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Dr. Cary Hills, Owner
My Promise to Our Customers
I believe that when trust, honesty, and fairness are given, these gifts are returned. Our practice is oriented towards wellness and I enjoy a professional yet personalized relationship with my clients and patients.
I believe that being an advocate for the animal, while respecting my clients’ goals and needs, results in a unique and enjoyable client/patient relationship. I know that clients help me in my pursuit to provide excellent patient care, and I welcome your suggestions on how I can better serve your needs.
My goal is to serve clients with integrity and understanding, and to serve patients with competence and compassion while providing state-of-the-art veterinary care, measured against high current standards. Quality equine care requires a knowledgeable, experienced, and responsive veterinarian.
His first few years of practice were spent in mixed and racetrack practice in and around Vancouver, BC. From 1998 -2005, he worked in Southern Oregon at a busy multi-veterinarian equine practice. Dr. Hills bought Sound Equine Veterinary Hospital in late 2005.
Dr. Hills enjoys his work and loves horses. He considers it a privilege to have their care and welfare entrusted to him. His particular areas of interest are preventative medicine, performance and lameness work ups, diagnostic imaging, surgery, reproduction, and ophthalmology. He also enjoys working as head/support veterinarian on endurance riding competitions.
Dr. Hills lives in Suquamish with his wife Jennifer and their daughters Clara and Esther. He enjoys fishing, hiking, woodworking, and exploring the Northwest with his family.
Dr. Claire Smith
After seriously considering making a career of riding, Dr. Smith started pre-veterinary course work in California and then enrolled in veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin. In addition to the regular curriculum, she completed nine externships at some of the top equine hospitals and practices in the country.
Following graduation Dr. Smith accepted a surgical and medical internship at Oregon’s Willamette Valley Equine Hospital where she gained additional experience in anesthesia, pain control, surgery, hospitalization of critically ill patients, neurologic cases, emergency and trauma medicine, neonatal foal care, imaging, and other areas of modern equine veterinary practice. She has been with Sound Equine since 2010.
Her husband, Brad Green, is an internal medicine doctor for small animals. He has offices in Poulsbo and Olympia, Washington. Between them they have two cats, one dog, and two horses. They welcomed a daughter in December of 2015.
Carolyn Hope Rosenblum – Office Manager
Carolyn Hope joined us after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science Business. Her first ever job was at an Equine Clinic in Wisconsin, which is where she is originally from. She has had a passion for horses, particularly American Saddlebreds, all her life and knew she would eventually end up back at an equine clinic, her original love.
Carolyn Hope is also bringing to us our new office dog, “Dutch”. “Dutch” is a friendly, 3 year old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier who loves to lick faces and eat chicken. Feel free to stop by and play as he loves every human and furry being!
In her down time, Carolyn Hope enjoys watching football (Go Pack Go!), paddle boarding with “Dutch”, and trail riding.
Mariah is joining us after moving back to the Kitsap Peninsula. She has worked and ridden at several of the local barns ranging in disciplines from hunter jumper, gaming, western pleasure, and western dressage.
In her down time she enjoys loving on horses, knitting, spending time with her daughter Olivia and hiking with her dog.
Mariah and her husband Nick share; an australian shephard/border collie cross and a daughter Olivia.
Kate Porter-Vet Assistant
Kate remembers the exact moment she fell in love with horses. She went on a pony ride at the local fair and rode a retired barrel racing mare named Ready to Win. It was such a great experience that she decided then and there that one day she would have a barrel horse named Ready of her own. Although the opportunity to own a horse hasn't come quite yet, Kate has taken every chance she can to ride and work with horses. Her favorite jobs have been working as a trail guide in eastern Washington and South Dakota, and working cattle out in Utah. When out of the office, Kate enjoys running, anything outdoors, and reading.
Mara Denny – Vet Assistant
I began riding at 6 and talked my parents into buying a horse at age 10. I have shown English, Western, and Driving with everything from miniatures to 17h Thoroughbreds. A winding path has led me to a Bachelors in Ecology from The Evergreen State College, a Certification of Equine Massage and a herd of miniature horses. Still not sure how these little horses took over my life but they are an adventure in training, breeding, and showing.