Veterinarians

Dr. Marie (Meezie) Hermansen
DVM

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
DVM

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
DVM

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
DVM

 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.

Veterinary Staff

Sherrie Glad Egbert
Lead Receptionist

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.

Wendy Streiff
Receptionist

Wendy  Streiff

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.

Lisa Duke
Receptionist

Lisa Duke

A lifelong resident of the Kenai Peninsula, Lisa and her Husband Dan have raised their family in the area and are known for having a house full of dogs at all times. After a long career in the auto industry Lisa’s love of animals brought her to Soldotna Animal Hospital in 2017 where she couldn’t feel more at home helping clients provide loving care for their beloved family members.

The Duke household currently is run by three Cocker Spaniels, Snoopy, Sammy & Oscar, one Golden Doodle, Sophie and a diva of a black lab named Jett. There are also four rescue cats roaming the residence that go mostly unseen due to the diligence of the guard Spaniels.

Jackie Dickawicz
Receptionist

Jackie Dickawicz

I’m a born and raised Alaskan, I call this place my home, I’m a huge animal lover, as well as an artsy and outdoorsy person. Started at Soldotna Animal Hospital in 2017. I love to ride horses and play with my big baby German Shepard Koda Bear.

Morgan Farmer
Lead Technician

Morgan Farmer

Hello, I’ve always been involved with animals both small and large. I have lived in both Alaska and Colorado. I was a barn manager in Colorado until I moved to Anchorage to start a career in small animal medicine. I moved down to the Peninsula in 2015 and started at Soldotna Animal Hospital. I was promoted to lead Technician in December of 2017. I hope to be here for many years to come. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, photography, and spending time with my family. I currently have two Corgi’s, an Australian Shepherd, and a Rottweiler. I look forward to working with you and your pet!

Barbara Cameron
Veterinary Technician

Barbara  Cameron

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 3 dogs, Aleutia, Kiana, and Citori, and 2 cats, Tundra and Walter.

Johanna Townsend
Veterinary Technician

Johanna Townsend

Hello! My name is Jo. I grew up in Anchorage and went to college in Colorado. While there I earned my AAS in Veterinary Technology from Front Range Community College in 2006. After school I worked in emergency, wildlife research, general small animal practice and a pain management practice. I moved with my family to the Kenai peninsula in 2012. I have two boys Alan and Trevor. We really enjoy living in this area and spend much of our time outside. We also have two dogs Luke and Lady Bird, two cats Darrel and Alice and a small flock of chickens to keep us on our toes. Brent and I enjoy fishing and kayaking all summer long.

Chelsea Stevens
Veterinary Technician

Chelsea Stevens

Hi! I was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula and have chosen to spend my adult life here as well. I started at Soldotna Animal Hospital in April of 2015 and have enjoyed every second of it! Outside of work I enjoy photography, exploring Alaska and family time! My fiancé and I have two pups, Minnie and Bruno, and a cat named Marley that keep us busy! I love getting the opportunity to grow with our clients and their pets!

Cheri Blanchard
Tech Assistant

Cheri Blanchard

My name is Cheri Blanchard. I relocated to Alaska in 2010 from California. In the spring of 2013 made the Kenai Peninsula my home with my 5 boys and amazing husband. Our pets include an English Mastiff , four cats and a rooster. I foster animals for the Cat Tree and Barkery. I liked it so much that I decided to make a career and started a Soldotna Animal Hospital in November of 2017. In my off time I enjoy being outdoors with my family whether its fishing, hunting or camping.

Michelle McDonald
Hospital Manager

Michelle McDonald

Michelle M. McDonald relocated with her daughter July of 2012 from Kodiak, Alaska where she plans to call the kenai Peninsula her home. Born and raised in Oregon. She has been working as a Veterinary Technician for 16 years. In 2015 Michelle was promoted to Hospital Manager.

Michelle and her daughter enjoy hunting, fishing, kayaking, hiking and other outdoor activities with their 2 dogs Kota and Charlee. If you would like to contact Michelle please call the office 907-260-7851 or email her.

Kathi Hunter
Kennel Assistant

Kathi Hunter

My name is Kathi Hunter. I started working for Soldotna Animal Hospital in 2016 and I absolutely love working here! I have always had the highest respect and love for all animals. Outside of the clinic I enjoy what Alaska has to offer like boating, camping, hiking and walking on the beach. I also love to paint! I have a big dog named Gary and a sweet kitty named Monkey.