Newcastle, WA

Meet the Galaxy Cats Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Galaxy Cats Vet Center! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your cats!

Meet the Team

We look forward to getting to know you, and we hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us. We’re completely dedicated to you and your cat, and that shines through every time you come to see us.

Dr. Kristen Kjellberg

Owner and DVM

Dr. Kristen Kjellberg grew up in Houston, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergraduate school. She received her DVM from Texas A&M University in 2013. She worked in emergency, shelter medicine, and general practice in Austin, Texas. In 2017, she moved to the Seattle area and found her calling as a feline-only veterinarian here in the PNW. She is passionate about the level of care she can give cats and their owners by working in a feline exclusive hospital.


Dr. Christine Wilford


Dr. Wilford graduated from Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and has been pursuing complicated cases, including hyperthyroid and geriatric feline patients, ever since! Dr. Wilford understands the importance of personalized care for each client and patient and works hard to ensure that your kitty receives the highest quality care available. She currently works part-time at the Feline Hyperthyroid Center as well to keep her skills in tip-top shape.


Dr. Zygar


Dr. Zygar grew up in the Seattle area and attended the University of Washington for her Bachelor’s. She graduated in 2020 from Washington State University with her DVM.

Her professional interests include feline medicine, fear-free, geriatric care, and hospice. She is passionate about supporting and honoring the human-animal bond with all her clients and patients. She has worked in small animal general practice and is making the move to Lap of Love in August to help pets and their families with geriatric and end of life care, along with joining Galaxy Cats to focus on feline medicine!



Chief Catnip Officer Emeritus


Kathy is so excited to join the team at Galaxy Cats! With a deep love for animals, she proudly identifies herself as zoophilist, and it’s no surprise that her home often resembles a lively zoo. Recently, Kathy has dedicated herself to the noble cause of dog and cat rescue, developing a remarkable expertise in handling dogs after heartworm treatment.


A-meow-zing Office Admin
Lysha is new to the veterinary field, but has a background working with animals at The Woodland Park Zoo and on farm-based preschools as a teacher. Lysha received a BA in Sociology from Western Washington University and is a licensed ESL teacher. She believes cats, like preschoolers, are funny little guys that need patience and love to thrive. She has two excitable kittens named Nuka and Navi.



Veterinary Technician

Rebecca has been a cat lover since childhood, always bringing home strays and adopting the unwanted. She has been owned by many cats over the years and has had as many as 5 at a time.


Vet Assistant
Kari is so excited to join the team at Galaxy Cats! She stumbled into the veterinary field through the care of her elderly cat. She has been adopted by cats for most of her life and has a major soft spot for older kitties. When not helping cats and their people, she can be found digging in the dirt, playing in the mountains, and making messes in the kitchen.



Vet Receptionist
Ashley recently jumped ship from pet retail, where she was certified in dog and cat nutrition, and is beyond excited to be part of our cat only clinic. Growing up surrounded by dogs and partaking in horsemanship, Ashley’s love for cats started to grow when she first stepped in to the pet industry, gaining traction the more she learned about quirky cat biology and behavior.