Our Vision

As a small, independently owned hospital, we develop a personal relationship with you and your pet and we treat each pet like one of our own. Using the most current knowledge and the cutting edge technology you might expect to find in a much larger hospital, we provide the best possible care in a warm, intimate environment.

We strongly believe that being privately owned allows us to serve you better by concentrating on delivery of the highest quality care at good value. Bucking the trend of larger and larger, corporate-owned hospitals, at AHoF we don’t answer to profit-driven CEOs or shareholders.

Our goal is to build strong, long-lasting relationships with our clients and patients. These relationships, based on trust, allow us to tailor our medical approach to meet your needs.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Shlomo Freiman

Dr. Shlomo Freiman is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has a strong interest in both internal medicine and surgery. He has owned AHoF since 1999 and has devoted his energy and creativity into making it the unique veterinary hospital that it is today.

“I love my work and feel so privileged to do this for a living. This practice is first and foremost about developing a close relationship between the client, the pet, the staff, and the vet.

When I was growing up in a small, rural community in Israel, our local vet lacked the great resources and technology that we have today, but he was always there for us and for our pets. I really enjoy building these kinds of relationships. I strongly believe that helping my clients understand the often complex medical issues facing their beloved pets, and guiding them through all the choices and options available to them, is one of my most important and rewarding roles as a vet.”

Dr. Freiman’s family includes a wife, two sons and a daughter-in-law, plus a Jack Russell Terrier and a Cairn Terrier, both of whom accompany him to work every day. His hobbies include mountain biking, trail running, and reading. He is also an avid theater and movie-goer.


Dr. Jennifer Christey

Dr. Jennifer Christey grew up in the Redmond-Bellevue area, and attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate degree in zoology and wildlife science. She then moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.

She returned to the Pacific Northwest and joined a large, mixed-animal practice in Lynden, Washington. In 2010 she settled in Issaquah with her wonderful husband, two adorable young boys, their dog, Apple, a Cattle Dog mix, Panda the cat, and a Bourke’s Parakeet. She has also added four beautiful chickens to her family.

Dr. Christey started at AHoF in 2012 and currently has appointments on Fridays. Her areas of special interest include dermatology, ophthalmology, behavior, and preventive medicine. She loves to improve the quality of each patient’s life through attentiveness, listening and observing pets and clients. Her hope is to enhance the relationships that people and pets have with each other.



Meet the Staff

Alycia’s route to becoming a veterinary assistant was very circuitous. She has always had a love of animals, both large and small. She grew up in Issaquah with a menagerie of animals and showed llamas in 4-H for nine years.

Alycia graduated from Colorado State University in 2009, majoring in Biological Sciences and Zoology. While in her junior year at CSU, she took a field research course studying the immune system diversity of prairie dogs and fell in love with research.

After graduating, Alycia spent a few summers studying the ecological recovery on Mt. Saint Helens after the 1980 eruption, where she was in charge of small-mammal trapping. She then moved to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, to work at a field station and lead eco-tours for a year.

When Alycia came back to the U.S. in 2013, she got the opportunity to work in the veterinary field as a kennel assistant at a clinic in Colorado. While there, she was promoted to veterinary assistant before returning to Washington and joining the AHoF team in 2014.

Alycia is currently in school to become a licensed veterinary technician. She has two dogs: a Yorkie named Quila, who is the boss of everything; and a black Lab mix named Lilou, who has more energy than she knows what to do with.

Barb grew up in the Issaquah area and started working in the veterinary field while in high school. After earning degrees from Eastern Washington University in both Business Management and Human Resource Management, she joined the AHoF team in 2003 as a veterinary assistant. She claims that working for AHoF (and Dr. Freiman specifically) has proven to be one of the best and most fulfilling decisions she has made.

Barb currently lives in the Renton Highlands with her two young daughters, Evelyn and Claira-Jane as well as her German Shepherd, Sachi. Sachi was rescued from Honduras and flown to the U.S. to have orthopedic surgery when she was 6 months old. She needed an adoptive home that could be involved in rehabbing her, and could deal with her physical limitations as she gets older. She has turned out to be the BEST. DOG. EVER. and Barb cannot imagine life without her.

Barb's passion for helping animals is what originally drew her to this profession but working for Dr. Freiman and the love of the relationships she has built with our clients is what has kept her at AHoF. She feels honored to have a job where she can connect with people through their pets and where she believes in the care and quality of medicine we provide.

Growing up, Jordyn didn’t know what she wanted to be, but knew she belonged in a medical field of some sort. Her mother encouraged a career in neonatal nursing. Over time, Jordyn realized that human nursing was not the right path for her.

Shortly after moving to Washington, Jordyn was hired at a veterinary practice and introduced into the world of veterinary medicine. She fell in love right away and knew that she wanted something more. Around the same time, her long-term friend, Sarah had graduated as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Sarah encouraged and motivated Jordyn to pursue a higher education and career in the veterinary industry and she hasn’t looked back!

Since completing her degree in Applied Animal Sciences and passing the VTNE, Jordyn has joined our family at AHoF. She and her new husband, Chase, care for three dogs: Rupert and Panda, English bulldogs, and Felix, an energetic pit bull.

Mary has always been an animal-lover; being able to care for people’s pets and make a difference in their lives has been incredibly rewarding. She recently finished school and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

Mary started her career in the animal care field in 2008 and has worked at AHoF since 2011. As a member of the AHoF team, she truly enjoys working with Dr. Freiman, Dr. Christey, and her awesome co-workers. She believes that we provide exceptional, quality care to our patients that she is proud to be a part of.

Mary and her husband share their home with a Lab mix, Luna; a Jack Russell mix, Rory; and two cats, Juno and Gemma. All of their pets are rescues and an important part of the family. They enjoy going to the dog park, spending time with friends & family, binge-watching shows and movies on Netflix and Hulu, and attending local sporting events (Go Seahawks!)

Nikkole originally began working in the veterinary field because she always loved helping animals and wanted to make a difference in the lives of both animals and humans. She went to school in 2009 to become a certified veterinary assistant (CVA) and has been a veterinary assistant at AHOF since 2012. Before then, she worked in three other veterinary clinics; AHOF is by far the best!

Nikkole lives with her daughter Issabell, boyfriend Landry, and their 2 cats. When away from work, she spends most of her time with family and friends. Nikkole enjoys doing art and craft projects, organizing, planning, accounting, camping, and attending her daughter’s school events. She also enjoys helping her grandma make quilts (she taught Nikkole how to sew) and volunteering her time at the food bank where her grandma works. She has enjoyed becoming a part of the high level of care that we strive to provide to both clients and their fur children. Furthermore, she has enjoyed getting to know numerous clients and their stories along the way.

Saa came to Seattle as a refugee from the war in Liberia. Growing up, animals were a part of his life and he always felt connected to them, especially during times of instability within his country. When he came to the U.S., it felt only natural for him to work with dogs and cats.

Saa has worked as a kennel attendant at AHoF since 2006, just a few weeks after he arrived here. He appreciates the bond that he creates with the pets who board at AHoF, and he loves getting to know their different personalities.

Saa proudly attended Green River Community College and obtained his GED in 2011, despite English being his second language. After accomplishing that goal, he went on to attend PIMA Medical Institute and got his Medical Assistant certification.

Working at AHoF has allowed Saa to build a house for his family back in Liberia. He enjoys volunteering at his church and spending time with his young daughter, Carly.

Sarah’s love for animals started at a young age. As far back as she can remember she had a furry companion of some sort. Growing up, Sarah had exposure caring for many different species of animals; from rodents to cats, dogs, and even horses, her favorites have always been cats and dogs.

Sarah was originally drawn to becoming a licensed veterinary technician after caring for her geriatric dog, Chocolate, throughout his final years. Looking back, “I could not have gotten Chocolate, through his last years without the staff at the veterinary hospital we took Chocolate to in Oregon”. That was what inspired Sarah to help other people care for their pets. Since graduating and becoming a licensed veterinary technician, Sarah has worked in general practice, emergency and specialty hospitals.

Sarah currently has two dogs Taco, a three legged Chihuahua; Lolly, a hyper Jack Russell Terrier; and Bettie, a feisty domestic long hair. In her free time Sarah enjoys hiking with her dogs, spending time with her family, working out, baking, and trying but failing to recreate crafts from Pinterest.

Vanessa began working in the veterinary field in 2017, after deciding to take a leap into the field that she’s been passionate about since she was a little girl. She has primarily worked in shelter medicine, but has always been interested in the world of small animal clinics. Right now she is a veterinary assistant, and is currently going to school to get her Bachelor's in Biology.

Vanessa lives in Renton with her two cats, Suki and Jasper, along with two aquariums of fish that she loves just as equally. She has always had a soft spot for horses, and tries to continually keep them in her life through volunteering at local stables and riding when she can. She’s hope to someday specialize in them, but that’s far in the future.

In her free time, Vanessa can be found drawing and painting, reading, and outside running if the weather permits.