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

    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

  • Andree Dawkins
    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!

  • 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. 

  • Sarah Burrows
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Sarah graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Macomb Community College in 2015. She loves working with animals and has a special interest in clinical pathology and dentistry. When not at work Sarah enjoys doing home renovation projects and spending time with her husband Brent, daughter Sunday, and their dog Marceline

  • 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.

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Closed