Meet our skilled GVC staff members!
Deana is a licensed veterinary technician and has been with GVC since 1998. She received her degree from Macomb Community College and went on to earn a BBA from Rochester College. Her family includes her husband, Matthew, her children, Hilary and Zachary, and their dogs, Teddy and Elenor.
Julie has been a licensed veterinary technician since 1998, having earned her degree from Macomb Community College. She has been an integral part of the staff at GVC since 2001. Julie and her husband, Al, live with their twin boys, Phoenix and J.D., in Sterling Heights and also share their home with five furry children. Julie enjoys living out her childhood dreams every day here at GVC.
Clara grew up surrounded by animals, loves working with GVC’s team and clients, and finds every day to be a rewarding learning experience. She and her husband Lawrie are Rochester Hills empty nesters (along with their dog and four cats), with children in Lake Orion (including two grandboys), Ann Arbor, and Bellingham, WA. Clara volunteers with the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail and Knit Michigan. She is also an avid seamstress, knitter, and weaver.
Vicki joined the GVC team in March 2010 as a veterinary assistant. She enjoys working and caring for all types of animals and loves learning new things about veterinary medicine. Vicki lives with her two dogs (Kaila and Karma) and two cats (Lucy and Ethel). She enjoys spending all of her free time riding her horse, Havana, and spending time with her family and friends.
Candace loves working with animals and their owners on a daily basis. Her pets include her cat, Cinder, and dogs, Roxy and Logan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time on the lake with her family and friends.
Kara has always been an animal lover!! Growing up, her family always had pets, including dogs, cats, birds, goats, bunnies, and even rats! She can’t imagine having a family without a furry friend running around too. Kara and her husband have two rescue dogs and two little kitties that warm her heart! She has a business degree and is enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program through Penn Foster. Kara is excited to see where this path leads and is very excited to grow personally and in her career here at Goodison Veterinary Center!
Katherine is originally from England. She moved to Rochester in 2001 and graduated from Oakland University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. In 2018, Katherine subsequently graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Macomb Community College and passed her national board exam to become a licensed veterinary technician. She was on the Oakland University women's swimming and diving team for all four years of her undergraduate studies and has always had a love of animals and passion to work in the field of veterinary medicine.
Amanda graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a degree in animal science and again in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary technology. She has three dogs: an English Lab named Maverick, an Australian Shepherd named Atlas, and a Border Collie named Piper. In her spare time, she competes in agility with her Border Collie. Amanda has been interested in canine behavior and training since she was young. She carries that into her career as an LVT. She loves educating clients on their dog or puppy’s behavior and enjoys strengthening the human-animal bond!
Diane is married to Michael and has two sons, Logan and Kalan. They reside in Ortonville where they enjoy frequent sightings of deer, foxes, coyotes, and many other wildlife. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and has a background in sales, marketing, and advertising. Diane has a dog named Otter and hopes, someday, to have a horse and some goats. She enjoys spending time with her family, biking, hiking, photography, and attending her sons’ many sporting events.
After retiring from many years in 'Corporate America', Judy wanted work doing something more fun. She loves animals so working at Goodison Veterinary Center seemed like the perfect place to see lots of them. When not working, Judy likes to spend time with her three grandchildren (Lindsey, Ayden, and Eliot) and multiple granddogs. She also enjoys reading, swimming, and cooking.
Amanda has had a passion for animals since she was a child and has a daughter she hopes to pass that on to. In addition, she has three cats (Biggasaurus Rex, Neville, and Meeko). She also has two dogs (Bo Duke and Dottie). In her free time, Amanda loves to spend time with her daughter and enjoys kayaking.
Beth moved back to Michigan with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Emily, after 14 years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio. In Pennsylvania, she spent ten years working at The University of Pennsylvania’s Large Animal Hospital. Her family has two cats, Nestor and Penelope, and a horse named Buckshot.
Freda is from the East Coast of Scotland and has always been surrounded by animals. She previously worked in finance management and administration and spent much of her spare time as a founding member of a pet rescue group, where she grew to love her volunteer work more than her career. She came to the USA in 2001 and started a new career in the veterinary field. Freda graduated from the WCCCD Veterinary Technician Program and passed board exams in 2011. She went on to work as an oncology technician and has a very special place in her heart for senior animals. Freda lives with her husband, Kim, and their three elderly Maltese named Tigger, Chloe, and Whysper. Her most favorite place to be is sitting on a beach by the water which reminds her of home.
Ashley grew up in Clarkston and still lives there with her husband, Aaron. They have two daughters, three dogs, and a Russian tortoise. Her interest in animals started at a young age when she showed dogs in 4-H. In Ashley’s free time, she and her husband enjoy going to their family cottage on Lake Huron, wine tasting, spending time with family, and cheering on U of M. GO BLUE!!
Laura obtained her education as a veterinary technician in Colorado. After graduation, she worked in emergency and general practice in Colorado for ten years before moving back to her hometown of Rochester Hills. She enjoys hiking with her children and taking care of their betta fish, Robbie.
Luke joined the GVC team in 2019 as a veterinary assistant. He graduated from Oakland University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Luke has resided in Rochester Hills for much of his life and shares his life with two shelties, Riva and Wendy. He loves to hike, play disc golf, watch movies (with the 1999 classic The Mummy being his favorite), and roots for all things MSU. Go Green!
Nicole lives in Rochester Hills with her husband, Brian, and her two children, Blake and Brynne. She also shares her home with two dogs, Thomas and Stella, and three cats: Paczki, Francesca, and Aspen. Nicole graduated from Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2008 and has a special love of veterinary oncology. She stays very busy cheering on her children at baseball, football, and soccer games and also at gymnastics meets. When she happens to have free time, Nicole loves taking spinning classes at the gym and local cycle studios.
Brynn graduated from Ohio State in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Since graduating, she has enjoyed working as a veterinary assistant and gaining experience in this field. She recently finished her application to veterinary school for the 2021 admissions cycle; wish her luck! Her ultimate career goal is to work as a shelter veterinarian, which she became interested in after working at two animal shelters. Brynn has two dogs, Windsor (a beagle) and Reagan (a rescue), who most enjoy squeaky toys, treats, and long walks in the park.
Erin joined the GVC team as a vet assistant. She is currently attending Oakland Community College, with hopes to begin Michigan State University's Veterinary Nursing program. Erin has always loved animals and would love to work at a wildlife rescue after finishing her degree (although she loves seeing you and your pets!). Outside of work, Erin loves spending time with her Pitbull mix, Princess. She also enjoys anything Disney, hiking, fishing, and generally spending time in the outdoors.
JD started working at GVC in April of 2020. He attends the Utica Academy for International Studies and runs cross country for Henry Ford II High School. He likes reading, riding his bike, and spending time with his pets in his free time.
Jessika has worked in the pet industry since she was 18 years old, including at pet stores, boarding/daycare facilities, and even grooming salons. She’s always had an interest in vet medicine which led her to Goodison and enrollment in vet tech school at Penn Foster. Jessika’s true passion is pet nutrition. She is a certified pet nutritionist and is certified in raw feeding as well. She shares her home with two beautiful domestic long-haired cats, Sarabi and Lil' Bean, as well as her wonderful husband and young son.
Kala (pronounced like Kayla) graduated from Macomb Community College's Veterinary Technician Program and has been a licensed veterinary technician since 2017. She loves all kinds of animals, but has a soft spot for exotics. She and her husband, Justin, own three reptiles of their own: Mushu the bearded dragon, Tutley the kingsnake, and Bongo the leopard gecko. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games and spending time with her young niece.
Katie went to MSU for Horse Management and lived in three different states doing horse and small animal veterinary work before moving back to her home state of Michigan. She loves being at the beach, hiking, coffee, and working out. She has two Jack Russell Terriers.
Roxi was born and raised in Connecticut before moving to North Carolina for college where she ended up staying for ten years before moving to Michigan in 2015 where she started a family with her fiance, Frank. She has one daughter named Allie. Roxi is also mom to a Beagle/Hound mix named Berkley and a cat named Bonkers. She enjoys being creative in her free time and especially loves making things with clay.
Ashlee went to Oakland University and received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice prior to discovering her passion for helping animals. She’s currently attending school for veterinary technology and looks forward to a long career in veterinary medicine. Ashlee and her fiancé live in Rochester with their fur baby, Morgan. They look forward to adding more rescues to the family once they move from their 700 square foot apartment.
Kristine went to Macomb Community College and completed the veterinary technician program there, graduating in 2016 and becoming a licensed veterinary technician. She began her career as an LVT in emergency medicine but switched paths after a couple of years and joined a general practice with a heavy focus on advanced dentistry. Kristine lives in Oak Park with her husband, Patrick, their two dogs, Mia and Manny, their cat, Leo, and their turtle, Mortis. Kristine’s passions outside of veterinary medicine include running, yoga, and tending to her plants.
Toonces (affectionately known as Tooncie or T.T.) is our well-loved clinic cat. She can often be found daintily eating her treats or snuggling in for a nap in her cozy basket after an exciting morning of scouting out the action in the clinic and keeping all of us in line!
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