Dr. Mark D’Orazio, B.S., D.V.M.

Dr. Mark D'OrazioDr. Mark D’Orazio was born in Canton, Ohio and attended Kent State University and the University of Montana prior to graduating from the University of Michigan in 1979. After working several years as an iron-worker and in the mechanical field, Dr. D’Orazio attended veterinary school in the combined veterinary program at Oregon State and Washington State University. Upon graduation he joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Morocco, followed by two years of mixed animal practice in Washington and a year of practice in a rural veterinary clinic in Italy. Since 1997 Dr. D’Orazio has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in the Seattle area and has a dedicated following. His special interests are surgery and feline medicine.

Currently Dr. D’Orazio shares a small home in Ballard with two former feline patients, Henry, Mohammad Ali and Bill Clinton. Outside of the office he enjoys woodworking, mechanics, cats, and travel.

  • Bachelor of Science: University of Michigan
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Oregon State University

Dr. Alex Shearer, B.S., D.V.M.

shearer-e1421444077158Dr. Shearer is now the owner of the practing, after buying it from Dr. Carl Anderson in 2019. He grew up in Seattle, and after receiving his undergraduate degree from Whitman College attended Washington State University where he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

Since graduating, Alex and his wife, also a veterinarian, have practiced in the Seattle area. As a veterinarian, Alex’s interests include pain management, surgery, dentistry, and preventative health care. Outside of work Alex enjoys the Seattle area’s great outdoors, live music, sports, and great food. The family includes two cats, Ethel and Murray, one dog, Frannie, and one human baby, Tor.

  • Bachelor of Science: Whitman College
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Washington State University

Dr. Jody Zawacki, B.S., D.V.M.

Dr.Zawacki smiling and holding a catOriginally from the East Coast, Dr. Zawacki grew up in New Jersey outside of Philadelphia. After graduating with a degree in biology from Princeton University, she earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation, she moved out to Seattle and started her career at a clinic in Lakewood, WA.  Since then, she has worked in clinics in Bellevue and most recently in West Seattle.  Her primary interests include surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine. 

Dr. Zawacki lives in the Magnolia neighborhood with her husband and two sons and their cat Dixie. Outside of work, she enjoys running, biking, skiing, traveling, and attending Seattle Sounders soccer games. 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology: Princeton University
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine



Shantel is our Office Manager. She came to us from Michigan. She has been working as an assistant/technician since 2004 and brings experience from both general practice and emergency clinics. She has two rambunctious feline companions, Roxy and Lord Warburton that she adopted from local rescue groups. We are delighted to have Shantel and the positive energy and enthusiasm she brings. In addition to her feline interests, in her spare time she likes shopping for shoes and watching scary movies.

Liz originally moved from the East Coast, and has been living in Seattle for the past 15 years. She has been working for Eastlake Veterinary Hospital for the last 13 years. She originally pursued a career as a pastry chef in New York and San Francisco before finding her other passion; animals. In her free time, she loves spending time with her two amazing rescue cats, gardening, and anything Sci-fi related.

Nicole is originally from the south but moved to Washington four years ago after falling in the love with the mountains. She has a background in program management and marketing for animal welfare non-profits but recently decided to make a career switch to the veterinary field and is loving the hands-on experience with our patients. In her free time, she can be found camping, hiking, paddle boarding or trying a new PNW brewery with her dog, Annabel.



Veterinary Assistants and Technicians

Amy grew up on a small hobby farm with dogs, cats, horses, birds, and other small animals in a small PNW town, near Steven’s Pass. She has worked with a wide variety of animals, specializing in dog training and boarding/daycare. She discovered her love of birds and wildlife after spending a year working at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, where she was trained to rescue and handle birds of prey. In her free time, she lives to go hiking, birding, play video games, read, and spend time with her animals — a cat, Junebug and two dogs, Zoey and Haru.

Christopher has a passion for wildlife and nature. He eceived a degree in Ecology from UCSB before pursuing veterinary medicine. He is currently studying to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Christopher also works part-time with an exotic emergency hospital. When not working or studying, Christopher enjoys cooking and spending time with his partner and his cat, Chilly.

Erika was raised in Fort Lewis, moved to Georgia, and has recently returned! She has two lovely kitties, Xena and Roo, who she bottle raised and loves to chat with! She’s a kitten whisperer and a pro at working with feral kittens. In her free time she loves to read, garden, hike, and sip tea.

Jessica, with her happily patterned scrub tops, quirky personality and goofy sense of humor, makes everyone giggle on a daily basis! Before COVID hit, Jessica enjoyed exploring her new city, now she’s mulching and weeding the garden with her hubby. She’s also got two lovely tabby’s named Prudence and Mario who enjoy chillin with her and a glass of wine.

Quincy is originally from Altanta, GA but has lived in Seattle for half of his life. He greatly enjoys working in the veterinary field. Together he and his wife share a home down in SeaTac with their 5 cats and 2 pitbulls.

Vivian is a Washington native and one of our wonderful kennel helpers who has been working more with our technicians since COVID happened. Vivian is pre-vet studying at UW and majoring in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management. Prior to working at Eastlake Vet, Vivian spent a few years volunteering at the animal shelter. She has 2 cats, Niko and A.K., a Pomeranian, Kiki, and a Syrian Hamster named Milo.