Meet the friendly staff at Ortonville Animal Hospital!
I am so excited to join the incredible team at Ortonville Animal Hospital! Dr. Flanagin and I have known each other since we were classmates in Veterinary school at Michigan State where we both graduated in 1998.
Since Veterinary school, I have been focused on small animal (cats and dogs mostly) medicine and surgery. My special interests include cardiology, geriatric care, soft tissue surgery, and both abdominal and cardiac ultrasound. I love the science of medicine but, the greatest joy of this job is bonding with clients and their pets through the years. I strive to make both my patients and clients comfortable when they come in for their visits. Whether that is taking extra time to ease your pet’s fear or answering questions and listening to your story during times of difficult diagnoses, I want to meet those needs. The staff at Ortonville is so kind, caring, and good at what they do, it tends to make my job that much easier.
Outside of work, I am blessed to have a wonderful family of humans and pets! I have been married for over 20 years and lucky to have a husband that understands that this job comes with lots of stray, often broken, animals that need homes! We currently have two teenagers and five animals (two dogs and three cats) in our home. Our older son is 26 and has a business of his own over in Grand Rapids. In my “spare” time, I love spending time with my family, going to the kids’ swim meets and lacrosse games, reading, cooking, and riding my bike. Volunteering has also always been important to me, and I am involved in several projects at any point in time.
I look forward to getting to know the clients and pets in this area. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better.
Joanne has a degree in Veterinary Technology from Baker College in Flint. She is directly responsible for the care of all critically ill hospitalized patients and those here for anesthetic procedures. When Joanne is not practicing veterinary medicine she loves anything superhero, kickboxing, and outdoor activities with her dogs, Roxy and Leia!
Charlene is our veterinary technician and has been with Ortonville Animal Hospital since 2016. She is passionate about animal behavior, animal welfare, and making a difference in the lives of animals. She loves to spend time with her family and being out on the trails horseback riding. She shares her home with her 2 teen daughters, 1 dog- Kevlar and 1 cat- Sammie.
Breanna graduated in 2021 as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of all people and their animals. In her free time she loves being outside hiking with her two dogs, Oakley and Finn.
Caryn covers for vacations and days off, works the front desk and as an overall assistant. Caryn has many years’ experience as a veterinary receptionist and assistant. Her passions include animal rescue and spay/neuter programs. Caryn also is an avid outdoor enthusiast and has become certified as a Yoga Alliance instructor. She has too many pets to name, but they include dogs, cats, chickens and horses.
Laina has worked in the veterinary industry for 7 years before coming to Ortonville Animal Hospital. She has 4 dogs (Ruger, Chewy, Harper and Piper), 2 cats (Lucky and Cheeto), a cockatiel named Farley and 12 chickens. In her off time she loves to go camping and kayaking.
Kristina grew up on a farm in Otisville until her freshman year of high school when her family moved to Ortonville. After graduating from college with her associates degree, she now has a zoo of her own at home. She and her husband, Jordan, have 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 lizards, 1 snake, 4 sugar gliders, 1 ferret, 2 ducks, 1 chinchilla, 2 Axolotls, and 4 salt water tanks. Kristina loves all pets, especially reptiles.