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    Dr. Lynn Happel, DVM/Owner

    Dr. Happel graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she practiced small animal medicine in a 3 doctor practice in Muskegon for 2 years and then worked in an 8 doc...

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    Dr. Natalie Neher, DVM

    Dr. Neher graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC with honors in microbiology and immunology and then traveled down under to obtain her veterinary degree which she received with honors from Murd...

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    Dr. Ashley Tittle, DVM

    Dr. Tittle attended Calvin College for a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Immediately after graduating from Calvin, she went to Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained a Doctorate of Vete...

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    Dr. Holly Mincks, DVM

    Dr. Mincks is originally from Tecumseh, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, followed by a Master’s degree in Food Safety. After completing her Master’s degree...

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    [learn_more caption=”Stephanie Bishop, Practice Manager”] CaptureI grew up with numerous pets and, like many little girls, wanted to grow up and work in the veterinary field. I started working with veterinAnnaarians as a kennel assistant when I was still in high school and began learning the many aspects of the business. During the following years I worked as an assistant, a receptionist …

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Melissa Trendt, Marketing Director, Licensed Veterinary Technician”]I moved to Grand Rapids from the Detroit area when I married my husband in November of 2017. I have always been an animal nut, and have owned just about every type of animal, including huge fish, lizards, turtles, rodents and cats…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Brandy Weidenfeller, Team Lead, Licensed Veterinary Technician”]Brandy-WeidenfellerI was born an “Army brat.” Both parents were enlisted in the United States Army and stationed at the Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma. I was primarily raised in Michigan, though. I have always had a love of animals, but my family wasn’t able to afford a cat or dog. So I had gerbils for the most part until I got a barn kitten while on a family vacation in Pennsylvania and I guess you can say it was all “up-hill” from there…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Annah Miller, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Inventory Manager”]

    Proud to have been born and raised here in Grand Rapids! I graduated from Michigan State University in the spring of 2014 earning my bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. I was hired at Eastown Veterinary Clinic in the fall of 2014. I’m a licensed veterinary technician and also the inventory manager for the practice. I love my job because it is different every single day! My co-workers, patients and clients make each day enjoyable no matter what the day may bring. We are so lucky to have clients who support and appreciate the gold standard of care we strive to provide to our patients…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Jennie Arter, Licensed Veterinary Technician”]Hello! My name is Jennie. Caring for animals has always been a natural passion for me, and working in a field dedicated to them was truly a no brainer for me. I grew up in North Muskegon surrounded by animals. Growing up my family had mostly small animals. We always had dogs and cats but at different points, we also had birds, mice, and even a little tree frog. I now have a small family of fur children that I love dearly…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Jamie Rozema, Licensed Veterinary Technician”]

    I was born and raised here in Grand Rapids. Growing up we had a family dog named Cody, a lab/golden who was my best friend, and a couple cats. I was that kid who was always catching something; frogs, toads, the neighbors’ cat, even the occasional bird. Animals always fascinated me. As a kid I would rather hangout with a dog than the people at social gatherings. After high school I attended Calvin College for 2 years as I was undecided on a major. I knew I had a passion for animals, but I also knew I did not want to be a veterinarian…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Erin Duryea, Client Service Representative”]Erin DuryeaI grew up across the street from my Aunt and Uncle’s farm, which had cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep and a horse. I spent a lot of time at their farm with my older cousins learning how to care for all different types of animals. My cousins are a big part of why I have such a strong passion for animals. After deciding that becoming a veterinarian wasn’t my true calling, I knew I still wanted to do something with animals…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Emily Parr, Client Service Representative”]I have always loved animals, and wanted to get into the veterinary field for years. Since my work experience was primarily in reception, I was very excited for the opportunity to apply that experience to a field I cared about so much. I love working with animals, and educating our clients about how to take the best care of them possible. I enjoy participating in theater, attending yoga classes, and riding my bike. I have written two full-length dramas that have been performed in Grand Rapids, and one that was the first theatrical production on Mackinac Island in over 50 years…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Kaylyn Hans-Larsen, Client Service Representative”]I am from the heart of Grand Rapids and I have loved every second of it! I’ve always had a passion for animals! Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to work in the veterinary field. I grew up with two cats in my house at all times. I love being a part of every pet’s life that comes through our doors! I really enjoy seeing pets grow up and transition through life! My favorite part of being a receptionist is that I am the first and last experience our clients have! I strive to make the experience here as good as it can be!

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Sam Bravata, Exam Room Assistant Team Lead”]

    I started working at Eastown in September of 2017, and I have been loving every moment of it! I have always been obsessed with animals. As a child I grew up with at least 2 pets in my house at all times. I plan on continuing my education with animals and their care within this clinic. The environment of our clinic is very upbeat and welcoming, which was my very first impression when joining the Eastown veterinary clinic team…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Alexis Gonzales, Exam Room Assistant”]

    I’ve been an animal lover all my life. When I was younger I always chose to watch Animal Planet over cartoons. My family has had a lot of different pets, and I always tried to add to our menagerie of stray pets I’d find in the neighborhood. My dad wasn’t so supportive of this endeavor, however. When I started to make my way into the working world, I started work at a pediatrician’s office despite my overwhelming desire to work with animals. The town that I was living in did not have a wide variety of animal jobs available, so, at the time, this was the best choice for me. Eventually, I had to follow my heart and received my Veterinary Assistant degree and started working in the veterinary field…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Lauren Heydenberk, Exam Room Assistant”]

    Hi, my name is Lauren. I have only been working with animals for 3 years, but in those 3 years I have learned tons. Growing up my family always had animals; my first pet was a Bernese Mountain Dog named Mackinac (Mackie for short.) I loved her dearly. Unfortunately we lost her when I was 13, but my family has had many pets since then. We mostly had/have cats and dogs, but we also had a mouse, gecko lizard and a macaw. I am currently working towards my associates degree in dental hygiene at GRCC. As much as I love animals, I know that I really want to be a dental hygienist.

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Kendra Eagleson, Certified Veterinary Assistant”]Kendra Eagleson Bio picI don’t remember a time when I didn’t have an animal in the house. I’ve always grown up with dogs and cats, and I’ve even had the pleasure of owning pet rats. I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue a career with animals, but I wasn’t sure what it was until just a few years ago. I am currently attending San Juan College online to pursue an associates degree in Veterinary Technology and then go on to receive a veterinary technician license…

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Leah Bell, Groomer”]Leah Bell - GroomerI have been grooming professionally since 2005. I graduated from the Paragon School of Pet Grooming in Spring 2005. I have since worked in a few different grooming environments but am happy to make Eastown Veterinary Clinic my home! I love working as part of a team where each pet is given the best care! In the winter of 2013, I returned to Paragon School of Pet Grooming to continue my education with a 120 hour “advanced skills” course. My aim is to provide the best grooming experience possible for both the pet and the pet parent.

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    [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Amy Townsend, Trainer”]Amy-TownsendI am a licensed veterinary technician, certified manual therapist, and veterinary physical rehabilitation assistant. As an East Grand Rapids native and long-time Eastown resident, I am thrilled to be working in the community that I live in, serving my friends and neighbors in caring for their pets. I have been involved with animals for my entire life. From exotic birds, reptiles, and amphibians, to guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs and horses, I have lived with them all and enjoyed every minute of it!

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