Our Team

Dr. Ben Alfrejd

Dr. Ben Alfrejd

Principle Veterinarian

Dr. Ben Alfrejd is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in Redmond and graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has a great interest in behavioral training in regards to anxiety and aggression, surgical treatment options, dentistry, and allergies and dermatological issues. Dr. Ben prides himself on being a dog lover and a cat whisperer, seeking the comfort of the animal during an exam in addition to their good health.

Dr. Ben is owned by his 13-year-old Golden Retriever, Tilly. He has a love of all things Sci-fi, and is an avid movie-goer. He spends his free time with several local Star Wars charity groups, whose main goal is to raise money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital and other beneficiaries.

Dr. Michel Kat


Dr. Kat was born and raised in California. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology from UCI, and then pursued her pre veterinary curriculum at UCLA. After obtaining her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences, she moved to the east coast where she practiced in New York and New Jersey. Upon discovering Washington, she kicked herself for not having stumbled upon this stunning state any sooner. Having resided on both ends of the coast, she has observed approaches to medicine as diverse as the people who bring their pets in. She believes a sustainable outlook to advocating for pet welfare is partnering with pet owners so that they can make an informed decision. Dr. Kat appreciates all things fermented and is a sports fanatic who happens to practice medicine. She inspires to bring the team spirit and drive for excellence into the clinical setting. What gets her up in the mornings, other than a toilet trained cat, are the hopes of a basketball team returning to Seattle.


Practice Manager

As a child who moved often, Kelly’s retriever mix, Missy, was the constant in her life, helping her adjust to new situations. They were always together; she walked with Kelly to the bus stop and waited for her return after school. That relationship sparked Kelly’s love for animals.

After working in office environments for quite some time, it was time for a change. Kelly had always been interested in the medical field and when she learned about the Veterinary Technician program it seemed like a perfect fit. Kelly obtained her license in 2008 and has had a fulfilling career since then. She has mainly worked in general practice but also in veterinary ER, Cardiology and Geriatrics. She really enjoys caring for elderly patients.

Kelly lives in the Bellevue area with her son Noah, boyfriend John, and their three dogs, Koda, Miles and Roscoe. Her 22 year-old twins are animal lovers like their mom. Kelly enjoys hiking with her dogs, reading, camping and knitting. She feels extremely lucky to have found Critter Doctor and looks forward to continuing to develop relationships with our clients and their pets.



Licensed Veterinary Technician

Erika is a licensed veterinary technician here at Critter Doctor Animal Hosptial. She attended Pima Medical Insitute and obtained her license in 2017. She has been in the veterinary field since 2016. She has two dogs, a cat, and a columbian red tailed boa that she considers her babies. She is dedicated to the utmost care of all animals and looks forward to meeting your furry baby


Certified Veterinary Assistant

Alex believes that the bond between a pet and their human is very special and significant in all of our lives. Our pets are always there for us no matter what and Alex is thankful for the fact that her job is to protect and strengthen that bond. Alex has wanted to be in the vet field since she was 3 years old. The first step she took toward obtaining her goal was attending PIMA Medical Institute. She is now a certified vet assistant and looks forward to helping animals every day.

If Alex isn’t snuggled up with her dog, Pudge, you can find her on her four wheeler (rain or shine), baking yummy treats, or hanging out with her friends.



Veterinary Assistant

Crystal grew up in the Issaquah/Renton area and has been working with animals since 14 years of age when she walked dogs and house-sat cats. Once she was 18 she began working at pet stores, furthering her career in dog training and pet health. In August, she accepted a position as a Veterinary Assistant at Critter Doctor Animal Hospital, pursuing further training by enrolling in Veterinary Technician certification school.

Currently Crystal lives in the Renton Highlands with her 5 dogs (Levi, Kisa, Panda, Bug-A-Boo, and Thor). She also has 3 parrots and 3 cats. She spends her free time at dog parks or training her dogs.

Caring for pets and their people.

At Critter Doctor Animal Hospital, expect exceptional care and service for your furry friends.


11828 Slater Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
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Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sun: Closed

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