Daniel Haskins, DVM
Equine & Small Ruminant Medicine & Surgery
Dr. Haskins graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He has been with Northwest Veterinary Clinic since 1978. Dr. Haskins’ primary interests lie in the large animal area of the practice where he devotes his time to horses, alpacas, cows, and the occasional kangaroo. In addition, Dr. Haskins plays an active role in the corporate management of our two clinics – Northwest Veterinary Clinic and Advanced Care Animal Clinic in Smokey Point.
Dr. Haskins married his high school sweetheart, Linda, in 1973. They have four grown children and 10 grandchildren. He likes traveling, driving his antique cars, woodworking, spending time with his grandchildren, and his Morgan horses. He has a Golden Retriever (Jake), two cats (Smokey Joe & Black Tom), and three horses (Winny, Sonny & Ladyhawke)
His memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA), Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM), Veterinary Management Group Eleven. Dr. Haskins endeavors to serve the community in a variety of ways through Christian Veterinary Mission trips to Kenya, Haiti, and Brazil. He has also participated in USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer programs in Belarus and Ukraine. He has been appointed to a five year term as a board member on the Washington State Veterinary Board of Governors. Dr. Haskins is an active participant of the Stanwood-Camano Community Pet Outreach Program. He is on the church council and a praise team member at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Stanwood.
Steve Boskovich, DVM
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
Dr. Boskovich graduated from The University of Washington in 1975 and from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He has been with Northwest Veterinary Clinic since 1987. Dr. Boskovich strives to provide the best possible health care for your pets. He enjoys exploring health care options and he celebrates the relationship between people and their pets. He has received hospital director training through AAHA and maintains Northwest Veterinary Clinic’s small animal facility to AAHA’s high standards.
His memberships include the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA)
Community Involvement: Dr. Boskovich has been a member of the Stanwood-Camano Kiwanis Service Club since 1989 and is the veterinary advisor for Steven’s Pass Avalanche Dog rescue team.
Dr. Boskovich stays active with rowing, cycling, hiking, skiing, and windsurfing or just being a beach bum. He also likes to spend time with his family and cooking. He has one dog Bella, Saul the cat, and Maxx the horse.
Timothy Cuchna, DVM
Large Animal and Small Ruminant Medicine & Surgery
Dr. Cuchna graduated from University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He has been with Northwest Veterinary Clinic since 1990. Dr. Cuchna enjoys working with his clients on all aspects of dairy production medicine, especially nutrition, reproduction and calf-raising. Small ruminant/camelid nutrition and parasite control are areas of interest as well. Dr. Cuchna has completed Purdue University’s Veterinary Homeland Security Certificate Program, is active in the Washington State Reserve Veterinary Corp, and completed the University of Wisconsin Dairy Health Management Certificate Program in 2000.
His memberships include the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP), National Mastitis Council (NMC), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM), Veterinarians Without Borders-USA (VWB)
Community Involvement: Dr. Cuchna has given presentations to local 4-H clubs, various groups through the San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish County Extension Offices, and the Washington State Association of Agricultural Educators. He is currently serving on the Snohomish County Conservation District’s Citizen Advisory Committee, Stanwood-Camano School District’s Key Communicators Group and Facility Advisory Committee.
Dr. Cuchna likes to spend time with his wife, two children and all their events. He also enjoys photography, bicycle riding, boating, hiking and genealogy. He has three dogs (Sandy, rides with him in his truck; Rugby and Gracie), two cats (Boo & Duke).
Melissa Albert, DVM
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
Dr. Albert graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She has been with Northwest Veterinary Clinic since 2010. While in veterinary school, Dr. Albert received specialized training in small animal dentistry. She has also attended a FRANK communications workshop, which is designed to help practicing veterinarians communicate more effectively with clients & staff. Her memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA)
Community Involvement: Dr. Albert is a member of the Snohomish County Dairy Women’s Assocation and is a previous Snohomish County Dairy Ambassador.
When not working, Dr. Albert likes to spend time with family and her pets. She likes to garden and help her husband Andrew on their farm. She is an avid reader and enjoys travelling. There are four cats (Taz, Chance, Big Ern, Wanda), one dog (Buddy), two chickens and several beef cows in her pet family.
Claire Tungseth, DVM
Equine Medicine & Surgery
Claire was born and raised around horses in Evergreen, Colorado. She began riding from a young age and competitively showed upper level Dressage into her mid twenties.
Claire graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Colorado State University and obtained her veterinary degree from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her time at Colorado State, she competitively showed on the Collegiate Hunter Jumper Team and completed an equine neonate internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Center in Kentucky.
Claire completed a rotating internship at a 14-doctor referral practice called Rhinebeck Equine. She gained invaluable experience during her internship in sports medicine, multi-limb lameness, and ultrasound. Following her internship, she worked at an Equine referral practice called Brandon Equine Medical Center for several years in sunny Florida. Claire joined the Equine Team at Northwest Veterinary Clinic in July 2017. Her professional interests include sports medicine, diagnostics, regenerative therapies, and dentistry.
In her spare time, Claire enjoys spending time with her husband, Taylor, and riding her Dressage horse, Rab.
Andrea Brayko, DVM
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
Dr. Andrea Brayko is a 2010 graduate of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked as a mixed animal practitioner after graduation before focusing on small animal practice. She enjoys all aspects of medicine and surgery, with special interest in internal medicine and immune-mediated diseases.
Dr. Brayko is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, as well as a member of Phi Zeta veterinary honor society. She volunteers with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and likes spending her free time kayaking, hiking, and watercolor painting. Her four legged companions include two bunnies, Wally and Marnie, and a dog named Mozzie.
Alyssa Rasweiler, DVM
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
Dr. Rasweiler graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in upstate New York. She is a second generation veterinarian and grew up following her father around his clinic and out on farm calls. She has experience with many different species, but now focuses primarily on small animals (and the odd goat here and there). Her main interests lie in dermatology, as well as hospice and palliative care. She enjoys giving back to the community and has spent time over the last 3 summers in South Dakota volunteering with the Rural Area Veterinary Services team at Native American Reservations providing free care to those in need.
In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors (one of the main factors drawing her across the country to the West coast). Some of her hobbies include: backpacking, rock climbing, and skiing. She also enjoys gardening and crocheting.
Meredith Sturges, DVM
Small Animal Medicine
Meredith was born in Dallas, Texas. She was raised in middle Tennessee. She attended Auburn University for her undergraduate degree. She completed three years of undergraduate and then applied to veterinary school. She then graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Directly following graduation, she performed a rotating small animal internship in Austin, Texas for a year. While in Austin, she met her future husband, Joe. She then moved to the Pacific Northwest. She was an associate veterinarian at Advanced Care Animal Clinic for three years. Due to her husband’s job, she then moved to Pensacola, Florida for six months followed by Kingsville, Texas for almost two years. She was an associate veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Pensacola and Animal Medical Clinic, respectively. Her husband’s job has now returned her to the Pacific Northwest, which she is thrilled about. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Auburn football as well as the Seattle Seahawks, running, working out, relaxing, and live music. She and her husband have three dogs, Charlie, Sky and Birdie.
Viveka Rannala, DVM
Viveka was raised in the countryside of Ontario, Canada where she decided to become a veterinarian at the age of four. Riding was a big part of her childhood, and she continued to explore her passion for horses by working on a Thoroughbred breeding farm throughout high school.
Viveka obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph before being accepted into the Ontario Veterinary College, one of the oldest veterinary schools in North America. After graduation, she completed a one-year equine internship at Peninsula Equine Medical Center in Menlo Park, California. Her career interests include wellness, reproduction, and lameness.
During her spare time Viveka enjoys horseback riding, traveling, hiking, ice hockey, and spending time with her dog, Lyra.
Our Veterinary Nurses
Liz is our other Veterinary Assistant. She joined our team in 2015 and assists with outpatient procedures and examinations, submission and sample preparation for lab analysis and filling prescriptions. Liz has a variety of interests in veterinary medicine and can’t pick just one!!! She has worked with local 4-H groups and has also provided pet-sitter services for local people going out of town.
When not working, Elizabeth can usually be found riding her horse, being outdoors, hiking, enjoying water sports and camping and listening to music. She has a two pets – Sky (horse) & Milo (cat).
Liz decided to enter the veterinary profession because she enjoys helping people and being an advocate for animals. Few things give her more joy than the personal satisfaction of helping heal an injured or sick animal.
Flor graduated from Skagit Valley College in 2015 and has been a fabulous addition to our staff. In her spare time Flor enjoys acrylic painting, photography, arts & crafts and cooking. She has a Siberian Husky/MalamuteX named Aneka that LOVES going on hikes!!!
Flor decided to pursue a career as a veterinary assistant focusing on small animals and would also like to be involved with conservation work for threatened species.
Kat graduated in 2011. She enjoys reading, photography and of course animals. She had four dogs, 5 ducks, 2 frogs and 2 anole lizards.
Natalie has her Assistant Certification from NWCTA. Natalie is also a human nursing assistant, but prefers working with animals. She volunteers at Sarvey Wildlife center and enjoys exploring the beautiful PNW with her family, photography, and spending time with her pets Sophie May a rabbit and a beta fish named Butter.
Kayla grew up in Hawaii. She particularly enjoys the emergency side of veterinary medicine. Kayla enjoys riding horses and hiking and has a red heeler named Cassie.
Along with being a veterinary assistant, Jess is also a pet groomer. She aspires to owning her own grooming salon one day and enjoys working on projects on her new home. She has 2 Australian shepherds Oakley and Zealand, a brussels griffon named Griswold and a couple of cats and ducks.
Graduated from Bellingham Technical College and was a member of the Honors Society Phi Theta Kappa while in school. She is especially interested in exotic animals and small animal massage therapy. She enjoys traveling and going to music festivals and has a chihuahua named Rhea and a pitbull named Luna.
The Office Staff
Office Manager & Patient Services Coordinator
Camda grew up on a small farm in Stanwood and learned about raising and caring for cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, dogs, and cats. Camda has been with Northwest Veterinary Clinic since 1977 (minus a few years between the births of her three children) and currently serves as receptionist and office/staff manager. She is our longest tenured employee at the Clinic.
Camda enjoys baking and cooking, especially trying new recipes. She also loves to spend time reading, watching old movies, being with her family, as well as helping to support her sons’ classic rock music band.
Camda holds a Veterinary Medication Clerk’s license and is involved with the Stanwood/Camano Community Fair.
Patient Services Coordinator
Vicki, one of our friendly receptionists who greets clients at the front desk and answers the phone, has been an invaluable staff member since 1993. Vicki was a client of Northwest Veterinary Clinic before she became a member of our customer service team. She has now been an integral part of the staff for over twenty years. One of her responsibilities is the Community Pet Outreach Program which provides free preventative veterinary care for the pets of low income families in the area in cooperation with the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. She also helped organize an inaugural benefit fun run in October 2014 that raised over $2000 for clean water in Kenya through the Bocovet Project.
Outside of work, she has taken up running and competed in her first 5K at the Saint Pat’s Dash in March 2012 in honor of a beloved pet that passed away earlier that month. She then ran her first half-marathon in January 2013. Vicki also loves to spend time walking on ocean beaches with her husband and visiting lighthouses that are in the vicinity to the dog shows in which they participate. Vicki and her husband, Gary, can be seen at many dog shows in the Pacific Northwest where they show beloved Chihuahuas.
Because of her love of animals and her prior experience with the doctors and staff of Northwest Veterinary Clinic, she thought that it would be a great place to work. And we haven’t been able to convince her otherwise for the past twenty plus years.
Patient Services Coordinator
Cheri has been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years at clinics in Anacortes, Smokey Point (our sister clinic – Advanced Care Animal Clinic) and now here. Growing up, Cheri has always had a passion for animals and what she loves most is seeing rescue animals blossom in their new families.
Outside of work Cheri prefers to be, well, outside!!! An avid fan of the water, Cheri loves to kayak with her dog ‘Buddy’. Other hobbies she has include camping, skiing, walks on the beach with the pups and fishing and whale watching in Alaska. Cheri has two grown daughters and her fur family consists of 2 Dachshunds (Buddy & Cocoa) & four cats (Pickles, Ezzie, Boo & Wally).
We are so excited Cheri joined the team over a year ago now.
Patient Services Coordinator
Cathe began working as one of our hard-working reception staff members in 2006. Her friendly and caring personality makes our clients feel welcome and at home. Cathe has always had a love and concern for animals and their well-being. She enjoys the opportunity to be helpful in providing care and compassion to the pets and their two-legged companions. Cathe has always had a love and concern for animals and their well-being. As a foster mom for kittens from Purrfect Pals in Arlington, she not only gives them a good start in life but also finds them a good and loving forever home.
In her spare time, Cathe loves to spend time with her family, especially her two grandsons, whom she gets to see every day! They have to share her attention with the six cats and three dogs that her and her husband share their home with. At any given time there might be 3-4 more kittens that are also there to be fostered. In 2012, she completed an online veterinary assistant course which enables her to better take care of her foster cases as well as better able to answer questions our clients might have about their pets. She also finds time to volunteer at the Stanwood Camano Community Fair.
Patient Services Coordinator
Marketing & Community Outreach
Julie is our Public Relations Manager and the newest member of our team. She joined us in December of 2014 after retiring from 25 plus years in the customer service and marketing world of high tech and healthcare.
Julie grew up on a large ranch in California and learned about raising and caring for all types of animals. By working at Northwest Veterinary Clinic, she has the opportunity to combine years of marketing experience while being part of a team that loves and cares for many species of animals each day she comes to work.
She enjoys competing in barrel racing, trail riding, watching her teenage sons compete in sports, traveling and organizing benefits for organizations and individuals in need. Julie holds certifications and memberships as a National facilitator, Degree in Administration/Marketing, Washington Barrel Horse Association, National Barrel Horse Association, Washington Pygmy Goat Association. Her community involvement activities include the Stanwood/Camano Community Fair, Bark/Relay for Life, Wounded Warrior Project & as a Therapeutic riding volunteer.
Lhanze is our first equine veterinary technician in history here at Northwest. She is originally from Bellingham and now lives in Snohomish. Prior to joining our team she spent several years as an assistant trainer for hunter/jumper programs here in the Pacific Northwest. Lhanze enjoys retraining off the track thoroughbreds to jump in her off time. She has been involved in horses since the age of five, showing on the local hunter/jumper circuits.
Jacquie graduated from Skagit Valley College and enjoys dressage, horse racing, photography, and baking. She also has a special interest in equine nutrition.