Ridgetop Animal Hospital

1193 Tahoe Lane
Silverdale, WA 98383




Dr. John Paulson:

Dr. Paulson graduated from Oregon State University in 1991.  He practiced in Cottage Grove, OR and Redmond, WA before coming to Silverdale in 1996.  His veterinary interest lies in Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery.

Dr. Paulson is certified for orthopedic bone plating and Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteomtomy (TPLO) Surgery. 

His personal interests include golfing, backpacking, and spending time with his wife Lisa, and two children Josie and Isaac.  His personal motto is "To live life more like a marathon than a sprint -- and add plenty of rest stops along the way."


Dr. Kristen Cage:

Dr. Cage received her bachelor's degree and DVM from University of Missouri. She moved to Washington in 2005 when her husband, John, was transferred with the US Navy.

Her veterinary interests include wildlife medicine, small animal internal medicine, and radiology; however, it?s the variety of general practice that truly keeps her interest.

Her lifestyle interests include kayaking, hiking, and triathlons.


 Dr. Heidi Talbott

Dr. Heidi Talbott joined our Ridgetop team in June 2015. She is a Washington State University graduate (go COUGS!) and her professional interests include dentistry and surgery. She loves her job, the Ridgetop team, and serving the people and pets of our community. Outside of work she can be found riding her horse Major on the local trails or watching anything HGTV. Her family includes three dogs, one horse, and her husband.





Dr. Justine Zingsheim

Dr. Kathleen Sutten

Dr. Kassandra Kondas


Dr. Kassandra Kondas joined the Ridgetop team in July of 2016. Originally from Canada, she received her veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland before moving to Washington. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine and dermatology. In her spare time she enjoys trail running, horseback riding and hiking. She currently owns a horse and enjoys fostering; she can't wait to open up her home to her next fur-baby!

 Dr. Kristen Shearer (Relief Veterinarian):

Dr. Shearer grew up in West Seattle and went to undergrad at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She graduated in 2004 with a BA in French language literature. She then went to vet school at WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, WA.

Her special veterinary interests include dentistry, internal medicine, and exotics. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious cats, Ethel and Murray.

She is an avid backpacker, sea kayaker, and skier. Currently she is employed full time across the water in Seattle but she enjoyed Ridgetop so much she comes back to visit and see her clients once a month.