Debbie Edwards, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Team member since 2007: I have been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2001, after graduating from the veterinary technician program at Macomb Community College and becoming licensed by the state of Michigan.
My introduction to working in the veterinary field started when I worked as a kennel attendant at a local small, mixed animal practice, that also had a boarding facility. While working there, I later became a veterinary assistant, working alongside a wonderful team of technicians. It was then that I discovered that I wanted to have a career as a technician myself.
Over the years, I have found working in veterinary medicine to be a rewarding career path, even more so after joining the team at Cat Care. I feel very fortunate to be able to share my days with feline companions at home and work. Working at a feline exclusive clinic has been and continues to be a wonderful experience.
Vicki Mastny, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Team member since 2014: I have been in the veterinary field for twenty years and I don't regret a day that I came into this profession; I love my job. I worked at a dog/cat practice for 17 years before joining Cat Care. I had always enjoyed taking the cat appointments at my previous position, so now I get to enjoy my job even more.
I have a Labrador at home as well as two wonderful cats. Panda is a domestic long hair, who is beautiful and affectionate. There is Pickles who is more clumsy then you would think a cat should be, but just as loveable as he throws himself to the ground to have his belly rubbed.
Outside of work, I love gardening in the summer and reading in the winter. I also love to travel. I have been to some amazing places and hope I can continue to visit new places in the future.
Lynn Birr, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Team member since 2008: I graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Macomb Community College and have been working with animals for over ten years. My very first job was at Best Friends Pet Resort; I was there for five years. After I left Best Friends, I got my first job at a veterinary clinic as an assistant. I absolutely fell in love with helping nurse animals back to health. I enjoyed working with cats and wanted to pursue working in a feline only clinic which lead me to Cat Care.
My husband and I have three furry children; my oldest is Roscoe, who is a Siberian Husky. Hooie looks like a Maine Coon and is the middle child. Last but not least is the baby, Tinkerbell. She is a domestic medium hair.
I love working with cats and feel honored to experience meeting owners who love and adore their feline friends as much as I do.
Leah Cheney, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Team Member since 2016:
I graduated from a veterinary technician program in North Carolina and had been working with dogs, cats and exotics for over ten years. I was fortunate enough to have also acquired experience at the North Carolina Zoo and in emergency medicine. Through all my experience I have discovered a deep love and respect for felines, large and small.
I have a human daughter, Jocelyn, who is nothing short of a super star princess. My non-human children consist of two dogs, Rose, a Staffordshire Bull-Terrier mix, and Tiny Tank, a Doberman Pincher mix, Alex, a Black Rat Snake, and Moose, my beautiful Maine Coon.
Outside of working and being a mom, I enjoy movies, books, and an eclectic collection of music. On the rare occasion I am able, I also enjoy traveling and creating artwork.
Carol Suggs, Receptionist, Team member since 2007: My love for animals has been in my blood since I can remember. I have three cats; Nikko is my Japanese Bobtail, Leo is my brown tabby and Emily is my sassy tortie. I also have a Labrador mix and two 2-footed children, Connor and Jack. I love working here and I feel lucky to have an extended family with all of our feline patients.
My kids, 4-footed and 2-footed, keep me pretty busy and I am never lonely; there's always a cat handy for a lap visit!
I look forward to caring for your furry friends as if they were my own!
Kaitlyn Fyfe, Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist, Team Member since 2016:
For as long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for working with animals. I graduated in 2009 with a Degree in Animal Management. I started working at an animal shelter in Niagara Falls, NY – this is where I developed a love for working with cats, and also where I adopted my two furbabies: Dewey and Bella Bean. After that, I worked at different veterinary clinics. In October of 2015, I followed my heart and moved to Michigan to live with my boyfriend and eventually found my way onto the Cat Care team. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my cats, relaxing, working out, and traveling. I love being weird and making people laugh.
Leah Sidell, Veterinary Assistant, Team Member since 2017
I have always had a love and curiosity towards animals and their behaviors. However, working in the veterinary field is somewhere, surprisingly, I never thought I would be until about 10 years ago. I started working as a kennel assistant at a veterinary clinic with an attached boarding service. From there, I knew no matter where life may take me; animals have to be a part of it. As I navigate through life, I have my two feline furrkids, Scruffy and Charlie and one canine furrkid, Scooter. Aside from my fulfilling work at Cat Care, I enjoy traveling, music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Hayley Carpenter, Practice Manager, Team member since 2014: I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology. Taking care of all of our feline patients is rewarding and engaging, and meeting everyone's furry family members is my favorite part of my job.
I have two cats (right now): Nymeria and Ghost. They are a handful and get into trouble on a daily basis, but I couldn't see my life without them. I also have a dog named Lilo, who believes she is a cat.
When I'm not caring for kittens at Cat Care, I like to cook and play with my kittens at home. I like snow, the color green (Go State!), and biking.