Meet East Holland Veterinary Clinic Family!

Dr. Fritz

Owner, Veterinarian

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 3 cats- Finnegan, Rosie Cotton & Samwise Gamgee, 1 dog- Pippin Took & a Red-eared slider-Bess. You may be able to catch a glimpse of Bess at the clinic in the summer when she spends time in her outdoor enclosure.

In September 2023, Dr. Fritz achieved a significant milestone by purchasing the practice from his parents. This transition represents a new era for the clinic and continues the legacy of a family deeply rooted in veterinary medicine. Dr. Fritz is excited to bring his vision and expertise to the practice, ensuring the clinic remains a familiar and trusted place for all its clients and their pets.

Dr. Fred

Retired Veterinarian

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.

In June 2023, Dr. Fred retired, entrusting his practice to the capable hands of the next generation. This transition marks the beginning of a new chapter for him as a retired veterinarian, and he is looking forward to more adventures in the great outdoors.

Dr. Kuyper

Veterinarian

Dr. Kuyper graduated from Iowa State University in 2015 and joined East Holland the summer of 2023. She originally is from Seattle, Washington. Dr. Kuyper is passionate about soft tissue and oral surgery, plus arthritis and pain management. Her husband is a Holland native, and they have two children. In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with friends.

Dr. Chris

Veterinarian

Dr. Chris is a Michigan native and graduated from Michigan State University in 1999. Dr. Chris started with East Holland Veterinary Clinic as a relief veterinarian in 2002 and joined the team as a full-time staff member in 2009.

Dr. Chris has strong client communication skills and enjoys building relationships with his clients and co-workers. Dr. Chris is a strong proponent of preventative medicine and enjoys teaching the community the value of this approach in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Hall

Veterinarian

Dr. Hall is a 2006 Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. Originally from Metro Detroit, Dr. Hall has lived in West Michigan for the past eight years. She is married with two children. Her area of interest includes soft tissue and oral surgery.

Dr. Eric

Veterinarian

Dr. Eric graduated from Michigan State University in 2020 and joined East Holland in 2023. Dr. Eric did not always know he wanted to be a veterinarian but has always loved animals. Growing up, he was the kid in the neighborhood who fed the stray cats.

Dr. Eric graduated from business school and worked in an office which he found to be unfulfilling. He decided to return to school and pursue a career in something he was more passionate about, veterinary medicine. He has a dog and four cats and a particular interest in preventative medicine and rehabilitation.

Dara

LVT

Dara pursued her dream of working in the animal field by applying and being accepted into Michigan State’s 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 at Isle Royale & Porcupine State Park, quilting, and gardening (yardwork)! Dara loves seeing the next ‘generation’ of staff members continue their mission to provide excellent client care.

P.S. She is very much enjoying being a ‘grandma’ of 3 grandkids!

Anna

Receptionist

Anna has been with EHVC since 2002 and has always been passionate about animals. She is married and has two sons. They share their home with their dog Viola and cat Esther. In her free time, she enjoys family vacations, hiking with her dog, and spending time at the beach.

Susan

Receptionist

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 and Dara. Susan is a mother of 4 wonderful children, two 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!

Kara

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kara graduated from Baker College in 2015 with an Associate of Applied Sciences majoring in Veterinary Technology. After completing her school internship with us, we made her a full-time team member. She loves working with animals, but her passion is dental prophylaxis, educating clients & working with exotic animals.

Outside work, she enjoys walking the trails and going to the beach with her husband and English Setter–Harley. Kara also has two guinea pigs–Pops & Chip.

Sharon

Receptionist

Sharon has been a member of the receptionist team since 2015. She has worked in the ‘animal world’ for over 20 years and loves all kinds of animals. Sharon married her best friend in 1983 and has two beautiful daughters. Besides animals, her favorite things are camping, gardening, and drinking coffee!

Sam

Veterinary Assistant

Sam has been a member of the technician team since 2017. She graduated from Hope College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In October 2018, Sam started an online program to obtain her Veterinary Technician License.

She is blessed to have a wonderful husband, Michael, a German short-hair pointer Flash, and a kitty named Remington. Remi was only three days old when she rescued him. She and her husband enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and the outdoors.

Connie

Receptionist

Connie has been a member of the receptionist team since 2017. Connie was a client for 17 years before joining the team. Connie has a dog Morgan and a cat Mimi. She is married and has two adult daughters, one of which is planning to go to vet school.

In her spare time, Connie enjoys hiking, running, volleyball, the beach, and being outdoors.

Bridgette

Practice Manager/LVT

Bridgette became a Licensed Vet Tech in 2006 and joined the EHVC team in Sept 2018. She enjoys attending Continuing Education courses 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 understand dog behavior better and help patients have less stressful visits at the clinic.
Bridgette & her husband enjoy working outside and gardening in the summer. Her children are young adults and on their own life adventures. Her fur family consists of a bully Pitbull, Gio, a Nano Bully, and a cat, Marley.

Val

Veterinary Assistant/Inventory Manager

Val is part of our technician team with many years of experience working at our local shelter and fostering pets. Val is currently pursuing her veterinary technician degree online through Penn Foster. We look forward to watching her grow and gain the knowledge it requires to be a successful technician.

Samantha

Veterinary Assistant

Samantha started working as a Customer Service Rep in 2021. Samantha enjoys Customer Service but found she really loves working with the patients and joined our technician team in 2023.

Bryce

Veterinary Assistant

Bryce has many years of experience in veterinary medicine. Bryce is a licensed groomer as well as an experienced Vet Assistant. Bryce and his partner enjoy spending time with their five dogs and three cats.

Shelly

Receptionist

Shelly has been a member of the receptionist team since 2021. She married her high school sweetheart Randy in 1993. Shelly and her husband have an adult daughter, Kayla, three dogs, and three cats.

Shelly and her husband have owned a drywall business since 1998. Shelly, her husband, and her daughter also own an embroidery/sublimation business. When they have free time, they enjoy camping, boating, and traveling.

Anna

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Anna graduated from Baker College of Muskegon in 2021. Anna joined our technician team in December 2021. While she only has two cats right now, she aspires to one day be a crazy cat lady. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, kayaking, rock hunting, and hiking.

Jenna

Certified Veterinary Technician

Jenna joined our technician team in 2022. Jenna graduated in 2011 from Argosy University, located in Minnesota, with her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduation, Jenna passed her national certification test, becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Jenna’s career started at a large animal practice in Wisconsin after graduation and then moved to Florida, where she worked in a small animal veterinary practice. Jenna and her husband are new to Michigan, and they enjoy spending time with their son and Frenchie named Carmella.

Kayla

Kennel Assistant

Kayla’s passion in life has always been animals and dance. She is currently taking classes through Penn Foster to obtain her Veterinary Assistant degree. Kayla has two family dogs (Goose & Teagan) and three cats. Kayla has 2 Dalmatians of her own (Ella & Mystic).

Kayla is also in a dance group in Grand Rapids and a guest choreographer at Zeeland Public Schools. Outside work, she enjoys traveling, crafts, spending time with family and friends, camping, and being outdoors. Kayla is always looking for new adventures and is eager to learn.

Cami

Kennel Assistant

Cami joined the EHVC Kennel team as a co-op student at Hamilton High School. Cami is pursuing her Veterinary Technician degree from Baker College starting fall of 2023. Cami enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, hanging out with friends and going to the beach.

Kate

Kennel Assistant/Pre-vet Student

Kate joined the EHVC Kennel team in the fall of 2022. Kate is currently a pre-med student at Hope College. Kate has a cat names Josie and 2 dogs Torrey and Belle.

Manda

Veterinary Assistant

Manda joined our technician team in 2023. Manda is a Certified Dog Trainer and a Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. Manda enjoys hiking and dog sports. Manda has 3 dogs, “Rebel”, “Daisy” & “Harley”. Fun fact about Manda- She grew up on an Alpaca Farm!

Colonel

Mustard Clinic Cat

The Colonel has been protecting the clinic since 2011. Colonel Mustard came to us after we rescued him from the engine of a Semco Energy service vehicle. Colonel Mustard loves sitting in his window seat in the lunchroom and if it’s lunch time you better believe he’s going to try to snuggle up with you while you eat.

Kathryn

Veterinary Assistant

Kathryn joined our technician team in 2023. Kathryn has been in the veterinary industry for a number of years. Her experience includes emergency medicine at Animal Emergency Hospital and rescue work with Harbor Humane Society. Kathryn enjoys plants and painting. Kathryn family includes her husband, a pitbull named “Cat”, a tortoise “Laszlow” and a Leopard Gecko “Gulliermo”.