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. Karam Eshak
Karam was born in Egypt and lived in a family that loved animals. His strong interest in biology and medicine was a huge motivation for him to pursue becoming a veterinarian in Egypt, as well as building a strong connection with people and their pet’s in the community. After 10 years of working with animals in his home country, Karam moved to the United States. He carried the same passion of working with animals and their owners here. Karam graduated from the Educational Commission of Foreign Veterinary Graduates program with an AVMA membership. During his studies he spent a lot of time working and volunteering in many animal shelters and veterinary clinics around the Seattle area, including Helping Hands.
Dr Karam’s goal is to provide each patient with the best quality of life possible by focusing on preventive medicine and good quality diets. He’s also compassionate and supportive when working with sick patients. Alternative medicine is also an area of interest that Dr Karam continues to study.
When not working Karam enjoys playing and watching soccer, Football and spending time with my wife and children Nardin, Sandy and Philopater.
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 – Lead LVT, CVCP, CWC
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. Aubrey loves spending time with family, friends, reading and listen to music.
Kaitlyn Schurman-Darby, LVT
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.