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Owner and Head Clinician Dr. Linda Robinette

Dr. Robinette, graduated from WSU veterinary school in 1970 during a time when it was quite unheard of for a woman to be a veterinarian. Teacher, nurse or secretary, were “acceptable” careers. Times have changed and now about 70% of veterinary students are women, and women have careers in all types of work. After completing an internship at Angell Animal Medical Hospital in Boston, Dr. Robinette worked at Alpine for a few years before purchasing it in 1978.

When she was six years old, Dr. Robinette decided she wanted to be a veterinarian. She was inspired by watching her family’s vet, Dr. Follette, miraculously cure their cocker spaniel, “Sandy”. “Sandy” would frequently get cheat grass in his ear canals, causing him great pain. Her dad would carry “Sandy” into the clinic where Dr. Follette would work his magic, remove the cheat grass, and send “Sandy” joyfully bouncing back to the car.

As a practitioner, surgery remains Dr. Robinette’s strongest interest. Removing swallowed toys from Labrador stomachs, removing malignant cancers before they can spread, pinning broken bones so they heal properly, and of course, spays, neuters and dentals are all in a day’s work. Dr. Robinette also loves helping the elderly companion cat or dog have a better quality of life with medications, laser therapy, or special diets. And who can resist caring for puppies and kittens, and their owners?

In her spare time, Dr. Robinette enjoys flower and vegetable gardening, raising Siamese cats (the round-headed type) and Irish Terrier dogs. And, of course, downhill skiing!
Dr. Robinette with "Dazzle"
Dr. Francesca Corcoran

Dr. Corcoran has been providing compassionate care to animals for over thirty years. She came to Alpine Animal Hospital fresh from WSU veterinary school in 1984 and has been practicing small animal medicine ever since. She thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to practice the spectrum of “family medicine” including puppy and kitten exams, annual exams, surgery, dentistry, behavior concerns and management of hospitalized patients. Dr. Corcoran is also certified in companion animal pain management and the use and application of Class IV therapeutic lasers. In addition to this, she also acts as the assistant practice manager and helps with hiring, training, and oversight of the clinic staff.

Dr. Corcoran is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 3. She has, sadly, lost 2 close family members to Marfan’s Syndrome and understands the pain of genetic diseases. She enjoys the beautiful Palouse with her family, and trains regularly for sprint distance triathlons. Her other interests are cooking, hospitality, reading and church-related activities.

Her animal family consists of 3 members currently; all are from the shelter or rescued. “Miss Matilda Meow”, a 16 year old tortoiseshell cat with lots of attitude, “Gandalf the Gray”, a 13 year old gray tabby cat, and “LeRoy BrownDog”, a 6 year old mixed breed high-energy dog that loves to run, all keep her household happy and amused.
Dr. Corcoran
Dr. Ashley Nichols

Dr. Ashley Nichols has been a veterinarian at Alpine Animal Hospital since the summer of 2008. She graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, and then completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at the WSU Teaching Hospital in June 2008. Originally from the Seattle area, Dr. Nichols and her husband fell in love with the Palouse and are now permanent residents. Dr. Nichols enjoys all aspects of small animal practice, including preventative health care. She can often be found counseling pet owners on how to provide daily care for their pet at home to improve their health and longevity, including topics from nutrition and exercise, to home dental care. A lover of puzzles since childhood, Dr. Nichols is especially passionate about diagnostic challenges and tough medicine cases. She also has a special interest in diagnostic ultrasound.

Dr. Nichols and her husband have two young children who keep them very busy. In fact, Dr. Nichols works part-time hours at Alpine to have days at home with her children. Since childhood, Dr. Nichols has owned pets, including cats and dogs, as well as hamsters, rats, and an aquatic turtle. All of their names were along a nut theme, including her current furry companions: “Hickory”, a black Lab mix, “Wingnut”, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, “Almond”, a gray tabby cat, “Brazil”, a black cat (littermates, rescued and bottle-raised years ago by Dr. Nichols), and semi-aquatic turtle (“Squirt”, the one exception to the nut theme!). In her spare time, Dr. Nichols enjoys attending local symphony concerts and theatre productions with her husband, as well as accompanying her children to their various activities. Dr. Nichols and her husband also enjoy attending car shows with their unique 1958 BMW Isetta. 
Dr. Nichols with "Hickory and Wingnut"
Dr. Shannon Merry

Dr. Shannon Merry traveled from her native state, Montana, to the Pacific Northwest in 2002. She earned her doctoral degree from WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology with minors in Zoology and Organizational Communication. Dr. Merry enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine with special interests in dermatology, dentistry, and nutrition. Her favorite part of the profession is the client relationships and working together with owners to help create a health plan for their furry family members.

With an interest in animal welfare and international travel, Dr. Merry has been able to practice veterinary medicine throughout the South Pacific and Latin America with the following organizations: World Vets, Vets without Borders, and Danta Conservation for the Tropics. Live music is her favorite form of entertainment and she has a soft spot for old-timey bluegrass tunes and pedal steel guitar. When at home on the Palouse, she can often be found helping her husband, Patrick, at his local winery – Merry Cellars. Together, they share their home with two incredibly spoiled and affectionate cats, “Samhain” and “Beltane”, who are named after the old world terms for Halloween and May Day. They also have an aquatic frog “Zota”, named after a Costa Rican research base where Dr. Merry worked during her pre-veterinary career.
Dr. Merry with "Beltane"
Dr. Jennifer Ronngren

Dr. Jennifer Ronngren came to Alpine Animal Hospital in the Fall of 2015. She has practiced veterinary medicine in Washington since graduating from Washington State University in 1989. Her special interests include internal medicine and ophthalmology, and most importantly, the relationships she develops with clients and their pets. Dr. Ronngren also helps facilitate the Principles of Surgery Clinical Skills laboratories for the first year veterinary students at WSU, as well as serves as Practitioner Coach for the Clinical Communication course for second and third year veterinary students. Working with future colleagues at the College of Veterinary Medicine has been very rewarding!

Dr. Ronngren lives just outside of Pullman in a 1912 farmhouse with her husband. Both are big Cougar football fans, and try to attend as many games as possible each year. She and her husband have two daughters, both of whom attended WSU and now live in western Washington. They are a Coug family!

In her spare time, Dr. Ronngren enjoys hanging out with the family dogs and cats, growing English roses, and traveling with her husband. She is pleased to be a part of the Alpine team, and looks forward to meeting more clients and their pets!
Dr. Ronngren with "Bella"
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Phone: (509) 332-6575
Fax: (509) 334-4561
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AlpineAnimalHospital@frontier.com
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Tue 8am - 8pm
Wed - Fri  8am-5:30pm
Sat 8am - 4pm
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Alpine Animal Hospital
4853 SR 270
Pullman, WA 99163
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