Vets For Less Animal Clinic - Federal Way, Washington
Low Cost Veterinary Services









 

Our Doctors and Staff

 


 


Jeffrey W. Miller, DVM
graduated from the University of California Davis in 1974. He is the owner of Vets for Less, Inc., and has practiced exclusively on small animals for over 38 years.

Jeff grew up on a farm in Connecticut and came west while serving in the United States Navy. His outside interests include farming and Field Trialing English Springer Spaniels on pheasants. In 2014 Jeff was inducted into the Field Trial Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, Tennessee for his accomplishments with his English Springer Spaniels. Two of Jeff's dogs are also in the Field Trial Hall of Fame, and five of Jeff's dogs have become National Field Trial Champions in the United States and Canada.

Jeff's expertise as a dog trainer has been invaluable in helping our clients who have pets with behavior problems. He understands the AKC show and field areas, and understands the needs of our clients involved in these events. Jeff has also written numerous articles for dog magazines, and has been featured on an episode of "Breed All About It" on the Animal Planet.

Jeff lives on a farm in Rochester, WA with his wife Sheila and their daughter Grace.



 


BenDetta Dickerson, DVM
graduated from Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1996. She wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 8 years old. She comes from a background of small animal medicine with an emphasis in both exotic animals and pocket pets. She has been with Vets For Less since 2007.

Although BenDetta was born in Stamford, CT, she lived in Seattle for most of her life and is the oldest of four children. She graduated from Cleveland High School and has worked in veterinary medicine off and on since she was 17 years old. She has worked at both daytime practices and at an emergency clinic. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from WSU. She did, however, take a break from veterinary medicine to work in the legal field. She worked in both litigation and bankruptcy before applying to veterinary school.

Her two large dogs and geriatric cat take up most of her spare time. She enjoys reading mysteries, cooking, and watching her favorite show ("Monk") on television. She is also in the process of writing a cookbook. 



Dr. Barringham
 


Ron Barringham, DVM graduated from the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and completed a surgical internship in 2009.  Dr. Barringham joined the Vets for Less team in 2012.

A native of Washington State, "Dr. B" enjoys the outdoors, is an avid reader and humor enthusiast, an animal lover and skilled handyman.   He has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe and looks forward to future world travel opportunities. 

To his family's delight, he also knows his way around a kitchen (his "elephant ears" are unparalleled).  A devoted family man, he and his girlfriend live in Graham with daughters Ailee and Maryn, two dogs, a cat and a Shetland pony.


Dr. Lum
 


Soyang Lum, DVM graduated from the Chonnam National University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in Korea in 2007. She worked in private practice as a small animal veterinarian in Seoul, Korea from 2007 until 2010.   

Dr. Lum moved to Washington State from Korea in 2010 with her husband, who has been serving in the U.S. Army as an officer. She studied and volunteered at veterinary hospitals and animal shelters for two years in Washington to get accredited to practice veterinary medicine in the USA, and she obtained her Washington State Veterinary License in April 2013 and joined the Vets For Less team in August 2013. 

In her free time she enjoys watching movies, bike riding, knitting, crocheting, scuba diving, and traveling. She has traveled quite a bit through Asian countries, Peru, and Australia, and looks forward to future Europe travel opportunities.

Dr. Lum has three furry kids at home, Minion, a shih tzu that is really cute, Catopher, a handsome grey cat, and Cozy Kitty, who likes to talk all the time.


Dr. Ohtomo
 


Yukari Ohtomo, DVM graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and is excited to start her new life in the Pacific Northwest joining the Vets For Less team in May of 2016.

Dr. Ohtomo spent most of her childhood playing travel ice hockey and spent some time coaching hockey to kids back in Chicago (Go Blackhawks!) She also loves to travel and has spent some time vacationing all over Asia, researching in the Galapagos Islands, and volunteering in Costa Rica.

Dr. Ohtomo has three pets that she adopted throughout her veterinary career. A calico cat named Chewie, a golden retriever mix named Nala, and a Chihuahua named Truman.




Caz receptionist
 


Cazzeri "Caz" Upton, Clinic Bookkeeper

Cazzeri is our Clinic Bookkeeper. She started at our practice in February 2014 working as a Veterinary Receptionist, where she still supervises and assists, and she is also a Registered Veterinary Medication Clerk. She grew up in her grandma's grooming shop in the Renton Highlands, "Granny's Pad Grooming". She also helped breed, show and race her families coveted Whippets.

Having moved back to Washington after living near Monterey Bay in central California for a few years,  "Caz", as she usually goes by, has a beautiful daughter named Ramona and a lovely little one-eyed Shih Tzu who answers to Gnarly.  In her free time she enjoys strumming along to old folk songs on her mandolin.

 



Holly receptionist
 


Holly Yaudas, LVT, Clinic and Personnel Manager

Holly is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and is our Clinic and Personnel Manager. She completed the Veterinary Technology program at the PIMA Medical Institute in Renton, passing her VTNE in December 2016. 

Holly joined the Vets For Less team in April 2013. Holly has two dogs, a black lab mix named Tank, and a Australian Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix named Fiona. She also has two cats, Ting Ting and Oscar. In her free time Holly enjoys hiking, running, cooking, and working on her yard or house.




Jennifer Morris LVT
 


Jennifer Morris, Lead LVT, Patient Care Manager

Jennifer is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from the veterinary technology program at Pierce College in 2001. She joined Vets For Less in April 2009.

Jennifer has worked in the veterinary profession since 1994. She has a passion for veterinary dental care, and has been a member of the American Veterinary Dental Association since 2006. Her hobbies include running, biking, fishing, and camping with her husband. She has three cats, two females named Goldie and Tina and one male named Kruger.



Jessie assistant 
 


Jessie Reynolds, LVT

Jessie is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from the PIMA Medical Institute in Renton and passed her VTNE in December 2016.

 She has known ever since she was a young child that she wanted her life to revolve around animals. She has a cat named Koda, whom she adopted as an abandoned kitten, and a dog named Chester, whom she adopted after he was abandoned as well. In her free time Jessie enjoys running, hiking, drawing, and spending time with her friends and family.



Jess English LVT 
 


Jess English, LVT

Jess is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from the PIMA Medical Institute in Renton in 2015.

Jess grew up in Wyoming and has always owned a bunch of animals. She has known she wanted to work in the veterinary field since she was a child. Prior to joining the Vets For Less team Jess worked at a cats only practice for a year, and prior to attending the PIMA Medical Institute she served for 8 years in the United States Navy.

Jess has a long coated  tri-colored Chihuahua named Gizmo, four cats named Nina, Mishka, Ivan and Kira, and four ferrets, Milo, Loki, Isis, and Jinx. In her free time Jess enjoys motocross, hunting, fishing, hiking and camping with her boyfriend Brandon, whom she met in the Navy, and she assists with the Hope Hounds Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation. 

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Jessica Lockwood LVT 
 


Jessica Lockwood, LVT

Jessisa is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from the PIMA Medical Institute in 2016.

Prior to joining Vets For Less Jessica worked for 4 years in other veterinary practices, and ran her own ferret rescue. She is married with two lovely children, Madilyn and Wyatt. In her free time she enjoys hiking,  going places with her dogs and kids, movies, music and cooking.

Jessica has a lab-Doberman mix named Buddy, a border collie - heeler mix named Rosie, four cats (Oreo, Mr. Smee, Sally, and Baloo), a Russian Tortoise named Master Uguay, an African Grey parrot named Tuesday, and two ferrets, Rapunzel and Ryder.

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Debbie assistant

 


Debbie

Debbie is our lead Veterinary Assistant and Registered Veterinary Medication Clerk. She has worked for Vets For Less, Inc since November 2000, and has worked at this Federal Way clinic since its opening day in June 2004. She has five wonderful children, three dogs, five cats, and a cockatiel.

 




Paul assistant
 


Paul

Paul is a Veterinary Assistant and Registered Veterinary Medication Clerk who graduated from the Veterinary Assisting Program at Renton Technical College. He has a medium sized tan Askal dog named Junior who likes to play and eat. In his free time Paul enjoys spending quality time with his family, watching movies, and going on road trips.

 




Karena assistant
 


Karena

Karena is a Veterinary Assistant and Registered Veterinary Medication Clerk who graduated from the Veterinary Assisting Program at the PIMA Medical Institute in 2016, and who also received her AA degree from Highline Community College in 2012.  Karena has four cats, Biggie, Feliz, Smokey and Fluffy, and one dog Tara, a  Papillion Chihuahua mix. In her free time Karena enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, spending time with her friends and family, and anything to do with heights, and she hopes to go sky diving sometime in the near future.

 




Danielle receptionist
 


Danielle

Danielle is a Veterinary Receptionist and Registered Veterinary Medication Clerk. She has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies and is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at Penn Foster College, working towards her Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.  Prior to joining the Vets For Less team in 2016, Danielle worked at two zoos both in the education department and doing animal handling presentations. Danielle has a cat named Chester, a collie mix dog named Naia, and a hedgehog named Thomas.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping and traveling. 

 





Laura reception assistant
 


Laura

Laura is a Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist. Prior to joining our team she worked at a dog boarding kennel. Laura has two  pitbull mix dogs named Rex and Stormy.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, riding horses, going to the movies, and doing anything outside.

 





Alysha assistant
 


Alysha

Alysha is a Veterinary Assistant. She completed a veterinary assistant course while still in high school, and previously worked at a veterinary hospital in Florida for 5 years. Alysha has a son named Abel, and a chocolate lab named Colt. In hr free time she enjoys photography, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest.

 





Brennan receptionist
 


Brennan

Brennan is a Veterinary Receptionist. Prior to joining our team she had over 10 years of experience in the animal care and veterinary industry, ranging from grooming and dog training to assisting in a veterinary clinic to managing an all-inclusive pet resort and veterinary center in Southern California, before moving to Washington State in November 2016. Brennen has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management with a Specialization Emphasis in Human Resources. She is in the process of completing several national certifications for dog training, and she has a goal of becoming a certified animal behaviorist as well. She is considering going back to school for a certification in canine massage and to become a Veterinary Technician, and some day her ultimate dream is to obtain a doctorate in the field. Brennen has an Italia Mastiff named Mekala and a German Shepherd-Terrier mix named "Scampers with Wolves", aka Scamp. In her free time she likes to volunteer at shelters and rescues to aid in helping pets become more desirable adoptions through training.