Hello, I am Dr. Renee Gray, and I am the owner/veterinarian here at Lake Stevens Animal Hospital (LSAH). I grew up in California, and earned my Pre-Vet/Animal Science degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. That is where I met my wonderful husband, Michael. We moved to Auburn, AL, where I completed my Veterinary degree- War Eagle! After an externship in Alaska, we made Washington state our home, and have lived in this beautiful part of the country for 23 years.
Michael and I live in Snohomish, on just enough property to comfortably keep our menagerie of critters- two giant black beauty horses, Raquel and Raven, the donkey, Jesse, a flock of chickens (many of you have been the lucky recipients of their delicious and colorful eggs!), Alvy, the goofy yellow lab, two cats, Spartacus and Katniss, two cockatiels, Zelda and F. Scott (don’t ask- Michael named them!), an aquarium full of fish, and Bill the emu- yes, emu!
As you can imagine, the business and my critters keep me pretty busy. I enjoy riding Raquel in judged trail obstacle events and Raven is really coming along nicely with her training. I try to make time for gardening and love sharing the beautiful dahlias that grace my yard in the summer. I am not much for outdoors sports when it is raining, however (WA, really?), so I have many crafting hobbies like knitting and crocheting while watching movies on those blustery days.
I opened LSAH in 2002, and the support of this wonderful community has been truly amazing. It has been a dream come true to be able to practice in the “All Creatures Great and Small” style of James Herriot and other talented general practitioners. Together with our core team of talented, educated, compassionate, pet-loving staff members, we have built LSAH to be the premier animal care facility of Lake Stevens- to the point where we are outgrowing our tiny strip mall clinic. We are confident that you will not find a higher level of PERSONALIZED care anywhere. We emphasize education for our staff and clients in order for us to develop a true partnership and friendship with you and your furry (or feathered, scaled, finned, hooved…) family members- truly “The Best Care for Your Best Friend!”
Dr. Kathleen Koppa completed her pre-veterinary studies at the University of Washington in Seattle and then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman. Prior to veterinary school, she followed her love of horses and worked for several years as a dressage trainer. During veterinary school, she started to enjoy and develop her passion for small animal medicine, especially internal medicine and surgery, and the human-animal bond. She officiates at a local retriever club’s working trials in Carnation, and she continues to enjoy riding. Cooking, fishing, reading, and hiking the local trails with her husband and son are also favored pastimes. Her current pets include a Pomeranian, a Swedish Warmblood horse and two spoiled chickens, Edwina and Clotilda.
Dr. Newman is a New York City native where he grew up with several generations of his family, including his eastern European immigrant grandparents. After finishing high school, and wanting to experience cultures different from his, he attended the University of Illinois in rural Champaign-Urbana, where he received a broad education, majoring in American history and minoring in Philosophy and Literature. Sensing an emerging interest in the sciences and medical fields, he became a Licensed Laboratory Technician in a large Southern California hospital, performing and interpreting medical laboratory tests for physicians. Wishing to further advance his interests in the sciences, he entered graduate school at Indiana University, completing a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Thereafter, he worked as a Senior Research Scientists, most recently…for eight years…at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Richland, Washington until…in 1987..when he was accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University. He received his DVM degree in 1991 and has practiced as a relief veterinarian, helping out in many companion animal veterinary hospitals throughout Puget Sound, including Lake Stevens Animal Hospital, for most of the years following graduation.
Dr. Newman has two grown children and two grandsons; ages 9yrs and 5 months. He enjoys being an amateur photographer, volunteering and has recently become a Washington State Certified Professional Guardian, a role he anticipates will provide opportunities to personally help, support and care for Washington’s most vulnerable residents…those who are incapacitated and unable to care for themselves.
Dr. Newman has worked as a relief vet for Lake Stevens Animal Hospital for almost a decade. He is adept at providing comprehensive evaluations to all of his patients, giving the clients all necessary information needed to care for their beloved fur-babies. LSAH is elated that he has decided to join the team more frequently, working a couple of weekends each month.
Sheena DeZarn is one of our Client Care Specialists, originally from Bellingham, WA. She has a degree in Hospitality and Business Management. She has a cat named Cava. She also has a Quarter horse named J.D. who lives with her parents on their 5 acre farm. Her hobbies include scrap booking and creating artsy projects- she loves shopping at Hobby Lobby! She always enjoys family time and makes it a goal to do something new and fun with her 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter. Whether it’s going to a children’s museum or having a picnic at a park, they enjoy their weekends to their fullest. She and her husband Kellen enjoy cooking together and trying new wines. Their dream one day is to take a trip to Napa Valley and enjoy all that it has to offer.
Amber Larsen-Truax is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, originally from Kellogg, ID. She has been in the veterinary field for 15 years. She lives with her spouse, two darling toddlers, two cats, Baby and Squirt, and two dogs, Skylar and Dauby. She enjoys reading, traveling, and rocking out to good music.
Ashley Brewer hails from a suburb of Cleveland, OH. She graduated with a BS from the University of Findlay in 2012 with majors in Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and Biology with Life Science Emphasis (and a minor in Chemistry). Her previous background is in mixed animal and wildlife practice. Ashley plans to attend veterinary school in the future. She lives with her husband Ethan, a handsome Anatolian Shepherd/husky mix named Sn (Tin), an energetic Australian Shepherd named Salix, and a different foster puppy every week. In her spare time, Ashley likes to enjoy the gorgeous Washington outdoors, watch tv, and paint her nails.
Cori McCoy is our Hospital Manager. Originally from Skagit County, Cori moved to Snohomish in 2004 and with this move came new employment at LSAH. She enjoys reading, hiking, fishing, and gardening. She married the love of her life Brandon in 2014 after 12 years together. Recently, Cori and Brandon purchased their first home on two acres and are slowly making additions to their miniature farm. They love spending time with their Jack Russell/Boston Terrier mix Madi; their two cats Kioshi and Esme; and three chickens Pumpkin, Lucy, and Ethel. Cori has high hopes that she will be able to add an alpaca to the family soon!
There are people who own dogs, and then there are ‘crazy dog lovers.’ Jennifer Ward is the latter. Attending Washington State University to study Veterinary Medicine, Jennifer’s artistic leanings changed the direction of her life. She received a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design instead of her DVM, but her love of ‘four footed’ companions has directed everything from the name of her company Pick Of The Litter Design, the doggy decor of her office, and her co-workers Dexter and Graham (yellow labs). But as the Co-Director of Save-A-Mutt (and puppy foster mom), her home never usually has just two dogs. Jennifer started working at Lake Stevens Animal Hospital as a part time receptionist and full time bookkeeper. She and her husband Greg bought a home on 15 acres in 2014 with the intention of opening a dog boarding kennel. Like we said- Crazy Dog Lover!
Bayley King is our Hospital Attendant At Lake Stevens Animal Hospital. She graduated from Skagit Valley College with her Veterinary Assistant Certificate. She enjoys hiking, painting and camping.
Kacie Waggoner is one of our Client Care Specialists. Originally from Anaheim CA. Currently lives here in Lake Stevens with her family, she has two dogs named Hemi and Grizzly as well as a few exotic pets. She enjoys family time with her Husband Justin and two daughters Rilie (8), and Kailee (4).