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Our Doctors


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. In 1983, they returned home to Puyallup to be closer to friends and family and purchased a small practice that fit in our current parking lot.

In September of 2006, Dr. Larson was able to fulfill a dream that was over 20 years in the making. With some creative building and planning, the current state-of-the-art veterinary facility was built around the original office. Over the course of a long weekend, the equipment was moved out of the old building and into the new building and the doors to the current facility were opened the following week. For the past 10 years, the team has grown and expanded to better serve the Puyallup community and continue to provide high quality medicine using cutting edge techniques and technologies. Dr. Larson now feels honored to spend a majority of his time doing the complex and challenging surgeries that he loves most. After many years of hard work and dedication, he and his wife Debra are very proud of what South Hill Veterinary Hospital has become under their leadership.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Larson is an active member of the Puyallup Community where he was born and raised. His many volunteer commitments include serving on the boards for NWTrek and the Puyallup Schools Scholarship Foundation.



Dr. Melissa Deprez

Dr. Deprez originally joined us as a Kennel Staff member. She earned her certification to work as a Veterinary Technician and then eventually left us to go to veterinary school. We were extremely excited when Dr. Deprez graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and re-joined our team as a doctor that same year. She has been a valued member of our team of doctors for over 20 years now. In addition to managing the Veterinary Technician staff, Dr. Deprez has a strong interest in diagnostic ultrasound and critical care.

During her nights and weekends, she is very active. She enjoys cycling, hiking, mountain climbing and performing in triathlons.





Dr. Kate Larson Nikbakhsh

Dr. Nikbakhsh graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After completing an internship at an emergency and specialty hospital in Lynnwood, she officially joined our staff in July of 2006. However, she has been a part of this hospital since the days when she would go to work with her Dad to play with the animals. As a young child, she spent many hours walking dogs, cleaning cages and poop scooping. Even after doing all that dirty work, she knew that caring for animals was her passion and loves that she was able to join Dr. Larson in serving the veterinary needs of our community. Her interests include emergency medicine and surgery.

When not working, she enjoys running, gardening, making wine and playing with her 20 chickens! Her three children keep her pretty busy too.





Dr. Monte Stoehr

Dr. Stoehr (pronounced store) has been active in the field of veterinary medicine since he graduated from Washington State University's 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 completed her veterinary training 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 fitted right in. She enjoys doing soft tissue surgeries as well as working up internal medicine cases.

Outside of work, she loves spending time with her dog, Lala, and three cats, Noah, Blue, and Mimi. She also loves traveling to experience different cultures and landscapes and enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking.





Dr. Krystal Oronia

Dr. Oronia grew up in Bonney Lake, Washington. Her childhood aspiration was to become a veterinarian. After high school graduation she moved to eastern Washington where she studied biology and obtained her bachelor degree from Eastern Washington University in 2007. While applying for veterinary school she worked as a veterinary assistant in Cheney, Washington. She transitioned from veterinary assistant to veterinary student and finally veterinarian when she graduated from Washington State University in 2013.

Dr. Oronia loved western Washington so much that she returned after graduation. Her career started in Sammamish, Washington but after two and a half long years of commuting from Auburn Dr.Oronia decided she needed a change. She started working at South Hill Veterinary Hospital in March 2016. She enjoys meeting new people and helping their pets on a daily basis.

When she is not working, she spends time at home with her husband, Gabe, and their 2 cats, Nemo and Moji. In her free time she likes to read, hike, and travel.

Job Postings

We are currently looking for receptionists and an additional doctor to join our team. If you are interested in a career at South Hill Veterinary Hospital, submit your resume to Karoline at karolineshvh@comcast.net.
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