Animal-Assisted Therapy

EvergreenHealth's Animal-Assisted Therapy teams visit patients throughout our medical center and hospice care center in Kirkland.

They provide companionship and unconditional support for our patients, reducing anxiety, stress, depression, blood pressure and the feeling of isolation.

We are always in search of amazing teams to join our wonderful crew. All of our teams are registered therapy teams through Pet Partners, Project Canine and Reading with Rover.

Please contact us at 425.899.1028 or by email at MRLubatti@evergreenhealth.com if you and your therapy dog are interested in joining our program. 


Meet Our Teams

Image of animal-assisted therapy team Adele and Maggie Tai at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, WA.
Adele and Maggie Tai

Adele is a standard poodle.

Favorite Toy: Tennis balls and anything soft that squeaks. 
Favorite Activity: Snuggling, running in the woods, playing in the snow. 
Greatest Accomplishments: Becoming a therapy dog and, before she was retired by her breeder, being a loving mom to four litters of poodle puppies. 
Handler: Maggie Tai
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2019


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Beau & Julie

Beau is a male Labrador Retriever.

Favorite Toy: Unstuffed toys with squeakers of course.
Favorite Activity: Swimming and playing the chase game with other dogs, especially with my BFF, a chocolate lab named Mia.
Favorite Treat: Bones. I love to chew on them.
Greatest Accomplishments: Passing the Pet Partner evaluation and being a reading therapy dog at schools.
Handler: Julie
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2014


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Callie & Jim

Callie is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

Favorite Toy: My squeaky spider. I love to throw him around by his arms and pounce on him!
Favorite Activity: Helping folks feel better and listening to children read their favorite books to me.
Favorite Treat: Nothing like a good bone!
Greatest Accomplishment: Being a Reading with Rover and Pet Partner Therapy dog, of course! And most recently, volunteering at EvergreenHealth.
Handler: Jim
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2013


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Chester & Kathy

Chester is a Mini Australian Labradoodle.

Favorite Toy: A plastic pig that oinks when he chews on it, balls 
Favorite Treat: Bully sticks and bones
Favorite Activities: Fetching the ball, playing hide and seek, going for car rides, getting scratched behind the ears.
Greatest Accomplishment: Becoming a Reading with Rover dog at 1 year old and a volunteer at EvergreenHealth at two years old .
Handler: Kathy
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2018


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Izzy & Sharon

Izzy is a white Golden Retriever. (Yes, I’m an “English Cream”, my parents come from Spain & Finland.)

Favorite toy: A ball that crackles! 
Favorite activity: Tug and fetch, and spinning when I’m excited!
Favorite treat: Anything, but then I’m a golden retriever & we’re not discriminating in our food choices.
Greatest accomplishment: Learning my manners to become a Pet Partners team at 17 months of age so I could step into my best friend Sydney’s shoes and become one of the EvergreenHealth Animal Assisted Therapy teams. 
Handler: Sharon
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2018


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Hugo & David

Hugo is a black Standard Poodle.

Favorite toy: Any sturdy toy that squeaks, although he is partial to toy frogs.
Favorite activity: Hugo likes to hike and backpack. Poodles are cold water retrievers, and Hugo likes to play fetch with his ball in the park.
Favorite treat: Hugo likes salmon skin fresh from the grill.
Greatest accomplishment: Getting registered as a Therapy Dog by Pet Partners. During the certification test Hugo had to ignore the cutest toy frog he had ever seen. 
Handler: David
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2015


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Joyce & Jeanne

Joyce is a Golden Retriever/Labrador cross. 

Favorite Toy:  Any chew toy, or of course tennis ball in my mouth is always good.
Favorite Activity: Swimming, swimming, swimming and fetching a tennis ball is a close second.
Favorite Treat:  Any treat is great-after all, I’m a Golden Retriever/Lab cross and we like to eat!
Greatest Accomplishment:  I almost made it as a Guide Dog for the Blind, but being a Pet Partners Therapy Dog is pretty great, too.
Handler:  Jeanne
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2013


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Magoo & Katherine

Magoo is a mutt.

Favorite Toy: My stuffed flamingo.
Favorite Activity: Splashing in mud puddles.
Least Favorite Activity: Bath time.
My Story: I was a stray in LA where a kind person rescued me from the side of the freeway. A Seattle animal shelter fostered me until I found my forever home.
Handler: Katherine
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2018


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Murphy & Nancy

Murphy is a Leonberger who weighs 175 lbs.

Favorite Toy: I love any of my big, fluffy, squeaky toys...and oh yes, sticks!
Favorite Activity: I love being in the water - especially the lake. (But not taking baths)
Favorite treat: I don't play favorites with treats ~ I love whatever I'm getting at the moment!
Greatest Accomplishment: Training my owners to let me snuggle up on the bed, and rescuing drowning sticks from the lake.
Handler: Nancy
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2015


Image of animal-assisted therapy team PK, Dave and Suzanne at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, WA.
P.K., Dave & Suzanne

P.K. is an English Black Lab.

Favorite Toy: Full size teddy bear that she happily unstuffed
Favorite Activity: Eating, cuddling, and going to grandmas
Favorite Treat: Any treat she is given and anything that drops on the floor
Greatest Accomplishment: Passing Pet Partners therapy animal evaluation and eating her meals in 30 seconds or less.
Handlers: Dave and Suzanne
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2014


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Raven & Julie

Raven is a Terrior/Choodle mix.

Favorite Toy: Brown teddy bear and squeaky orange rubber ball.
Favorite Activity: Agility, going for walks and car rides, cuddling and meeting new people and making friends.
Favorite Treat: Chicken or peanut butter treats and cheese 
Greatest Accomplishment: Becoming a Reading with Rover therapy dog.
Handler: Julie
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2018


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Scout & Teena

Scout is a Lhasa Apso.

Favorite Toy: Her stuffed bone.
Favorite Activity: Getting tummy rubs. She's a couch potato.
Favorite Treat: Lammies
Greatest Accomplishment: Being a Pet Partner Pup and helping people! Also being a retired champion show dog.
Handler: Teena
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2015


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Sydney & Lindy

Sydney is a Labradoodle.

Favorite Toy: Her purple Kong Dodo Bird that squeaks.
Favorite Activity: Swimming out to fetch a stick at the lake - she loves the water!
Favorite Treat: Any type of cheese.
Greatest Accomplishment: Imitating Chewbacca the Wookie, she sound just like him when she first wakes up in the morning!
Handler: Lindy
At EvergreenHealth Since: 2015