Our Practice

We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in Olympia, WA. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical, and dental services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suites, dental suites, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve Hoodsport, Shelton, McCleary, Elma, Lacey, Tumwater, Rochester, Centralia, and Chehalis.

  • Dr. Alycia Warbington


    I am happily returning home to Olympia after working in grays harbor since graduation. I graduated in 2014 from WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduation, I have found a passion for forming bonds with clients and the patients, surgery & dentistry. While not in the clinic I enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family. I have two crazy yellow labs and one sweet daughter.

  • Dr. Lesley Parker


    I have been fortunate to live a life filled with animals and animal adventures, so becoming a veterinarian seemed like an obvious path. I was raised in New England, always surrounded by dogs and cats, but my family also spent several years traveling and living overseas. Throughout this time I was lucky enough to observe many exotic animals in their natural habitat; including studying animals such as zebras, giraffe, elephants, and hippos during a college semester in Kenya. These experiences all led to a biology degree in Oregon, followed by veterinary school at The Ohio State University. My husband and I live a simpler life now. We love the Pacific Northwest and it is a perfect place to raise our two children. Our life is filled with school, sports, boating, and appreciating all that Olympia has to offer.

  • Dr. Petra van Moorsel


    I grew up in a small town in New Mexico, where my first job at 14 was on a horse-breeding ranch with over 100 Holsteiner horses.  It was here that I got my first exposure to veterinary medicine. I soon became a veterinary assistant for the local veterinarian and loved going on all the farm calls. These experiences led me to decide to become a veterinarian. I became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at CSU in May 2015.

    After veterinary school, I served four years as a Captain in the Army Veterinary Corps. Most of this time, I was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). While in the Army, I gained experience in general practice (cats and dogs), dentistry, working-dog medicine, field medicine, public health, and disaster and emergency management. I learned about the importance of leadership, teamwork, good communication, and the value of the human-animal bond. My time in the Army was invaluable, and it was my honor to serve. I chose to exit Active Duty in 2019 in order to spend more time with my growing family and to build stronger relationships with my veterinary clients and patients. I joined Steamboat Animal Hospital in 2019, where I have so enjoyed serving the local families and their pets — it truly feels like home.

    When not working, I spend my time with my family adventuring outdoors and staying active. I have two dogs, two daughters and a pretty good husband.

  • Dr. Alex Nowacki


    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Dr. Justin Ripka


    Justin Ripka was very excited to join Steamboat Animal Hospital at the beginning of 2021. He attended Washington State University for both his undergraduate studies as well as for his veterinary education. This is where he met his future wife (another Dr. Ripka!) and he spent many years exploring the Palouse and beyond. In 2009 he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and began to work in the Olympia area.

    Growing up with animals his whole life, he was instilled with respect and compassion for animals and decided that he would be a veterinarian when he was 5 years old. He feels very blessed that his dream was able to come to fruition and is excited to help pet owners care for their furry friends with the best care possible. Dr. Justin Ripka’s interests in veterinary medicine lay in small animal dentistry, internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Ripka finds that the most important part of his work is to work with owners to help form an individualized plan to help treat and prevent health problems. He does not believe in cookie-cutter medicine and realizes no two situations are the same.

    In his spare time, Dr. Justin enjoys cooking, backcountry skiing, brewing, exploring the outdoors, and  spending time with his wife, son and daughter. He is also an active volunteer and President of Covenant Creatures, an Olympia-based non-profit focused on providing veterinary care to the low-income in our community. Justin has been active in the international community in veterinary relief trips and mission work to Haiti, Honduras, Thailand, and Mongolia and hopes to continue this service into the future.

  • Dr. Adam McDougall


    Dr. McDougall graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After graduating veterinary school, he practiced in Missoula, MT but is happy to be back in the PNW where he grew up.

    Prior to veterinary school, Dr. McDougall attended undergraduate school at UW in Seattle and then worked as a licensed veterinary technician for 12 years at WSU in Pullman, WA where he obtained his VTS in ECC.

    When not at Steamboat he enjoys spending time with his 3 dogs and cat and hiking and exploring the PNW. He has 2 wonderful kids, Henry and Dora, and looks forward to meeting all of the wonderful people and pets of greater Olympia.

  • Dr. Joshua Schulz


    Special Interests:

    PennHip by appointment only