Whistle Veterinary Clinic is a full-service facility dedicated to providing customized healthcare for cats and dogs. Located in Anacortes, Washington. Our practice serves pet families from communities across the Pacific Northwest, including Mount Vernon, Burlington, Whidbey Island, San Juan Island, and many others.
Founded by Dr. Beth Scheenstra in 2017, we’re proud to be a privately-owned, contemporary practice that values customized care and open communication.
Dr. Beth Scheenstra
Dr. Beth is a Washington State University graduate and a Skagit Valley local who has been practicing locally for over a decade. Working exclusively with small animal now she enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine.
Preventive medicine is the cornerstone to her guiding principles in practice. If she can prevent, slow, treat any disease process allowing a pet to live a longer healthier life than she feels she has done her best medicine. Because of this desire Dr. Beth takes special interest in geriatric medicine, long term pain control, oncology and general preventative care.
When Dr. Beth is not practicing you will find her running with her dogs, or her two daughters. Dr. Beth is an active alumnus with her husband who works for WSU-Extension in Mt. Vernon and they visit Pullman often to cheer for their favorite college sports.
Dr. Elena Kremer
Dr. Elena is originally from San Diego, California. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of San Diego. Upon graduation from USD, she moved to Spain to teach English. Unlike many other veterinarians, Elena did not originally know she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the WSU college of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Elena originally thought she wanted to be anequine practitioner, but ultimately she found small animal medicine much more interesting! She particularly enjoys cardiology and nutrition. Outside of work, Elena enjoys running with her dog Huck, spending time with her horse Rio, cooking, gardening, and spending as much time outdoors as weather will allow!
Shireen, Clinic Manager
Shireen was born and raised in Illinois and spent nearly a decade in Utah before moving to the Pacific Northwest. She worked with human patients for several years in general practice and pediatrics as a medical assistant and has an extensive background in research science. She received her Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Victoria in 2018 but knew that her lifelong passion for animals was something she needed to pursue as a career. Shireen entered the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant and transitioned into practice management shortly thereafter. She loves fostering positive relationships with pets and their humans and facilitating client education.
Shireen loves to cook, write, and spend as much time outdoors as possible. She and her husband are obsessed with their three kitties – Baby, Rumi, and Toulouse (the naughtiest of them all).
Nichole, Lead LVT
Originally from Pennsylvania, Nichole has been in Washington since November of 2011. Nichole has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since April 2015. Prior to becoming licensed, she worked for many years as an assistant in the veterinary field. She has also done work in the past with the Humane Society and other rescue organizations. Caring for animals has been a lifelong passion. While she enjoys almost all aspects of her job - her passions are emergency work and anesthesia.
You're likely to find her spending her weekends working a few ER shifts. When she takes some time off, Nichole enjoys spending downtime with her dogs - sleeping, hanging out in the hammock, or chilling on the couch are some of their favorite activities. You’re likely to find Nichole outdoors, weather permitting, keeping busy. However, her favorite place to be is sitting on the beach.
Madi was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington, and has had an interest in the veterinary field for most of her life. She recently graduated in 2019 from Bellingham Technical College’s veterinary technician program, and has since received her veterinary technician’s license. While most of her experience is with cats and dogs, she also has a soft spot for pocket pets, birds, and reptiles as well!
Kylee, Veterinary Assistant
Kylee was born and raised in Anacortes. She entered the veterinary field in 2009 while still in high school. While working, she continued her education by taking courses at Skagit Valley College and then relocated to Bozeman, Montana to attend Montana State University. While in Bozeman, she worked for a mixed animal practice. She is happy to be back in Anacortes and is excited to be working with a local clinic again. Kylee will be going back to school to work toward her Veterinary Technician license.
Kylee has a Golden Retriever named Rylee, a tabby named Gavin, and a daughter that she welcomed in 2019. Her favorite part about the veterinary field is interacting with the patients and preventative care!
Shannon, Veterinary Assistant
Shannon spent most of her childhood in her hometown of Cocoa, Florida, and spent several years in small towns in Ohio before joining the Air Force. She returned to Ohio after her time of service, where she met her husband, David, and moved to Washington. Shannon got her start in the veterinary field as an assistant at an emergency hospital. She is currently enrolled in a program to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Shannon and David have two human daughters named Zoey and Cailin, two dogs named Jyn and Rey, a bearded dragon named Norbert, a hedgehog named Peter Quill, and a parakeet named Sunny. On the weekends, you can find Shannon spending time with her family at sporting events or dance competitions.
Justine has a variety of experience in the animal welfare field, most of which has been with non-profit organizations. She has two cats named Nessie the Lochness Monster and Bernstein, and a little chihuahua named Winslow. She enjoys her time off kayaking or hiking.
Ashley is from Huntington Beach, California. A life-long lover of animals, Ashley entered the veterinary industry to participate in the care of pets. Her goal is to go to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Ashley has three pets – Rebel, a big dopey lab cross, and two kitties named Marilyn and Marley (she runs the house). She also has a three-year-old human child, Stevie, who keeps her on her toes!
Alex was born in Indiana to a Navy family and moved all over from a young age. She always knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field and started the journey in her sophomore year of high school when she completed her veterinary assistant certification. Alex hopes to one day become a Licensed Veterinary Technician, specializing in exotics. She has three handsome kitties, one cat-dog (pictured above!), two mossy frogs, one hamster named Hammy, and a 40-gallon fish tank with eleven fish friends.