Meet the friendly staff at East Holland Veterinary Clinic!
Dara pursued her dream of working in the animal field by applying & being accepted into Michigan States Veterinary Technology program Sept 1975. Fred & Dara met while on a couples blind date. Fred finished his stint with the Army in 1979 and they opened the clinic that summer. Dara has enjoyed working alongside her husband. She enjoys canoeing, hiking (Isle Royale & Porcupine State Park) quilting and gardening (yardwork!) Dara loves seeing the next 'generation' of staff members continue their mission to provide great client care.
P.S. I am very much enjoying being a 'grandma' of 3 grandkids!!
Dr Fred is a Michigan State University (GO GREEN) graduate. After graduating from MSU in 1977, he spent 2 years at Fort Snelling, Minnesota in the U.S Army Veterinary Corps. Fred & Dara met at MSU and married while he served in the Army. Dara & Fred decided in 1979 to start their own practice in Fred's hometown of Holland, MI. Dr Fred enjoys hiking, backpacking, canoeing, hunting & trying to fish.
KellyLVTLicensed Veterinary Techinician
Kelly has been working for EHVC for 17 yrs! She graduated from Baker College with an Associates Degree of Applied Science in pursuit of becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Kelly is passionate for animal behavior & training. She would someday love to become specialized in Animal behavior. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter & pets, horseback riding, flower gardening and sewing. Kelly has 2 dogs- Alvin & Tia, 2 cats- Porkchop & Shrimpy and a horse named Dani.
Anna has been a receptionist at EHVC for 17 yrs. Anna married her highschool sweartheart Doug, 19 years ago. She has 2 sons, Porter-13 & Bennett-10. Both kids are very active in Tang Soo Do karate. Anna also has 2 furry family members as well. Esther Lou is a 1 1/2yr old cat that likes to lay on her lap but does not like to be snuggled. Viola Lee is her Springer Spaniel who loves belly rubs and getting into mischief. She enjoys vacations with family, walking the dog, taking naps & going to the beach.
Susan has been with EHVC for almost 17 yrs. She attended Michigan State and majored in Fisheries & Wildlife. Shortly after graduating she came to work for Dr. Fred & Dara. Susan is a mother of 4 wonderful children, 2 dogs & 1 cat. Her husband operates his family farm with his dad and brother. The family farm has around 200 sheep, 11 chows & multiple chickens and guinea hens. Susan enjoys homeschooling her kids, reading, playing volleyball and traveling. And, of course, spending time with her EHVC family & four-legged friends that come to visit us!
Dr Fritz graduated from St. Matthew's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Fritz lived in New Jersey for a couple years while starting his family. Fritz & his wife decided to move closer to home after their son Gabe was a little over 1 yr old. Many of you may remember seeing Fritz around the clinic in middle & high school cleaning kennels and assisting in the office. Dr Fritz enjoys working with not only cats and dogs but small mammals and reptiles as well. He has found an interest in dentistry, radiology (x-rays) and ultrasonography. Outside of work he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. Fritz has 2 cats- Ditto & May May, 1 dog- Abby, Red eared slider-Bess and a gargoyle gecko (Ziggy).
KaraLVTLicensed Veterinary Technician
Kara graduated from Baker College in 2015 with an Associates of Applied Sciences majoring in Veterinary Technology. After completing her school internship with us we decided to make her a full time member of the team. She loves working with animals, but her passion is dental prophylaxis, educating clients & working with exotic animals. Outside of work she enjoys walking the trails and going to the beach with her husband and English Setter- Harley. Kara also has 2 guinea pigs- Pops & Chip.
Sharon has been with us for almost 2 years. She has worked in the 'animal world' for over 20 yrs. Sharron loves animals of all kinds. She has been married to her best friend for 36 yrs and has 2 beautiful daughters. Besides animals, her favorite things are camping, gardening and drinking coffee!!
Sam has been a member of the EHVC team for 2 years. She graduated in 2017 from Hope College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. October 2018 Sam started an online program in pursuit of obtaining her Veterinary Technician License. She is blessed to have a wonderful husband, Michael and kitty named- Remington. Remi was only 3 days old when she rescued him. Her and her husband enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and overall being outdoors.
Connie has been a receptionist at EHVC for little more than 2 yrs. Connie was a client for 17 years before she decided to join our team. She has a dog- Morgan who is 11 yrs old and 2 cats Oreo who is 17 and Ginger who is 13 years old. She has been married for 29 years and have 2 adults daughters. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, running, volleyball, the beach and being outdoors.
BridgetteLVTLicensed Veterinary Technician/Assistant Manager
Bridgette became a Licensed Vet Tech in 2006 and joined the EHVC team in Sept 2018. She enjoys attending Continuing Education and pushing herself to learn and grow everyday. Her most recent accomplishment is becoming Level 2 Fear Free Certified which has allowed her to better understand dog behavior and help patients have less stressful visits at the clinic. Bridgette & her husband enjoy working outside & gardening in the summer. Her children are young adults and on their own adventures in life. Her fur family consists of a Bully Pitbull- Ziggy & a cat- Marley