Meet the OVRS Vets in MI (2023)

Table of Contents
Behavioral Medicine Department Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVSDiplomate, ACVB and European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Medicine Clinical Pathology Department Jennifer Cook, DVM, MS DiplomateAmerican Society of Veterinary Pathologists (Clinical Pathology) Cardiology Department Timothy J. Becker, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) Renee D. Riepe, DVMDiplomate, ACVIM Cardiology Alternative Medicine Department Erin Bannink, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), GDipl VCHM, CVA (IVAS)Oncology/ Complementary and Alternative Medicine Dermatology & Allergy Department Ann W. Mattise, DVMDermatology/Allergy Annette Petersen, DVMDiplomate, ACVD Diagnostic Imaging Department Jody Lawver, DVMDiplomate ACVR Rachel Smith, DVM, DACVR Emergency and Critical Care Department Heather Bauer, DVMPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Colleen Beach, DVMPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Kari Beer, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Jordan Berzsenyi, DVM Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Christopher Coppins, BVMS MRCVSPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Karen Fidell, DVM, MSPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Judith Fleischaker, DVM, MSPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Noni Greene, DVMPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Caleigh Griffin, DVMPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Lauren Gravatt, DVMPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Melissa Holahan, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Jacklynn Holifield , DVMPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Sam Latra, DVMPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Lauren Lew, VMDPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Gloriani Rosario, DVMPractice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Sara Snow, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Internal Medicine Department Timothy J. Becker, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) Cheryl Rice, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Kaitlin Lonc , DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Alysha Vincent, DVMPractice Limited to Internal Medicine Oncology Department Erin Bannink, DVM, CVA (IVAS)Oncology/ Complementary and Alternative Medicine Jessica Ottnod, DVMDiplomate, ACVIM (Oncology) Michele Sauerbrey, DVMDiplomate, ACVIM (Oncology) Ophthalmology Jennifer Zimmer, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology Radiation Oncology Leanne Magestro, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology (Radiation Oncology) Surgery Department Edyta Bula, DVM, MSDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal) Jennifer Covey, DVM, Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal) Krista Gazzola, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal) Kathryn Pitt, DVM, MS, PG Cert VetEd, ACVS Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal) Lauren Retallack, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal) Eric Rowe, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal) Lucy H. Shields Henney, DVMDiplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Technician Specialists Monica Ferguson, LVT VTS (ECC)Veterinary Technician Specialist Mallory Olson, LVT VTS (ECC, Nutrition)Veterinary Technician Specialist Heidi Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia, Surgery), FFCP Veterinary Technician Specialist Danielle Schaak, LVT, VTS (SAIM)Veterinary Technician Specialist FAQs Videos

Behavioral Medicine Department

Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS
Diplomate, ACVB and European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Medicine

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Theresa DePorter is board certified diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Behavior (ACVB) and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM). She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University and her Bachelor Science in Biology in 1992. She has been seeing behavior consultations at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan since 2004.

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Clinical Pathology Department

Jennifer Cook, DVM, MS Diplomate
American Society of Veterinary Pathologists (Clinical Pathology)

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Dr. Cook is a native of Syracuse NY and received her bachelors in biology from Yale University in 1995 and DVM degree from Cornell University in 2000. She was an instructor at Cornell and general practitioner at various small animal/exotics clinics before returning to a clinical pathology residency at Texas A&M University, which was completed with passage of board certification in 2013. Dr. Cook has worked the entirety of her clinical pathology career in the diagnostic marketplace and joined Idexx, Inc. in 2018, reading cases from the Bloomfield lab situated at Oakland Veterinary Referral Service. She is the co-author of the CSF/CNS chapter of Cowell and Valenciano's Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat, and is also the current chairperson of the Quality Assurance and Laboratory Standards Committee (QALS) of the American Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP). She also serves on the Board of Education for the Bloomfield Hills School District. When not at work, Dr. Cook enjoys tending to the driving and emotional needs of two teenagers, as well as hanging out with her husband, Black and Tan Coonhound, French Bulldog, and bearded dragon.

Cardiology Department

Timothy J. Becker, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine & Cardiology)

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Timothy J. Becker, DVM, diplomate ACVIM is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing his veterinary degree, he completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Becker then worked in general practice in Maine for 2 years before starting an internal medicine residency.

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Renee D. Riepe, DVM
Diplomate, ACVIM Cardiology

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Dr. Riepe, DVM is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, in the subspecialty of cardiology. Dr. Riepe attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where she focused on cardiovascular disease. In her senior year, Dr. Riepe was recognized with the Outstanding Student in Small Animal Medicine award.

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Alternative Medicine Department

Erin Bannink, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), GDipl VCHM, CVA (IVAS)
Oncology/ Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Dr. Erin Bannink is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialty of oncology. Dr. Bannink has a special interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and values a holistic approach to treatment, offering both Integrative and regular oncology consultations. She received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and holds a Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (GDipl VCHM).

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Dermatology & Allergy Department

Ann W. Mattise, DVM
Dermatology/Allergy

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Ann Washabaugh Mattise, DVM is a referral dermatology and allergy practitioner. Dr. Mattise graduated from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a degree in biology. From there she attended veterinary school at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. After 3 years of general practice in Charlotte, Michigan, Dr. Mattise returned to MSU to complete her residency in veterinary dermatology. She has been practicing exclusively dermatology and allergy in the Metropolitan Detroit area for over 18 years.

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Annette Petersen, DVM
Diplomate, ACVD

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Annette Petersen is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Petersen is a 1991 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany. Dr. Petersen received her Dissertation in 1992 from the CVM in Hanover, Germany, which is equivalent to a master degree in the United States. After a 1-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Washington State University, she came to Michigan to complete a residency in veterinary dermatology at Michigan State University.

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Diagnostic Imaging Department

Jody Lawver, DVM
Diplomate ACVR

Rachel Smith, DVM, DACVR

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Rachel Smith, DVM grew up in Novi, MI earning her Bachelors of Science at the University of Michigan in 2006. She then switched allegiances and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2013. Following graduation, she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University. In July 2017, she completed a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Michigan State University and obtained board certification in the same year.

Dr. Smith has an interest in abdominal ultrasound and has authored studies utilizing the modality in patients with gallbladder disease and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. She currently also has an active interest in vascular and cross-sectional imaging. She is excited to enhance the quality of medicine at OVRS by offering digital fluoroscopy services and interpretation of CT and radiographic studies. Dr. Smith is an active advocate for continuing education for veterinary students and veterinary professionals and has lectured and instructed several hands-on laboratories. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys cooking, cycling, and hiking with her husband, daughter, and yellow lab.

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American College of Veterinary Radiology
Radiological Society of North America
American Veterinary Medical Association
Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

Emergency and Critical Care Department

Heather Bauer, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

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Heather Bauer, DVM joined the OVRS emergency and critical care team in May 2015. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in biology from Centre College in Danville, KY. She graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2007.

Colleen Beach, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

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Dr. Beach is a Michigan native. She attended Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Science, then her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (1997). Upon graduation, Dr. Beach started general practice in equine and small animal medicine and surgery, including emergency care and even worked with other large animals and exotic species. General practice eventually led Dr. Beach to emergency medicine and critical care full-time in 2004. She joined OVRS in 2013, initially as a relief doctor and full time in 2015. Dr. Beach is Fear Free™ Certified, which is a nationally recognized initiative with the mission to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets both in the hospital and at home.

Clinicial Interests Include: Pain management, wound care, trauma, endoscopy, emergency surgery, and behavior of patients, as well as creating a Fear Free™ experience in hospital.

Internal Committees:
OVRS Fear Free™ Committee
OVRS Infection Control Committee

Memberships:
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
American Veterinary Medical Association
Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association - Past President (2016), Council Member

Kari Beer, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

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Dr. Beer is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care (DACVECC). She obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2009, and completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery and a three-year residency in small animal emergency and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Following her residency, Dr. Beer worked in academia for several years as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. She was thrilled to join OVRS in December 2017.

Dr. Beer has been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and is actively involved in VetGirl as well as research and textbook contributions. She loves to teach and lectures at the national level in emergency and critical care. Her interests include trauma, resuscitation and sepsis.

Jordan Berzsenyi, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

Christopher Coppins, BVMS MRCVS
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

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Christopher Coppins, BVMS, MRCVS graduated from Michigan State University with his bachelor's in Physiology. Dr. Coppins earned his veterinary medicine degree with commendation from the University of Glasgow, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Following graduation, he completed a one year rotating internship at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services. Afterwards, he gladly accepted a position in the Emergency & Critical Care department.

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Karen Fidell, DVM, MS
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

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Karen Fidell, DVM, MS is a 1990 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she participated in a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She returned home to Michigan to settle into private practice first in Wyandotte and then in Lincoln Park.

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Judith Fleischaker, DVM, MS
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

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Judi Fleischaker, DVM, MS received her DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1985. Prior to her acceptance at CSU, Dr. Fleischaker worked as a veterinary technician in an emergency center for 8 years. She has co-authored journal articles on the topic of renal disease in Doberman Pinschers. She is a provider of emergency veterinary education to search and rescue groups, firemen, and policemen around the country.

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Noni Greene, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

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Noni Greene, DVM joined the emergency and critical care staff of OVRS in September of 2004. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received a Bachelors of Science degree with the dual concentration in Biology and African American and African Studies. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at Tuskegee University where she graduated first in her class and earned numerous awards and scholarships.

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Caleigh Griffin, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

Caleigh Griffin, DVM graduated from Michigan State University with majors in Animal Science, Microbiology, and Genetics and Molecular Genomics. Dr. Griffin earned her veterinary degree at Michigan State University. Following graduation, she completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at VCA South Shore outside of Boston.

Lauren Gravatt, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

Melissa Holahan, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

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Melissa Holahan, DVM joined the emergency and critical care staff of OVRS in November of 2012. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. In July 2010, she completed a residency in emergency and critical care medicine at the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Following that she worked at a teaching hospital in Connecticut for two years before returning home to Michigan.

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Jacklynn Holifield , DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

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Sam Latra, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

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Sam Latra, DVM joined the emergency and critical care staff at OVRS in July of 2004. He graduated from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2003. After graduating from veterinary college, he completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists.

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Lauren Lew, VMD
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

Lauren Lew, VMD graduated from Johns Hopkins University with majors in Biology and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Lew earned her veterinary medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she completed a one-year small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC.

Gloriani Rosario, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care

Sara Snow, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

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Sara Snow, DVM joined the Emergency and Critical Care Service in July 2006. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, NC. In July 2005 she returned to Michigan State University for a specialty internship in emergency and critical care and went on to pursue residency training.

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Internal Medicine Department

Timothy J. Becker, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine & Cardiology)

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Timothy J. Becker, DVM, diplomate ACVIM is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing his veterinary degree, he completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Becker then worked in general practice in Maine for 2 years before starting an internal medicine residency.

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Cheryl Rice, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

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Dr. Cheryl Rice, DVM is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Subspecialty of Internal Medicine. Dr. Rice is a native of Michigan and is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received numerous awards at the honors banquet at the completion of her senior year of veterinary school.

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Kaitlin Lonc , DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

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Kaitlin Lonc, DVM is originally from Macomb Township, Michigan. A loyal Spartan, she graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Zoology, then went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from MSU in 2014. After graduation, she went on to a one-year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Illinois, where she discovered her interest in internal medicine. She then returned to Michigan State for a three-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, which she completed in 2018.

While in her residency, Dr. Lonc had a special interest in feline urinary diseases and did a research project on feline urinary incontinence. She also has clinical interests in renal and respiratory diseases as well as minimally invasive diagnostics such as endoscopy. She is passionate about ensuring the quality of life of her long-term patients. Dr. Lonc has been very involved in teaching veterinary students at MSU, and is an advocate for continuing education of veterinary professionals. She has spoken at the Michigan Veterinary Conference in 2017 and 2018 and received the ACVIM Resident Research award in 2018.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Lonc enjoys cooking, gardening, camping, and spending time with her husband and her rescue mix Rory.

Memberships:
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine- board certification candidate
American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology
American Veterinary Medical Association
Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
Southeast Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

Alysha Vincent, DVM
Practice Limited to Internal Medicine

Alysha Vincent, DVM is a life-long Michigander, originally hailing from Troy, Michigan. She lovingly refers to East Lansing, Michigan as a second home given the 11 years of her life she spent there pursuing her education. Dr. Vincent graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree with honors in Animal Science and then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State in 2016. Following graduation, Dr. Vincent completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. During her internship, Dr. Vincent’s interest in internal medicine as a specialty was sparked by her mentors, including a special interest in nephrology and urology. Upon completion of her internship, Dr. Vincent returned to Michigan State to complete a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine. Dr. Vincent practiced internal medicine in a busy, private specialty practice in the Chicago suburbs for a year following her residency, before deciding to return to her Michigan roots.

During her training, Dr. Vincent developed a strong interest in nephrology and urology as well as respiratory medicine (being largely influenced by her mentors Dr. JD Foster and Dr. Steve Carey, respectively). She continues to cultivate these interests by participating in continuing education and specialty societies related to these disciplines. Dr. Vincent also enjoys interventional procedures and hopes to continue to expand her knowledge and skill sets to be able to offer such cutting-edge procedures to patients that may benefit from them. Above all though, Dr. Vincent’s driving philosophy for patient care is to put the patient’s quality of life and the owner’s quality of life at the center of any treatment plan she makes.

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Dr. Vincent enjoys staying active in the veterinary community and hopes to continue to contribute to both veterinary research and veterinary education throughout her career. She has published two first-author publications and she was awarded the Society for Comparative Endocrinology’s Young Investigators Award at the 2019 ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) Forum.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Vincent enjoys drawing, painting, horseback riding, and travel (Ireland is her favorite destination so far). She is also an avid live music fan (especially U2) and sings only moderately bad karaoke. Dr. Vincent shares her home with a new Australian Shepherd puppy, Pearl, whom she looks forward to training and participating in a lot of dog sports with!

Memberships:


American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine- board certification candidate
Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
Veterinary Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy Society

American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology
Society for Comparative Endocrinology

Publications:


AM Vincent, LM Sordillo, RC Smedley, JC Gandy, JL Brown, DK Langlois. (2021). Peripheral markers of oxidative stress in Labrador retrievers with copper-associated hepatitis. Journal of Small Animal Practice. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsap.13361


AM Vincent, LK Okonkowski, JM Brudvig, KR Refsal, N Berghoff, NB Olivier, DK Langlois. (2021). Low-dose desoxycorticosterone pivalate treatment of hypoadrenocorticism in dogs: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.16195

Oncology Department

Erin Bannink, DVM, CVA (IVAS)
Oncology/ Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Dr. Erin Bannink is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialty of oncology. Dr. Bannink has a special interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and values a holistic approach to treatment, offering both Integrative and regular oncology consultations. She received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

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Jessica Ottnod, DVM
Diplomate, ACVIM (Oncology)

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Jessica Ottnod, DVM was born and raised in Rochester, New York and achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2003. To pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian, she moved to Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

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Michele Sauerbrey, DVM
Diplomate, ACVIM (Oncology)

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Michele Sauerbrey, DVM is a Michigan native, born in Southfield. She attended Michigan State University where she completed and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1992 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997. Dr. Sauerbrey's collection of awards and recognitions obtained during her four year veterinary degree include: The Phi Zeta Award for Academic Excellence (1997) and The Jean M. Davis Foundation Scholarship (1996 & 1997).

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Ophthalmology

Jennifer Zimmer, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology

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Dr. Jen Zimmer received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She also received her Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) Animal Science from Michigan State University. Dr. Zimmer completed a one year clinical rotation at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and a one year rotating internship at a specialty and referral hospital in New Mexico. Next she completed a three year ophthalmology residency at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine working with large and small animals as well as exotic pets and wildlife.

Radiation Oncology

Leanne Magestro, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology (Radiation Oncology)

Dr. Magestro is originally from Northeastern Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina for veterinary medical school. She graduated from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM in 2014. Dr. Magestro completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas and then returned to NC State for her Radiation Oncology Residency, which she completed in July 2018 before coming to MSU. She is currently a faculty member at Michigan State University, and commutes to Oakland Veterinary Referral Services twice a month to perform staging and aftercare for patients. Radiation treatments will only take place at Michigan State University.
Her interests include feline solitary site lymphoma, canine osteosarcoma, and oncology of exotic and farm animals. During her free time, she loves to bike and kayak

Surgery Department

Edyta Bula, DVM, MS
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)

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Dr. Edyta Bula grew up in Detroit, Michigan in a Polish household. She received her Bachelors in Biology from the University of Michigan - Dearborn and then attended veterinary school at Michigan State University, graduating in 2016. She then went on to complete a rotating internship at The Ohio State University before returning to Michigan State. There she completed a 4-year program involving a surgical internship and residency with concurrent Masters in Orthopedic research focusing on knee surgery for canine cranial cruciate ligament disease.

Dr. Bula has received numerous awards throughout her veterinary training including the small animal clinical proficiency award and ACVS excellence in small animal surgery as a student, as well as multiple residents of the year awards. Specific surgery interests include orthopedic knee and fracture repair and laparoscopic procedures.

During her free time, Dr. Bula enjoys music and dance, traveling, and going on adventures with her nephews.

Jennifer Covey, DVM, Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)

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Dr. Jennifer Covey graduated with her DVM from Colorado State University in 2004. After completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles where she was the 2005 Intern of the Year, she went on to perform a residency in small animal surgery at Michigan Veterinary Specialists.

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Krista Gazzola, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)

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Krista Gazzola, DVM, grew up in New Hampshire on a small horse farm. She received her Bachelor of Science in pre-veterinary medicine from the University of New Hampshire in 2006. She graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, and remained at Mississippi State for her rotating medical and surgical internship. She then joined Michigan State University for a small animal surgical research fellowship. She went on to complete her small animal surgery residency at Michigan State. Dr Gazzola was assistant professor of small animal surgery at Michigan State before joining OVRS. Dr Gazzola has special interests in orthopedic surgery, fracture repair, maxillofacial trauma, working dogs and canine athletes, and polytrauma.

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Kathryn Pitt, DVM, MS, PG Cert VetEd, ACVS Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)

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Dr. Kathryn A Pitt graduated from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a combined DVM/MS degree in 2012. She went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by a three-year surgery residency at the University of California-Davis which she completed in 2016. Dr. Pitt spent a short time in private practice in Portland, OR before joining the soft tissue surgery team at Michigan State University (MSU) as an Assistant Professor in 2018. She was named head of the soft tissue surgery service in 2019. She has an interest in education and completed a post-graduate certificate in Veterinary Education in 2020 and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr. Pitt left MSU in the Fall of 2020 for a one-year Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Colorado State University. Dr. Pitt now spends her time as a locum surgeon, providing soft tissue and surgical oncology services across the country.

Lauren Retallack, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)

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Lauren Retallack, DVM grew up in western Washington state. She received her Bachelor of Science with honor from Western Washington University in 2008. She graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She went on to complete a rotating medical and surgical internship with Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a surgical specialty internship with Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Longmont, Colorado. She then completed a small animal surgical residency at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in 2017. During Dr. Retallack’s surgical residency she received extensive training in less invasive arthroscopic and laparoscopic surgical procedures.

Special interest in: arthroscopy (shoulder, elbow and stifle), fracture repair, external skeletal fixation, thoracic, and abdominal surgery. Dr. Retallack has gained considerable experience in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery which has become the standard of care in many situations for not only humans but also veterinary medicine.
Memberships:
American Veterinary Medical Association
Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
Veterinary Orthopedic Society
Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery

Eric Rowe, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)

Dr. Eric Rowe has lived in seven different states and two different countries. Born in Florida, he spent most of his years growing up in Boston, MA. He graduated with a degree in chemistry from Boston College and worked in the biotech industry for 10 years before deciding to move to Canada and attend veterinary school at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. After graduation, Eric moved to Detroit, MI to complete a small animal rotating internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. He then moved to San Diego, CA for a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. After leaving sunny San Diego, Eric completed a one year teaching/soft tissue research fellowship at the University of Missouri. Eric's next move brought him to beautiful North Carolina where he completed his small animal surgery residency at North Carolina State University. Eric's surgical interests include reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive approaches to surgery and interventional procedures.

Lucy H. Shields Henney, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

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Lucy H. Shields Henney, DVM is board-certified by the American College of Veterinarian Surgeons. She has a special interest in general, orthopedic, oral and oncologic surgery. She was the first surgeon in Michigan to perform the triple pelvic osteotomy for the treatment of hip dysplasia and continues to be a pioneer in the area.

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Veterinary Technician Specialists

Monica Ferguson, LVT VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist

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Monica graduated from Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technician program in 2014, but has worked in veterinary medicine since 2012. She has a vast array of experiences in the field and has worked in reproduction, orthopedic, general practice, large animal, and even worked with some exotic animals in her career. Eventually, she discovered and fell in love with the fast paced intensity of emergency medicine.

Monica began her career with OVRS in 2014 in the emergency and critical care department. Monica began the process of obtaining her VTS (veterinary technician specialty) in ECC in 2017. In 2019, she received her official certification through the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses. She continues to work in the emergency and critical care departments at OVRS, and has developed a passion for nursing the most critical and challenging patients that come through our doors.

Monica has a special interest in neonatal medicine and has taken on over a hundred injured, orphaned, or special needs neonates of all species. Her primary goal is nursing puppies with congenital abnormalities, especially those with cleft palates. She currently has 4 cleft palate rescues that she’s cared for since birth, 3 Australian Shepherds, a Pomeranian, and 3 cats, but she almost always as some fosters at home too.

Mallory Olson, LVT VTS (ECC, Nutrition)
Veterinary Technician Specialist

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Mallory is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in both Emergency & Critical Care as well as Nutrition [VTS(ECC, Nutrition)]. She joined the OVRS Emergency team in 2007 and worked as a Veterinary Assistant in the ER department while completing the Veterinary Technician program at Macomb Community College. She earned her Veterinary Technician License in 2010 and went on to complete her Emergency & Critical Care Specialty in 2014. Following completion of her VTS(ECC), Mallory joined the Critical Care department in 2015. While working in the Critical Care department, she developed a passion for nutrition with a focus on critically ill patients. She earned her second Veterinary Technician Specialty in Nutrition in 2018.

Mallory has served as Vice President for the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians (MAVT) and has published articles for the MAVT and Macomb Community College Vet Tech Program newsletters as well as the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians Organizational Report (VECCTOR). Her interests include assisted feeding (feeding tubes and intravenous nutrition), transfusion medicine and toxicities.

Current memberships:
Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians
Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society
Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians and Nurses
Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians
Fear Free Certified Professional

Heidi Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia, Surgery), FFCP
Veterinary Technician Specialist

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Ms. Heidi Reuss-Lamky graduated from Michigan State University’s Veterinary Technology Program in 1984. She has extensive experience in general practice, and since 1993 has devoted her technical expertise to the surgical department of specialty hospitals. She has been affiliated with Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, since 2006.

Heidi became certified through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2003, and sat onthe credentials committee from 2005 to 2009. She served in the president’s role on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians from 2007 to 2009. She was a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians and currently sits on the executive board. She has a special interest in veterinary behavior medicine and earned her Fear Free Certification in November 2017.

Heidi is an ardent advocate for the veterinary technology profession, and serves as a consultant for many allied veterinary industries. She is on the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties, and also serves on the editorial review board for Today’s Veterinary Nurse Journal.

Heidi is a prolific author and lecturer, presenting anesthesia, surgical nursing, and Fear Free-related topics at veterinary meetings worldwide. She most recently published Chapter 8, “ Waste Anesthetic Gas Collection and Consequences,” in Veterinary Anesthetic and Monitoring Equipment, edited by Kristen Cooley and Rebecca Johnson. She was also honored to receive the 2013 NAVC Dr. Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecturer award.

Heidi currently shares her home with her husband, Bryan, and 3 dogs, 2 cats, an African grey parrot and pond koi. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, gardening, travel, lecturing, and quenching her never-ending thirst for knowledge.

Danielle Schaak, LVT, VTS (SAIM)
Veterinary Technician Specialist

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Danielle Schaak graduated from State University of New York at Delhi’s Veterinary Technology Program in 1998. She started her career in general practice and remained in NY for the first couple of years post-graduation. She relocated to Michigan in 2000 and remained in general practice. It wasn’t until 2002 that that she began her career in specialty and emergency medicine. While spending her time in emergency medicine, she found that she had a love for long-term client relationships and chronic illness and made the move to Internal Medicine in 2006, where she remained until 2013.She acquired her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2010. She also spent a year working in the Neurology service from 2013-2014. She is an active member in the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), and serves her academy in helping to mentor new and upcoming members in their application process, as well as serves on the application committee. She is also a member of the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians (MAVT) and National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
She joined the team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in 2014. She started her journey with the OVRS family in the ER Department, then made the transition once again to the Internal Medicine Department where she started up a new doctor department and worked with another one of their double boarded Internists/Cardiologists. During this time, she learned how much she loves diagnostic imaging and made the transition to the newest department - Diagnostic Imaging Department in the Fall of 2017 and plans to pursue her VTS in this area of interest as well. She also serves as a Continuing Education Coordinator for the staff at OVRS.
She truly believes in making our four-legged family members as comfortable as possible when in her hands and became Fear Free Certified in 2018.
Her interests include all aspects of Internal Medicine, Neurology, Endoscopy, Advanced Imaging and protecting the well-being of her patients. She still helps out in ER and loves the thrill of the fast-paced ER room as well. She thoroughly enjoys the case involvement the diagnostic imaging department has in the hospital and loves following up with cases of all kinds. She still does relief work for general practice as time permits.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also has 3 dogs (a Pug, a “Pom-Chi” and a “Golden-Doodle”) and 1 cat (Scottish Fold). In her spare time (when she finds the time!) she enjoys bike riding, kayaking, hiking, gardening, reading, watching movies, craft projects that never get completed and relaxing!

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Be respectful of your vet's time.

In most states, your veterinarian is required to enter your text conversation into your pet's medical record. For clinics that have digital medical records, it may be relatively easy, but for clinics that don't, it may take your veterinarian some time to do so.

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One key issue affecting the veterinary industry, and one behind why seeing your veterinarian takes so long, is the ongoing staffing shortage. Veterinary practices across the country have battled staffing problems for years, an issue that has only worsened with the pandemic.

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What to Expect After the Euthanasia. Once the solution has been administered, your vet will listen to your dog's heart to confirm the death. Your vet will let you know that your dog has passed on. At this time, your vet will probably step out of the room to give you a few moments alone with your dog.

How can I help my dog pass away peacefully? ›

Comforting a Dying Dog
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Pet euthanasia can be performed in a veterinary clinic or at home. "The best place for a euthanasia is going to be wherever you and your pet feel comfortable," says Dani McVety, DVM, CEO and founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, an organization that provides in-home euthanasia.

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