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.

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 started 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 became a certified veterinary assistant in 2009 and has been with AHoF since 2012. She loves working with the state of the art technology at AHoF and thrives on interacting with clients and their pets. She has enjoyed being part of a team that strives to provide a high level of care to both clients and furry friends. In the near future she plans on going back to school to get her veterinary technician license.

Nikkole lives with her young daughter, Issabell, 3 cats (Gem, Spice & Ghost), a Shiba Inu/American Eskimo dog named Lacey, 3 ducks, and a tank of fish. In her spare time she enjoys camping, fishing, horseback riding, sewing, knitting, glass blowing, quilting, watching the Seahawks, and planning get-togethers.

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 has had a furry companion of some sort. Growing up she had exposure to caring for many different species from rodents to cats, dogs, and even horses, but her favorites were always cats and dogs.

Sarah was originally drawn to becoming a licensed veterinary technician after caring for her geriatric dog throughout his final years. "Thinking back, I couldn't have gotten my old dog, Chocolate, through his last years without the staff at the hospital. That was what inspired me to help other people care for their pets." Since graduating and becoming a licensed veterinary technician, Sarah has worked in general practice and spent time working in a busy emergency/specialty hospital.

Currently, Sarah cares for two dogs Taco, a Chihuahua; Lolly, a Jack Russell Terrier; and a cat, Betti, a DLH. In her free time Sarah enjoys hiking with her dogs, working out, baking, and trying to recreate crafts from Pinterest.