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. 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. 

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