Veterinarians & Staff

Dr. Carl Anderson, B.A., B.S., M.A., D.V.M.


Carl Anderson, DVM

  • Bachelor of Arts Philosophy: University of Washington
  • Master of Arts Philosophy: University of Massachusetts
  • Bachelor of Science Veterinary Science: Washington State University
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Washington State University

As a Seattle native, Dr. Anderson attended Roosevelt high school and the University of Washington. Later, while a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Anderson acquired a German Shepherd puppy that tragically died of complications from canine distemper. This experience, combined with a love of German Shepherd dogs, convinced Dr. Anderson to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Anderson’s special interests include veterinary dentistry and problems of the German Shepherd Dog.

After practicing for six years in a large two-hospital practice, Dr. Anderson decided to establish his own practice on the east side of Lake Union on Eastlake Ave – within walking distance of his home on Portage Bay. Dr. Anderson felt that a smaller neighborhood setting would facilitate his goal of providing high quality veterinary care in a friendly, relaxed manner.

Over the years, Dr. Anderson has actively pursued his interest in German Shepherd dogs, serving a term as veterinary liaison for the German Shepherd Dog Club of America. His other hobbies include sports, motor sports, and tending the family farm on Whidbey Island. Dr. Anderson resides on Portage Bay with his wife Maren. The family companions include Tess (German Shepherd) and Chia (Pomeranian).


Dr. Mark D’Orazio, B.S., D.V.M.

Dr. Mark D'Orazio

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

Dr. 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.


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


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

Dr. Shearer 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.


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

Dr.Zawacki smiling and holding a cat

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

Originally 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.  


Tracy May, Office Manager / Receptionist

Tracy May


Tracy has worked at the clinic since the practice opened in 1985, and worked with Dr. Anderson at Northeast Veterinary Hospital as well. Tracy has loved and admired animals for as long as she can remember, starting with newts, frogs, snakes, and toads on her grandparents’ farm in Sequim. She can’t imagine working in any other field. She has had pet rats, cats, dogs, horses, and fish. She used to assist the doctors, but is now generally found at the desk answering the phones and helping around the hospital. In her spare time Tracy likes to teach the Bible, learn about stuff, and spend time with friends and family.



Veterinary Assistants/Technicians

Alexa is originally from Massachusetts, but moved to Seattle to purse higher education in the veterinary field. She graduated from Kenyon College where she majored in Biology and had a strong interest in Environmental Studies and competitive swimming. Her interests include swimming, being outdoors, and spending time with her one-eyed kitten Finn.

Erin is originally from Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Maine in 2009 with a B.S. in Zoology. She arrived in Seattle after obtaining her veterinary technician degree in Pennsylvania, and is now a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of Washington. Her lovable deaf cat Sabrie came as well.  Erin has fallen in love with Seattle and enjoys exploring the city, bike riding, and playing board games with friends.  She also loves family time with her husband and young daughter Freya.

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. On her free time she loves spending time with her two amazing rescue cats, gardening, and anything Sci-fi related.

Mary has been at Eastlake Veterinary Hospital since 1985, and also worked with Dr. Anderson at Northeast Veterinary Hospital. Away from the practice Mary enjoys cycling, skiing, and riding her horse Lance.

Nika recently joined our veterinary staff, and enjoys snuggling with our patients and has a soft spot for large dogs.

Shantel came to us from Michigan, after having worked as a full-time assistant/technician in a general practice and part-time in an emergency clinic. 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.