StefanieOur practice manager, Stefanie, is the glue that holds it all together! Stefanie joined the Westarbor team in 1993 and has made sure our practice has been running smoothly ever since. Stefanie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with a minor in business management. As she puts it, she “stumbled” into veterinary medicine in college when a family friend mentioned a part time receptionist position at a near-by clinic. She took the job and quickly moved from reception to office manager and found her calling. She left that practice to come to Westarbor and has been working as our manager ever since. She loves developing new programs to help advance the level of education we provide our clients to ensure the very best care for their pets. She recognizes it is a partnership between the veterinary team and the owners and that the more knowledge they have, the better their pets’ lives will be. This is why we love our Stefanie!

Stefanie enjoys the country life with her husband Paul and daughter Faith. She enjoys horseback riding and competing in horseback events, especially jumping, a trait which she passed onto her daughter. They owner 3 Cockerspaniels, Chloe, Snickers and Danny, and 3 horses, Bravo an Arabian, Jake a Halflinger and Cookie a Paint/Quarterhorse cross.

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JeniferJenifer LaHuis is our head veterinary receptionist who joined the staff in July of 1999. She oversees all our customer service and staffing operations. "I love people and their animals," Jenifer said. Her main goal is "making lasting relationships with clients and their pets." Jenifer is understanding and compassionate by nature.

"I feel like we offer quality veterinary medicine to our patients beyond what is offered at other clinics," Jenifer said. "We treat clients and their pets the way we would want to be treated."

Jenifer has a mix of cats and dogs at home, including her two pugs, Boca and Oompa, her labrador, Lolly, and her cats FeFe, Jinkies and Chubbs Magoo. Jenifer is mother to two wonderful boys and she loves gardening.

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JudyLicensed veterinary technician Judy Conley has been a member of the Westarbor team since 2006 and has been in the Veterinary field since 2002. Judy graduated from Winthrop University in South Carolina in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and from Stautzenberger College in Ohio in 2004 with a Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

In practice, Judy enjoys tremendously working with Westarbor clients and their pets. Whether a medical condition, behavior challenge, or wellness care, she strives to bridge the gap of understanding to promote and strengthen the human-animal bond. Uniquely, Judy has worked under the direction of a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist conducting field trial research studies in the areas of feline aggression and other generalized anxieties. As a Certified Fear Free Professional, Judy works to help patients visiting Westarbor to have a positive veterinary experience by minimizing their fear, anxiety, and stress.

Judy is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians and the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians. Judy recently completed a six year appointment as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities. She has served on the executive board of and provided consulting services to the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians and has had committee presence with the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association regarding technician activities. As an adjunct instructor, Judy has taught a variety of topics in Veterinary Technology.

"I have spent time in a lot of practices both as a client and as a technician and the Westarbor team is just special," Judy said about our team.

Judy is married and has two cats, Gracie and Jake, and a Labrador named Cali. Judy and Cali are a registered therapy dog team through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ADI).

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MeghanLicensed veterinary technician, Meghan Dailey, joined the Westarbor team back in 2007. She graduated from Baker College in 2007 and started with the Westarbor team right away. Though only licensed since 2007, she has been working with animals since 2000 gaining valuable experience is many aspects of animals care. She is currently working on her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in dentistry making her Dr. Clarkson’s right hand girl. Meghan has a deep passion for veterinary dentistry that led her to begin the long and ambitious road of becoming a VTS, Westarbor’s first VTS, and we could not be more proud! Her love of animals and science made her the perfect addition to the veterinary world. Her favorite part of her job? Dental rechecks of course! She loves seeing all of the hard work we have put into each dentistry pay off and how much better the animals feel with their healthy mouths.

Meghan lives with her husband, Tom, who she happily married back in 2016. They own 2 dogs named Mason, the Irish Wolfhound, and Charlie, the Greyhound. They also own 3 cats named Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten and Shady.

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JenniferLicensed veterinary assistant Jennifer Carlin has been with Westarbor since November of 2009. She maintains all our anesthetic equipment and spends part of her day working with our clients' pets, which includes taking x-rays, doing labwork, monitoring anesthesia, and taking blood samples.

"I get great satisfaction in finding new ways to make our patients more comfortable," Jennifer said. She has an associate's degree in applied science from the College of Southern Nevada. She is licensed in both Michigan and Nevada.

"The staff here is wonderful. It feels like everyone is part of a big family," said Jennifer. "Being smaller allows us to work well together."

Jennifer shares her home with Odin, a Maine coon cat, Mira, a tabby cat, and two dogs, MJ and Peter Parker. She enjoys doing anything outdoors, whether its gardening, bonfires, camping, fishing, boating, reading and baking anything sweet.

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MaryMary Hughes is one Westarbor’s licensed veterinary technicians. Mary graduated from Baker College’s veterinary technology program. Her eternal optimism and smile keeps everyone smiling all the time! Mary joined the team in 2013 is Westarbor’s ray of sunshine! She found her passion in nutrition and makes sure that the clinic is kept stocked with all food our furry friends need. She also manages our AAHA membership and makes sure Westarbor meets all of the rigorous standards needed to maintain our AAHA accreditation. Mary’s love of all creatures is not just limited to those with fur; she also has a passion for reptiles and amphibians as well.

Mary was recently married to her husband Aaron back in 2016 and enjoys regular nature hikes and adventures with him along with her lovable kitties. She also enjoys cooking and baking which the Westarbor team just can’t get enough of!

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AlexAlex Reynolds, veterinarian assistant, joined Westarbor in September 2014. He wears many hats, from counting pills to holding pets for blood draws. Alex has a passion for exotic animals. He owns a Red Tail Boa named Angel and two Bearded Dragons, named Stubbs and Barb. He also has a calico cat named Puss In Boots and a beagle mix named Sophie. Alex's passion for pets goes back to his early childhood. That passion led him to attend and graduate from Ross Medical Education Center. Alex also enjoys disc golf and gardening.

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NicoleLicensed veterinary technician Nicole joined the Westarbor team in 2016. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2010 but has been working in veterinary medicine since 2007. Nicole knew from the time she was a little girl that she wanted to work in veterinary medicine. She remembers trying to “save” every animal she came across and always played “animal hospital” as a kid. Her passion for animals continued into her adult years as she decided her career path was set. She has worked in several types of medicine including emergency, orthopedics and management bringing a diverse background to the team. As a Fear Free Certified staff member, she strives to make every visit as fun and stress-free for everyone including owners, pets and fellow team members.

Nicole is an Ann Arbor native who returned after living in the Lansing area for 6 years. She lives in Pinckney with her husband Clayton along with their 2 dogs Maverick, a Golden Retriever/German Shepherd mix, Asher, a Labrador, and cat Binks. She enjoys reading, singing, traveling and cooking in her spare time.

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JessieWestarbor was honored to welcome licensed veterinary technician Jessie to the team in 2016. A graduate of Michigan State University, Jessie has been a LVT since 2012. Jessie loves helping animals and being able to make a difference not only in their lives but in owners’ lives as well. This naturally drew her to veterinary medicine. She started her passion by working at a boarding kennel and veterinary practice when she was 16 and was eventually promoted to a veterinary assistant. From there, she knew she wanted to be a LVT and pursued her degree at MSU.

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RachelRachel joined the Westarbor team in 2017 as one of our licensed veterinary technicians. Rachel graduated from Baker College of Flint in 2016 and started off in emergency medicine before coming to Westarbor bring some great experience behind her. From young age, she had a passion for animals that only got stronger as she got older. She could not imagine herself in any other field. Her love of her profession made her a wonderful choice to the team. She loves helping animals who are sick and nursing them back to health. Rachel’s loving demeanor makes her an amazing technician!

Rachel came to Westarbor from the Saginaw area and now lives here with her Siberian Husky, Keeta. She is an avid Detroit fan supporting the Tigers and the Red Wings and enjoys going to games in her spare time along with traveling.

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RobertWestarbor welcomed Robert Graham to the team in 2006 to help us keep things tidy! Robert helps maintain the cleanliness of our hospital and we can honestly say nobody does it better! Robert graduated from the Saline Young Adult Program and became involved in the community. His love of animals drew him to Westarbor. He enjoys the people, the animals and his job and boy does he do it well! He brings joy to the staff with his big smile and can-do attitude.

Robert is extremely involved in the Special Olympics and enjoys basketball, swimming, soccer, flag football, poly-hockey, track, softball, horseback riding (dressage) and bike riding. Robert doesn’t just enjoy playing sports, he loves watching them too! He has many favorite sports teams but his tops are Michigan, The Lions, The Red Wings and The Pistons. He also enjoys walking his 2 dogs Annabelle and Dudley, both beagles, and reading USA Today.

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AshleighAshleigh joined Westarbor team as a client care specialist in 2018. A former makeup artist, she decided her passion was with animals and decided to join the veterinary world. Ashleigh graduated from Lincoln High School in 2013 and started working right away. She loves animal and people and is very excited to have the opportunity to work with both. She loves how rewarding it is to care for animals and is enjoying the chance to do so. Her bubbly and bright personality makes her a wonderful addition to the Westarbor team!

Ashleigh grew up in Belleville and continues to live around the Ann Arbor area. She continues to enjoy doing makeup for special events on the side along with going to the gym. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Walter who is a cocker/puggle mix.

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Jennifer Kierpaul, is one of the newest member of the Client Care team at Westarbor after joining the Westarbor family in September 2016. She has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Art History from Oakland University.

Jennifer's passion for animals crosses multiple species. She loves to feed birds and other wildlife.

Jennifer has a cat named Robin, two Red Miniature Pinschers named Penny and Marley, and a Chihuahua named Chibi. She says that any job that enables her to see animals all day is perfect for her.

Jennifer came from PetSmart and had multiple years of experience with animals and their families. She shares the commitment of the Westarbor team to provide the best possible care for our patients and families. Her enthusiasm for animal care blends perfectly with that of her teammates, Jennifer, Gale and Cher.

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