Alicia has been with GAH since December of 2018 and has been a quick study. She came on board as we were in the midst of moving from our old location to our new facility and if that move didn’t scare her off I think we’ve got a keeper. Alicia is so laid back, it makes working with her so easy, nothing really gets this girl in a bad mood, so rare to find in people now a days.
Alicia’s degree is in Graphic Design from the College for Creative Studies (she is using that degree to it’s full potential, like many of us 😊 – this is sarcasm). Alicia, also designs graphic tee shirts on her spare time, so i guess she is using that degree after all!
Alicia is a pescatarian, meaning she is a vegetarian who will also eat fish but no other animal proteins. It dose not mean she worships fish. I mention this, in the event that someone reading this chooses to bring in food for the staff, there is one of us that does not eat meat.
Alicia lives in Grand Rapids with her husband Matt and their 4 dogs (Pooka, Nollie, Zeke and Kilo), a cat (Dali) and lizard (Nora). Until recently it was 3 dogs, but she (like myself) let one of our reps stick her with a puppy. She and her husband are both hockey fanatics and are always playing on a league.
What can I say about Lizzie? Well, Lizzie has been with GAH since May of 2018, and has adjusted to our wackiness with ease. Lizzie came to us from Cascade Animal Hospital as a kennel attendant and has made the transition to technician seamlessly. Lizzie was born in Rochester, Mi and spent most to her life in Oxford, Mi – and no she has not become a yuppie as a result. Lizzie is currently attending Grand Valley State University with a hope (seeing as this is her 4th or 5th time changing majors) to graduate with a masters in Cell Molecular Biology. You would think that someone wanting to go into cell molecular biology would be pretty introverted as they would prefer working in a lab away from people, but this kid is outgoing as they come.
Lizzie has recently lost hearing in her left ear, so you may need to yell occasionally to get her attention, don’t worry, she is a good sport about it. (Just don’t tell her I am telling you this.) Lizzie hopes to learn the piano and has recently purchased a keyboard. (There is a Beethoven joke there, but I will refrain.)
Lizzie currently has 1 pet, her chihuahua mix named Macie. She is a doll of a dog.
With Lizzie’s work ethic and sense of humor I hope she changes majors once again, we would like to keep her on staff as long as possible.
Dr. Stephanie Dorner attended Calvin College for undergraduate school and went on to MSU and graduated with her veterinary degree in 1997. Dr. Dorner comes to us from South Kent Animal Hospital (we are so happy to have her on board here), and has been with us since January of 2019. At GAH she performs routine diagnostics and exams.
Dr. Dorner is a West Michigan native and lives in Grand Rapids with her husband (David) and their three children (Annabelle, Gabe and Aaron). Dr. Dorner enjoys downhill skiing and would like to learn cross country skiing as well as how to sail. She and her husband hope that once they get the kids out of the house they will have more time to themselves and pick up some more hobbies. (Not they are in any kind of rush or anything).
Dr. Dorner has a menagerie of pets on her ‘farm’, as many as 22! For those of your who are curious, she has 5 chickens, 1 bearded dragon, 2 ponys, 1 rabbit, 2 parrots, 9 cats, 2 dogs and of course her husband 🙂 . That was an exhausting list! It is a wonder she gets anything else done having to care for all of those guys and her children. It is said that the cockatoo’s vocalizing may be causing some marital strife, those of you who have ever had one, or know of someone with a cockatoo can surely understand 😉.
Ariel has been with Georgetown Animal Hospital since December of 2015. Ariel is a princess through and through, she is the pickiest piggy ever. Ariel will only eat romaine lettuce (minus the crunchy ribs to the leaves), and prefers that she get a change up to her vegetables and fruit, as she cannot be bothered to eat the same things multiple days in a row.
Ariel may have multiple personality disorder, as she will be super affectionate and annoyed at the same time. I believe that she is secretly plotting all of our deaths at these times of annoyance and if she had more allies she would attempt a coup d’état for complete control. As it is, she is willing to play the sidekick, but look out, one of these days she will come for all of us.
Segue came to Georgetown Animal Hospital in 2013 as a stray and has been living it up ever since he got here. Segue is the only child (and acts like it) of an alley cat dad (who liked to get around) and a floozy mom (who liked to hit the bottle hard). Segue has been able to overcome some difficult obstacles in his life to get to this point. Due to his upbringing, Segue developed an addiction to catnip that he still has not been able to kick. It is because of these difficulties that he has had to do a lot of growing up real fast and explains why he has become such a chill dude who doesn’t let anything get him down.
Segue’s main likes are treats (provided by Ralph the Hill’s driver), long walks on the beach and long naps in the office. We never said he was a productive Boss Man. His primary dislikes are Huskies (had a run in with one) and yowling cats (he hates an attention seeker). Segue’s ultimate goal in life is world domination; he hopes to one day achieve this goal, with as little effort as possible.
Amy has been with Georgetown Animal Hospital since 2006. Prior to GAH she worked at Harbor Humane Society for 7 years, gaining tons of animal handling experience. Amy tried to leave GAH in 2014 but we wouldn’t hear of it, so she still puts in occasional hours at the clinic so we (and our clients) still get to see her. When she isn’t working at GAH she is working so for the Holland Deacons Conference, where she cares for people with mental and physical disabilities.
Amy is originally from West Michigan, though she would prefer to spend her time at Drummond Island. She has two boys, Oliver and Jonas, two super intelligent and active guys. Amy is big into CrossFit (as is her husband, Jason), running, crocheting, kayaking and horseback riding (the girl cannot sit still).
Amy lives Holland with her three boys and husband and their dog: Smack (Smackaronie and cheese). She also has 3 horses.
Sharon joined the staff as a receptionist at Georgetown Animal Hospital in 2012. She and her husband (Leo) of 45+ years (that’s a long time!) moved here from Niles where Sharon worked at the Niles Foot Clinic for over 20 years. They moved to Hudsonville to be closer to their daughter (one whom is Dr. Meyer) and grandchildren. Their son (Michael) currently resides in Denver, CO.
Sharon enjoys knitting, hanging with the grandkids and reading in her free time. Sharon and Leo also love going to Holland and Saugatuck, but don’t try getting her on a plane! Sharon and Leo have a rambunctious Shnoodle named Cody.
Just when you thought we reached the limits of our nepotism, we hired Eric, Dr. Chudy’s nephew. He is currently going to school at Grand Valley State University, with a hope to one day be a veterinarian (his hope is to pursue large animal medicine). Eric currently lives in Grandville, MI with his wife Danae. Eric is one laid-back dude; he has yet to let everyone else’s neuroses get to him.
Jessika (yes, with a K, we don’t get it either ☺) came to Georgetown Animal Hospital in the spring of 2014 as both a receptionist and technician. Jessika attended Grand Valley State University, graduating with a B.S. in Psychology in 3 years (overachiever). Jessika was born and raised in Hudsonville, MI, where she currently resides.
Jessika’s previous work experience is what makes her great at working with people, she worked retail at Barnes and Noble. Jessika hopes to one day put her degree to work, but in the meantime she can observe and record her colleagues’ odd behavior.
Jessika has many interests outside of work including taking road trips, dancing, and binge watching Netflix. She also gets so excited over candy that she cannot breath (odd, I know). She hopes to someday travel abroad. She lives with her dog Lulu (Lulu Bear to those who know her).
Alaree (it starts with an A, not a V) came to Georgetown Animal Hospital (2011) with a plethora of animal experience: she had seven years of MacKenzie’s Animal Sanctuary and five years at the Animal Clinic (Grand Rapids, MI) before that. At the Animal Clinic she was the lead kennel technician and at MacKenzie’s she was the health care technician. At GAH, Alaree works as both a receptionist and technician.
Alaree was born in Winston – Salem, North Carolina (no, she has not been accused of witchcraft), and has moved around a number of times. She has made West Michigan her home. Alaree’s education includes an associate’s degree in science from GRCC (2002) and a B.S. in Biology from Grand Valley State University (2012). Alaree enjoys hanging out with friends, trying new things, and going to the movies.