Pine Tree Veterinary Hospital

Meet Our Technicians and Assistants

Tigger aka Mathew Birch

Mathew "Tigger" Birch, LVT, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

Tigger, as most people know him, was born Mathew Birch. A Seattle native, he started working professionally with animals in 2000. His passion for animals started as a child visiting his grandparents' farm on Whidbey Island. By his late teens and through his early 20's he was raising rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and goats, as well as owning ferrets, a California gopher snake, a painted turtle, a black Labrador and several cats. In spring of 1999 he started volunteering at P.A.W.S. Wildlife Center. He enjoyed wildlife rehabilitation so much that upon being hired the following spring he spent most of 6 years there. In 2005, after working with everything from hummingbirds to eagles and opossums to black bear, he started work as a Veterinary Assistant in a mixed practice hospital and continued to work with wildlife on the side. He received both a Veterinary Technicians License and WA Wildlife Rehabilitators Permit in 2010. In addition to working as an LVT, he helped to found South Sound Critter Care Wildlife Center in 2009. He is currently working with Featherhven Native Songbird Rehabilitation in Enumclaw, as well as consulting for For Heaven Sake Wildlife Center in Rochester.

In his off time he enjoys spending time with his wife, children and his current pets, which include Jake the dog, the cats Sassy Willow and Hermione, a sugar glider named Roo, Rupert the rex bunny, Happy the cockatiel, and Elva, Fiona, and Skeeter the chickens (known collectively as "the girls").

Favorite animal: Red Fox

Chelsey Sutton

Chelsey Sutton, LVT

Chelsey Sutton has been around animals her whole life. She devotes a great deal of her time to taking care of all types of pet companions. She currently owns nine snakes, about twenty geckos, a salt water tank full of fish, and two wonderful dogs. In 2019, Chelsey completed online courses with on-the-job training that qualified her to become a licensed veterinary technician in the states of Washington and California. Her dream is to one day open her own animal hospital, so she may take care of any type of animal in need of medical attention.

In her spare time, Chelsey loves to spend time with her friends, family and her animals. She also enjoys taking her dogs for walks around Lake Washington with her boyfriend. And she gravitates toward being outdoors, especially if it involves camping, hiking, or white water rafting.

Favorite animal: Toucan

Cayle Brown

Cayle Brown, LVT

Cayle has always been around animals, and when she was little she decided that one day she was going to become a Veterinarian. She is well on her way to achieving that goal, having recently received her Veterinary Technician license from Pierce College. Through the course of her life she has cared for a small parade of dogs, cats, rabbits, frogs and fish. Currently Cayle has a pair of guinea pigs (Nismo and Gus), a chocolate lab shepherd mix named Kassi, and 2 bengal cats named Bree and Autumn.

Cayle has always had a passion for riding horses and attended horse camps when she was younger. She has also volunteered for Critterqueen Rabbit Rescue, in addition to her constant pet sitting for friends. In her spare time Cayle likes to go on hikes, go camping, walk on the beach or do anything that involves getting outside with her boyfriend or family. She also enjoys photography and cars, so she is always up for going on long drives and discovering new places.

Favorite animal: Cow

Brigitte Stafford

Brigitte Stafford, LVT

As strange as it may sound, when Brigitte was a young child she was petrified of animals. Her aunt's little dogs would bark at and chase her. And her grandmother's pony once backed her into an electric fence! Since then, however, Brigitte has more than overcome her fear of animals and has pursued her passion of working with them. She even dreams of working with zoo or wild animals. She's owned dogs, cats, fish, mice, rats, hamsters, lizards, and a ferret and loved them all completely and equally. Even before she started the veterinary assisting and technician program at Pima Medical Institute, Brigitte had already starting working at an animal clinic. She learned very quickly that animal medicine was her field of interest. She recently graduated the from the veterinary technician program in August, 2019 and became licensed shortly thereafter.

Her free time is spent enjoying her pets, family, and friends. Brigitte's mother is a native of New Zealand, so not only is it a place she has longed to visit, she hopes to live there someday.

Favorite animal: Ferret

Tori Primm

Tori Primm, Veterinary Assistant

Tori learned at a young age to care for animals, as her grandma is a breeder of corgis. She has always loved being surrounded by animals including dogs, cats, horses, parakeets and fish. Tori attended PIMA Medical Institute and graduated in June 2018 with her certification as a Veterinary Assistant. She currently lives in Enumclaw with her two cats and she hopes some day soon to add a puppy to the family.

This past summer, Tori was able to fulfill a life-long dream and interact with wolves. In her free time, Tori enjoys spending time outdoors with her fiancé, Cody. She loves spending time hiking and camping as well as snowboarding in the winter. She hopes in the future to further her education and become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Tori aspires to travel to many places around the world such as New Zealand, Greece and Ireland, to name a few.

Favorite animal: Wolf

Samantha Sherry

Samantha Sherry, Veterinary Assistant

Sammie has always had a focus on helping animals. As a kid, her goal was to become a veterinarian and work with animals. Growing up she had dogs and cats and helped her uncle with his horses, mules and chickens. Currently, she has a border collie/lab puppy named Belle, three cats named Seymore, Lucy and Ruger and a pug named Todd Barkley. Sammie’s goal is to obtain her veterinary technician degree and help animals as much as possible. She has previously volunteered with the Auburn Valley Humane Society.

In her spare time, Sammie likes reading, cooking and baking, playing video games, walking her dogs or taking them to the dog park, drawing, and riding horses whenever she can.

Favorite animal: Gray Wolf

Courtney Shaffer

Courtney Shaffer, Veterinary Assistant

Courtney started life with a fish and a cat and, growing up, couldn't imagine life without animal friends. In Highschool Courtney expanded her ability to care for animals while volunteering at a wildlife rehab center. After graduating from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology, with a focus in Biotechnology; she got a job as a Veterinary Assistant- a field she has come to love and one where she plans to stay.

When not studying for her Veterinary Technician license, she spends time with her pug pair or tends to one of her two aquariums. Courtney's hobbies are gardening, drawing, and playing video games or board games. One of her life goals is to keep chickens and goats one day.

Favorite animal: Dog

Kari Severud

Kari Severud, Veterinary Assistant

Kari grew up around a wide variety of animals. She loves helping out all animals as best she can. Currently she is attending Green River College studying math and science. One day she hopes to transfer into College of Engineering at the University of Washington. Kari's dream job would be to work at SpaceX helping get people into space.

To relax, Kari spends time playing video games on her computer, knitting, and reading books. While at home she also loves playing with her cat Ashes and feeding her plenty of treats.

Favorite animal: Tiger

Alora Jentzsch

Alora Jentzsch, Veterinary Assistant

Growing up, Alora always felt a connection with animals and wanted to choose a career where she could both get to work with and learn more about them. As a veterinary assistant, she can do both. She really enjoys helping clients improve the lives of their pets. Her career goal for the future is to continue her education path to become a licensed veterinary technician.

Outside of work, Alora loves playing video games or reading a good book. She is also a fan of table top Dungeons and Dragons. But nothing beats cuddling with her pugs, Archer and Kangaroo(Kanga), while watching TV. Or watching Serena, her ragdoll cat, sun bathing on the deck when it’s warm outside. And then there is Toffee, her new hamster, for whom her heart melted the moment she saw her.

Favorite animal: Dolphin