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 doctor practice in Grand Rapids for 6 years. In 2010 she decided to open her own practice and Eastown Veterinary Clinic was born June 1st, 2011. Dr. Happel’s special interest within the field of veterinary medicine is veterinary dentistry. She has done hundreds of hours of additional training to learn why dental health is so important and how to perform specialized procedures. Dr. Happel volunteers on the Eastown Business Association Board and the Uptown Business Improvement District Board. When she is not busy being a doctor or business owner, she loves to chase around her two young boys, cuddle with her dogs, cat, and husband, participate in CrossFit and read a good book.
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 Veterinary Medicine. During her time as a student at Michigan State, she also worked in the Orthopedics department for 2 years. Once graduated, she worked at Richland Animal Hospital for almost 2 years before joining Eastown Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Tittle loves the day to day challenges that veterinary medicine provides and she is also very passionate about surgery. Being a part of building and facilitating the health and bond between owners and their pets has been a dream of hers since she was 9 years old. When not at work she lives with her husband Ryan, dogs Ellie and Rylee, and her cat, Sheldon. Dr. Tittle also enjoys time at the barn working with her horse Lyon and competing in 3-day eventing.
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, she pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian by attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completing her clinical year at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2015. For the past 3 years, she has been practicing veterinary medicine in Gaylord, Michigan, and decided to relocate to the energetic city of Grand Rapids to be closer to family. She has special interests in behavior, cardiology, and dermatology, for which she has attended many continuing education conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys walks and hikes with her Lab mix, Calixte, and spending time with her two cats, Belle and Linus. She also plays drums and percussion with community symphonic bands, and enjoys musical theatre and travelling.
Dr. Brockman is excited to call Grand Rapids her new home! She is originally from Chicago, but has traveled back and forth across the country for school and training. She originally went to school for chemistry and physics before transitioning careers to become a veterinarian. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Physics from Northern Michigan University and then a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. While working at a veterinary clinic in Berkeley, California, Dr. Brockman decided to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She returned home to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
After veterinary school, Dr. Brockman pursued advanced training by completing a small animal internship at a 24-hour veterinary emergency and specialty center in the Chicago suburbs. She then practiced emergency medicine for several years at a busy veterinary emergency and specialty center in Milwaukee. Dr. Brockman is very excited to start her new veterinary adventure in Grand Rapids and become part of the Eastown community!
Outside of work, Dr. Brockman enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, biking (road, mountain, fat tire), camping, running (road and trail), and playing with her dog at the park. She has two cats that like to lay in the sun in her back yard and a Brazilian Rainbow Boa Constrictor at home.
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
- International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
- Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
- Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium
“I have always enjoyed the sciences and solving problems. Veterinary medicine gives me the opportunity to blend science and compassion by helping animals and people.”
Paul Kernstock received his Bachelor of Arts from Hope College in 2000 and his MBA from Northwood University in 2001. He brings over 11 years of veterinary management experience working as a practice manager for a large veterinary practice in Grand Rapids, then as a regional operations manager for a global veterinary company. Paul was drawn to Eastown Veterinary Clinic in June 2019 for their reputation of offering outstanding medical care with a high level of personalized customer service. Outside of work, Paul and his wife keep busy with their two children and a 15-year-old Labradoodle, Jasmine. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends partaking in the many activities to experience in Michigan’s four seasons. Paul is also a volunteer at Zeeland public schools and Zeeland Recreation.