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.
PATRICIA O'JALA, Office Manager & Vet Assistant
A Tacoma native, Patricia lives with her daughter, Amira, significant other Andy and his three children Nic, Zac and Zoe. They also have three cats named Tigger, Princess, and Crooky. She enjoys reading and being with family. Patricia has been working in the veterinary field since 2003, and we feel lucky indeed that she chose to join us at Met Vet in 2010!
TERAH HOBBY, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Terah is a Pacific Northwest Native. She began her career in the veterinary field in 2003 and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2010. She shares her home with her husband Anthony, son Eli, and step-son Tristan - as well as their two dogs (Hennessy and Nikki) and cats McGregor and Kamaria. In her spare time Terah likes to hike, cook, interior decorate and go horseback riding. She is happy to be a member of the Met Vet team.
HEIDI BACHTEL, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Heidi has been in the veterinary field since 1996. She received her Veterinary Technician license in January 2010. Outside of work she enjoys the company of good friends, reading, and spending time outdoors. Heidi and her husband Mike share their Tacoma home with their two cats Brock & Dean.
ALYSSA MCFARLAND, Receptionist & Community Coordinator
Alyssa is originally from Wisconsin, and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and majored in Chemistry. Currently, she is attending the University of Washington-Tacoma. Prior to joining our veterinary team, she worked as a pharmacy technician and in health information management. When not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends, running, hiking, fishing, or any other activity that gets her outdoors!
DAYNA PANITZKE, Certified Veterinary Assistant
Dayna has lived in Washington her entire life, and she now lives in Downtown Tacoma. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and has worked in the veterinary field since 2011. Dayna lives with her fiance Justan and her two cats, Leslie and Anders. Dayna loves going to car shows with her dad and watching scary movies with her fiance.
JONATHAN OLDFIELD, Kennel Assistant
If you're here for an appointment with your pet, you'll very likely see Jonathan working hard and staying busy taking care of boarding cats and Humane Society foster cats. He has been with the Met Vet team since 2011! Jonathan has lived in Tacoma all of his life and is a proud graduate of Henry Foss High School. He's been married for six years and has a very handsome cat named Rigamoroll whom he loves very much. Jonathan is a cat-person, just LOVES being alive, and enjoys movies and taking walks in his free time. If you see Jonathan around, make sure to say, "Hello!"
VICTORIA ANDERSON, Kennel Assistant
Victoria is a Tacoma native who grew up in Lakewood. She has also lived in Portland, Sun Valley ID, Playa Del Rey and San Francisco (an adventure after high school graduation!). She replanted herself back to Tacoma in 2010 with her beloved cat/companion George (a former patient of Dr.Warren!). She is now proud pet mom to Kaci (one of Met Vet's previous foster cats!). She's always had pets in her life and also has a petsittting business. She is an avid runner, has been vegan since 2006, works in landscape/gardening (of course this is seasonal), loves being outdoors, mountain biking, running trails at Pt. Defiance, hiking, Nordic skiing, and being on the water!!
LIZ DOBSON, Vet Assistant/Webmaster
Liz was born and raised in the Puyallup/Tacoma area. She and her husband share their home with two toddlers, a sweet senior Australian Cattle Dog and a more peppy little red Cattle Dog, Otis. Liz worked as a Pharmacy Tech for 15 years, and has fostered eight Australian Cattle Dogs through Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue. In her free time she loves being with family & friends, enjoying music and spending time outdoors exploring mountains via snowboarding, hiking, camping and biking. Liz has been working at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital since 2008!