Our Veterinarians

AK Vets

Susan Pala, D.V.M.


Dr. Pala grew up in Chattanooga, TN and has slowly worked her way north and west. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Minnesota in 2005 and both her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Masters in Public Health degrees from the University of Tennessee in 2009. After a year of working at a mixed animal practice in Minnesota treating everything from cats and dogs to dairy cows and horses, Dr. Pala joined the Alaska Veterinary Clinic in January 2011. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include reading, singing, hockey, paddling, and hiking. Her four-legged family consists of Jenny, a black lab, and three cats, Kasey, Leroy, and Todd.

Kellie Lindquist, D.V.M.


Dr. Lindquist is excited to be here in Alaska and to have joined the team at Alaska Veterinary Clinic. After growing up in warm, vineyard filled Northern California, she ventured north to Oregon where she earned her Bachelor's degree from Linfield College, and then east to the cornfields of Iowa where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. After Iowa, she made her way back to Oregon where she practiced at a mixed animal practice on the Oregon coast and then finally made the long journey north to Alaska, where she and her husband plan to stay! Dr. Lindquist and her wonderful husband share their home with two beautiful English Setters (Brody and Gauge) and a spoiled Brittany (Moon). Her favorite past times include reading, relaxing and almost any activity outdoors...hiking, fishing, snowboarding, hunting (especially with her dogs!), camping, and wildlife viewing.

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, back country skiing, backpacking, home-brewing, and just about anything outdoors. His two German wirehaired pointers, Max and Brea, join him on every outdoor adventure.

Catherine Hawn, D.V.M.


Dr. Cathy Hawn joined Alaska Veterinary Clinic in January 2014. She was born in Juneau and moved to Anchorage where she grew up and graduated from Service High School. Dr. Hawn then received her Bachelor’s degree from UAA in 1989. From there she went to Washington State University for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, graduating in 1993. Moving back to Alaska in 1997 required 2 trips, one flying back with all the reptiles (this was before the Snakes on a Plane movie), cats and small mammals, then flying back to bring up the vehicles and dogs. Dr. Hawn has a special love for exotic pets and currently shares her home with a bearded dragon, rabbit, king snake, turtles, 3 cats and a hedgehog. Her favorite activity is to find new hikes, skiing, camping, reading, traveling and trying to keep ahead of her two children, Tori and Chris.

Nena Stebbins, D.V.M.


Dr. Nena Stebbins is originally from a small town in west Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s 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 is relocating to Anchorage in June 2014 with her husband who is actively serving in the United States Air Force. They are relocating with their son Sawyer, two dogs (Rusty a Boxer mix and Pepper a Pomeranian), and two cats (Nox and Pickle). Her Favorite activities include reading, hiking, crossfit, and family time. Being from the south, she is excited to experience a “true winter” and all the activities that can be enjoyed with snow. The Alaska Veterinary Clinic is thrilled to have Dr. Stebbins on board, and is so proud of her family’s service to our nation!

Mario Townsend, D.V.M.

The Alaska Veterinary Clinic is thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Mario Townsend to our team! Bio coming soon!!!