Practice Manager

Stephanie Goss

Stephanie Goss joined our practice in December 2014. She comes to our practice with 11 years of veterinary experience in every area of the hospital (except being a veterinarian). Stephanie has worked in three practices prior to joining ours; most recently she spent four years working as Practice Manager for a two-doctor practice in Petaluma, CA before making the move to Washington to join our practice.

Stephanie moved here with her husband, Jason and her two children. They have a German Shorthaired Pointer named Birdie at home. Stephanie is pursuing her Certified Veterinary Practice Management certificate and enjoys learning about all aspects of veterinary practice. When she isn't at either hospital, Stephanie can most often be found spending time with her family enjoying the gorgeous scenery while they explore the Olympic Peninsula, or in front of her fireplace reading a book.

Client Service Representatives

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalConnie Craighead, Client Service Representative

Connie Craighead has been a customer service representative at Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic since March 2011. She is the friendly face answering phones, scheduling appointments, and checking-in patients. Without a doubt, her relationships with clients and their pets are the most rewarding aspect of her job.

“This clinic has been a part of our community for many years, and I am honored to be part of the team,” she explained. “As an animal lover, I can think of no better job.”

Connie is currently enrolled in a Veterinary Support Personnel Network continuing education class in communication and conflict management. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, horseback riding, and biking. She has three dogs, a rabbit, a flock of chickens, and fish.

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalKerry Stork, Client Service Representative

Kerry’s love for animals started as a small child, growing up on a farm in Illinois, then on to another farm in Maine, where she lived for 18 years. She remembers her happiness as a small girl, helping to care for the lambs and calves who needed extra sustenance. She has also been blessed with many beloved pets throughout her life; from dogs and cats, to hamsters, gerbils, fish, and birds

A caregiver by nature, Kerry worked as a nurse for many years early in her career; primarily acute care medical/surgical nursing. She also supervised an intermediate care Alzheimer unit. She raised two beautiful daughters and enjoyed directing musical productions at Chimacum School while her daughters were in HS. Kerry is now happy to be part of the team at CVVH, considering pets to be valued members of the family. It’s her great pleasure to be using her caregiving skills alongside wonderful individuals who dedicate themselves to the care and well-being of our client’s beloved pets.

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalHannah Peterson, Client Service Representative

Hannah joined CVVH and PTVC in August of 2015. She is brand new to the veterinary field and is very much enjoying her introduction to veterinary medicine as well as getting to know the clients and their pets. Hannah grew up in Jefferson County and graduated from Chimacum High School. She grew up bringing her pets to our hospital and feels honored to be a part of the team. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys taking her dog for walks, short hikes, going to the beach and spending time with her friends and family. Hannah is the owner of a fun-loving Yorkshire Terrier named Rue.

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalAleta Anderson, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Aleta Anderson joined the Chimacum Valley and Pet Townsend team in January 2013. Her responsibilities include prepping and assisting during surgery, nursing patients, dental cleanings, and starting appointments. She especially enjoys comforting patients and “making a stressful visit easier and calmer.”

Aleta has a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and is a licensed veterinary technician in Washington.

“I am happy to work with people who care about their patients and their quality of medicine,” she said. “We all strive to care for and handle our patients as if they were our own.”

Outside work, Aleta enjoys walking on the beach with her dog, ceramics, gardening, and putting the finishing touches on the home she built. She has ten pets: eight cats (Zowie, Zappa, Frankie, Neo, Gracie, Ebee, Stanley, and Roger); a dog, Penny; and a rabbit, Funny Bunny.

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalTiela Dailey, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Tiela Dailey joined Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic in 2001. Client education and phlebotomy are two responsibilities that Tiela most enjoys at work. Her other duties include taking patient histories, collecting samples, administering medications, and holding animals during examinations and treatments.

Tiela has an associate's degree in applied science and she is a licensed veterinary technician in the state of Washington.

In her spare time, Tiela enjoys gardening and dancing. She shares her home with her husband, stepdaughter and two dogs – an awesome shepherd-mix named Baxter and an English Bulldog named Emily.

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalCandyce Jack, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Candyce Jack joined the Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital in September 2015. Her responsibilities include conducting pre-exams, assisting the DVM, collecting samples, preparing medications, and client education. Candyce believes the most important part of her job is patient well being done through quality patient care, client communication, and education. “Our efforts in the hospital are only successful when we are able to work together with clients to provide complete patient care."

Candyce brings 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine to her position. She has a Zoology degree from the University of Washington and a Veterinary Technology degree from Pierce Community College. She has co-authored three editions of the textbook, Daily Reference Guide for Veterinary Technicians, published by Blackwell Wiley and is a licensed veterinary technician in Washington.

Candyce is married to her husband, Jon and has three children. She also shares her home with Nutmeg, an Eastern box turtle; Piggy and Gus, guinea pigs; Rory and Oliver Glen, cats; Tegan, border collie; and 8 ducks and chickens. Candyce’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include travel, reading, and spending time with her family.

Veterinary Assistants

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalNicole Norman, Veterinary Assistant

Nicole Norman joined Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic in December 2011, bringing with her five years of prior experience as a veterinary technician. She particularly enjoys interacting with the hospital’s clients, with a focus on providing them with information they need to be the best possible caregivers for their pets.

“I love working here because my co-workers are fantastic—and as dedicated to our patients as I am,” she expressed. Also, “The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful area to call home.”

Outside work, Nicole spends her time reading, camping, hiking, hanging out with friends, and playing games. She has two cats: Loki, a domestic long hair, and Mr. McDiddles, a domestic medium hair.

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalTiffany Sullivan, Veterinary Assistant

Tiffany is a student at PennFoster College, working toward her Veterinary Technician Associate Degree. She has been with Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital since May of 2013 and has five years of work in animal related fields. She is a certified dog trainer (Animal Behavior College) and also fosters and rehabilitates dogs.

“I connect with our patients,” Tiffany explains. “I can communicate with them, read their body language, and respond well—making procedures go much smoother and their overall experiences positive.”

Tiffany is a member of the American Kennel Club and has competed in Agility, Rally, Obedience, and Freestyle. She has four dogs, Addi  (Border collie), Angel (Pomeranian), Shyla (Pomeranian), and Zephyr (Lhasa apso); four cats, Kit, Kat, Meow, and Lily; two rats, Pip and Squeak, a ten-year-old goldfish, and a Quarter Horse named Beauty. Her free time is spent training dogs and walking them on the beach—as well as cleaning the giant pet house that she calls home. She also loves spending time with her horse.

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalKirsten Taylor, Veterinary Assistant

As a veterinary nurse with Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, Kirsten Taylor’s responsibilities include surgery assistance, reading fecals and urinalysis, client education, and nursing care. Kirsten has an associate’s degree in applied science.

She places great importance on being creative and having fun at work, which is not hard to do. “We have great co-workers that all work well as a team,” she said. “I love my job!”

Outside work, Kirsten enjoys running with her dog, sewing, knitting, shopping, cooking, and line dancing. She has two pets: Wiggle Butt Winnie, a boxer, and Bella, a tri-color guinea pig.

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalHeather Headley-Claybourn, Veterinary Assistant

Heather joined Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Clinic in October 2014. Heather received her veterinary assistant certificate in 2013. As a veterinary assistant, you might see Heather around either location helping with checking in patients for surgery in the mornings, assisting with blood draws, radiographs, placing IV catheters, prepping for surgeries, or assisting the veterinarian in your pet's appointment.

Outside of work Heather enjoys walking her dog around H.J. Carol park, being with her family and friends, playing softball, and watching football every Sunday. Heather has a dog named Mocha, a leopard gecko named Sebastian, and a 55 gallon fish tank with an Oscar, Cichlids, Sharks, and a Plecostomus.

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalMandy Lawrence, Veterinary Assistant

Mandy joined the team in 2013. She started as a kennel assistant and has trained her way up through the hospital - you'll now find her working as an exam room assistant or a surgery assistant. Mandy has a golden retriever named Syler who she thinks is the most handsome guy in the world. She and Syler like taking long walks along the beaches in the area. Mandy also has a kitty named Sushi and several exotic pets at home. Before coming to join our team, Mandy attended the Art Institute of Seattle where she studied photography and graphic design. When not found at work, Mandy can be found drinking tea, walking our local beaches or checking out Buddhist temples.

Staff of Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalLacey Carter, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

Lacey is a Chimacum local who grew up spending the majority of her time among the animals she cared for; be it dogs, cats, ducks, or alpacas. Lacey knew early on that her life would be tied to the care and treatment of animals. While studying Zoology at Washington State University, her goal came to be to better her own understanding of the care and well-being of animals. Certified as a NAUI Scuba diver to extend her skills to include marine life in a mission to better understand the life here in the PNW. Next on her list she plans to earn a license as a veterinary technician to help both domestic and wildlife animals. In her spare time Lacey enjoys films and art along with nature hikes- waterfalls proving to be her favorite sites to visit.