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
Dr. James Scott received a Bachelor's in Fisheries and Wildlife and a minor in Chemistry at Michigan State University. In 1981, Dr. Scott received his Doctorate from Michigan State University and began working at Riversbend Animal Hospital. He became the sole owner in 2009. In addition to working as a veterinarian, Dr. Scott holds a position at Ferris State University as a full-time tenured professor, teaching human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pathology for Optometry.
Among his many skills, Dr. Scott has a special interest in imaging. He has completed extensive training in veterinary ultrasonography and teaches continuing education courses in this field.
Dr. Scott enjoys working in his greenhouse, gardening, international travel and spending time with his seven children, wife Nancy, and their many pets.
Ruth Scott, DVM Practice Limited to Surgery
Dr. Ruth Scott grew up in Big Rapids and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University in 2008. In 2012, she completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University and shortly after began pursuing advanced training in small animal surgery. She completed a one-year rotating internship at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Arizona and a one-year surgical internship at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Scott returned to the Midwest in 2014 to complete a one-year Research Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She is currently completing a three-year Small Animal Surgery Residency at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.
Dr. Scott has a special interest in orthopedic surgery, specifically fracture repair and polytrauma. She looks forward to returning to Riversbend full time in August 2018 where she will provide specialized surgical services.
Outside of the hospital Dr. Scott enjoys photography, birdwatching, traveling and spending time with her family, which includes two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Dexter and Fox, and a cat named Figaro.
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.