Dr. Chelsea Tripp is a board certified Veterinary Oncologist that has been practicing in the Seattle area for over 8 years. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Missouri and completed an internship at Animal Cancer Specialists (now ACCES Blue Pearl) in Seattle. She has worked hard in the Seattle area to build a rapport for compassionate care. She has always loved Seattle and wanted to return home after completing her three-year residency in medical oncology at Washington State University. Dr. Tripp is board certified in medical oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In 2015, Dr. Tripp founded Veterinary Cancer Specialty Care. In 2017, BARC was created in a newly remodeled facility in Edmonds, WA.
Dr. Tripp is a national speaker on the novel therapeutic of electrochemotherapy. Pioneering this technique for the West Coast of the United States, she is determined to make this therapy available across the country and has helped train many others in this technique. Her other areas of interest include client education, hyperthermia, oncologic emergencies, clinical pathology, palliative care, and improving the quality of life for end-stage cancer patients. She believes that the human animal bond is an amazing thing and loves getting to witness this aspect of her job on a daily basis. Compassion really is her passion!
Dr. Tripp is a four times Paul Harris Fellow and Past President of the Alderwood-Terrace Rotary. She has many personal interests including travel, musical theater, interior design, baking, and wine tasting. She is the proud parent of three dogs; a Miniature Schnauzer named Ward, a Toy Schnauzer named Brix and an Australian Labradoodle named Clover.
At the end of August, we said goodbye to one of our oncologists, Dr. Sindy Piscoya.
She will be starting an oncology department in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as well as relocating closer to family.
One of the cornerstones of our business is to effectively manage the care of your pets as a team. We aim to continue our successful and rewarding relationship with you and want you to feel comfortable during this transition.
The dedicated Oncology team at BARC, Chelsea Tripp, DVM, MS, DACVIM (O), Shawn Ferguson, DVM and Amanda Smith, DVM will continue to provide compassionate comprehensive cancer care for you and your pet.
We wish Dr. Piscoya well in her new adventure!
Dr. Ferguson is a Seattle native and summa cum laude graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following a rotating internship, she pursued a career in emergency and critical care medicine. She has enjoyed learning about many disciplines and benefitted from a team approach practiced in collaboration with veterinary specialists. It is this collaboration that brought Dr. Ferguson into sync with the practice of oncology. An opportunity to develop as an Oncology Fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Chelsea Tripp. She has been practicing Oncology since September of 2013.
The shift away from acute care has filled a hole she didn't know was there: the chance to develop a long-term relationship with pets and their people, and to participate in their care through the arc of their lives. This has been a true gift.
In her spare time Dr. Ferguson enjoys family time (furry and human), cooking, international travel and blue-water sailing. In 2009, she completed a journey on sail boat from California to New Zealand with her lovely husband, Ben.
Dr. Smith grew up in Port Orchard, Washington and attended veterinary school at Oklahoma State University. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Smith proudly served as a veterinarian in the United States Army for three years before returning home to Port Orchard.
Dr. Smith’s professional interests are varied, and this initially drew her to practice in emergency and critical care in a multi-specialty referral center. It was in that practice that she first met Dr. Tripp and her interest in veterinary oncology blossomed. In the spring of 2014, she began to practice oncology under Dr. Tripp’s tutilage.
In her free time, Dr. Smith enjoys baking, jigsaw puzzles and home renovation projects. She is married to her high school sweetheart Adam and they have 5 children. They share their home with two dogs, four cats, and a bunny
Dr. Mario Hodgson is a 2002 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He worked for two years in private practice before accepting a 3 year ACVO approved residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2004. He was awarded the prestigious ACVO Vision for Animals Grant for his work in corneal wound healing in 2005. The culmination of his work in corneal wound healing won him the resident best paper award in 2006. He completed his residency in 2007 and has been examining eyes and restoring vision since opening his first practice Eye Clinic for Animals of Sarasota in Florida. Dr. Hodgson relocated to the Seattle area with his family in 2016 and opened of Eye Clinic for Animals of Puget Sound. He is excited to be joining BARC in 2018 and actively pursuing Board Certification by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
Dr. Hodgson is passionate about his patients. His commitment to every patient begins with an initial discussion with the referring veterinarian, thorough physical exam, and owner consultation, excellent surgical practice, and complete recovery care. Every question and concern is addressed prior to surgery being performed.
During his leisure time, Dr. Hodgson enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, mountain biking, and running. He is an avid trail runner and recently completed the Marathon du Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France.
Our team of veterinary support includes registered veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, referral coordinators, receptionists and career chemotherapy nurses. Cancer therapy requires dedicated individuals who have a passion for client service. We strive to make sure each pet gets treated as if they were our very own!
During your visit, our staff will help you understand what procedure and drugs your pet has received and will address all of your questions prior to your departure. If you have any additional concerns following the appointment, they are always available to field phone calls and discuss common potential complications with chemotherapy, electrochemotherapy or immunotherapy.
We are always looking for team members who value our approach to care and want to work in a fun, innovative and creative environment.
Our core values are more than just words, they are a way of life. We know that companies with a strong culture and a higher purpose perform better in the long-run. As we continue to grow, we strive to ensure that our culture remains alive and well.
These are the standards to which we hold ourselves and each other accountable.
Always Possess Honesty and Integrity
Be Creative and Resourceful
Never Stop Learning and Growing
Provide Compassionate & Innovative Medical Care
Recognize and Drive Change
Communicate Clearly & Openly
Commit to Safety in Everything We Do
Optimize Our Financial Resources
Serve Our Community & Each Other