Philip VanVranken, DVM
Founder of Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic
Years in Practice: 42
Dr Pete is a 1974 graduate of MSU, and the founder of Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic. He and his wife , Sharon, have 2 children along with 3 dogs and 3 cats. Dr. Pete enjoys playing basketball, MSU sports and old cars. Dr. Pete has a special interest in Nutrition and Dermatology. The favorite parts of his work are seeing patients go home after surviving a critical condition and helping people through problems. The least favorite part of his work is seeing animal abuse and people who don’t take proper care of their animals.
Ron VanRyswyk, DVM
Years in Practice: 38
Dr Ron is a 1978 graduate of MSU. He practiced veterinary medicine in Kalamazoo and Ft Myers, FL prior to joining the practice in 1985. Dr Ron is married with 2 children. He practices small animal medicine and has a special interest in orthopedic surgery. He currently has dogs, cats, and parrots.
James Barron, DVM
Years in Practice: 28
Dr Jim graduated from MSU in 1988. He is married and has 3 children and 3 dogs. Dr. Barron practices small animal medicine and surgery on cats, dogs, and ferrets.
Jennifer Tirrell, DVM
Years in Practice: 11
Dr Jen is a 2005 graduate of MSU and was hired in January of 2007. She practices small animal medicine and performs surgery on cats, dogs and rabbits. In our practice Dr. Jen takes care of international relations and helping clients take care of international health certificates when they are going out of the country with a pet.
Dr Jen is married and has 2 children, Owen and Piper. She also has a new golden puppy Breslyn.
Katie Aulbach, DVM
Years in Practice: 11
Dr Katie is a 2005 graduate of MSU. She became an associate Veterinarian at Dickman Road Veterinary clinic in 2005. She enjoys working in a service-based profession and using her experience and training to guide clients in making the best decisions for their pets. She has a special interest in in abdominal ultrasound and soft tissue surgery.
Dr Katie’s family includes husband Adam (also a veterinarian she met in school), her sons Henry, born in 2013, and Will, born in 2015, and her terrier mix, Ellie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her sons, running, triathlons, and traveling.
Rachel Bradley, DVM
Years in Practice: 8
Dr. Rachel is a 2008 graduate of MSU. She started working at Dickman Road Vet Clinic in October 2008. She has special interest in Ultrasound.
Dr. Rachel is married with 2 children, Aidan and Olivia, 2 dogs Mollie and Munchkin, and a cat, Zola. She enjoys watching movies, baking, swimming, fishing and playing board games with kids.
Jesse Fritz, DVM
Years in Practice: 3
Dr Jesse is a 2013 graduate of MSU and was hired in May 2013. The favorite part of his job is helping families provide the best quality of life for their pets. He is married with 2 children and 1 on the way. He has 2 dogs, Piper and Leo, and 1 cat Phoebe as well as fish, rabbits and reptiles. His hobbies include cooking, photography, and gardening.
Oliver Parsonage, DVM
Years in Practice: 2
Dr. Oliver is a 2014 graduate of MSU and started working at Dickman Road Vet Clinic in May of 2014.
Dr Oliver is newly married and has 2 dogs, Bree and Basil, and 2 rabbits. In his spare time he enjoys camping on Lake Michigan, doing DIY projects around the house and yard, and grilling and smoking food during the summer.
Emily Plodzik, DVM
Years of Practice: 2
Dr. Emily is a 2015 graduate of Mississippi State University and started working at Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic in July 2016.
Dr. Emily likes diagnosing trouble conditions and being allowed to treat furry family members and their people. She has a cocker spaniel “Lulu” and 4 cats, “Katie May, Mr. Dimples, Susan and Captain Maximus Stinky Beard”. In her spare time she likes bike riding and working with horses, But for her nothing beats spending time with family and friends.
Gary Ellis, DVM
Years in Practice: 40
Dr Gary has been working here in 1977, He is a 1975 graduate of Michigan State University. Dr Gary retired 3 years ago but decided to come back part time.
Dr. Gary is an active fisherman and outdoorsmen, who enjoys lots of outside activities.
Allyson Klooster, DVM
Dr. Ally is a 2016 graduate of Michigan State University, she started working at Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic in August. Dr Ally has a cat “Rocky and 2 dogs “Trigger and Lucy”. She is also a new mom and enjoys time with her husband and son. They spend time at Lake Michigan and watching soccer.