Our Veterinarians

AK Vets

Kellie Lindquist, D.V.M.


Dr. Lindquist decided to become a veterinarian in order to use her love of science and medicine to provide whole life quality health care to our animal family members who give us unconditional love and companionship.

Dr. Lindquist has a strong interest in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. She enjoys helping her patients’ age gracefully and helping provide them with a good quality of life. Dr. Lindquist feels that the patient family and the veterinarian are a team and that together they can make the best decisions for the care of the patient. She feels that education and trust are integral to quality and compassionate care.

After growing up in vineyard filled Northern California, Dr. Lindquist traveled north to Oregon where she graduated from Linfield College with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. Dr. Lindquist then traveled east to Iowa State University where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. After spending a year practicing Large and Small Animal Medicine on the Oregon Coast, Dr. Lindquist made the long travel north to Alaska. In 2012, Dr. Lindquist joined the team at Alaska Veterinary Clinic and has been happily serving our patients ever since.

When Dr. Lindquist is not in the clinic helping her patients, she can be found outside enjoying all that Alaska has to offer. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband Tyler and three dogs (Brody, Gauge and Artemis), whether that be hiking, bird hunting with her setters, camping, kayaking, or fishing.

John Knudsen, D.V.M.


Dr. John Knudsen grew up in Cody, Wyoming before completing his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Wyoming. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2012. After a year working at a small animal clinic in Cody, Wyoming he decided to move to Alaska and see what it has to offer. He enjoys hunting, fishing, backcountry skiing, backpacking and doing just about anything outdoors with his wife and three dogs.

Susan Pala Conrad, D.V.M


Dr. Susan (Pala) Conrad grew up in Chattanooga, TN and has slowly worked her way north and west. She received both her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Masters in Public Health degrees from the University of Tennessee. After working in Tennessee and Minnesota, she moved to Alaska in 2011 to start working at Alaska Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Conrad’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include reading, singing, hiking and projects around the house. Her four-legged family consists of Jenny (black lab), Paige (golden retriever), Todd (cat), and Meagan (cat).

Sarah Lavery, D.V.M.


Dr. Sarah Lavery, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Michigan State University Graduate, has joined our team as of August 2017. She brings with her over 10 years experience in small animal general medicine and surgery. She has a love for internal medicine and emergency medicine, as well as teaching. Having taught in a vet tech program in her hometown, she loves to watch owners and fellow professionals grow. She also loves to interpret behavioral woes and help our critters live healthy and stress-free lives, especially by adamantly supporting fear-free Vet visits!! She resides in Anchorage with her beau, Gero (the One and Only Fairbanks Goldpanners Announcer), her friendly (sometimes overbearingly so) Rottweiler, "Dr. Sheldon Cooper", her overly-emotional Lab mix, "Taco", her super-cuddly orange tabby cat, "Jack White & Orange" and her wilding kitty, "Ygritte". You may find her during her off-hours exploring random, remote parts of our beautiful state (and occasionally Canada)!

Nena Stebbins, D.V.M.


Dr. Nena Stebbins is originally from a small town in west Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2008 then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2012. She worked six months at Sevier County Animal Clinic in Sevierville, TN before moving back to Murfreesboro, TN where she worked at Animal Medical Center as an emergency veterinarian for two and a half years. Dr. Stebbins joined the Alaska Veterinary Clinic team in June 2015. She moved to Anchorage with her husband Dave, who is actively serving in the United States Air Force, their son Sawyer, daughter Olivia, two dogs (Rusty a Boxer mix and Pepper a Pomeranian), and two cats (Nox and Pickle). Her Favorite activities include reading, hiking, crossfit, downhill skiing, and family time. Being from the south, she has embraced all that Alaska has to offer over the past few years. She will be missed as the Air Force will be moving her family out of Alaska later this year.

Mario Townsend, D.V.M.


The Alaska Veterinary Clinic welcomed Dr. Townsend to our team in January 2016 as an Associate Veterinarian. Born in Nicaragua, Dr. Townsend attended Veterinary school in Brazil and moved to the United States in 1979. He has been working as a practitioner in Alaska since 1995. He has professional interest and advanced training in veterinary dentistry and performing oral surgery, offering orthodontic and endodontic care for over 25 years. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English. In his free time he enjoys hunting and fishing in the great Alaskan outdoors.