Our Team

Our goal here at South Coastal Animal Health has always been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care. The South Coastal Animal Health team displays an unrivaled commitment to our clients through continuing education, technological advances in veterinary medicine and service, and most importantly, administering compassionate care to all pets entrusted to us.


Get an inside look at the incredible team at South Coastal Animal Health:


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Owner and Founder

Dr. Grace Strake, DVM

Dr. Strake has built a reputation as one of the south shore's leading veterinary surgeons. Educated at the Freie University of Berlin, Germany, she completed the ECFVG internship program at Tufts University Foster School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.


Dr. Strake practices small animal medicine and surgery and has completed extensive training in Ultrasonography.  She has been scanning regularly for the past 13 years. Her surgical experience includes all routine procedures and many non-routine soft tissue surgeries including bladder and intestinal surgery.  She is also skilled in using the surgical laser on many soft tissue surgeries. 


Dr. Strake has extensive knowledge in Avian and Exotic medicine and has a special interest in the medical care of Ferrets.  She also has a strong background in Oncology and offers many Chemotherapy treatments and options.


Dr. Strake lives in Scituate with her Husband and their three dogs, Bronson, Hooper, and Tessie, and their four cats, Pi, Tulip, Maizie, and Percy.  Her two aquatic red ear slider turtles reside in the reception of the clinic and her senior cat Meitzie runs the staff break room upstairs with an iron paw.


Dr. Strake is an AVID Red Sox and Bruins fan and is also a professional Violinist! 

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Associate Veterinarian and Co-Owner

Dr. Liz Czaplicki, DVM

Dr. Liz graduated from Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 following a degree in Biology from the University of Vermont.  After completing Vet school she took an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Rochester Equine Clinic prior to joining Black Pond Veterinary Services.  She switched to small animal medicine and joined the SCAH team in 2008.


Dr. Liz was certified in equine acupuncture at the Chi Institute while at Black Pond. She is an active member of the AVMA and was a chairperson for the membership committee of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association. 


Dr. Liz takes a vested interested in all her patients and enjoys small animal medicine especially Ultrasonography. 


Dr. Liz lives in Hingham with her Husband and their two sons Ian and Andrew. They also have a very energetic yellow lab named Hazel and a calico cat named Clover.

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Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Lori Harvey, DVM

Dr. Harvey is a 1993 graduate of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and has many years experience in small animal and exotic medicine. She takes a special interest in Avian medicine and loves working with small mammals and reptiles. Dr. Harvey is a skilled soft tissue surgeon and takes great pride in her dentistry skills.


Dr. Harvey currently resides in Kingston with her husband Doug and their daughter Michelle. They share their home with a Pionus Parrot and a cat named Iris. 

Dr. Harvey is a skilled runner and has been competing in mini-triathlons and swimming.​

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Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sophie Johnstone, DVM

Dr. Johnstone completed her undergraduate at Cornell University in 2009 and then went on to the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. She moved back to the USA after completing Vet school and joined the SCAH team in 2013.

Dr. Johnstone lives in Boston with her Husband Callum and their energetic Springer Spaniel Pip (pictured). 

In her spare time, Dr. Johnstone most enjoys hiking and swimming in the summer with her family, friends, and of course Pip.

Pip is also a volunteer as Therapy Dog and visits local hospitals on a weekly basis. 

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Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kim Fortier Leidl, DVM

Dr. Kim Fortier Leidl is originally from Connecticut.  She grew up riding horses and became interested in veterinary medicine at an early age. Kim majored in English at Boston College and earned a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan in 2010. She then spent two years in research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Although she enjoyed research, Kim missed working with animals. She applied to veterinary school and graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.



Kim spent her first year out of veterinary school working at a 24-hour small animal hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she practiced surgery, general and emergency medicine. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice but is particularly interested in preventive medicine, internal medicine, dentistry, and One Health.



Kim then moved to the Boston area with her husband, Matt, and their beagle-dachshund mix, Lulu. She was very excited to join the team at South Coastal Animal Health in June 2017.


Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Abigail Sholtys, DVM

Dr. Abby graduated from the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She is originally from Ithaca, New York, where she also completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University. Dr. Abby loves all areas of the veterinary field but has a special interest in internal medicine and dermatology.


Dr. Abby lives outside of Boston with her fiance, Jeff, who is also a veterinarian. They have a pitbull, Ollie, and two cats, Charlie and Jackson.

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Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah Strake, DVM

Dr. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in 2012 at Boston College and then went on to complete her veterinary degree at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She is originally from Long Island, New York.  Dr. Sarah is interested in many areas of the veterinary field particularly internal medicine.


Dr. Sarah lives outside of Boston with her husband Ben, their golden retriever and fluffy orange cat.


In her spare time, Dr. Sarah enjoys hiking, reading, and exploring New England.

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Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Priscilla Pettit, DVM

Dr. Pettit completed her undergraduate education at Colorado College in 1989 and her veterinary education at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She has practiced small animal and exotic medicine, caring for both pets and wildlife. Now focused exclusively on small animal medicine, she joins South Coastal on returning to Boston after 13 years in Denver, Colorado. Proud mom to an old Australian cattle dog rescue named Yams (because he looks like sweet potatoes and marshmallow) and two terribly opinionated cats, Biscuit and Mr. Nacho Cheese Sauce, she also cares for two male children of the human persuasion.

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Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Marie Petropoulos, DVM

Dr. Marie Petropoulos received her bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 before completing her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She was born and raised in Stoughton.


After graduation, Dr. Petropoulos initially worked in a mixed animal practice with dogs, cats, exotics, ruminants, and horses until 2018 when she transitioned exclusively to small animal medicine. She is passionate about preventative care and has a particular interest in surgery.


She currently lives in Norwood with her fiancé, Gerard and is very excited to join the team!




Certified Veterinary Technician

Kelly, CVT

Kelly's love for animals started at a very young age when the talking animal movies took precedence over the princess movies every time. Kelly started working at an emergency veterinary clinic right after high school and has been working as a technician ever since. Kelly earned her CVT with on the job experience.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Jen, CVT

Jen joined the SCAH team in December of 2014 after graduating from Mount Ida College with a BS in veterinary technology.  She passed the VTNE and became a certified technician in August of 2016.  Jen currently resides in Halifax with her husband and their dog Marco and four cats: Munchkin, Daisy, Monty, and Darwin.


Certified Veterinary Technician

Julianne, CVT

Julianne joined the team at South Coastal in October of 2017. She graduated from Mount Ida College in May 2017 and passed her VTNE to become a certified technician in July 2017. Julianne loves all animals, but none more than her Shih Tzu Scooby and her black capped conure Ollie.


Dental Technician / Veterinary Technician


Amy has been working for Dr. Strake for many years.  She is an extraordinary technician who has now moved into a full-time surgery technician position.  She also does all of our dental procedures.  Amy also is our Cat groomer who's specialty is the "Lion Cut".  She is a prize-winning Rottweiler breeder who loves taking her dogs to dog shows and winning ribbons!


Veterinary Technician


Pete has a wealth of knowledge in the veterinary world, working in general practice and emergency medicine. He brings his passion for animals and love for the veterinary field to our team. In his spare time, he loves to fish and golf. He is also a master joker and fluent in the art of Ninja!


Veterinary Technician / Receptionist


Elyse has worked for SCAH for many years, starting out as a kennel attendant and working and training to become a veterinary technician. She is now one of our most skilled technicians! Elyse also works at our front desk as a receptionist and loves talking to all our clients about their fur kids! Elyse lives in Halifax with her fiancé, Anthony, their two Great Danes, Boo Boo and Lia, their Chihuahua FrankZilla (who obviously rules the house) and lastly, their cat, Fiona.

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Veterinary Technician


Abby has been working in the veterinary field for many years. Her knowledge of anesthesia and surgical procedures has made her a valuable asset to the SCAH team. In her spare time, Abby loves paddle boarding and living the "Salt Life" on the ocean.  She has one guinea pig named Patches!


Veterinary Technician


Lori joined SCAH in 2013 after spending many years in the animal dermatology field.  She is our go-to technician for all those itchy skin questions!  Lori is also our sweet treat connoisseur, always baking something delicious for our always hungry staff. Lori lives with her Husband and their gaggle of animals including dogs, cats, sugar gliders and birds!


Veterinary Technician


Jim is a part-time veterinary technician who also works in human medicine at South Shore Orthopedics. Jim loves all animals and is a big teddy bear himself. He loves finding new healthy recipes to try out. Jim lives in Abington with his wife Kelly and their dog Duncan. 


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Erica joined our team in 2015. She is passionate about her job and her love of animals shows in everything she does. She recently adopted Fern a collie/boxer puppy who joins her dog Bruin (pictured) and is keeping her on her toes! She spends most of her free time on her boat.


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Courtney joined our team October 2014 as our Kennel Attendant and has worked her way up to being a Technician. She enjoys the summer and the beach, as well as spending days on her boat. She also loves to just stay at home and hang out with her Chihuahua, Riley and her Shiba Inu mix, Kita.


Veterinary Technician


Katy started at SCAH in early 2017, being new to the veterinary field, she quickly found her fit working with and caring for the patients left in SCAH's care. Her awesome social skills made her a quick addition to the reception team as well. She's smiley, charming and chatty and will certainly answer any and all questions about your beloved furry friends, to the best of her ability.


Veterinary Technician


Maureen joined our team in 2018 after spending many years working as an Internal Medicine Technician. She may look familiar as she worked with Dr. Strake in the early days of SCAH. She lives with her husband, two boys, Golden Retriever and orange cat.


Veterinary Technician


Caitlin graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Biomedical Science: Medical and Veterinary Sciences. After interning for a couple of summers at the clinic while in college, she joined the SCAH team in July 2019. She hopes to continue her education by applying to vet school and one day becoming a veterinarian. She has one dog Holly, a Yellow Labrador Retriever and cat named Blue. 


Management Crew:


Office Manager


Barry has worked in the field for many years, starting as a kennel attendant and working his way up to veterinary technician, technician supervisor and now to a full-time Office Manager. Barry lives with his wife and daughter and their animals, a boxer named Cleo, a couple of cats and two guinea pigs!  In his spare time, Barry loves hanging out by the pool, doing yard work and BBQing.


Front Desk Manager / Receptionist


Karen has been a presence at our front desk for many years and has recently been promoted to Front Desk Manager.  Karen loves all animals but has a special fondness for Pugs.  She resides in Easton with her husband and two sons and their group of pets including two cats, Julie and Jeff, and their three dogs, Carlie, Finn (pictured) and Scottie.






Kristin is our resident jack of all trades, she has worked at SCAH for the last eight years as a Receptionist and Veterinary Technician, but also our Social Media Manager and online coordinator.  She's also the person we call on if a computer is down or a printer isn't working! Kristin's passion for animals started very young and has grown throughout the years and she is happily passing along that love of all creatures to her 5-year-old son James.

Kristin lives in Hanover with her husband Chris, their son James, their two Japanese Shiba Inu dogs Miso and Sake, a couple of fish and a bearded dragon named Tamatoa!




Sarah joined the SCAH team in 2014. Although she had never worked in the veterinary field, her love of animals and customer service made her a perfect fit for our front desk. She spends her free time tooling around on the Vineyard in her beloved jeep with her dog Lucy (pictured) and her boyfriend Kevin.




Throughout her life, Emily has always had a passion for animals. Growing up Emily adored the dogs that were a part of her family, giving her a particular soft spot for man's best friend. She has nine years experience in the healthcare field; five of those years were spent caring for patients and the last four were spent in administration. Emily is currently enrolled at Massasoit Community College to earn a degree in Social Sciences. Her goal after graduation is to become a social worker specializing in young adults. Emily lives in Hull with her boyfriend, his kids, their miniature Dachshund Frank and a Cavalier King Charles named Ellie. She enjoys going to the beach, volunteering at the Quincy Animal Shelter and spending time with her family and friends.




Laura began at SCAH in March of 2016 after retiring from many years in retail. She loves working at SCAH  as she has always loved animals and enjoys working with all the pets that come through our doors! In her spare time, Laura enjoys traveling, gardening, and bird watching. She lives in Abington with her amazing husband Stephen and their crazy, sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Kona.




Elizabeth joined our reception team at SCAH in 2014. She loves working with animals and loves greeting people with a warm smile. Elizabeth lives in Weymouth with her three cats, Lily, Buddy and Crash (who is quite the internet sensation!) and her Lop rabbit Samuel, who is a young 12 years old!


Kennel Staff:


Kennel Attendant


Sam joined the South Coastal team in 2016 as a kennel attendant. She has always loved animals and knew she would enjoy working with them since she was little. She has two spunky kitties, Stinky and Buddy, one of which was adopted from the clinic here! She is always trying to adopt more kittens... but her parents think two is enough. She is currently in college studying for radiology tech.


Kennel Attendant


Elizabeth, or as many people call her, Bitsy, joined the SCAH team in September of 2018. She loves animals, especially dogs! She has a dog named Daxter, and two cats named Batman and Hazel. She is really into art and music. In her free time, she loves painting, mountain biking, hiking, and practicing guitar.