Our Staff

Wil-o-Paw Staff

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, especial​ly 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, Receptionist

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. ​

Erika, Receptionist

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, Veterinary Technician

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, Veterinary Technician

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.

Briahna, Veterinary Technician

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.

Sarah, Feline Groomer

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.