At Hadlock Veterinary Clinic our team of compassionate veterinarians and support staff provide exceptional veterinary care using state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical technology.
Port Hadlock Pet Wellness Services
The staff at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic is committed to providing comprehensive and personalized veterinary care so you and your pet can enjoy a long and happy life together. We believe it is absolutely essential for pet owners and pet care professionals to work together to develop the best possible health care plan for each pet’s unique situation.
Meet Our Veterinarians!
The daughter of a registered nurse, Dr. Johnson was initially interested in human medicine. “When I finished college in the late sixties,” she says, “women were still underdogs when it came to the medical profession. I became a Medical Technologist to earn money and continue to learn about medicine, but I realized I really liked working with animals. I love my job, and I’m so glad I’m a veterinarian.”
Dr. Johnson attended Southern Oregon College and the University of Oregon for her undergraduate work in Medical Technology. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. She is a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association and the Peninsula Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include geriatric medicine, internal medicine and feline medicine.
“I love seeing sick animals get well and live well beyond their supposed life expectancy,” says Dr. Johnson. “Having an older pet get well and live several more years because of something I was able to do is very rewarding.”
Dr. Johnson shares her home with two Dachshunds, Mori and Krisi. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching movies and taking walks with her dogs.
A native to Washington State, Dr. Steinmetz knew she wanted to become a veterinarian from an early age. “I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was old enough to know what it was,” she says. “I’ve always loved animals and my parents have always supported my career goal.”
Dr. Steinmetz attended Western Washington University for her undergraduate work, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry and psychology. She attended Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. At home Dr. Steinmetz has two dogs: Luke, a husky/lab mix and Obi, an Anatolian Shepherd.
She also has three cats, Sputnik, Mir and Leroy; two parakeets, Honey Badger and Optimus prime; and a hamster, Zuzu. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, crafting and gardening. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.
Dr. Murphy attended Northeast Missouri State University for her undergraduate work, where she majored in biology and chemistry. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri. She completed her residency in veterinary ophthalmology at Colorado State University. Dr. Murphy is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, a board-certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
“The eye is the window to the body and can help define health and disease,” says Dr. Murphy. “It gives me great joy to help restore health and vision to my patients.”
At home, Dr. Murphy has a dog named Almie. She enjoys hiking, walking swimming, biking and listening to music in her free time.
Kristen received her DVM from Washington State University in May of 2019 and began working with us the following July. Kristen has several years of experience working with animals in various settings. She has been a zookeeper aide, raptor center volunteer, animal shelter assistant, and a feline spay/neuter clinic surgery assistant.
In her free time, Kristen enjoys hiking, reading, crocheting, card-making, watching hockey and football. She also enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old domestic long-haired cat named Aziza.
Kristen is originally from San Jose, CA and has also lived in Utah for a few years. Now, she is very excited to be in beautiful Pacific North West! Kristen says she loves Port Hadlock because it is a beautiful area of the country and the people are all really friendly. She fell in love with the area the first time she visited and looks forward to working with people to help keep their pets happy and healthy. We are so happy to have Kristen as part of the Hadlock Veterinary family!
Pet Dental Care
Just like in humans, infection and inflammation of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth are caused by bacteria present in plaque and tartar. When tartar builds up on your pet’s teeth, it can lead to bad breath, bleeding, receding gums, and even eventual tooth loss.
Hadlock Veterinary Clinic’s veterinarians and staff believe the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.