Dr. Pam Nichols
In addition to operating the Utah Pet Hospice, Dr. Pam Nichols is the owner of two Animal Care Center locations as well as two Utah Dog Park locations.
Dr. Pam earned her doctorate from Colorado State University and launched Animal Care Center in West Bountiful more than 20 years ago. She has dedicated her life to her clients, patients, and employees and in the process, launched two award-winning businesses while also creating new avenues for pet care, including Utah Pet Hospice and Utah Virtual Vet—the first provider of telemedicine for veterinary patients in Utah.
Animals and their people are her passion. Her personal motto is that “we are here to make good things happen for other people.”
Dr. Pam loves horseback riding (chasing cows), reading, snow and water skiing, trap shooting and flying airplanes. She is a private pilot with an instrument rating and devotes time each month flying for Angel Flight West. Her daughter Elaine Nichols is the joy of her life.
Dr. Kara Tassone
Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, Dr. Kara Tassone completed her DVM at St. George’s University in 2007 and spent her clinical year at the University of Illinois, where she developed a strong interest in dentistry, internal medicine, dermatology, and oncology. Through an internship at the Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona, Dr. Kara spent time with veterinary specialists in a variety of arenas, including radiology, surgery, emergency medicine, oncology, cardiology, and dermatology.
Dr. Kara also has a very special place in her heart for brachycephalic (short-faced) pets and all of their unique features and problems.
Her motto has always been “lead to inspire” because she believes that we should all take every opportunity to better the world around us—no matter what we are passionate about.
Dr. Kara and her husband, Dr. Michael Lemmon, share their home with four dogs, one cat, and one human child, Victoria, who can be found most days at the Animal Care Center. Dr. Kara enjoys riding motorcycles, hiking, camping, working in the yard, and doing anything that keeps her family outside in the fresh air.
Dr. Verona Scheurich
Dr. Verona Scheurich graduated from Colorado State University in 2005 where she first developed a passion for acupuncture.
Before moving to Utah, Dr. Verona worked in a dynamic practice in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where she focused on acupuncture therapy. She also completed a Companion Animal Acupuncture Certification Program through Colorado State University that required more than 140 hours of formal training. As well as a love of this discipline, Dr. Verona also has a strong interest in feline medicine, internal medicine, and anesthesiology.
Dr. Verona lives in Sugarhouse with her beautiful and loving daughter, Frankie, whose smile is the light of her life. She also shares her life with a rescue dog, Max, and rescue cat, Boo.
Growing up in Sandy, Utah, Dr. Verona developed a love of being in the open air, which she maintains to this day. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her daughter, doing yoga, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and occasionally rock climbing.
Dr. Stephanie Sheen
Dr. Steph Sheen graduated with a dual DVM/MBA degree in 2013 from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. Before attending veterinary school, she worked as a newspaper journalist.
Originally from Texas, Dr. Steph moved to Utah after graduation to be closer to family. Although she enjoys working with all dog and cat breeds, she has a particular soft spot for dachshunds.
Outside of work, Dr. Steph enjoys riding motorcycles, spending time with her husband and fur kids, and reading. Her veterinary special interests are surgery and pain management—especially arthritis and end-of-life/hospice care. She also takes great pride in being Fear Free CertifiedSM and makes it a priority to reduce veterinary-visit-associated stress for both pets and their owners.
Dr. Steph loves being a veterinarian, and it shows in everything she does for her clients and patients.
Dr. Alissa Grover
Dr. Alissa Grover ("Dr. Ali") graduated Valedictorian of her class from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where the chiropractic profession was founded. She completed an additional 220-hours of continuing education on animal chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. She is a certified animal chiropractor by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Currently, Dr. Ali is one of only a handful of AVCA-certified doctors in the entire state of Utah, and is proud to be the only chiropractic physician to hold that title. Also a certified Reiki master, Dr. Ali enjoys using energy work and kinesiology testing in addition to chiropractic.
Dr. Ali did her internship at Noah’s Ark Chiropractic in Geneseo, Illinois, a unique human-and-animal chiropractic practice. There she trained with Dr. Shanie Cahill, one of the leading animal chiropractors in the field. Dr. Ali and her husband moved to Utah in the spring of 2013 and she has worked at the Animal Care Center ever since. Dr. Ali loves working with animals and being able to offer a holistic approach to healing. She feels right at home at the Animal Care Center, where traditional veterinary medicine and alternative therapies are used cooperatively based on the best needs of the patient.
Dr. Ali has an "alternate life" as a musician, and she has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa in music performance and education. She taught public school band for one year before deciding to become an animal chiropractor. Highlights of her musical career include winning the Drum Corps International Championship with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007 as a mellophone player, and playing her French horn with the Mannheim Steamroller Orchestra in 2011. Dr. Ali met her husband, Dr. Clint Grover (also a chiropractor and musician) while playing in the Quad City Community Symphony Orchestra together. They enjoy playing in a band with several of the other Animal Care Center employees, and can be heard at social events put on by the Animal Care Center and Utah Dog Park.
Although she misses her hometown of Davenport, Iowa, Dr. Ali loves the Mountain West and all of the outdoor activities that go along with it. Her and her husband enjoy going on hikes with their miniature schnauzers, Lily & Wiley.
Dr. Ali is living her dream by working with the wonderful veterinarians, staff, and patients at the Animal Care Center. She looks forward to meeting you and your pet the next time you come in to the clinic.
Dr. Lindsay Wright
Dr. Lindsay was born and raised in a small town in Indiana. She attended Purdue University for both undergraduate and veterinary school. Following graduation from veterinary school in 2012, she was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army and served for 4 years as a veterinarian. She traveled the world while serving her country, having been stationed in Texas, Tennessee and South Korea, also deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013.
After her time in Korea, Dr. Lindsay and her spouse made a life changing move across the country to Salt Lake City Utah. They were drawn to the area after falling in love with the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities during previous vacations. Dr. Lindsay joined our practice in November 2015 and she is absolutely thrilled to be here.
Dr. Lindsay has a special interest in canine and feline preventative medicine, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and soft tissue surgery. She believes that every pet should be provided the highest quality of care in a compassionate and fear free environment. She is certified as a Fear Free veterinarian and would love to tell you more about it during your pet’s appointment!
Outside of work, Dr. Lindsay enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible whether she is running, hiking, skiing or camping with her husband and their 7 year old Shepherd Mix, Gibson. She has also been known to enjoy a great book and working in her garden.
Dr. Lindsay treasures her relationships with clients and their furry family members and is looking forward to building very strong relationships with her clients at Animal Care Center. She is very excited to be a part of the Animal Care Center family!
Dr. Lauren Ayne
Dr. Lauren Ayne was born in Montpellier, France. The second of two daughters, Lauren grew up in a bilingual home (French father and American mother) in Southern France in a small village near the Mediterranean Sea. With a compassionate, sensitive and empathetic spirit, she was known from an early age for her love and attention to animals and their needs. All Lauren’s schooling through “high school” was in French. She graduated from a French lycee obtaining a French European scientific baccalaureate with highest honors.
She then, for the first time in English, pursued undergraduate Bachelor of Science studies at Utah State University where she received numerous academic awards and distinctions, graduating summa cum laude in 2013 with a major in ADVS (animal, dairy and veterinary sciences). Accepted in several schools of veterinary medicine, Lauren continued her studies in the USU/Washington State University veterinary medical program. Her junior year, ranking first in her WSU class, Lauren was elected into Phi Zeta Iota, the national veterinary medical honor society whose members are selected from among the top 10% of their class. Her exceptional academic performance is a tribute to her dedication, discipline and desire to learn as much as possible in order to best serve her furry patients and the owners that love them.
Lauren completed an amazing preceptorship at the Animal Care Center with Dr. Pam in the fall of 2016. Lauren loved the staff, quality of care and atmosphere in both clinics. She feels honored and privileged, as a recent graduate, to become a member of such an outstanding team. Dr. Lauren is Fear Free certified. Her particular interests in veterinary medicine are radiology/imaging, dermatology, dentistry, and much more.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Lauren enjoys outdoor activities, sports, travel, cultural events, theater, all things French (art, music, cinema, news, monuments, landscapes etc.), good company and healthy dining.