Our Veterinarians

Tara Assenmacher
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Tara Assenmacher
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tara Assenmacher is particularly interested in acute kidney disease and hemodialysis, hematologic emergencies, and sepsis.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Kalamazoo College, MI
Dr. Assenmacher enjoys hiking, traveling, horseback riding and gardening. She and her husband, a BluePearl emergency clinician, have a number of pets: dogs Ozzie and Montgomery; cats Meow Meow, Denali and Alyeska; and horse Teddy.
Noah Bander
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Noah Bander
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Noah Bander enjoys all forms of surgery to include emergency, orthopedic, oncologic and minimally invasive.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, Columbus OH
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Albion College, Albion MI
Dr. Bander’s favorite pastimes include traveling, cooking, fishing, golfing, backpacking and playing and watching all kinds of sports. His two cats, Cole and Delilah, think they are dogs.
Lauren Boyd
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Lauren Boyd
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lauren Boyd's particular clinical interests include gastroenterology, immune-mediated diseases, hematology, endocrine diseases and managing chronic kidney disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Norwalk CT
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Dr. Boyd enjoys time with her husband, son, daughter, yellow lab Max, and the family's two cats. Favorite pastimes include skiing in the winter and lake time in the summer. She also owns and rides reining horses.
Eric Bulakowski
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Eric Bulakowski
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Eric Bulakowski is particularly interested in lymphoma and pain management of osteosarcoma.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, New England Veterinary Oncology Group, Waltham MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Norwalk CT
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Vermont, Burlington
Dr. Bulakowski enjoys spending time with his wife, son, Jack Russell terrier Tucker and two cats, Clancy and Cody. He’s an avid coin and card collector, a football fan, and loves to golf in the summer and ski in the winter.
Stacii Comstock
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Stacii Comstock
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stacii Comstock loves early medical intervention, geriatric and end-of-life care, endocrinology, toxicology, and cutaneous reconstruction/soft tissue surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Comstock likes do-it-yourself home improvements and crafting. Although usually a dog person, she says she is at the mercy of her cat Millie.
Chris Cook
DVM, DACVD
Dermatology
Chris Cook
DVM, DACVD
Board Certified in Veterinary Dermatology
Dermatology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Chris Cook is especially interested in ear disease, immune-mediated skin disorders and practical, non-immunosuppressive management of canine and feline allergies.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
  • Residency, Veterinary Dermatology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Hospital of Pittsford, Rochester NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA
Dr. Cook loves the outdoors and healthy cooking and eating. He spends most of his time chauffeuring his daughter and son around to their various activities.
Michelle Edwards
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Michelle Edwards
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Skilled in all aspects of internal medicine, Dr. Michelle Edwards’ particular clinical interests include gastroenterocolic diseases, nasal diseases with rhinoscopy, and infectious diseases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Wayne State University, Detroit MI
Dr. Edwards enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family, which includes two daughters, three dogs and a cat.
Jennifer Howse
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jennifer Howse
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Growing up, Dr. Jennifer Howse raised and trained four guide dog puppies for the blind and later worked as a staff veterinarian at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Florida. As an emergency veterinarian, her particular interests include endocrine disorders, toxicities, neurological emergencies, and shock and resuscitation.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Atlanta
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Howse enjoys outdoor activities like exploring nature and gardening. She also likes home improvement projects and spending time with her three pets – golden retriever Leo, great Pyrenees Lacey, and Munch the cat.
Adam Lancaster
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Adam Lancaster
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Adam Lancaster especially enjoys providing quality, compassionate care to critically ill animals and has a special interest in transfusion medicine and traumatic brain injury.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
Dr. Lancaster enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking. He also enjoys spending time with his family, both the four-legged and two-legged kind.
Dan Lorimer
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Dan Lorimer
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Dan Lorimer founded Michigan Veterinary Specialists. After growing his practice to include three hospital locations in Michigan, he merged his practice with BluePearl Veterinary Partners. He continues to practice ophthalmology and is especially interested in cataract surgery, ocular emergencies and trauma, glaucoma, ophthalmic microsurgery, laser therapy, and exotic animal ophthalmology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Referral Service, Mesa AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Lorimer is a loyal Detroit Red Wings hockey fan and also spends time coaching youth sports, taking part in outdoor activities, dog training, and relaxing with his family.
Samantha Norris
DVM
Surgery
Samantha Norris
DVM
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Samantha Norris is an intern in our surgery service, and she enjoys all aspects of surgery. Some of her favorite procedures include wound management, reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive fracture repair and portosystemic shunt repair. She is also interested in physical rehabilitation and pain management.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Center, Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets, Fairfax OH
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center, Fishers IN
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Chemistry, Franklin College, IN
Dr. Norris has a long list of hobbies: soccer, volleyball, horseback riding, photography, event planning, flower arranging, traveling abroad, snorkeling/scuba diving, and time with her one-eyed shih tzu Trip.
Sabrina Rupani
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Sabrina Rupani
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sabrina Rupani particularly enjoys treating surgical emergencies.
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Southfield MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Rupani enjoys CrossFit, yoga and cooking. Cheddar is her tabby cat.
Kelly Stewart
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kelly Stewart
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Michael West
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Michael West
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michael West enjoys working with dogs, cats, exotic pets and zoo animals. He is especially interested in cataract surgery and medical and surgical treatments for glaucoma and corneal ulcers.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University
, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, AL
Dr. West enjoys running, Detroit Tigers baseball, Auburn football, painting, reading and singing karaoke. He lives with his wife, their dog Ralphy, and their three cats Gilly, Churchill and Mavis.
Jacob Winbigler
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jacob Winbigler
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jacob Winbigler’s special areas of interest include states of shock, neurologic emergencies, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord disease, transfusion medicine, and feline urinary obstructions.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Clinical Rotation, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Sciences, Biology, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
Dr. Winbigler enjoys running, exercise and being outdoors. He also likes spending time in downtown Detroit and attending festivals and concerts. His three cats include Max, Helen and Trixie.

Technicians (VTS)

Regina Fairman
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Critical Care
Regina Fairman
LVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency & Critical Care)
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
The pace and case variety, like endocrine emergencies and C-sections, are exciting for Regina, who is also passionate about geriatric care and giving high-quality nursing care. Frank, her red Doberman, and Jack Russell terrier Lemon keep her busy at home, where she also enjoys reading, gardening, gardening and working out.