Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Our Doctors

Dr. Renee Gray  photo

Dr. Renee Gray

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!”

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Dr. Kathleen Koppa

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.

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Dr. Newman

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.

Our Staff

Sheena DeZarn  photo

Sheena DeZarn

Sheena DeZarn is our lead client service representative and has been working at LSAH since 2015. She has a degree in Hospitality and Business Management. Sheena grew up loving and taking care of animals from working in the horse barns to leading and participating in many 4-H clubs. She married her high-school sweetheart in 2007 and has been blessed with two wonderful children. Her household is additionally busy with two cats, a rescue shepherd dog named "Champ," and chickens! Her weekends are usually dedicated to family activities that include hiking, sports, and exploring new and fun things to do in the PNW.

Amber Larsen-Truax  photo

Amber Larsen-Truax

Amber Larsen-Truax is the Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician and Hospital Attendant Supervisor at Lake Stevens Animal Hospital. She has been in the veterinary field for 17 years. She lives with her spouse, two darling children, her cat Baby and her dogs Skylar, Dauby and Rocky. She enjoys family vacations, road trips, reading, and rocking out to good music.

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Ashley Brewer

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.

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Cori McCoy

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, gardening, and spending time with her herd of nieces and nephews. She married the love of her life Brandon in 2014 after 12 years together. Cori and Brandon live on two acres and are slowly making additions to their miniature farm. They spend their days working on the property or taking their two beloved dogs, Madi and Peyton, hiking or to the river to play and fish. Their two cats Kioshi and Esme spend their days being lazy, lounging by the fire in winter or lounging in the sun during summer. Six very friendly chickens live on the property: Pumpkin, Lucy, Ethel, Cauna, Dotte, and Austri. They enjoy pecking at the ground throughout the property and visiting the neighbors. Cori still has high hopes that she will be able to add a couple of alpacas to the family!

Jennifer Ward  photo

Jennifer Ward

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!

Kacie Waggoner  photo

Kacie Waggoner

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).

Samantha Montejo  photo

Samantha Montejo

Samantha Montejo started as a licensed veterinary technician at Lake Stevens Animal Hospital in 2017 when she moved up from California. She graduated from Carrington College after completing their Veterinary Technician program. Her joy in life is helping animals of all shapes and sizes to have a long, happy, and healthy life with their parents. She loves to snuggle up with a good book or spend time with her rat children; Mammoth, Mori, Tuck, Nai, and Wooly. Additionally, one of her favorite hobbies is making costumes for people and her rats.

Dante Strothers  photo

Dante Strothers

Dante Strothers is one of our Hospital Attendants and Vet Assistant in training who is originally from Auburn, WA and currently lives in Lake Stevens. He started working at Lake Stevens Animal Hospital in 2016 in a seasonal position and joined the team permanently in 2017. Dante completed his studies for Veterinary Assisting at PIMA Medical Institute and received his certification in December 2018. His hobbies include photography, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. Everyday he goes to work excited to learn from any new experiences that come his way. He enjoys the company of all of his coworkers at Lake Stevens Animal Hospital and hopes to work with them as long as possible.

Alex Huffman  photo

Alex Huffman

Alex is one of our newest client service representatives. Born and raised in Lake Stevens, his family has been bringing their zoo of cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, rats, and guinea pigs to Lake Stevens Animal Hospital for over a decade. It was an easy adjustment for Alex to turn from long-time client to valued employee. As a pastime, he enjoys his weekly hobby visiting the local card store. Alex considers himself a computer nerd at heart and felt reception work at a veterinary hospital was a perfect fit for him. He constantly strives to learn the industry and do what he can to assist clients and patients daily.

Lake Stevens Animal Hospital

303 91st Avenue Northeast, # A106

Everett, WA 98258

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at: 425-377-8620
Fax: 425-377-9429
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Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed