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Dr. Grace Strake, DVM

Owner and Founder

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 and offers many Chemotherapy treatments and options.

Dr. Strake lives in Scituate with her Husband and their three dogs, Bronson, Spencer, 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! 

Dr. Lori Harvey, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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.

Dr. Liz Czaplicki, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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.

Dr. Sandra Tam-Brinker, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Tam completed her veterinary schooling at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts in 2007.  She has grown up and worked in the New England Region her entire life.  

Dr. Tam is a certified animal acupuncture who takes a great interest in alternative medicine.  Dr. Tam joined the SCAH team in 2010.

​Dr. Tam lives in Newton with her husband Dave and their daughter Elsa.  They live with two german shepherds, a jack russell mix and a cat named Steve.


Dr. Sophie Johnstone, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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. 

Dr. Colleen Mead, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Mead obtained her veterinary degree in 2011 from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She originally joined SCAH following graduation in 2011.  She left SCAH to move back to Texas and in 2015 realized that she missed SCAH and New England so she returned and rejoined the SCAH family.

Dr. Mead lives in Milton with her husband, her cat Owen and their rescue pup Walter!

Dr. Kim Fortier Leidl, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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 will be moving to the Boston area with her husband, Matt, and their beagle-dachshund mix, Lulu. She is very excited about joining the team at South Coastal Animal Health in June 2017.

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Welcome to South Coastal Animal Health

Dr. Grace Strake DVM, Dr. Lori Harvey DVM, Dr. Liz Czaplicki DVM, Dr. Sandra Tam-Brinker DVM, 
Dr. Sophie Johnstone DVM, Dr. Colleen Mead DVM, Dr. Kim Fortier Leidl DVM

South Coastal Animal Health opened it's doors in July of 2006. Privately owned and operated by Dr. Grace Strake, SCAH is a state of the art veterinary practice with a personal touch. Unlike larger hospitals, at South Coastal you will develop a one on one relationship with the doctors and the staff. We offer comprehensive animal health care ranging from preventative medicine and vaccinations to intensive care cases and involved surgical procedures. At South Coastal we pride ourselves on our top quality care, modern, fully equipped facility and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Your Pets . . . Our Family!

We are open for appointments Monday - Saturday and can handle some emergencies normal business hours.


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