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Veterinary Doctors

Dr. Greg Benoit, MS, DVM

Greg Benoit

Dr. Greg Benoit, was born and raised in Virginia, and moved to Washington to attend Washington State University in 1978.  There he earned three degrees from 1978-1990. He received his BS in 1982, his MS in Animal Sciences, in 1985, (area of study was ruminant nutrition and reproductive physiology), and his DVM in 1990.

He spent the next four years in Tacoma, WA in a mixed animal practice, and then gradually transitioned into a strictly small animal practice. The vet-pet-person relationship is what he really enjoys.

Dr. Benoit purchased SouthCare Animal Clinic in Spokane, WA, in February of 1998. In 2007. He built a new state-of-the-art hospital and changed the name to SouthCare Animal Medical Center. The new building opened in September 2007. Dr. Benoit is dedicated to providing comprehensive, progressive, compassionate veterinary medical, surgical and dental care to our canine and feline friends.

Dr. Benoit has two children, Caroline and Greg, Jr. (“Chipper”). His wife, Linda, is a middle school teacher.  He owns an opinionated yellow Labrador named Gracie and a personable and goofy yellow Lab named Gooch. Gooch and Gracie can often be seen looking for friends or food around the clinic, or snoozing under Dr. B’s desk.

Dr. Benoit is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, the Inland Empire Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Information Network.

Dr. Benoit is also an active member of Greater Spokane Incorporated.

In his free time, Dr. Benoit enjoys being active in open water swimming, wake surfing, fishing, whitewater kayaking/rafting, and skiing.

Dr. Susan Wada, DVM

Susan  Wada

Dr. Susan Wada has been practicing veterinary medicine in Spokane since 1995 and joined our staff of doctors in 2009. She is a 1992 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Before moving to Spokane, Susan practiced in Manhattan Beach and Torrance, CA.

Dr. Wada and her husband Lyle (a professor at Whitworth University) are the proud parents of two beautiful golden retrievers Sonny and Emi, a boisterous Moluccan cockatoo named Joey, and three speedy tortoises, Casey, Shelly, and Maggie.

Her practice interests include small animal medicine, dentistry and exotics.  With a passion for all animals, Susan has had the opportunity to work with many different animals including kangaroos, sea lions and a baby giraffe.  She is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, Inland Empire Veterinary Medical Association and Washington State Veterinary Medical Association.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and pets and relaxing at the lake.  She is an orchid enthusiast and is a member of the Spokane Orchid Society.

Dr. Suzanne Coulson, DVM

Suzanne Coulson

Suzanne Coulson has enjoyed being a member of the SouthCare team since 2002.  She also volunteers for WorldVets, providing veterinary care including spay and neuter services for communities in developing countries.  Prior to moving to Spokane, she practiced in Post Falls, Denver, and San Diego.

Suzanne received her Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Soviet Studies from Cornell University in 1987.  She later returned to Cornell to complete a degree in veterinary medicine in 1996.

The members of her family include: David Coulson, whom she married in 2006, Luke and Max, who graduated from Ferris High School, Sean, a student at Moran Prairie Elementary, and the newest member of the family, Hannah.  Her animal family includes two dogs, Addison and Besa, and Gilbert Snowball the kitty.

She loves the great outdoors and all it has to offer, including skiing, hiking and whitewater kayaking.  Suzanne is thrilled to live in Spokane, a city that provides a wonderful sense of community and character, in a beautiful region of the country that is still off the beaten track.

Dr. Nick Snider, DVM

Nick Snider

Dr. Nick Snider was born and raised in North Spokane and graduated from Mead High School. He earned his B.S. from Eastern Washington University in 2009 where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry. He then attended Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he focused on small animal medicine. Dr. Snider is passionate about the human animal bond and understanding the needs of both sides. Additionally, Dr. Snider volunteered at WSU’s Cougar Orientation and Leadership Experience for three years, where he mentored underclassmen.

Dr. Snider’s family includes his wife Jen (an elementary school teacher) and daughters Mia and Aly. In his free time, Dr. Snider enjoys hiking, cycling, soccer, cooking, and spending time with his family. He also enjoys visiting Camp Reed whenever possible.

Currently, Dr. Snider is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the Veterinary Information Network.

  

Staff

O.P. (Orange Peeler)
Official Office Cat

O.P.  (Orange Peeler)

Hello my name is Orange Peeler, O.P. for short.  I had recently applied for the position of office cat as soon as I heard it was available. My first introduction to this lovely hospital was through our Cat Adoption Center. I was looking for just the right family to take me in. A few families came in to visit me, but my resume did not show enough experience.

Everyone at SouthCare told me what a lovable cat I was. They told me that I was great with dogs and other cats. Many of them spoiled me with extra "free range" time around the breakroom. They really encouraged me so I could find the right family for me. That's when it hit me. Maybe, just maybe, I'm not meant to be a typical house cat. My calm attitude, and love for treats was possibly best suited for a different kind of environment!  

It took me a bit of time to convince Dr. Benoit that I was the best suited applicant for the role of Office Cat. Once he scratched me behind the ears  - he couldn't resist my charms! The right family was in front of me this whole time. My SouthCare family had loved me from day one. That was that, I was adopted!  I couldn't be happier!

Jenny , LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jenny

Hey there!  I have been working here since October 2011.  I can honestly say this is one of the best clinics in the area, not only because of the devoted staff, but because of our fantastic clients and their pets.

I have a wonderful husband, Todd; a sassy daughter, Luci, and an energetic son, Bode.  Our furry kids include Charlotte, a 4-year-old Flat Coated Retriever and three cats, Ebee, Bruce, and Carl. For the last 12 years, I adopted feline leukemia positive cats (FeLV).  I’m taking a break from a twelve-year span of adopting feline leukemia positive cats since we have leukemia negative cats currently living in our house.

I graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Biological Oceanography (go Dawgs!!!!!).  I then attended PIMA Medical Institute where I obtained my veterinary technician license in July 2010.  Not only do I love caring for animals, but I love to hang out with my family.  You will likely find us at one of the parks here on the South Hill, but we also enjoy staying in and watching movies (Star Wars!) ☺ I am also a classically trained musician and have been playing the flute since I was 10 years old. I love to attend the symphony and listen to all classical pieces, both modern and old.

Living in Spokane and working at SouthCare has been a blessing for me.  I hope to enjoy the years to come working with the great staff, friendly animals, and clients who frequent SouthCare Animal Medical Center :)

Jennifer (JJ) , LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jennifer (JJ)

My name is Jen but most of my friends call me JJ.  I was born in Arizona and then raised in the Seattle area. I moved to Spokane in 2010 to be closer to family (with an extra bonus of getting away from the horrendous Seattle traffic!).  I am a crazy cat lady at heart; my love for cats started when I was three and has grown like wildfire ever since.

I have been working with animals since 1993 in a variety of fields from large to small animals, exotics and domestics, but my passion has always been for surgery and emergency medicine.

Candice
Veterinary Assistant

Candice

Aloha! What a gorgeous day to be had!  Born and raised in Kapolei, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, I left to attend Oregon State University, graduating with my bachelor’s degree in animal sciences. I was in marching band (playing the tuba) and the vice president of the Pacific Islanders Club where I became a Kumu (hula teacher). I taught and practiced hula for the Beavers and the Corvallis community. But, I have never lost my complete love for animals! I started at my first veterinary clinic in 2009 and have always known my place is in the clinic taking care of your pets. I have volunteered at animal shelters and was a pre-vet student at OSU. At home I have a Tuxedo Kitty named Liliu'okalani and a good ol' American Heinz 57 dog named Pualena. My little family and I couldn't imagine leaving this gorgeous city; with so much to do, I need to try more! Hiking, hockey, bike riding, dancing, and just doing anything to keep the huge smile you will always see on my face!

I came to just visit family in Spokane one time, and now I am here to stay!  I look forward to meeting you and your marvelous pets! Mahalo!!

Perla
Veterinary Assistant

Perla

Hello! My name is Perla. I was born and found my love for animals in Tijuana B.C, Mexico. Because I fed and took care of all the stray dogs in my neighborhood (the best a twelve year old could do), I was known as “ la perrera”. I would bring home a lot of stray animals and sneak them into my room.  :)

I was raised in both Tijuana and Oceanside, California. By age 17, I begged my mom to sign me away to the U.S Air Force and that’s how I landed here in Spokane. I am an OEF and Iraq war Veteran. I have now been working in the veterinary field since 2006. Caring and being with animals and children are my two passions; they make this world worth living for and remind me to always love unconditionally.

I am very adventurous and will always try new challenges. I am now working on my Bachelor’s degree and training for next year’s fun runs. On my time off, I enjoy outdoor life- hiking, salmon fishing, paddle boarding, camping and being a foodie! I have one amazing little Dumbo rat named Woopi. He is smarter than some may think and loves cuddle time!! Who doesn’t?

Carli
Veterinary Assistant

Carli

Hello, my name is Carlene, but everyone just calls me Carli. I was born and raised in the Spokane area and love it here. I was one of those girls who used to bring home all sorts of animals and ask if I could keep them. I have been helping to train and show miniature horses for just over ten years and am a three-time national champion!  Along with animals being a huge part of my life, I also share a huge passion for foreign cars and photography.  During the summers you can find me at a miniature horse show or at a local car show taking loads of photos. I have two four-legged loves: Raider, a Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, who I have had since he was just a tiny little pup; and Khaleesi, a Manx cat that is an adorable goofball. I am married to my best friend Timothy and we have a beautiful baby girl named Lilyann that was born July 2016.

Kayleigh
Veterinary Assistant

Kayleigh

Hello, my name is Kayleigh and I joined the South Care team in April 2017.

I am from England and have been in the States with my husband and best friend since 2010.

I always had a dream as a child of one day working with animals and here I am, living my dream!

It all started coming true when I was offered a job at a local Veterinary clinic to train to become a Veterinary Nurse, after qualifying in 2008 I have never looked back and truly enjoy my career.

I have a special interest in nutrition and enjoy educating clients in this, as well as other subjects, so come and ask me your questions!

I look forward to being a part of this team and getting to know all of you and your furry families.

I have one dog and one cat, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Wellesley and a black cat that travelled with me all the way from England, called Diesel. (Yes he has an English accent too!) My husband and I just recently became parents to a beautiful and happy little boy whom we named Henry.

We love to be outdoors, our spare time is mostly spent hiking, camping and spending lazy days with friends at the lake.

Sarah
Veterinary Assistant

Sarah

Hello, my name is Sarah and I was privileged enough to join the SouthCare team in March 2017.  I am nearing the end of my fourth year at Eastern Washington University, working towards a BS in Biology with a Pre-Veterinary emphasis, as well as a minor in Chemistry/Biochemistry. I have always been inspired by the human-animal bond and cannot imagine a world without animals and the love and light they bring to our lives.  Ultimately, I hope to attend veterinary school and become a veterinary orthopedic surgeon. My first introduction to SouthCare was as a young child, in awe of the phenomenal team who had dedicated their lives to helping pets like mine lead healthier, happier lives. Eighteen years later, there is nowhere else I would rather start my career. One of the perks of living close to home is that I regularly get to spend time with my family, including two longhaired miniature dachshunds, Samson and Delilah, who never fail to bring a smile to my face. I also enjoy writing fiction and poetry (I am working on a novel), dancing, reading, and volunteering for animal shelters. I look forward to meeting and assisting in the care of your furry, four-legged family members!

Kadi
Veterinary Assistant

Kadi

Hey there! My name is Kadi and I moved to Spokane with my husband in February 2017. I was born in the Rocky Mountain area, and I am so glad to be back!

I moved to Washington from Manhattan, Kansas. I met my husband there while we were both in middle school, however we didn't officially start dating until much later. We married last December, and started off our life-long journey.

I adopted my two furry children near the end of high school. Ruby, who is my Siberian Husky/Boxer cross, was adopted first. A year later I rescued my tripod mutt, Nyxie. They make a wonderful team and fill my heart with incredible joy. 

My family is spread throughout the western part of the United States. Although it is tough to be away from my mom and brothers, my little family at home (and at work!) make the absence less noticeable. 

I was privileged enough to join the SouthCare team in July 2017 and I have never been happier! I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with all the amazing staff, clients, and pets that cross the SouthCare threshold. 

Stephanie
Veterinary Assistant

Stephanie

I am a wife to a wonderful man, a farmer, a Certified Veterinary Assistant and I love what I do! I was born and raised in Washington, and although I have moved around to California, Oregon and Montana, my soul is happiest in my hometown Newport, Wa. 
   I have been in the veterinary field since 2008, and it only gets better and better! My career began in Portland, Oregon under the instruction of Vicki Davidson at Apollo College. From there I moved onto emergency and critical care in Southeast Portland. My now husband, Greg and I, moved back home to Washington in 2008 and were married in 2009. Since then I have been employed as a large and exotic animal technician also as a surgical and hospital assistant.
   Greg and I have a small homesteaded farm and we are in the process to become self sustaining. We plant grow, raise and preserve the majority of our protein and plant based foods and have plans to build the home of our dreams. We have 6 "fur children", 2 dogs, Carli and Luna, and 4 Cats, Shelby, Oscar, Nix and, Victor-Ocho. We also have a variety of farm animals that include horses, goats, pigs, cows and chickens.
   I am thrilled to be a member of the Southcare Crew, working alongside some of the most dedicated ,compassionate, and professional people in the veterinary field. Its great to be working with some old friends again and I look forward to making new ones! 

Linda
Receptionist

Linda

Hello! SouthCare has been my home since April of 2001–time sure flies when you love what you are doing!! Blessed with 2 dogs; Little Miss Mylie is our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and we fight over her for lap-nap time and our newest addition is Maui (named by our daughter for our favorite vacation place!). Maui is a Shepherd mix and loves her walks at 5:30 am.

I’ve been married to my husband, Kevin, for 39 years. We have two wonderful grown children, Katie and Michael, who have given us four perfect grandchildren. I know everyone says that, but they really are perfect!

Mandy
Receptionist

Mandy

Hello! I was born and raised in Puyallup and just recently moved to Spokane to be closer to family, not to mention to have four seasons instead of just rain! I graduated from high school in 2006, and in my spare time I am trying to finish college classes and get my general AA degree.

I have been working in the veterinary field since 2008, this is my passion- I love my job! I grew up with many different kinds of pets--from rabbits, birds, and fish, to dogs and cats.  I currently have a Labrador Retriever/Greyhound Mix that keeps me on my toes!

Leslie
Receptionist

Leslie

Hi!

I was born & raised in the Inland Northwest and am married with one grown son. I also have three beautiful grandchildren that bring me so much joy. We have three large dogs, one small dog, two cats, a crested gecko, and a horse. Animals are my passion and I have been working in this field since 1998.  I love customer service and working with pet owners. I also enjoy reading, walking, scrapbooking, and horseback riding.

Kumi
Receptionist

Kumi

Hello! I was born in Tokyo, Japan where I left a budding singing career, at age 19, to marry my American husband. We are still married after many moons and suns.  In the first few years of living in America, I taught myself English and typing.  With these skills, I went into the insurance business and within a few years became a licensed commercial insurance agent.  During this period, we moved from Phoenix to San Francisco, to Seattle where I started Spanish Flamenco dance, then back to Phoenix.  After a couple of years in Phoenix, I decided it was time to take a sabbatical back to Japan to visit my roots. I spent a year there working for three different companies, the most notable being ARAMCO Oil as a coordinator & interpreter between the American, Saudi, and Japanese executives.

Upon my return to the USA, I spent 20 years at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas as the senior Group Room Reservations Specialist.  We then decided that it was time to move to our final destination, Spokane.  Now I feel that my dream has come true - living in Spokane and working with animals at the best clinic in the city!  My two dogs and I enjoy various places in Spokane, especially the bluff trails, every morning. Yep, 365 days a year! Love it, love it, love it!

Allison
Receptionist

Allison

Hi! My name is Allison! I was born and raised in Cheney. I am a student at Eastern Washington University and have always had a passion for animals. I have a wonderful little Quarter horse named Zipper that loves to barrel race along with my old dog Tank, and our newest member of the family an Alaskan Malamute named Jake who will eat anything in sight! I love seeing all of the wonderful clients and their amazing fur babies in the clinic. I enjoy taking my wonderful pups on hikes and taking them swimming. 

Laurel
Practice Manager

Laurel

Hey there, my name is Laurel!

I was raised in the sunny state of Florida but was actually born in Washington. After finding my way back to the beautiful PNW, I graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2011. I started working in emergency veterinary medicine as a kennel assistant. Which then transitioned me into working with a mobile veterinary radiologist as an assistant. One thing lead to another (as life sometimes does) and eventually I had the opportunity to work in a specialty hospital. Critical care medicine will always hold a special place in my heart. However, gaining experience in neurology, surgery, oncology, ophthalmology, and internal medicine was equally exciting! This field is my “happy place” in life.

My husband and I are super outdoorsy – camping, hiking, gardening, traveling – there’s just too much of the world to see! We are proud parents of many fur and feather babies: Duncan the three-legged Australian shepherd, Steve the rescue border collie mix, Tyke the parvo-surviving border collie, George our bottle fed cat, Davey Crockett our rescue kitten, and Oliver my shower-singing Amazon parrot. It’s quite a crew, but they are my crew!

Peeler , the Original Office Cat

Peeler

We are very saddened to report Peeler’s passing late in 2013.  He was a well-loved part of the SouthCare family and we all miss him terribly.  Many visitors ask after Peeler, so we know his presence was important in more than just our lives!  He suffered from feline asthma for several years, but it was ultimately his heart that gave up on him.

I applied for the position as office cat when I was just a little lad. I was very fortunate to obliterate the competition and get the job.

I take my job very seriously; you will always find me napping in one of the many beds provided for me. Please feel free to pet and give me lots of loving attention. Clients want to spoil me with treats, but really I am trying to watch my waistline.

I have been known to be a trouble maker, but I’m always there when you need a kiss or hug. I have a deep curiosity for carriers, so double check before you leave, for you may have a stowaway.