about our veterinary practice University Place, WA
Fircrest Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve University Place, WA and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service.

We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible.

If you have any questions about how we can care for your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us at (253) 564-5661. Thank you!

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!
Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Fircrest Veterinary Hospital in University Place, WA! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (253) 564-5661 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Asta Tobiassen, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Asta Tobiassen was born in Norway and moved with her family to the Seattle area when she was just seven years old. Since moving to the United Stat...

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Asta Tobiassen, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Asta Tobiassen was born in Norway and moved with her family to the Seattle area when she was just seven years old. Since moving to the United States, she has lived up and down the West Coast, stretching from Los Angeles all way to Anchorage, Alaska! Dr. Tobiassen received her Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from U. C. Davis. After finishing veterinary school, she spent an extra year at U. C. Davis studying Preventive Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Tobiassen has been practicing veterinary medicine in the South Sound since 1996. She is dedicated to developing meaningful connections with the pets and owners she sees by providing the best, individualized care possible. Her main veterinary interests include Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Behavior, and Hospital Care. In her free time, Dr. Tobiassen’s hobbies include birding, photography, and cooking. She shares her home with her dogs, terrier-mixes named Birdy and Pipit, her two cats, Ivy and Sonja, and her partner who is also a veterinarian.

Benjamin Quarrles, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Benjamin Quarrles is excited to return home! Ben grew up just down the street in North End Tacoma, and after 8 years in Pullman, and 10 years in ...

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Benjamin Quarrles, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Benjamin Quarrles is excited to return home! Ben grew up just down the street in North End Tacoma, and after 8 years in Pullman, and 10 years in Chicago, he has finally returned to the Pacific Northwest. He has a wife and three young children that keep him on his toes. Ben enjoys being involved in Church, international travel, reading, sports, and jigsaw puzzles. He seeks to do everything for the glory of Jesus Christ!

Chris Eugenio, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Christopher Eugenio was born in Manila, Philippines. He got his Bachelor’s of Animal Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona,...

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Chris Eugenio, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Christopher Eugenio was born in Manila, Philippines. He got his Bachelor’s of Animal Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA in 1990 and got his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Dr. Eugenio has lived in Washington since 2008 with his wife Jessica, son Tyler and daughter Kelsie. As his family is allergic to cats and most dogs they currently have fish, a hypoallergenic Bichon named Lacey and a Yorkie named Kona. Other than spending time with his family Dr. Eugenio enjoys bowling, target shooting, playing guitar and fishing. Before starting here at Fircrest Veterinary in November of 2011, he worked 10.5 years in a Mixed Animal Practice (Birds, Reptiles, and Exotics) in Moscow, ID. He then worked 4 years in a Specialty Hospital in Reno, NV is the main surgeon, doing ultrasounds and exotic pet care until he moved to the Northwest and was Chief of Staff in a small animal clinic for 4 years. Dr. Eugenio specializes in orthopedic surgeries such as FHO, TPLO, and ACL Surgeries. He also takes a special interest in ultrasounds and working with exotic pets (birds, reptilians, rabbits, rats, mice, ext.).

Angela Hager

Office Manager

Angela (aka Angie) Hager was born at McChord Airforce Base, 7.5 weeks premature, weighing in at only 4lbs. She was so tiny she had to wear doll clothe...

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Angela Hager

Office Manager

Angela (aka Angie) Hager was born at McChord Airforce Base, 7.5 weeks premature, weighing in at only 4lbs. She was so tiny she had to wear doll clothes home from the hospital. Angie has lived in Tacoma her entire life and married her high school sweetheart, Rob. They have two children: Caylah and Cody. Caylah is a first-grade teacher and Cody works here at the clinic. Angie has 1 Chihuahua (Elvis), 1 Dachshund (Buddy) and 2 cats (Mollie Unicorn & Oliver Pumpkin, whom were named by her granddaughter). In her free time, she likes to cuddle with her puppies, spend time with her beautiful granddaughter, Darla Louise, and listen to country music. Angie has been working at this clinic since 1994! Before starting here Angie was a stay at home mom.

Alyssa Lyon

Receptionist/Assistant

Alyssa was born in Tacoma & grew up here in University Place. She loves the PNW, autumn & the beautiful Mt. Rainier always in view. She started off at...

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Alyssa Lyon

Receptionist/Assistant

Alyssa was born in Tacoma & grew up here in University Place. She loves the PNW, autumn & the beautiful Mt. Rainier always in view. She started off at an Emergency Veterinary Hospital 3 years ago & now works here at Fircrest Vet as a receptionist & assistant. She currently has a 15 year old (very fluffy & handsome) tuxedo kitty named Whiskers & an African fat-tailed gecko named Remmy. Alyssa loves Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty, the color pink & comic books. When she is not at work, she likes to play video games with her boyfriend Alex & go thrifting with friends.

Amber Redmond

Veterinary Assistant

Amber loves to travel!

Cody Hager

Veterinary Assistant

Cody Hager was born in Tacoma and moved to University Place when he was 3 years old. Our practice manager, Angie, is Cody’s mom. Cody currently has ...

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Cody Hager

Veterinary Assistant

Cody Hager was born in Tacoma and moved to University Place when he was 3 years old. Our practice manager, Angie, is Cody’s mom. Cody currently has 2 dogs (Penelope, a boxer and George, a Pekingese), 1 cat (Athena) and 2 Leopard Gecko’s (Littlefoot & Petri). Cody has been in this field since Oct. 2014, starting right in this hospital. Prior to working here, Cody worked as a nursery attendant for the YMCA. On Cody’s free time, he likes to read, hang out with his pups and spend quality time with his beautiful niece, Darla.

Heather Schlegel

Veterinary Assistant

Heather was born and raised here in Tacoma, WA and graduated from Stadium High School in 1991. She has been married to her husband, Calvin, since 12/0...

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Heather Schlegel

Veterinary Assistant

Heather was born and raised here in Tacoma, WA and graduated from Stadium High School in 1991. She has been married to her husband, Calvin, since 12/05/1992! Heather has 2 daughters: Alexis and Ella and a son, Monet! Heather has been here at Fircrest Veterinary Hospital for 8 years now as a part-time veterinary assistant. On her free time, Heather likes to kayak, hike, do art and spend time with her dogs.

Jewel Files

Receptionist

Jewel is a lover of all cats! She's worked in the veterinary field for several years. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend and ...

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Jewel Files

Receptionist

Jewel is a lover of all cats! She’s worked in the veterinary field for several years. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend and playing computer games.

Sean Tipton

Veterinary Assistant

Sean was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Washington when he was two. He and his wife Amanda have five boys (Ethan, Logan, Wyatt, Jackson,...

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Sean Tipton

Veterinary Assistant

Sean was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Washington when he was two. He and his wife Amanda have five boys (Ethan, Logan, Wyatt, Jackson, and Tyson). He has 3 cats (Biscuit and her two babies, Jack and Sally). Sean has worked at this location since 2008 and before starting here he worked at a Doggie Day Care for 12 years. Sean has a special interest in anything electronic such as computers, gaming, and became our clinic IT guy. He also enjoys science, astronomy and the Seattle Seahawks. GO HAWKS!

Sonja Moran

Veterinary Assistant

Vanessa Garcia

Veterinary assistant

Yanessa Ortiz

Veterinary Assistant