Our Practice

At The Pet Doctor, we're here to help your animals stay healthy, giving each of them individualized care to maintain their well being. When we opened our doors in 1973, our mission was simple: to give every animal the chance to have a happy and healthy life. During our long history of service, many positive changes have occurred both at The Pet Doctor and in veterinary medicine.
Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical and dental services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suite, dental suite, laser therapy and a pharmacy.
Everyone on our staff has a deep love for animals and is committed to providing high-quality service and care.

  • Dr. Nicole Fujie


    Dr. Fujie earned her degree at Washington State University in 2009, where she met her husband Lance. She has extensive veterinary experience in a variety of clinical settings, but has finally found a place to grow and set down roots at The Pet Doctor. She is certified as a Fear FreeTM professional. She enjoys volunteering at high volume spay & neuter clinics and is currently serving on the board of the Northwest Spay & Neuter Center. She was nominated by a client in 2017 for Best Veterinarian of Western Washington and won by popular vote! While she is a transplant from Hawaii, she enjoys the diversity offered by the central location of her neighborhood in North Tacoma. Her fur-children include: Tilly and Maci (Duck Toller Retrievers) and Phoebe (French Bulldog). In her free time, she enjoys trail running & marathons, hiking, paddle boarding, golfing, and snowboarding.

  • Dr. Alex Nowacki


    Dr. Nowacki earned his degree from Washington State University in 2009. He worked at a variety of clinics before settling in at The Pet Doctor. His medical interests include Dentistry and Preventative Care. In his free time, he enjoys video games, table-top gaming, and spending time with his pets: Autumn (Australian shepherd named) and Jen (a cat).

  • Dr. Cynthia Smith


    Dr. Cindy Smith earned her degree from Washington State University in 1987. She moved to Tacoma and joined The Pet Doctor family in 1989. Her interest in small animal reproductive care began to flourish, which prompted her to begin practicing Small Animal Reproductive Medicine exclusively in 1993.

    There are no typical days at the office for Dr. Smith. Her appointments on any given day could range from an Infertility Workup, to a Transcervical Insemination, to a Caesarian Section (Please see Reproductive Care under the Services tab for a comprehensive list of services offered). Dr. Smith frequently makes herself available outside of her scheduled office hours for emergency procedures as well for her established cases.

    Dr. Smith is a Member of the Society for Theriogenology (since 2000) and a regular attendee to educational conferences on the topic of canine reproduction.

    Dr. Smith has extensive personal experience with canine breeding and showing, which allows her to relate on a personal level with her clients. She bred and showed Maltese dogs for 25 years. She also competed in obedience as well as conformation and once put a Utility Dog Degree (U.D.) on her Shih Tzu!

    While her days of breeding and showing Maltese dogs are behind her, she has found a new passion in showing Polish and Araucana Bantam Chickens—no handlers, no politics, no c-sections!

    Dr. Smith has spent much of her free time as “Vet on Grounds” for fairs and dog shows and volunteering for 4H. She has frequently been an invited speaker for dog clubs, has published articles on both dogs and chickens, made a cameo appearance in CMT’s The Chicken People, and has also made music videos about artificial insemination.


  • Dr. Meaghan Wilhelm


    Arizona native, Dr. Wilhelm moved out to Texas on an athletic scholarship to Texas Christian University. Her dream of becoming a vet became a reality when she started working at animal clinics for large, small and zoo animals. “I was always so interested by the diversity of veterinary medicine.” Meaghan graduated vet school at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine with a professional interest in surgery, emergency medicine, behavior, and nutrition. She volunteers her time at spay and neuter clinics and has done veterinary relief work in Honduras and Ireland. Rain or shine, Meaghan enjoys doing anything outdoors; running, paddle boarding, snowboarding and recently taking up mountain biking. Along for the ride is her husband, Patrick and their two fur babies: husky mix, Wylie and her newly adopted cat, Tigga Bear.

  • Dr. Garrett Ballou


    Dr. Ballou was born in Oak Harbor, WA, and raised all over western Washington. He graduated veterinary school from Washington State University. He has always had a love for animals big and small, but dogs and cats are his favorite. His professional interests include pain management, emergency medicine, and internal medicine. Garrett is an avid tennis player, golfer, weightlifter and likes to spend as little time sitting down as possible. He and his fiancée, a classmate from veterinary school, are owned by two cats, Tika and Touka.

  • Ae Kim


    Ae enjoys cooking, watching soap operas, and spending time with her family and pets. She has a dog named Katie.

  • Raynette

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Raynette loves spending time with her family and her four-legged kids Smoke, Lucy, Mini Munch, Owen, Smudge, Jellie, and Harlee. She collects cookbooks, enjoys watching TV, reading, and taking pictures of her cats.

  • Tara

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Tara enjoys hiking, watching movies, reading, and spending time with her family and seven pets. She has two dogs named Halee and Dobby and five cats named Paige, Willow, Hemi, Maddie, and Sully.

  • Heidi

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Heidi enjoys reading, camping, traveling, stained glass, music, and classic cars. She has two cats (Noodle and Pepper) and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Mallory.

  • Cassia

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Cassia enjoys church, spending time with her family (especially her nieces and nephews), and pampering her pets. She has a Labrador Retriever named Mabelline and two cats (Coconut and Papaya).

  • Katrina

    Office Manager

    Katrina enjoys photography, hiking, crafting, and spending time with her family. Her furry children include: Annaleigh a Rhodesian Mix; Julius a Labrador Retriever; Chipper an Amazon Parrot; Lylah, Simchah, Pumpkin, Nina, Zoey, and Mazey are all cats.

  • Sandra

    Client Care Coordinator

    Sandy enjoys scrapbooking, photography, shopping, baking, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Madeline, a yorkie-mix, and spoiling her!

  • Jessica

    Client Care Coordinator

    Jessica is a recent addition to our team with a special interest in zoology. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, painting, and ceramics. She recently adopted an Afghan Hound named Kal (after Superman), with whom she spends every spare minute. She also has a special soft spot for kittens and beagles.

  • Lexi

    Client Care Coordinator

    My hobbies include mommy daughter lunch dates, swimming, dancing, spending time with family and friends, and spending snuggle time with my fur babies. I have a dog named Zoe, two kittens—Bismark and Gustavo, and a fish named Cosmo. Family, friends, and fur babies are all my number one!

  • Summer


    Summer enjoys zombies, nail art, and spending time with her family! She has an adorable Chihuahua named CuJo.

  • Emily


    Emily lives an hour away and has two senior cats at home (Jake and Fey Rey) and a Whippet Bull-Terrier mix named Ripley. When she isn’t working Emily enjoys taking naps, thrift shore shopping and watching Disney movies. She plans on going back to school to become a vet tech (soon). She has a soft spot for boxers and cats.

  • Michaela

    Office Assistant

    My name is Michaela and I am the oldest of eight children. I know it’s hard to believe, but really, it’s true! If you don’t believe me, ask Auntie Cassia (she works here too!). I enjoy writing, baking, and any kind of crafting! I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends!

  • Jessica


    Jessica has been a veterinary assistant for 5 years and is currently pursuing her veterinary technician license through Penn Foster College. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Southeast with her BS in Biology and a BA in English Writing from Boise State University. Jessica enjoys traveling, nature photography and poetry as well as crocheting and baking. Her favorite animals are sea turtles, penguins, and whales. She is the subject of one kitty by the name of Fiesty and married to her best friend Chef Chris for 3 years and counting.

  • Lauren


    I’m a current veterinary technician student at Pierce College. I have 2 cats, one named Mia and the other Gracie. My hobbies include hiking, DIY projects and watching shows on Hulu.

  • Kelsey


    Kelsey is a proud fur mom of two Husky-German Shepard’s (Stella and Latte). When she isn’t working she enjoys riding horses, painting, and reading. She is from Spokane, Washington, brought because her husband is in the Army. In the future she plans to attend school to become a vet tech.