Karen, Practice Manager
Karen has been the Practice Manager at Wil-O-Paw since 2011. She is responsible for making sure you and your pet have a great experience at Wil-O-Paw. Please feel free to email her at [email protected] if you have any comments or concerns about our staff or hospital. Karen and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of two daughters, Becky and Michelle. Her furry family consists of Wrigley (the dog she’s holding), and two great cats. Outside activities including gardening, antiquing, involvement at Christ Lutheran Church in Stevensville and spoiling her two grandchildren.
Kathy, Head Veterinary Technician
Kathy is our Head Technician. Besides her responsibilities in veterinary medicine and surgical technology, Kathy has a keen interest in behavioral medicine and has attended advanced obedience courses. Kathy enjoys going to veterinary conferences and learning about the new advances in veterinary medicine, especially those pertaining to cats, and how to implement them into the hospital. Kathy has one daughter, Andrea, and owns 6 cats. She also is involved in pet-sitting in her spare time. Kathy enjoys being active in her church, reading and is always studying and learning new things.
Beth, Veterinary Technician
Beth joined the Wil-O-Paw staff in January 2012 as a veterinary technician. She shows great compassion and kindness to every animal she treats. She is also a certified phlebotomist and is excellent at blood draws on your pets! She loves learning about all the new and improved testing available for our clients. She and her husband have four beautiful children,one great dog and two mischievous cats. They are also active members at their church.
Miranda, Veterinary Technician
Miranda, a Brown Mackie Veterinary Technician graduate, has been at Wil-O-Paw since May of 2018. She said the most rewarding part of being a tech is helping patient’s get better after an illness. Outside of work, you can find her outdoors! Miranda loves to kayak and paddle board in the summer. But her favorite time of year is deer season, where she does bow and gun hunting!
Loralei, Veterinary Technician
Loralei joined our staff in September of 2012 after coming to us though her externship at Brown Mackie College. Since then, she has graduated from their Veterinary Technician program. At home, she and her husband, Kenny are busy with their 2 horses, 3 cats, 2 dogs and an African Parrott. She also is a roller-skating instructor and and expert leathercrafter.
Karen, Veterinary Technician
Karen joined the Wil-O-Paw family in October of 2018. She brings years of experience in shelter medicine and has a true passion for veterinary medicine. She will always have your pet’s welfare as her top priority and has loved getting to know our wonderful clients. When she’s not working, Karen can be seen kayaking on any of our great rivers and lakes. She resides in Eau Claire with her husband Randy and daughter Maggie (and dog Dozer and 5 beautiful cats!).
Tonya (with her beautiful dogs Mary Jane & Sophia) has been at the front desk happy to help our clients since June 2016. She brought lots of customer service experience with her and is always willing to assist you with whatever you or your pet’s need. Besides her two dogs, she has two very spoiled cats: Ginger & Miley Cyrus. Tonya’s outside activities include shopping and DIY projects around the house that she shares with her husband, Fred, and her two teenagers, Cameron & Savanna.
Erika is the newest voice you hear answering the phone and greeting you at the desk. She brings to Wil-O-Paw 25 years of customer service experience and really enjoys her time working with our clients. Her goal to is make everyone’s experience the most memorable ever! At home, she is married with three sons, one daughter and 1 granddaughter. Her furry family includes 2 dogs (Jersey is in her picture) and 1 cat. She spends a lot of time attending her children’s sporting events. Erika also loves spending time outdoors camping, kayaking, hunting, and fishing. Her hobbies include, photography, shopping, reading and bike riding.
Gianna moved to Coloma from the Chicagoland area in April 2021. She works part-time as a receptionist for us, while studying biology at Purdue Northwest full-time. After graduation in 2022, she hopes to eventually attend veterinary school. Besides getting to enjoy our client’s pets, she says the best thing about working at Wil-O-Paw is her amazing co-workers! In the little bit of spare time she has, Gianna likes to hike, paint (she’s very artistic!), read and play with her new kitten, Apollo.
Chrystal, Receptionist & Veterinary Assistant
Chrystal is doing double duty here at Wil-O-Paw. She joined us in September 2021 and was quickly put to work as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She has her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is planning on becoming a veterinary technician and eventually attending veterinary school. Chrystal loves seeing and learning all about your pets. When not at work, you can find her outside camping, hiking, or fishing. She has one beautiful cat named Dobby.
Alicia, Licensed Veterinary Technician
After receiving her bachelor’s in zoology from Michigan State University, Alicia found her true passion in veterinary medicine. She went on to becoming a licensed veterinary technician and loves surgery, anesthesia and helping calm anxious pets. Alicia joined Wil-O-Paw in August 2021 and is enjoying getting to know our great clients and their pets. Outside of work, Alicia keeps busy with her husband and three-year-old daughter, Emersyn and two dogs, Chelly and Madison.
Ashley, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Ashley joined the Wil-O-Paw family in September 2020 after having spent four years in veterinary emergency medicine. She always knew she wanted to be a veterinary technician and received her certification from the International Business College in Ft. Wayne, IN. She says Wil-O-Paw offers a great environment to work in with great co-workers and clients. Outside of work, you can find Ashley fishing, hunting, crocheting, spending time with family, or rooting on her beloved Chicago Blackhawks. Her animal family includes two cats, Chelsea and Hattie and a bearded dragon named Buster.
Meagan, Veterinary Technician
Meagan has been a great addition to the Wil-O-Paw family! She is an Accredited Veterinary Assistant from Ross Medical Center in 2015. She has loved that job so much that now she is studying to be a Licensed Veterianary Technician with Penn Foster. She has worked in shelter medicine medicine so she is a huge pet rescue advocate. At home, Meagan has 2 beautiful daughters and 5 cats and 1 dog. In the little free time she has, she gardens and collects rocks.
Samantha, Veterinary Technician Assistant
Sam is new to the animal medical field, but has worked hard to be part of the Wil-O-Paw team! She externed at Wil-O-Paw as a part of Ross Medical Center’s Veterinary Assistant program (which she graduated from in early 2019) and we hired her right after. She is a hardworking, empathetic, and curious employee with five years of previous customer service experience from the food industry. Slithy Fitzgerald, Zinger Binger and Stanley are her pet snakes and she has one cat named Princess. Sam enjoys listening to/or reading fantasy stories, drawing and crafting with clay and spoiling her parent’s two labrador retrievers.
Briahna, Receptionist & Veterinary Technician Assistant
Briahna (shown with her adorable puppy Earl) serves multiple rolls at Wil-O-Paw. She works at reception and as a veterinary technician assistant. She also graduated from Ross Medical Center’s Veterinary Assistant program in 2019. Bri loves watching pet’s grow from little puppies to grown up dogs! She and her husband, Austin, love to spend their free time outside- hunting and fishing top their list as favorite activities! Besides Earl, their cat, Millie, rounds out their family.
Samantha, Head Groomer
What a great addition Samantha has been! When Rene retired, we were worried about finding a great replacement. Well, we did! Sam comes to us with 10 years dog grooming experience after graduating from Pet Smart’s School of Grooming. She loves making your dog’s feel better and look pretty. She says the best thing about being at Wil-O-Paw is that she gets to work with other pet compassionate people. When she’s not making your pet’s look beautiful, Sam can be found taking care of her farm critters: an array of chickens, two sheep and a rabbit or her dogs: Amara, Odin and Pearl.
Sarah, Groomer & Receptionist
Sarah has several roles here at Wil-O-Paw! You can find her grooming cats and dogs on Mondays and at the reception desk Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. Wil-O-Paw’s Facebook page is also maintained by Sarah and she would love for you to send your pet pictures or stories to her! Sarah graduated in October 2013 from the National Cat Groomers Institute of America and is one of only three certified cat groomers in Michigan. She also has graduated from the Paragon School of Pet Grooming in 2010 and Lake Michigan College with a music degree in 2013. She also volunteers at the Southwest Michigan Humane Society and is their official photographer. She also finds time to play the organ and piano at the Coloma Bible Church and loves sewing, reading and photography.
Teresa, Grooming Assistant
Teresa works with Rene in the pet styling salon here at Wil-O-Paw. Teresa has been working in the pet grooming business for 20 years. She has been around animals all her life and grew up on a dairy farm. While not working, she enjoys playing with her cats and dogs as well as reading, needlepoint, and scrap-booking.
Tammy, Grooming Assistant
Tammy, shown here with Mandy May, has been Sarah’s grooming assistant since August of 2015. She does a great job bathing, walking and making sure your babies are safe and happy while they are here for grooming. Tammy loves her dogs: besides Mandy she has a 106# retriever at home named Sam.