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 five cats Tigger, Lazlo, Crooky and Monkey, all who 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.
EMILY REYER, CPDT-KA
After graduating from Central Washington University in 2015, and earning her professional dog training certificate in 2014, Emily has been studying canine behavior and pursuing a passion for working with dogs.
After managing a doggie daycare with her island dog Frank, she moved south to Tacoma to be with her fiancé. Now they share their home with two island dogs, Frank and Honey.
In her spare time Emily enjoys hiking, skiing, and reading, especially curled up with both her dogs. She’s excited to be a part of the Met Vet team!
Rebekah recently moved to Tacoma from North Carolina to pursue new adventures on the West Coast. She really enjoys the colder, rainy weather and likes to cuddle up with a book and one of her cats on those days.
Speaking of cats, she is an unashamed "cat lady" who shares her home with three rescue cats and a dog. She has a background in animal rescue and enjoys helping animals that need homes as well as those currently in loving homes stay happy and healthy.
Rebekah is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in wildlife sciences and when not studying, she enjoys a good basketball game and hopes to one day see the Golden State Warriors play in person!
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.
Hi my name is Kyle Taylor. Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, I am the second oldest of four in my family. I have two brothers and little sister. They were both my siblings and my classmates. I graduated from our homeschool in 2015. I am currently attending Penn Foster’s Vet Tech program online.
As a kid I helped raise rabbits, had a hamster, a couple of dogs and helped care for our sugar gliders. I now have my own dog, named Guess. He is an Australian Shepherd.
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.
Aleah Hemenway recently moved to Tacoma from Iowa with her daughter, four cats and one pooch. She has been in veterinary care for over ten years and graduated from Vatterott College Veterinary Technician Program in 2008. In that time, she worked for a family practice and held an integral role in the start up of a local humane society.
In addition to loving and caring for animals full-time, Aleah loves quality family time, a great concert, diving into good reads, and expanding her creative writing abilities.
We are excited to have her on board at Met Vet!
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!
Emma has lived in Washington her whole life. She is currently in her junior year at Wilson High School and is also taking college courses at Tacoma Community College through a program called running start. She attended Nurse Camp this past summer and is working towards becoming a Registered Nurse and specializing in Pediatric care.
She enjoys spending time with her Mom and her friends who are like family to her. She especially likes spending time with her dog Ollie, her precious chihuahua.
When time permits, Emma likes to take road trips, enjoys cooking, attending sporting events/movies with friends, and trips to the beach in Ocean Shores, WA.
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.