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Veterinarians

Ryan Knight, DVM, CVA

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

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

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

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.

Nicole Cappello, DVM

Nicole Cappello

Dr. Nicole Cappello graduated from Michigan State University in May 2021. Her professional interests include animal behavior, dentistry and exotic animal medicine. She grew up in Allegan, Michigan, then lived in Lansing for several years while attending MSU. Since moving to Alpena, she is happy to be near the beach again. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing with her two cats (Sebastian and Taylor).

Veterinary Nurses

Andrea Griffin, LVT

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 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 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 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.

Drew Rondeau, LVT

Drew Rondeau, LVT

I was born and raised in the Ossineke/Hubbard Lake area. I went to school at Baker College of Cadillac for the Veterinary Technician program. I will take the big board exam in July! In my free time, I love spending as much time as I can with my family. I also enjoy spending plenty of time outdoors with all the weather Northern Michigan has to offer! I have two fur kids! A dog named Macie and a kitty named Kee-Kee. :)

Staff

Kate Sommerfeld
Office Manager

Kate Sommerfeld

After visiting this area her whole life to see family, Kate has decided to make this beautiful town her home. Originally going to school for veterinary technician, Kate decided to start a business with her family. Now she is excited to get back into the veterinary world. 

In her free time, Kate loves spending time with her family and friends, hunting, fishing, gardening and playing with her puppy Trixie.

Stacy Chabot

Stacy Chabot

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.

Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson

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.

Anjalika Agustin

Anjalika Agustin

Anjalika is here to spread Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii.  She graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelors in Pre-Professional Biology in 2017.  Anjalika has always shared a special connection with animals which led her to become a certified groomer in 2016. She recently moved up to MI and is thrilled to be a part of the Switzer Veterinary Team.  During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and Buddy, traveling the world and learning about different cultures, studying the behavior of wildlife and hiking.

Kenan Knight

Kenan Knight

Samantha Witkowski

Samantha Witkowski

Megan Milostan

Megan Milostan

Megan studied at Michigan State University, graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Zoology in 2021. She has always had a love for the creepy-crawlies, leading her to have various exotic creatures of her own.

Outside of work, Megan likes to go canoeing and backpacking, as well
as reading books on wildlife and traveling abroad.

Erin Blackaby

Erin Blackaby

Before joining the Switzer Team, Erin was attending school to become a nurse but recently found that these fluffy friends add a lot more fun to the work day, and lots of learning opportunities! 

Outside of work, Erin loves playing music, reading, hiking and camping.

Dahlia

Dahlia

Dahlia joined Team Switzer in 2021 where she helps staff and clients alike feel better on a tough day.  In her free time, she enjoys bird watching and long naps in the sunshine.