Our Veterinarians

Carl L. Pew, DVM

Dr. Pew received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Virgina Tech: one in zoology and one in chemistry.  He took a break before going to veterinary school and moved to Michigan to work for Upjohn Pharmaceuticals.  He attended Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating magna cum laude with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree ('77).  Afterwards he worked in the metropolitan Detroit area before moving to Utah in 1981 and purchasing a veterinary clinic in Orem.

Dr. Pew has been breeding and exhibiting Doberman Pinschers and Bull Terriers since 1968.   He served as an officer in many kennel clubs and is a licensed AKC judge of several breeds.  This hobby led him to develop the practice into a widely recognized canine reproduction center.  He is a principle in the international canine frozen semen firm of "Sires on Ice" based in New South Wales, Australia.  Dr. Pew and his wife Suzanne have a daughter, Audrey, and son, James, who both come to the office frequently.  They reside in Draper and have two pets, a cat named Kit Kat and a miniature bull terrier named Diver.

Heather Gavin, DVM

Dr. Gavin attended Utah State University, majoring in Biovet Science with a Biotech emphasis in 2006.  She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 2010.  She focuses on reproduction, behavioral medicine, and weight management.  She has been married for ten years to her husband, Gavin (and yes, she says he goes by his last name).  They have six children, five grandchildren, two Yorkshire terriers named Cian and Aoibheal, and a blind cat name Rags.  She loves reading or anything to do with horses and being outdoors, including hiking and rock climbing.

Ian J Kolbaba, DVM

Many of you may remember Dr. Kolbaba from years ago when he began his veterinary career at Pet Medical Center in Orem as a veterinary assistant. At that time, he was completing his undergraduate degree in biology at Brigham Young University (2011). He then attended St. Mathew's College of Veterinary Medicine (2015) and completed his clinical rotations at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. He returned to work for South Mountain Pet Care as a DVM in 2015. His special interests include canine reproduction, dermatology, aquaculture and fish medicine. When he is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and new baby girl Olivia and working on landscaping his new home in Lehi.  He also enjoys, when he gets time, hiking, traveling, fishing, scuba diving, and being outdoors. Dr. Kolbaba is a marine aquarium enthusiast and even grew coral in his garage. Samson is his trusty English bull terrier, who is a great traveling companion and adventurer. Dr. Kolbaba has called many places his home, including Illinois, Utah, Nicaragua, Grand Cayman, and North Carolina.