Matt Van Winkle, DVM
Veterinary Medical Director
Dr. Matt Van Winkle has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Skagit Valley for the last 5 years. Originally a Californian, he completed his undergraduate degree in Genetics at UC Davis before moving to the Pacific Northwest for the cooler weather and green outdoors. He attended Washington State University for his DVM. Dr. Matt was a big fan of all pets from cats and dogs all the way to exotic animal medicine, and is dedicated to the dynamic bond between people and their pets. Dr. Matt enjoys camping and all forms of outdoor activities. He is an avid movie-watcher and enjoys any catchy pop-culture reference. He shares his home with a bird and three spoiled cats. Please come down and say hi; he would love to meet you!
Cindy Lucas, DVM
Dr. Lucas was born in the Seattle area and was raised in Kent. She graduated with a degree in biology from Western Washington University in 1979 and obtained her veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1982. Dr. Lucas, along with her partners, founded Village Vet in 1999. She is a longtime member of the AVMA, WSVMA and the Tri County VMA. Her special interests are internal medicine, endocrinology, dentistry and geriatric medicine. She loves helping people make great choices to maximize the quality of their pet’s life, at every age!
She shares her home with Stella, a 12-year-old Brittany/yellow Lab mix; Squeaks, a grey tabby, and Cash, a 13-year-old quarter horse. Her husband Bruce died of Advanced Parkinson’s in July of 2021. She has one daughter who currently resides in Malaga, Spain, with her two dogs, Laila and Lola. In her free time, Dr. Lucas enjoys reading, gardening, hiking with Stella, and riding and doing liberty training with Cash.
Carrie Trimble, DVM
Dr. Trimble graduated from Sehome High School, earned a degree from the University of Washington in 1984, then went north to the University of Saskatchewan for her DVM. She practiced in Canada for a year, then came to Bellingham in 1990. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her Australian shepherd, Gillie, and gardening.
Callie Foote, DVM
Dr. Foote grew up in Bellingham, WA, and has always had a passion for helping animals. Before becoming a veterinarian, she volunteered at Whatcom Humane Society and its wildlife center in Everson. She graduated with a degree in biology from Western Washington University in 2009 and obtained her veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 2021. Dr. Foote joined Village Vet in 2021 and is a Fear Free certified professional. Her special interests are behavior, internal medicine and exotics, and Dr. Foote loves helping the community and cannot wait to meet more of the pets who call Bellingham home.
She shares her home with Sophie, a terrier/chihuahua mix; Archimedes, a ball python, and Remy, a domestic medium-haired kitty who is in charge of the whole crew. In her free time, Dr. Foote enjoys painting in pastels, baking (her specialties are chocolate cream pie and lemon bars) and watching Disney movies.
Karen Mueller, DVM
Dr. Mueller grew up in Mountlake Terrace, WA, and loved animals from the moment she was born. Her grandparents had a farm where she would feed the calves and collect eggs. She also trained the neighbor’ s dogs, even taking one of them through 4-H. She taught Pony Club kids, rode her own horse in Pony Club and 4-H, and participated in three-day eventing and dressage.
Dr. Mueller earned a BA in Education and a BS in Biology from Western Washington University in 1986. She graduated with honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1990, winning a scholarship for “Concern for Animals and Commitment to their Care.”
Dr. Mueller first came to Village Veterinary through her animal chiropractic practice, then began filling in, as needed, for several years. She came on full time in September 2020. Dr. Mueller’s veterinary interests are internal medicine, shelter/humane medicine, spay/neuter and animal chiropractic. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She loves helping animals feel better and preventing their suffering.
Dr. Mueller is married to a fish biologist, and they have two kids in college, both in the arts. They have three terrier-mix dogs, two small and one BIG. Drake is the serious little black Scottie-type terrier. He goes by Sun-Bake Drake because he loves to find the only sunny spot in the house or yard and bake himself. Dr. Mueller’s middle terrier is Jimmy Wallace, a muppet-boy, all goofy hair and funny expressions. He loves to chase his Kong Wubba when he can get it away from big boy Paddy Jade.
Dr. Mueller is passionate about ending euthanasia due to pet overpopulation and has worked diligently throughout her career, developing programs to combat this issue. She is also passionate about empowering women and girls around the world through access to washable, reusable feminine hygiene, by donating her sewing skills to the program Days for Girls. She used to event her horse (now retired) and show obedience with her Dalmatians, but her current dogs just do tricks. Dr. Mueller loves to laugh, garden, read and travel.