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.


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!

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).

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