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. Erika Romman


    Dr. Erika Romman started in the trenches as a Veterinary Assistant in Kirkland. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology/Biological Sciences from Gonzaga University before obtaining her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Dr. Romman has recently practiced in Wisconsin while her husband Mitchell attended Law School, but they both longed for a return to the Pacific Northwest.

    In joining the Pet Doctor, Dr. Romman aims to provide compassionate, quality care while maintaining a strong client relationship. She holds a special interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, imaging, and canine reproduction.

    Also held in special interest, are her two dogs Pigeon (Bernese Mountain Dog) and Kindle (Duck Tolling Retriever). Outside of work she enjoys spending time at their family lake house on Mason lake, as well as attending dog sport activities such as dog shows, agility, and rally obedience.

  • 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. 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.


  • 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.

  • Lauren

    Licensed Vet Technician

    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.

  • 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.

  • Peyton

    Veterinary Assistant

    I enjoy spending quality time with my family, reading, painting, and playing with my animals. I have two dogs, Arrow and Fury (black lab mix and chocolate lab) and cat named Rocky.

  • Karen

    Veterinary Assistant

    Karen is currently on her way to prepping for veterinary school and loves cuddling her kitten, Maliketh, and handling her two geckos, Lemon and Calamite. During the weekends she likes to unwind from the busy week and relax by gaming with her S.O. Her passions include her car, her motorcycle, gaming, and studying. She is always ready to take on the world and put her best foot forward.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Jen

    Client Care Coordinator

    Jen is our resident, self-identified, crazy cat lady. She enjoys puzzles, crocheting, video games, and Pokémon.

  • Paul

    Client Care Coordinator

    While new to The Pet Doctor, Paul is not new to Veterinary Medicine, having worked 29 years in various roles. Paul’s favorite hobby is raising his son Ethan, who trains and plays Baseball most of the year. Paul is active in the community, serving as the treasurer of the Lakewood Baseball Club. Prior to becoming involved in Vet med, Paul raised Golden Retrievers and Flat-Coat Retrievers and was active in the show and obedience ring. He often was found showing sporting breeds. Paul states he will take a dog over a cat any day, which of course means he has 6 cats.

  • Kayli

    Client Care Coordinator

    Kayli is currently going to school to become an ultrasound technician. She enjoys the outdoors, shopping, and spending time with her family. She has 3 dogs: Max a Yorkshire Terrier, Queso a Chihuahua, and Daisy a Mini Australian Shepherd.

  • Ruth

    Client Care Coordinator

    Ruth loves her animals—multiple cats and the best dog ever! She loves to travel and includes birding wherever she goes. She has a green house and loves to propagate plants from seed and starts. Vegetable gardening is her favorite!