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.


PATRICIA O'JALA

Office Manager & Vet Assistant

A Tacoma native, Patricia and her family live with their four cats named Tigger, Lazlo and Crooky. One day she hopes to own her own Cat Cafe and partner with local shelters to help as many cats as possible find their forever homes. 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.

Terah shares her home with her husband Anthony, daughter Gwennie, son Eli, and step-son Tristan - as well as their dog Hennessy and cats McGregor and Kamaria. She loves being part of her children's activities and keeping them entertained.

In her spare time, Terah likes to be outdoors, cook, interior decorate and go horseback riding.  She is happy to be a member of the Met Vet team.


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.


DIANA ZAVALA

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. Diana realized she wanted to become a certified veterinary technician to help fellow pet owners feel at ease and receive the best pet care possible. Five years strong, Diana's passion is spreading knowledge and awareness about the importance of vaccinations and more.


She enjoys dining out and trying out new cuisines with her husband. They also have a sweet female bull terrier mix named Sake that was rescued in their Colorado days.


BRITTANY KORCZAK

Veterinary Assistant

Brittany is our cat whisperer Kennel Assistant! She's a Pacific Northwest native, now living in Washington for almost 15 years, coming from being a very small town girl living off the Umpqua River in Oregon for 10 years.

Brittany now lives here in Tacoma, with her two little furbabies Lily and Eddy. Having always had a passion to help animals, she is beyond grateful to be able to do her part at the hospital. When not at work catering to patients, she loves gardening, riding her bike, cooking, fishing, sewing, and spending time with family!



Lauren Brandkamp

Veterinary Assistant

Lauren was born and raised on a horse farm in eastern Washington, but moved to Seattle when she discovered her love of the ocean! Graduating from the University of Washington as an oceanographer, she has spent most of her time traveling and living in different coastal cities around the world. Her love of animals and the ocean inspired her to return to school to become a licensed veterinary technician and wildlife rehabilitator.She is currently pet-less and in desperate search of her canine or equine soul mate.



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 preferred 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. 


AMANDA GAMBLE

Website/Soc.Media/Promotional Content Wiz

Amanda was born in Evanston, Illinois and recently relocated to Tacoma this past summer after a 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 the past year.

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 on a more creative journey involving web design to abstract paintings, nature photography and love of words.