Waterford Team

Meet the friendly staff at Family Pet Practice!

  • Katherine Dyer,
    DVM
    Owner/Medical Director

    Dr. Dyer has spent 20+ years as a doctor embracing the full diversity of veterinary medicine, practicing in small animal, large animal, exotic and emergency care. After years of experience came the desire to build a great hospital of her own: Lake Geneva Veterinary Hospital (now Family Pet Practice) was purchased in 2004, followed by Wixom Veterinary Clinic (now Wixom Family Pet Practice) in 2011. She has a strong dedication to all pets and the families who love them, as evidenced by her own multi-species family of 2 boys, dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and sheep. In her free time, you will find her outdoors, riding horses, kayaking, camping or SCUBA diving. 

  • Erin Richards,
    DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Her professional interests include dermatology, dentistry, endocrinology, and client education. She is a member of the American Veterinary MedicalAssociation (AVMA) and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).

    She also keeps up to date with the latest in the field by attending continuing education events.

    She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, both from Michigan State University.

    When not at the clinic, Dr. Richards loves to read and spend time outdoors. She has traveled to Europe and Africa. Her most recent adventure was a cross-country road trip out West. 

    Dr. Richards is also an avid sports fan. Raised here in the Metro Detroit area, she can be found cheering on her favorite teams, the MSU Spartans, Detroit Tigers, and RedWings.

  • Jamie Craig,
    DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Jamie Craig graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Following graduation she moved to Jacksonville, Florida to be with her husband, a Leiutenant submariner in the US Navy stationed at Kings Bay Georgia. Here, she gained a vast amount of experience working in a busy private practice. After three years in the south she moved back home to Michigan and worked as a relief veterinarian prior to joining Family Pet Practice in 2015. 

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  • Jessica VanHusen,
    LVT
    Administrative Assistant/Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Jessica has been a team member with Family Pet Practice since 2008. She began her career with medicine in 2000 working with humans - internal medicine, radiology, gynecology - then transferred to veterinary medicine in 2003. She chose to pursue becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician and graduated from Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program. Her role at Family Pet Practice has changed over the years, and she now works remotely from her home in the Leelanau Peninsula. Her passions include: educating on topics such as declawing, heartworm disease, spay/neuter, and behavior. When not at work she spends her time with her husband Jeff, their Akita named Keller, 80lb Sulcata Tortoise named Johari, and many aquatic turtles and fish. She enjoys vegetable & flower gardening, spending time in the woods, antiques, and meditation.

  • Dana Hansen
    Administrative Assistant/Customer Service Representative

    I’ve been in the animal industry as a dog walker and pet sitter for several years. I’ve worked as a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Assistant previously and now work in the customer service side. I love meeting new pets and seeing all the different personalities. My husband and I have one dog, Dexter. We love going on adventures and exploring new places all over Michigan on the weekends.

  • Danielle Tester
    Customer Service Representative

    My name is Danielle. I graduated from the University of Findlay in 2018. I have always had passion for animals and especially large animals. I knew as a little girl, I wanted to be involved with the Veterinary Community and it has never changed. I enjoy meeting different animals and talking with their families. In my free time you can catch me at the barn riding my horse. Also, I love camping, kayaking, and hanging out with Family and Friends. My pets include a Horse, a Goldendoodle, a Rottweiler, 4 cats, and 12 chickens!

  • Amy Hutcherson
    Customer Service Representative

    Hi there! I have been passionate about animals of all shapes and sizes for as long as I can remember. As a child, I spent most of my spare time at the Nature Center watching and interacting with the wide variety of wildlife and knowing that all I wanted to do when I grew up was work with animals. That still holds true today. I currently have 2 dogs, Cooper a labrador and Shiloh a Shiba Inu and a cat named Milo.

  • Kassie Pettiford
    Customer Service Representative

    Hello, my name is Kassie. I have been working with animals since I was14. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my kids, my grandkids, and my family.

  • Emily Maust, LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Emily is a 2011 Michigan State University Veterinary Technician graduate. She has pursued medicine with great passion and a hard work ethic. Her interests include anesthesiology, dental care, and behavior. She loves to travel down south to spend time with her family and is a proud aunt. She lives with her Dogue De Bordeaux named Marvin Fink and her best friend, sweet baby Darkness - an old black kitty.

  • Dina Thayer, LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Dina is a 2001 graduate of MCC Veterinary Technician Program. She has been practicing in the small animal field ever since! She has a long love of animals and to no ones surprise made her way into the animal world! She shares her life with her husband, 3 grown children, a grandchild and a beagle!

  • Natalie Butler, LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Natalie grew up in Michigan with her parents and sister. She learned American Sign Language growing up since her sister is Deaf, and likes continuing to learn to communicate with Deaf people. She attended Oakland Community College after high school, and graduated from Macomb Community College in 2011 with an Associate’s in General Studies and an Associate’s of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

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  • Alexandria Hahnenberg, LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Alex is a 2018 Macomb Community College Graduate, and just passed her National Vet Tech Licensing Exam. She is goofy, enthusiastic, and loves working with animals and helping families with education about proper health care. Her favorite animal is the dog. She loves eating bacon. When not working hard as a LVT, she enjoys kayaking, fishing, boating, concerts, hanging out with family/friends, and crafting.

  • Chelsea Smist, LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician/ Ultrasound Assistant

    I interned here at FPP in 2018, before graduating from Macomb Community College in 2019 and becoming an LVT. I'm excited to be at a practice that holds itself to higher standards, and that my family has been clients of since before I was born! Outside FPP I enjoy reading, crafts/arts, hunting for beach glass, and playing Pokémon. My family includes two cats; grumpy-old-man orange tabby Biggles, and black-and-white former two time momma cat Daisy

  • Aubrey Pransch
    Social Media Manager/Veterinary Assistant

    My name is Aubrey Pransch. I’ve always had a passion for animals growing up, and I knew that I wanted to go into the field. I couldn’t imagine life without animals. I graduated from Oakland Community College with a few associate degrees. As I've continued my education, I'm currently working towards my veterinary technician degree. Until then I will enjoy learning and grow with FPP. My family is slowly growing, both my husband and I have2 rescued lab-pit mixes, as well as 2 cats. And we would love to add on to the family in the future.

  • Annah Mills
    Veterinary Assistant

    Hi! I'm Annah and I have been with Family Pet Practice since 2019. I’m 25,live with my boyfriend Ian & our two dogs, Loki (Husky/Malamute) and Dexter(Cattle dog/Eskimo). Outside of work I enjoy weight lifting, and world history. I plan to obtain certification for eyelash extensions, and continue my education through Macomb Community College Fall 2021.

  • Dianne Cauzillo
    Veterinary Assistant

    Dianne came to Family Pet Practice after working at a local emergency facility. Her passion for animals extends into her personal life - she does local Trap Neuter Release for feral cat colonies and also fosters when she can. She has a beloved Corgi with epilepsy named Rocko Luigi, and she enjoys home gardening and local plant life.

  • Bonnie Alspach
    Veterinary Assistant

    Bonnie currently attends Oakland Community College, working towards an Associate's in Science. She looks forward to pursuing a Veterinary degree in the future, but in the mean time enjoys helping out at Family Pet Practice! Bonnie has always had a love for animals and has quite an array of them herself. Her household contains: Koda the Siberian Husky, Zoya the GSD/Husky mix, October the orange tabby cat, 2 holland lop rabbits, blue tongue skink, crested gecko, leachianus gecko, blue and gold macaw, umbrella cockatoo, sulphur crested cockatoo, galah cockatoo, 2 cockatiels, and 6 budgies!

  • Kathryn Hurt
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kathryn is a 2022 graduate from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She is in the process of applying to veterinary school. Her dream is to become a companion animal veterinarian.A fun fact about her is that she has a hedgehog named Hazel. Outside of work, she loves playing volleyball and pickleball

  • Amy Mayhew,
    LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician/Ultrasonographer

    Amy graduated from Michigan State University’s veterinary technician program in 2001. She has spent over 15 years working side by side with an internal medicine specialist, gaining experience in ultrasonography. This inspired her to complete a formal and comprehensive ultrasound training program. She is excited to bring these advanced diagnostic skills to family Pet Practice! Believing that pets are important family members, she is dedicated to creating a calm and fear-free environment. Amy and her family enjoy camping by Lake Michigan, game nights, and caring for their many rescued animals at “The Mayhew Zoo.”

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Waterford Location

Monday:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tuesday:

9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Wednesday:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Thursday:

9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Friday:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Saturday:

8:00 am-2:00 PM

Sunday:

Closed

Wixom Location

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed