Port Hadlock Veterinarians

port hadlock veterinarians Virginia M. Johnson, DVM, Veterinarian and Owner

Dr. Virginia Johnson is the owner of Hadlock Veterinary Clinic. She opened the Port Hadlock veterinary hospital in April 2004.

The daughter of a registered nurse, Dr. Johnson was initially interested in human medicine. "When I finished college in the late sixties," she says, "women were still underdogs when it came to the medical profession. I became a Medical Technologist to earn money and continue to learn about medicine, but I realized I really liked working with animals. I love my job, and I'm so glad I'm a veterinarian."

Dr. Johnson attended Southern Oregon College and the University of Oregon for her undergraduate work in Medical Technology. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. She is a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association and the Peninsula Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include geriatric medicine, internal medicine and feline medicine.

"I love seeing sick animals get well and live well beyond their supposed life expectancy," says Dr. Johnson. "Having an older pet get well and live several more years because of something I was able to do is very rewarding."

Dr. Johnson shares her home with two Dachshunds, Mori and Krisi. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching movies and taking walks with her dogs.



Cindy G. Alexander, DVM Cindy G. Alexander, DVM

Dr. Cindy is another of Hadlock Veterinary Clinic's veterinarians. She joined our practice in 2010 and has over 25 years of experience. Dr. Alexander is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Peninsula Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include general medicine and surgery, as well as caring for non-traditional pets such as small mammals, small ruminants, exotic pets and wildlife. She attended Washington State University for both her undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

"I grew up with many different species of animals and decided to become a veterinarian after reading James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small when I was ten," says Dr. Alexander. "While I changed my mind a number of times, I was always drawn back to the veterinary world." She began volunteering with veterinarians at the age of 14 and started her first job in a veterinary practice shortly thereafter.

At home Dr. Alexander has a cat named Sophia and two dogs named Trooper and Gunner. She spends much of her free time volunteering for her daughter's school, hiking, gardening, reading, and doing Zumba.



Dr. SteinmetzMelissa Steinmetz, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa Steinmetz is a recent addition to our staff of veterinarians. She joined our practice in June of 2015. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, and her professional interests include behavior, internal medicine, geriatric care and exotic and wildlife medicine.

A native to Washington State, Dr. Steinmetz knew she wanted to become a veterinarian from an early age. "I've wanted to be a veterinarian since I was old enough to know what it was," she says. "I've always loved animals and my parents have always supported my career goal."

Dr. Steinmetz attended Western Washington University for her undergraduate work, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry and psychology. She attended Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. At home Dr. Steinmetz has two dogs: Luke, a husky/lab mix and Obi, an Anatolian Shepherd.

She also has three cats, Sputnik, Mir and Leroy; two parakeets, Honey Badger and Optimus prime; and a hamster, Zuzu. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, crafting and gardening. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.



Joyce Murphy, DVM, Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr. Joyce Murphy is Hadlock Veterinary Clinic's veterinary ophthalmologist. She has worked with Hadlock Veterinary Clinic since 2004.

Dr. Murphy attended Northeast Missouri State University for her undergraduate work, where she majored in biology and chemistry. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri. She completed her residency in veterinary ophthalmology at Colorado State University. Dr. Murphy is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, a board-certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

"The eye is the window to the body and can help define health and disease," says Dr. Murphy. "It gives me great joy to help restore health and vision to my patients."

At home, Dr. Murphy has a dog named Almie. She enjoys hiking, walking swimming, biking and listening to music in her free time.



Dr. StrohmeyerRachel Strohmeyer, DVM

Dr. Rachael Strohmeyer began working at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic in 2010, and officially joined the staff in October 2016. Growing up in Bozeman, MT, she always knew that she wanted to become a veterinarian. Dr. Strohmeyer's parents raised her to know she was capable of doing anything she put her mind to. With that motivation and encouragement, she took her first jobs in the animal-care field at veterinary clinics in Bozeman.

After high school, Dr. Strohmeyer attended Montana State University where she studied at the college of agriculture. She earned early admission to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. A constant learner, Dr. Strohmeyer earned a master's degree from Colorado State University in 2005 in clinical sciences and epidemiology. Her thesis focused on raw meat diets for canines.

Dr. Strohmeyer is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Peninsula Veterinary Medical Association, where she serves as the vice president. Her professional interests include dermatology and infectious diseases.

"The most satisfying part of being a veterinarian for me is the personal relationships I have developed with my clients and patients," Dr. Strohmeyer says. "There are many people I would have never met, whom I now consider friends."

Dr. Strohmeyer and her husband Chris—an employee of the city of Seattle—have two sons named Eric and Ryan. They share their home with three dogs named Steve, Lillie and Squirt, as well as a cat named Mike. Dr. Strohmeyer volunteers at an elementary school where she runs a program called the Passport Club. She is also a member of the Faith Episcopal Church. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, camping and scrapbooking.