Meet Our Team

  • Jeff LaHuis

    Dr. Jeff LaHuis graduated from Michigan State University in 1995 with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a B.S. in Animal Science. Since graduation he has practiced medicine around the state. Dr. LaHuis is the current owner of Sault Animal Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Before purchasing the clinic, he was employed at a large 9 vet hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. There he honed his skills at surgery and diagnostic ultrasound.
    Dr. LaHuis has a special focus on the problems associated with working dogs, from strains and sprains to behavioral problems. He is also trained in both cardiac and abdominal ultrasound techniques. Personally he has trained several dogs through schutzhund, including titling two of his own dogs.
    Dr. LaHuis resides in Sault Ste. Marie and shares his home with his wife and sons and multiple animals. They include 3 dogs 7 cats, a bearded dragon and 4 horses! Dr. LaHuis is also a solider in the US Army Reserve Veterinary Corps. Recently, he has returned from a one year tour of duty to the Kuwait theater. There he was in command of a veterinary team responsible for food safety and care of military working dogs.

    Dr. LaHuis is also experienced in equine medicine and training, having trained Arabian show horses for 10 years. Currently he is working on AQHA trail challenges and endurance racing.

  • Sara Alves

    Sault Animal Hospital has a major announcement!! After a long and careful search, we have found a veterinarian to join our team! Starting this June, Dr. Sara Alves will be joining the crew!
    Dr. Alves is a 2018 Graduate of Kansas State University. She is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine, including equine and farm animals, especially in regards to reproductive issues.

    'I was very selective about the next veterinarian that I wanted to bring aboard. I wanted to make sure that the new vet would continue to provide the same level of care that our clients are used to. Dr. Alves is very skilled and has my full confidence.' (Dr. Jeff)

    Dr. Alves will graduate from Kansas State University with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, a Masters of Public Health, and a B.S. in Animal Sciences. She grew up with a military family and had the joy of getting to travel the world prior to pursuing veterinary medicine. She has a passion for Theriogenology (animal reproduction), and worked for numerous years with cattle, horse, and sheep/goat artificial insemination, embryo transfer, and in vitro fertilization. She also loves working with exotic animals including birds and reptiles. Dr. Alves and her partner now reside in Sault Ste. Marie with their ball python. She enjoys martial arts, traveling, and drawing in her free time.

  • Lori Henderson
    Office Manager

    My Name is Lori I've been with the hospital since April 2005.I started in the kennel and ended in the office manager position. I really enjoy my job and my coworkers they are all loving compassionate people.I have the privilege of working with my daughter Natalie who has been here since 2008.

    I'm married and have two grown children,two grand daughters Macey and Koraline. I also have two yellow labs magnum,autumn ,a dachshund named sophie. And a mix breed named honey.

  • Debbie

    Hi! My name is Debbie. I have been at SAH since August of 2007. I really enjoy my job. The relationships that I have developed with the staff and the clients have been so rewarding. The clients have become part of the Sault Animal Family.I have two grown children. I am pictured with the office Mascott, Bella, who has been here since 2007 also. She is a 7 yo Chihuahua/Pom mix and works very hard sitting next to me. She is very cooperative when called on to be used for demonstrations on medicating client pets. She is very comforting to clients when they need her the most. Bella is my girl and she lives with me. I have 3 other dogs, Chelsea, a black lab 8 years old, Chelsea has been a blood donor for the clinic. Lucky is a Shih Tzu-10 years old, and Trixie is a Yorkie/ Maltase mix. I also have 3 cats: Oscar, Gizmo, and Lilly, a Guniea Pig named Arnold and a cockatiel named Charlie, and fish too! What a full house, I love it!

  • Natalie

    My name is Natalie I have been at Sault Animal since 2008.I love working with the animals including my coworkers. My favorite part of the job is the wildlife mainly fawns and owls !

    I have a 6 year old daughter (Macey) who loves animals just as much.

  • Cat

    Hi! My name is Cat. I am a tech for large and small animals here at Sault Animal Hospital. I'm an owner of 4 dogs- all rescues, 7 cats, (2 of which are barn cats, and yes, this makes me the crazy cat lady!), 6 chickens, 2 horses and a pony. My hobby is trail riding, with the longest being 18.9 miles.

    Working here at SAH allows me to not only help the patient but the pet owner as well, I truly love working with pets and their owners. I have worked here for the past 5 years.

  • Megan
    Head Surgery Tech

    Has worked at SAH for 4 years, 11 years experience in the field.'This is my dream job, I love what I do! Surgery Rocks!'5 fur-babie with my husband Brian: Marvin (Jack Russel), Eva (Pug), Pierre (orange tabby), Spike and Peter (turtles)

  • Lisa

    Hi! My name is Lisa- I am a certified veterinary assistant. I have been with this practice since 2013. My husband, James, and I have fur babies- two German Shepherds: Thor and Stella, and 8 chickens. I am passionate about helping animals which is why this career has been perfect for me.

  • Emily

    Hi, my name is Emily. I started work in Kennels and now I am a surgical assistant. I have dogs, cats and horses. I enjoy what I do and love taking care of the animals.

  • Nicole

    Hey, My name is Nicole. I have been with Sault Animal Hospital since 2013. I started back in the the kennels and got moved to reception last spring. I have learned so much working here. In order to work here I had to promise my mom I wouldn't come home with any new animals since we already have 5 horses,3 dogs and 2 cats.

  • Kayla
    Hi,my name is Kayla.I am the newest veterinary technician here at Sault Animal Hospital,I began my journey here in October of 2017. In 2016,I graduated from Animal Behavior College with a veterinary assistance certificate and I am currently working to get my veterinary technician degree.Working with animals has been a goal of mine my entire life,so I got started right out of high school and don't plan on stopping any time soon! I have a total of 10 animals at home currently; including 3 cats,3 birds,2 chinchillas,1 guinea pig, and a hamster! I like to call it my own petting zoo.I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity and great staff here,loving every minute!


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