Dr. Kristen Rooker knew from a young age she wanted to work with animals when she grew up. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Bridgewater College (located in the Shenandoah Valley, which is where she fell in love with mountains), then went on to receive her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. After school, she was ready to move away from Virginia; many large mountains and the outdoor lifestyle drew her to Washington, and she is loving life on the West Coast! She enjoys all aspects of general practice but has a special interest in animal behavior and training. When not in the clinic, she is usually outdoors - hiking (her favorite trails are the ones that go “up!”), doing volunteer trail maintenance with WTA, skiing, or snowshoeing. She is also an avid reader and enjoys crocheting and knitting. She shares her house with Dodger the terrier mix, Oliver an adopted Persian cat, and a varying number of pet rats.