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Dr. Gary P Larson

Dr. Larson graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He and his wife moved to Los Angeles to complete an internship at West Los Angeles Veterinary Hospital in 1978. They returned home to the Puyallup area in 1983 and he became the owner and medical director at South Hill Veterinary Hospital.

It has been his dream for many years now to open a state-of-the-art facility where he can continue to provide high quality medicine using cutting edge techniques and technologies. That dream became a reality when South Hill Veterinary Hospital's new facility opened its doors in September 2006. Dr. Larson is excited to expand services and availability to better meet your needs. When not managing the hospital's daily operations his specialized interests include: surgery and small animal reproduction.

Besides being involved in the state and national veterinary associations, Dr. Larson is also active in the Puyallup Community where he was born and raised.

Dr. Melissa Deprez

After working for many years as kennel staff and then as a technician, Dr. Deprez graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and joined our veterinary staff that same year. In addition to managing the veterinary technician staff, Dr. Deprez has a strong interest in diagnostic ultrasound and critical care.

She also stays very active cycling, hiking, mountain climbing, and performing in triathlons.

Dr. Allison Dewitt

Dr. Dewitt is another graduate from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and joined our practice shortly after graduating in the spring of 2005. She has an undergraduate degree in zoology and a special interest in felines, oncology and internal medicine.

Dr. Kate Nikbakhsh

Dr. Nikbakhsh is another veterinarian who worked with us as support staff prior to graduating from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. In fact, Dr. Nikbakhsh practically grew up in a veterinary hospital as the daughter of a veterinarian. After completing an internship at an emergency and specialty hospital in Lynnwood, she officially joined our veterinary staff in July of 2006. Her interests include emergency medicine and surgery.

When not working, she enjoys running, gardening and winemaking.

Dr. Monte Stoehr

Dr. Stoehr (pronounced store) has been active in the field of veterinary medicine since he graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He owned and managed Tahoma Veterinary Hospital until 2005, and remained an associate veterinarian there until joining our team in 2007. He brings a wealth of experience to South Hill Veterinary Hospital, including strong skills in endoscopy (both rigid and flexible), and soft tissue surgery. He also enjoys general medicine because "it is like taking pieces of a puzzle and putting them together" to find out how best to help a patient.

In his spare time, Dr. Stoehr loves hiking, running, single shell rowing, and mountain climbing.

Dr. Jennifer Lawrence

Dr. Lawrence graduated from UC Davis in 2007 with degrees in animal biology and veterinary medicine. Shortly after graduating, she made the short flight to Washington and joined the staff here at South Hill Veterinary Hospital. She has a special interest in exotic animal medicine, ophthalmology, and internal medicine.

In her off-time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking.

Dr. Cindy Yihsin Chang

Dr. Chang graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009. Shortly after graduation, she moved to the state of Washington and had been in a small animal practice as a general practitioner. She joined the team at South Hill Veterinary Hospital in early 2014 and she is very excited to expand her veterinary skills both in medical and surgical fields. She especially enjoys internal medicine and soft tissue surgeries.

Outside of work, she loves spending time with her pets, traveling, and outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking.

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We are located across from the South Hill Mall at: 620 39th Ave. S.W.
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