About Us

Carla M Carlton, DVM

Carla Carlton

Dr. Carlton received her degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.

She began her career in Houstion, Texas at a multi-doctor, 24 hour care hospital. In 1997, she relocated to Indianapolis where she continued work as an emergency veterinarian. In 1998, she began splitting her time between Lake City Animal Clinic and Indianapolis and purchased Lake City Animal Clinic from Dr. Hann in 2007.

Best Vet in America for 2009 Women of the Year

Dr. Carlton shares her home with Tallulah, a rescued American Bull Dog, and three rescued cats Gecko, Cricket, and Hermione.

Dr. Carlton was nominated for the best veterinarian of the year for 2009 as part of the "Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet", sponsored by the Morris Animal Foundation, et al.


Bethany Couture, DVM

Bethany Couture

Dr. Bethany Couture is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an equine internship and worked in a mixed animal practice before coming to Lake City Animal Clinic in 2013. Her special interests are sports medicine, surgery, and client education. Dr. Couture resides in Warsaw with her husband, Casey. They have two Siberian Huskies, Mulligan and Bogey, a cat, Gigi, and a red-tailed boa constrictor named Romeo. In her free time, Dr. Couture competes in AKC agility with her dogs. She also enjoys horseback riding, spending time on the lake and relaxing with her family.


Alice Smith, DVM

Alice Smith

Dr. Smith attended Michigan State University for her undergraduate studies and graduated from Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2002.

She has practiced veterinary medicine at Lake City Animal Clinic since her graduation and enjoys strengthening the relationship between owners and their pets.

Dr. Smith has two cats at home named Candy and Dillon.


About Our Staff - Personal Bios

Amy McPhail

Amy - I am the senior Registered Veterinary Technician at Lake City Animal Clinic and I teach the puppy kindergarten class. I received both my undergraduate degree in Animal Science and my associate of applied science in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University in 1994 and 1995 respectively. I began my career in Indianapolis and returned to Warsaw in 2001 to be nearer to my family and have a more "small town lifestyle." I have been with Lake City Animal Clinic since my return to Warsaw.

My husband and I have a very active household with three children, four dogs (three Poodles and a Boxer), and 4 cats.

Puppy Kindergarten


Misty Dowdle

Misty - I am the assistant office manager and have been with Lake City Animal Clinic since 1997. Some of my duties include making sure our patients receive timely reminders for their preventative health care, talking with clients to ensure we are meeting their needs and expectations and training new staff.

Our family pets include a Brussels Griffon mix, a Bull Mastiff, two domestic short-haired cats, a cockatiel, two betas and a 30 gallon aquarium of assorted other fish.


Lisa Goon

Lisa - I have been with Lake City Animal Clinic since December 1995. My position at the clinic is groomer and I feel very blessed to have that title.

My hobbies include fishing, walking, and reading. My pet family consists of a Basset Hound and two cats.


Kay Amsden

Kay - Originally coming to Lake City Animal Clinic as a receptionist in the late summer of 2005, I tried to retire in 2008 only to return in February 2010...so much for retirement! With over a quarter of a century working professionally with animals of all shapes and sizes. I used to jokingly say that I was the one that would have to have a poodle pried from my cold, dead hands. I am beginning to think that maybe it wasn't a joke after all.

I carry national certification as an Animal Control Officer as well as an Animal Cruelty Investigator and will always speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. I love the fact that you know immediately where you stand with an animal and the unconditional love that they provides makes the difference between a good day and a better one. I strongly believe that animals are a privilege and not a necessity and to abuse that privilege is a crime.

My family and I reside in northern Kosciusko County, where we share our lives with two cats, and in my husband's case, numerous Black Angus cattle. My off time is spent reading, watching old movies and hitting the flea markets with friends. I love anything or anyone that can make me laugh, but I don't like surprises. My heart and my home will always be Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where I was born and raised.


Jen Stambaugh

Jen - I am the head kennel technician at Lake City Animal Clinic. I take care of your furry family members while they are boarding with us or after surgery. I have always loved animals and they have been a part of my life as long as I can recall. I have five of my own special family members - 2 Doberman Pincers and 3 Yorkshire Terriers. Because I know I want the very best care for my family when I am away I provide that care for your family members while they are with us. You will meet me when I come to get your special friends for their stay here or look in the back yard and you will often see me enjoying playtime with one of our visitors. I will always treat your family members as if they were my own.