Meet Our Staff
Dr. Marie (Meezie) Hermansen
Dr. Marie “Meezie” Hermansen was born in Soldotna and raised in Cohoe. She grew up in her family’s commercial fishing set-net site, where she still spends her days off in the summer as well as her vacation time.
Dr. Hermansen graduated from SoHi, earned a bachelor’s degree from Pacific University in Oregon, and graduated from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She returned home to Soldotna after graduation to start the career she loves in the place she loves. She joined the Soldotna Animal Hospital staff in November 1999.
Dr. Hermansen enjoys small animal medicine, with special interest in ultrasound. If you would like to contact Dr. Meezie, please email her.
Dr. Katie Sessions Browning
Dr. Katie Sessions Browning grew up in Grand Bay, Alabama on a family farm. She practiced in Mobile, Alabama for three years before moving to Soldotna in June 2005. Katie lives with her husband Wes, her daughter Bailey and their two dogs, Preacher and Beau.
Dr. Katie received her Bachelor of science degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences from Auburn University College of Agriculture in 1998. She then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She has been a small animal practitioner since 2002.
Dr. Katie’s special interests include soft tissue and cosmetic surgery and bull dogs of any sort. If you would like to reach out to Dr. Katie please e-mail her or contact our office.
Dr. Ashlee Oliver
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ashlee Oliver to our veterinary staff. Dr. Oliver is a 2014 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent a good deal of her childhood in North Carolina, as well as several other states across the country.
Dr. Oliver and her husband, Ben Frey, married and moved to Alaska during the summer of 2014, joining Dr. Oliver's parents. The Oliver-Frey household also includes the kitties Annaleese and Issabella.
Dr. Oliver has a love of felines as well as a special interest in veterinary ophthalmology. If you would like to contact Dr. Oliver, please email her.
Dr. Claudio Lagoa
Dr. Lagoa obtained his DVM degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais [UFMG] School of Veterinary Medicine in Brazil. He subsequently obtained a Master of Science degree in cardiopulmonary physiology from The Heart Institute at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School, followed by cutting edge research in trauma, inflammation, shock & ischemia-reperfusion at Michigan State University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Surgery where he later held an assistant professor position. After many years in research, Dr. Lagoa decided to return to the veterinary field and in 2012 he passed all the American Veterinary Medical Association’s brutal qualification exams to practice veterinary medicine in the US. He has veterinary licenses in good standing in Pennsylvania and Alaska. His areas of interest are varied and include emergency medicine and emergency surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, canine reproduction, ultrasonography and orthopedics. He worked in Juneau before, and after a hiatus in Pennsylvania working as an emergency veterinarian, he is very glad being back to Alaska.
When not at the hospital, you may find Dr. Lagoa hiking, fishing, or showing his Irish Setters at dog shows in Alaska, please email him.
Sherrie Glad Egbert
Sherrie Glad Egbert our lead receptionist, was born in Oregon and raised here on the Kenai Peninsula. She has been working as a veterinary receptionist since 1998. She was hired by Dr. Bowser in February 1999 and has been with Soldotna Animal Hospital ever since.
Sherrie and husband, Bill, have two dogs and two cats. One of their dogs, Gemma, is trained in dog agility and has her Canine Good Citizen certification through the AKC.
Soldotna Animal Hospital welcomed Wendy Streiff as a receptionist in July 2010, and she enjoys meeting and greeting the clients and their pets.
Wendy, husband Larry, and their three sons, moved to Alaska in 1985. Their family now includes 10 grandchildren as well as dogs, Dottie, Willow, and cats, Socks and Minnie.
Barbara Cameron, veterinary technician, was born and raised in Connecticut. She and her husband, Nelson, followed their lifelong dream and moved from Sterling, Connecticut to Sterling, Alaska in 2005. She joined our staff in August 2005.
The Cameron household includes two pit bulls, Onyx and Aleutia, and three cats, Chrissy, Spazz, and Merlin.
Johanna (Jo) Townsend started working for us as a technician in the summer of 2012. She is a 2006 veterinary technician graduate of Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, CO. After working as a kennel assistant in High School, Jo has worked both in an emergency and day practice, as well as in a pain management clinic. Originally from Anchorage, Jo moved back to Alaska in 2009, and together with her husband, Brent, and 3-year-old son, Alan, is planning to make her permanent home on the Kenai Peninsula.
Michelle McDonald (veterinary technician) joined our team in July of 2012.