We are extremely proud of our dedicated veterinarian, Dr. Justin Roach. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at Claycomo Animal Hospital. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained in their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.

Learning and education are very important here at Claycomo Animal Hospital. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a veterinarian trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.

Dr. Roach makes it his goal to treat each patient like his own. He gives each patient plenty of love and attention. He is prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. He will also do everything that he can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.


Justin Roach, DVM

Dr. Justin Roach is originally from Faucett, Missouri, a small town south of St. Joseph. He attended Central Missouri State University before graduating from veterinary school at the University of Missouri in 2000. After practicing in North Carolina for a year after graduation, Dr. Roach moved back to Missouri and began practicing at Claycomo Animal Hospital in October of 2001. Dr. Roach and his wife have three daughters, one cat(Wally Truman), and a dog(Daisy). Besides family time, he enjoys working out, photography, skiing, and spending time outside.


Susan Newport – Manager

Susan joined Claycomo Animal Hospital in October 2008, a career change that has brought her much satisfaction. Susan has lived in Houston, Texas and the Bay Area of San Francisco California before settling down in Kansas City with her husband to raise a family in 1995. They have a 17-year-old girl and 14-year-old twin boys. Grandma also lives with the family. Pets are a big part of their life. Rocket, an 8-year-old oversized Jack Russell Terrier mix, has been a huge part of life. He’s great with the kids and makes a great jogging partner for Susan. A few years ago, a friend found a Quaker Parrot in their backyard. Susan’s husband was quick to take him into their home. Birdie does ALL the whistles, bird calls and talks! He says “pretty bird”, “yep”, “hello”, “love ya”, “night-night” and my personal favorite- “Yummy”. Birdie has been a lot of fun for everyone…except Rocket. Birdie taunts him by whistling him to come visit and then hollers “good boy, good boy!” Rocket is seriously jealous but is learning to cope!


Michelle Utzinger – Receptionist / Technician Assistant

Michelle grew up in the Liberty area and has worked with animals for 8 years in the grooming industry. She now lives near her favorite pastime, Worlds of Fun. Michelle has a huge personality, always bright and cheerful! (Come see us and you’ll quickly understand!) She joined Claycomo Animal Hospital in March 2010 in a dual role of receptionist and technician assistant. She and her husband have raised two dogs, Halle, a 10-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer and Daisy May, a 7-year-old Pit Bull/American Bull Dog mix and Leo, a 4-year-old domestic long hair cat. When Michelle is not working she enjoys fun in the sun, Worlds of Fun, cooking and catching up with her buddies.


If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (816) 452-2621.