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Wilderness Animal Hospital

Primary Location
23714 222nd Place SE Ste L
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Phone: 425-432-9975
Fax: 425-432-6675

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All our veterinarians and technicians are Fear Free Certified!


Melanie McCoury, DVM:

Dr. McCoury is a 1988 Washington State graduate. She has practiced in Western Washington since graduation. She purchased Wilderness Veterinary Clinic from Dr. Reed in August 2006. Prior to that she worked at a practice that did routine and critical care for 10 years. Dr. McCoury enjoys spending with her daughter, Brianne, and her t australian shepherd, Emerson.  She also likes traveling and fixer upper projects at home. She also enjoys raising, riding and training horses for dressage. Dr. McCoury is especially interested in Fear Free practice, preventive care, dentistry and internal medicine.


38b6761a_0a0a_012a_408c_7b8fab9e8920.jpgKeith Tate, DVM:

Dr. Tate is a 1992 Michigan State graduate. Since graduation, he moved to the Seattle area and has been practicing in the South Puget Sound area. In his spare time, Dr. Tate enjoys cooking and gardening. He and his wife Wendy have four grown children and two grandchildren. Dr. Tate’s areas of professional interest include avian, exotics, small mammals, dogs and cats.


Laurie Wieringa, DVM

Dr. Wieringa is a 2001 graduate of the University of Illinois. She is originally from the Chicago area and moved to Western Washington shortly after graduation. Prior to attending veterinary school she obtained her undergraduate degree from Marquette University. She worked in a general practice/emergency hospital for 6 years, and then worked at a specialty referral hospital practicing exclusively emergency medicine for 8 years before joining Wilderness Animal Hospital. 

Dr. Wieringa has two young boys. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors as much as possible. Her professional interests include small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine. 


Deana McReynolds, DVM

Dr. Deana McReynolds received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 from Washington State University. She has practiced in the Seattle/Tacoma area ever since. She believes that we live healthier, happier lives when sharing that life with an animal. She is dedicated to helping your pet live a long, happy life.

Her passions include nutrition, behavioral medicine and gentle handling and restraint techniques. She is pleased to be working in a practice that is Feline Friendly Gold Certified and helping us become certified as Fear Free practice.

Dr. Deana has shared her life with both dogs and cats in the past, including two English bulldogs. She now lives in SeaTac with a crazy yellow lab/greyhound mix named Kia.


Amanda Simpson, DVM

Dr. Simpson is a 2017 graduate of the Veterinary School of Medicine at the University of Missouri. A native of the southwestern Missouri area, Dr. Simpson moved to Washington after falling in love with the area during an externship at a veterinary dermatology clinic in Seattle.

She began working at Wilderness Animal Hospital shortly after graduation. In addition to her rigorous training at Mizzou, she studied under a variety of veterinary specialists across the country in the fields of internal medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, general surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry and shelter medicine.

Dr. Simpson lives just south of Maple Valley with her husband, young daughter, three cats and two rescue dogs. Aside from her two- and four-legged family, Dr. Simpson enjoys playing piano, reading, cooking and spending time outdoors. 

Technician Staff

All our technicians have completed Fear Free Training

38c6faf2_0a0a_012a_2c40_485413115ed1_1.jpgSarah Robinson, LVT

Sarah has been with the hospital since 2000. She attended the Veterinary Technology program at Pierce College graduating in 2005. She enjoys spending time with her husband Shawn and sons Brayden and Cody. They also have one very active border collie, Aurora.


Helen Ross, LVT

Helen joined us July 2017. She was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and moved to the United States when she was 10. She became interested in Veterinary Medicine in 1996, when she took a job as a receptionist in a one doctor practice.  Since then with her years of experience, she was able to become a licensed veterinary technician (LVT).  Helen has worked with large animals, exotics, as well as cats and dogs in both large and small clinics. She brings over 21 years of experience to us, along with her love of animals.  Helen shares her home with her 7 1/2 year old red nose pitbull mix Bella.  Bella has shared her home with a few birds, a couple of frogs and a rabbit over the years.


Sara Peckinpaugh, LVT

 Sara graduated in 2002 from the Veterinary Technician program in Minnesota.  She started working at the University of Minnesota for the following two years after graduation.  She moved to Colorado where she fell in love with working in a small animal practice.  Sara also had the opportunity to work at a hospital in Virginia that was home to two goats, four sheep and a donkey.  Most recently, Sara has been working in Washington State with some wildlife, but is always drawn back to what she truly enjoys, getting to know cats and dogs through their life stages.  Sara has three cats at home; Chase, Kota and Blink.  She has two children, McKenna and Cole who keep Sara and her husband busy taking them to a variety of activities.


Practice Manager

Carol Francis

Carol joined our Team December 2016.   She has been in the management and operations field for 30+ years.   She enjoys family time, travel and Charlie, her 2 year old Shih Tzu mix. We are excited for her to join our team.


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I really like the staff and our vet Melanie at Wilderness Animal Hospital,!they are very courteous and informative. I will be recommending this to all of my friends.

Mary G.
Maple Valley, WA

Office Hours

Day Open Closed
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 8:00am Closed
7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 5:00pm Closed

Doctor always on premises during hours of operation

Closed for staff meeting second Tuesday of the month from noon to 2 pm.

For after hours emergencies:

please call us, 425-432-9975 and follow the prompts to speak to a veterinary professional.  They will help triage your pet's condition and will help you decide if you need to be seen at an emergency facility or  if not, they will let us know to call you as soon as we are open.

For 24 hour emergency services we recommend:

 BluePearl Veterinary Partners (formerly ACCES) in Renton -

206-364-1660, then press 2
Seattle Veterinary Specialists, Kirkland


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