Ryan Knight, DVM, CVA
Dr. Ryan Knight graduated from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and has been at the Switzer Veterinary Clinic since graduation. His professional interests include general surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedic surgery and dentistry.
In 2012 Dr. Ryan became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). He believes that using both Eastern and Western views of veterinary medicine allows our clinic to provide your animals with the best treatment plans available.
In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife, Dr. Daniele Knight, and playing with his two sons, Kenan and Aric. He also enjoys exploring the world, running very, very, very long distances and amateur photography.
Daniele Knight, DVM
Dr. Daniele Knight graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She then went on to work for the Michigan Department of Agriculture working with Bovine Tuberculosis. In 2005, Dr. Knight joined the Switzer Veterinary Clinic team where she enjoys working with animals of all shapes and sizes.
In her free time, Dr. Knight loves spending time with her husband (Dr. Ryan Knight) and two sons, Kenan and Aric. She also enjoys horseback riding, traveling, and camping.
Amber Lewis, DVM
Dr. Amber Lewis graduated from St. George’s University in June 2018 and joined the Switzer Veterinary Clinic shortly afterward. She originally heralds from Pennsylvania but lived in Grenada, West Indies and Baton Rouge, Louisiana during veterinary school. Her professional interests include preventative medicine and integrative medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Lewis enjoys hiking, camping, snuggle time with her dog Hank and reading a good book out on her porch.
Natalie Marek, DVM
Dr. Natalie Marek graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in May of 2019. Her professional interests include large animal medicine and animal welfare and behavior.
Originally from Traverse City, she is happy to be back in northern Michigan again.
Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time outside where she can be found hiking, horseback riding, bikejoring and snowboarding, depending on the season.
Andrea Griffin, LVT
Born and raised in the Alpena area, Andrea joined the Switzer Veterinary Team in 2006 when she graduated from Michigan State University’s Veterinary Technician program.
While not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband Todd, children Jace and Gwyneth and their dog Lucy. Andrea also enjoys hunting small game and deer, and playing a friendly game of Texas Hold ’em with her friends.
Danielle Chojnacki, LVT
Danielle is originally from Rogers City. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Veterinary Technology in 2015 and joined the Switzer Veterinary Clinic in July 2017. Her professional interests include small animal dentistry and anesthesia.
In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her husband, Caleb, cat, Mya, and dog, Eleanor. Her hobbies include fishing, reading fiction and nature hikes.
Emily Cole, LVT
Emily graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Veterinary Technology in 2018 and joined the Switzer Veterinary Clinic shortly afterwards. Her professional interests include small animal surgery and dentistry and preventative medicine.
In her free time, Emily enjoys horse back riding, running and hanging out with her kitties (Willow and Zoey), husband Alex and son Mikah.
Danielle Beadle-Smith, LVT
Danielle has been a licensed veterinary nurse since 2008 with professional interests in pain management, anesthesia, dentistry and feline behavior. She has a great big smile, a gentle hand and a huge passion for taking care of your best friend.
Jeanne has been working for Switzer Veterinary Clinic since the mid 1990′s! Most of the time you will see her smiling face as she greets you at the front desk. If you need help with anything, Jeanne will gladly help you.
When not at work Jeanne enjoys performing agility with her dogs, riding her horses and going on long kayak trips with her friends and family.
Stacy has been part of the Switzer Veterinary Clinic since 2006 where she enjoys assisting doctors in the exam rooms, client education and being a receptionist. Stacy always has a smile on her face and is the one to count on to cheer you up on a gloomy day. She also makes a great pot of coffee! While not at work Stacy enjoys spending time with her family and assortment of different pets such as sheep, chickens and dogs.
Alyseya joined the Switzer Veterinary Clinic in May 2014 as a veterinary assistant. As animal lover, Alyseya has excelled in both 4-H and FFA in Alpena county during her high school career. She is committed to providing patients and their pet parents with personalized attention and loving care. When not helping care for the animals at the clinic, Alyseya is traveling statewide for rodeos and competing in local horse shows around Alpena. During the off months, you can find her in the woods hunting, out on the lake with a fishing pole in her hands and spending time with her family.
Alaina joined the Switzer Veterinary Clinic in May of 2017 as a veterinary assistant.
Alaina grew up in Hillman on a family beef farm where she raised beef cattle, lambs and swine for 13 years in 4-H. Her passion for animals continued to grow as she obtained a bachelors degree in Animal Science at Michigan State University in 2019. Her time spent at MSU was dedicated to production animals as she worked in a dairy nutrition lab, and completed an internship at a dairy goat farm.
Alaina hopes to continue on to veterinary school at MSU in the future. For now, she loves being part of the clinic and learning something new every day.
When she’s not working, Alaina enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family, friends and her dog, Aspen.
Ashley joined the Switzer Veterinary Clinic in October 2017 as a veterinary assistant where she keeps the back clean and the patients comfortable. She has two dogs, Mia and Tessa, and three horses, Comet, Karijet and Belle. In 2013, Ashley won two trophy saddles by competing in the Michigan International Barel Racing Association. Ashley grew up barrel racing and participating in the Alpena County 4H and FFA programs. She has raised sheep, chickens, rabbits and beef steers on her family farm. Ashley is an avid hunter and fisher.
Ann joined the Switzer Veterinary Clinic in February of 2018. She is definitely a people person and enjoys interacting with our pet parents and fur babies at the front reception and on the phone.
Ann moved to Hubbard Lake in 2017 with her husband, Brian, dogs, Sarge and Harley, and cats, Boogie and Nugget. When she’s not working, Ann enjoys spending time with her husband, kayaking, hiking and taking road trips to visit family, friends and grandbabies.
Kelsie was born and raised in the countryside of Rogers City, where she would befriend the barn cats in her neighborhood. She went on to graduate from Olivet College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. Her passion for animals was further realized while working as a veterinary assistant for 2 years in Farmington Hills before moving back to her hometown. She enjoys snuggling up with her cat, Disco, and training her German shepherd mix, Gibson, complex tricks. She even trained her cat to sit and shake for treats! Kelsie's other interests include cooking, playing games of all kinds, swimming, and making costumes. She is a true kid at heart and wears her heart on her sleeve.
O.J. joined the team in 2020. His major duties include stress reduction, lap warming, Facebook contributor and cat food product testing.
In his free time, he enjoys sleeping on your lap.