Firgrove Veterinary Hospital

Firgrove Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical and surgical facility, located in Puyallup, WA . The professional and courteous staff at Firgrove Veterinary Hospital seek to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Firgrove Veterinary Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Puyallup, WA and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Firgrove Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Our Mission
We strive to provide quality pet health and wellness services. Our goal is to assist your pet in living a longer, happier and healthier life.

In addition we provide our clients with access to leading edge technology, products and educational materials. We focus on enhancing the human animal bond.

Vet check-up with client and her dog
  • Mon-Fri: 7:00AM-8:00PM
  • Sat, Sun: 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • After Hours Emergency? Call: 253-474-0791
  • **Closed most Holidays**
  • Susan M Shirley, DVM, Practice Owner

    Dr. Shirley graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1976.  She has owned Firgrove Veterinary Clinic since 1979. She currently enjoys the company of two dogs, Captain Beagador (Beagle Lab mix) and Phoenix (Pitbull) as well as, 3 cats, Angel, Ginny and Sly.

    In her spare time Dr. Shirley enjoys spending time in her garden.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1979
    Education:
    College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University
  • Matthew Barber, DVM

    Dr. Barber started with us in 2005.  He obtained his DVM at Michigan State University in 2004 and interned at Washington State University.
     
    Dr. Barber has two cats at home Bear (domestic short hair) and Tanis (domestic medium hair) as well as one dog; a lab mix named Dori (pictured).
     
    Outside of work Dr. Barber enjoys spending time with his wife (Dr. Kos), daughters and pets; hiking and traveling.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 06, 2005
    Education:
    College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State Universtiy
  • Heidi Kos, DVM

    Dr. Kos started with us in 2006.  She received her DVM at Washington State University with honors in 2005.
     
    Dr. Kos has two cats at home Bear (domestic short hair) and Tanis (domestic medium hair) as well as one dog; a lab mix named Dori.
     
    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband (Dr. Matt Barber), daughters, family, and pets; hiking and reading.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Education:
    College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University
  • Sabari Haviland, DVM

    Dr. Haviland has been with us since July 2013. She received her DVM at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

    Dr. Haviland shares her home with Dirk, a shepherd mix and 2 cats, Maximus and Jasmine.

    In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, dancing and going for motorcycle rides.
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 14, 2013
    Education:
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Stephanie Swearngin, DVM

    Dr. Swearngin has been a part of our team since August 2014. She received her DVM at Iowa State University's School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Prior to moving to Washington state, Dr. Swearngin practiced medicine in a mixed animal practice in rural North Dakota.

    Dr. Swearngin shares her home with two dogs, Caroline (Border Collie/Lab mix) and Lily (Beagle/Boxer Mix) as well as one cat, Miss Jack.

    In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, cooking and baking.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University
  • David Reisen, DVM

    Dr. Reisen joined our team in July 2015. Originally from Indiana, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University. He obtained his DVM at University of Missouri in 2015 and interned for 2 years at various clinics across the US before beginning practice with us in Washington.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 03, 2015
    Education:
    College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Missouri
  • Marjorie, BS in Psychology, Management

    Marjorie is our practice manager, and has been with us since 2000.  

    Marjorie currently shares her home with Shiney, a Springer Spaniel and Brodie, a labradoodle. 

    She also has 1 cat at home, Gilligan who pretty much rules the house and feels that anyones lap is his throne.

    Outside of work, Marjorie enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets.  She enjoys traveling and has visited many foreign countries as well as sewing, quilting, antiques and nature.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2000
  • Malinda, BS in Zoology. Management

    Malinda has been with us since 1982 and is assistant office manager / receptionist.
     
    Malinda shares her home with 2 cats, Smokey (Domestic Long Hair) & Mai Tai (Siamese mix), as well as 2 dogs, Bunco (Border Collie) & Bandit (Australian Shepherd).
     
    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering at her children's school, reading and camping.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1982
  • Sheena, Management

    Sheena has been with us since June 2010.  She is a graduate of Apollo College and has extensive experience as a veterinary assistant in both Oregon and Washington.

    She shares her home with Renagade, a yellow lab, Summit, a black lab and  Shreddar, a seal point mix..

    Outside of work, Sheena enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, running, hiking, and just about anything that allows her to be outdoors.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2010
    Education:
    Apollo College
  • Tracy, LVT, BBA, BS Zoology. Management

                   

    Tracy started working with us in July 2011 and rejoined our team after a short time away in 2015. She currently works as an assistant manager and trainer with the practice. She is a graduate of Bellingham Technical College and Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and has extensive experience as a member of the technical team in both Idaho and Washington.

    Tracy shares her home with three cats, Kaiya (savannah), Sarah (siamese mix) and Grace (siamese mix) as well as two dogs, Latte (pitbull) and Gibson (pitbull).

    In her spare time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends and pets; cleaning, sewing, gardening, fishing, hiking, snorkeling and fostering animals in need.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Education:
    Washington State University, Bellingham Technical College
  • Genie, LVT

    Genie has been with us since July 1999.  She graduated from the  Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College in June, 1972.  A member of NAVTA (North American Veterinary Technician Association) and the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians, she has a special interest in surgery and dentistry.
     
    Genie currently has one cat;  Smokey -- a domestic short hair cat (pictured) and two dogs: Reuben --  a Tibetan Terrier and Stewart -- a Papillon.
     
    Outside of work Genie enjoys spending time with family, friends, pets and gardening.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1999
    Education:
    Pierce College
  • Stephanie, LVT

    Stephanie has been with us since 2009.  She graduated from the  Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College in 2007. Prior to attending the technician program, Stephanie worked in veterinary clinics for several years. Stephanie has a special interest in surgery and emergency.
     
    Stephanie shares her home with two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Acheron (UKA BIS/AKC CH Msaka's Call Me The Final Fate SC Fch HIC) and Otis (GCH Kuwinda At Stargazer's Tactical Advantage SC HIC) as well as Zarek the cat and two chickens, Henrietta and Wellsandra.
     
    Outside of work Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, target shooting, crafting, showing dogs and performance events with dogs.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Education:
    Pierce College
  • Jodi, LVT

                   

    Jodi has been a part of our team since February 2015.  She's been a licensed technician since 2003 and brings 21 years of experience to our staff. Jodi has a special interest in emergency and critical care medicine of which she has 19 years experience practicing.
     
    Jodi shares her home with Sophie Sue, a French Bulldog and Bernie, a Jack Russell Terrier.

     

    Outside of work Jodi enjoys reading, wine tasting and spending time with friends and family.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 11, 2015
  • Aliah, LVT

                   

    Aliah has been with us since April 2013.  She graduated from the  Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College in 2013. Prior to attending the technician program, Aliah volunteered an veterinary clinics. 
     
    Aliah shares her home with Kai, a lab mix and Kyla, a domestic shorthaired cat.

     Outside of work Aliah  enjoys reading, hiking and camping.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Education:
    Pierce College
  • Mellina, LVT

    Mellina rejoined our team in 2014. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College and obtained her license in 2012.

    Mellina shares her home with 3 dogs, Kola (Rhodesian Ridgeback), Kizzy (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Samwize (Chihuahua mix), as well as a cat named Alley.

    In her spare time, Mellina enjoys making, reparing and playing hand drums; rockhounding and flint knapping.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Pierce College
  • Sarah, LVT

    Sarah joined our team in August 2015.  She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Pima Medical Institute in July 2015 and obtained her license in August 2015.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 03, 2015
    Education:
    Pima Medical Institute
  • Janay, Assistant

                       

    Janay joined the staff of Firgrove Veterinary Hospital in November 2013. She has recently completed the Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College and is preparing to take the VTNE.

    She shares her home with Nugget, a shih tzu.

    Outside of work, Janay spends her time studying and she enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well.


    Years in Practice:
    Nov 21, 2013
    Education:
    Pierce College
  • Jackie, Assistant

    Jackie started working with us in 1993. She started as a member of the kennel staff and grooming and now she is a veterinary assistant.

    Jackie shares her home with 2 Japanese chins, J.D. and Lacy (pictured), and a Rottweiller named Abby.

    Outside of work, Jackie enjoys fishing, horseshoes and volleyball.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1993
  • Carrie, Assistant


    Carrie joined the staff of Firgrove Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist in July 2013. Since that time, Carrie has trained into the veterinary assistant position.

    She shares her home with 7 dachshunds, Dixie, Chester, Hercules, Jack, Dexter, Alfredo, Prada, a Boxer named Gunner, as well as Cleo the Siamese cat who runs the house.

    Outside of work Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, baking, cooking, arts & crafts and cheering for the Seahawks.


    Years in Practice:
    Nov 14, 2013
  • Tiffany, Assistant

                   

    Tiffany joined our practice in February 2015 after completing an externship with us.  She is a graduate of Pima Technical Institute's Veterinary Assistant Program and plans to continue her education at Pima in their Veterinary Technician Program July 2015.

     She shares her home with one cat, Smokie and one dog, a yellow lab named Buck.

    In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys rock climbing and volunteering at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Education:
    Pima Medical Institute
  • Jillian, Assistant

                       

    Jillian joined the staff of Firgrove Veterinary Hospital in October 2013. She is a Veterinary Assistant and brings years of experience to our staff.

    She shares her home with 2 dogs, Fiona and Cowboy, as well as a cat, Ganduff.

    Outside of work Jillian enjoys watching football, hiking, reading and spending time with her son.


    Years in Practice:
    Nov 15, 2013
  • Mandy, Assistant

      Mandy joined our practice in May 2015.  She is a graduate of Pima Technical Institute's Veterinary Assistant Program and plans to continue her education at Pima in their Veterinary Technician Program July 2015.
     She shares her home with Freckles, an Australian Koolie Mix and Snoball, a corgi mix.

    Outside of work, Mandy enjoys spending time with her family and pets; reading, playing computer games
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Education:
    Pima Medical Institute
  • Bobbie, Assistant

    Bobbie has been a part of our team since 2013.  She is a 2012 graduate of Pima Medical Institute's Veterinary Assistant Program.


    She shares her home with two dogs, Daisy Mae (yellow lab) and Booby (black lab), two cats, Stoopid Kat and Fluffy Kat as well as two quarter horses, Wooley Man and Tallulah Jane.


    Outside of work, Bobbie enjoys spending time with her family, trail riding, barrel racing and scrapbooking.

     

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Education:
    Pima Medical Institute
  • Wanda, Reception

    Wanda has rejoined the staff of Firgrove Veterinary Hospital after being gone for 13 years. She previously worked here for 14 years.  She returned in October 2013.

    She shares her home with 2 German shepherds, Tashka and Czar. She also has a cat named Ralf.

    Outside of work Wanda enjoys spending time with her family, bowling, knitting, crocheting and reading.
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 15, 2013
  • Milly, Reception

    Millie has been with us since 2009.

    She shares her home with 2 cats, O.J. and Ceaser, both adopted from Firgrove Veterinary Hospital.

    In her spare time, Millie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2009
  • Tina, Assistant

    Tina joined our practice as a veterinary assistant in August 2015 after completing an externship with us.  She is a graduate of Pima Technical Institute's Veterinary Assistant Program and plans to continue her education at Pima in their Veterinary Technician Program.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 03, 2015
    Education:
    Pima Medical Institute
  • Kaitlin, Reception

                   

    Kaitlin has been a part of our team since February 2015. Prior to working in the veterinary field, Kaitlin worked in customer service for 4 years and has recently completed her AA.

    In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys scrapbooking, hiking, gymnastics, photography and art.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 11, 2015
  • Rachel, Reception

    Rachel has been a part of our team since  July 2014 and brings 3 years prior experience as veterinary receptionist to our team.

    She shares her home with five cats, Punkin, Mister, Dotty, Daisy and Wittle as well as a bearded dragon named Zilla.

    In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends and family.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
  • Jordan, Reception

    Jordan has been a part of our team since May 2015. Beginning her work as a receptionist, Jordan plans to continue her education and become a veterinarian.

    She shares her home with two quarter horses, Dixie and Ted; two yorkies, Samson and Delilah; Zoey, a chihuahua mix and two cats, Kitten and Deuce.

    In her spare time, Jordan enjoys riding horses and spending time with her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 11, 2015
  • Riley, Reception

                   

    Riley has been a part of our team since May 2015.

    She shares her home with a German Short Hair, Sadie, Tilly a DLH cat and Kermie the fire belly toad.

    In her spare time, Riley enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and camping.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 11, 2015
  • Jolee, House Keeping

                   

    Jolee has been a part of our team since May 2014. Jolee has experience as a dog trainer and worked for a pitbull rescue.

    She shares her home with a blue nose pitbull named LuLu.

    In her spare time, Jolee enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and family; gardening, cooking, singing and songwriting.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
  • Kirsten, House Keeping

    Kirsten has been a part of our house keeping team since August 2015.

    She shares her home with three cats, Tony (DSH), Simba (DLH) and Yah Yah (DSH).

    In her spare time, Kirsten enjoys spending time with her family and pets.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 03, 2015
  • Robert, House Keeping

    Robert has been a part of our house keeping team since August 2015. He has a background in dog shows and large animal care as well as many years in landscaping.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 03, 2015