Dr. Josh Kinder
Josh is the co-owner and primary Veterinarian at Clifton Hollow Animal Hospital. He grew up in Spokane, WA with his mother and two older siblings. He became a Veterinarian because he has always wanted to help those who do not have the voice to help themselves. This call to help stemmed from the fact that many of his family’s pets were adopted from local animal shelters. From childhood he has had a close bond with animals – even rescuing insects from his childhood home – and has always wanted to be an advocate for animals and the needs of their pet parents.
He did not take the traditional path to veterinary school, if there really is such a thing as “traditional”. After high school he joined the US Navy, lived in Hawaii for 4 years, and traveled the Pacific Rim. When his time in the Navy had come to an end, he began focusing on his dream of going to college. He could have chosen any other career path, but he still had the strong desire to help animals and knew Veterinary Medicine was where he was meant to be. He was accepted to Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and was able to acquire his undergraduate degree, as well as his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Veterinary medicine has changed a lot over the last decade. Dr. Kinder still does give vaccines and performs spays/neuters, but a lot more of what Veterinarians do today is similar to human doctors — diagnosing disease, using advanced technology, and treating patients as we would a family member. He believes the best way to keep our pets healthy is preventing disease before it begins. For example, with proper care of pets’ teeth, we can essentially eliminate dental disease. In the Pacific Northwest, we see so many pets with itchy skin. Dr. Kinder loves to use his knowledge of dermatology to make pets’ skin much more comfortable.
My beautiful wife, Sherri Kinder, and I have our four sons, Joshua Jr. Elijah, Noah and Samuel. When we are not at work we really enjoy spending our time outdoors. Our family believes a solid work ethic is extremely important, and for us it all begins with a healthy work out routine. Whether it is camping, hiking, or skiing if we can be out in the sun that is where you will find us. We live in such a beautiful area of the country — there is never enough time to explore all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I can not describe my family without talking about our furry children — our two dogs Molokai and Spoof, and our two cats Tator and Joelle McHale. The dogs tag along with us as much as possible, and I wish I had half the energy they do — imagine what I could accomplish! Our cats, on the other hand, would prefer to stay home and sleep all day with the exception of getting up to eat — what a hard life they have! While I love being a Veterinarian, spending time with family is the most important part of my life, and on Sundays you will find us at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Parish in Bremerton.
Dr. Sherri Kinder
Sherri is the co-owner and part-time Veterinarian at Clifton Hollow Animal Hospital. She grew up in Hoquiam, WA with her parents and four older siblings. She always felt a connection with animals, starting when she was just a little girl helping take care of her family’s pets which consisted of many different fish, hamsters, cats, and dogs. While attending the local community college, she started volunteering at a small animal veterinary clinic. She was able to gain experience helping many sick and injured animals. Seeing the impact that the Veterinarian had on the animals and families, it was reinforced that she wanted to contribute to this wonderful profession and make a difference in both pets’ and their family’s lives.
She attended Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Zoology before she was accepted into the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. During veterinary school, she enjoyed utilizing her problem-solving skills to help with the different challenging cases that presented on a daily basis and became especially interested in small animal general medicine – from dermatology and ophthalmology to internal medicine and surgery. It was during her fourth year of veterinary school that she met her husband who was, at that time, in his first year of veterinary school. After graduating in 2008, she worked as a Veterinarian in Idaho until he graduated in 2011.
Although she enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine, she does have a few passions. She has a special interest in preventative medicine – she believes very strongly that maintaining the best health earlier in life can delay, and in some cases prevent, diseases that are seen as pets get older. Also, early detection of many diseases leads to quicker treatment and better prognoses. Pain management is another area that is important to her. From the pain associated with bite wounds and arthritis to the pain that comes with surgery and systemic disease, she believes keeping our pets as comfortable as possible will help decrease the stress both on them and their families and improve their quality of life. Client education is also passion of hers. She believes clients should not just “do what the vet recommends”, but should know the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind their recommendations. She strongly believes in the importance of the human-animal bond and understands that our pets are members of the family.
I am married to my best friend, Josh Kinder. Together we have our four sons, Joshua Jr., Elijah, Noah and Samuel, who definitely keep us on our toes! I am blessed to have the opportunity to homeschool our boys, a responsibility that is so rewarding! We also have two very energetic dogs, Molokai (a Border Collie/Kelpie cross) and Spoof (a Blue Heeler), and two very lazy cats, Tator and Joelle McHale (Domestic Shorthairs). Our family loves spending time outdoors, whether it is camping, going to the beach, or just taking a walk. You will also see us at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Bremerton every Sunday for mass. My personal interests include cooking, watching movies, camping, and spending as much time with family as possible.
James – Veterinary Assistant
James is a veterinary assistant. He is originally from Seattle, Washington and became a veterinary assistant because of his love for animals. He started working with a local Veterinarian in the Silverdale area. There, he was given the chance to start at a small hospital and learn the trade – cleaning kennels and holding animals. Now, over 13 years later, he is where he wants to be doing what he loves to do – working with people and animals. As a veterinary assistant, James gets to work with animals. From taking vital signs and obtaining blood samples to helping with professional dental cleanings and assisting the Veterinarian during surgeries, he loves helping animals get and stay healthy.
James and his wife Machelle have been married for 34 wonderful years. They have four grown children – his oldest daughter Christine (she and her husband, Josh, have given them 3 grandchildren Isaiah, Orion, and Cadense), his oldest son James Jr. (married to his wife, Theresa), his son Justin (he and his wife Vivianne have given them 1 grandchild, Alice) and his daughter Heather.
James has a houseful of furry family members including chickens, turkeys, cows, pigs, dogs, a cat, fish and a Bearded Dragon. He loves hiking – he has hiked to the top of Mt. St. Helens and has hiked 50 milers with his sons in Scouts. He also loves learning languages, and is dabbling in Japanese (his mother is Japanese and that’s all she spoke while he was growing up) and German. James is young at heart likes playing Pokémon Go.