Our Veterinarians


Dr. Ken Leaman — Owner & Veterinarian, DVM


Dr. Ken Leaman graduated from Texas A & M University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 and took at job in Pacific County on the coast of Washington State where he was one of two veterinarians for the whole county. That time proved to be a tremendous learning opportunity treating "all creatures great and small". 


Two years later Ken and his wife Nan opened a clinic in the Stillaguamish Valley between Oso and Darrington, still seeing all animals and beginning to raise four daughters. 1992 brought a move to Coupeville and Penn Cove Veterinary Clinic was opened with an emphasis on small animal medicine and surgery.

Ken and Nan raise and care for approximately 100 English Longwool sheep — Wensleydale, Teeswater, and Valais Blacknose sheep — along with an assortment of chickens, geese, llamas, cats and three dogs.


Penn Cove Veterinary Clinic has grown to four Veterinarians and multiple staff over the years but still strives to foster personal attention, open communication and quality care for it’s patients and clients.


Dr. Lark Gustafson — Veterinarian, DVM


Dr. Lark Gustafson is a 1998 Graduate of Washington State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Lark moved to Whidbey Island in 2001 to work at Penn Cove Veterinary Clinic, after his first position out of veterinary school in California.


Dr. Gustafson has practiced small animal medicine, primarily dogs and cats, but has also worked with birds, reptiles, and small rodents. When not at work he loves spending his time with his family, and enjoys helping out in community organizations including Little League and coaching basketball, as well as being an active member of St. Mary's Church in Coupeville.  


Lark has experience with general medicine and surgery, as well as behavioral issues in dogs and cats. Finally, and he can't emphasize this enough, Go Cougs!!



Dr. Karen Schmid — Veterinarian, DVM


Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Dr. Karen Schmid spent her childhood in a suburban menagerie. Memories abound of raising birds in backyard aviaries, taking care of pet turtles, snakes, lizards, and fish, and helping her mom hatch and raise ducklings and chicks for classroom learning. Inspired by so many experiences with animals, and observing the unique bond between her Dad and his guide dogs, Karen first recalls wanting to become a veterinarian at age 4.


Dr. Schmid graduated with degrees in Marine Biology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1998. While attending U.C.S.C., Dr. Schmid met and married her best friend, Jason. Moving the family progressively North, Karen  attended veterinary school at Washington State University from 1999-2003. Following graduation, the Schmid family moved to Whidbey Island.


Karen and her husband (a science teacher at Oak Harbor Middle School) live in Oak Harbor with their two wonderful children, Cavan and Brynn. Other family members include an exuberant Chihuahua/terrier mix named Baxter, their beautiful WAIF lab named Winnie, two mischievous cats (Cowboy and Rosie), Skeeter the sheep, two parakeets, two fish, a leopard gecko, chickens, a duck and one turkey hen. When not in her veterinarian shoes, Karen enjoys nights around the bonfire with family and friends, camping, hiking, cooking great food, and cheering on her kids in their many endeavors.


Dr. Schmid joined the family at Penn Cove Veterinary Clinic in 2010, and considers it a real privilege to be a veterinarian in this community.



Dr. Suzy Zustiak — Veterinarian, DVM


Born and raised on the island, Dr. Suzy Zustiak is a longtime local to Coupeville, WA. Dr. Zustiak has fond memories of her childhood on the island — playing a variety of sports, enjoying the beautiful beaches Coupeville has to offer, and taking care of all kinds of animals. Thus bloomed her interest in veterinary medicine! Beginning in high school, Dr. Zustiak worked a few summers with Dr. Ken Leaman at Penn Cove Vet Clinic which cemented her plans to further pursue the profession. 


After graduating from Coupeville High School in the year 2000, she attended Washington State University for her undergraduate education, as well as for her DVM degree, graduating from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.   


From 2010 to 2022, Dr. Zustiak was the sole veterinarian for the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society in Port Angeles, WA. Her time was spent working with all kinds of animals, spanning from one day old kittens to 19 year old poodles. During her tenure there she performed over 5000 spay/neuter surgeries on dogs, cats, and rabbits. Being a true animal-rescuer at heart, she often brought her work home with her, which is how she ended up being the current owner of 10 rescue dogs! Dr. Zustiak is happy to revisit her roots, and continue her work with Penn Cove Veterinary Clinic once more.