Our Practice

Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic is a full service veterinary hospital that blends traditional and holistic medicine to provide comprehensive pet healthcare services in Lynwood, WA. We offer a fear-free approach and are proud to be AAHA accredited. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical and dental services. We also offer professional grooming and small dog and cat boarding. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, integrated medicine, digital x-ray, surgical suite, dental suite, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve clients in Seattle and surrounding areas.

  • Dr. Cherie Guidry

    Lead Veterinarian

    What makes me a great veterinarian? I am not really sure its just one thing alone. I can tell you that I love what I do, and over 15 years of practicing veterinary medicine, I still would not change a thing. I really care about my clients as well as their pets. I listen to my clients and work with them to care for their pets. I am a “people” person as well as a pet lover.

    Who am I? Not one title defines me. I am not only a veterinarian, but I am also a mother as well as a retired military wife. I have 3 full time jobs and again I wouldn’t change a thing.

    A little bit about me. I am originally from a small town called Cottonport, Louisiana. I was raised as a true Cajun. I attended college at Louisiana State University and graduated with my DVM in 2002. Geaux Tigers!! I have been a military wife and now my husband is retired and I am a mother of a very active teenager. Life keeps me pretty busy but I love every minute of it.

    I have been featured in Fido Friendly magazine. (May-June 2010 issue “Alternative Healing”). I have also edited a book on dog diseases. On some Saturdays, you can find me at local pet stores educating pet owners in what we like to call “Ask the Vet Seminars”. I was also interviewed for a segment on King 5 News on salmon poisoning in 2013.

  • Dr. Nicki Rosenhagen

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Nicki Rosenhagen graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She moved to Washington in 2017 with her two dogs, Gryffin and India, to work as a wildlife veterinarian at the PAWS Wildlife Center. Dr. Rosenhagen joined the Helping Hands team in October of 2018 and is enjoying working part-time with the hospital’s amazing staff. In her free time, Dr. Rosenhagen loves to be outdoors – running, hiking or walking the beach with her dogs – and enjoys competing in adult kickball leagues in the summer. She’s an avid proponent of client education and makes a special effort to ensure clients leave the hospital with the information and support they need to help us provide high quality care to their beloved pets.

  • Dr. Helen Ghil

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Helen Ghil graduated from Kangwon University in 2005 with a DVM degree and Seoul National University in 2007 with her master’s degree in veterinary internal medicine in South Korea.  She then continued her education for a clinical year at Oklahoma State University in 2008.  In 2009 she moved to Washington and has been practicing veterinary medicine with enthusiasm ever since.  Dr. Ghil joined the fantastic team at Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic in June of 2019, working part-time to balance out motherhood.  She lives happily with her husband, two young boys and two dogs Rosie, a mini poodle and Lola, a Chihuahua mix.  In her free time she enjoys gardening, sewing, Zumba, and yoga.  Dr. Ghil listens with an open mind and is always seeking to provide quality medicine to your precious pets.

  • Jennifer Figueroa

    Practice Manager

    Jennifer graduated with a Business Marketing degree from Bellevue College in 2005. She joined our team as the Practice Manager in 2013 her love for animals and business made her a perfect match for this career.

    Shortly after joining helping hands she had the clinic go through the full AAHA accreditation successfully, it is her goal to make each person and their pets feel welcome and excited to visit our veterinary hospital.

    Jennifer likes to stay moving with the veterinary business trends and has implemented lots of new innovative ways to make business fresh and appealing to clients.

    Outside of the hospital Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends watching sports games, and adventuring in the northwest. Jennifer and her husband have four children, two in college and two still at home and she can’t forget her two cats and dog and a few chickens too!

  • Aubrey Mills

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Aubrey graduated from Pima Medical institute in 2006 as a Veterinary Assistant. In 2009 she went back to Pima and graduated from the Veterinary Technician program. In the same year Aubrey became certified in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation VOM. In 2012 she became a Certified Weight Coach through Purina’s Project Pet Slim Down and in 2016 went through training to perform ultrasounds.

    Aubrey enjoys spending time with her husband Josh and their cats Boozer and Capone and their amazing English Springer Spaniel Copper. She loves spending time with family, friends, reading and listen to music.

  • Kaitlyn Schurman-Darby

    Licensed Vet Technician

    Kaitlyn graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Pima in 2012. She then completed the required examinations to become a Licenced Veterinary Technologist (LVT). She joined Helping Hands upon graduation. Along with her general technical duties, Kaitlyn plays a key role in follow-up care for our chronic care patients, routinely discussing patient progress with pet owners and reporting her findings back to the appropriate veterinarian. Kaitlyn plays a major role in helping our practice closely monitor and fine-tune treatment protocols. Her special interests include spending time with her pets, watching movies, and reading.