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Susan Mauler Grimes, DVM

Dr. Grimes graduated from Kansas Sate University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She moved to the Auburn area and began working at Animal Clinic at Lake of the Pines in 1991. In 2004, she purchased the hospital. Dr. Grimes enjoys the variety and challenges of veterinary medicine; including surgery, dentistry, medical work ups and patient care. She is especially appreciative of the long term relationships with many of the pets and their families. She and her husband are active in the community and both of her children have attended or still attend local schools. Her pets currently include Lilly, a whippet and Poppy, a black Labrador. Over the years, she has also enjoyed having some much loved cats in her family.


Jay Schuff, DVM

A new addition to our staff is Dr. Jay Schuff. He received is Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine form Purdue University in 1982. Dr. Schuff has been in private practice in the Grass Valley area for over 30 years and we are pleased that he is providing relief work on Saturdays. He has particular interests in knee surgery and soft tissue surgery.Dr. Schuff is an avid photographer and world traveler.


Nicole Laspina, RVT Registered Veterinary Technician

Nicole attended Western Career College in 2008. In May 2010, she graduated with an Associates Degree in Science and received her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has been an employee at Animal Clinic at Lake of the Pines since 2010. Nicole and her family reside in Grass Valley with all their dogs, cats, pigs, and many more animals to come!

Brittany Strong, RVT Registered Veterinary Technician

Brittany has worked at ACLOP Inc. on and off for over 10 years. She started as a veterinary assistant and graduated from Yuba Community College in 2013 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She is now a Registered Veterinary Technician. She resides in Grass Valley with her two children, 3 corgis, cows and horses. Her passions include reading, scrapbooking, journaling and enjoying her children.


Animal Clinic at Lake of the Pines works in close partnership with other independent specialists in order to provide the most comprehensive care available.

Bonnie Coyne, DVM, ACVS is a board certified veterinary surgeon who performs orthopedics and complex surgeries. She is mobile and performs the surgeries at our hospital. Our staff provides all the surrounding care, anesthesia and rechecks while your pet has a specialist perform the surgery.

Steve Harnagel, DVM, ACVR is a board certified veterinary radiologist and sonographer who specializes in ultrasounds of the abdomen and heart. He is mobile and performs ultrasounds at our hospital.

Brian MacKie, DVM, ACVIM is an independent veterinary board certified cardiologist. He is mobile and performs heart consultations and cardiac ultrasounds at our hospital.