Technical Staff

All veterinary technicians at Animal Surgical & Orthopedic Center are licensed by the State of Washington, demonstrating their proficiency and expertise.

Teresa Casson LVTTeresa Casson

Licensed Veterinary Technician (Hospital Support Manager)

Teresa joined Animal Surgical in 1997 after receiving her AA from Pierce College Veterinary Technology Program in Tacoma and completing a prestigious year-long internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Teresa’s role runs the gamut of scheduling, planning and coordinating the various events we host throughout the year, procuring sponsors for those events, booking venues, planning holiday parties, acting as the liaison between our clinic and the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo and lending a benevolent ear to anyone with a problem! She has also raised three puppies for Canine Companions for Independence. Ultimately, only one made it through, but the others made wonderful pets.

When Teresa is not busy being our Number 1 cheerleader, she enjoys spending time with her grand kids,  gardening and sailing the San Juan’s in her finicky 40 footer. She and her husband share their boat and their home with Hudson, a curious yellow Lab, who’s working on acquiring his sea legs.

 


Sari Lieberman LVTSari Lieberman

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sari started her first career as a vocalist, traveling throughout the US, Canada and many of the Caribbean Islands in a variety of venues. But her love of animals drew her to pursue veterinary medicine. She joined Animal Surgical in 2000 after receiving her AA from Harcum College and interning at the University of Pennsylvania. She particularly enjoys her role as a resident gardener, social media maven for our clinic along with blogging, website maintenance, client communication, and radiology. She is also in charge of instructing the many interns and externs that rotate through our clinic.

Sari shares her home with  Ramona, a terrier mix of some sort. She enjoys gardening, bicycling, paddle boarding, yoga, singing in the shower and impersonating her coworkers!

 


Jenny Dunn, Licensed Veterinary TechnicianJenny Dunn

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jenny joined Animal Surgical in 2000 after receiving her AA from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver and interning at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. Her particular interests are radiology and critical care of the surgical patient. She is our in-house pit bull expert and advocate, and she shares her home with Salvador, her handsome pitty rescue.

 

 

 

 


Christie GilliamSarah Johnson

Licensed Veterinary Technician (Surgery/Nursing Coordinator)

After working for five years in general and emergency practice, Sarah came to Animal Surgical as a relief assistant and moved to full-time in 2002. Shortly thereafter, she sat for and passed her boards to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. As our surgery/nursing coordinator, Sarah makes sure that the day’s surgical schedule runs smoothly. Her particular interests are anesthetic pharmacology, surgical nursing, client education, and instruction. She also conducts CE courses on veterinary anesthetic protocols.  She shares her home with her Great Danes, Edith and Doug, two cats, Dieter and Fat Hamster.

In her spare time, Sarah competes in carriage-driving events with her Friesian horses. She also volunteers as a board member for Equestrian Institution NW, an equestrian 501C3 and as a steward for one of Seattle’s off leash dog parks.  She also enjoys skiing and traveling the world.

 


Hethir Pharr

 Licensed Veterinary Technician

Hethir grew up in the Central Valley of California and attended Humbolt State University, majoring in literature and philosophy. She had a few stints at various jobs, including a barista and a projectionist at a small movie theatre, but it was working at a spay and neuter clinic during a gap year that set the course of her life. She knew that veterinary medicine was where her heart was, so she moved up to Seattle for the rain and the trees in 1998 and started working at The Animal Eye Clinic where she remained until April of 2017.

Although she enjoyed her long, rewarding career at AEC, she was looking to challenge herself and since she always had an interest in surgery, she jumped at the chance to work for Animal Surgical when a position became available. And we’re very glad she did!

She keeps us on our toes with her literary prowess, (many never get her references) and her calm yet quirky demeanor is a welcome asset in our fast-paced environment.

Hethir lives with her boyfriend, a cat named Birdie and her newly adopted lab mix, Lilah.

She enjoys reading–and reading–and did we mention–reading?

She also enjoys cooking tasty vegan dishes, camping, traveling, hiking and taking long walks with her doggie.


Leah Harrer Leah Harrer

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Leah was born in Spokane, WA, endowed with an innate love of animals. Her mother explained that ever since she could talk, she told everyone she met that she was going to be a vegetarian—meaning, veterinarian, of course, although she dabbled with the former as well.

A month after graduating high school she started the veterinary technician program at PIMA and became licensed in 2011.

She worked in general practice for four years and volunteered at the Humane Society. During that time, she discovered her passion for surgery and anesthesia and felt her place was in the OR. So, when a position became available at our clinic, she jumped at the chance to become part of our team.

She says she loves what she does and has no doubt that she’s found her calling. Her love of specialty medicine is inspiring her to consider taking it a step further and become certified as a Veterinary Technician Anesthetist.

She shares her home with a 2-year-old rescued cattle dog mix named Jazz, aka Mr. Jazzy Fizzle, quite the diva of a Netherland Dwarf bunny rabbit named Ninja, and newlywed husband, Justin.

She enjoys camping, spending time with family, lazy days, food and traveling.

Ever the animal lover, she spent time volunteering for an animal rescue while in the Dominican Republic on her honeymoon!


Amber Kerwin

Licensed Veterinary Technician

 

 

 

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Jason Lyons

Licensed Veterinary Technician

I was born and raised in Aberdeen, WA.  I attended Grays Harbor College, then transferred to The Evergreen State College where I took music production classes. I owned and operated my own recording studio near Olympia, WA. I played drums and went on a few tours, and opened for many local and regional acts. My first job in the vet field was as a kennel assistant. The technician there started to train me to do more assistant type roles, to which I enjoyed and wanted to do more. I sat for my boards and passed my VTNE and here I am 25 years later!

My main focuses are pain management, rehabilitation, and patient care. I took classes in animal massage, and am certified in laser therapy and utilize those skills for our patients who are recovering from surgery.

My hobbies include: writing and recording music, fishing, camping, gardening, and spending as much time as I can with my wife.

 

 


Danielle Lyons

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Danielle was born and raised in Ohio and attended the University of Findlay for two years as a pre -vet student, she then transferred to The Ohio State University where she studied Animal Science for a year and she had every intention to attend vet school, but after weighing the pros and cons she decided to take a different route on the veterinary highway.

She picked up and moved to the Seattle area after a visit with her sister spurred a love affair with the PNW. Here, with all her previous veterinary experience, she was able to “grandfather” in to become a licensed veterinary technician after sitting for her boards.

Collectively, Danielle has had 16 years of experience on the veterinary field and it was during that time that she met and married a fellow LVT, who works for us as well.

Her main focus of discipline is pain management with a special interest in managing chronic pain and has become certified as a veterinary pain practitioner, CVPP.

During her spare time, Danielle enjoys gardening, camping, practicing yoga and spending time with her husband and family and her feisty 15 year old kitty named Katie.