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. 

    Team Member since 2004

  • Maddie ‏‏‎ ‎
    Clinic Security Officer / Anti-Declaw Advocate

    With many years of professional vet experience, Maddie decided that working at FPP was the job for her. She spends her days meowing at clients & patients, sleeping on the job, asking for brushing. Her favorite pastime is sitting on the receptionist computers, and walking on the phones while someone is using it.

    Maddie became an anti-declaw advocate shortly after 2008. Her prior caretaker's had a front declaw performed on her when she was 3 years old. After further research, she pursued a Declaw Salvation in 2019 here at FPP. She is now a happier and healthier version of herself. 

    FPP has since been declaw free since 2010!

    Team member since 2012.  Patient since 2005. Permanently Retired 2023.

  • 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.

    Team Member since 2013

  • 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. 

    Team Member since 2015

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  • Jessica VanHusen,
    LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician & Administrative Assistant

    Jessica began her career with medicine in 2000 working with humans -internal medicine, radiology, and 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. When not at work she spends her time with her husband Jeff and their funny family: an Akita named Keller, a Great Pyrenees named Zillah, an 80lbSulcata Tortoise named Johari, 6 chickens, and many aquatic turtles and fish. She enjoys vegetable & flower gardening, spending time in the woods, antiques, and meditation.

    Team Member since 2008

  • Danielle Tester
    Office Manager

    Hello! I have always had a passion for animals and especially large animals! I graduated from the University of Findlay in 2018. I knew 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 with my horse. I love camping, kayaking, and hanging out with Family and Friends. My pets include a Horse, a Goldendoodle, a Golden Retriever Puppy, 5 cats, and 12 chickens!

    Team Member since 2019

  • 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.

    Team Member since 2022

  • May Opie
    Customer Service Representative

    I started in the field in 2013 and l love learning about new advancements in veterinary medicine and have a special interest in training and behavior medicine. I have four rescue mixed breed boys that rule my life but enjoy every minute of it. My favorite hobby is sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee listening to the birds, watching the wildlife and my dogs soaking up the sun. I love the bonds that are created with the parents of patients and am very excited to be meeting the clients at Family Pet Practice!

  • 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!

    Team Member since 2016

  • 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.

    Natalie and her husband Jamie welcomed their first son, Jesse, in August 2022.

    Team Member since 2017

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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.

    Team Member since 2018

  • 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

    Team Member since 2021

  • Becky Howells, LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Becky has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician for over 20 years. She has a terrier mix named Stanley Joseph, and an orange male tabby named ChesterMonroe. Becky has raised three sons and enjoys spending as much time with them as she possibly can. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, kayaking, spending time on the pontoon, and traveling up north whenever it is possible.

    Team Member since 2022

  • 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. I've continued my education with Fear Free / Karen Pryor, as I have a special interest in behavioral medicine. I will continue to grow and enjoy learning with FPP. My family is slowly growing, both my husband and I have 1 rescued lab-pit mix, a rescued Doberman Pinscher, as well as 2 cats. And we would love to add on to the family in the future.

    Team Member since 2019

  • 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.

    Team Member since 2019

  • 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.

    Team Member since 2019

  • Jenna Rogind
    Veterinary Assistant

    Hi! I'm Jenna and I graduated from University of Michigan with a biology degree! I am on the pre-vet track and will be applying to veterinary school soon. I have a miniature Australian shepherd, Kygo, and he is my sidekick! Outside of the vet world, I am a wedding photographer and I also enjoy playing sports outside with friends. 

    Team Member since 2023

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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:

Closed

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