We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at Cedar River Animal Hospital. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.
Learning and education are very important here at Cedar River Animal Hospital. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.
Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.
If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (425) 226-9773.
Dr. Mihai Aluas
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Aluas is the proud new owner of Cedar River Animal Hospital. He grew up in Romania where his love of animals began at an early age. After graduating from veterinary school in 1998, he and his wife moved to Chicago and started a family. In 2003, he graduated North American Veterinary License program at Iowa State University. He then returned to Chicago where he practiced as an associate veterinarian for 5 years.
Dr. Aluas is passionate about veterinary medicine and has a strong background and interest in surgery, pain management, and emergency and critical care. He performs a wide variety of soft tissue procedures as well as orthopedic surgeries. He also enjoys managing internal medicine cases or educating clients about disease prevention and the daily needs of their pets’.
In 2008, Dr. Aluas visited Seattle and quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest which is the reason he and his family decided to make it their permanent home. Dr. Aluas, his wife and his two children love spending time with their 10-year-old lab who thinks he is still a puppy and taking care of their aquarium where they house a lot of fish! His hobbies include, fishing, snowboarding, and traveling, but he most enjoys spending time his family and friends!
Kristine started at Cedar River in January 2019. She has over 17 years of experience in veterinary medicine. She has a special passion for surgery, dentistry, and senior pet care. When the opportunity to work at Cedar River came along she was excited to join the team. Her main goal is for every pet that comes to Cedar River is treated like family. Kristine grew up in the Renton Highlands and is excited to serve the community that helped rise her. She has 3 dogs all dachshunds mixes Ralph, Stewie and Ricky and an orange tabby cat named Nick. In her free time, she enjoys baking cakes and other sweet treats along with hiking and camping the beautiful pacific northwest. She is also a huge comic book fan!
Staff Lead/Veterinary Assistant
Holly has been in the veterinary field since 2012. She has completed a veterinary assistant program through San Juan college and is now almost finished with the Associate degree program which will enable her to get her veterinary technician license.
She also earned her associate degree in business administration in 2018 and is currently pursuing her bachelors degree.
Her favorite tasks at work include dental cleanings and lion cut cat shaves. At home, she has two cats of her own named Bosley and Mazzy. Holly has also developed a fondness for Chihuahuas over the years and has two named Tippy and Tiger.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Kira Savage knew at a young age that she wanted to have a career in Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Southern California and moved to Washington in 2012 to attend Washington State University. There, she graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary. After graduating, she decided to go to PIMA Medical Institute to earn her Associates degree and become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Kira’s favorite aspects of veterinary medicine include assisting in surgeries and making a positive impact for animals and their owners.
Aside from working, Kira loves to go to the gym, hike, camp, and hang out with her husband and their pug, “Mocha.”
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Sarah graduated from PIMA Medical Institutes Veterinary Technician Program with an associates degree. She has always had a passion and unique love for animals since she was young, which lead her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Aside from being a LVT Sarah is a part-time soldier in the Army National Guard. In her free time, you will find her volunteering at a local animal shelter, camping with her husband, or relaxing at home with her current animals, which includes Tinker the dachshund, Marlo the pitbull mix, Tasha the black cat, Sakura the bearded dragon, and two guinea pigs named Charlie and Darla.
Virginia is a Pima graduate and a West Seattle native. She developed her love for animals at a very young age. Ever since she was a young child she can remember pets being in the household. Virginia has over 5 years of experience in the veterinary field. She began her career in emergency medicine and loved it. She has a great interest in orthopedic medicine and preventative care. You can find Virginia in the front greeting our clients or in the back helping with our patients. Virginia has 2 dogs, a 5-year-old Chihuahua named Ewok and a 5-year-old Pitbull named Termite. She has 3 young children that she loves to educate on animals, sports and exploring the beautiful northwest and all it has to offer. She may have her hands full but there isn’t a challenge she is not up to.
Dexter hails from Southern California, where he was born and raised. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2016, then Washington in 2019, he studied Biology and Animal Health Technology where he graduated with honors. Dexter came with an abundance of skills, having over 8 years of experience with animals; this includes training (both dogs and humans), grooming, daycare, research and petsitting. His past positions include Care Technician, Veterinary Assistant, and Registered Veterinary Technician. In his spare time, Dexter enjoys streaming video games (especially horror), watching movies and just hanging out with his husband Jeremiah, whom he married in 2012. When Dexter and Jeremiah are not at work they can be found spending time with their three dogs; Athena the Husky and Koi Koi the Shiba Inu, and their newest addition Artemis the Shiba Inu.
Vanessa has worked on and off in the veterinary field since 2017, working primarily as a veterinary assistant or a receptionist. After working in a clinic that did a lot of in-house laboratory work, she fell in love with the lab side of the field and is currently working to towards a career-orientated towards that portion of medicine. She is currently in the process of getting certified in phlebotomy and is working towards a bachelors in biological anthropology at the University of Washington.
When not at work, Vanessa enjoys hanging out with friends, being outdoors, and enjoying the company of her kitty cat Jasper.