Wixom Team

  • 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

  • Julie Foster,
    DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Foster went to Michigan State University for her undergraduate studiesand veterinary school. She graduated in 2005 and practiced in Chicago,Livonia and Clinton Township before joining Wixom Family Pet Practice. Shelives with her husband, 2 children and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Scrubs andblack cat, Satara. She enjoys traveling, reading, going up north with herfamily and crafting.

    Team Member since 2015

  • Alex Gentile,
    DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Alex Gentile is a graduate of the Michigan State University College ofVeterinary Medicine. He received his Master of Public Health from GeorgeWashington University and his Bachelor of Science with concentrations inNeurobiology, Ecology, as well as Cellular Biology and Evolution fromMichigan State University.

    He is Fear-Free Certified. His professional interests include nutrition, pain management and palliative care, as well as surgery.

    Together with his wife and fellow veterinarian, Haley, they are raising two young children, two dogs, two turtles, and honeybees. In his free time, he is an avid gardener and reading enthusiast.

    Team Member since 2020

  • Jessica VanHusen,
    LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician / Prevention Plan Coordinator / Fear Free Certified Professional

    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

  • 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.

    Team Member since 2021

  • Cassie Smith
    Customer Service Representative

    Cassie is a new hire at Wixom Family Pet Practice. After spending 13 years in pediatric urology, she decided on a career change to pursue her love of animals. When not at work she can usually be found with her nose in a book.

    Team Member since 2020

  • Tammy McNamara
    Customer Service Representative

    I worked in the animal industry for about 16 years. I started as a veterinary assistant and now worked as a customer service representative. I have a bachelor’s degree from South University. I have a passion to help people and their pets. I have one dog I rescued and one cat. I enjoy movies and listening to music.

    Team Member since 2018

  • Kimberly Maas
    Customer Service Representative

    Team Member since 2022

  • Andree Dawkins,
    LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Andree has always loved animals since she can remember. She got her first pet at 12 years old. She graduated from Sanford Brown College with a degree in Applied Sciences and obtained her Veterinary Technician License in 2013. When not working hard as an LVT, she loves cooking and trying new recipes, watching home renovation shows, and would love to renovate a home in the future!

    Team Member since 2013

  • Karen Baustert,
    LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Karen is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from Macomb Community College. She discovered she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician in her teen years when she met a LVT at her own dogs appointment. She has a passion for owners to be knowledgeable and pets to be comfortable during their appointments. In her spare time she enjoys being with her husband, step daughter, cat named Monkey, and mouse named Panda. 

    Team Member since 2018

  • Ashley Squire,
    CVA
    Certified Veterinary Assistant

    Growing up Ashley was lucky to be surrounded by animals. She grew up on a farm and loved spending her days outside with all of the animals. Her family had cows, pigs, ducks, geese chickens, rabbits and dogs. As a team member of WFPP Ashley loves being able to provide outstanding care for her clients and their companions, to live a long happy life. In Ashley's spare time she enjoys spending time with daughter Lillianna and her golden retriever Nala, taking long walks, playing fetch, gardening, crafting, and cooking.

    Team Member since 2016

  • Kayla Baruzzini
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kayla has been learning with Wixom Family Pet Practice for years. She is currently a student at Michigan State University and works with us seasonally. 

    Team Member since 2015

  • Katie Eberbach
    Veterinary Assistant

    I've been working in veterinary medicine as a Veterinary Assistant for 3.5 years. I graduated from MSU with a B.S. in Zoology in 2016. Outside of work, I am an artist. My favorite mediums include acrylic, ink, and watercolor. I have two pets at home, a dog named Rufus and a cat named Oliver.

    Team Member since 2022

  • Sami Hild
    Veterinary Assistant

    I recently graduated from the University of Findlay with my Bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a Pre Veterinary focus. I will be attending veterinary school at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicinein Grenada starting in August of 2022. In my free time I love to travel,especially with my boyfriend and our dog Jack. I also enjoy hiking, watching movies, and being a foodie.

    Team Member since 2022

  • 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.”

    Team Member since 2019

  • Reiley Hall
    Veterinary Assistant

    Team Member since 2022

  • Serena Izydorek
    Veterinary Assistant​​

    Team Member since 2022

  • Kellsye Lumley
    Veterinary Assistant

    Team Member since 2022

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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