- Being our Absolute Best
- Providing a Stellar Client and Patient Experience
- Being Efficient, Hardworking, Problem Solver
- Uptone Demeanor
- Effective Communication
- Dependable Team-Players
Dr. Happel completed specialized dentistry training with the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) and has been utilizing this training in practice for over a decade. She is one of the few dentistry experts in Michigan, volunteers for the Eastown Business Association Board and the Uptown Business Improvement District Board and served on the Board of Directors of the American Animal Hospital Association.
When she is not busy performing the work she loves, she spends quality time with her husband and two sons, riding horses or cuddling with her pets.
Donuts, dentistry, and a secret hamster: A talk with new AAHA Board Director Lynn Happel, DVM
At home, she has one dog, Rue, a 9-year-old Rat Terrier that she and her family adopted in 2016. Rue is sweet and snuggly and likes to bark at anything that moves - in true terrier fashion! She loves spending time with her two kids, Ella and Ryan, and her husband, Keith. They play many games together, travel for soccer and flag football games, and enjoy time at their family cottage in Northern Michigan. She is an avid reader, loves to run and hike, and is working on improving her French!
Veterinary medicine has always been a part of Dr. Swayman's life. Both her grandfather and father were veterinarians. She fondly remembers "helping" at her dad's clinic and riding in his truck to numerous farm calls as a child.
After studying engineering at Purdue University as an undergrad, she attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine - following in her father's footsteps - and graduated in 2008 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She has since found a love for practicing small animal medicine.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, dogs, Ellie and Rylee, and her cat, Sheldon. Dr. Tittle also enjoys working with her horse Lyon at the barn and competing in 3-day eventing.
Dr. McDowell began her veterinary career at EVC in the fall of 2021 and looks forward to building lasting relationships with clients and giving pets their best possible quality of life.
She loves spending time at restaurants and breweries and hanging out at home with her 16-year-old lab mix and five cats. In her spare time, Dr. McDowell enjoys reading, yoga, board games, weight lifting, scale modeling, and video games.
"I absolutely love what I do, with the team I am so lucky to work alongside daily!"
Annah enjoys cooking/eating, golfing, exploring new places, and spending time with family. Annah and her husband have 4 kids and 2 dogs, Rookie & Nemo. Annah is happiest living in the NOW with the people she loves; and depending on the time of day, enjoying a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the porch.
Brandy started at EVC as a licensed veterinary nurse in 2012. She is a diligent, hardworking individual and continues to grow her passion for advanced diagnostic imaging, particularly ultrasound.
"I am most passionate about giving my patients a voice in their health. Advanced diagnostics and imaging are so very important to us because our patients cannot tell us what is wrong. Some problems aren't even evident yet. A lot of times when we are running routine diagnostics we find unexpected things. Things that if caught early may lead to better long term outcomes."
Outside of EVC, Brandy owns and operates Blue Gables Homestead with her husband Jeremy and their daughter Evaline. She enjoys being home on the homestead working towards their self-sustainability. Blue Gables is a homestead run on solar and wind power, with many critters contributing to the fun of homesteading, including cats (7), chickens (60+), goats (9), pigs (2), a pony, and a swan that decided to take up residency.
Licensed Veterinary Nurse Team
"I love working with fearful/anxious canines. There is so much communication that occurs through their body language alone. I love being able to read them and work around their fears/anxieties to provide the best experience possible."
At home, Marissa has 2 kiddos (River & William), 1 pit mix (Micah), 2 cats (Frankie & Peggy), and her partner, Mitch. Marissa is a patient, persistent, and positive person with an appreciation for a neat pour of bourbon. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys spending time outdoors - kayaking, gardening, and fishing.
Outside of work, Lucy enjoys watching NASCAR every Sunday, reading, and watching true crime documentaries! She is happiest lying on a beach with no clock and no schedule.
Sarah has been a licensed veterinary nurse at EVC since September 2020. She has a special appreciation for the end-of-life process and helping families through this time.
"I have come to realize how much I respect the euthanasia process from start to finish since being here at EVC. Doing my best to make both patients and their families as comfortable as possible during such a vulnerable and difficult process is something I can truly say I'm proud to do. "
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys painting/crafts in general, being in nature, music, chillin' with her pets (Kimiko, Zoe, Turbo, & Titus), and eating out with her husband. Sarah is a humorous, empathetic, open-minded individual who is always motivated to learn more.
"I'm very protective of animals. I feel compelled to advocate for them."
Mary currently resides in Rockford with her 4 cats (Andy, Finch, Orange Kitty, & Teddy), 2 dogs (Will & Checkers), and daughter while she completes her college internship. In her free time, Mary loves riding her horse, Pink Floyd, and doing yoga.
Outside of work, Bailey prefers to spend her time outdoors. She enjoys being at her family cottage, riding her horses (Oberon & Luigi), and going on walks with her 2 corgis (Gemma & Bear). Bailey has been riding horses and competing in the hunter/jumper world for 17 years. She is happiest when around animals and in nature.
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Veterinary Assistant Team
As a community-focused veterinarian in Grand Rapids, MI, we offer a new level of full-service veterinary medicine at our facility on Lake Drive. We strive to offer excellence and earn the title as your favorite veterinarian in Grand Rapids.
1350 Lake Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
We are closed from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM on Tuesdays ONLY.