Meet the Team


Meet the Team

Staff


Bart Iaia<br/> DVM, CVA photo

Bart Iaia
DVM, CVA

Dr. Bart Iaia is a 1992 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. "I have always admired Veterinary Medicine. It truly is a profession that allows one to practice all aspects of medicine." His professional interests include dentistry, nutrition and animal behavior. Dr. Iaia also has interests in complimentary medicine and has completed courses in Lomilomi, an ancient Hawaiian healing art. This healing art can be applied to the veterinary field and many pets enjoy the touch, and relax quickly during the session. He is also certified in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Reddick, Fl. Acupuncture is a 2000 year old art of healing that involves stimulating certain points within the body to promote healing. It is very effective in treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, IBD and skin disease. Dr. Bart enjoys spending time with his wife Denise, their daughters Brie and Gianna, and of course, the family pets; currently, two dogs, one cat, a few fish, and a guinea pig. Hobbies include gardening, eating (and occasionally cooking) and water skiing."

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

Erica Merill
DVM
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
DVM
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
DVM, CVA
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.

Lauri<br>Licensed Veterinary Technician  photo

Lauri
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Lauri is a long-term tech here at Renton West having been with us for many years. She currently teaches a Veterinarian Assistant course over at Renton Technical College and has just become the first program in the state to be accredited. We are so proud of her and what she brings to our field both in the hospital and in the educational setting. If she's not working, you can usually find her and her husband at the race tracks during racing season or at the coast enjoying the sea...

Meghan<br>Licensed Veterinary Technician   photo

Meghan
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Meghan started her career with Renton West Veterinary Hospital in June of 2018, although she's far from new to the veterinary world. She has 10 years experience in the clinic setting and received her degree in veterinary technology from Pierce Community College in 2012. Her own pack includes two lovable chihuahua mixes, Elliot and Panda, and one kitty cat, Fiona. A Pacific Northwest native, Meghan loves hiking and yoga and spending as much time outdoors as possible. She adores thrift stores and has quite the extensive record collection. Some of her favorite patients are, of course, grumpy, ancient chihuahuas. Meghan is very excited to be a part of the awesome team at RWVH.

Nani<br>Licensed Veterinary Technician   photo

Nani
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Nani was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from the Pima Medical Institute in 2010. Even at a young age, she knew that her future lay in the field of veterinary medicine. Her love of animals expands to include three of her very own: Tyson (a dachshund), Squishy (a corgi) and Gordon (a pitbull). When not snuggling her three pups, she enjoys practicing yoga, traveling to distant lands, and spending time with her boyfriend. Unabashedly vivacious, Nani brings a positive energy to the clinic and dives into her work with passion and enthusiasm.

Tammy Good <br/> Veterinary Assistant photo

Tammy Good
Veterinary Assistant

Tammy joined our team in 2008 and can't imagine working elsewhere. It is rewarding for her to see pets that are not doing well become happy and healthy with the help of our team. Tammy is married and the mother of 3 wonderful children, as well as three dogs, Stout, Hawk, and Kaya. She is also an avid Seahawks fan and you can always count her to be celebrating blue Friday.

Tessa<br>Veterinary Assistant   photo

Tessa
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

Nichole
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

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