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About Us

Serving Spokane Since 1925

Whether you live across the street or across town,
the Animal Clinic of Spokane is your neighborhood vet.

Our Clinic

Animal Clinic of Spokane is a small animal veterinary hospital located in North Spokane providing comprehensive preventative and surgical care.

We are a busy four doctor practice. Each of our doctors has unique areas of interest and work together to provide well-rounded veterinary care for your pet. From dogs and cats to exotics, the staff at Animal Clinic of Spokane strives to provide gold standard medicine, treating your pet with the same care as one of their own.

OUR HISTORY

Animal Clinic of Spokane has been dedicated to providing quality medical care for the last 75 years. Originally established in 1925 by Dr. Stratton, the clinic was initially known as Stratton Animal Hospital. It was purchased by Dr. Philip Pfarr in 1944 then later sold to his son, Dr. Michael Pfarr, in 1980. In 1993, the clinic was completely destroyed by a fire that started in the basement. Working out of a trailer in the back property, The Animal Clinic of Spokane reopened in 1994. In September 2011, Dr. Matt Schmidt and Dr. Luther McConnell purchased the practice from Dr. Pfarr.  Since then, we have continued to grow, now with four full-time veterinarians and a large staff.

Our Doctors

Dr. Matt Schmidt

Dr. Schmidt is from the Spokane area and graduated high school from Gonzaga Prep. In 1999, he graduated from Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After receiving his DVM, he practiced veterinary medicine at the Mid-Columbia Veterinary Clinic in Goldendale, Washington for a year before moving back to the Spokane area to work for the Associated Veterinary Group. In 2001, he became a partner in the Associated Veterinary Group and, together with Dr. Luther McConnell, helped build Mt. Spokane Veterinary Hospital where they worked together for over a decade before purchasing Animal Clinic of Spokane. Dr. Schmidt is also an adjunct professor for Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine teaching senior veterinary students. He and his wife, Shelley, have four children: Madeline, Jack, Katie, and Luke. The Schmidt family enjoys spending their free time in the outdoors: hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and skiing. Dr. Schmidt also dedicates his free time to coaching youth basketball and football at Saint Thomas More School. He has two dogs, two horses, and a herd of cattle.

Dr. Luther McConnell

Dr. McConnell has lived in the Spokane area since 1985. He is a graduate from the University of Autonoma Veterinary Medicine in Juarez, Mexico. He worked for Associated Veterinary Group, principally as an Equine and Bovine practitioner for many years before starting his own mobile practice. In 2001, Dr. McConnell and Dr. Schmidt partnered with another veterinarian to form what is now known as Mt. Spokane Veterinary Hospital. When not at home working on his farm, he and his wife, Laura, enjoy packing into the wildness with their horses and mules. They also enjoy fishing on high mountain lakes and kicking back around a campfire. Along with various rehabilitated enjoyed wildlife around the farm, Dr. Luther has two dogs, five horses, three mules and a milking goat.

Dr. Michor Gentemann

Dr. Gentemann was raised in a military family, traveling throughout the United States and Europe as he grew up. His extended family and 'Home' have always been in Washington State. He attended the University of Washington and graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Gentemann and his wife Jody have 2 children, Michor and Ava. They share their home with 2 dogs, Tucker the Greyhound and Phoebe the Golden Retriever. They also have 2 cats, Buddy and Biscuit. When he has free time, Dr. Gentemann is outside somewhere with his family hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, boating, anything they can do to be outside. His favorite passion is fly fishing, whenever possible he's out on a river somewhere with a fly rod in hand.

Dr. Sara Roginski

Dr. Roginski was born and raised in Spokane. She attended Washington State University for an undergraduate degree and is a 2018 graduate of Midwestern College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Roginski and her husband love the Pacific Northwest, spending their free time outside camping, hiking, and more recently cycling. They have a cat named Wilson and a Golden Retriever named Summit, who goes just about everywhere with them.

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Our Staff

Debbie Nichols

Office Manager

Debbie has been with the Animal Clinic of Spokane family as a receptionist and office manager since 2001. Debbie and her husband, Frank, have one daughter, Sara, who is a veterinarian at our clinic. They have raised Golden Retrievers over the last 25 years and currently have two, Lola and Rhiver. Debbie likes to spend her free time golfing and working in her yard.

Liz Kelly

Receptionist

Liz was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Marycliff High School in 1967. She married her husband, Marve, in 1968. Together, they have three children and four grandchildren. She worked for Dr. Sagerson and Hughes for 45 years and started working for Dr. Luther and Dr. Matt as a receptionist in 2006. She owns chickens, rabbits, and cats.

Janine Beghtol

Receptionist

After 27 years in law enforcement, Janine is now retired and currently works as a part time receptionist at our clinic. She has been married to her husband, Rick, for over 23 years. Together, they have two daughters and seven wonderful grandchildren. Their pug, Neesha, is their other spoiled child. Janine loves golfing, sewing, and fishing. 

Barb Potts

Receptionist

Barb was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Central Valley High School in 1970. She is married to her husband, Ted, who recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance. Together, they have two sons, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She worked for Rosauers Supermarkets for nearly 30 years and started working for Dr. Matt and Dr. Luther as a receptionist in 2008. They have four cats and two horses: Bobby-O and Joe.

Randi Ray

Receptionist

Randi grew up in Seattle and graduated from Washington State University with a hospitality degree in 2012. She now lives in Spokane with her husband, Josh Schmidt, and their two Devon Rexes- Chip and Dale. When she is not working at the clinic, she is running a wedding venue with her family called Schmidt Cattle Co. Events. She loves getting to work around animals and seeing kittens and puppies every day!

Abby Kelly

Receptionist

Abby was born in Spokane, Washington and grew up in Colton, Washington. She graduated from Colton High School in 2019 and is attending Walla Walla Community College. She joined Animal Clinic of Spokane as a receptionist in May 2020. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her family. Her family owns three cats, named Endora, Sherlock, and Watson.

Jandi Entwistle

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jandi is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from Yakima Valley Community College in 2002. She has been a part of the Animal Clinic of Spokane family since 2013. She has been married to Jason for over 10 years. She has a step-son, Jacob, and together they have a set of twins: Ryker and Tannah. In her spare time, she enjoys working in her garden and hiking the trails of the greater Spokane area. They have two dogs and two cats.

Annie Tate

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Annie was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, and attended college in Tucson, AZ. While living in Tucson, she earned her license as a Veterinary Technician in 2003 and met her husband Damian who was serving in the United States Air Force. Annie and Damian have been married for over 15 years and have two children, two dogs, and one cat. Annie joined the Animal Clinic Family as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in July 2017. Before having kids, Annie enjoyed competing and training dogs in multiple dog sports, especially agility. Now, she spends her free time gardening, reading, traveling and exploring new places and but most often watching her son compete in hockey with the Spokane Jr. Chiefs.

Clara Durheim

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Clara has lived in the Nine Mile Falls area her entire life. She graduated from Reardan High School in 2013. Shortly after graduation, she joined the Animal Clinic of Spokane team. Clara recently completed the Veterinary Technology program at Yakima Valley Community College, and we are thrilled to welcome her back as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. In her spare time, she enjoys helping out on her parent’s cattle and bison ranch and riding her horse. She shares her home with her cat, Ragnar.

Madison Williams

Veterinary Assistant

Madison grew up in Puyallup, WA and graduated from Washington State University with a bachelors degree in animal science in 2017. She joined the Animal Clinic of Spokane family as a Veterinary Assistant shortly after. She is currently in school in hopes of becoming a human nurse. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her Golden Retriever, Mason.

Erinn Schmidt

Veterinary Assistant

Erinn is originally from Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Wake Forest University in 2019, Erinn joined our team to gain more hands-on experience before pursuing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. A lover of many outdoor activities, you can often find Erinn and her rescue Blue Heeler, Oakley, hiking, running, or even kayaking. Erinn also has a rabbit and horse to round out her menagerie.

Gianna Rodriguez

Veterinary Assistant

Gianna grew up in the Spokane area and graduated from John Rogers High School in 2018. She has a whole host of animals including horses, dogs, cats, and ducks. Her love for animals and interest in veterinary medicine has grown since she joined Animal Clinic of Spokane in October 2019, and she is now looking into becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician. When away from the clinic, Gianna enjoys working with her family, spending time with her animals, horseback riding, and occasionally playing basketball. 

Katie Dewey

Veterinary Assistant

Katie is from Ione, Washington. She moved to Spokane to get a degree in biology and is working toward becoming a Wildlife Biologist. Katie has been with Animal Clinic of Spokane since October 2019 and she has a cute kitty named Casper who can high five on command!

Seneca Ross

Veterinary Assistant

Seneca was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and graduated from Shadle Park High School in 2012. She has been an assistant at Animal Clinic of Spokane since February 2020 and plans to start veterinary technician school in Fall 2020. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, and camping, as well as spending time with her dog, Kane, and her two cats, Gotham and Athena

Maddy Schmidt

Veterinary Assistant

Maddy has lived in Spokane, Washington for the majority of her life. She graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 2016. She then moved to Pullman to attend Washington State University. She is currently living in Spokane and working with Animal Clinic of Spokane while finishing up her undergraduate program in speech and hearing sciences at WSU Spokane. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and horseback riding.

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