Regular customers of Northwest Veterinary Clinic at Birch Bay Square will see some new faces and changes next time they visit.
That’s because Joann Timmerman, who opened the clinic in 2006 as a permanent locale for her long-time mobile veterinary practice, recently announced her retirement and selected Dr. Kim Johner to take her place.
Johner, who recently relocated from Grand Forks, North Dakota, recently purchased the clinic after an extensive search for one on the west coast. Johner earned his bachelor of arts degree in business from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan and completed his clinical studies at Washington State University. He earned his veterinary degree from Ross University in New Jersey and practiced for a year in St. Kitts in the Caribbean.
After earning his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2008, he and his wife started looking to buy a clinic on the west coast and settled on Timmerman's practice in Birch Bay Square.
"It didn't take long once we visited Blaine to realize this was a really great place," he said.
Timmerman said she was impressed by Johner's compassion, as well as his diagnostic, treatment and surgical skills.
"I feel very fortunate to have found a doctor of this caliber to take over the reins of my practice," Timmerman said. "I would not make this transition if there were any doubt in my mind that my clients and patients would not continue to receive the highest level of care and service that we have provided all these years."
The clinic will maintain the same business hours – weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Another thing that won't change is the presence of “Lilly” the office cat who is in charge of greeting customers at the door. Lilly was a stray that a customer brought in a few years ago and the other office staff quickly grew to love her.
“She has a soothing presence for both clients and the patients themselves,” Johner said.
In the meantime, Timmerman will remain at Northwest Veterinary Clinic by appointment.
When asked what she plans to do with her retirement, Timmerman said she will be gardening and spending more time with family.
Northwest Veterinary Clinic is located at suite 135, 8115 Birch Bay Square Street, I-5 exit 270 and can be reached at 366-5434.
Photos by Tara Nelson