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Our Team

Dr. Lynn Happel, DVM/Owner

CaptureDr. Happel graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she practiced small animal medicine in a 3 doctor practice in Muskegon for 2 years and then worked in an 8 doctor practice in Grand Rapids for 6 years. In 2010 she decided to open her own practice and Eastown Veterinary Clinic was born June 1st, 2011.

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Dr. Ashley Tittle, DVM

CaptureDr. Tittle attended Calvin College for a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Immediately after graduating from Calvin, she went to Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. During her time as a student at Michigan State, she also worked in the Orthopedics department for 2 years. Once graduated, she worked at Richland Animal Hospital for almost 2 years before joining Eastown Veterinary Clinic.

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Dr. Natalie Neher, DVM

Dr-Neher-Bio-picDr. Neher graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC with honors in microbiology and immunology and then traveled down under to obtain her veterinary degree which she received with honors from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in 2008. Her time in Australia enabled her to work with a variety of interesting species and cases giving her a unique background.

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Dr. Ryan Keane, DVM

Dr-Neher-Bio-picDr. Keane was born and raised in central Ohio and attended undergraduate school at Miami University in southern Ohio. He graduated with honors from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He has also lived in West Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Tennessee. Dr. Keane has practiced in Michigan since 2006, and found a permanent home in Grand Rapids in 2010 with his wife, Becky, who is a Grand Rapids native.

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Stephanie Bishop, Practice Manager

CaptureI grew up with numerous pets and, like many little girls, wanted to grow up and work in the veterinary field. I started working with veterinarians as a kennel assistant when I was still in high school and began learning the many aspects of the business. During the following years I worked as an assistant, a receptionist, an administrative assistant and human resource director. As an adult I decided to return to college and in 2012 I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management in 2017, both from Davenport University. I began working at Eastown Veterinary Clinic in July of 2015 as the Practice Manager and will be pursuing my CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) in 2018.

On a personal note, I am married and my husband and I have three sons. We are also pet parents to two beautiful labs (Magnus and Trigger), a Dalmatian (Finn), a Shih-Tzu (Walker), and a horse named Diesel. In my spare time, which is very rare, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, listening to books, spending time on the lake, bonfires, watching movies, doing crafts and remodeling my house.

Brandy Weidenfeller, Team Lead, LVT

Brandy-WeidenfellerI was born an “Army brat.” Both parents were enlisted in the United States Army and stationed at the Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma. I was primarily raised in Michigan, though. I have always had a love of animals, but my family wasn’t able to afford a cat or dog. So I had gerbils for the most part until I got a barn kitten while on a family vacation in Pennsylvania and I guess you can say it was all “up-hill” from there.

I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Technology Program and received my license as a veterinary technologist in May 2012. I have been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years. I have a strong interest and passion in equine medicine, small animal dentistry, and feline health/medicine.

After graduation, I took a position at a large equine facility in Lexington, Kentucky as their Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technician; performing numerous MRIs on anesthetized equine (horse) patients. I loved being able to produce images that could explain to owners the cause of lameness in their equine (speaking from experience with lameness issues in my own horse). However, I missed my family, farm, and just plain Michigan; everything was calling me back. After returning to Michigan, I obtained a position with Eastown Veterinary Clinic. The moment I walked through the doors for my interview I knew this was the place I wanted and needed to be.

I currently live in Six Lakes on my farm with my eight feline friends (Tilly, Zerconi, Lil Dude, Nubbs, Battie, Tori, Dusty, and Tooger), one horse (Sweetie Pie), several chickens, ducks and a swan. ALL of them have a story to tell, especially my feline family who are all rescued.

Future aspirations include becoming specialized in dentistry and working in feline rescue. In my spare time, I like to garden, ride horses, tinker around with numerous artistic endeavors, and just hang with my friends and best friend (mom) around the farm doing the normal chores.

Jennie Arter, LVT

Hello! My name is Jennie. Caring for animals has always been a natural passion for me, and working in a field dedicated to them was truly a no brainer for me. I grew up in North Muskegon surrounded by animals. Growing up my family had mostly small animals. We always had dogs and cats but at different points, we also had birds, mice, and even a little tree frog. I now have a small family of fur children that I love dearly. My boyfriend and I are parents to one extra fluffy kitty (Dewie), a diabetic Chihuahua (Poppy) a handsome red pit bull (Hank) and a little hedgehog (Desmond). I am a bit of a home body. So when I am not working I am happiest when I am at home with my pets curled up on the couch. I have recently gotten into gardening. I find it very therapeutic to work on projects outside. Family is also very important to me. I also have perfected the art of the robot dance. In high school, I began to explore veterinary career options and settled on becoming a technician in college as it allowed me to be very hands-on in the nurture and nursing of animals. I graduated from Baker College with a degree in Veterinary Technology 2009 and became licensed shortly thereafter. Following four years working at a vet practice on the lakeshore, I moved to Grand Rapids and began my adventure at Eastown Veterinary Clinic in July of 2014. I love my position at Eastown. It is very rewarding to go to work every day knowing that I am impacting the lives of our adorable patients. Our team is like family. We have fun and work toward the same goals together. The quality of medicine that we deliver to every furry patient under skilled doctors is something I’m really proud of. I look forward to meeting you and your buddies!

Erin Duryea, Client Service Representative Team Lead

Erin DuryeaI grew up across the street from my Aunt and Uncle’s farm, which had cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep and a horse. I spent a lot of time at their farm with my older cousins learning how to care for all different types of animals. My cousins are a big part of why I have such a strong passion for animals. After deciding that becoming a veterinarian wasn’t my true calling, I knew I still wanted to do something with animals. All of my previous jobs have been in customer service, which I love, but something was still missing. Once I started working at Eastown Veterinary Clinic, I knew that this was where I belonged! Being in an environment that has so much passion for animals and working with people who truly care, is one of the best places to be!

My husband and I currently live just outside of Grandville but are looking to move to the country. We do not have any children as of now, so our pets are our babies! We have two Pit Bulls, Aspen and Chief, who are both rescues, and a cat named Zelda, who we adopted from family friends. My favorite part of the night is cuddling up with my babies on the couch with a fluffy blanket!

Outside of loving my pets and working, I enjoy anything outside! (As long as it’s not snowing)! I guess you could call me more of a “Fall” kind of person. Between all of the breath-taking colors that Fall offers in Michigan and all of the bonfires I’m able to attend, Fall is my favorite time of year! You could also call me a bit of a sports fanatic, whether it’s playing sports outside or watching a great Michigan State Spartans game. GO GREEN!!

Katie Brodie, Client Service Representative

Katie BrodieBeing new to the veterinary industry, I’m still trying to find my bearings. I’ve always loved animals and truly enjoy working at Eastown Veterinary Clinic. When I have the time, I also volunteer at the Humane Society of West Michigan. I hope to one day play a stronger role in animal advocacy, but for now, my focus is on helping the clinic grow.

Prior to joining the Eastown team, I worked and lived in Tampa, Florida where I graduated from culinary school with a Bachelors of Art in Culinary Management. I was sous chef at a 6-times James Beard Nominated restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed the creative release that cooking provided. Once my husband and I decided to move to Michigan to start our family, I knew it was time for me to leave the professional kitchen. This gave me a chance to re-evaluate my goals in life and shift gears to attend to the animal lover in me.

Leah Bell, Groomer

Leah Bell - GroomerI have been grooming professionally since 2005. I graduated from the Paragon School of Pet Grooming in Spring 2005. I have since worked in a few different grooming environments but am happy to make Eastown Veterinary Clinic my home! I love working as part of a team where each pet is given the best care! In the winter of 2013, I returned to Paragon School of Pet Grooming to continue my education with a 120 hour “advanced skills” course. My aim is to provide the best grooming experience possible for both the pet and the pet parent.

I share my Eastown home with my husband, Mike. Until very recently our home was graced with the presence of a 17-year-old lab mix named Tekay. She, unfortunately, passed away in February 2013. After deciding we were not ready to get another dog (ha ha), we met a sweet 7-week old puppy named Eleanor in March of 2013. She was just what we needed and has been filling our life with joy (and non-stop activity) ever since!

Working for the Eastown Veterinary Clinic has been, and continues to be, a wonderful experience! The clientele here is amazing and I love all of my cat and dog clients! I intend to be here for many years to come.

Kendra Eagleson, Certified Veterinary Assistant

Kendra Eagleson Bio picI don’t remember a time when I didn’t have an animal in the house. I’ve always grown up with dogs and cats, and I’ve even had the pleasure of owning pet rats. I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue a career with animals, but I wasn’t sure what it was until just a few years ago. I am currently attending San Juan College online to pursue an associates degree in Veterinary Technology and then go on to receive a veterinary technician license.

Working at EVC is very rewarding, especially while I’m taking classes to compliment everything I’m learning hands on at work. I learn things every day, and the team makes it fun and enjoyable. To top it all off, I wouldn’t be able to learn or pursue my career without the help of our clients and patients! Nothing is more rewarding than to be able to be a part of a team that is 100% committed to giving every patient the best possible care, and to be able to make pet parents smile.

I currently reside in Grand Rapids with my 1-year-old Alaskan Husky (Nitro) and my 2 ½-month-old Shih Tzu/Japanese Chin (Zelda). When I’m not working, I’m usually studying or reading a book while supervising the dogs, making sure Nitro isn’t recruiting Zelda to do his mischievous work, as she is young and impressionable.

Alexis Gonzales, Exam Room Assistant

I’ve been an animal lover all my life. When I was younger I always chose to watch Animal Planet over cartoons. My family has had a lot of different pets, and I always tried to add to our menagerie of stray pets I’d find in the neighborhood. My dad wasn’t so supportive of this endeavor, however. When I started to make my way into the working world, I started work at a pediatrician’s office despite my overwhelming desire to work with animals. The town that I was living in did not have a wide variety of animal jobs available, so, at the time, this was the best choice for me. Eventually, I had to follow my heart and received my Veterinary Assistant degree and started working in the veterinary field.

I am currently engaged to my lovely fiancé with whom I have a 3-year son. My son is following in my footsteps as an animal lover. We currently have a chocolate lab named Gunnar and a shar-pei mix named Vayda. My son is best friends with them both! My dream in life is to have many more dogs and have my own home rescue center.

Bailey Armock, Exam Room Assistant

I started as an intern at Eastown Veterinary in January of 2016. My love for veterinary medicine has only grown since starting here. At this point in my life, I’m happy focusing my efforts on continuing my veterinary education at the clinic. I’m currently in college with an undecided major. It’s definitely a possibility that I may eventually transfer to Michigan State University and pursue a more technical education. I do know for sure that I love working with animals and see myself in this field for awhile.

When I’m not working, I spend most of my time riding horses. I’ve been riding for over a decade and have always enjoyed being a hunter/jumper. I do a lot of traveling to show horses competitively and enjoy every moment of it. I absolutely plan on continuing riding throughout my education.

My house is filled with more four-legged beings than two. My personal dog is a one and a half-year-old corgi who keeps me very busy. She’s very spicy but the sweetest girl in the world.

Lauren Heydenberk, Exam Room Assistant

Hi, my name is Lauren. I have only been working with animals for 3 years, but in those 3 years I have learned tons. Growing up my family always had animals; my first pet was a Bernese Mountain Dog named Mackinac (Mackie for short.) I loved her dearly. Unfortunately we lost her when I was 13, but my family has had many pets since then. We mostly had/have cats and dogs, but we also had a mouse, gecko lizard and a macaw. I am currently working towards my associates degree in dental hygiene at GRCC. As much as I love animals, I know that I really want to be a dental hygienist.

I have been working at Eastown Vet since May of 2017 and have loved every minute working here. Who wouldn't love getting to see dogs and cats all day? I'm known as the silly and bubbly one around here at work. I always have a smile on my face and I love to keep people in a good mood. How do I do this you ask? Well, I dance, of course. I may not be very good at it but if I can get a laugh, I'm happy.

My family currently has a Tuxedo Cat named Boo, and two dogs – a Golden Retriever named Ruby and a Shih Tzu named Moshi. The only pet I have for myself is my telescope goldfish named Zucchini.

Kara Ward, Exam Room Assistant

A love for animals has always been a part of who I am. I grew up with dogs always in the house and my family currently has two wonderful golden retrievers. I myself became a pet owner this past summer adopting my cat, Nova, from the Humane Society of West Michigan. My love of animals has steered me towards many great experiences working with them, one of which was being able to spend a few weeks in South Africa one summer in a veterinary program. There I was able to work with many exotic animals such as lions and rhinos and see how other countries practice veterinary medicine.

I grew up on the east side of the state in Port Huron but school brought me to the west side. I went to Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!) where I graduated with a Biology degree in 2015. Since then I’ve continued to work in the animal field, joining EVC in July of 2017. Of all the places I’ve worked at I feel the most at home here. I love the team here and how dedicated we are to helping our clients. It’s such a rewarding job being able to help and make a difference in animal’s lives every day. When I’m not at work I’m usually playing in either a soccer or volleyball league, reading, binging Netflix shows, or playing fetch with my cat, who acts much more like a dog.

Sam Bravata, Exam Room Assistant

I started working at Eastown in September of 2017, and I have been loving every moment of it! I have always been obsessed with animals. As a child I grew up with at least 2 pets in my house at all times. I plan on continuing my education with animals and their care within this clinic. The environment of our clinic is very upbeat and welcoming, which was my very first impression when joining the Eastown veterinary clinic team.

My little family consists of an Australian cattle dog named Eva. She keeps me on my toes and very active. We participate in agility classes together and I do plan on competing in the future when she and I get better at the sport, or when I can keep up with her on the course! My other fur baby is a Mountain Cur, English Mastiff, and Boxer mix. He loves playing with Eva, but loves cuddling and pleasing me even more! They are both true blessings to me!

Jamie Rozema, Licensed Veterinary Technician

I was born and raised here in Grand Rapids. Growing up we had a family dog named Cody, a lab/golden who was my best friend, and a couple cats. I was that kid who was always catching something; frogs, toads, the neighbors' cat, even the occasional bird. Animals always fascinated me. As a kid I would rather hangout with a dog than the people at social gatherings.

After high school I attended Calvin College for 2 years as I was undecided on a major. I knew I had a passion for animals, but I also knew I did not want to be a veterinarian. I do not like the idea of making the big decisions about each case. During my 2nd year at Calvin, I found out about the role of the veterinary technician. As I did more research, I knew I had found my calling. This was the first time that work or school actually looked fun to me. This was a position where I could help gather all the pieces of the puzzle for each case to assist the doctor in making the best decision possible for each patient.

I graduated from Baker College in Muskegon with an Associates of Applied Science in June 2013. Shortly after that I obtained my veterinary technician license. I worked at a small animal clinic straight out of school for 4 years before I found Eastown. I was hired here in May 2017. Every day I am impressed with this beautiful facility and the amazing standard of care that we strive to provide for our patients and clients. This field is my passion; I love the hands-on work with our patients, and educating pet owners in animal care. Every day is different, so life as an LVT is never boring!

I now live with my husband and our four-legged fur-baby, a Lab/German Shortair Pointer named Joey. He is such a good dog and brings so much joy to our little family. In our free time we enjoy camping, fires, going to the beach, attending concerts, discovering new breweries, or hanging out at home watching Netflix.

Annah Miller, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Inventory Manager

Proud to have been born and raised here in Grand Rapids! I graduated from Michigan State University in the spring of 2014 earning my bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. I was hired at Eastown Veterinary Clinic in the fall of 2014. I’m a licensed veterinary technician and also the inventory manager for the practice. I love my job because it is different every single day! My co-workers, patients and clients make each day enjoyable no matter what the day may bring. We are so lucky to have clients who support and appreciate the gold standard of care we strive to provide to our patients.

When I’m not at work you can find me spending time with my husband, our little girl and our fur children; our dog Rookie “Roo” and our cat Callie. When I have a quiet moment to myself I enjoy reading, writing and indulging in Netflix marathons. My most recent hobby has been experimenting with cooking! I look forward to many more memories with my EVC team!

Amy Townsend, Trainer

Amy-TownsendI am a licensed veterinary technician, certified manual therapist, and veterinary physical rehabilitation assistant. As an East Grand Rapids native and long-time Eastown resident, I am thrilled to be working in the community that I live in, serving my friends and neighbors in caring for their pets.

I have been involved with animals for my entire life. From exotic birds, reptiles, and amphibians, to guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs and horses, I have lived with them all and enjoyed every minute of it! I wentback to school to start my second career as a veterinary technician in 2005, and have gone on to do a certification program in veterinary physical rehabilitation. I am currently working towards my technician specialty in animal behavior.

The most rewarding part of veterinary medicine for me is using my additional training in physical rehabilitation and behavior modification. Helping pets and owners overcome physical or emotional barriers to live a healthy, happy life and strengthen the bond between them is something special that I feel very privileged to be a part of. In addition to seeing behavior and physical rehabilitation patients by appointment, I absolutely love to teach our Puppy Kindergarten and Adult Obedience classes, as well as private training sessions and Canine Good Citizen testing through the American Kennel Club. I also teach canine agility and physical fitness classes at a training center in the Grand Rapids area.

I spend some of my time on weekends helping out at the local emergency veterinary clinic, where I enjoy using my emergency and critical care nursing skills to help the ER docs save lives.

When I’m not working, I love volunteering with West Michigan Therapy Dogs and MSU’s Master Naturalist/Master Gardener programs. I spend as much time as possible with my husband, children, and extended Grand Rapids family. I share my life and home with two-pound puppies, Simone and Madigan, and a handi-“capable” Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Spanky. My family also includes three kitties, two birds, two rats, and a hedgehog. My husband recently made me sign an agreement not to adopt any more animals.

Emily Parr, Receptionist

I have always loved animals, and wanted to get into the veterinary field for years. Since my work experience was primarily in reception, I was very excited for the opportunity to apply that experience to a field I cared about so much. I love working with animals, and educating our clients about how to take the best care of them possible. I enjoy participating in theater, attending yoga classes, and riding my bike. I have written two full-length dramas that have been performed in Grand Rapids, and one that was the first theatrical production on Mackinac Island in over 50 years.

I live with my husband and our two dogs in an apartment in Grand Rapids. We have Leila, a very derpy rescue boxer, and Lucy, a very clever beagle mix.