Meet Our Team

Dr. Laura Pratscher


Taking care of animals was always second nature to Dr. Laura Pratscher who rescued three abandoned kittens from the woods behind her childhood house when she was only eight years old. Her animal journey took her to Purdue University where she gained her bachelor’s degree in animal science along with a master’s degree in reproductive medicine.

Her calling then took her to the Ontario Veterinary College where she was one of the five U.S. students to graduate from the prestigious Canadian veterinary school class of 2005. At graduation, she was awarded the Hills Buddy Award which honored her true empathy toward her patients.

Dr. Pratscher practiced for a year in Ontario before traveling back to the states and practicing as a small animal veterinarian in Illinois for eight years. She then took a pause and took on the role of motherhood for several years.

Dr. Laura Pratscher now resides in Valparaiso with her husband of twenty years and nine-year-old daughter.

Dr. Carrie LaMere Anderson


Dr. Carrie LaMere was inspired to pursue her veterinary career path by her mother and her mother’s love of animals. She grew up in Crown Point with various pets, and when she got her first horse, she set her mind on becoming a veterinarian. She was an active member of Lake County 4-H for ten years growing up. After graduating from Andrean High School, she attended Purdue University and graduated from the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

She currently has 2 dogs, several barn cats, and 4 horses. She has continued to be involved in Lake County 4-H and youth sports over the years and spends her free time visiting her kids and showing one of her horses.

Dr. LaMere has more than 32 years of experience and is committed to helping improve the lives of the dogs and cats who are so important to the families she serves.


Office Manager / Veterinary Assistant

Josie has been a veterinary assistant since 1996. She started at AMC when the clinic first opened in 2007. Josie is one of AMC’s certified Laser Therapists. She loves the small breed dogs most, especially chihuahuas; her chihuahua, Katie, is usually seen at the clinic along with Dr. Newsom’s dog, Chica.


Veterinary Assistant

Connie started as a kennel assistant and worked her way up. She has been a vet assistant for over 5 years now and enjoys working with large breeds of dogs. She has 2 English Mastiffs, Kamber and Dozer, a Great Dane, Nitro, and a Miniature Pinscher, Busa.



Colleen has been with AMC since Spring of 2017, she has experience as a receptionist as well as an assistant. She enjoys gardening and spending time with her children. She has 2 cats: Baby Kitty and Luna, as well as her rescue dog Finn.


Technician Assistant/Receptionist

Bio coming soon!