We are pleased to announce an exciting initiative!
Due to their education and knowledge, we believe our Licensed Veterinary Technicians should be referred to and treated as veterinary nurses. Between the education they have received and the real-world experience they have, we know how valuable and knowledgeable they are and we fully believe in elevating them to the top of their license so that they may use their education and expertise to help provide excellent care to our clients and patients. Our patients will now have the opportunity to have certain appointments set up with our nurses; our clients with questions will often get the expertise of our nurses over the phone. We are excited for our clients to get to know Tammy, Elizabeth, and Abby and see the value in our nurse visits!
Get to know your Spokane veterinary team!
We’re committed to providing quality and comprehensive care in a low-stress environment for our patients to enhance their quality of life. Veterinary care should not be just physical but emotional as well. Our low-stress experience is tailored for each patient. We work with our clients at each visit to accomplish their goals while keeping their pets calm.
Dr. Megan E. Bauer
Dr. Megan Bauer is a veterinarian and the practice owner here at Latah Creek Animal Hospital. She grew up in North Carolina and moved to Spokane after high school. She attended Eastern Washington University for her undergraduate degree, taught English in France for one year, then returned to the area to attend veterinary school at Washington State University (Go Cougs!!!).
Dr. Megan graduated in 2015 and started working as a veterinarian here at Latah Creek Animal Hospital, then bought the practice from her dad in 2017. Dr. Megan is passionate about animal behavior and internal medicine and also has a special interest in feline medicine.
Dr. Megan has two dogs: a Miniature Poodle named Remy Pierre and a Poodle/Chihuahua mix named Oliver Elvis. Oliver is a Pawsitive Dog Prison Program graduate! She also has two cats, Momo and Chandler, who think they are the bosses of the house!
In her free time, Dr. Megan enjoys training and competing with her dogs. Remy has been doing agility since he was a puppy and has many titles to show for it! Oliver recently started doing nose work and is really enjoying it so far.
Jessica entered the veterinary field in 2003 as an assistant and receptionist, then grew into the hospital manager role. Her career as a hospital manager began in 2010. She completed her bachelor’s degree in HR management at EWU, then pursued her certification in veterinary hospital management. Completing her certified veterinary practice managers certification (CVPM) in 2016.
Jessica is very passionate about the veterinary field. She enjoys meeting clients and patients. And she loves being a part of keeping your four-legged family members healthy. She also loves that she gets to help team members grow and be successful while also helping the hospital grow.
Jessica shares her home with her husband, three kids, a Great Dane named Liberty, a Golden Retriever named Dash, and two kitties, Gus and Rocco Wilson. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer with and against her husband. But most of her time is spent carpooling kids from one sporting event to another.
Tammy’s favorite part about working in the veterinary field is creating bonds with clients and their 4-legged family members. She also enjoys sharing her knowledge and education with the clients. Her passion is dentistry, and she believes that you get happy pets and happy clients after a dental cleaning.
Tammy has been Fear Free certified since January 2017 and is an advocate for the patients’ wellbeing. She loves seeing the patients happy to come in the front door and leave wagging their tail or purring!
Tammy’s family consists of her husband of 40 years, Jeff, their cat, and honeybees. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cycling, beekeeping, and watching movies, and reading.
Elizabeth joined our team in December 2020 as a veterinary technician. She graduated with high honors from Eastern Wyoming college in 2018 with her degree in veterinary technology. Her favorite part about veterinary medicine is working with clients to educate the public to help improve the lives of patients. Her favorite part about fear free is that it allows for much more positive experiences. She also really enjoys getting puppies off on the right foot with proper education.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Wyoming and moved to the beautiful state of Washington in 2010. She now lives outside of Cheney with her husband on a working cattle ranch. They have a 4 year old heeler named Tank, 3 cats, 2 horses, a foal expected in the summer, chickens, and plan to add a border collie to their home this spring. In her free time, Elizabeth can be found working on the family ranch, camping, horseback riding and snowboarding.
She looks forward to meeting you and your fur family.
Abby joined our team in August of 2021 after moving to Spokane from the west side of the state. Abby brought her sweet dog Chamomile in for an appointment and after meeting her and learning about her experience as a nurse, we knew we had to hire her. While on the west side, Abby attending Pierce College’s Veterinary Technology program and graduated in 2017.
Abby’s favorite part of working in the veterinary field is building a bond with both the patient and their owners that lasts a lifetime. The best part of working in a fear free clinic for Abby is that she gets to work with patients to have a calm and enjoyable visit with us every time that they come into the clinic. We want them to enjoy coming to see us as much as we enjoy seeing them.
Abby’s family consists of her boyfriend, Andy, and their 2 pets; a 9-year-old beagle mix, Chamomile, and a 1-year-old domestic longhair cat, Hoot. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking, volleyball, fishing, and snowboarding.
Lead Veterinary Assistant
Jordyn was born and raised in Spokane and currently lives in Medical Lake with her boyfriend and their pets! They have a three-year-old Lab/Chesapeake Bay mix (pictured here) named Ellie and two cats, Rosie and Marie. She also has four siblings who are her absolute world. Out of the five of them, she is the oldest (20) and her youngest sibling is eighteen months old!
It was quite the journey for her to figure out that she wanted to be a veterinary assistant, but if you ask her mom, she will say Jordyn has always wanted to work in the veterinary field.
Jordyn is very excited to start her veterinary career at Latah Creek, and she can’t wait to meet our clients and all their furry friends!
Veterinary Assistant/Client Care Representative
Larissa joined our team in August of 2021. She comes to us with almost 2 years of valuable veterinary knowledge and we are happy that she chose to work with us.
Larissa’s favorite part about working in the veterinary field is building relationships with all the patients and clients. She loves to care for the pets and their owners. What she loves best about fear free is that it makes things very safe for the team and lowers the stress for all involved.
Larissa’s family consists of her husband, Jon, who is a full-time active Army National Guard, their 3 boys, Jack, Cruz, and Reese, and their 2 doggos, Ragnar the Irish wolfhound and Loki the german shepherd. In her spare time, she can be found at the gun club or fishing. She is always looking for activities to keep her boys busy.
Aliza joined our team in August of 2021 after finishing her bachelor’s in health science at Whitworth and has her sites set on further her education in the medical field.
Aliza’s favorite part about working in the veterinary field is being able to meet the clients and their furry friends when they come in for checkups. Being able to help the clients with their pet’s needs and making sure they have a healthy lifestyle.
Aliza loves being fear-free certified because it allows her the opportunity to look over the well-being of not only the animal as a whole but help clients get a better understanding of making their pets feel comfortable visiting the clinic safely.
Aliza was raised in Springfield, OR by her mother and grandmother. These are 2 of the most important people that helped raise Aliza to be the person she is today. Her significant other and her share a dog named Uko, who is a 3-year-old German Shephard. Outside of work, Aliza enjoys getting in lots of naps and spending time with family and friends. She loves traveling and seeing new places.
Veterinary Assistant / Client Care Representative
Aliesa joined our team in October 2021. She comes to us with a couple years of experience in the veterinary industry and she has a bachelors in biology from Idaho State University. We are very excited that she has chosen to join the Latah Creek team.
Aliesa’s favorite part about working in the veterinary field is that she gets to build relationships with both the pets and clients. She is also fear free certified and is excited to utilize the skills that she has learned. She likes the gentle, compassionate approach that fear free allows her to take with all the animals that come to the clinic.
Aliesa’s family consists of her husband Paul and the dogs, Louie, a brazilian mastiff, Xander, a bluetick coonhound, and Winston, a german shorthair pointer. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and dogs hiking, biking, swimming, running, and camping. She also enjoys triathlons.
Lead Client Care Representative
We welcomed Kenzie to the team in November 2020. We are so excited to add her knowledge to our growing team. Kenzie is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of our team and meet all of our clients and their pets.
Kenzie’s favorite part about working in the veterinary field is welcoming all of the new puppies and kittens and watching them grow and earning their trust. She really enjoys the fear free aspect of it because going through the certification has given her the skills to provide owners and their pets with a good experience.Kenize understands how stressful it can be to bring in a pet that is anxious and stressed.
Kenzie’s family consists of her parents and 1 brother. They have a family dog named Theo and 2 cats named Jax and Lucy. Kenzie has a 3 year old border collie named Waylon. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, bonfires, fishing, and teaching Waylon new tricks. She likes to spend time at her Grandma’s in St. Maries having fun floating the river, shooting, huckleberry picking and putting in some work splitting, stacking, and hauling wood. We always say ‘you can’t go to Grammy ‘s without doing some work!’
Dr. Steve A. Bauer - Retired
Dr. Steve Bauer is a graduate of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After building several successful practices in North Carolina, Dr. Bauer relocated with his family to Spokane and purchased Latah Creek Animal Hospital in 2003. He is passionate about providing quality care for all of your pets and prides himself in his ability to communicate clearly with his clients.
At this time, Dr. Bauer is semi-retired, coming in mostly to do surgeries. His spare time is spent with his other love—music! Dr. Bauer was a professional musician before becoming a veterinarian. Currently, he is the lead guitar player for the Zonky Jazz Band, Hot Club of Spokane, The Villa Blues Trio, and mandolin player for the Blue Streak Bluegrass Band.
If you go and see him play, make sure to say hello!
Robbie - Retired
Robbie has worked at Latah Creek Animal Hospital and worn many hats during her 17-year career, including hospital manager and receptionist. She enjoys interacting with all the animals and their owners!
Robbie graduated from Colorado State University (many years ago!) with a double degree in medical technology and microbiology. Before she started working at Latah Creek, she worked in human hospitals in the laboratory.
Robbie and her husband share their home with their three poodles.