Professional Staff

Owner Veterinarians

Dr. Patrick M. Taylor, DVM

Dr. Pat Taylor graduated With Distinction from Washington State University in 1972. He has been working at the practice since 1972. His veterinary interests include hospital management, surgery (orthopedic and soft tissue), diagnosis and treatment of lameness, and veterinary dentistry.

Dr. Taylor’s wife, Marilyn, is from Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, and is a retired nurse. They are proud owners of two spoiled cats, Mushu and Mini.

In his spare time, Dr. Taylor enjoys fishing, boating, hiking, skiing, and relaxing at his cabin in Tenakee Springs. His response to “When are you going to retire?” is, “I don’t know, I guess when I don’t enjoy working anymore”.

Dr. Lisa J. Kramer, DVM

After graduation from WSU in 1980, Dr. Kramer ventured to Juneau for what was supposed to be just a three month job. Dr. Kramer fit in so well that Drs. Lobaugh and Taylor convinced her to stay, and she became a permanent addition to the clinic. At the clinic she enjoys working with a variety of pets and her veterinary interests include ophthalmology, dermatology, soft-tissue surgery and diagnostics.

Dr. Lisa Kramer has a special interest in acupuncture treatments and has received her certification by completing the acupuncture course at the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of IVAS (the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society).

Dr. Kramer is extremely active. She enjoys biking and hiking in her spare time. She has participated in the Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay and the Klondike Road Relay.

Dr. Kramer and her husband Glen are proud parents of two sons. They currently have two dogs and four cats.

Dr. Steven M. Torrence, DVM

Dr. Steve Torrence has been a resident of Alaska since 1981, having first lived in Fairbanks. He studied biology and premedicine at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and received his doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Washington State University in 1995.

He is the past president of the Interior Alaska Veterinary Medical Association and also served as chair of the State Board of Veterinary Examiners. Dr. Torrence joined Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center in October of 2004. At the clinic, Dr. Torrence enjoys surgery as well as regulatory medicine.

Dr. Gerald G. Nance, DVM

Dr. Nance was born and raised in Colorado. There, he attended Colorado State University for his undergraduate degree in Microbiology. He then went on to attend the Veterinary program at CSU and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2005. Dr. Nance has had the opportunity to live all over the country and considers Alaska his favorite place on earth.

Dr. Nance has a special interest in feline medicine and exotic animal medicine. Day-to-day, he stays busy with surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine.

Dr. Nance loves the outdoors. If there will be a good view at the top of the mountain, that is where you will find him.

Associate Veterinarians

Dr. Maura K. Westerdahl, DVM

Dr. Maura Westerdahl is originally from upstate New York. She attended Dartmouth College where she received a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Biology.

Dr. Westerdahl furthered her education at Cornell University, earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

After living and practicing in Seattle, Washington for 15 years, Dr. Westerdahl and her husband Tom have made Juneau their home.

Dr. Westerdahl’s primary veterinary interests include internal medicine, senior care, and ultrasonography.

When she isn’t working, she enjoys hiking with her miniature pincher Tito, as well as cooking and reading.

Dr. Jennifer Tobiason, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Tobiason graduated from Washington State University in 2015 and has lived and worked here in Juneau ever since. Dr. Tobiason's veterinary interests include dental and geriatric care. She is continually exploring all that veterinary medicine has to offer to find her perfect niche.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Tobiason enjoys gardening, knitting and baking. Dr. Tobiason relates well to clients, in part, thanks to the special medical needs of her own cats. Each of her three kitties is living with a life-long condition.

Dr. Elise Desonier, DVM

Dr. Elise Desonier graduated from Louisiana State University in 2015. She worked as a veterinarian in Austin, Texas before moving north to Alaska. Her veterinary interests include exotic medicine, wildlife medicine, ultrasound and surgery.

In her spare time, Dr. Desonier enjoys kayaking and hiking with her lab mix, Cowboy and traveling to new places.

Practice Manager

Tracye Eason

Tracye Eason moved to Alaska from Texas in 1986. She graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1990 with Bachelor’s degrees in English and Accounting. Tracye has has been with Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center since 1993.

Tracye’s husband, Steve, is an engineer with a local telecommunication business. The Easons are active with the Juneau Ski Team and other youth activities. In their free time, they enjoy traveling. They are the proud parents of three children. Three dogs and a cat round out their busy household.

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Melissa Roulette, LVT, Lead Technician

While still in high school, Melissa began working at a small animal practice in SW Washington. Though the work was often demanding, Melissa found that she loved patient care. She went on to obtain her LVT in 2000. Her interests include reproduction, anesthesia, anesthetic monitoring, nutrition and exotic patient care.

Melissa joined Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center in 2013. Currently, she leads our technician team. She is especially skilled in working with pediatric, geriatric, exotic and medically fragile patients.

Her animal family includes 4 kitties, 1 poodle, 7 reptiles, 1 lizard and fish. When Melissa isn’t busy with her patients or her pets, she enjoys gardening, hiking, photography and traveling.

Patricia Smith, LVT

Unsure of what to do after high school, Patricia decided to go to SUNY Delhi to learn more about animals. It was a pleasant surprise when she found that she loved the work and a had a real passion for the field. Her interests include emergency medicine, leading the surgical floor and teaching other members of the team .

Patricia manages staff and coordinates patient services throughout the hospital. She also enjoys outreach and has worked to share animal science with local schools and the Girl Scouts of Alaska.

Patricia and her husband Ken are excited to be expecting a new, less furry addition to their family this September. Her interests include running and hiking with her coonhound lab mix and cocker spaniel, crafting, volunteering and continuing education.

Robert Vogelsang, DVM

Bob grew up in central New Jersey with a keen interest in wildlife. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rutgers University. Bob went on to earn a Masters Degree in wildlife management from Virginia Tech. After graduation, he worked for the Forest Service and Fish and Game in Idaho and developed a great love for fishing and hunting.

Later Bob attended Washington State University where he earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After working many years in Idaho and Alaska as a veterinarian, Bob wanted to step back from the demands of emergency on call care. We are fortunate that he has stayed on with the hospital as a very skilled technician.

Bob continues to enjoy fishing and has also become an avid and skilled woodworker.