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Dr. Monica Wlodarchak
Hello, my name is Sneaky, and I was born in May 1995. This is my mom, Dr. Monica Wlodarchak, in the picture with me. She rescued me when I weighed only one pound; just a baby found stuck in some sticker bushes along the side of the road near Silverdale. I was really lucky because I had some facial injuries that were in bad need of care. After my rescue, mom took me to Pullman of all places! Let me tell you, there is this white stuff there that they call snow --not good! I was certainly not fond of the place, but mom said we had to stick it out so that we could go to vet school at WSU. So off to vet school we went. I honestly think that I got better grades than my mom in vet school, but for some reason, the institution gave her the graduation certificate and not me. I am still considering an appeal!
Once we graduated, we moved to Tacoma and my mom went to work at a really busy seven doctor practice. She had a great mentor there and really learned a lot. She got to do really cool surgeries like removing lung lobes and even heart surgery. She also fell in love with internal medicine, dentistry, and preventative care. I must admit that I didn’t have to coach her very much. After four years, we decided that we missed our roots and family so we packed up and moved back to Poulsbo. My mom worked as an Emergency Veterinarian in Poulsbo for a few years and then worked at the Poulsbo Animal Clinic as the sole veterinarian for four years.
In December 2009 she opened her very own veterinary practice, Tender Touch Animal Hospital, in Kingston. Daily, I enjoy new experiences and learn more things while I watch my mom take care of our very own veterinary practice (It’s so cool to tell other pets about our hospital)!
Ann Marie Erdey
Hello, my name is Lucky, and I am the small dog in this picture with my mom, Ann Marie, and my older and bigger sister, Betty. We make up part of our whole family which includes my two legged Dad, David. I sure feel fortunate to belong to this family because I was rescued by my mom at the last minute from an animal shelter. My mom has always loved animals and does a lot of rescue and fostering work. In May 2011, she started working at Tender Touch Animal Hospital and enjoys learning all about dog and cat medicine. She has a really cool job because she gets to meet all of the pets and people as they come in the front door. I think I would like a job like that except my mom says that I get into too much trouble to hold down a full-time job. I really do try to be a good dog, but sometimes my selective hearing gets me in trouble. So instead of working, I will have to chase the ball, watch birds, and play a good game of tag with Betty, occasionally biting her ankles (don’t tell mom). I will still be able to look forward to my favorite time of day which is feeding time, YUM! And of course I can still indulge my only other obsession, catching butterflies. Every time I see one, I try to jump up and get it, but for some reason they are always just out of my reach. One day….. Hey, maybe this job thing is not such a good idea, I think I’ll leave it to my mom and stick with what I’ve got!
Certified Veterinary Assistant
Kendall has been with Tender Touch Animal Hospital since spring of 2019. She is here with Gus, Gus is just one of her four legged family members. Kendall volunteered in shelters to help rehabilitate abused and neglected pets, with extensive training in positive behavior modification. Kendall adopted her fur pup Gauge during his rehabilitation after a troubled past. Kendall and Gauge like to snuggle at home or go for walks. Gauge enjoys chasing birds, and dislikes water; he really does not understand why some dogs love the water. When Kendall is not at work or with Gauge she is with her horses. Kendall enjoys working at Tender Touch Animal Hospital because she feels she is making a difference in the lives of all of her patients.
Erin started working at Tender Touch Animal Hospital in 2015 as a kennel attendant. Erin moved to Hawaii in 2017 and returned back to Tender Touch Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician assistant in summer of 2020. We could not be happier to have her back. Erin and her family have 4.5 fur babies. Yes 4.5, three dogs, Hannah, Mia, and Logan, her feline Noob Noob and her foster kitten Hank. Hank just landed the best home ever, just as he will soon see she spoils her fur babies to no end. Hannah Banana is the oldest and wisest of them all. She likes going for walks and meeting new people or rescue fur children. She welcomes all the new rescues to her home and shows them the ropes on where to sleep, how to beg for food and where the best window is to catch the sun. Erin has a big heart and volunteers her time to help others every chance she gets. Erin enjoys traveling, hiking, spending quality time with family. Erin likes working at Tender Touch Animal Hospital because of all the opportunities to learn, and to be a part of a great team who cares about pets the same way she cares about pets.
Veterinary Technician Student / Receptionist
Savannah joined Tender Touch Animal Hospital January of 2020. Savannah started her career in veterinary medicine in 2018 and is currently enrolled in school to be a veterinary technician. Savannah and Mr. Franklin (her handsome fur baby) enjoy staying at home and relaxing. As most cats Franklin believes he is the master of his human and enjoys waking mom up at 2am for food, laser light play, telling stories, watching the world outside from his window, did we mention food, lots and lots of food. When Savannah is not at home spoiling Franklin she is often found enjoying everything the beautiful Pacific North West has to offer. Savannah is very passionate about surgery and being part of the healing team for injured and sick pets. You will often find Savannah snuggled up next to our hospitalized patients making each moment here the best for your fur babies. Savannah is always giving words of encouragement with her patients and letting them know they are well loved and taken care of.
Veterinary Technician Student / Receptionist
Hello, my name is Sandy (the golden), and I was born in 2018, and this is my Mom Tammy. My Mom has always loved animals of all species. My Mom graduated in 2006 with her bachelor’s degree in Zoology and has worked with, lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! I do not want to chase those felines. Speaking of felines, I have three feline siblings, and a one canine sister. Mom worked at the shelter for over a decade, and well, she tends to take home her work. Now my Mom works at Tender Touch Animal Hospital and she loves all the state-of-the-art technology they have. When she is not busy tending to our needs or at work, she likes to play soccer, travel, enjoys painting, and spending time with the family. I am so lucky that Tammy is my Mom, I really love how happy my mom is at Tender Touch Animal Hospital and cannot wait for everyone to see how amazing she is.