Specialty Surgery Team in Big Rapids, MI

veterinarian in big rapids, mi

Dr. Ruth Scott DVM, DACVS

I started working at Riversbend as a child alongside my father helping with emergency calls and daily duties of the business. As I grew older I decided I wanted to follow in my fathers footsteps to pursue veterinary medicine. After finishing undergrad and entering Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine I continued to take great interest in anatomy particularly anything involving surgical application. Once I entered clinics in veterinary school and took my soft tissue and orthopedic rotations I knew I wanted to specialize in surgery. Throughout my internship and residency training I was able to live in several different states and train and work alongside many wonderful students, interns, residents and senior clinicians. I particularly enjoyed teaching and working with clients and pets in different parts of the US as each location brought different challenges. I finished my training in 2018 and returned to Riversbend to offer speciality surgery services to the community and surrounding area.

Although I am a surgeon, I do not believe that surgery is always the answer. God has given veterinarians a great responsibility to care for animals during our time here and my greatest goal is to relieve the suffering and pain of the wonderful companions we are blessed with for such a short time.


  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center
  • Clinical Research Fellowship, University of Minnesota Clinical Investigation Center
  • Small Animal Surgical Internship, Louisiana State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • Internship Small Animal Medicine & Surgery VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelors in Applied Biology, Ferris State University
Korena Langereis

Korena Langereis, LVT BS

I graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a bachelor degree of science in veterinary technology. Ever since then I have had a strong passion in anesthesia. I enjoyed the fast paced, sometimes stressful, controlled chaos of surgery and anesthesia. When not being a workaholic at Riversbend Animal Hospital, I am busy remodeling/demoing houses, wood working, riding my horses, or working outside on my hobby farm.


Amanda Magnuson, BS

My family moved back to Michigan in 2014. We settled in Big Rapids where I decided to attend college at Ferris State University. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Chemistry and worked for a pharmaceutical company for almost a year when I decided to return to Big Rapids. I enjoy meeting our clients and our patients and getting to know them while they are here. I spend my free time with my husband, our dogs, and our friends exploring Michigan or enjoying a good movie night.


Olivia Crapsey, BS

Hello, my name is Olivia! I am proud to say that I have been a team member at Riversbend Animal Hospital since 2017. I graduated from Ferris State University in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. Riversbend Animal Hospital has been a blessing to me as I have been able to learn new skills, meet new people, and build amazing relationships with clients and team members. I am passionate about spending quality time with family and friends. I enjoy being outside and staying active, along with taking pictures as a hobby.