Wasatch Exotic Pet Care, Inc. is owned by Laurel M. Harris, DVM. Dr. Harris graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. After three years in general small animal practice and two years as the senior clinician and manager of an emergency clinic in a western Chicago suburb (also establishing exotics at both), she completed a zoo internship in Birmingham, Alabama. She then went on to a position as the staff veterinarian of the Lee Richardson Zoo in southwest Kansas, where she started her family. She has been in the Salt Lake Valley since early 2001, was associate veterinarian at the Hogle Zoo for four years, and now provides veterinary relief coverage for the Tracy Aviary.
Dr. R. Mason Payne graduated from the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June of 2016. He has always been interested in veterinary medicine and has been working in veterinary clinics for the last 14-15 years. He started working with exotic animals and wildlife during his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University and never looked back. He took multiple extra exotics and wildlife courses throughout veterinary school to expand his knowledge in the exotics field and volunteered his extra time in wildlife rehabilitation centers as well. His goal from this internship is to expand his knowledge of exotics and wildlife in order to eventually move into the zoo and wildlife field of veterinary medicine. Dr. Payne is very excited to be living in Utah and to explore the beautiful landscape that is very different from his native pacific northwest. He has a dog named Hobart that goes on all of his adventures with him and loves to go to Tanner Park after work!
Dr. Alexandra Confer is the newest addition to the veterinary team here at Wasatch Exotic Pet Care. Originally from the Midwest, her undergraduate degree was completed at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She then moved to southern California and completed her veterinary medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Confer has always enjoyed exotic animals and pets, and has dedicated her time extensively, both inside and outside of the clinic, to learning about this very diverse field of veterinary medicine. She has completed clinical rotations in zoos, wildlife centers, animal research facilities, and exotic practices all over the country. Dr. Confer has also held leadership positions and is a current member of professional exotic-specialty organizations, attends exotic animal seminars and wet-labs, and has traveled internationally to conduct field research and volunteer her time with multiple One Health veterinary organizations. Dr. Confer is thrilled to be living in Utah and to join this growing clinic in their new hospital!
Patient Care Team
Liz Bates graduated from Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources in 2013 with a passion for wildlife conservation and animal welfare. She gained firsthand experience with the care and behaviors of exotic species during her six years at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, working as both an educator and a zookeeper. Liz spends her free time birdwatching, gaming, writing fiction, and playing Celtic fiddle. Liz has an appreciation for all animals, but has a particular fondness for birds and reptiles, and shares her home with her Green-cheek Conure, Corn Snake, Leopard Gecko, and cat. She has learned a great deal as a technician at Wasatch Exotic Pet Care, and is excited to learn more about the veterinary field.
Shellie Stephens grew up with dogs and chickens, and has loved animals all her life, especially horses. She plays piano, clarinet and guitar and likes to read when she has time. Shellie owns two Green-cheeked Amazons (Rico and Red), and a cockatiel named Henry. Shellie loves working at Wasatch Exotic as a veterinary assistant, specifically with parrots. She went to Bingham High and completed the two-year Veterinary Assistant/Technician program at Jordan Applied Technology Center. She has an Associate’s Degree from Salt Lake Community College and is currently attending Utah Valley University for her Bachelor’s.
Previous Veterinary Interns
Dr. Eugénie Henry-Guyot worked at WEPC from June 2015 to June 2016. Dr. Henry-Guyot graduated in May 2015 from the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal, in Quebec, Canada. Her interest for exotic pets medicine grew throughout the five years of her doctorate in veterinary medicine. She took every opportunity to learn about these special pets by attending symposiums, conferences and optional classes. During her fifth year, she improved her knowledge and skill in this field by completing rotations in exotic pets clinics, the Université de Montréal’s Birds of Prey Clinic and the Biodôme de Montréal. Dr. Henry-Guyot has returned home to Montreal to continue her career as an exotic veterinarian.
Previous Veterinary Associate
Dr. Lindsey Woods is a 2012 graduate of Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. She and her husband James moved here from Oklahoma in August 2014. They have a dog named Jake, a cat named Tux, a leopard gecko named Stuie, and a rat named Rikki Bobbi. Since graduation, Lindsey has completed two post-graduate specialty internships in avian, exotic pet, wildlife, and zoological medicine. Her first internship was at The Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis under Dr. Angela Lennox, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Dipl. ECZM. There, Lindsey learned both basic and advanced exotic pet handling, exotics internal medicine, and cutting edge exotics and wildlife surgery techniques. Her second and most recent internship was completed back at OSU CVHS in Avian, Exotics and Zoological Medicine under multiple mentors. Each of these mentors at OSU taught Lindsey to build on her already solid foundation of medical and surgical skills to graduate to a more advanced level of patient care. During each of these internships, Lindsey grew more confident and skilled, learning constantly, and making lasting relationships with her clients and their pets.