Veterinarians

  • Dr.
    Don Henricksen
    Retired
    Washington State University is where Dr. Henricksen received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.We won't mention how many years ago! He opened Yelm Veterinary Hospital in 1976 in a small trailer on the present day site of our hospital. After many years in the large animal side of veterinary medicine he shifted gears to small animal medicine. He currently shares his time between Yelm and his vacation homes on the beaches of Washington and Mexico. He and his wife Karen love to travel and are enjoying retirement!
  • Dr.
    Chuck Kegley
    Retired
    When Dr. Kegley is not busy caring for his clients pet's, he and his wife split their time between family in Washington and Montana. His time in Montana allows him to catch up with his children and grandson as well as lend a hand on the family's historic cattle ranch (as seen on the Discovery Channel). Here in Washington he caters to 2 cats, and his beloved Boston Terrier Mr. Tubbs. In the last few years Dr. Kegley has been honing his skills in woodworking and now creates some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture for his friends and family. Every fall we can see a twinkle lights in his eyes as hunting season approaches.
  • Dr.
    Jerry Brown
    Veterinarian
    Dr. Brown is a lifetime resident of Yelm and became a Veterinarian at Yelm Veterinary Hospital over 30 years ago after graduating from Washington State University. His passion is in the surgery suite, specializing in orthopedic repairs. Dr Brown's hobbies include glass blowing, traveling the world, and wood working. His magnificent pieces of glass can be seen around the hospital in pieces like glass pumpkins, hearts, Christmas ornaments, and even lamp shades. All proceeds of his work benefit our wildlife rehabilitation fund. He is also heavily involved with World Vets making his surgical skills available to third world countries.
  • Dr.
    Claire Griffin
    Veterinarian
    Dr. Griffin was born in Tennessee and after graduating from the University of Tennessee, she ventured across the country to our beautiful state and fell in love with our area. She now has set her roots in Yelm and owns a house that is full of animals including, 2 cats, 4 dogs, and a coop full of chickens! Dr. Griffin loves to go hiking and especially enjoys the goat rocks wilderness area or anywhere she can go hiking with her dogs! Dr. Griffin is our other surgeon and has a special interest in ultrasonography.
  • Dr.
    Emily French
    Veterinarian
    Dr. French is another Washington State University Graduate, Go Cougs! Yelm has always been her home so it was natural that she join our hospital in 2010. Dr. French loves all her animals, consists of 2 cats, 4 dogs and 2 horses. Her husband owns his own small business in excavation. Dr. French rarely has an actual day off as she cares for her patients so much she is always coming by the Hospital to check in on them!
  • Dr.
    Michelle Raleigh
    Veterinarian
    Dr. Raleigh joined our team February 2016. She graduated from Washington State University in 2009 and actually completed her preceptorship with us before graduating! She has worked in Olympia, Puyallup and Tacoma before finally joining our team. Dr. Raleigh is originally from Olympia and her husband from Yelm so they are happy to be back in the area. Her and her husband have one son, two dogs, multiple chickens, and a few cows. Dr. Raleigh and her family enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and most things that involve being in the woods or on the water in our beautiful Pacific Northwest.
  • Dr.
    Catherine Van Dusen
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Van Dusen is the newest Doctor to join our growing practice. She brings with her some of the newest medicine Washington State University has to offer. Dr. Van Dusen and her best friend Rozzi (a shar pei mix) enjoy spending time outdoors, especially in their kayak together, on the sound. 

  • Dr.
    Michael Murray
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Murray brings with him a wealth of diverse veterinary experience, having worked in emergency medicine as well as general practice for nearly 25 years. He stays busy with his two young 'sons', Groot & Quill, and enjoys cycling (completed the STP!) and CrossFit with his (human) daughter, in his free time.