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James Little

1992-Medical Director/Veterinarian

James C. Little is from the Puget Sound area and graduated from the WSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Kitsap County area for over 29 years. Dr. Little began as a farm and small animal veterinarian switching to small animals and exotic pets after 6 years. He since has developed a special interest in exotic and fine detail/microsurgery. In his free time, he enjoys raising honeybees, playing with his grandchildren, hiking, fishing, and traveling to wonders of nature. He has been living in Belfair for 39 years with his educator wife.

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Janet Beagley

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Janet Beagley is originally from Michigan, having received her DVM from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and completed an internship at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Prior to veterinary school, she worked with wild birds in Alaska and Mexico, and since graduation has enjoyed treating everything from rhinoceroses to tiny birds and reptiles. She has experience with small, large, and exotic animals and enjoys all the various aspects of veterinary medicine, including getting to know the pets and the people who love them.  Dr. Beagley loves the great outdoors and she and her husband and two small children are thrilled to finally be settling down in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Marissa Hewitt

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Marissa Hewitt primarily grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She moved to Montana in 2012 and received her bachelor’s degree from Carroll College where she studied biology and anthrozoology (the study of the human-animal bond) and spent some time fostering and training shelter dogs. She graduated from Oregon State University with her DVM in 2020 and is excited to settle down and start her career in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, Dr. Hewitt enjoys hiking, baking, and hanging out with her partner Matthew, dachshunds Bud and Oscar Meyer, and cat Biscuit.

Kathryn Krueger

Kathryn Krueger

Associate Veterinarian

 
Dr. Kathryn Krueger graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology before returning to the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine for her doctorate. She worked as a fisheries biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the Bering Sea on commercial fishing and crab vessels as her first job out of college. She then went on to work with sea turtles, the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, and various marine mammals from Costa Rica to New York City. Dr. Krueger has a special interest in treating exotic, wildlife, and emergency cases. On her time off you might find her cross country skiing, kayaking, hiking, camping, or organic gardening with her dog, Sven Lindgren, the standard poodle, in her backyard.

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Erik Walker

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Erik Walker grew up and attended school in Port Orchard Washington. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2018. While at WSU he also worked in a research lab studying how the herpes simplex virus enters the cell. His other research experiences were focused on animal behavior, specifically pigs and how best to enrich their environment.

Before going to WSU he had worked with a variety of animals but has always maintained a special interest in chickens and swine medicine. Dr. Walker is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys the many scenic views found throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is an avid gardener and shares his time with his cat Sophia and ferret Pascal. He is excited to be back in Port Orchard and to work with the variety of animals that call this area home.

Chelsea Barker

Chelsea Barker

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Barker grew up in Arizona, where her interest in veterinary care was sparked early. She spent much of her time riding and boarding horses, and she looked up to the veterinarians who cared for the animals. She graduated magna cum laude from Midway University in Kentucky and worked at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. In 2021, she received her veterinary degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Barker enjoys photography, hiking, camping and kayaking. She also can often be found working on agility with her athletic border collies, Nasa and Eclipse, or hanging out with her cat, Nova.

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