Jennifer joined Highland Animal Clinic initially as a receptionist in 1999. At that time she had little interest in following her parents’ footsteps as a veterinarian, but soon realized that it was one of the most fun and truly rewarding jobs out there. She completed her degree in Psychology at Montana State University and continued on to Veterinary School at the University of Minnesota, and finally re-joined the practice full-time as an Associate Veterinarian in 2009, and became the practice owner in 2016. She adopted O’Malley, an American Bulldog Mix from Anchorage Animal Care and Control, and continues to be an advocate for animal adoption and rescue. She loves working in South Anchorage, and contributes to the family environment of Highland Animal Clinic. You can find her outside of work hiking mountain trails, floating and fishing the Kenai River, cross country skiing the coastal trail, or listening to local music in and around Anchorage.
Laura was born in Laramie, WY and raised in Anchorage. She first started working at Highland in 2008 as a kennel technician. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming, but came back to Highland during summer breaks to work as a technician assistant and receptionist. She is a 2016 graduate of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and rejoined the Highland family in June, 2016 as an associate veterinarian. Laura loves spending time outdoors and particularly enjoys hiking, fishing, gardening and skiing. She shares her free-time with a goldfish and a Border Collie named d’Artagnon.
Dr. Jack Tuomi came to Fort Richardson in 1969 when he was in the US Army. He was assigned there for 3 years and separated from active duty in September 1972, opened Highland Animal Clinic September 29, 1972 and has been here ever since, passing 40 years in 2012. He has fun every day and says this is the reason he has not retired, although he has cut back on his work schedule. He likes doing surgery and enjoys seeing clients with their pets. In the past several years he has been seeing clients that visited the office with their parents when they were children. The receptionists give him a hard time when office visits become “extended” with hunting and fishing stories. When not working, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and all other outdoor activities. He throws tennis balls for his Golden Retriever, “Sisu”, until he can’t throw anymore, then lets his cat “Willy” warm his lap.
Dr. Pam spends most of her time in Seward as the Senior Veterinarian at the Alaska SeaLife Center, but comes in once weekly to Highland Animal Clinic to continue providing expertise in companion animal preventative health care, soft tissue surgery, and treatment. Her work during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in sea otter rehabilitation inspired her desire to work with wild life. She is internationally known for her work in marine animal medicine and oiled wildlife response. She is actively involved in research, education, and rehabilitation programs and has traveled throughout Alaska, Russia, Canada and even to Antarctica for research work. For Dr. Tuomi, the excitement in veterinary medicine comes from the many challenges of figuring out problems and finding solutions. Dr. Tuomi and her husband, Dr. Jack, live in Anchorage and have 5 adult children and 4 grandchildren. In addition to their their 8-year-old cat Willy, they recently got another golden retriever Sisu. Sisu is very busy growing up and keeping everyone reminded of the joys of puppyhood!
Alan Brightman, DVM, MS, DACVO is a board certified Ophthalmologist. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kanas State University in 1974. He is a pioneer in the ophthalmology field. Before he was a consultant, he served as a full professor of ophthalmology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Dr. Brightman specializes in the entire spectrum of medical and surgical ophthalmology of all animal species. He is also the author of more than 90 publications and pioneered a number of surgical procedures. These procedures include the full thickness corneal graft, eyelid wedge resection, cryosurgery for canine glaucoma, and the intraocular prosthesis. He brings more than 28 years of clinical and surgical experience, research, and teaching in ophthalmology to support the area’s referring veterinarians and clients.