Our Team

About Us

Northwest Veterinary Clinic is affiliated with Ferndale Veterinary Hospital in Ferndale, WA.  We hope you enjoy our bio's below!  There's so much that could be said here, but words are not really worth a whole lot.  Come and visit--you will experience a team approach to medicine where your concern is heard and addressed, and your pet is well-cared for.  We appreciate that you took the time to check us out!

Dr. Johner

His first name is Kim, so it’s kind of like the Johnny Cash song, Boy named Sue—he grew up fast and tough.  Originally from the frozen tundra of Saskatchewan, Canada, he loves the Pacific Northwest climate.  In vet school he spent his classroom time on a Caribbean island (no, seriously!  ask him about it), and then his clinical year at WSU.  Dr. Johner enjoys darts, wood working, writing, and not horseback riding.  He loses his composure when he smells Woods coffee, and is often found slinking around the fireplace there.

Melissa, Reception

If you come in on throwback Thursdays, you might be greeted with some singing, that's all we can say about that.  Melissa is indeed the face of Ferndale Veterinary Hospital, and maybe the heart too! Melissa has worked with animals for over 7 years, including 5 years of grooming.  She threatens to take care of Doc when he refuses to go in for his haircut in a timely fashion. She is also queen of the Ferndale Chair Dancing Club.  Busta moooove, girl! Recently voted Most Likely to Spill Her Guts.  But not gossiping.  Really spilling them.  Here comes lunch.  Woah, was that a pickle in the vomitus?  Gross.  Good thing she looks good in green, cause she's going to be jaundiced for months.

Michelle, Reception

If you could call anyone birdbrain and get away with it, it could be Michelle.  An avid avian admirer, she might take it as a compliment!  Enraptured with raptors.  Also a terrific and talonted (see that raptor pun there?) receptionist, able to juggle phone lines and scheduling and patient checkins and still chew gum and smile, feathers unruffled.  Rarely beaks off.  Eggxactly what we need up front.  (There's just so much material to riff on when it comes to birds, I had no idea...)

Amanda, Technician

Amanda is much smarter than Doc, but she lets him pretend he’s the boss.  Amanda is a Certified Veterinary Assistant from Bellingham Technical College. She grew up in Point Roberts on a hobby farm with pets ranging from dogs to birds, snakes to horses.  Today she has her own more conventional hobby farm outside of Ferndale.  She, her husband, and her dog Odin care for their sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, and now their daughter, little Abbey!  Amanda's professional interests include cardiology and oncology.  She is lousy at darts however.


Rochelle, Technician

Still waters run deep, as the saying goes.  So nice to have a colleague with attention to detail, thoughtful and compassionate.  If she were a Harry Potter character, she would be...well, you'll have to decide for yourself.  Interesting question though.  Glad she's brought her magic to our clinic.