and began training to help manage pain for geriatric animals, but in a more holistic approach. She became a certified rehabilitation therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and a certified small animal massage practitioner at the Northwest School of Animal Massage.
Dr. Knapp has also finished her certification in small animal acupuncture at the Chi Institute and hopes to become certified in small animal spinal manipulation in the near future.
When Dr. Knapp is not helping animals, she is spending time with her husband, dancing with her two daughters and running around after her two rambunctious golden retrievers, Gilly and Bentley.
Nic Cabano, DVM, DACVS-SA, ACVSMR
Dr. Nic Cabano is a small animal surgeon and rehabilitation specialist. Nic received his DVM from the University of California Davis, followed by two internships through the United States Army, and a small animal surgical residency with combined Masters Degree at Colorado State University.
Nic has served extensively with the United States Armed Forces and is considered a subject matter expert on working dog clinical operations. His commitment to the working dog has shaped his military and professional careers, with key appointments as the Chief of Surgery and Rehabilitation Services for the LTC Daniel E Holland Military Working Dog Hospital, as well as Attending Veterinarian for the Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, TX. His dedication to working dog wellness led to his becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013 and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2017.
Nic re-located to the Pacific Northwest in 2017 and joined SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center in 2018. As a surgeon and rehab specialist, Nic is experienced in managing a variety of patients in the rehabilitation setting including orthopedic and neurologic conditions (surgical and non-surgical). His specific interests center on working dogs as elite athletes, to include: conditioning for injury prevention and enhanced mission capabilities, trauma and wound healing, and management of lumbosacral disease (surgical and non-surgical).
Nic also serves as an author and faculty member for the Penn Vet Working Dog Practitioner Program through the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, and is an internationally recognized speaker in working dog clinical support to include: small animal surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation.
Outside of medicine Nic is a lifelong student of leadership and human performance optimization. He shares his passions with his wife Emily, a PhD student in Sport Psychology. Nic and Emily are proud parents of Stella (Labradoodle) and Luna (Standard Poodle). In his spare time, Nic enthusiastically pursues functional fitness, mixed martial arts, and travel.
Vanessa Ormiston, Head LVT, CCRP
Vanessa is a Seattlite, born and raised in West Seattle; a rarity these days. Before she found her calling as a rehab technician she had a pretty diverse resume. She worked for the U.S. Coast Guard for almost 5 years and for Sound Transit as a Safety Technician, she even owned her own bookstore in Greenwood.
When she first started in veterinary medicine, she worked at a clinic in both general and emergency medicine. But it wasn’t until her 5-year-old mixed breed dog, Megan, tore her cruciate ligament that she became interested in veterinary rehabilitation. She read everything she could get her hands on about the subject and became Megan’s very own rehab tech. It was then that she decided to get serious about her new-found folly, so she enrolled in the University of Tennessee’s certification program and got her CCRP about two years ago.
For fun, Vanessa loves to hike and sell books and spend long hours combing the woods for truffles with her truffle-hunting dog, Rocky. And one day, he might even find one!
Teresa Natividad, CVT, CCRVN
Teresa recently joined our team all the way from California! She was born and raised in Santa Fe Springs, CA and knew she wanted to work with animals since her own dog was diagnosed with cancer when she was in high school. Teresa graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a degree in animal science. For a little change in scenery, she moved to the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis for veterinary school. It was in veterinary school that she learned about rehabilitation and she was immediately excited about the idea of options other than medication for injured/geriatric animals. After learning more about rehabilitation, she realized this was where her true passion was and followed a new path and attended Mt. San Antonio College near Los Angeles for her veterinary technician license, followed by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to become certified in rehabilitation.
Teresa has been working as a veterinary technician for the last 12 years and came to us from a clinic in California where she led the rehabilitation program. One of Teresa’s favorite things about rehabilitation is that the field is always growing and changing to develop new modalities, therapeutic exercises and procedures like joint injections and shockwave treatment.
Teresa’s sister lives in the Seattle area, so she was excited to make the move up here to be closer with her and her family. In her spare time, she enjoys playing softball, hiking, going to the lake and just spending time with friends. We think she chose the right place to be! She is a big Oakland Raiders fan, though, so I guess we still have a few kinks to work out.
Jamie Schumann, Rehabilitation Assistant
Jamie is a self-proclaimed navy brat. She was born in the Azores, a group of islands belonging to Portugal. As such, she bounced around all over the globe, living in a variety of locales including Hawaii and Panama before settling down in the Pacific Northwest.
Her employment over the years was equally eclectic until a chance encounter with a stray dog on a white water rafting trip changed the course of her life.
She found the stray with an injured paw and he would not let anyone approach him but her. He allowed her to soak his foot in Epsom salts and care for him until he healed. That’s when she realized that she had a knack for veterinary medicine.
She worked for a time in general practice, then in emergency medicine, she spent time with a mobile vet and even worked for a dental specialist. But her lifestyle as an avid outdoors person, rafting, hiking and hunting for her own food steered her into her life’s passion. She admits she’s “obsessed” with helping to return injured working, sporting and hunting dogs back to their optimal performance levels.
Jamie shares her home with “Bouncers,” a tiny little Chihuahua. And–yes, that’s how she got her name!
Devon Magnusson, LVT
Devon became a Seattle resident after moving from Wisconsin, where she spent over 10 years working in general veterinary practice. While she enjoyed the variety that general practice offered, she was excited to strengthen her knowledge and focus her technical skills in a specialty hospital. In 2014 Devon joined Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle as a surgical and rehabilitation technician.
Devon’s interest in veterinary rehabilitation began when her first Labrador, Levi, developed bilateral elbow dysplasia. After exploring various treatment options, rehabilitation provided the relief that Levi needed to stay happy and active while managing his arthritis. Devon has more recently seen the benefits sports conditioning and rehabilitation provide for an activity that her current Labrador, Barley, participates in – Dock Diving!
In addition to being a licensed technician, Devon also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She recently switched gears from being a full-time veterinary technician to utilize her degree as the Office Manager of MoveMend, a human physical and occupational therapy clinic. While Devon is no longer full time in the veterinary field, she is excited to be a part of SOUND and share her passion and personal experiences with others.
Devon and her husband Nate share their home with a feisty calico named Sammy and their energetic Labrador, Barley. When Devon is not working she enjoys running, yoga, hanging out with friends and getting out into the mountains to hike, snowshoe or camp. You can also find her and Barley practicing on a dock on a nice day (and occasionally showing off for photos, see our home page!) or competing at local Dock Diving events.
Natasha Byrne, Rehabilitation Assistant
Natasha hails from Manchester, England, where she spent the first half of her professional life as a graphic designer and illustrator. She made her way to Seattle when her husband was offered a lucrative position at Boeing.
Before settling down in the PNW, she and a best friend traveled the world, and an animal lover since childhood, she explained that the highlights of her trips were observing animals in their natural environments, from Orangutans in Borneo to sharks in the Great Barrier Reef.
When she first arrived here, she did some volunteer work at the Woodland Park Zoo and studied Natural Science Illustration at the University of Washington, which is where she thought she would resume her career, but her heart kept returning to a story she had seen years earlier on a local news station in the UK. It featured a physical therapy program for dogs who were suffering pain due to anything from injuries to degenerative illnesses. She was so inspired by their transformation into happy, healthy, pain- free pups that she decided to pursue veterinary rehabilitation as a career in her “next” life.
After being a stay at home “mum” for a while, she successfully completed the Veterinary Technician Program at PIMA. During her internship at ASCS, she spent time with the rehab team, learning as much as she could and hoping to finally land her dream job. Her dream came true in the fall of 2017.
Natasha shares her home with her three lovely boys, husband Mark, son Archie and Buddy, “the best cat in the world!”
Her interests include traveling, camping, bike riding, movies and she still loves to pick up a pencil and doodle.
Nina Grebin, Practice Manager
Nina started with us in the fall of 2017 and she took quite the journey to get here!
She grew up in Bothell, WA, but left to attend the University of Minnesota. When asked why she chose that particular school she replied “because Minnesota is the most under-rated state in the union!” Needless to say, she loved it there. She received a BS in– wait for it—Sociology, Criminology, and Deviance. She later went on to pursue a degree in nursing. While attending school, she worked at a nursing home and became so involved with the care and treatment of the elderly, that she switched her major to pre-law, with the intention of focusing on the rights of the elderly while in various care facilities.
Then—she took a bit of a break and fed her passion for travel, she’s visited 34 countries, and lived in Asia for 5 months as well, before returning home to collect herself.
At home, she worked as a Client Services Manager at a veterinary hospital and fell in love—with the job, that is. She finally felt that she found her niche, lucky for us.
In her spare time she loves reading and nachos. And if she can enjoy them at the same time—even better!
She shares her home with her dachshund/pit bull mix named Tytus who, she claims, taught her everything she needs to know about love.