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Meet Our Team of Veterinarians

Our family-owned veterinary practice has been operating in Big Rapids since 1981. Two of our four 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 four 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.

Our Veterinarians:

Scott, Ruth

Ruth Scott, Veterinarian Practice Limited to Surgery

Dr. Ruth Scott a native of Big Rapids, Michigan received a Bachelor of Science 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 with the Clinical Investigation Center at the University of Minnesota and following a three-year Small Animal Surgery Residency at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.
Dr. Scott returned to Riversbend in July 2018 to bring specialized surgery services to Big Rapids. She has a special interest in orthopedic surgery, specifically fracture repair and polytrauma. Outside of the hospital Dr. Scott enjoys photography, birdwatching, traveling and spending time with her family, which includes three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Dexter, Fox and Mable and her cat Figaro.
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Julia Goodman, Veterinarian

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 Josh and their fur baby, Boomerang. Dr. Goodman and Boomerang also have fun participating in American Kennel Club and Canine Performance Events Agility Trials.


Rick Beisinger, Veterinarian

Dr. Richard (Rick) Beisinger is from suburban Indianapolis, Indiana.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1996 along with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1999.  For several years after graduation, he practiced equine and some ruminant medicine in addition to the main practice of small animal medicine and surgery.  Through his entire career he has been blessed to have many specialist and doctors share their knowledge with him. Currently his main focus is on preventative medicine in dogs and cats. It is rewarding to Dr. Beisinger to help his clients see their beloved pets live long, healthy lives.  He is a firm believer in client education and good communication.  His belief is people should be treated how he would want to be treated if he were in their position.

Dr. Beisinger and his wife Meredith (Mere) bred Rottweilers for a time. Currently, they enjoy two of their Rottweilers, Elijah and Ziva. They also have a gregarious German Shepard named Noah. They both enjoy dog training and in the future plan to be a home for retired military working dogs or police dogs. In addition to the dogs, they share their home with two cats, two horses, chickens and the wildlife that they care for.  Fishing, hunting, hiking, and target shooting are all enjoyed by Dr. Beisinger.  In his spare time he is happiest on his tractor, hobby farming because it reminds him of his father and their times together.  He enjoys woodworking, taking after his father who was an excellent woodworker and maker of custom cabinets.

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James P. Scott, Veterinarian

Dr. James Scott attended Central Michigan University for two years prior to attending Michigan State University. In 1981, Dr. Scott received his Doctorate from Michigan State University and began working at Riversbend Animal Hospital. In addition to working as a veterinarian, he 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 and assists veterinarians in incorporating ultrasound in their practices thought the United States. Outside of the hospital Dr. Scott enjoys teaching, domestic and international travel, and growing various plants, specifically orchids.

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Joseph Scott, Veterinary Intern

Joseph graduated from Ferris State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and is continuing his studies at Michigan State University (MSU) in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program expecting to graduate in 2022. As a young man Joseph started working at Riversbend Animal Hospital. He has been fortunate to learn all facets of our family owned and operated business. The profession of caring for animals has always been a large part of his life. We are very pleased to have him as a veterinary intern at our hospital during his studies in veterinary medicine at MSU.

Joseph’s family has been the largest factor in his pursuit of veterinary medicine. In his spare time he enjoys birdwatching, brewing beer, watching and playing soccer, and the outdoors. He loves his pug, his family, and his lovely fiancee.


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