Meet the Team

Jeff LaHuis
Owner, DVM

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 the 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 sons and multiple animals. They include 3 dogs 7 cats, a bearded dragon, and 4 horses! Dr. LaHuis is also a soldier 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.

Debbie
Customer Service Representative

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 Mascot, 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. Lucky is a 14-year-old Shih-Tzu. Trixie is an 11-year-old Yorkie/Maltese/Poodle mix and Murphy is the baby at 4 years old. He is a Chihuahua/Pom mix. I also have 2 cats: Gizmo and Lilly, and a guinea pig named Bucky, and 2 Cockatiels named Charlotte and Chico who all love coming to work with me!

Megan
Veterinary Technician Assistant

Hello! I’ve been working here for 8 years now and have 15 years of experience in the field. This is my dream job and I love what I do! Surgery is my favorite. I love the animals and the medicine, I can’t see myself doing anything else. My husband, Brian, and I have a baby boy named Connor. We also have 2 dogs (Marvin and Eva) a one-eyed cat (Pierre) and 2 yellow-eared slidders (Spike and Petrie).

Amanda
Veterinary Technician Assistant

My name is Amanda Moen. I am a veterinary technician assistant and have been working in this profession since 2014. For the past 2 years I have had the privilege to service the local and surrounding Sault Ste Marie Area as part of Sault Animal Hospital. I’ve always had a passion for animals and knew I wanted a career working with them from childhood.

Justina
Veterinary Technician Assistant

Hello! I am Justina and I started working at SAH in 2021 as a kennel assistant and have recently been promoted as a veterinary technician assistant. I have a passion for working with animals and enjoy being able to be part of helping them get the quality care they deserve. My goal is to continue working as a veterinary technician assistant while pursuing licensure.

McKenzy
Veterinary Technician Assistant

I began my career in vet medicine at Sault Animal Hospital in 2018. In 2019 I moved downstate and joined an AAHA accredited general practice where my love for surgery blossomed. In 2020. we moved again, and I began working for Animal Emergency Hospital of West Michigan. I recently returned home and started working again at Sault Animal Hospital (2021) and greatly enjoy caring for your pets. I am a full-time student and work full time. I will be a licensed veterinary technician summer 2022. I can’t wait to meet you!

George
Kennel Manager

Hey! My name is George, and I’ve been at Sault Animal Hospital since March 2021. I am very passionate about tending to your pets needs and I spend the majority of my day hanging out with your pets in the back. I enjoy outdoor activities and staying current on kennel education. I have several animals at home and when I am at work, I treat your animals like they were my own.