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.
Dr Fritz graduated from St. Matthew's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Fritz lived in New Jersey for a couple of 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).
Dr. Chris has been a DVM with EHVC since the early years. He enjoys working with all animals!
Dara pursued her dream of working in the animal field by applying & being accepted into the Michigan States Veterinary Technology program in Sept 1975. Fred & Dara met while on a couple's 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. She is very much enjoying being a 'grandma' of 3 grandkids!!
Anna has been a member of the receptionist team since 2002. Anna married her high school sweetheart 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 a member of the receptionist team since 2002. 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 cows & 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!
Licensed 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 a member of the receptionist team since 2015. 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 technician team since 2017. 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 a kitty named - Remington. Remi was only 3 days old when she rescued him. She and her husband enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and overall being outdoors.
Connie has been a member of the receptionist team since 2017. 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 has 2 adults daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running, volleyball, the beach, and being outdoors.
Licensed Veterinary Technician/Office 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 every day. 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
Amanda grew up in Boston and moved to Michigan 9 years ago. She has been working with animals her whole life and enjoys being outdoors. Her true passion is wildlife and she is currently studying Wildlife Conservation and hopes to one day work helping endangered species. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family hiking, fishing, hunting, trail running, and exploring new places.
Rachel started with EHVC in 2020 as a member of the receptionist team. Rachel is currently pursuing a career to become a Licensed Vet Tech at Baker College. Rachel will graduate this June and become a member of the technician team.