Our Veterinarians

The Wasilla Veterinary Clinic team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. Proudly serving the Wasilla area. At Wasilla Veterinary Clinic, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.

Dr. Mario Townsend, MDVM

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The Wasilla Veterinary Clinic welcomed Dr. Townsend to our team in November 2015 as an Associate Veterinarian, then assuming the role of Managing Veterinarian in December 2016. Born in Nicaragua, Dr. Townsend attended Veterinary school in Brazil and moved to the United States in 1979. He has been working as a practitioner in Alaska since 1995. He has professional interest and advanced training in veterinary dentistry and performing oral surgery, offering orthodontic and endodontic care for over 25 years. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English. In his free time he enjoys hunting and fishing in the great Alaskan outdoors.

Dr. Andrea Hambach, DVM

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Dr. Andrea Hambach grew up in rural Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She moved up to Alaska as a new graduate and has been a practicing Small Animal Veterinarian in the Mat-Su Valley area ever since. Her veterinary interests include working with sporting dogs, especially sled dogs, soft tissue surgery, dentistry and geriatric medicine. Outside of the office, she enjoys running, pottery, gardening and reading.

Dr. Julie Stafford, DVM

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Dr. Julie Stafford is an associate veterinarian at Wasilla Veterinary Clinic. Born and raised in Anchorage, she left for the lower 48 to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) in 2013. After graduating from veterinary school Julie worked as a mixed animal practitioner for several years in John Day, a rural cattlemen’s town in eastern Oregon, before returning to Alaska to be closer to friends, family, and enjoy an Alaskan life.

Julie became a veterinarian to improve the lives of animals and believes client communication and education are vital to the health and well being of our animals. She has found empowering clients through open, honest, communication and current, science based, education to be the most rewarding part of veterinary medicine. While she enjoys working with all animals, she has special interest in small animal surgery and oncology (cancer treatment and care). Julie is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and in 2014 was one of 10 veterinarians chosen nationwide as a Future Leader of the profession. She recently has been awarded the World Small Animal Veterinary Association “Next Generation Award” for leadership and dedication to the veterinary profession.

Julie has three rescued animals: Angel a 9 year old white German Shepherd who was to be euthanized for getting into the chicken coop one too many times, Alex a 3 year old German Shepherd who was a patient at Oregon Human Society when Julie was rotating there as a student, and Little Meow a tabby cat that was orphaned at 5 days old with a severe kidney infection.

Dr. Susan Whiton, DVM

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Dr. Susan Whiton moved to Alaska in 1977 looking for adventure. She worked as a high school science teacher in Unalaska, Alaska on the Aleutian peninsula for 5 years. She moved to Trapper Creek in the Northern Mat Su Valley in 1982 to help her husband Vern Halter train and race the Iditarod sled dog race. Her work with sled dogs led her to apply to veterinary school in 1986. She completed the 1987 Yukon Quest and was accepted to the Veterinary Medicine program at Washington State University that same year. She received her DVM from WSU in 1992. She returned to Alaska to work as a veterinarian and continued her career as a musher by completing the 1995 and 1996 Iditarod sled dog race. Her interest in athletic dogs led her to pursue further education in animal chiropractic techniques in 1998 and veterinary acupuncture in 2001. She uses both conventional and holistic medicine with her veterinary patients. Her true love is using all the tools in her tool box to work with any athletic dog be it sled dog, agility dog, herding dog, fly ball, or show. Dr Whiton’s holistic techniques also may benefit older dogs that need a bit more help than conventional medication is able to provide.

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