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 four dogs (Brody, Gauge, Artemis and Lily), 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).

Jackie Rocker, D.V.M.


Dr. Jackie Rocker is originally from Travers City, Michigan. She grew up with a passion of nurturing and saving animals and at age 14 her first job was as a Kennel Assistant at a veterinary clinic. She received her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University prior to attending veterinary school at Ross University on the island of St. Kitt’s. She finished her clinical year training at Iowa... State University and graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She worked two years in Spokane, Washington and eight months in Homer, Alaska before joining the Alaska Veterinary Clinic in June 2018. Dr. Rocker’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include hiking, biking, fishing, triathlons, traveling, and any outdoor adventure in untouched Alaska. Her hiking buddy is Jasmine, the Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix.

Mike Sandstrom, D.V.M.


Dr. Mike Sandstrom was born and raised near Niagara Falls, New York. He traveled the world fixing helicopters in Germany, the Middle East, and Alaska, followed by teaching English as a Second Language to Japanese elementary and middle school children. After the passing of his parents, he found that the strength of the human-animal bond with his pets helped him grieve and move past his sorrow. He then decided to follow his long-cherished dream of working with animals and went back to school. After graduating with a degree in Biology from the University of Utah, he worked as a veterinary technician for a year before starting veterinary school. Dr. Mike graduated from a combined Utah State University and Washington State University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in May 2018. Dr. Mike is excited to be back in Alaska and to show his wife and son all that Alaska has to offer. He spoils his fur-babies Norimaki and Zen (both cats). Dr. Mike’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include backpacking, hunting, fishing, backcountry skiing, and birding.

Sarah Schmidt, D.V.M.


Dr. Sarah Schmidt grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, living in a small, municipal zoo, which her father managed. During her childhood, she developed a passion for helping animals, and in 2010 she graduated with her bachelor's in Biology. She finished veterinary school at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2014, and went to work in the Chicagoland area doing small animal and exotic animal medicine, where she met her husband, James. After eloping in Key West, FL., Sarah and James moved to the Pacific Northwest, spending some time in Oregon and Washington before continuing north to Alaska. Dr. Schmidt is passionate about surgery, dentistry and internal medicine, while focusing on treating each pet as though they were her own. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, kayaking, crafting, and spending time with James and their dog, Ellie.

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.