Meet The Team

John Berry, DVM


Dr. Berry was born in Texas but was primarily raised in Walnut Creek, California. He moved to Washington in October 1992.  

 Dr. Berry worked at Marine World Africa USA where he cared for large cats, elephants, and a huge variety of zoo animals which further enhanced his confidence and abilities working with non traditional pets. 

Dr. Berry was an accomplished athlete and received a full scholarship to USC for football as an inside linebacker. At USC, he was fortunate to play with Marcus Allen, Jack DelRio, Bruce Matthews, Riki Ellison, Joey Browner and many other potential future Hall of Fame players.   Dr. Berry was Academic All American in 1983.

He received a degree in Biological Sciences and was accepted to Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following his graduation from Purdue he moved back to the west coast and worked for 2 1/2 years in Petaluma, California before starting the Lynden Veterinary Hospital in November of 1992.  Dr. Berry had always kept his love of the unusual pets, as well as dogs and cats, which has now become a big part of the veterinary profession due to the public's demand for more non-traditional pets. 

Dr Berry believes in being the best at whatever he pursues. This has led to Lynden Vet's state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment offering the most modern service one can find in Northwest Washington State. 

 Dr. Berry enjoys coaching  and playing sports with his kids.  Exercise and bicycling is part of his routine.  The Berry's have a menagerie of pets including many dogs, cats, reptiles and chickens.

Garrand Look, DVM


Dr. Look was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Growing up, he always had a keen interest in all kinds of animals, both domestic and wild. Dr. Look received his Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences from San Francisco State University. He was accepted to the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis where he was trained in both traditional small animal medicine as well as exotic (non traditional) animal medicine. There he was mentored by Dr. Murray Fowler, one of the pioneers in Exotic Animal Medicine. Dr. Look received his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After graduation from UC Davis, Dr. Look practiced medicine in Southern California for 7 years, then returned to the Bay Area in Northern California. He practiced in a large, 4 doctor small and exotic animal hospital in San Jose for over 30 years, including 17 years as it's Medical Director. He and Karyn, his wife of 24 years, recently relocated to Ferndale. They have raised everything from finches to macaws, chinchillas to ferrets, bearded dragons to red-eyed tree frogs and of course, dogs and cats. They currently have Keilani, Maya and Mojo, 3 Labrador Retrievers and Bentley, a ring-neck parrot.



Christy has been with the Lynden Veterinary team since 2012.  Throughout her life Christy has always been around all sorts of domestic and exotic animals of all kind. She has a background in several animal care fields such as participating in 4H showings, as well as showing horses and showing cats. At home Christy has a variety of different animals including dogs, cats, fish, reptiles and even a tarantula! Christy also works part time as a massage therapist in Bellingham. In her spare time Christy enjoys traveling with her family, cooking, eating, reading and cheering for her favorite football teams. Go Lynden Lions! Go Hawks!



Melisa was born in Texas and shortly after moved back to Lynden on the family farm.  She was raised on a dairy farm and helped out everyday doing chores, such as feeding calves and helping with irrigation, amongst many other daily duties.  Melisa has a real heart for animals of all kinds.  Hobbies of hers include, showing dogs including her Bernese Mountain Dog "Royal", being active in her community, running, hanging out with her family and friends, and traveling to new places.  Melisa has worked for Lynden Vet for a little over two years now and plans to start school to become a Vet Tech.



Laura has been a Veterinary Assistant for almost three years at Lynden Veterinary Hospital. She started her studies at Animal Behavioral College in January 2013 and became a certified assistant in July 2014. Before venturing into the Veterinary field, she was a barista and worked for catering companies all over Skagit and Whatcom county for eleven years. From a young age she knew she would work with animals and had a variety of pets her whole life. Laura owns a 3 year old german shepherd mix named Sadie who she rescued at the Lynden Veterinary Hospital. 
On her off time she has a passion for being outside and enjoying all the activities that the pnw has to offer. As well as visiting her family often in Mt. Vernon



Lauren was born and raised in Bellingham, WA and has been with us since December 2015. She first started off as a volunteer and later on got hired as a veterinary assistant. She graduated from Animal Behavior College as a Certified Veterinary Assistant in January 2016. Lauren grew up around animals all her life including dogs, cats, goats, chickens, ferrets and hermit crabs. She always knew she wanted to work with animals since she was very young.  As an animal lover all her life she currently has 2 cats named Elvis and Edward. In her free time she enjoys reading books and spending time with her friends and family.