Jessica McAfee, DVM
During my time in general practice I’ve discovered my real passions in both veterinary surgery and end of life care. Both of these aspects of my job appeal to me because they tend to involve difficult decisions for the family and the veterinary team.
My compassion and empathy for both pets and their families during these times are my greatest assets. I strive to use both to assist clients in navigating through the options available. I also love to follow up and adjust as needed for the comfort of the pet.
I live on the Eastside with my husband, two children, a dog named Ruger, my elderly kitty Beaker, kitten Dude and 2 guinea pigs: Kupcake and Peanut.
When I am not caring for pets I enjoy long distance running, Taekwondo with my family and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I majored in Animal Science as an undergraduate at the University of California at Davis.
After graduation, I accepted a position as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic where I interacted with pet owners both in person and over the phone. I became very interested in the medical aspect of the clinic and moved on to the veterinary assistant position and later spent two years as the hospital director focusing on medical quality and client service. It was during this time that I became enthralled with the bond that humans have with their pets as I witnessed it in all different shapes and sizes every day. I became aware that the head of the maintenance team for this bond was the veterinarian and I was forever hooked on the profession.
I returned to school and obtained my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.
I have spent over eight years as a general practice veterinarian including two as a Chief of Staff mentoring other doctors and staff members to help maintain this beautiful bond between pet and owner.
In October 2018, I earned my certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Veteriarian by the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC)
Amy Haag, DVM
From a very young age growing up in California with horses, cats, bunnies, and one special dog, I always knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I attended UC Davis for undergrad and continued on to graduate from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. I began working in equine practice and then transitioned to small animals after having children. End of life care has become very important to me over the course of my career. I strive to make every animal as calm and content as possible, while also supporting families on a very difficult day.
I live on the Eastside with my husband, two children, and two cats. Outside of work I enjoy skiing, tennis, travel, and anything outdoors.
Stephen Dolinko, DVM
Dr. Dolinko grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has called the PNW home. He grew up around animals from an early age. Currently, he has a couple of Puli that herd chickens around the yard.
Dr. Dolinko served in the Navy for almost 8 years, before being discharged to finish his College and Veterinary Degree. He earned his concurrent undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and psychology from WSU. He then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in 2015 and has been in general practice since then. Dr. Dolinko works at a primary practice. Yet he feels strongly in providing families in the area with care and compassion where he can help families end the suffering of pets in familiar surroundings when one cannot get into a clinic.
One of the main reasons that Dr. Dolinko has chosen to help owners perform at home euthanasia’s goes back to when he was a young teenager. He had a large 100+ pound bloodhound named Satin. During the holidays his dog suffered heart failure and many of the clinics were closed. Dr. Dolinko at the time was unable to get into any veterinary clinics both because of the physical size of his pet and he had no car at the time. He was fortunate enough to have a veterinarian who was a mobile vet who came out and helped him end Satin’s suffering at home. Since then, Dr. Dolinko feels this has been a way to pay such kindness forward for owners and their sick 4-legged family members in the comfort of their homes.
When not doing at home euthanasia, Dr. Dolinko enjoys educating clients about their pets. His focus is on quality of life and how to improve a 4-legged family member’s wellbeing over their entire life.
When Dr. Dolinko not doing professional activities; he can be sometimes found hiking and camping within the local area. In the spring and summer, he can be found gardening around his home or a home repair project. Lastly, for some laughs he takes his dog to agility because who doesn’t want to see a mop like dog do weave poles.
Colleen Oliveira, DVM
Colleen grew up in Virginia with many cats, dogs, mice, hermit crabs, hamsters, lizards, fish and a couple of snakes. She knew she wanted to be either a veterinarian or a hair stylist, and as she grew up it became obvious that her aptitude for animals far outweighed her ability to style much of anything. She went to the University of Virginia for undergrad and balanced things out by going to Virginia Tech for vet school. After vet school she moved to California for 2 years, working as a general practitioner and volunteering with a spay/neuter organization. Enjoying the work and seeing a distinct need, she returned to the east coast and helped open a low-cost, high volume spay/neuter clinic in rural North Carolina. She continued this work for 6 more years until her 3rd child was born and she decided to stay home to be able to devote more time to her family. Her husband’s job then brought the family to the Seattle area where she found Peaceful Pet Transitions and fell in love with both the company and their work in senior and end-of-life care for pets. She enthusiastically joined their team and hasn’t looked back since. Being able to guide families and help their pets in a time of need has been some of the most rewarding work she has ever done.
Colleen enjoys watching birds at her bird feeder, gardening, visualizing herself as a hiker (…someday), tending her small houseplant jungle, and learning literally painfully slow how to mountain bike from her son.
Acknowledgement: While working in California, Colleen adopted a 16 year old big red shepherd mix named Sammy that taught her so much about senior pet care and the gentle needs of pets at end of life.