Meet Our Vets & Veterinary Staff
Our veterinarians and staff are all hand-picked for their compassion and skill in their respective roles. Each person brings a special talent to the hospital that enriches the experience we provide for our clients and patients. Learn more about our team below, and schedule an appointment soon to meet us all in person.
Dr. Mary Kinser, Owner/Veterinarian
Dr. Kinser received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 1999, and her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2005. In between undergraduate and veterinary school, she worked as a research assistant in a pharmacology and toxicology lab at Michigan State, where she met her husband, Shawn. What drew her to veterinary medicine was her love of science combined with her love of animals. The most rewarding part of being a veterinarian is helping people on a daily basis by keeping their pets healthy. Dr. Kinser and her husband have two kids, one dog, two cats, a horse, a goat, and several barn cats. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, camping, and spending time with family.
Dr. Jaclyn Montpetit, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Jaclyn received her DVM from Michigan State University in 2013 and joined our practice in 2018. She is also a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist (through Curacore) and a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute). She came to veterinary medicine through science. After earning a degree in cell biology, she turned to medicine because a career in research was not what she wanted. Veterinary medicine just fit—she had long had an interest in animals and an appreciation for the human-animal bond. Some of her best friends growing up were the family dogs! Everyone surely remembers, with great fondness, the love they had for their childhood friends.
In her career as a vet, the most rewarding experiences are also those that involve watching puppies and kittens grow into adults while helping their owners make the best decisions for them along the way. She enjoys the family atmosphere of our clinic as well as the client-staff interaction. Dr. Jaclyn also enjoys continuing to learn about different areas of veterinary medicine that are not as traditional, such as acupuncture and rehabilitation which she believes to be important areas in which to grow.
At home, Dr. Jaclyn and her husband, Josh, have a son and a daughter as well as some furry kids including Nymeria, a Samoyed; Ferdinand, a French Bulldog; and Oswald, a Cattle Dog/Shepherd mix. Her hobbies include playing with her young kids, reading when she has time (particularly Jane Austen books), and being outside.
Dr. Sandra Shindorf, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Shindorf earned her DVM in 2012 from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up on a small family farm with a variety of animals and always enjoyed taking care of them. One of the biggest influences in her life was being involved in 4-H where she learned even more about animals. As a veterinarian, the most rewarding part of her career is working with owners to ensure their pets get the best care possible. She also enjoys the problem-solving aspect of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Shindorf and her husband, Chris, have a daughter and a son. In addition, they have a Greyhound named Nova and a Quarter horse named Tee. In her spare time, Dr. Shindorf enjoys jogging, horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Heather, Practice Manager
Heather not only has experience in administration—she is a licensed veterinary technician and professional canine trainer and behavioral specialist! She has been hunting with, training, and showing dogs since she was 9 years old.
Heather is married and together, she and her husband, John, have five dogs, four cats, nine cattle, nine goats, and some chickens. When she’s not at work, she enjoys farming, hunting, and fishing. What she loves most in the world is her Beagle, Dixie, and yellow cake with buttercream frosting.
Rachelle graduated from Baker College in 2007 and is a licensed veterinary technician. She grew up on a farm and had a deep love for animals. Naturally, she chose a profession where she could use that passion every day as part of her work. She finds that one of the most rewarding parts of her career is teaching.
She and her husband, Josh, have been together since teenagers and have two children, Rylie and Jaxson. They live on a hobby farm with lots of animals, and since their kids do 4H, there are different species all of the time. Rachelle and her family raise cattle and pigs, and own dogs, cats, chickens, and horses. In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys spending time with her family, riding and showing horses, and volunteering as a 4H leader.
Keshia received her associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Baker College of Muskegon in 2010. Growing up, she was the only girl in the family and was excluded by her brothers. She found at an early age that animals offered her comfort, so she pursued a career where she could be their voice.
Keshia has two nephews to whom she loves being an aunt, as well as two dogs at home including Annie, a Lab, and Roman, a Pitbull mix; and two cats named Bella and Quinn. She enjoys walking, reading (especially Harry Potter), watching movies (particularly Disney), doing puzzles, and spending time with friends and family.
Rachel, Veterinary Assistant
Rachel always wanted to be a vet, but over the years, she decided against it. After she landed a job as a receptionist at Orchard View (the previous name of our hospital) she progressed in her knowledge and became an assistant. She loves learning new things and is planning on going to school to become a licensed veterinary technician. In her current role, she loves being able to help pets and watch the healing process after a major injury or surgery. She very much looks forward to all the years ahead meeting new clients and watching puppies and kittens grow.
At home, Rachel has two cats named Peaches and Monte. In her spare time, she enjoys coloring, reading (especially Sherrilyn Kenyon books), playing Xbox with her sister, and spending time with her friends.
Erica is part of our receptionists' team, and her favorite part of the job is watching puppies and kittens grow into healthy adults! Beyond her receptionist skills, she is also certified in medical massage therapy from Blue Heron Academy.
Erica and her husband, Chad, have three children together, and one cat named Sammy. When not at work, she loves camping and spending time with her family.
Sarah has a bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University. She is certified in Knowing Dogs, pet first aid, and CPR. She has always loved animals and she even had a sled dog team as a teen! In high school, she volunteered at her local veterinarian and then managed a training, daycare, and boarding center for 5 years. When a position here opened up, she jumped at it. She loves getting to know our clients and their furry family members! In her role, Sarah also enjoys learning more about animal medicine and building lasting relationships with pets and their people.
Sarah is married to her husband, Dennis, and they have two rescue dogs: Levi, a talkative Basset Hound mix and Vin, a bouncy Pointer mix. When she has free time, Sarah enjoys spending it with her family and friends, reenacting/living history, hiking, and watching a good movie. What she absolutely loves are animated films, storytelling, and hound dog kisses.
Maegan, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Maegan has always loved being around animals and wanted to do her part in taking care of them, which also helps her better understand her own pets.
Maegan’s greatest life accomplishment so far has been buying a house all on her own at the age of 22. In her home, she has one dog named Schatzi who is a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd mix. She also has two horses named Red, a Pony of the Americas (POA), and Polo, a Quarter Horse. When not at work, she loves riding and doing yard work. She also enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews. What she loves most of all is her Grandma Mud, who is no longer with us.
Ashley grew up wanting to be a veterinarian, but she ended up going to college for criminal justice. When she saw the opportunity to work with animals and their owners, she took it and has loved it ever since. The most rewarding part of her job is being a part of making clients and patients happy and healthy.
Ashley has a fiance, Jared, as well as two children, Alexander and Lillian. Her fur family includes Vicious, a Pitbull, and Biggie, a Doberman. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, spending summers at the cabin with her family and friends, and spending time with Jared.
Mere, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Mere has been in the veterinary industry for 16 years. She graduated from MCC with a business and accounting associate degree but her interests took her toward a career in veterinary medicine. Mere is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and is a certified dog trainer through National K9 and is also K9 CPR certified.
At home, Mere has several pets including dogs, cats, horses, and chickens. In her spare time, she enjoys dog training and horseback riding.
Erika, Veterinary Assistant
Erika always wanted to work with animals from a very young age. She is currently going to school to become a veterinary technician. In her roll as a vet assistant, she enjoys educating owners and providing animals with excellent care.
At home, Erika has several pets of her own including Emmah, a Great Dane; Sable, a Shepherd mix; Vinny, a Pit Bull; and three cats. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and her animals, and going to the races—both dirt track and asphalt. Two things she absolutely loves doing are watching Friends on Netflix and spending time with her friends, family, and her pets.