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Welcome to Family Pet Practice
Your Veterinarian in Waterford and Wixom, MI

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Waterford (248) 681-6200
Wixom: (248) 624-2232


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At Family Pet Practice we make sure that pets, and their owners, feel comfortable during their veterinarian visits. Our 4000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility has the equipment for dealing with a variety of ailments and treatments. From therapeutic laser therapy to dental care to microchipping we offer the best in preventative veterinary care.

With digital radiography, ultrasound, Heska lab Machines and more, we do our best to ensure a quick and accurate diagnosis to find the most appropriate treatment options.

For the best in nutritional, preventative and problem based Veterinary Medicine, come to the Family Pet Practice!

Family Pet Practice
Waterford and Wixom Veterinarians

Waterford Team

  • Katherine Dyer,
    DVM
    Owner and Medical Supervisor

    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. 

  • Amy Zellweger
    Practice Administrator
    Found as you walk into the Zellweger home is a questionnaire filled out by Amy in grade school that reflects a career path in the veterinary community. Although it seemed to be written in the stars it would come together after years in the making that encompassed a multitude of positions and gaining expertise before taking on the role as Practice Administrator for Wixom and Waterford Family Pet Practice.

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  • Jessica VanHusen
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Jessica has been a team member with Family Pet Practice since 2008, and working in the veterinary medical field since 2003. She chose to pursue becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician and graduated from Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program in 2014. Her passions include supporting Family Pet Practice from an administrative avenue, 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, and 70lb Sulcata Tortoise named Johari. She enjoys gardening, antiques and DIY projects, and visiting as many breweries as possible in Northern Michigan.

  • Natalie Butler
    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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  • Dina Thayer
    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!

  • EMILY MAUST
    (LVT)

    Emily is a 2011 Michigan State University Veterinary Technician graduate. She has pursued medicine with great passion and 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 boyfriend, their Dogue De Bordeaux named Marvin Fink and her best friend, sweet baby Darkness - an old black kitty.

  • Alexandria Hahnenberg
    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.

  • Erin Richards,
    DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Richards joined our team in 2013 after we expanded into our new facility.

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

    Education
    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 Red Wings.


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  • 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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  • Aubrey Dunn
    Veterinary Assistant

    My name is Aubrey Dunn. 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 a 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 fiancé and I have 2rescued 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
    Kennel 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.

  • Marianne Stamper
    Client Service Representative

    Marianne has been a team member with Family Pet Practice since 1993. She has been working in the veterinary field since 1992. Her passions include anything to do with cats & their behavior. When not at work she spends her time with her boyfriend, their beloved kitty cats, and enjoys reading and traveling.

  • Breanne DiLorenzo
    Client Service Representative

    I am Breanne DiLorenzo. I graduated from Macomb County Community College in 2005 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. I have worked in the veterinary field for many years and also have a passion for working with Special Needs kids and at-risk youth. I have 3 kids, a Pitbull named Boone and 12 chickens.

  • Danielle Tester
    Client 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!

  • Chelsea Smist
    Licensed Veterinary Technician/ Ultrasound Assistant

    Bio coming soon!

Wixom Team

  • Katherine Dyer,
    DVM
    Owner and Medical Supervisor

    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. 

  • Amy Zellweger
    Practice Administrator
    Found as you walk into the Zellweger home is a questionnaire filled out by Amy in grade school that reflects a career path in the veterinary community. Although it seemed to be written in the stars it would come together after years in the making that encompassed a multitude of positions and gaining expertise before taking on the role as Practice Administrator for Wixom and Waterford Family Pet Practice.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amy Mayhew
    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.”

  • Chelsea Smist
    Licensed Veterinary Technician/ Ultrasound Assistant

    Bio coming soon!

  • ANDREE DAWKINS
    (LVT)

    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!

  • Karen Baustert
    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. 

  • Ashley Squire
    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.

     

  • Eleanor Zywicki
    Veterinary Technician Assistant

    Eleanor is a new hire at WFPP, while learning everything there is to know she will also be studying to receive her associate's to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician through Penn Foster. In her free time, she can be found dancing in a studio or on an adventure with friends.

  • 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. 

  • Jessica Tharp
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jessica has spent the last 14 years working with animals. She has doneeverything from Manage Dog Daycare's, owned a Pet Sitting Business, fosterdogs and work her way into the Veterinary Assistant career. Jessica lovesbeing able to work with and help all animals. She and her Husband have oneteenage son, two cats, a bearded dragon, fish and a lovable dog named BabyLove. In her spare time, Jessica likes to read, bake and crochet.

  • Alana Mehay
    Veterinary Assistant

    Alana received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Oakland University in2019 and is currently pursuing her DVM as a second-year student at MichiganState’s College of Veterinary Medicine. At a young age, she realized her passion for animals and the sciences and has worked in the veterinary profession for the past 6 years. When she is not studying or working, Alana can be found cuddled up with her fur- child, Beauty, while reading a book or hiking and camping accompanied by her boyfriend.

  • Tammy McNamara
    Client 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.

  • Cassie Smith
    Client 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.

  • Dana Kolnitys
    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.

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "oday we took our 10 1/2 year old pit mix because we knew there was something wrong. Bonnie was always a bundle of love & she loved everyone at Wixom Family Pet Practice, I think Andrea was her favorite, but she always had kisses for everyone. Dr. Foster ran tests and told us our options, she didn't pressure us to make any particular decision but we knew it was time to tell our girl goodbye. We were by her side, petting her and talking to her as she went to sleep for the last time. Even the staff were crying with us. They showed us such love and kindness. They even asked if we wanted to run home and get her brother, Clyde, so he could say goodbye. Thank you doesn't seem like enough to say to them, they made a terrible situation a little easier and showed Bonnie and us the utmost sympathy and respect."
    Facebook - Sandy Pyles G.
  • "Yesterday I had to make the hardest decision a pet owner is sometimes forced to make, I took my cat here to be euthanized. She lived a incredible 22 years and she fought a good fight but yesterday I helped her by crossing over. The staff and doctor foster were amazing! I spent a lot of time saying my goodbyes to my cat chance who I had since she was 8 weeks old. My cat was calm and I was able to hold her as Dr foster helped end her suffering. It was a last minute call as I waited too long before making the decision and they fit me in at the end of the work day. I'm so thankful my kitty is sleeping peacefully because of their help instead of suffering at home. I highly recommend this veterinary hospital. I will definitely be back when the time is right for another pet� rip chance � thank you everyone for your help."
    Facebook - Jackie W.

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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