Dr. Robert Privette - Veterinarian
Born in the Seattle area and raised there until he was eleven, Rob Privette's family then moved to the Tri-Cities where they made their home on ten acres along the Yakima River, near Horn Rapids. Luckily for his future patients, he was inspired by observing the local large animal veterinarian who made farm calls, and at this young age, Dr. Privette decided to be a veterinarian when he grew up.
The experience instilled in him a desire to care for sick and injured animals. He belonged to the 4-H Club throughout junior and senior high school and raised bummer lambs, pigs and steers that he showed at the Benton-Franklin County Fair; he put himself through the first years of college with the money he earned from raising Hereford cattle.
Dr. Privette has an undergraduate degree in zoology and a D.V.M. from Washington State University ("GoCougs!"). His community service has included active membership in the Humane Society, the Tri-City Youth Soccer Association and the Tri-City Youth Foundation. He has served his profession as an officer of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association.
By his own admission, Dr. Privette and his wife, Kristin, raised four "wonderful" children (Sarah, Katie, Kyle and Vanessa), and since their brood is now grown, Kristi and Rob hike and golf: They can be found most summer evenings on Canyon Lakes golf course trying to get an elusive "dark par" at sunset.
Sharing the Privette home these days are the family pets: Mocha, their Himalayan cat, "just loves to lie on her back and get petted," while Shasta the Sheltie "is always happy to see visitors, but is struggling with the infirmities that come with age, namely hearing loss and arthritis."
At Vista Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Privette practices small animal medicine along with avian exotic work, with a special interest in orthopedic surgery: He finds it "particularly challenging putting Humpty Dumpty back together again after an accident or injury."
Dr. Kathy Batdorf - Veterinarian
Originally from Idaho, Dr.Batdorf graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology, before attending Washington State University, where she received her D.V.M. degree in 1984, graduating with honors.
She practiced small animal medicine in Idaho for 16 years, and served on the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine for five years. With husband Jim and three children in tow, she moved to the Tri-Cities in 2001, and has been at Vista Veterinary Hospital first as an associate and now as partner. Dr. Batdorf received her board certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (DABVP) in 2009.
Dr. Batdorf enjoys all aspects of small animal practice, particulary those challenging cases where good veterinary medicine can really make a difference.
Dr. Matt Stidham - Veterinarian
I was born at Kadlec Hospital and have happily lived in the Tri-Cities since that time. I was attracted to the Veterinary field when my Newfoundland was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. I became excited by the field at that time as Veterinarians and staff offered advanced diagnostics and high quality care, while at the same time, showing a great deal of compassion for both my pet and me. I graduated from WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 Magna Cum Laude. I enjoy many hobbies including water sports, fishing, snow skiing, marine aquariums, and cars. Most of my time is spent with my three amazing chihuahuas and cat. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve you and our community.
Dr. Marni Hamack - Veterinarian
She was born in Petaluma, California the "Chicken Capital of the World." She turned 2 years old while driving up the Alaska-Canada Highway and lived happily in Anchorage, Alaska until 2002, when she left for college. Dr. Hamack was inspired to become a veterinarian at a young age after reading the James Herriot books. At age 12, she began volunteering steadily with a local veterinarian, and braved the ice and snows on many a wintry farm call.
Dr. Hamack graduated with honors from Whitman College in 2006, where she majored in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry. In 2010 she graduated with a DVM from Washington State University.
At home, Dr. Hamack spends her time with 3 spoiled-rotten horses, 2 very bad cats, and 1 good dog. On the weekends, she can be found competing around the region at rodeos and other events in the Barrel Racing.
Dr. Hamack loves the Tri-Cities area, and feels very fortunate to be able to serve the community through her work at Vista Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Michelle Meyer - Veterinarian
Dr. Meyer is originally from Renton, WA. Growing up she was a competitive gymnast and received first place on balance beam at the state competition in 2000. She has always had a love for animals and decided at the age of nine that she would become a veterinarian when she grew up. Dr. Meyer moved to Ellensburg after high school to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Central Washington University. During college she worked at a small animal clinic where she gained a lot of experience as a veterinary assistant. After graduating from Central in 2008 she entered the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. During her time as a veterinary student she worked in the Clinical Pathology Lab as an after-hours technician.
Dr. Meyer graduated from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 with the Excellence in Clinical Pathology award as well as the Veterinary Cancer Society award. Her main interests are in small animal cancer diagnosis and treatment as well as small animal medicine.
Dr. Meyer resides in Kennewick with her husband, Stephen, three dogs (Parker - golden retriever, and Blitz - shepherd mix, and Tiko - chihuahua), and two cats (Louie and Kitten). Dr. Meyer is excited to be a part of the Tri Cities community and a member of the Vista Veterinary team!