Dr. Erica Merrill
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 the 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.
Dr. Carol Jeanne Kraneburg
Dr. Carol Jeanne Kraneburg grew up in Long Island New York and started her career in 2010 doing animal rescue at the world’s largest no-kill rescue, NSAL. She graduated with a degree in Developmental Genetics from Stony Brook University in New York, where she taught the same subject. Dr. Kraneburg attended veterinary school at Auburn University in Alabama (so please don’t mind if she says y’all) and graduated cum laude with honors. While there, she was a Merial scholar and is now published internationally in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery for her work with vaccine creation. She has traveled nationally to present her research. Dr. Kraneburg especially enjoys dermatology, cardiology, and hospice care. Dr. Kraneburg has extensive experience with heartworm treatment and enjoys the “odd cases” she somehow seems to attract. She lives in Kent with her husband, Wayne, who is an engineer and soldier in the National Guard. They have two fur children – Molly, a 9-year-old Cairn mix, and Charlie, a 12-year-old special needs Yorkie-Poo. Her hobbies include classical painting, Irish music, gardening and she is always doing a project around the house.
Mary Tremblay-Crouch was born in Washington, D.C., and has lived all over the United States. She went to high school in Bloomington, Minnesota, and attended college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI where she ran track on a partial scholarship. She graduated with a BA in Psychology and Communications. Immediately after graduation, Mary joined the Peace Corps as an English teacher in the French-speaking country of what was then Upper Volta (now Burkina Fosse) in Africa. Mary eventually found her way to the Pacific Northwest where she now resides. She remains passionate about horses and animals of all kinds.
Mary came late to the veterinary field having worked in various occupations – one of which was owning her own business working with physicians of all specialties for ten years. When she sold her company, Mary was fortunate enough financially to be able to take a “temporary” job as a kennel assistant. It’s funny how life does not always work out the way one envisions. In Mary’s case, it turned out so much better. She began a long-standing love affair working in a field with both animals and people. Mary says it “feeds her soul” and she means it!
Mary has been in the veterinary field for over twenty years. She started working at Renton West at the end of November 2019. Working alongside Dr. Merrill and Dr. Kraneburg is exciting and she feels blessed to be a part of this dynamic and growing practice. Mary looks forward to many more years of service to the community.
Lead Veterinary Assistant
Melody was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. She grew up in Seatac and graduated from Tyee High School in 2014. Shortly after graduation, she began working at a local boarding facility and ultimately found her way to the clinical setting in 2016. She joined the Renton West team in the fall of 2018. In her free time, Melody is typically found with her family or friends or her two pitties, Gus and Lily. Melody’s hobbies include the outdoors, adventures, and – most importantly – her Jeep. Her favorite patients are bully “blockhead” breeds!
Cydney was born and raised in Kenmore, WA. Cydney started working with animals in 2005 – volunteering at MEOW cat rescue in Kirkland. From there, she worked her way up in the veterinary field in various positions such as kennel attendant, receptionist, veterinary assistant, ER/ICU, and triage nurse, hospital and practice manager, and unlicensed veterinary technician. She has grown up with and cared for various exotic animals such as rodents, fish and aquatic animals, and small reptiles. She is currently enrolled in Pennfoster to get her veterinary technician license. Cydney moved to Renton two years ago with her boyfriend Geoffrey, their 12-year-old beagle Brady and 11-year-old domestic short-haired gray and white cat Charlie. She started working with the amazing team at Renton West Veterinary Hospital in March 2020 after searching for the right hospital to call home. In her free time, Cydney enjoys playing video games, listening to music, watching e-sports, and exotic animal medicine shows; she also helps out with her boyfriend’s audio and karaoke business. Cydney is the cat whisperer on our team!
Compassionate veterinary care in Renton, WA.
At Renton West Veterinary Hospital in Renton WA, we have assembled an expert team of veterinary professionals to bring you the best possible healthcare for your pet. We have a state of the art veterinary facility which is clean, comfortable, and efficient.