Meet The Doctors

Dr. Anderson

Dr. Eric Anderson

Dr. Eric Anderson attended Coupeville High School and is an alumnus of Washington State University, where he is now an adjunct professor.  Dr. Anderson is married to Mary Anderson and has four children including Dr. Erica Syring, Chris, Jessica, and Michael.

Dr. Anderson grew up with a passion for animals of all shapes and sizes. From the time he was a small boy, he always wanted to be a veterinarian. In 1980, he opened Best Friend's Veterinary Center, where he remains to be a practicing doctor, director, and chief of staff. Dr. Anderson has been voted the “Best Veterinarian on Whidbey” by The Whidbey News Times readership poll several times. He prides himself in his advanced, post-doctoral education and has an especially strong background in orthopedic surgery and ultrasonography. He has taken the advanced orthopedic course work from Ohio State University and is part of a small number of veterinarians in Washington who are certified to perform the Tibia Plateau Leveling Operation (TPLO) for cruciate ligament knee repair. 

Frustrated by an absence of critical care options for pets in the area, in 2005 Dr. Anderson led local colleagues to form the Pet Emergency Center, which now serves the emergency needs of critical care patients throughout Island and Skagit Counties. In 2007, after years of planning, training, and implementation, Drs. Anderson and Williams started the Thyroid Treatment Center in Mount Vernon. The Thyroid Treatment Center treats cats that otherwise would die from hyperthyroidism. The TTC is only one of three privately operated veterinary thyroid treatment centers in the entire state. 

Dr. Syring Holding Ruby

Dr. Erica Anderson Syring

Dr. Syring is a Whidbey Island native and graduate of Ross University. She and her husband, Aaron, live on Whidbey Island with daughters Payton and Reagan, along with their fur babies, Ruby and Fergie the French bulldogs, Izzy the lab, Sadie the Shetland sheepdog, George the golden retriever and their lovable cat Mooch. Her interests in veterinary medicine include internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. In her free time she enjoys family and friend get togethers, snow and water skiing and scuba diving. 

Dr. Varga

Dr. John Varga

Dr. Varga comes to Best Friend's after practicing in upstate New York for 25 years.  He came back to the Pacific northwest to live on a floating home in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife now live in La Conner to pursue their passion for sailing and to be closer to the beautiful San Juan islands.  His interests are in internal medicine and dermatology.  Dr. Varga graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1987.  He and his wife have three cats, one dog and two grown children.  Dr. Varga is honored to be a part of your family's care.

Dr. Lord

Dr. Sarah Lord

Born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut, Dr. Lord attended Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine and then moved to NYC for a small animal rotating emergency and surgery internship. Following her internship, she moved back to CT where she was practicing as a small animal general practitioner at a large hybrid GP, ER, and specialty hospital for the last three years.

She loves being a general practitioner as our team is the base foundation of veterinary medicine and loves that each and every day is different and exciting. She enjoys preventative medicine, wound care, soft tissue surgery and long term disease management. Her goals are to become more proficient in orthopedics, dentistry and ultrasonography.

Outside of work, she has two amazing pups that include a crazy sweet German Wire-haired Pointer mix named Brie who has been by her side since veterinary school, and a handsome black Labrador Retriever named Bear. 

Dr. Walkush

Dr. Jamie Walkush

Dr. Walkush started her Veterinary career in Wisconsin where she worked as a veterinary assistant, and then a Certified Technician.  She worked in general practice as well as emergency medicine.  Dr. Walkush earned her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and studied Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.   There, she worked extensively with sea turtles, performed research related to infectious diseases in Green Monkeys, and rehabilitated many rescue dogs through a student run non-profit called Saving Animals From Emergency (SAFE).  Her clinical year was at the Royal Veterinary College in London.  After school, she did a rotating small animal internship at an Emergency center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She studied Acupuncture in Beijing and has an interest in alternative medicine, surgery, and critical care.   She has volunteered extensively with Rural Area Veterinary Services, providing veterinary services to underserved populations.

In her spare time, Dr. Walkush enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, traveling, and yoga.  She shares her home with a handsome geriatric rescue mutt.  Be sure to say hi when you see them on the trails or at the beach! 

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