Sherri is the co-owner and part-time Veterinarian at Clifton Hollow Animal Hospital. She grew up in Hoquiam, WA with her parents and four older siblings. She always felt a connection with animals, starting when she was just a little girl helping take care of her family’s pets which consisted of many different fish, hamsters, cats, and dogs. While attending the local community college, she started volunteering at a small animal veterinary clinic. She was able to gain experience helping many sick and injured animals. Seeing the impact that the Veterinarian had on the animals and families, it was reinforced that she wanted to contribute to this wonderful profession and make a difference in both pets’ and their family’s lives.
She attended Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Zoology before she was accepted into the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. During veterinary school, she enjoyed utilizing her problem-solving skills to help with the different challenging cases that presented on a daily basis and became especially interested in small animal general medicine - from dermatology and ophthalmology to internal medicine and surgery. It was during her fourth year of veterinary school that she met her husband who was, at that time, in his first year of veterinary school. After graduating in 2008, she worked as a Veterinarian in Idaho until he graduated in 2011.
Although she enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine, she does have a few passions. She has a special interest in preventative medicine - she believes very strongly that maintaining the best health earlier in life can delay, and in some cases prevent, diseases that are seen as pets get older. Also, early detection of many diseases leads to quicker treatment and better prognoses. Pain management is another area that is important to her. From the pain associated with bite wounds and arthritis to the pain that comes with surgery and systemic disease, she believes keeping our pets as comfortable as possible will help decrease the stress both on them and their families and improve their quality of life. Client education is also a passion of hers. She believes clients should not just “do what the vet recommends”, but should know the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind their recommendations. She strongly believes in the importance of the human-animal bond and understands that our pets are members of the family.
From Dr. Sherri Kinder:
I am married to my best friend, Josh Kinder. Together we have our four sons and two daughters, who definitely keep us on our toes and who also often get to come to work with mom and dad! Joel McHale, our domestic shorthair kitty, would prefer to stay in hiding from all of the daily commotion in our home. I am blessed to have the opportunity to homeschool our children, a responsibility that is so rewarding! Our family loves spending time outdoors, whether it is camping, going to the beach, or just taking a walk. You will also see us at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Bremerton every Sunday for mass. My personal interests include cooking, watching movies, camping, learning about and teaching our faith and spending as much time with family as possible.