Zoo Veterinarians

Zoo Veterinarians

Dr. Riley Wilson received his degree in veterinary medicine from Washington State University, after getting a Master of Science Degree in parisitology. He has lived in Alaska for most of his life. Riley has been the zoo vet for almost 30 years and owner of a small animal clinic, The Pet Stop, since 1992. He is also a commercial fisherman. Special interests include orthopedics, internal medicine, exotics and birds. Riley and his wife, Cindy, have twin daughters and a house full of critters including 2 dogs, 2 cats and a variety of exotic pets. They enjoy spending time together cross country skiing, fishing and traveling.

Dr. Todd Palmatier received his degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University. He has lived in Anchorage for over 40 years. His special interests include orthopedics, veterinary acupuncture and related holistic medicine. He also volunteers at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center (Bird TLC), caring for numerous types of wild, injured birds. Todd and his wife enjoy camping, fishing and Aikido. They have one dog, Belle, and house some of the rehabilitating raptors from Bird TLC.

Dr. Chris Michetti received her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri. She has lived in Alaska for 8 years. Special interests include endoscopy and surgery. Chris and her husband enjoy flying, fishing and hiking with their heeler, Pesto. They also have 2 cats that prefer to stay home rather than explore the great outdoors.

Dr. Katy Versteeg grew up in Alaska, graduating from Kenai Central High School. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from Oregon State University and Washington State University. She and her husband share their home with 3 dogs and 2 cats. She enjoys hiking, skiing and kayaking in her free time.

Dr. Shannon DiRuzzo received her degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University. Before joining our staff in 2006, she was a relief veterinarian for numerous hospitals around the state of Alaska. Special interests include pocket pets and reptiles. Shannon enjoys traveling, snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking.

Dr. Diane Preziosi is a board certified veterinary dermatologist who has practiced in Alaska since 2003. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Missouri in 1992 and worked in private general practice for several years where her interest in exotic animal medicine and dentistry developed. She taught general medicine at the University of Missouri for 3 years before completing a residency in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her husband is a veterinary surgeon and they both enjoy being outdoors hiking, fishing, skiing and camping and are having fun introducing their two children to these activities as well. They have 1 dog, 2 cats and wish there was time for more.