Our team

Meet the

Mill Creek

Veterinary Hospital

Team

It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your best furry friend. Get to know the team taking care of your pets! If you are in need of immediate assistance, please give us a call at 509-529-4575.

Meet the team

Your Veterinarians in Mill Creek

At Mill Creek Veterinary Hospital, we want our pet care to have a personal touch. Get to know your veterinarian’s here before your next visit!

Charles “Bill” Acock
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Medical Director)

Doctor Charles “Bill” Acock has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 40 years. Bill obtained his degree at Washington State University, class of 1982. Dr. Acock understands veterinary care can be expensive and works with his clients to create the best plan for their budget and their pet. Bill enjoys working with both large and small animals and strongly values educating owners, staff, and new veterinary doctors. Bill and his wife have three grown children, and they enjoy spending time on the Oregon coast.

Cassandra Van Atta
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Cassandra is not new to Washington as a graduate of Washington State University, but she originally hails from Oregon. She is very passionate about large animal medicine and loves using her knowledge to provide the best care and treatment in a mixed practice. She excels in surgery and diagnostic ultrasounds and prides herself on client communication. When not at the hospital, she spends time with her two dogs Ember and Flame, and she can be found tending to her plants or welding.

Cheree Bates
Hospital Manager

Cheree Bates has been with Mill Creek Vet since 2004 and considers the clinic her second home. Active in all roles at the practice, she provides an incredible amount of knowledge and care to clients and patients. Cheree participated in the Walla Walla Community College Nursing program but has since transferred her skillset to furry companions. When not at the clinic, you can find Cheree attending concerts, enjoying the outdoors, or reading a book.

Crystal VanDuke
Receptionist

Crystal Van Dyke is our rockstar receptionist at MCVH! She has been with the practice since 2009 and greets everyone with a smile. She loves creating a personal experience for each client, and her consistency and professionalism are unmatched. After moving around when younger, Crystal has found herself at home in Walla Walla for many years. Crystal enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and shopping.

Claire Engan
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Claire Engan is a licensed veterinary technician and has been working in the animal care field since 2014. With a passion for shelter medicine and exotics, she brings her knowledge to Mill Creek and loves being a member of the MCVH family. She enjoys providing comprehensive patient care, radiology, and labs and educating clients. Claire also serves her community as a realtor and enjoys playing classical music. Claire spends time with her boyfriend and their ornery cat Zergling.

Rachel Padgett
Vet Assistant

Rachel Padgett has been with Mill Creek Vet since 2021 and eagerly jumps into every new case. She has been a vet assistant since 2018 and loves working with large animals. Rachel is dedicated to excellent patient care and increasing her knowledge and skills every day. Rachel can be found enjoying the outdoors with her dog Poppy, camping, four-wheeling, and spending time with those important to her.