Our team members work hard to serve the needs of you and your pets. We aim to provide the highest quality medical and surgical care, friendly and compassionate service, and a clean and inviting atmosphere. To contribute successfully to our efforts, team members must be willing and able to offer ideas and suggestions, accept tasks and responsibilities beyond their regular job descriptions and maintain a high degree of self-respect, emotional maturity and personal accountability. In return, we strive to offer our team members regular continuing education opportunities, team-building opportunities and a respectful and encouraging environment in which to work.


NATALIE WARREN, DVM

Dr. Warren received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1999. After vet school, she left her beloved Rocky Mountains for western Washington to be closer to family. She has since expanded her veterinary medical expertise by working in a variety of settings including rural large-animal practice, suburban small-animal hospitals and urban emergency centers. She has also enjoyed providing relief veterinary service to area animal shelters.

Continuing education and organized veterinary medicine are a passion for Dr. Warren, and she enjoys many opportunities to contribute to the veterinary community. She actively contributes to the activities of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association when time allows, and she has contributed to the local business community in many ways.

In her free time, Dr. Warren enjoys bicycling, skiing, gardening, and tearing up the streets on her BMW motorcycle. Her personal life is managed by 3 cats and a horse named Boz.


JEANNE NEESON, DVM

Dr. Neeson graduated from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and has been living and practicing in Washington state since.  She has called Tacoma home for the last 13 years. 
She loves working with both cats and dogs and has a strong interest in internal medicine, geriatrics, preventative medicine and animal behavior.  She also uses her exceptional skills in dentistry and surgery to promote overall pet health and happiness. 



Jeanne is married and is managed by 3 cats. In her spare time she loves many of the outdoor opportunities that the Pacific Northwest offers, including hiking, skiing, climbing, kayaking, as well as travel, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.


LINDA NIEDBALSKI, DVM

Dr. Niedbalski, or Dr. Linda to most people, recently moved to Tacoma to be closer to family.  She received her DVM from Kansas State University in 1994 and practice in Lawrence Kansas for what seems like an eternity; Dr. Linda’s primary areas of interest are preventative medicine, dental health and geriatric medicine.  


She is an avid University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball fan and is looking forward to taking advantage of all of the outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest offers with her 2 dogs, Nettie and Stella.


PATRICIA O'JALA

Office Manager & Vet Assistant

A Tacoma native, Patricia and her family live with their three cats Tigger, Lazlo, Crooky and pittie, Max! And most recently added to the family, Bob the tortoise! All four fur babies keep everyone busy. One day Patricia hopes to own her own cat rescue and partner with local shelters to help as many felines as possible find their forever homes.

Patricia has been working in the veterinary field since 2003 and is amazing at what she does for our clients and our hospital. We feel lucky indeed that she chose to join us in 2010! 


JULIA RUSSELL 

Receptionist

A native of Seattle and Tacoma, Julia has returned to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital after nine years of wining in Walla Walla and dining in Portland.  During her detour, Julia found her furry soul mate, a sweet and handsome poodle/terrier mix named Wilson. Like that other daydreamer who wandered over the rainbow with her four-legged sidekick, Julia realized there’s no place like home and came back to help manage the animal hospital she helped Dr. Warren open.

 

Julia spends her time out of the office traipsing around the Stadium neighborhood, watching movies at The Grand, dining up and down the 1-5 corridor, and regaling her friends and fans with stories of her travels and travails.


SHELLY MORGAN

Receptionist

Shelly joins the Met Vet Team via the beaches of San Diego and Hawaii. She was born, raised, and went to school in San Diego, earning a Biology degree at San Diego State University, and then moved to Hawaii, where she married her sweetheart Kai and worked as a veterinary dental technician.

Shelly, Kai and their rescue hound Penny have settled and started family in University Place.  They look forward to exploring hiking trails and beachcombing with their baby, and exploring the wines of the region without him!


LACHELLE O'BRIEN

Receptionist

Hi I'm Lachelle, I'm a Colorado native who recently moved to Washington with my Pomeranian, Calvin and orange tabby, Hudson. 


So far I've been enjoying the pacific northwest and all that Washington has to offer.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking and spending time outdoors as much as possible. I like to travel and hope to get the opportunity to travel outside the country more!

My background includes working as a client care representative at other Veterinary Hospitals, and have worked in customer care for several years.

My love for animals and interest in veterinary medicine keeps me motivated to provide exceptional client and patient care. I look forward to getting to know our clients and their fur babies! 


GRETCHEN WENDLBERGER

Receptionist

Gretchen was born in Los Angeles, and was raised outside of Washington D.C. She grew up playing competitive soccer, which lead her to James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, VA.

Gretchen eventually made her way back to the west coast by settling in Tacoma with her husband, and their goofy, expressive golden retriever.

In her free time, Gretchen enjoys being outside as much as possible. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, snowboarding, and being on the water. She has a background in customer service and the health sciences, with a lifelong passion for animals and wildlife. 


ALYSSA WERRE

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Alyssa has been training and showing German Shepherd Dogs for 10 years along with spending a lot of time volunteering and working with parrots. She has two of her own named Pixie and Toby.

Alyssa is really an animal lover! She owns a Shepherd named Gibson, a cat named Squishy, a bearded dragon named Cosmo and a rat named Tiny. Alyssa is a native Washingtonian and her main hobbies are baking and setting up small aquariums.


LEANNA LIMESTALL

Veterinary Assistant

Leanna is a native Washingtonian who started out in Auburn until she was five and since then, has grown up in Tacoma with her parents and younger sister. A Stadium High student and graduating with class of 2017, this is a very exciting time for her.

Ever since Leanna was a little girl she has always had a passion of helping animals. She grew up surrounded by animals, and has raised chickens, goats, sheep, dogs and cats. 

When Leanna is not helping the animals at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, she volunteers in the community teaching private lessons for middle school band students and helping out her old elementary school. Hiking and taking her dogs to the park is one of her favorite activities. Leanna is thrilled about the great opportunity to intern at such a young age at Met Vet and the experience is helping her grow as an aspiring veterinarian.


JONATHAN OLDFIELD

Kennel Assistant

Jonathan is a Tacoma native and joined Met Vet in 2011. He is very happy working with Dr. Warren and her team. Jonathan has a very handsome Maine Coon named Rigamoroll whom he adores. His cat, a senior kitty, has become more and more like one of the characters from "Grumpy Old Men" as he's gotten older.

Speaking of movies, original true classics like "War of the Worlds" are his prefrtg534eerred way to relax as well as tuning into classical music.

Jonathan loves summer in Wright Park when all is in full bloom and on occasion, when he can, visiting the Oregon coast is his absolute favorite place to be. Last but not least, Italian food is a weak spot. As Jonathan says, "I've never run away from a good spaghetti dinner!"

Be sure to say, "Hi" when you see Jonathan here and when out and about. 


KELLIANN TERRONEZ

Kennel Assistant

Hi I am KelliAnn! I was born and raised in the great Pacific Northwest. I grew up in Spanaway/Graham and then moved to Tacoma when I was 16. I have always had a love and passion for animals. One day, I hope to become a veterinary technician so, I can help care for animals. I have three dogs named Max, Zoe and Leia. I also have a cat named Choco.

I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family whether it’s hiking or cheering on our favorite teams. On the good and the bad days, I am always ready to cheer on the Seahawks, Mariners, Dawgs, Sounders and Rainers!


ALEXANDER KIDDER

Kennel Assistant

My name is Alexander Kidder and I am excited to to join the team as a Kennel Assistant! I was previously a dog trainer at a big pet store chain and am now working towards a Veterinary Technician Licence. 

I currently spend my time rock climbing and training my two dogs: Sousuke the Dachshund/ Terrier mix and Threepio (pictured) a German Shepard/ Husky, who is an amputee with a bit of history before joining my family.

I have lived with a menagerie all my life so I am no stranger to animals of all sorts and am eager to help in any way I can!


CHRISTINE LEE

Assistant

Christine was born in Oregon and moved to Tacoma after graduating from Oregon State University with a bachelors degree in Animal Science. 

Ever since she was young she loved to fill her home with animals of all sorts. Currently, she has an Australian Shepherd named Skye. She has worked as a pet sitter and also as a large animal veterinary assistant. 

In her spare time, she loves to write, read, run and explore Washington's many outdoor adventures.

She aspires to become a veterinarian one day and is very grateful for the opportunity to work and learn at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. 


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AMANDA GAMBLE

Website/Soc. Media/Mktg Communications

Amanda was born in Evanston, Illinois and relocated to Tacoma in summer of 2014 after 10 month stay in Los Angeles. She enjoys traveling and had the wonderful opportunity to take Zephyr, a domestic shorthair cat, across country five times in 2013/2014.

Amanda graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelors in political science. She was part of the luxury goods retail industry for over 20 years and is now consulting in creative design and communications. She also is an artist at heart bringing visions to form in almost any medium. Currently her art is in abstract paintings and photography.