I decided to pursue Veterinary Technology following an education and a 25 year career as a professional musician. I continue to teach private voice and piano lessons at my husband’s established Music Academy, but my passion shifted dramatically after graduating from the Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program in 2011. I had the opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills while working in Veterinary Hospitals and ended up working as a practice manager/ LVT for a Mobile Veterinary Practice. My love for working closely with pets and pet parents progressed into a special interest in geriatric patients. I became certified in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and work as an Animal Hospice Consultant and Technician for pet parents seeking the best quality of life for their aging pets. I have come full circle and have had the honor of working with Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician students as a lab assistant in the Vet Tech Program. I am also looking forward to assisting the large animal classes this fall at the Bower’s School Farm. I was at the farm this summer teaching the Veterinary Science Camp, spreading enthusiasm to young people about the veterinary profession. When I’m not helping others with their pets, I am busy hanging out with my 3 adult children and caring for my own pets; including my 2 dogs (Pumpkin and Oliver), cat (Bagheera) guinea pig (Spike) and two fresh water fish tanks. At home, I enjoy working in my gardens, recording music and together with my daughter, I am working on an autobiography about life as a family brought together through adoption.
Ever since I was a kid being raised on a horse farm, I knew veterinary medicine was my calling. I loved everything about animals and wanted to be a veterinarian. I was accepted to Michigan State University in the Pre-Vet Program and quickly changed direction once I found out what a Veterinary Technician was. I graduated from MSU in 1988 and still absolutely love this profession. My career started out in general medicine and then took a change in direction joining a clinical research project in Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital, treating people’s pets with cancer. While we were gaining information to directly impact how people were treated, we were able to treat people’s pets in the process. When the study ended, I took a little time off to start my family. I have three amazing daughters that I am so proud of. I couldn’t stay away too long and ended up taking a position at Animal Cancer and Imaging in Rochester at the time, still working with cancer patients and their amazing owners. I was invited to be a guest speaker at Macomb Community College in the Veterinary Technician Program, and I realized I was ready to start giving back to this amazing profession. Not long after that, I was hired as the full time Laboratory Supervisor and have been there now for 14 years! The joy that it brings to work with an awesome team and see students go from knowing nothing about veterinary medicine to transforming their confidence, proficiently and professionalism to be outstanding veterinary technicians is incredible. This profession for me is truly an amazing calling and I am excited to join the MAVT Team and continue to support our profession which is more important now than ever!
Stephanie graduated from Central Michigan University in 2003 with a BA in journalism and psychology, having previously worked in journalism and advertising for about 10 years. Working in media, however, left her feeling unfulfilled professionally, so she decided to re-explore an interest in veterinary medicine.
She graduated from Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technology program in 2006 and received her license that Fall. She worked at a mixed general practice/emergency hospital for 16 years and recently took a position as Emergency and Critical Care Coordinator at an emergency and specialty hospital. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, and brachycephalic medicine.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys dog training, movies, photography, and spending time outdoors with her family exploring trails, mountain biking, and roller skating. She and her family share their home with three rescue pugs: Willa, Orson, and AJ; and two Russian tortoises: Hobi and Jimin.
Natalie is a 2018 graduate of Baker College of Jackson. Originally from Kentucky, she started her veterinary career as a high school student (2005) in a mixed animal practice. She spent the next 13 years as a veterinary assistant/unlicensed technician working for various busy small animal practices and abroad that broadened her skills in general medicine, military-related veterinary medicine, emergency, field medicine, practice management and education. Natalie has recently transitioned into the field of laboratory/research so that she can pursue a VTS in Dentistry. She is extremely passionate about giving the knowledge and strength, that she has been offered, back to the veterinary community to ensure continuation and advancement of the field. Natalie also holds several non-veterinary related titles, such as assistant coach for Dansville High School Girls Soccer, USSF Soccer Referee, and 4-H leader/consultant. When not pursuing her busy lifestyle, she spends time with her family, Beagle (CiCi), cat (Dusty), and 35lb Sulcata Tortoise (Rainy).
From the first day I went to work with my mom at her veterinary hospital, I always knew I wanted to work with animals. I was originally going to become a veterinarian and I even went to University of Michigan Dearborn for two years for pre-veterinary. However, during my time there, I really decided that the veterinary technician route was the one for me. I started at Baker College of Clinton Township, got accepted into the program, and graduated in 2018 with my Associates of Applied Science. I worked as a kennel attendant/veterinary assistant all throughout school and was offered a job at Dearborn Family Pet Care after completing my externship with them. I've been working there ever since. When I'm not at work, I love spending time with friends, family, and Labrador/Malamute/Newfoundland mix, Cupid. I also enjoy going for walks and reading in my spare time.
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Carmen graduated from Macomb Community College in 2005 with an Associates of Science in Veterinary Technician. She furthered her education and received her Bachelors of Health Services Administration in 2015. She has a strong passion for caring for animals and making a positive difference in their lives. During her career, she worked in many different industry sectors including; general practice, emergency medicine, education, research and currently oncology. Oncology is where she found her calling working closely with patients and clients. She plans on applying for her VTS in oncology in the near future. When she is not working you will find her strength training and spending time outdoors biking or kayaking with her husband, daughter, and family dog Sabre.
Hi! My name is Marie Gentile. I started working in this field in 2010 as a kennel assistant. As I gained more experience around the hospital, so grew my passion. I transitioned to a major for veterinary technician in 2018. I graduated from MCC and I have been a licensed technician since 2020. I am currently the Lead technician at my hospital through Veterinary United, and was previously the Secretary for our Student Chapter of NAVTA. I have volunteered in my community through vaccine clinics and I currently serve as a volunteer in the veterinary hospital at the Detroit Zoological Society. This year I have achieved certification as a Fear Free Professional and as a Rescuer through RECOVERY as well. Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy resting, crafting, gaming, and hanging out with my cats and loved ones at home, and generally just being a human being. I love all aspects of veterinary medicine and believe strongly in communication, teamwork, and strive to empower others through their goals. I would like to specialize as a clinical technician with exotics and explore zoological medicine further in my career.
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Strengthen the community by bringing awareness to the importance of personal well-being through providing resources and facilitating discussion.
Michigan, United States