Our Team


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, Kellyu2019s 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 Kellyu2019s 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.


Reception Lead

Ash is a born and raised Washingtonian. Originally from Bellevue, she now lives in Monroe with her small farm of animals. Her dog Kenai, her horse Lopey, her cats Kenpachi and Roxanne, her rabbit Peter, a tank full of fish, and a few chickens. Her love of animals started young, having been always around family pets and hearing stories of her mother’s childhood horses. Her love became a hobby in the form of showing horses on the AQHA circuit, which became her passion throughout her youth. After school and growing out of her career in the youth show circuit she started working in human medicine at The Everett Clinic as a PSR, but soon she missed the animals and switched gears. After taking a break and working at a pet store for a year she decided to pursue a career with animals as the focus. Combining her experience in the health field and her love of animals, she got a job at an ER veterinary office. Unfortunately, the ER lacked something for Ash, she wanted to build relationships with her patients and clients, seeing the animals grow and to help be there for them during the good and the bad times. Then she found Critter Doctor in March of 2020. The small family feel of the practice and the dedication to the patients is exactly what she was looking for. You can now find her manning the Front Desk at the Critter Doctor Animal Hospital, handling calls, faxes, emails, scheduling, and social media.



Paitin grew up in West Seattle with her dad and two sisters. When visiting her mom in Eastern Washington, she would frequently sneak in abandoned/stray kittens to foster and care for as her own. As an adult not much has changed, and Paitin shares her household with her very own clowder of cats. (A total of FIVE!) Moogana, Gaius, Turbo, Tina, and Chestnut. When sheu2019s not at work or caring for her cats, she enjoys being crafty and sneakily adding to her house plant collection without her significant other knowledge.

Paitin started working with animals in high school helping her grandmother with her grooming business. She later started her career in the veterinary field in 2015 as a Veterinary Receptionist at an emergency hospital. From there, she went on to work 2 years in the pet insurance industry and has partnered with animal rescues such as Pawsitive Alliance to help pets find homes. She started as a Veterinary Receptionist at the Critter Doctor in August of 2019 and has worked her way up to be our very own Lead Veterinary Assistant! She looks forward to developing relationships with our clients and their pets and learning more about veterinary medicine!

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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