Meet Our Team of Veterinarians
Our family-owned veterinary practice has been operating in Big Rapids since 1981. Two of our five veterinarians are part of that family: Dr. James Scott and his daughter Dr. Ruth Scott. For over 30 years, Riversbend Animal Hospital has grown to be a part of the community, providing exceptional veterinary medicine coupled with individualized care.
Between our five skilled veterinarians, your pet will receive the best Big Rapids has to offer. All of our veterinarians have significant experience in the field and value continuing education. Each veterinarian has their own set of skills, such as expert ultrasound training, skilled dental care and the ability to perform specialized orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries so your pet can receive the best all around care in house.
James P. Scott, DVM
Ruth Scott, DVM Practice Limited to Surgery
Dana Kruse, DVM
Dr. Dana Kruse graduated from Ferris State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science and minors in Spanish and Psychology. Dr. Kruse received her Doctorate from Michigan State University in 2007 and began working at Riversbend in 2010.
Dr. Kruse’s interests lie in internal medicine, ultrasound, soft tissue surgery and dentistry. Outside of Riversbend, Dr. Kruse enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as her dogs, cats and chickens. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, running, hiking and kayaking.
Julia Goodman, DVM
In 2011, Dr. Julia Goodman received a Bachelor's in Biology and a minor in Management at Central Michigan University. She then received her Doctorate from Michigan State University in 2015 and began working at Riversbend in the fall of 2015.
Dr. Goodman has a special interest in preventive and internal medicine and enjoys educating clients on the importance of dental care for their pets. Outside of Riversbend, Dr. Goodman enjoys backpacking, kayaking and enjoying the outdoors with her husband John and their fur baby, Boomerang.
Linda Harmon, DVM
Dr. Linda Harmon received her Bachelor of Science in 2009 from the University of Findlay in Findlay Ohio. In 2013, Dr. Harmon received her Doctorate from Michigan State University and joined Riversbend in 2017. Dr. Harmon's passion began with large animal production medicine, particularly dairy and small ruminants. However, she has developed a love for caring for small animals over the years and building long-lasting relationships with clients. She also has a growing interest in dermatology.
Dr. Harmon is an avid runner and participates in the occasional half marathon. She also enjoys gardening, horseback riding, reading and quality family time.