Our Veterinarians

Dr. Susette Aquino is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology. She is sitting with a cat on her lap.
Susette Aquino
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Susette Aquino
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Susette Aquino is interested in medical and surgical treatment options of keratoconjunctivitis sicca, often referred to as dry eye, and surgical correction of ocular disease associated with eyelid conformation. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she was a critical care nurse in human medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Residency, Ophthalmology, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Aquino enjoys her garden, hiking and training her dogs in competitive sports. Marea is her Doberman, and Mochi is a lab mix.
Photo coming soon.
Arianne Baker
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Arianne Baker
MS, DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Arianne Baker’s particular clinical interests include soft tissue surgeries, traumatic injuries, and neurologic or respiratory emergencies.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Master of Science, Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Some of Dr. Baker’s favorite pastimes are cooking, especially for others, running, hiking/exploring, reading and knitting. Her dog’s name is Cobalt.
Dr. Elisabeth Close is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is hugging a large blond dog.
Elisabeth Close
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Elisabeth Close
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elisabeth Close is particularly interested in pain management and internal medicine cases, particularly immune-mediated diseases and endocrine disturbances.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Nashville Veterinary Specialists, TN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Anthropology and Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Close enjoys bike touring, hiking and running. She also loves cooking, reading and traveling with her husband who is also a veterinarian. The couple has a dog named Aspen and two cats, Mona and Cayenne.
Dr. Paul Cunningham is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Paul Cunningham
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Paul Cunningham
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Paul Cunningham’s clinical interests include cardiovascular diseases, specifically cardiomyopathies and vascular thromboembolic disease, and he looks forward to seeing what discoveries in human medicine will translate to veterinary medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Dr. Cunningham likes hiking, swimming, fishing and camping. Occasionally he dusts off his violin to clear his head and unwind. His pets include boxer mix Tilley and betta fish Finnegan.
Dr. Leah Girard is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Leah Girard
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Leah Girard
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Leah Girard is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. Her particular interests include soft tissue surgery, treating and stabilizing trauma patients, and urinary obstructions in cats.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI
An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Girard likes hiking, kayaking, camping, hockey and traveling. She also enjoys music and dancing. Her pets include German shorthaired pointer Captain, Schnauzer/poodle mix Duke, cat Mac and Russian tortoise Torti.
Dr. Chris Hencken is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding an orange tabby cat.
Chris Hencken
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Chris Hencken
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Chris Hencken enjoys treating toxicity cases and is also interested in neurology and cardiology. She loves to work with reptiles and amphibians, as well as cats and dogs.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Toronto, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Hencken enjoys swimming, reading, horseback riding and spending time with her husband and daughter. Additional family members include three cats named Esther, Jack and Gallifrey; Emma, a lab/setter mix; a bearded dragon named Smaug; and two ball pythons, Oro and Salek.
Photo coming soon.
Kevin McKenna
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kevin McKenna
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kevin McKenna served as an infantryman and veterinarian with the U.S. Army before joining us. Stabilizing and treating trauma patients is his favorite aspect of emergency medicine, and performing soft tissue surgery is one of his favorite procedures.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ
Dr. McKenna enjoys soccer, running, kayaking, hiking, reading and video games. He and his wife, a primary care veterinarian, have two boys. The family has a dog, Ghost, and three cats. Oscar, Clover and Kaelee.
Dr. Kelly Stewart is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a black and tan and white dog.
Kelly Stewart
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Dr. Kelly Stewart is particularly interested in internal medicine cases, especially endocrinopathies and immune-mediated disease.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Shippensburg University, PA
Dr. Stewart’s favorite pastimes include hiking, reading, canoeing and running with her Australian shepherd, Lilly. Crash is her mixed breed dog, and Fuzz and Jezabella are her cats.
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