ann arbor veterinarianVeterinarians in Ann Arbor: James Clarkson, DVM

Dr. James Clarkson is the proud owner of Westarbor Animal Hospital and we could not have asked for a better leader and role model! Dr. Clarkson graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing since 1977. He started as an associate veterinarian but knew, someday, he wanted to own his own practice.

In 1993 he made that dream come true when he purchased Westarbor and turned it into his own. He enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine but none as much as dentistry. Trained under Dr. Ben Colmery, he learned the art of veterinary dentistry and began to put it into practice. Through hard work, he became a name in veterinary medicine in this area that people seek and that clients love. He treats animals from all over the state and has a love not just for dogs and cats but for rabbits, rats and even prairie dogs! Dr. Clarkson is the face of Westarbor and has become a name that clients and patients trust. He shows his love for his field everyday in how he treats patients, clients and his employees!

When he’s not saving the world, 1 tooth at a time, Dr. Clarkson enjoys family time with his wife Pandy. Pandy is a successful practitioner herself in the human world and is a human dentist! They have 2 sons and a few grandchildren who they love to visit and spoil. They also own 1 dog Pebbles, a toy poodle. Dr. Clarkson enjoys hiking, cooking and, when he can get away, traveling.

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veterinarian in ann arborKatie Anderson, DVM

Dr. Katie Anderson joined the Westarbor team back in 2010 but has been a practitioner since 2008. A graduate of Michigan State University, Dr. Anderson found she had a passion for science, animals and helping others which led her to become the wonderful veterinarian she is today. Her love and compassion makes her a valued member of the Westarbor team as well as well-loved veterinarian. She loves how every day in veterinary medicine is different. There is always a new challenge and a new opportunity. Dr. Anderson’s love of veterinary medicine and the challenges it brings, also gave her the ambition to become a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners making her every cat’s favorite vet!

Dr. Katie lives with her husband, 2 dogs, Benny and Pickles, and 2 cats, Rocky and Jingle, along with 2 children. She loves spending time with her family and walking her dogs.

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veterinarian in ann arborRachel Whitesell, DVM

Dr. Rachel Whitesell enjoys both outpatient and surgical care. She takes special pride in her relationship with her clients and their pets. Dr. Whitesell was drawn to Westarbor's family atmosphere and great reputation and shares Westarbor's commitment to the highest level of quality care for our patients with a focus on education and maintaining the high level of standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Whitesell earned her Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She later attended the University of Pennsylvania to fulfill her veterinary school requirements. In 2013, Dr. Whitesell graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.

She says, "I was drawn towards Westarbor Animal Hospital because of the family atmosphere, the high quality of medical treatment, and the hospital's great reputation."

Rachel loves both dogs and cats. She has a 12 year old mixed breed dog named Cosmo and an 8 year old cat named Hobo. Both of them are rescues. Rachel is fluent in Dutch and German. Rachel enjoys camping, hiking, reading, film, theater and visiting her family in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Clarkson, Westarbor owner, believes that Dr. Whitesell's addition to Westarbor continues our commitment to give our patients quality veterinary care.

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