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.
Office Manager & Vet Assistant
A Tacoma native, Patricia and her family live with their three cats Tigger, Lazlo, Crooky and pittie, Max! 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!
Jessica Corey-Butler considers herself a Tacoma native even though she moved around a lot as a military brat early in life. Jessica's dogs Tank (an English Springer Spaniel) and Poppy (a semi-professional plus-sized model Boston Terrier) allow her and her teen-aged daughter to share their home in Tacoma, where food, friends, and fun are Jess' main hobbies.
She also enjoys writing, road trips, and revitalizing spaces and is happy to be surrounded by all the furry friendliness at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital.
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 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!
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.
Certified Veterinary Assistant
Colorado native-born and raised, Diana arrived to Washington in search of a new adventure! Growing up Diana always owned pets and never had the opportunity to go with them for veterinary visits.In 2011, Diana became a certified veterinary assistant to help fellow pet owners feel at ease and receive the most compassionate pet care possible.
Diana's goal is to share knowledge and awareness about the importance of vaccinations and more. With her diligence and detail-oriented nature, she'll keep you up to date. Having recently experienced the passing of a beloved pet, Diana finds joy in being able to connect and spoil animals she meets.
For fun, dining out and trying out new cuisines with her husband is an adventure. In addition, Diana loves volunteering for a world-wide organization encouraging literacy and other initiatives. And, she has the world's largest lipstick collection...70 colors!
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.
Alex is a Gig Harbor native. She has an extensive background in veterinary medicine and dog training. She began her career in general practice and moved to specialty and emergency medicine. After graduating from Washington State University in 2016, her passion for wildlife took her to Africa to study carnivores after spending the previous summer working with black rhinos. Her desire to help strengthen the human and animal bond brought her back to Washington and veterinary medicine.
In her spare time Alex enjoys being outdoors as much as possible hiking, biking, snowboarding, etc. She would love to have her chinese crested Rufio join her but he prefers to accompany her and her two cats Damian and Squint snuggled by the fire reading a good book.
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.
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!
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!
Website/Soc. Media Design & 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.