Dr. 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
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
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. Annika Benedetto
Though I was born in Denmark, I was raised on the south hill and am very excited to be back serving the community I grew up in! In 2012 I earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Danish from the University of Washington where I met my husband, and then attended Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I have a special interest in behavior and am Fear Free certified; I strive to make every visit as positive as possible from the pet's perspective. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, climbing, photography, sewing, and training with my little dog, Olive, who is basically my daughter.
Dr. Heidi Patterson
Dr. Heidi Patterson was born in NJ, but raised on a small family farm in Tennessee surrounded by cows, chickens, and many barn cats. She decided to be a veterinarian by the age of 5, and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 after working in a human genetics lab for several years.
Dr. Patterson moved to Colorado just after graduating from veterinary school, and worked as an associate vet in general practice seeing small animals and exotics, and was a staff veterinarian in an animal shelter. Shelter medicine remains one of her passions, as spaying and neutering dramatically reduces the number of animals euthanized in shelters every year. Her areas of interest include pain control, internal medicine, and cytology. She also greatly enjoys working with geriatric patients.
As a recent transplant to Spokane, Dr. Patterson has enjoyed exploring her new home state by hiking, snowshoeing & camping with her partner, Charles, and their big lab mix, Moose. They also share their home with one Chris Farly-esque cat named Ein and one sweet old lady cat named Bucky.
Dr. Bonnie Southwick
Dr. Bonnie Southwick is a Montana native who moved to Spokane to attend Gonzaga University. During her time as a Gonzaga student she played in the Pep Band, sang in the University Choir, and studied abroad at Oxford University. After obtaining her degrees in Biology and Philosophy, she attended Colorado State University and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. The pull of Spokane was strong, and she has been practicing in the area ever since!
Dr. Southwick has a special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as dentistry. She lives with her two dogs and loves the beauty that Spokane has to offer. During her free time she enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, playing piano, brewery sampling, and of course cheering on her Gonzaga Bulldogs!
Jenny , LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
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 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 :)
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Hi. My name is Dawn. I was born in Alaska but raised in Oklahoma.
I grew up with lots of animals including dogs, cats, chickens, cows, goats, and horses, which helped me grow into the animal lover I am today.
I live here on the South Hill with 3 of my 5 children and my 2 Great Danes,a Rat Terrier I inherited from my father and 2 wonderful cats.
When I am not working I like to go fishing, go to country music concerts, and just kind of explore my my new home here in the Pacific Northwest.
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!!
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?
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.
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!
Hello! My name is Isabelle. I joined the incredible SouthCare team in November 2018. I was raised in Cheney with my younger sister, where I swam, played basketball and soccer, ran track, and rode for the Cheney High School Equestrian Team.
I am enrolled at Eastern Washington University, where I am currently a sophomore pursuing my BS in biochemistry with a pre-veterinary emphasis. Being a veterinarian has been my plan since I was six years old, and every amazing patient reminds me why!
I have had a huge variety of animals, and I currently have two cats, a tarantula named Shelob, several tree frogs, and a variety of insects.
When I am not at work or studying, I enjoy drawing, reading, traveling, and hiking with my cat, Mango!
My name is Lindsey. I was born and raised right here in the great state of Washington. I have recently moved here to Spokane from the city of Tacoma. It is quite the transition, but I am getting used to it. I have recently gained employment here at SouthCare Animal Medical Center and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to land a job. All the doctors and staff here are compassionate, friendly, loving and enjoy what they do for the pets.
I have two kiddos. One boy named Anthony who is 15, and a little girl named Abbygail who is 7. They both like to keep me on my toes and there is never a dull day in our household. We, as a family, enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and anything out doors that Washington has to offer. I have two cats named Foxy and Poppy. Both cats are rescues, and they are quite the duo together. They love to play and chase each other around the house, and they also love to wake me up in the middle of the night for their shenanigans.
I am very excited to be here in Spokane and working for such a compassionate company! I look forward to many more years to come here in Spokane and SouthCare.
I’m Emma and I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I decided to move up here in 2017 and have been pursuing my bachelors in biology with a minor in chemistry. I’ve always had a passion for animals and am working towards becoming a veterinarian! I have one cat named Sony but am hoping to expand soon!
In my free time you can usually find me playing video games or enjoying the outdoors. I love the weather in Washington and am happy to be here. I am happy to say I joined the SouthCare team in August of 2019 and look forward to working with all the amazing clients!
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!
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.
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!
Hi! My name is Angel. I was born and raised in Las Vegas until I was 18 and after that I've been quite a few places. Most recently I moved here to Spokane with my baby Bastet from Florida, which is quite the change but I'm liking it so far.
I've always had a love for animals but didn't really know what to do with that passion until recently. Now I couldn't see myself anywhere that didn't involve animals in some way.
I'm honored to be part of the SouthCare family and hope to bring a smile to everyone I meet.
Hello there! My name is Brianna and I joined the SouthCare team in May 2019. I am originally from California, but my family and I recently moved up to Spokane and we could not be more excited! I am married and we have two beautiful children, Dylan and Hailey. We also have four fur babies. Two long haired Chihuahuas Pedro and Mango, Rosie Mae our golden retriever puppy, and our kitty Cutie Pie. There is never a dull moment in this household and I would not have it any other way!!
I have always loved animals and had animals growing up. Getting the chance to work with them everyday is a dream come true! When I am not at home, the family and I love to be outside exploring. We love hiking, fishing, playing sports, and enjoying the beautiful weather. We are thoroughly enjoying the Spokane area and love being so close to family! I could not be more excited to be a part of the SouthCare family!
Hi there! My name is Aleah and I joined the SouthCare team in October 2019. I was born and raised in Spokane and I love it here! I have a beautiful little grey tabby cat named Darwin, who is polydactyl (which means he has six toes on both his front paws). I joke that he is a cat-dog because he loves to play fetch and beg for food, but he’s still the best cat! When I’m not working, I spend a lot of my time outside whether it be hiking, camping, swimming or just going on walks.
I am currently working on finishing my AA at Spokane Falls Community College and then I plan on following a career in veterinary medicine. Working at SouthCare has been an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to learn more about the veterinary field and to work with so many compassionate, hard-working animal lovers!
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! In Summer of 2018 we welcomed our first daughter to our family. We are proud parents of many fur and feather babies: Steve the rescue border collie mix, Tyke the parvo-surviving border collie, George our bottle fed cat, and Oliver my shower-singing Amazon parrot. Plus a myriad of farm animals! It’s quite a crew, but they are my crew!