Dr. Kris Kruse-Elliott earned her BS and DVM from Oregon State University followed by a year in mixed animal practice in Seattle. She completed an anesthesia residency at North Carolina State University and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Following her residency, Dr. Kruse stayed at NCSU as a NIH postdoctoral fellow and received a PhD in pulmonary physiology before moving to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she spent 15 years as tenured faculty and served as Section Head for the Anesthesia service. In 2006 she returned to the west coast to serve as the Medical Director and Anesthesiologist for AnimalScan (formerly Iams Pet Imaging). Dr. Kruse joined SAGE Veterinary Centers in 2018 as their first anesthesiologist, starting their anesthesia specialty service and is currently one of four board certified anesthesiologists in the SAGE network. She provides anesthesia support for complex cases and training in anesthesia and analgesia for SAGE up and down the west coast and works with the other SAGE anesthesiologists to expand anesthesia service capacity through a combination of on-site anesthesia support and teleconsulting. Dr. Kruse developed the SAGE Anesthesia Bootcamp training program for veterinary technicians and assistants and enjoys providing didactic and in-person anesthesia training. She currently also serves as Medical Director for the SAGE specialty practice in Anchorage, AK (Veterinary Specialists of Alaska) and assists in management of AnimalScan, a SAGE partner. Dr. Kruse works closely with all the SAGE specialists and anesthesia team to provide optimized anesthesia and analgesia planning and care.