Our Vancouver Veterinarians

Vancouver VeterinarianPolly L. Martin, DVM, Owner

Dr. Polly L. Martin purchased Salmon Creek Veterinary Clinic on May 31, 2014. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Washington State Veterinary Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Her professional interests include radiology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

For Dr. Martin, "seeing that sick patient turn the corner towards recovery and either purr or wag its tail for the first time in days" is one of the things she finds most rewarding about being a veterinarian. Finely attuned to the deep bond between people and their companions, she also finds great meaning in helping clients say goodbye to their pets, "feeling the love through the loss, crying and laughing together."

Originally from Washington and Utah, Dr. Martin graduated cum laude from Western Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in zoology and chemistry. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, focusing on companion animal medicine.

Dr. Martin lives with her husband Brandon Kasch, the business manager of Sleep Dentistry of Portland and Salmon Creek Veterinary Clinic, his two daughters Breya and Bianca, and two cats: an orange and white tabby cat named King Crab Louie and a brown tabby named Magistrate (Magi for short). She enjoys spending her time outside the practice hiking, downhill skiing, horseback riding, fishing, crocheting, cross stitching, playing piano, and sitting on her back porch watching the wind move the trees.



Vet in Vancouver, WACasey Choate, DVM

Dr. Casey Choate joined the Vancouver veterinary practice in February 2015.

Growing up in Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Choate was always taking care of family pets and rescuing animals. An equestrian since 13, she also has extensive experience working with and riding horses. She graduated cum laude from Rocky Mountain College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Business and Management with a minor in English. While there, she made the honor roll in six of eight semesters. Dr. Choate went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

"I like that every day brings a new challenge or problem to figure out," she says. "Veterinary medicine is often like a puzzle. There is something new to learn every day. I like passing on what I know to people so they can help their pets live longer and healthier lives."

Dr. Choate is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. Her professional interests include preventive care, dermatology, acupuncture and senior pet wellness.

At home, Dr. Choate cares for a pug named Lola, a Chihuahua named Little Man, a domestic shorthair cat named Petey and a Thoroughbred named Sparty. She enjoys spending her free time at the stables with Sparty, reading, listening to music or watching movies. She is also a lifelong diehard Seahawks fan.



Vet in Vancouver, WAKaren Chan, DVM

Dr. Karen Chan is originally from Seattle and received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Washington. She went on to Washington State University where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, she completed a rigorous one-year small animal rotating internship at Kansas State University where she received additional training in internal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine.

Having had enough of the cold weather, Dr. Chan moved back to the lovely Pacific Northwest and relocated to Vancouver. Dr. Chan worked as an overnight emergency doctor for over a year prior to starting at Salmon Creek Veterinary Clinic. Her professional interests include pain management, preventive medicine and caring for feline patients.