Our Veterinarians

WA Vets

Our doctors and staff have chosen to dedicate their careers to caring exclusively for birds and exotic animals. We always treat each and every animal with the same level of care and compassion as if it were our own pet.

The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, WA, is founded in these basic philosophies:

1. Always treat each and every animal no different than if it was one's own pet.

2. Always show each person the respect and consideration that one would expect if roles were reversed.

3. Always strive to recommend and provide the best quality medicine available.

Our hospital goal is to offer the highest quality comprehensive medical and surgical care for all of our exotic patients.

We are members of The Association of Avian Veterinarians, The Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and The Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

Anneliese Strunk, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian) (Medical Director)


Dr. Anneliese Strunk joins us from Texas. She brings with her 13 years of practice experience focused solely on avian and exotic pets. Dr. Strunk was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In high school, she developed her interest in avian and exotic animals through a volunteer program at the Houston Zoo. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She spent her first year out of school as an associate at Research Boulevard Pet and Bird Hospital seeing small animal and exotic cases. Seeking advanced knowledge in avian and exotic Animal medicine, Dr. Strunk went on to complete an internship in Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoo Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2002, followed by a three-year residency in the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Service at the University of California at Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 2005. After completing her residency, Dr. Strunk moved across the country to help start the Avian and Exotics Department at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. She saw primary care and referral avian and exotics cases as both an associate and department head until moving back home to Texas in August 2009. She spent 5 years in Austin at Research Boulevard Pet and Bird Hospital as an associate and Medical Director for Exotics. In 2010, she achieved board certification in Avian Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). Dr. Strunk is the author and co-author of a number of articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. She is on the board of directors for the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). Dr. Strunk has a strong research background, covering a variety of topics including avian clinical pathology and reptile ophthalmology. She has presented her research and clinical case reports at national meetings of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and the ARAV. She enjoys giving presentations to referring veterinarians, clients, schools, as well as area pet clubs. Dr. Strunk has a special interest in surgery, endoscopic techniques, small mammal dentistry, ophthalmology, and teaching. In her free time, Dr. Strunk enjoys making fused glass art and jewelry, silversmithing, and cloisonné. She shares her home with a variety of birds, reptiles, cats and a super cute dachshund cross (not to mention her dedicated, pet-loving husband, Shu).

Dr. Alicia McLaughlin, Associate Veterinarian


Dr. Alicia McLaughlin received her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. She completed a veterinary internship in exotic animal medicine at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine, and is now an associate veterinarian at our practice. Dr. McLaughlin has been heavily involved in veterinary research and leadership throughout her career. She has received multiple awards recognizing her dedication to excellence in this field, including the OSU Exotic Animal Medicine Outstanding Veterinary Student and the Oxbow Animal Health Veterinary Medicine Academic Scholarship. Dr. McLaughlin is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. She has a special interest in animal behavioral modification using positive reinforcement training. Her career goal is to become a board certified specialist in avian medicine, providing exceptional quality medical services and compassionate patient care. In her spare time, Dr. McLaughlin enjoys relaxing with her husband in the great outdoors and providing environmental enrichment for her pets. She currently owns 2 dogs, 2 white bellied caiques, 4 leopard geckos, 1 gargoyle gecko, 1 New Caledonian Giant Gecko, 2 ball pythons, and multiple freshwater fish.

Dr. Meera Music, Associate Veterinarian


Dr. Meera Music, an undergraduate Husky alum, graduated from the University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies. While she enjoys working with animals of every kind, she is particularly passionate about exotics. She has concentrated her education on exotic animals, including independent research on owner-psittacine interactions and resultant behavior. To further pursue her interests, she has traveled to South Africa to work firsthand with a wide array of wildlife including elephants, and a number of different types of antelope. She has also had the opportunity to interact with a number of larger exotic cats.

Dr. Music’s first job in the veterinary field was here at CBEAM as a veterinary nurse. She is excited to come to work as an associate doctor in the place that gave her a start in the field she loves so much. She intends to complete a board certification in both reptile and small mammal medicine and enjoys the particular challenges and rewards that accompany these fields. Dr. Music is a member in good standing of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

With years of both Western and Indian classical vocal training, Dr. Music is now learning how to play the guitar, and has plans to find local open mic nights to start performing in the near future. Her hobbies of reading, writing, quilting, and knitting are all constants in her life as well. Best of all, now that she is back in the States, Dr. Music can finally spend time with her wonderfully supportive husband, 3 cats, quaker parrot and 2 axolotls!

Dr. Wicinas, Veterinary Intern

Dr. Kay Wicinas is from Berkeley, CA and earned her B.S. in Animal Ecology, Behavior, & Evolution from UC San Diego where she also minored in dance. She earned her DVM from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. During vet school she spent her free summers and elective clinical rotations treating exotic pets, rehabilitating wildlife in California and Florida, and tending to stranded marine mammals in the San Juan Islands. She also spent time working with the animals and vets at the Sacramento and Brookfield zoos. After graduation Dr. Wicinas completed a small animal rotating internship at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists in Florida before joining the CBEAM team. In addition to exotic animal medicine, her veterinary interests include wildlife conservation, zoological and aquatic animal medicine, pathology, and diagnostic imaging. In her spare time Dr. Wicinas enjoys drawing, hiking, traveling, and snuggling with her cat, corn snake, and ferret companions.

Dr. Wagner, Veterinary Intern

Dr. Jennifer Wagner received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. During her time at the U of I, she focused her studies on wildlife and exotic animal medicine. She volunteered at the Wildlife Medical Clinic on campus for her first three years of veterinary school, and spent her externships working with wildlife at The Wildlife Center of Virginia and Carolina Raptor Center. She also spent an externship with the veterinarians at the Brookfield Zoo, learning about numerous different species. Her career goal is to spend her life working with exotic pets and wildlife. For her free time, she enjoys playing her keyboard, traveling, and spending time with her pets. She shares her home with two black cats and two Budgies, but also has horses and dogs back in Illinois.