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.

Jessica Knapp, LVT

Jessica is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and Office Manager at Clifton Hollow Animal Hospital. She grew up in Marysville, CA, graduating from Marysville High School. She has always had a passion for animal care and a love of sharing her knowledge with others.

Jessica has a love and enjoyment for learning and for keeping her pets happy and healthy. Throughout her life, her desire to help others blossomed into a veterinary career, allowing her to understand what the veterinary field is all about.

By attending Yuba College, she was able to achieve her Associates of Science degree and take the VTNE to get her license as a veterinary technician. Upon graduation, she came to Washington state for an internship to work in a wildlife rehabilitation center, where she had the opportunity to work with raccoons, bunnies, owls, ducks, deer, opossums, and even bald eagles! Many animals came to the center injured or lost and Jessica helped them regain the strength and independence needed to survive in the wild again. Shortly after the internship, she decided that Washington state was the perfect place for venturing out of the comfort of her home town.

Since living in Washington and working at various veterinary practices, she had the opportunity to improve her skills as a licensed vet tech. With new skills and continuing education courses, she was able to advance to the managerial position. At Clifton Hollow Animal Hospital, Jessica has continued her journey with her love of helping animals and spreading the knowledge she has gained to others.

Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends who are are like extended family. Her best friend is Diego, a Sheltie/Pomeranian Mix. Her pack also includes a Jack Russell Mix named Miko and her little Chihuahua, Paco. Beyond the love of her 3 boys, she likes being outdoors, going camping, kayaking, and traveling with her dogs. She has recently been interested in rehabbing furniture, painting rocks, and putting her decorative touch on her home interior.

Sydney, Client Service Representative

Sydney is one of our amazing customer service representatives. As the friendly, caring voice on the other end of the phone, Sydney is committed to making sure you and your furry friends have the best care and experience we can possibly offer. She does her best to get your pet scheduled with us when they need to be seen and to get the answers you need to any questions you may have. There is often a lot that goes into veterinary medicine, so she wants to make sure your experience with us is as transparent and understandable as possible and wants to serve as a bridge of communication between you and our hospital.

She is originally from Southern California and moved to Maui, Hawai’i when she was a child. Growing up, Sydney was constantly surrounded by animals of all types: dogs, cats, horses, turtles, birds, pot-bellied pigs, guinea pigs, bunnies, hamsters, and chameleons, to name just a few. After spending a few years attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, she realized she wanted to make the Pacific Northwest her permanent home. She settled down in Seattle for awhile, where she also worked as a veterinary receptionist at a local veterinary clinic. All of these experiences fostered her continued desire and passion to help not just animals, but also owners who love their pets just as much as she loves her own.

Sydney has too many siblings to count, most of whom are under eight years old and still live in Maui with her parents. She currently lives with her friend, who she has known for six years. Together, they have a very serious-looking but friendly dog, Tava and a stubborn, mischievous cat, Aotea. Tava is a Shepherd/Cattle Dog Mix, who loves hiking but absolutely hates the rain and Aotea is affectionately known at times as “Raccoon”, “Cat”, or “Hey, get that out of your mouth, that’s not food!” Aotea and Tava were adopted at the same time and as a result, they are quite the pair. They will play together, cuddle together, and occasionally team up in their attempts to open and eat the kitchen trash.

In her limited free time, Sydney loves reading anything she can get her hands on, listening to podcasts, cooking new recipes, going on hikes all over Washington with her dog, and learning new languages. She spent a few years learning Japanese and Hawaiian and has dabbled in learning Spanish, German, French, and some computer programming languages. She also has a B.A. in Astronomy from Whitman College and hopes to eventually go back to school to get her Masters degree and a doctorate in Astronomy or Physics.

Shari, Lead LVT

Shari is our Lead Licensed Technician who was born and raised in Bothell, Washington. She moved to the Kitsap area in 2004 and decided to pursue her passion of working with animals.

She began her adventure as a receptionist, then advanced to a veterinary assistant. Through her determination and excitement, she pursued her love of animal care through online schooling. After months of studying and practicing at different veterinary practices, she achieved her goal of obtaining her Associates Degree. She was then able to get her license as a veterinary technician in 2010 and is now an advocate for technician education by being a board member of the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians.

She currently lives with her husband and her furry family—dog (Olive), cat (Spare Kitty), and two goats (Jewel and Buckie). When Shari is not working at Clifton Hollow, she enjoys watching hockey and creating videos for applying make-up.

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 over 35 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, 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.