Our Staff

Dr. Dana Kruse

Veterinarian


Dr. Kruse (formerly Esterle) grew up in the Big Rapids area and attended Ferris State University for her undergraduate studies where she received her Bachelors degree in Applied Biology with minors in Spanish and Psychology. Dr. Kruse graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 2007.

Dr. Kruse has worked in multiple veterinary practices over the years, allowing her to develop not only her medical and surgical skills, but also build strong relationships with clients and staff. Special areas of interest include preventive medicine, dentistry, soft tissue surgery and ultrasound.

Dr. Kruse also has an interest in poultry and exotics medicine. When she is not taking care of your furry family members, she is at home with her husband Jason taking care of their two children as well as their dogs Gretta and Isabelle, 4 cats, and numerous chickens. She enjoys gardening, cooking, running/hiking, kayaking, and spending time with the family.


Dr. Linda Kudrycki

Veterinarian


Dr. Linda grew up in Southeast Michigan and knew at a very young age that caring for animals was her calling. She grew up riding horses, participating in 4-H, and spending summers working on dairy farms. Linda completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. She graduated in 2009 with a Biology Major and a Chemistry Minor.

Dr. Linda then went on to veterinary school at Michigan State University and graduated in 2013 with her DVM. Her first year out of school Dr. Linda worked in a mixed animal practice in Ohio. She then moved to Big Rapids and has been practicing veterinary medicine locally ever since.

When not at work Dr. Linda loves spending time with her husband, daughter and her orange tiger cat Milo. She is an avid runner and a budding photographer who also enjoys gardening, shopping, mountain biking, and scrapbooking.

Dr. Linda particularly values forming lasting and meaningful client relationships. Her current small animal professional interests include dermatology and preventive medicine. In addition, she has experience with, and a passion for, dairy and small ruminants.

Linda is excited about providing quality care to your four-legged family members and looks forward to carrying on the legacy of Dr. Don Hitzemann and serving the Big Rapids community at 19 Mile Veterinary Hospital.


Dr. Ann Sellers

Veterinarian

Dr. Ann Sellers was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Following high school graduation, she attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She then pursued her dream of becoming a veterinarian and attended Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2001.

After obtaining her DVM, she began a one-year internship in equine medicine, surgery, theriogenology, and herd health management at LSU SVM. Following that year, she was accepted into a 3-year residency program in Equine Medicine at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Fort Collins, Colorado. During her residency program she also completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Sciences. She obtained her board certification in Large Animal Internal Medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2005.

After completion of her residency program in 2005 she returned to her home state and worked at a busy exclusive equine private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was offered a position as faculty at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, so she returned to Fort Collins as part of the Equine Field Service and Equine Medicine team at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 

In 2012, she and her family moved to central Michigan where her husband, Rick, was born and raised. In her free time, Dr. Sellers can be found spending time with her husband, driving her two boys around to their activities, and hanging out with their yellow lab Slider, and two English Springer Spaniels, Crash and Hobbs.

She enjoys reading, working in the yard, traveling, and spending time with friends. She has a special interest in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and preventative care. She looks forward to meeting you and providing care for your animal friends.


Alex 

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Alex grew up in Big Rapids and graduated from Baker College in Cadillac in 2016 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science with a concentration on Veterinary Technology.

When not at work, Alex enjoys spending time with her husband Neil and her 2 sons Hunter and Easton. She has 2 black Labrador Retrievers named Riley and Maverick, as well as, a Golden Retriever named Tater (pictured). Alex also has 3 cats named Slice, Hatrick, and Noah. She has recently delved into chicken ownership (likely under the influence of some of her co-workers!) which she is enjoying.

In her spare time she enjoys camping, going to the beach, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members!  


Vickie 

Clerical Service Representative


Vickie has over 20 combined years in the veterinary field in the Mount Pleasant and Big Rapids areas. Her love for animals and people makes this the perfect job for her.

Vickie resides in Big Rapids with her husband, on their own little slice of Heaven. Together they share a daughter, son-in-law, granddaughters, and a black lab.

Her hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, cooking, decorating her home, vacationing, and most of all being a Nana.


Taylor 

Veterinary Assistant

Taylor is attending Ferris State University. She plans to earn her bachelors of science, majoring in Biology and Pre-Veterinary science. She has been working in veterinary care for 3 years and loves to care for our patients. She has a rescued pit bull named Kallie and hopes to get her a sibling soon! She looks forward to caring for your pets!


Danyel

Clerical Service Representative


Danyel grew up with the dream of working with animals. She has absolutely loved the past 5+ years of working at the front desk in veterinary medicine.

In her free time, Danyel enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her boyfriend Ben. She loves going on walks (especially with her dogs Mocha and Star), reading, and coloring.


Shelby

Veterinary Assistant


Shelby is currently enrolled at Penn Foster College, and is working towards her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She loves to care for your fur babies and can’t wait to meet them!

Shelby and her family share their home with 3 Great Danes (Buck, Inky, Bruno), 1 English Labrador (Gus), 2 cats (Eugene, Tiana), 3 horses (Colby, Rose, Tessa) and a flock of chickens.


Haley

Veterinary Assistant


Haley is attending Ferris State University and studying Biology/Pre-veterinary Science. She loves meeting and helping all of the furry friends that come into the clinic. Haley has one rescue kitten named Oliver and would love another!

In her free time, Haley enjoys volunteering at animal shelters, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and camping.


Linda

Veterinary Technician

Linda has been in the veterinary field for 24 years. She has 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. Linda shares her home with 8 cats and 6 chickens.

In her free time she enjoys riding her motorcycle.


Brandi

Veterinary Technician Assistant


Brandi grew up in Lakeview, Michigan. After graduating high school, she attended Montcalm Community College and graduated with an Associates Degree in General/Medical Studies. She has always had an immense love of animals since her childhood and finally found her career path to match. She has worked in the veterinary field for the pats 5 years. 

She enjoys spending time with her rescue dog Max and cat Smokey. The great outdoors is where she is happiest hiking, kayaking and tending to her garden.


Danelle

Veterinary Technician Assistant


Danelle has over 5 years of experience in the veterinary field. One of her favorite parts about her job is helping animals and seeing how much joy it brings to their families.

In her free time, Danelle enjoys hunting and spending time with family and friends.


Erin

Office Manager


Erin has worked in the Veterinary field for around 20 years, and has had the opportunity to work in many different areas and positions within the field. She loves being able to help clients and their pets, and she is one of the familiar faces our clients look forward to seeing at the front desk. She holds a special place in her heart for squishy faced dogs!

In her free time, she enjoys fishing and kayaking with her husband Aron and son Evan. Her hobbies include horseback riding and helping Evan with his 4-H projects. They share their home with 3 dogs, 5 cats, 2 horses and several chickens.