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Lower Columbia Veterinary Team

Thank you for making us your preferred veterinarian in Longview, WA. Meet our amazing team below!

Lower Columbia Veterinary Team

The staff of Lower Columbia Veterinary Clinic is chosen for their professionalism, compassion, and love of animals. Our compassionate and caring team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, receptionists, administrative staff, and animal care specialists are committed to bringing you the very best in comprehensive veterinary care for your pets.

Dr. Julia Alpert

Dr. Julia Alpert

Medical Director and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

People have such a pure relationship with their pets; they give us such unconditional love and are always there for us in our time of need.  Why Dr. Alpert is a veterinarian is so that she can work with people to strengthen and maintain that relationship, from when they are puppies and kittens, to giving them greater quality of life as they age, through to the end by helping them ease their passing.  People connect with each other through their animals, and being a veterinarian allows her to help people by helping them with their pets.

She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Utah.  Dr. Alpert received her DVM from Oregon State University in 2002.  She feels very proud to be an Oregon graduate because it is the smallest vet school in the country, so there is more hands-on experience, and at the time she attended a portion of the program was done at Washington State University thus giving her perspectives from two schools.

Her favorite things to do as a veterinarian are soft tissue surgery and dentistry.  She also has a strong interest in canine reproductive medicine.  What gives her the most pleasure as a veterinarian is working with people to develop customized pain management solutions for their arthritic pets—feline and canine.  She is PennHIP certified and a member of the American Veterinarian Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.  In order to assist breeders to breed healthier dogs, she often holds OFA clinics at dog shows across the West.

Dr. Alpert grew up on a farm in Eastern Kansas, and then went to Junior High and High School in Vancouver, Washington.  She moved to Salt Lake City to attend the prestigious Ballet Department at the University of Utah before changing her major and going to vet school at Oregon and Washington State.  After graduating from vet school, she moved to Camp Verde, Arizona where she was a mixed animal practitioner for 3 years before accepting a small animal position in nearby Cottonwood, Arizona.  In 2007 she purchased Community Animal Hospital and started living full time in Pocatello, Idaho in 2009. She is excited to be moving back home to Southwest Washington and joining the team at LCVC as Medical Director.

Currently she shares her home with a varying in size pack of basenjis, a small flock of chickens, and 1 very special cat, “Cherry”.  You might occasionally see Cherry at the clinic, as she is very social and gets bored just being at home. GCh Ch Tis’A Signet Kiss Me Once, JC, CA, BCAT, CAA or “Hattie” is her matriarch basenji. She is Dr. Alpert’s first conformation champion and she also participates in lure coursing events with her.  “Quill”, GCH CH Litespeed’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is her first dog to be nationally ranked in the Top 20. Zamaradi’s Officer I Ain’t Goin Litespeed, CA, BCAT “Mason” rounds out the permanent members of her pack, which is generally between 4-6 in number.  As a preservation breeder, and an AKC Breeder of Merit she works hard to produce healthy dogs of sound mind and body.

Dr. Alpert has a lot of interests outside of work that keep her pretty busy.  She delights in parenting her children and seeing them develop into amazing humans.  For 11 years, she was the show chair for Pocatello Kennel Club’s conformation show, which is the longest running cluster show in the nation, and one of the largest in the Intermountain West, often drawing entries of 1200 dogs.  She also organized PKCs various lure coursing events.  Besides showing dogs, her hobbies include gardening—both vegetable and flowers—cooking, Pilates, puzzles, stand-up paddle boarding and coloring while streaming science fiction shows.

Dr. Stephanie Kinney

Dr. Stephanie Kinney

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Stephanie Kinney is delighted to bring her experience and expertise to the team at Lower Columbia. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 2018. Upon graduating she began her career practicing emergency medicine and surgery in West Virginia. Dr. Kinney brings her wide array of urgent and emergency care skills to the team at Lower Columbia. She and her husband are excited to live in Washington and enjoy all the outdoor activities the local area has to offer. When she isn’t working, Dr. Kinney enjoys hiking and exploring with her two dogs, a lab and a greyhound, and cooking, especially new recipes.

Catherine Cooney

Catherine Cooney

Hospital Manager

Catherine is an accomplished Hospital Manager with a decade of dedicated experience in the veterinary field. Commencing her career as a kennel assistant, she has meticulously ascended through various roles within the hospital, culminating in her current leadership position. This progressive journey has endowed her with a comprehensive understanding of the intricate dynamics inherent in every facet of hospital operations.
 
Her distinctive perspective allows Catherine to orchestrate seamless communication and optimize patient care with unparalleled efficiency. Focused on fostering transparency, she ensures that both the internal team and clients are well-informed about pertinent hospital updates. Catherine champions a collaborative approach, firmly believing that concerted efforts can instigate a positive transformation in the culture of veterinary medicine, all while upholding unwavering standards of care for our patients and clients.
 
Beyond her managerial responsibilities at Lower Columbia, Catherine engages in a diverse range of activities at home and in the great outdoors. In the warmer months, she takes pleasure in hiking, archery, and kayaking amidst the mountains and rivers of South-West Washington. During the colder seasons, Catherine can be found immersed in the pages of a compelling book, savoring a steaming cup of tea, or engaging in board games with her children. Her multifaceted interests reflect a well-rounded individual committed to both professional excellence and a balanced personal life.
Shaleen

Shaleen

Veterinary Assistant

Shaleen joined the world of Veterinary medicine in the Summer of 2020 as a receptionist in a dental specialty clinic. She quickly fell in love with her new career and found herself advancing to a veterinary assistant role. In the summer of 2022, Shaleen joined our team and today she is one of our biggest dental health advocates. At home you might find her taking long walks with her German Shepherd Pearl, curled up with a book in her favorite chair or cooking up something delicious in the kitchen. In the summer you’ll find her at the lake enjoying the sunshine or fishing with her father. Shaleen hopes to continue to advance her knowledge by working towards becoming a licensed veterinary technician. She loves to see our patients thrive and to be a part of their journey to healthier lives.

Caitlan

Caitlan

Veterinary Assistant

Caitlan joined the Lower Columbia Vet team in August of 2023. She is currently working as a Veterinary Assistant while she goes to school to get her Veterinary Technician License. Caitlan is originally from Portland, OR and moved to Kalama, WA to get away from the city. In the past Caitlan volunteered at animal shelters and fostered senior dogs before they found their forever home. She is passionate about senior pets and making sure they live a comfortable and happy life.

When Caitlan isn’t at work or school you can find her adventuring out into the forest with her dogs, or reading a good mystery book.

Stacie

Stacie

Veterinary Assistant

Stacie joined the LCVC team as a veterinary assistant in February of 2024. She began volunteering at rescues and shelters and has now been working in the field since 2015.

Stacie was born and raised in the area but had spent the last 10 years traveling until she found her way back to the Cowlitz area.

When Stacie isn’t at work she spends her time going on adventures to the ocean, parks, and mountains with her children and dogs.

Zoey

Zoey

Shift Lead

Zoey is a Veterinary Assistant here at Lower Columbia. She is currently in school to become a licensed technician and has been in the Veterinary field since 2019. She has 1 cat that rules her life, and most days start with “Guess what Shoresy did.” Zoey enjoys being in the mountains year-round and on the rivers during summer.

Jordan

Jordan

Receptionist

Jordan is a receptionist here at Lower Columbia. She began working in customer service right out of high school. Originally from California, Jordan moved to Washington in 2019. She began working for LCVC in September of 2023. When she’s not at work, you can find her cheering on the Seattle Kraken with her dog Wicket.

Alana

Alana

Meet Alana, a true Longview local who grew up with her seven siblings. She adores spending time with her lively family, including her beloved grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. At home, she’s surrounded by two cats and a flock of chickens, enjoying
the playful antics of birds, deer, and rabbits in her yard.

But Alana’s not just a homebody. She’s an avid reader who loves hitting up garage sales with her nieces for hidden treasures. And when she’s not lost in a book or hunting for bargains, she’s out for a leisurely walk, soaking in the beauty of nature.

However, nothing beats the feeling of being by the ocean for Alana. Whether it’s the sound of crashing waves or the salty breeze, the beach is her happy place.