Our Veterinarians

Amber Binoniemi
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Amber Binoniemi
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Amber Binoniemi's special interests are dystocia, or difficult births, and challenging medicine cases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Binoniemi and her husband have three daughters whose athletic pursuits keep the family busy. Other pastimes include traveling, reading, hiking and biking. Family pets are Yorkshire terrier Oliver and shih-poo Crusoe.
Marcia Carpenter
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Marcia Carpenter
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Within the field of emergency medicine, Dr. Marcia Carpenter particularly enjoys toxicology and transfusion medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Cell & Molecular Biology, Bradley University, Peoria IL
Dr. Carpenter enjoys staying active by running and biking. She and her husband have a daughter and son.
Nicole Carrasquillo-Cotto
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Nicole Carrasquillo-Cotto
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Nicole Carrasquillo-Cotto's particular interests include laceration repairs, toxicities and gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Houston TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Technology, University of Puerto Rico
Dr. Carrasquillo-Cotto enjoys painting, hiking, crafting, dancing and anything that involves nature, to include going to the beach. She has a mixed breed dog, Scarlett.
Paige Como
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Paige Como
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Paige Como is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center MI
Dr. Como enjoys the beaches of Lake Michigan, traveling, live music, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, horseback riding and exploring with her Sheltie Riley. She also has a Morgan colt named Finn and two cats, Gemma and Mia.
Amanda Conkling
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Amanda Conkling
DVM, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
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Dr. Amanda Conkling is especially interested in soft tissue surgery, oncologic surgery and reconstructive procedures.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, Copley OH
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, Copley OH
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers State University, East Brunswick NJ
Dr. Conkling spends time with her husband and five children. She has completed a full-distance Ironman Triathlon 140.6 in Mont Tremblant, Canada. The family has a pit bull mix named Belle, three cats, Smudge, Phineas and Ferb, and chickens and fish.
Chris Cook
DVM, DACVD
Dermatology
Chris Cook
DVM, DACVD
Board Certified in Veterinary Dermatology
Dermatology
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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.
Kim Egeler
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Kim Egeler
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
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Good with her hands, Dr. Kim Egeler found that putting together fracture pieces, removing a tumor, or reconstructing a wound came naturally to her. She especially enjoys minimally invasive procedures including arthroscopy (joint procedures), fracture repair, and soft tissue procedures.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, MI
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Denver CO
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Aurora and Berwyn Animal Hospitals, IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Egeler enjoys rock climbing, hiking and snowboarding. She and her husband have three dogs, Malibu, Hops and Barley; two cats, Indigo and Firago; and a tree frog named Link.
Krysta Haggins
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Krysta Haggins
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
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Dr. Krysta Haggins is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Marygrove College, Detroit MI
Dr. Haggins enjoys growing spiritually, golf and dancing, with Bachata and Kizomba being her two favorite dances. She has a mixed breed dog who loves to cuddle.
Ericka Hunter
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Ericka Hunter
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Ericka Hunter's particular clinical interests include trauma, wound care and toxicities.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Physiology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Dr. Hunter enjoys cooking, snowshoeing, kayaking and international travel, and she actually met her husband while on vacation in Jamaica. The family pets include mixed breed dog Chili Bean, Labrador retriever River, and two cats, Oshi and Lemon.
Yoojin Kim
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Yoojin Kim
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
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Before vet school, Dr. Yoojin Kim worked in Seoul, South Korea as a writer and editor for a large publisher of fashion and home living magazines. She has completed focused research projects on kidney diseases but enjoys a variety of procedures, to include bronchoscopy, cystoscopy, GI endoscopy, and arthrocentesis. Her particular clinical interests include nephrology, gastroenterology, immune-mediated disease and endocrinology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral & Emergency, Bowie MD
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication, Ewha Women’s University, Seoul South Korea
Dr. Kim's favorite pastimes include photography, travel and anything with water, like canoeing, standup paddle boarding and swimming. She and her husband, a registered nurse, have a daughter. The family shares their house with cats Foret and Hobo.
Rebecca Lein Burke
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Rebecca Lein Burke
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Rebecca Lein Burke finds trauma, coagulation disorders and toxicity cases particularly interesting.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Emergency & Referral Center, Northbrook IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Lein and her husband have three pets: Dunkel, an exotic shorthair cat; Monty, a poodle mix; and Pimms, a playful golden retriever. Dr. Lein enjoys traveling and outdoor sports.
Ivelisse Milanes-Mercado
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Ivelisse Milanes-Mercado
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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The daughter of two veterinarians, Dr. Milanes-Mercado's day is made when she’s educated a client about how to keep their animals healthy. She is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Milanes-Mercado is a huge online PC gamer” which she credits for keeping her dexterity and thinking skills sharp. Lady and Leo, both Havanese-poodle mixes are her two constant canine companions.
Jill Niederhuth
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Jill Niederhuth
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology, Neurosurgery
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Dr. Jill Niederhuth particularly enjoys managing epilepsy, inflammatory brain/spinal cord diseases and neuromuscular conditions. She also finds it gratifying to help families and pets with care for conditions that can ultimately be fatal, such as brain tumors. Intervertebral disc disease surgery is one of her favorites because the outcome tends to be excellent.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Internship, Neurology, Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, William Paterson University, Wayne NJ
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Tulane University, New Orleans LA
Dr. Niederhuth loves puzzles, reading, outdoor activities and traveling with her husband. They have two dogs: Lucy who they think is a Boerboel and Athena, a lab/hound mix.
Medora Pashmakova
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Medora Pashmakova
DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
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After ten years in Texas, Dr. Medora Pashmakova is happy to be back in her home state of Michigan. Experienced in all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine, her particular interests include the emergent stabilization of shock and electrolyte disturbances; the critical care aspects of managing pets with sepsis, acute organ failure, endocrine disorders and environmental emergencies; and pediatrics, especially parvoviral enteritis. She also has advanced training in minimally invasive urinary interventions for pets with urethral and ureteral obstructions.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Biology, Columbia College, New York City
Dr. Pashmakova has volunteered as a criticalist for the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska and is looking forward to more sled dog volunteer work in the future. She enjoys spending time outdoors and has two scruffy black dogs, Willard and Matilda.
Meredith Rice
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Meredith Rice
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Meredith Rice is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate TN
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Hope College, Holland MI
Dr. Rice loves international travel, cooking, downhill skiing, yoga, lake time, and being bossed around by her very opinionated cat, Poof.
Brenda Rivera
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Brenda Rivera
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Brenda Rivera is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Technology, University of Puerto Rico
Dr. Rivera loves to sing, dance, cook, read and travel. She has a friendly and curious cat named Snow White.
Kristopher Sharpe
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Kristopher Sharpe
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sharpe is the medical director of our Grand Rapids hospital. Within his specialty of internal medicine, he’s particularly interested in immune-mediated diseases, liver disease and endocrinology.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Norwalk CT
  • Bachelor of Science, Oakland University, Rochester MI
Dr. Sharpe enjoys running, fly fishing, and hiking and camping with his wife, three sons, and dog Owen, a black lab. The family also has two cats, Gracie and Calvin.
Gwen Sila
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Gwen Sila
DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
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Dr. Gwen Sila is particularly interested in corneal disease, inherited retinal diseases and glaucoma.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo MI
Dr. Sila lives with Aussie-mix named Butters. She enjoys exploring downtown Ann Arbor, mountain biking with friends, running, spending time in the kitchen, and knitting.
Christine Swanson
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Christine Swanson
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
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Dr. Christine Swanson is especially interested in combination chemotherapy as extracted from human medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor’s of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Swanson enjoys baking and spending time outdoors with her two children and husband. The family pets include black Labrador retriever Otter, and cane corso Sienna.
Katie Tillman
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Katie Tillman
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Katie Tillman is especially interested in seizure management and cardiovascular emergencies.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Emergency & Referral Center, Northbrook IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Oakland University, Rochester MI
Dr. Tillman and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with her pets: a dancing basenji-mix Norma, and a three-toed rescued cat Oscar the Grouch.