Dr. Cary Hills, Owner
My Promise to Our Customers
I believe that when trust, honesty, and fairness are given, these gifts are returned. Our practice is oriented towards wellness and I enjoy a professional yet personalized relationship with my clients and patients.
I believe that being an advocate for the animal, while respecting my clients’ goals and needs, results in a unique and enjoyable client/patient relationship. I know that clients help me in my pursuit to provide excellent patient care, and I welcome your suggestions on how I can better serve your needs.
My goal is to serve clients with integrity and understanding, and to serve patients with competence and compassion while providing state-of-the-art veterinary care, measured against high current standards. Quality equine care requires a knowledgeable, experienced, and responsive veterinarian.
His first few years of practice were spent in mixed and racetrack practice in and around Vancouver, BC. From 1998 -2005, he worked in Southern Oregon at a busy multi-veterinarian equine practice. Dr. Hills bought Sound Equine Veterinary Hospital in late 2005.
Dr. Hills enjoys his work and loves horses. He considers it a privilege to have their care and welfare entrusted to him. His particular areas of interest are preventative medicine, performance and lameness work ups, diagnostic imaging, surgery, reproduction, and ophthalmology. He also enjoys working as head/support veterinarian on endurance riding competitions.
Dr. Hills lives in Suquamish with his wife Jennifer and their daughters Clara and Esther. He enjoys fishing, hiking, woodworking, and exploring the Northwest with his family.
Dr. Claire Smith - Associate Veterinarian
After seriously considering making a career of riding, Dr. Smith started pre-veterinary course work in California and then enrolled in veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin. In addition to the regular curriculum, she completed nine externships at some of the top equine hospitals and practices in the country.
Following graduation Dr. Smith accepted a surgical and medical internship at Oregon’s Willamette Valley Equine Hospital where she gained additional experience in anesthesia, pain control, surgery, hospitalization of critically ill patients, neurologic cases, emergency and trauma medicine, neonatal foal care, imaging, and other areas of modern equine veterinary practice. She has been with Sound Equine since 2010.
Her husband, Brad Green, is an internal medicine doctor for small animals. He has offices in Poulsbo and Olympia, Washington. Between them they have two cats, one dog, and two horses. They welcomed a daughter in December of 2015.
Dr. Beau Green - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Beau Green holds a B.S. in cellular, molecular and developmental biology from the University of Washington and graduated from WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, Beau completed a year-long medicine and surgery internship at Bend Equine Medical Center. His veterinary interests include emergency care, dentistry, ophthalmology, and endocrine/metabolic disease.
Beau is the proud, loving owner of two kitties and a 19 year old Thoroughbred mare.
In his free time Beau is an avid mountain biker, climber, and sailor.
Dr. Lhea Mundell - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Mundell is primarily offering support to the emergency side of our practice. With her extensive background in mixed-animal medicine, she has already found a place working with our livestock patients.
Lhea was born and raised on a family dairy farm in Indiana that later was converted to a cow-calf operation. She grew up both working cattle and riding for pleasure. As a youth she was active in 4-H, FFA, and participated in multiple sports.
Dr. Mundell obtained her DVM from Purdue University and worked with both large and small animals in Southern Indiana.
She earned board qualification in large animal medicine and surgery during her residency at UC Davis California, working with both equine and farm animals. Following her residency, she moved to Washington State with her husband, Alan Mundell, a Veterinary Dermatologist. Dr. Lhea Mundell also worked in large animal medicine and surgery at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital.
The past several years Dr. Mundell has focused on raising and homeschooling five children. The family are active members of Kingston Christian Church, AQHA All-Around showing, and they compete in multiple rodeo events.
Despite a very busy family life Dr. Mundell has remained active in practice via locums at various veterinary practices and extensive continuing education. Dr. Mundell looks forward to working with the Sound Equine staff and their clients!
Lauren Eggleston - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Lauren is from IL and has been in the Veterinary field since 2004, working with small animals. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Studies/ Equine Science from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN, and Associates of Applied Veterinary Science at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL. Lauren has two cats and two rabbits. Lauren loves being outdoors in nature.
Carolyn Hope Rosenblum – Hospital Manager
Carolyn Hope joined us after graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science Business. Her first ever job was at an Equine Clinic in Wisconsin, which is where she is originally from. She has had a passion for horses, particularly American Saddlebreds, all her life and knew she would eventually end up back at an equine clinic, her original love.
She has worked previously as an equine surgical assistant, a large animal barn crew member at the University of Wisconsin Large Animal Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital (UWVMTH), a pharmacy assistant compounding veterinary medication at UWVMTH, and a small animal receptionist.
Carolyn Hope is also bringing to us our office dog, “Dutch”. “Dutch” is a friendly, 5-year-old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. You will often be greeted in the front office with a lick or a tail wag!
In her down time, Carolyn Hope enjoys riding all different breeds and disciplines of horses, watching football (Go Badgers!) and spending time with her fiance, Matt, and “Dutch”.
Morgan Griffith - Receptionist
Morgan Griffith, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, started riding at age 13 at Merri Mac Farm where her passion for animals started to grow.
Morgan first moved to Washington with her husband in 2011, and connected with a local barn and found a love for Eventing and Dressage.
In 2017, they moved back to Washington and decided to stay, buying their first home in 2018.
Morgan’s free time is spent with her dog Espresso, Silk Hair Terrier x Maltese, riding at Black Tree Farm, enjoying local Horse shows, hiking and being outdoors.
Allyson Harris - Vet Assistant
Allyson was born and raised in Kitsap County. She has always loved animals and planned on getting into a vet assistant program after high school. While checking out schools in the area she learned about a Horse Management program through Green River Community College. She completed their program in 1986 and started working with Arabians as a show groom. During that time she met her husband Greg (a horse trainer).They married in 1990 and have four daughters and a grandson. Their work has taken them to farms in the Mid-west, the Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the West coast. In her free time Allyson enjoys hiking, trail riding, reading, and spending time with family.
Mara Denny – Vet Assistant
I began riding at 6 and talked my parents into buying a horse at age 10. I have shown English, Western, and Driving with everything from miniatures to 17h Thoroughbreds. A winding path has led me to a Bachelors in Ecology from The Evergreen State College, a Certification of Equine Massage and a herd of miniature horses. Still not sure how these little horses took over my life but they are an adventure in training, breeding, and showing.