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Dr. Kevin Willitts

Kevin received his degree from Michigan State University in 1981.  After short stints in L.A. and Aspen, Colorado, he came to Tahoe in 1984.  He and Dr Doering have been business partners since 1987.

While enjoying the wide variety of challenges in practicing general medicine, he has special interests in surgery, especially knee (stifle) surgery.  He has received advanced training and certification to perform the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery for ruptured cruciate ligaments.

Kevin gets great satisfaction from improving the quality of life of his patients and providing pets and their owners with a lengthy and rewarding bond.

When away from the office, Kevin is an avid cyclist and can usually be found racing one of his bikes on his days off.  In the winter Kevin is part of the National Ski Patrol at Sierra at Tahoe.  Other hobbies include creating stained glass panels.

For over 30 years he has volunteered his time as the resident veterinarian at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.  LTWC “raises, rehabilitates and releases” over 800 injured and orphaned wild animals each year.  He also serves on the Board of Directors.

Kevin, his wife Sonja and his daughter Casey (currently at UCSB) are never alone at home.  They share space with their dogs Kip and Tug, cats Cheese, Dude and Zoomy, horses Chip and Tongo, snakes Fuego and Jack, and Lazy the ferret.

Dr. Laura Doering

Dr Laura Doering has been a partner in the ownership of Alpine Animal Hospital since 1987. Laura obtained a BS in Zoology from UC Davis then graduated from the Veterinary School at UC Davis in 1980. After practicing in Carson City NV, she relocated to South Lake Tahoe and has been loving it since 1985. Laura enjoys all areas of general practice for dogs and cats. She also has a special interest in surgery and advanced dental care procedures. She appreciates the bond she sees between her animal patients and their families and gets great pleasure when she can help the pets lead the healthiest and happiest life possible.

Outside the hospital Laura can be found riding her horses Magnus, Chequita and Engelberg.  She enjoys showing them in jumping competitions. She and her husband Marty also boast as family members Ivy, the most spoiled Schipperke in the world, an extremely active Braque Francais named Ruby and their lap cat Mr. Man.

                                               Dr. Lindsay Sjolin

Dr. Lindsay Sjolin is originally from Tracy, California.  She received her DVM at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Sjolin’s passion for wildlife led her into an internship at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom after receiving her Bachelors degree in Wildlife Biology.  She has continued this passion by working closely with Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.  Dr. Sjolin also completed a year long internship in wild avian medicine and surgery at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research in Newark, Delaware.

Dr Sjolin worked at Alpine Animal Hospital before attending veterinary school.  We are happy to have her back with us.  She brings with her a certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).  Her other interest include geriatric medicine, pain management and preventative care.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, snowboarding, reading and most importantly spending time with her dog Finnley and cat Leo.


DR. April Grothe

Dr. April Grothe is originally from Southern California.  She received her DVM at Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation Dr. Grothe worked overseas for the government treating the working dogs. Her other interest include preventative care, dentistry, and surgery. In her spare time she enjoys international traveling, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, skiing, reading, and most importantly, spending time with her dog Samuel.