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.

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 and two granddaughters Macey and Koraline and a grandson named Aiden. I also have a yellow lab magnum a dachshund named Sophie a mixed breed named Honey.

Debbie
Receptionist

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!

Natalie
Receptionist

My name is Natalie I have been at Sault Animal since 2008. I love working with animals including my coworkers. My favorite part of the job is the wildlife mainly fawns and owls! I have a 7-year-old daughter (Macey) who loves animals just as much as I do.

Nicole
Receptionist

Hey, My name is Nicole. I have been with Sault Animal Hospital since 2013. I started back in the kennels and got moved to the reception desk 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.

Megan
Head Surgery Tech

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

Hi! I’m Amanda. I started at Sault Animal Hospital by volunteering for a few years until I graduated college in 2019 with a pre-veterinary degree, After which they couldn’t get rid of me and I started working here permanently that spring. I love all the cool things, people, and animals we see here at the clinic-it’s never a dull day! Currently, I have no pets of my own, but share joint custody of 2 huskies, Athena and Blue, with my parents and my feline son, Oscar, one of our clinic casts who has adopted me