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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Andrew Lukasiewicz is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. He is holding two brown puppies.
Andrew Lukasiewicz
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Andrew Lukasiewicz
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lukasiewicz is a small animal and surgery intern. His clinical interest is in emergency medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Away from work, Dr. Lukasiewicz enjoys skiing and cooking and baking. He also participates in the Lithuanian Scouts Association.
Dr. Amanda Conkling is board certified in veterinary surgery. She is holding two cats.
Amanda Conkling
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Amanda Conkling
DVM, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
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 enjoys time with her husband and five children, and participating in triathlons and running races. The family has a pit bull mix named Belle, three cats, Smudge, Phineas and Ferb, and chickens and fish.
Dr. Chris Cook is board certified in veterinary dermatology. He is hugging a golden retriever.
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.
Dr. Nicholas Fleissner is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Nicholas Fleissner
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Nicholas Fleissner
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Fleissner is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. His clinical interests include anesthesia and analgesia. He also enjoys the fast, split-second decisions involved in stabilizing a patient’s physiology during times of stress.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Dr. Fleissner is busy preparing to marry his fiancé in 2020. Outside of wedding plans, he plays the saxophone, guitar, ukulele and piano. He also has a 4-year-old “mutt”, Lily, who he rescued in his first year of vet school.
Dr. Joyce Ho is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a small black dog.
Joyce Ho
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Joyce Ho
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Joyce Ho worked as an animal trainer using positive reinforcement for two years and was a recipient of the Raymond Nachreiner Fellowship. Her clinical interests include performing surgical procedures and treating/diagnosing endocrine disorders.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
Dr. Ho’s hobbies include kayaking, hiking, painting and snowboarding. She has a miniature pinscher Chihuahua mix and a pit bull puppy.
Dr. Adam Hunt is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Adam Hunt
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Adam Hunt
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
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Dr. Hunt is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. He has a passion for high quality and high standard of care medicine. His clinical interests include feline-specific medicine, dentistry, cardiology, endocrine diseases and nephrology.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University Minnesota, Twin Cities
Outside of work, Dr. Hunt enjoys snowboarding, cooking, playing chess, reading, and raising his two cats, Tuna and Dougie.
Dr. Ericka Hunter is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is hugging an almost white Labrador retriever.
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.
Dr. Elise Jemmott is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Elise Jemmott
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Elise Jemmott
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elise Jemmott considers the arrival of a critical patient at 3:00am an adrenaline rush. She is most drawn to cases of parvovirus puppies, trauma and toxicities.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Houston Veterinary Specialists, Spring TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Jemmott has two mutts, Hallie Berry and Dent, and a cat named Shock. She enjoys trying new brews, dabbling in woodworking and outside activities like camping, hiking and kayaking.
Dr. Yoojin Kim is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. She is holding a long-haired cat.
Yoojin Kim
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Yoojin Kim
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Dr. Magenta Kline is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is hugging a golden labroador.
Magenta Kline
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Magenta Kline
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
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Dr. Kline is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Her clinical interests include endocrine disorders, toxicities and trauma. She loves connecting with clients and teaching them about their pets’ medical needs.
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, Basseterre, St. Kitts
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, College of Charleston, SC
Away from the hospital, Dr. Kline enjoys hiking, singing and international travel. Her family pets include a golden retriever mix, Ollie, and four cats - Olivia, Roux, Leia and Gatsby.
Dr. Jill Niederhuth is board certified in veterinary neurology.
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.
Dr. Danielle Pettifor is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She has her arm around a brown dog.
Danielle Pettifor
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Danielle Pettifor
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Danielle Pettifor is a well-rounded clinician with a special interest in exotic animal medicine. Her favorite cases are those involving cardiology, internal medicine and trauma.
  • Clinical year, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
When not in the ER, Dr. Pettifor is enjoying the great outdoors. She likes to go for hikes and go swimming with her husband, daughter and dog.
Dr. Kristopher Sharpe is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. He is hugging a large black dog.
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. His two cats, Gracie and Calvin, are happy to stay home and watch over the house.
Dr. Gwen Sila is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology. She is sitting with a large dog who is looking up into her face.
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, glaucoma, and cataract surgery.
  • 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 loves being outside and traveling and hiking through remote areas. She’s a longtime casual runner and also enjoys cooking and baking. She and her husband have a very active border collie and Australian shepherd and an even more active young son.
Dr. Christine Swanson is board certified in veterinary oncology. She is hugging a large black dog.
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. Sienna, her cane corso, is always eager to fill the rest of the daylight hours with an uplifting game of fetch.
Dr. Katie Tillman is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is holding a black and white cat.
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.
Dr. Lauren Ugol is an emergency medicine veterinarian. She is with a brown, black and tan dog.
Lauren Ugol
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Lauren Ugol
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lauren Ugol is an emergency clinician. Her interests include clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging as it relates to the ER setting. Dr. Ugol finds cases of toxicities, endocrine disorders and allergic reactions particularly gratifying.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Bachelor of Arts, Zoology, Journalism, Miami University, Oxford OH
Dr. Ugol likes trying new recipes, watching Hallmark movies, listening to podcasts and exploring Michigan's piers. She has an Australian Shepherd, Haven, and a rescue cat, Monroe.