Meet the friendly staff at Maplewood Animal Hospital!
Dr. Rabkin grew up in Long Island, NY, and from a very early age he felt with certainty that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He has always felt an overwhelming desire to advocate for the well-being of all animals. He attended Veterinary school in Turin, Italy and practiced on Long Island for 15 years before moving to Bellingham and establishing Maplewood Animal Hospital. He considers his work at Maplewood AH to be a labor of love, and remains after more than 30 years of practice, energized, impassioned, humbled, grateful and honored to be a part of this profession. Some special areas of interest to him are orthopedics, dermatology and reproduction. Dr. Rabkin feels blessed to live in this magical part of the world. He enjoys snow sports, hiking, biking, kayaking, gardening and playing ice hockey. He happily shares his life with his wife, daughter, one dog and 4 cats. Dr. Rabkin can be contacted at email@example.com
Dr. Christine Monroe grew up on a horse farm in Michigan. She started riding at 2yrs old, showing horses at 5 yrs old and they continue to be her biggest hobby. Spending time with them helps keep her happy. She graduated with a BS from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI and earned her DVM degree in 1993 from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI Moving to Ferndale, WA in 1998, Dr. Monroe began working at Maplewood Animal Hospital in 2000 and became a Co-Owner (with Dr. David Rabkin) in 2009. She shares her small hobby farm with her fiancé, Todd, son, James and daughter, Jolie, along with an assortment of dogs, cats, horses, goats, ducks, geese, chickens and pigeons. Dr. Monroe enjoys all aspects of preventative and diagnostic medicine, soft tissue surgery and she has a special interest in ferret medicine. She is also very happy and proud to provide services for many local rescue groups and shelters. Aside from her horses, Dr. Monroe is an avid sports fan. She is the #1 fan of her children’s sports which include Ferndale High School Football, Basketball, Baseball and Volleyball along with the Northwest Silver Stars All Star competitive cheerleading. Plus, of course, Michigan State Football and the Seattle Seahawks! Dr. Monroe loves being a part of the community we share with our clients and their fur kids. Dr. Monroe can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Andras is a recent Bellingham transplant, by way of central Massachusetts. She grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has lived and practiced all over the country, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Idaho, Oregon, and now Washington! Particular areas of professional interest include health issues of large breed dogs, surgery, and Dr. Andras is newly certified to administer Veterinary Acupuncture. When she is not working she loves to spend time outdoors hiking, swimming, and skiing with her fiancé Mike and their three dogs. Dr. Andras is looking forward to meeting all the furry patients and pet parents at Maplewood Animal Hospital! Dr. Andras can be contacted at email@example.com
Dr. Megan Burgmuller grew up in Western Montana and decided she wanted to be a veterinarian in 3rd grade. With a love for animals and passion for science and medicine, she can't imagine doing anything else! She first fell in love with the Pacific Northwest when she attended the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma WA. At UPS, she received a degree in Biology and participated on the varsity women's rowing team. During the summers, she returned to Montana to work as a whitewater river guide and volunteer at veterinary clinics. Dr. Burgmuller attended veterinary school at Colorado State University. Her interests include preventive medicine and soft tissue surgery. In her free time, Dr. Burgmuller enjoys traveling, kayaking, snowboarding, and hiking with her big white dog, Henry! Dr. Burgmuller is extremely excited to call beautiful Bellingham home and looks forward to meeting all the pets and pet parents in the community. Dr. Burgmuller can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
A long time PNW resident, Sionán recently relocated to Bellingham. She has spent over 30 years in the Veterinary field spending time as a groomer, a receptionist, a Licensed Veterinary Technician and for 7+ years as a Practice Manager. She finds it exciting to watch the changes as medical advances help improve the quality of our furry kid’s lives. Her professional goals include making the hospital as stress free an environment as possible for the patients, the clients and staff. Her professional goals now include preparing for the exam to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager! Very Exciting! When she’s not working, she likes to be in ballet class or relaxing with her hubby and their fur kids! Sionán can be reached at email@example.com
Ione has also been here almost from the beginning. She was a volunteer with a rescue organization that used the clinic prior to Dr. Rabkin taking it over. Originally from the Seattle area, she enjoys the change of pace, but closeness to the big city. She likes that she can combine her accounting degree with her love of animals. The fact her dog gets to come to work with her is an added bonus. Time with friends, pets, movie trivia and coffee keep her going.
Shelby is a long time local resident. She’s been with us for 5 years, but in this field for 17yrs! She loves getting to know all our clients and their furkids. When she’s not running our front desk, her family and family fur kids keep her busy with camping and sports. Given the chance she loves to curl up with a good book.
Kaylee is originally from the wonderful Bend Oregon where she grew up around all sorts of animals. Showing in 4-h and FFA her whole life, she has always had a passion for animals. After relocating to Whatcom County 2 years ago she has been working in the veterinary field for just over 1 year. Since starting in this field she has begun schooling for her Vet Technician license. When not working you can find her spending time with her husband, two dogs, cat, goats, and horse.
Bridget, originally from Brier, WA, moved to beautiful Bellingham in 2012. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, she decided to pursue her love of animals and entered the veterinary field as an assistant. Bridget fell in love with her work and will be attending Bellingham Technical College this fall to earn her LVT. When not at the clinic, Bridget can be found skiing and hiking in the Mt. Baker backcountry, swimming, or fly fishing her secret spot.
Laura has been with us since 2012. Her love for the animals is obvious in everything she does and we are grateful to have her here. She’s been around animals all her life, and earned her Certificate in Veterinary Assisting right after high school. She loves enjoying the natural beauty we have so close, and takes every opportunity to bike, hike, boat, run or swim. A love of the outdoors is a theme with our employees!
Heidi came to us right out of high school. She began as a hospital cleaner, and has worked her way to being an Assistant. Along with working with our patients, she also keeps our pharmacy organized. She has brought a lot to our clinic since 2009. She is currently working on her Veterinary Technician studies with the on-line Penn Foster program. When she’s not working or studying, she and her fiancé enjoy dancing.
Jessica came from northern California and has been in the PNW since 2003. She has been around animals all her life and worked in this field since she was 18. Not only is she an experienced Assistant, she’s also in charge of our dietary section. She is currently pursuing certification in Animal Nutrition. If she’s not studying, she’s spending time with her family or relaxing, riding her horse.
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Maddie Is a local to the area. She’s worked in kennels and doggy day cares for the past 3 years. She’s excited to have moved into the veterinary field and enjoys learning new things every day in her new role as a Technician’s Assistant. When she’s not here, her time is filled with family, friends and hanging out with her dog.
Leanne is a student at WWU completing her prerequisites for Veterinary School. She has worked around animals for about 10yrs and loves the varied experiences she has had. We appreciate her hard work, keeping our hospital clean and ready for each day’s adventures. When she’s not at work, she’s running Bellingham’s trails with her dog, or just hanging out together watching movies.
Susanna grew up in the California Bay Area, before moving to Bellingham to attend western Washington university. She graduated with a B.S. in environmental science; knowing that she wanted to work with animals as a career. She has spent several years training sled dogs in Oregon and that is what really sparked her interest in veterinary medicine. She plans to go back to school to become a veterinary technician at some point in the future! When she's not at work, she loves to teach Zumba at local gyms or spend time enjoying the outdoors, rain or shine.