Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Erica Merrill<br>DVM<br>Principal Veterinarian photo

Erica Merrill
Principal Veterinarian

Dr. Erica grew up in Colorado and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006. She took a four-year break to spend time in the workforce and did a six-week trip to Arusha, Tanzania. There, she volunteered at a nursery school, as well as a hospice and orphanage for those affected by HIV and AIDS. She graduated from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and completed a year-long internship at VCA Mission Animal Referral and Emergency Center in Mission, Kansas.

She always had a soft spot for the PNW, having spent summers at her grandmother’s house in Indianola, Washington. She accepted a position in Washington and has worked in the emergency field for the past 3 years. While emergency was exciting, she missed the continued client and patient interactions and moved to general practice. She has a Whippet mix named Buster, a Chihuahua mix named Ollie, and a fat Siamese mix named Monty. In her free time, she enjoys walking and spending time with her furbabies, playing the piano, hanging out and going to late-night diners with friends, and watching movies of all genres. She has a special place in her heart for angry Chihuahuas and nervous Greyhound breeds and loves all of the dogs and cats that walk through our doors.

Ben Alfrejd<br>DVM<br>Associate Veterinarian photo

Ben Alfrejd
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ben Alfrejd is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in Redmond and graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has a great interest in behavioral training in regards to anxiety and aggression, surgical treatment options, dentistry, and allergies and dermatological issues. Dr. Ben prides himself on being a dog lover and a cat whisperer, seeking the comfort of the animal during an exam in addition to their good health.

Dr. Ben is owned by his 13-year-old Golden Retriever, Tilly. He has a love of all things Sci-fi, and is an avid movie-goer. He spends his free time with several local Star Wars charity groups, whose main goal is to raise money for the Seattle Children's Hospital and other beneficiaries.

Amanda  Wohlwend<br> DVM, CVA<br>Associate Veterinarian photo

Amanda Wohlwend
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Wohlwend obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 2005. After she graduated, she moved to Washington State and has worked in small animal practice for the last 13 years. For the last 7 years, she has worked at Renton West, practicing alternative medicine as well as traditional western medicine.

Dr. Wohlwend learned how eastern medicine was able to bridge the gap where western medicine fell short. She went on to get certified in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She then created Sound Animal Wellness with the intention of bringing a better quality of life to her patients using a holistic approach. She lives in Covington, WA with her daughter, husband, and three dogs. When not helping pets, she is competing in the dressage ring with her wonderful horses.

Kendra Mack<br/> Practice Manager, Reiki Master Practitioner photo

Kendra Mack
Practice Manager, Reiki Master Practitioner

Kendra is a California native and moved to Boston after graduating high school to pursue higher education at Simmons College. After relocating to Washington on a whim, she started her veterinary career in 2003 as a receptionist, quickly making her way up the ranks to Practice Manager. Nearly a decade later, she found herself interested in energy work and animal communication and decided to pursue Reiki training and attunement. She lives with her boyfriend and is a proud fur mom to their four cats (Nugget, Liz Potato, Cho, and Avocado) and two dogs. Rufio is a shepherd/corgi mix and her new puppy, Tiger Lily, is a triple terrier terror threat! When not working, you can usually find her at the beach taking pictures of clouds and wandering the shores looking for treasures.

Tessa<br>Veterinary Assistant   photo

Veterinary Assistant

Tessa moved to Washington in 2016 from Southern California. She’s always had a love for animals, especially exotics. Countless snakes and reptile friends have been Tessa’s lifelong companions, as well as an Alaskan Malamute named Dio and two cats, Taco and Burrito. She enjoys relaxing in her downtime, preferring to watch King of the Hill and playing video games. Horror is, by far, her favorite game.

Nichole<br>Client Service Representative   photo

Client Service Representative

Nichole’s shining face will be the first you see when you visit Renton West. She provides amazing service to our stellar clients and wonderful patients. In her little family, she has two kids. One is her 4-year-old daughter and the other is her 6-year-old German Shepherd. She has lived in Washington her entire life, enjoys the beach, and all the sleepytime she can get. She has quickly become the brownie queen here at RWVH and we always look forward to her snackies.

Renton West Veterinary Hospital

607 SW Grady Way # 100

Renton, WA 98057

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call or email us at:

Clinic (425) 226-3360 or [email protected]

Fax (425) 277-6616

Hours (Closed for Lunch Weekdays 12:45 P.M. TO 1:45 P.M.)

Sunday Closed

Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 7:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 8:30am - 4:00pm