received his degree in veterinary medicine from Washington State University. He has lived in Alaska for most of his life. Riley has been the owner of The Pet Stop since 1994 and the zoo vet for the Dr. Riley WilsonAlaska Zoo in Anchorage for almost 30 years. He is also a commercial fisherman. Special interests include orthopedics, internal medicine, exotics, and birds.
Riley and his wife, Cindy, have twin daughters, and a house full of critters, which include 2 dogs, 2 cats and a variety of exotic pets. They enjoy spending time together cross country skiing, fishing, and traveling.
Dr. Todd Palmatier received his degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University. He has lived in Anchorage for over 40 years. His special interests include orthopedics, veterinary acupuncture and related holistic medicine. He also volunteers at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, caring for numerous types of wild, injured birds.
Todd and his wife enjoy camping, fishing, and Aikido. They have one dog, Belle, and house some of the rehabilitating raptors from Bird TLC.
Dr. Chris Michetti received her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri. She has lived in Alaska for 8 years.
Special interests include endoscopy and surgery. Chris and her husband enjoy flying, fishing and hiking with their heeler, Pesto. They also have 2 cats that prefer to stay home rather than explore the great outdoors.
Dr. Shannon DiRuzzo received her degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University. Before joining our staff in 2006, she was a relief veterinarian for numerous hospitals around the state of Alaska. Special interests include pocket pets and reptiles. Shannon enjoys traveling, snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking.
Dr. Katy Versteeg grew up in Alaska, graduating from Kenai Central High School. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from Oregon State University and Washington State University.
Dr. Kathryn Coyne received her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She practiced in New York for a year before moving to Alaska. Her special interests include emergency medicine, pain management, endocrine and infectious diseases, and working with pet owners to manage behavioral issues that affect quality of life and the human-animal bond.