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2829 East 27th Ave
Spokane, WA 99223

P. (509) 535-3551 • F. (509) 532-9989
Pet Emergency Clinic: (509) 326-6670

Our Veterinarians

Christine Perry-Siems

Christine Perry-Siems, DVM/Owner

Dr. Siems always wanted to to be a doctor, but found human medicine and hospitals unwelcoming. So she decided to follow in hr dads foot steps and become a veterinarian.  She graduated from WSU in 1998. She finds creating lasting relationships with clients and their pets most rewarding.

Dr. Siems has a special interest in surgery, especially orthopedics. Her goal with every patient is to understand the clients concerns for their pet and offer compassionate care options that address these concerns.

Dr. Siems is working toward Fear Free Certification and loves the way the patients respond in a positive way.

Dr. Siems family consists of her husband Jeff, daughter Sophie, French Bulldog 'GiGi', and horses, ponies, chickens, and 'Rosebush' our cat.

Dr. Siems maintains the faith that things work out for the best, the way they were intended. She believes this is an optimistic outlook to live by.

Fear Free Certified Professional


Melanie Bowden, DVM

Dr. Melanie Bowden has a background in international relations. She lived in South Africa for a year working for not-for-profits on One Health initiatives looking at how animal, environmental, and human health all effect each other. It was this experience that showed her the beauty of the human-animal bond and interdependence on the animals in our lives.

No matter if it was for food, work, or companionship, each animal was highly valued, loved, and cared for and each human received spiritual and physical nourishment. When she returned to the states she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and applied for vet school. While in veterinary school, she was really drawn towards small animal and hobby farm medicine. Melanie graduated from WSU in 2016. She feels so privileged to help preserve, protect, and deepen the human-animal bond found between each pet parent and their pet.

Dr. Bowden has a special interest in behavior. Her goal with each patient is to truly listen to the pet parent to understand their unique relationship with their four-legged family member so she can provide the tailored care they need and deserve. Ultimately, she feels it is her job to help pet parents and patients in her care live longer, happier, healthier lives together.

Dr. Bowden is Level II Fear Free Certified and a fear free advocate for all of our patients. She enjoys implenting new techniques to help reduce fear, anxiety, and stress. She is also a member of our Fear Free Committee.

Dr. Bowden's family includes her partner of three years, Ben, a college professor at Lewis Clark State College. Their two dogs Pippin and Bodhi graciously share the house with them! Bodhi is an 11 year old lab/greyhound mix who is fully blind having lost his eyes to a previous trauma. Pippin is a rascally terrier mix that was found in a trailer park in Hermiston Oregon. The four of them love to go hiking and camping together in their time off.

At this stage in her life there are two quotes that speak strongly to her:

'That you are here-that life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.' -Walt Whitman

'As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen.' -Winnie the Pooh

Fear Free Certified Professional

Marybeth Porter

Marybeth Porter, DVM

Dr. Porter became a veterinarian because she has always had a love for animals and science. She graduated in 1981 from WSU. Her goal at every visit is to address the concerns the client has for the patient, to give a thorough exam, and take care of the patient as the owner is able to do.

Dr. Porter is Fear Free Certified and is excited to help reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in our patients.

Dr. Porter's family includes her husband, one grown daughter and two grown sons. She has two Labradoodles of her own and takes pride in breeding an occassional litter of Labradoodles. And of course Sherlock, her 37 year old Amazon Parrot. 

Fear Free Certified

Alex McCormick

Alex McCormick, DVM

Dr. Alex McCormick was born and raised in Sedona, Arizona surrounded by pets. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 4 years old and never wavered from her dream of helping animals. Although she was from Arizona, Washington always intrigued her and it was an easy decision to attend Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and make the Pacific Northwest her new home.

Dr. McCormick graduated from WSU in 2013. She loves science and medicine and the puzzle pieces that make up disease. She is especially interested in internal medicine and ophthalmology, but every aspect of small animal medicine excites her. Her favorite thing about being a vet is waking up each day knowing it will be different from the last and that each day brings a new opportunity to make a difference in a pet’s life. Her goal with every patient is education and understanding for the client and a happy outcome for the pet.

Dr. McCormick is Fear Free Certified and loves to see how the patients respond to their low-stress visits.

Dr. McCormick's family includes her husband (also a veterinarian namedAlex), her young daughter Charlie, two dogs, Archie and Duke, and one cat named Mercedes. On her days off she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and playing outdoors with her family.

Dr. McCormick believes you should do small things that make others feel big

Fear Free Certified Professional


John Freeman, DVM

Dr. Freeman has always loved to be around animals and loved the idea of working with them. Becoming a veterinarian seemed to be agood way to be able to do that.

Dr. Freeman's goal with every patient is to understand their problem, figure our the cause, and fix it. 

Dr. Freeman has joined our team in our fear free initiative and enjoys using the techniques he learned during his certification. He is now proud to say he is fear free certified. 

Dr. Freeman's family consists of his wife Cary, his step children: Zak, Kori, and Kellie, and his son Braiden. They also have Zak the german shepherd, Zoloti the german shepherd, Jodi the miniature schnauzer, Kaijo the cat, Jessie the cat, Rio the mccaw, Charlie the sun conure and Ricky Bobby the green cheek conure. We don't want to forget the fish, turkeys, and deer that inhabit his property.

'You have to ride the horse in the direction that it is going'

Fear Free Certified