Meet the Team

Our Doctors



Dr. Bart Iaia is a 1992 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include dentistry, nutrition, and animal behavior. Dr. Iaia also has interests in complementary medicine and has completed courses in Lomilomi, and is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from the Chi Institute. Dr. Bart enjoys spending time with his wife Denise, their daughters Brie and Gianna, and the household pets. “I have always admired Veterinary Medicine. It truly is a profession that allows one to practice all aspects of medicine.”

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Dorothy Kielkopf, VMD

Dr. Dorothy Kielkopf grew up around the country, her parents being in the army. She attended Penn State University and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Geography. She worked with the government for a brief time, and then decided to return to school to receive her Veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1998. She has been practicing ever since, in the Puget Sound region.

“Being a Veterinarian, I feel I'm able to make a tangible difference in the lives of people and their pets. I left my government job because I saw no end to my work, but working with pets, I find a common ground with their owners because we both care for the same thing."

Our Team

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Helena Simpson, Practice Manager

Helena is a PNW native, she joined our team in May 2019. She has had a care and passion for animals from as far back as she can remember. She decided to put that passion into reality when she obtained her certificate of veterinary assisting from Apollo College in Portland, OR in 2007. A 2016 graduate of Oregon State University with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Sciences (with a focus in animal science) her goal was to bring a more caring focus to animals and helping guide and educate owners to build upon their already loving relationship with their four-legged companions. She has 2 cats, Priscilla, Mr. Stitches, and a sweet dog named Herman. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, doing puzzles, reading, and traveling the world to experience all it has to offer.  

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Nikkia Atkinson, Veterinary Assistant

Recent UW graduate, Nikki Atkinson has worked with Evergreen Animal Hospital for 3+ years. Since transferring from Washington DC back to the Gig Harbor area, she has broadened her knowledge in laser therapy. When she isn't learning new techniques in the veterinary field, Nikki can be found writing screenplays or filming on set!

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Virginia Castronuevo, LVT.

Jenny Castronuevo has been with Evergreen Animal Hospital for 5+ years and is excited to begin her holistic journey at Pet Zen Animal Wellness. Starting from the bottom, with hard work and dedication, she earned her position as a licensed veterinary technician. Her interests include photography and animal behavioral training. In her free time, Jenny enjoys taking photos, hiking, and trying out new food spots with her best friends!

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Crystal Milhone, Receptionist

Bio coming soon! 

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Abby Aspee, Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

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Kim Larson, Veterinary Assistant/Kennel

Bio coming soon! 

PetZen Animal Wellness

3604 56th Street Northwest

Gig Harbor, WA 98355

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

(253) 649-5100

Hours and/or services may vary due to COVID-19

Monday Closed

Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday Closed

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