My name is Dr. Rebecca Rogers and I am a founding partner of Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital. Originally from the Midwest, I grew up riding and showing cutting horses. Our small animal family included two large malamutes and three rescue cats, one of which appeared on our doorstep on Christmas Eve one winter.
In 9th grade, our family moved to Burlington, Iowa and we became close family friends with the owners of a local veterinary hospital. I spent my high school years observing what it was like to be a veterinarian and in college, I decided to pursue veterinary medicine for myself. I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Anthropology in 1996 and in 2000, I earned my veterinary degree from Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, I completed a one year internship at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine.
I moved to the Seattle area in 2001 with my husband and while practicing on the East Side, I met Dr. Craig Miller, the owner of Loyal Companion Animal Care in Redmond Ridge. After many years of friendship and discussion, he and I decided to partner together on a new practice and together with our families, we created Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital. We opened the doors on October 8th, 2014 and we are excited to share our new high quality family-run practice with the Bellevue community.
My household consists of my husband, Jason, our daughter, Amanda, and our standard poodle, Remy. We live out in the country and enjoy spending time together as a family hiking the trails around our house. Opening a practice has been a life-long dream for me and I'm excited to become a part of the Bellevue community and to partner together with you on the care of your loyal pets, both now and in the years to come.
My name is Dr. Chelsea Newby and I am a founding associate veterinarian for Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital. I grew up in the beautiful town of Bend, Oregon with an assortment of dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, and rabbits. Drawing animals was my favorite hobby and at a young age I aspired to be a pet portraitist, but by the time I was in the third grade I decided I wanted to help animals by becoming a veterinarian instead.
In 1996, I moved to Colorado Springs to study biology and Spanish at Colorado College. I ran cross country and expanded my existing love of the outdoors by camping, backpacking, and backcountry skiing as much as I could. After graduating college and before starting veterinary school I was a wilderness therapy instructor for at-risk youth in Oregon.
In 2005, I graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and then moved to Washington to do a one-year internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle. After completing my internship, I worked in Redmond, Washington with Dr. Rogers for eight years. We have always worked as a great team to provide the highest quality care, so when she asked me to join her at Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital, I was overjoyed to share in this new adventure.
My husband Jordan and I have a son, Freddie, and a crazy goldendoodle named Mortimer. Outside of work we really enjoy triathlons, backcountry skiing, hiking, camping, and cycling. As a veterinarian, I enjoy giving back to my community by volunteering my time to help homeless owners and pets or giving lectures on wilderness first aid for dogs. At Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital, I strive to help all of my clients and patients in every way possible and I look forward to developing relationships that will last for years to come.
My name is Dr. Jennie Kuyper and I am excited to be part of the team at Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for animals, science, and medicine. I first met Dr. Rogers and Dr. Newby when I was in high school. During high school and college, I worked in the kennel department and as a veterinary assistant at the hospital where Dr. Rogers and Dr. Newby used to work. That experience and their mentorship solidified my dream of pursuing veterinary medicine.
I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BS in Biology in 2010. As an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa to work hands on with wildlife conservation. During my time at Seattle Pacific University, I also took care of the science department's laboratory animals. Following graduation, I spent a summer volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Then, I took a year off to work full time as a veterinary assistant which allowed me to gain more experience before veterinary school.
I earned my veterinary degree from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. My specific areas of interest include surgery, dermatology, dentistry and preventative medicine. My husband Alex and I are happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest. For fun, I love spending time with friends and family, playing soccer and being outdoors with my Pitbull, Willis. It is my goal to provide the best medicine for your four-legged family members. I hope to develop lasting relationships with the clients at Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital and I look forward to meeting you!
My name is Dr. Lindsey Hornickel and I am thrilled to be a part of the Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital! I grew up in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin. Much of my childhood was spent around dairy cattle, as well as with farm dogs and cats. As a child, I would look through my father's old textbooks from veterinary school with fascination and curiosity. I cultivated a passion for animal medicine and knew early on that I wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
In 2000, I moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota. Throughout my undergraduate years, I volunteered at the humane society, animal therapy programs, and worked in a small animal clinic. I completed my bachelor of science degree in biology in 2004 and continued working as a veterinary assistant. The blend of my experiences sparked an interest in infectious diseases and population medicine and catalyzed my decision to pursue a degree in public health.
In 2006, I began my Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree in environmental health and infectious disease at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. During graduate school, I worked at the Minnesota Department of Health with the State Public Heath Veterinarian. Working at the intersection of human and animal health reinvigorated my lifelong goal of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
In 2012, I graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, I spent three years practicing large and small animal medicine in rural Wisconsin. I moved to Seattle in 2015 and since then I have practiced exclusively small animal medicine.
I have a three-legged Pitbull mix named Jewels. Outside of the clinic I love skiing, exploring the PNW, cooking, and snuggling Jewels. I met Drs. Rogers and Newby after moving to Seattle in 2015 and have become good friends over the years. Joining them and the entire team at Loyal Family is a dream come true! I look forward to meeting you and caring for your furry loyal family member.
My name is Dr. Laura Nelson and I am very excited to be joining the amazing team at Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital! I am originally from a small town just south of San Francisco and at a very young age decided I was going to grow to be a veterinarian. In 5th grade, I raised a guide dog puppy for the blind and was able to witness the amazing bond humans and animals can share with each other. In middle school I started volunteering at a local vet clinic which progressed to working as an internal medicine nurse at a specialty vet hospital in high school and where I fell in love with medicine and all its complexities. In my free time, I volunteered at numerous animal shelters and have raised countless litters of stray kittens - only a couple of which became foster failures. All these experiences solidified my childhood dream of one day making a career out of helping animals.
I graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA with BS in Animal Science. Throughout my time at Cal Poly I was able to continue working with companion animals as well get exposure to a variety of other animals as well - including working with the laboratory animals at the on-campus vivarium. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Costa Rica and Nicaragua with an organization called VIDA and was able to perform free spay/neuter surgeries for pets of low-income families.
I graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, I moved back to the west coast and completed a one-year internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle where I worked alongside numerous specialists, further enhancing my knowledge and skills. After completing my internship, I worked at a general practice in West Seattle before joining Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital. My specific areas of interest include preventative care, internal medicine and surgery. For fun, I enjoy yoga, hiking, traveling with my fiance and obsessing over my pit bull mix puppy named Harper. I look forward to meeting you and helping you provide the best care for your furry loved ones!