The Cat Doctor Team
Kerry Fost, DVM, Managing Veterinarian.
Graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University with a BS in Biology, 1980.
Graduated cum laude from Washington State University Veterinary School, DVM, 1985.
Managing DVM, Kerry Fost, says, "I never met a cat I didn't like – even the ones that wanted to bite me." She practiced small animal medicine from 1985 until 1998, when she decided to make felines her principal focus. Dr. Fost believes a feline only practice is important because it takes years of dedicated observation and study to truly feel at one with cats.
“Cats are unique, true carnivores, with enzyme systems and behavioral adaptations that make them distinct, interesting and challenging.” Her favorite part about working with cats is their individual personalities, facial expressions, likes and dislikes. Dr. Fost is especially interested in feline geriatrics, internal medicine and ophthalmology. She is particularly fond of orange cats and also finds the Burmese to be a fascinating breed. As far as she's concerned, anyone who says they don't like cats hasn't met enough of them.
Dr. Fost strives to be the most knowledgeable, compassionate veterinarian she can be, a loving, patient and fun wife and mother, a good steward of the earth's resources, and an advocate for the humane treatment of all animals.
Tara Koble, DVM, CVA, Associate Veterinarian
Graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Zoology/Minor in Microbiology, 1992
Graduated from Pierce Community College with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology, 1995
Graduated from Washington State University Veterinary School, DVM, 1999
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Chi Institute, Reddick, Florida, 2009
Dr. Tara has been feline exclusive for almost her entire career. She is passionate about practicing integrative medicine and always tries to blend more holistic options with standard medicine when warranted. She tries to think outside the box when problem solving. "I try not to get stuck in a rut when practicing medicine. Keeping an open mind ensures that all viable options are available." With that belief in mind, she founded A Purrfect Alternative, which offers acupuncture and nutritional/wellness consults. Her primary areas of interest are feline nutrition, alternative medicine, and geriatrics, especially chronic renal failure (CRF).
"Cats have been a fascination for me my entire life. They are happily domesticated, yet still wild and mysterious. I really respect that spirit and truly believe cats can teach us how to live with more acceptance and awareness."
Dr. Tara is most known for enhancing the bond between cats and their owners. She tries to empower owners to make changes at home that will keep their furry felines as healthy and happy as they can be. She has a very loyal following of clients and happy patients.
Dr. Tara is passionate about healthy and sustainable living. In her free time, she can be found playing in the garden or enjoying their pond and all the wildlife it attracts. Her favorite hobbies, besides her cat family, are backpacking and traveling to biologically diverse places to experience earth's fascinating creatures.
Linda Lobb, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Microbiology, 1983
Graduated from Oregon State University and Washington State University Veterinary Schools (combined program), DVM, 1987
After more than two decades of practicing only on cats, Dr. Linda Lobb says she thinks it is clear that cat owners want and need someone who loves and understands cats. A 17-year veteran of a feline only clinic in Vancouver, Washington, she joined The Cat Doctor team in 2004. She continues to be surprised that although cats can be the number one pet in the nation, their breed specific needs are often overlooked, with many cats being handled physically, emotionally, nutritionally and medically like small dogs.
“Cats are beautiful, independent (though surprisingly devoted), unique individuals, and I admires their agility, sense of humor, and sometimes subtle/sometimes blatant communication style.”
Dr. Lobb loves the variety of specialties she gets to cover in any given week, from geriatrics to neonatology. Every case is a challenge and a chance to learn and grow. Although she does not have any particular favorite breed or color of cat, she does make it a goal to help and understand fearful cats that may resist medical care and attention. Dr. Lobb truly loves her profession – feline medicine and surgery, the people, and, of course, the cats. She believes that "a person who cannot love an animal, accepting them as they are with admiration, is missing a truly wonderful experience." She also aspires to be a good mother, wife, daughter, and sister, and to be a participant in a healthy future for our world.
Jane Matheys, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS in Dairy Science, 1986
Graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 1990
A feline-exclusive practitioner for 17 years, Dr. Jane Matheys joined The Cat Doctor team in September of 2010. She has worked at several feline practices, most recently in Phoenix, Arizona, and ran her own feline house call practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for ten years.
When asked why she thinks feline-only is important, Dr. Matheys retorts, “Cats are not small dogs – trite but true!” She believes it is important to understand and appreciate the difference in order to keeps cats as healthy as possible.
“I’m a better doctor by concentrating on a single species versus trying to treat all animals.” Besides,” she says, “cats are such beautiful, unique and fascinating creatures, it is a joy to work with them – even the ‘difficult’ ones.”
Dr. Matheys is particularly interested in geriatrics, internal medicine, pain management, and alternative therapies. A self-admitted “sucker for tabbies,” she currently shares her home with several felines. She enjoys calling Boise home and is an active member of the community. She also loves exploring the beautiful state of Idaho.
Katie Johnson, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Zoology/Minor in French 2006
Graduated from Cornell University, DVM, 2011
After veterinary school, Dr. Katie Johnson completed a 1 year intensive rotating internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Virginia. During her internship, she decided that although she enjoys riding horses, she preferred the challenge and diagnostic capabilities available in small animal medicine. After her internship, she taught anatomy at Elmira College in northern NY and worked at several different small animal hospitals in the area.
“I have a true love for teaching, which I find fulfilled in my daily job of educating clients. I strive to provide the best care possible for every patient and work with owners to decide the best options for their companions. What I love about my job is there is always room to grow and evolve into a better veterinarian.”
Dr. Johnson has practiced for the past 3 years as an emergency veterinarian at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos, CA. She has recently moved to Boise to be near family and for a more relaxed pace of life. She has always been drawn to cats and is ecstatic to get to work in a feline only practice at The Cat Doctor. Dr. Johnson hopes to get board certified in feline medicine, which will involve extensive studying, record keeping and is a several year process.
Although she adores all her feline patients, Dr. Johnson has a special love for orange tabby cats and professional interests in soft tissue surgery, preventative care, pain management and geriatric medicine.
In her down time, Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughter Kaylee, and taking care of her three kitty monsters (Dragon, Tiger and Calico). She also has a well-behaved small dog named Bentley who is very polite toward his feline companions. When she’s not at work, she can be found baking, reading fantasy novels, running (to work off all the baking) and pursuing many outdoor activities.
Cheyenne Cutler, Hospital Manager
Like most little girls, our Hospital Manager, Cheyenne Cutler, wanted to work with animals when she grew up. She was so happy to join The Cat Doctor team in 2002 – "it was like fulfilling that dream!" Feline medicine was fascinating to her, and she could not believe that the doctors just saw cats. Now she realizes how special and important it is, and that what we do here is not only different, but it also makes a difference in our clients' and patients' lives every day.
"Cat People are a special breed, and we are here because we understand them.” With regards to her experience at The Cat Doctor, she says she loves that her workplace "provides continued education to both our staff and clients – the more we know, the better we can be!" Cheyenne loves summer and fall because she can be outside more. She enjoys camping, gardening and plays in billiards leagues in her spare time.
Melissa Colivas, CVT, Lead Technician
Our Certified Veterinary Technician, Melissa Colivas, loves the many and varied personalities she has met in the cat world. Perhaps that's because she has quite a personality of her own. A lover of life and adventures in general, Melissa's enthusiasm is felt throughout the hospital.
A graduate of Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2004, she was a six-year veteran of a dog/cat practice in Idaho Falls when the idea of a feline-only practice in Boise was just too enticing to ignore. She joined The Cat Doctor team in March of 2008. Melissa shares her life with a variety of unique feline friends. She also enjoys outdoor activities and sports, music, movies, dancing and cooking.
Veterinary Technician, Kimberly Hall, says being here at The Cat Doctor is her "dream job!" Kim enjoys working with cats because of their unique and individual personalities, and she also enjoys providing health care for our furry friends. Kim is especially fond of tabbies of all shapes, sizes and colors. She says, "Pets are family members and deserve our respect and love."
Kimmy Nottingham, Veterinary Technician
A cat lover through and through, Kimmy was attracted to The Cat Doctor because of "the tight knit feel about it, and the fact that they work with cats only." She had worked at The Cat Doctor for a short time in high school, and rejoined the crew in the fall of 2009. While away, she received a BS in Animal Science from the University of Idaho.
Kimmy enjoys all the individual feline personalities she sees, and says "they all know how to be cuter than anything, when they want to be." She particularly loves orange and grey tabbies, as they are very personable and tend to be outgoing and devoted. Kimmy says, "The staff and cats are my family away from home. I love coming to work!"
Anna Saurey Cullison, Veterinary Technician
Anna joined our team in 2016. She likes working at The Cat Doctor because of the variety in feline personalities. “Every day is different!” is the reason she gives for loving her job here.
She has 3 cats and 2 dogs at home. On her free time she plays viola in a community non-profit orchestra.
Dominick Miller, Veterinary Technician
Dominick completed his Externship at The Cat Doctor in 2015 and later joined our team as a Veterinary Assistant in 2016. He graduated from Brown Mackie College, as an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Dominick has 3 kitties of his own at home and in his free time he likes writing, reading and playing the drums.
“The Cat Doctor is family, we care about and take care of each other, and we practice progressive, compassionate, educated medicine, and adore our patients and clients.”
Serina Walter, Veterinary Technician & Client Care Specialist
Serina started at The Cat Doctor in 2013. Her career in the veterinary field started in 2006 and has gone many places with many species of animals. She has worked with large, small and exotic animals but says, “Nothing beats working with cats only!” Serina has 3 cats and fish at home. Her favorite hobbies are; photography, camping, hunting, four wheeling, and anything else outdoors.
Beatrice Skinner, Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant, Beatrice Skinner, has worked in the veterinary field since she was 16 years old. Bea joined the Cat Doctor team in December of 2011, and has found it a fun and comfortable place to work. “You learn something new about cats every day.
There is never a dull day at work,” she says. Every cat has a unique personality, and Bea finds it fascinating to compare and work with all different types of cats. She loves orange tabbies, but has a special place in her heart for the older felines who need “extra TLC.” When not studying or working, Bea enjoys the outdoors, going out with friends, watching movies, and dancing.
Stephanie Rosen, Veterinary Assistant
Stephanie joined our team in 2017. She likes working at The Cat Doctor because of the close relationships built with the clients and the staff members. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in Animal and Veterinary Science.
Her favorite hobbies include photography, reading, baking, and gardening. She has a dilute tortie named Heidi, and says, “She is the best cat ever!”
Thresa French, Lead Client Care Specialist
"Pure luck," says Lead Client Care Specialist, Thresa, is what brought her to The Cat Doctor. She applied for an opening in August of 2007 and got it, and has been comfortable with cats and the wonderful people who work here ever since. Not only is Thresa an animal lover, but she is also a talented artist. She attended the University of Idaho as an Art Major and participated in a Disney World Internship for Animation in Orlando, Florida.
Thresa enjoys drawing cats and other pets for their owners. She seems to always have an art project in the works for someone. Thresa enjoys watching a good movie and spending time with friends and her feline family. All cats are her favorites. "Not one of them is the same.”
Cindy Winterholler, Client Care Specialist
Having been employed in the legal field for 28 years, Client Care Specialist, Cindy Winterholler, decided she needed a challenge and a change of pace. After moving to Boise to be with her daughter in the fall of 2005, she saw The Cat Doctor sign and knew she had found not only her cat's new veterinarian, but her new career, as well! She was drawn immediately to the professional-yet-comfortable management style, the emphasis on teamwork, and exceptional customer service.
She enjoys observing how much power and control cats have over their owners, having been "owned" by a variety of sly felines in the past. Cindy is fond of theatre, music and the arts, and operated a community musical theatre group for many years in the Magic Valley. Of The Cat Doctor, she says, "It's so easy to come to work at a place whose motto is ‘Cat Care by Cat People.’ I feel like I'm home."
Mandy Litteer, Client Care Specialist
Mandy Litteer, Client Care Specialist, came on board in February of 2012. She graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and has a Master’s Degree in forensic psychology.
She had heard that the Cat Doctor staff was fun to be around and a lot like a family, and she wanted to work in that kind of atmosphere. “I felt like I was part of the team almost as soon as I started. I felt very welcome,” she said.
Courtney Lange, Client Care Specialist
Courtney joined The Cat Doctor team in 2016. She has a Bachelors degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising Management. She loves to sew and draw. Courtney has an American Bulldog at home named Willow.
When Courtney was asked why she liked working at the cat doctor she said, “Who wouldn’t want to work at a place where you can snuggle kittens? All kidding aside, The Cat Doctor has become a second home with the best extended family. I am grateful to work in a supportive and fun environment.”
Chris Buschmann, Caretaker
With over 20 years of experience working with police dogs, Caretaker, Chris Buschmann found The Cat Doctor in 2002, just when she was making a career change and wanting to pursue her first love – felines. She was attracted to the "homey" feeling that you don't see in regular veterinary clinics, plus the staff was very knowledgeable and well trained in their profession.
Kate Nipper, Caretaker
Kate joined The Cat Doctor team in 2016. She has always been a cat person and has always wanted to work with animals. She loves being able to take care of kitties and be surrounded by cat people. Kate has one cat and one dog at home. In her free time she likes calligraphy, sculptures, and needle felting.
Tai Boutsiveth, Caretaker
Tai joined the Cat Doctor Team in 2017. He enjoys working in a an environment where he can be with all the sweet and kind cats. He also likes to be around the hard working team that’s always willing to help each other out. Tai has a fish and hopes to have more animals when he graduates college.