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. 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.
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.
Rachel, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Rachel received her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. She always knew she wanted to spend her life surrounded by animals because she grew up with them and her mom is a veterinarian. In her role, she enjoys helping young animals get a healthy start in life!
Rachel is engaged to Dylan and they’ve been together for 3.5 years. At home, she has two dogs, Mira, a Pitbull, and Bubbles, a Border Collie/Corgi mix, as well as a cat named Hagrid and Raven, her horse. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys antiquing with Dylan, reading, and riding her horse. She also loves the Harry Potter books!
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.
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.
Cat has been a registered medical assistant at the Everest Institute since 2003 and is also AED/CPR certified! She has always loved animals of every kind and has two dogs of her own named Omar, a Bernese Mountain dog, and Tater Tot (Tate), a Golden Retriever. Cat also has four children named Isaac, Clare, Liam, and Evelyn. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, kayaking, boxing, and wrestling (her kids wrestle, so she watches them a lot!). Two things she absolutely loves include tacos and the beach!
Ilyssa has been passionate about animals her entire life and always knew she would love a career working with them. In her current role, she loves getting to help animals and their owners. Ilyssa grew up on a small farm with horses, cows, and chickens. She showed horses in 4-H at the local Montcalm County Fair for 7 years until she aged out in 2019.
Ilyssa is engaged to be married to her fiancé, James, in July 2020. At home, she has a dog, Lobo; two cats, Aero and Milo; and four horses, Star (quarter horse), Spudz (paint) and two minis, Neuman and Buck. In her spare time, she enjoys showing and riding horses. She even trained her own 3-year-old filly herself!
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.
Keshia, Licensed Veternary Technician
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.
Rachelle, Licensed Veternary Technician
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.
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.