Dr. “Jack” Laurie Jackowiak – Owner / Senior Veterinarian

She was born and raised in Ossineke, MI. As a youngster she was active in 4-H, FFA, and NBHA which fueled her to become a veterinarian. She graduated from Michigan State University and more recently graduated with an animal chiropractic certificate from Options for Animals Chiropractic School.

She opted to come back to Alpena to help her community and is striving to continue to provide great health care for small animals and expanding the quality of equine services available. She has set aside an area at her home to house sick horses.

Dr. Joann Greenfield – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. JoannDr. Greenfield grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and moved to Michigan in 2003 to study Animal Science at Michigan State University. A true Spartan, she continued on to veterinary school and graduated from MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.

Her primary interest is dairy production medicine, but she enjoys the diversity of working with all species, whether they are livestock or pets. She especially enjoys small animal internal medicine and surgery.

In her spare time, Dr. Greenfield can usually be found sitting by a bonfire with her three dogs, Boyd, Jake, and Dar.

Jessica Campbell – Licensed Veterinary Technician

JessicaJess, a 2010 graduate from the Michigan State University Veterinary Technology program, grew up in Harrisville, MI surrounded by many different species of pets and farm animals. Her love of such a variety of animals shows in her everyday work here at AVC. On a daily basis, you can find her drawing blood, cleaning teeth, assisting in surgery and patient recovery, and helping to educate pet parents in many aspects of their pet’s health.

When she is not at work, she enjoys quality time with her fiancé, Ben, their cat, “Jade,” and dog named “Ruger,” her Clydesdales “Chrissey” and “Thea,” and her chickens. She also kayaks, crafts, and loves spending time in the barn and outdoors.

Katie Miltz – Veterinary Assistant

Katie is one of our talented Veterinary Assistants. She grew up in Sault Ste. Marie (which makes her a Yooper!). In her spare time she loves playing with her six year old daughter and spending time with friends. She loves anything outside, whether it’s gardening, camping, bike riding or even just mowing the lawn! She also loves cows and helping her family on their little farm in Black River. Katie has a huge heart and we are so fortunate to have her with us.

Julie Bush – Kennel Assistant

Julie, one of our kennel assistants, comes to us from Boyne City. A former groomer, she’s completely at ease around all animals and has two cats, two dogs, a lizard and a rat at home. She loves camping and helping animals feel better. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a sick animal leave the clinic healthy. Thank you for being a part of our team and AVC family, Julie!

Tyler Torrez

Pictured with his beautiful cat Luna, Tyler grew up in Napoleon, Ohio and now calls Alpena home. He’s an accomplished baseball player who loves playing video games, hunting, and food. 🙂 He grew up in a large family (he has 8 siblings!) and adores animals. You will see him helping the Doctors in appointments, assisting in surgeries, and sharing his love for animals with our clients. We are so happy he is part of our team!

Wendy Poter- Receptionist

Wendy is one of our receptionist, you will most likely hear Wendy’s voice when calling the clinic or seeing her smiling face when you walk in. Wendy is an Alpena native. She has quite the house full with her Husband, 2 teenage kids, 3 dogs and a cat. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and watching her kids play sports.

Megan Rea-Riopelle- Veterinary Assistant

Megan is one of our wonderful assistants. She is originally from Alpena, she moved to Wisconsin for a year to work at an animal shelter and her and her fiancee move back the summer. Megan is currently going to school to be a Veterinary Technician and we can’t wait until she graduates. Megan has 2 cats (PJ and Alaric) and a dog name Nova. When she is not at work she loves to hang out with her cats and watch The Office. Thanks for joining our team Megan.


Bekki is one of our vet assistants here in the clinic. Bekki loves working with the small animals here in the clinic. When shes not here, she enjoys her small and large animals at home. In her free time Bekki can be found horseback riding, kayaking, paddle boarding and jogging. Bekki has such a gentle personality and has been a great addition to our team!


Pipsqueak likes to think of herself as our team leader. She’s a gal of many jobs. She loves to roam the clinic and oversee the daily activities. She considers herself to be the glue that hold the team together, and we would all have to agree. It’s impossible to feel blue when there is always an ear that needs to be scratched. Since Pip has been here longer than any of us, we all get to learn a little something from her every day. Even if it’s just to take time and enjoy the sunshine.