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.
You may also see her husband, Bob, around the clinic too. He is crucial to keeping the clinic working well. When they are not at the clinic they are likely outside fishing, riding, or just enjoying time with their two dogs (Molly- Bluetick & Mabel- Bloodhound) or quarter horses (Earl & Scooter).
Dr. Joann Greenfield - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. 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
Jess, 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!
Brenda Tolson - Receptionist
Brenda is one of the first faces you may see when arriving at our clinic. She wears many hats and is happy to jump in to help whenever and wherever she is needed. An outdoor fanatic who loves kayaking, she tries to walk her dog Roxy 2-3 miles every day. Life is meant to be lived outside, and when she's not working, that's where you will find her. She loves her co-workers (an awesome bunch of people, but I may be a bit impartial ;) ) and her granddaughter is her whole world. We are so happy she is part of our AVC family!
Kelly Pankey - Receptionist
Kelly is one of our receptionists. An Alpena native, she previously lived in North Carolina and Florida, and returned to Michigan 5 years ago. She and her husband have three dogs and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, listening to music and spending time with her pets and husband. We love Kelly!
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!