Our Core Focus


Helping owners and pets make the most of every moment.

Our Niche

Setting the bar in comprehensive care for dogs & cats.
Our Core Values
Being our Absolute Best
Uptone Demeanor
Providing Stellar Client and Patient Experience
Effective Communication
Efficient, Hardworking, Problem Solver
Dependable Team-Players

Our Doctors

Lynn Happel, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner
Dr. Happel's Bio

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.

Ashley Tittle, DVM


Dr. Tittle's Bio

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.

Holly Mincks, DVM

Dr. Mincks' Bio

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 traveling.

Meghan Swayman, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Swayman's Bio

Veterinary medicine has always been a part of Dr. Swayman’s life. Both her grandfather and father were veterinarians. She has fond memories of “helping” at her dad’s clinic and riding in his truck to numerous farm-calls as a child.

After studying engineering at Purdue University for undergrad, she attended MSU (following in her father’s footsteps) and graduated in 2008 with her DVM. She has been practicing small animal medicine since.

Dr. Swayman started at EVC in February of 2020. She loves connecting with clients and helping ensure a long, happy life with their beloved pets. Meeting a new puppy or kitten with their new family and getting to follow that pet and their family as they grow and bond together through the years is priceless!

At home she has 1 dog, Rue who is a 6 year old Rat Terrier who she and her family adopted about 3 years ago. Rue is sweet and snuggly and likes to bark at anything that moves – in true terrier fashion!

Outside of work, she loves spending time with her 2 kids, Ella (11) and Ryan (9) and her husband, Keith. They play lots of 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!

Meghan Kermeen, DVM


Dr. Kermeen's Bio
Dr. Kermeen attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, she attended Calvin College for a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. During her time at MSU, Dr. Kermeen was a part of 2 summer veterinary mission trips to Malawi, Africa with Christian Veterinary Missions and plans on leading and being a part of more trips in her future. She loves working with clients to provide the best care and health for their furry family members. During her free time, Dr. Kermeen enjoys spending time at the lake shore with her husband and Golden Retriever, finding fun new restaurants, and being outdoors in general. She also has 2 precious cats, Grace and Beebs, at home.

Makenzie McDowell, DVM


Dr. McDowell's Bio
Dr. McDowell is from the Detroit metro area. She spent the last nine years at Michigan State University for a bachelor’s in zoology and a doctorate of veterinary medicine, graduating in May 2021. She has a special interest in all things feline, behavior medicine, and Fear Free/cooperative veterinary care through training. She is excited to begin her veterinary career at EVC; she looks forward to building lasting relationships with clients and giving pets their best possible quality of life.

She loves spending time at Eastown restaurants and shops with her partner, as well as 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.

Management Team

Paul Kernstock

Practice Manager

Brandy Weidenfeller, LVN

Licensed Veterinary Nurse – Facility, Compliance, & Regulatory Manager

Annah Miller, LVN

Licensed Veterinary Nurse, Director of Operations

Carmen M.


Licensed Veterinary Nurse Team

Marissa W., LVN

Licensed Veterinary Nurse Team Lead

Lucy L., LVN

Licensed Veterinary Nurse

Sarah D., LVN

Licensed Veterinary Nurse

Mary T., LVN

Licensed Veterinary Nurse

Ashley D., LVN

Licensed Veterinary Nurse

Client Service Representative Team

Megan B.

Client Service Representative Team Lead

Austin V.

Client Service Representative

Bridgette W.

Client Service Representative

Kelly D.

Client Service Representative

Allison Z.

Client Service Representative

Ashley S.

Client Service Representative

Veterinary Assistant Team

Tia B.

Veterinary Assistant

Sam K.

Veterinary Assistant

Chelsea G.

Veterinary Assistant

Brittany P.

Veterinary Assistant

Libbey P.

Veterinary Assistant

Ben G.

Veterinary Assistant

Kimberly G.

Veterinary Assistant

Allison D.

Veterinary Assistant

Allie V.

Veterinary Assistant

McKenna M.

Veterinary Assistant

Brandon S.

Veterinary Assistant

Marckie K.

Veterinary Assistant

Alex M.

Veterinary Assistant

Allison H.

Veterinary Assistant

Lindsey P.

Veterinary Assistant

Mia P.

Veterinary Assistant

We’re proud to serve Grand Rapids, MI and the surrounding communities.

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
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Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sun: Closed
We are closed from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM on Tuesdays ONLY.

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Fax: 616-451-1914
Email: [email protected]

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