Meet Our Trusted Veterinary Technicians
Our veterinary technicians are both talented and deeply compassionate. They combine their love for pets with impressive experience and skill in veterinary medicine. Get to know more about our vet techs online or make an appointment soon and meet them in person!
Katie Ressler, LVT, Technician Manager
Katie joined the DePorre team in 2012. She has an associate degree in applied science from Baker College, as well as a bachelor's degree in English from Oakland University. At DePorre, she appreciates the focus everyone has for making the experience as pleasant for the patient as possible and the deep care and compassion for every pet and their family.
Katie shares her home with several animals including Max, a Papillon, Frosty and Smokey, two domestic longhair cats, and multiple Saddlebred horses. In her spare time, what she loves most is riding and taking care of her horses, as well as reading.
Erica B., Veterinary Technician
Erica brings a lot of experience to our team. She began at DePorre in 1999 and has 20+ years of hands-on experience in the veterinary field. She also spent two years in college in general studies. Erica appreciates the individual care that is shown to every patient here at DePorre as well as how every member of the team works together to provide a comfortable, fear-free atmosphere.
Erica is married with three teenage sons, two of which are twins. They share their home with a Border Collie named Belle, a Shih Tzu named Fen, two cats named Merlin and Mina, and a Guinea Pig named Arthus. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, reading, watching movies, taking on numerous home improvement projects, as well as camping and being outdoors. She also loves spending time with her family and pets, as well as hanging out with friends.
Gabby, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Gabby joined us in 2011. She has a bachelor's degree in zoology from Michigan State University and earned her LVT from Macomb Community College in 2018. At DePorre, she loves the dedication each person has here to make every pet's visit as fear free as possible.
Gabby has been married for eight years, and she and her partner have three pets including Kira, a Miniature American Eskimo, and two Domestic Shorthair cats: Lucy (black and white) and Patches (dilute calico). In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, martial arts, traveling, camping, crafting, and swimming.
Jacquelyn, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jacquelyn joined us in 2014. Her education includes completing the veterinary technology program at Macomb Community College and earned her associate degree in applied science. She loves working at a place that feels like one big family, where the standard of care never waivers and the whole staff holds a deep love for pets. Everyone here loves their jobs and often loves pets who come in regularly as much as their own! Her favorite parts of her job involve working in surgery and performing dental procedures. She is hoping to get her Veterinary Technician Specialist certification in dentistry one day!
Jacquelyn is engaged to her fiance, Tony, and they are planning a wedding in Copenhagen, Denmark. They have two dogs together: Bandit, a Dachshund-Pug-Chihuahua mix, and Chico, a Pitbull mix. The whole family loves to snuggle in a big blanket by the fireside! She also has a twin sister who is her best friend and lives in Austin, Texas.
When not snuggled up at home, she and Tony are avid travelers, and the particularly loved Sweden! They also have a big traditional dinner every Sunday night. In her spare time, she enjoys anything outdoors, snowboarding, gardening, landscaping, and playing darts. She's also a huge soccer fan!
Jessica, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jessica began her journey at DePorre in 2014. She started as an animal caregiver, then became a veterinary assistant, and now is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She earned an associate degree in science at Schoolcraft Community College and an associate degree in applied science (veterinary technician program) at Wayne County Community College. In her job, she and the rest of the staff consider patient care as their number one priority, and for many long-term clients, their pets are considered as part of the family.
Her family at home includes a Corgi mix named Charlie who she rescued from a shelter while volunteering during her vet tech program. He loves people and has a very unique personality. He enjoys sun-bathing during the summer and sleeping under blankets all year round. He also loves to play tug-of-war. She also has a leopard gecko named Binks. She is married to her high school sweetheart as of August 2018 and while they don't have children, they are looking forward to expanding the family! In her spare time, she enjoys being in the outdoors hiking, swimming, camping, snowboarding, and playing sports with friends. She also loves arts and crafts, working out, and would one day like to have a therapy dog to take into hospitals to help comfort sick children and the elderly.
Karen, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Karen is one of our licensed veterinary technicians who joined the team in 2015. She has an associate degree in applied science from Wayne County Community College. At DePorre, she feels that clients always love that their pets are treated like family, especially long-term patients with whom the whole staff becomes close. She is also very close with all her co-workers and appreciates the family-like environment.
Karen's fur family includes a mixed tripod named Dino, an Australian Shepherd mix named Harley, and a calico domestic short hair cat named Darci, all of whom she adopted from the shelter. Her hobbies include traveling, weight-lifting, reading, hiking with Harley, and cooking.
Kim P., Veterinary Technician
Kim joined us in 2016 and possesses a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina. She is proud to be a part of an exceptional veterinary team that is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care with an additional commitment to a fear free experience for every pet.
Kim has a Golden Retriever at home named Annie who was rescued at the age of two. Annie is an exceptional hiker and paddleboarder. She and Annie have traveled to many beautiful places and been on amazing journeys together! In her spare time, Kim enjoys fitness, being outdoors, and traveling to experience the wonders of nature. She also enjoys hiking, biking, rollerblading, taking Annie for walks, and spending time with her family.
Mari, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Mari joined us in 2014 and comes with years of experience. She earned her associate degree in applied science in 1990 and became an LVT that same year. At DePorre, she appreciates the quality of medicine and the compassion provided for each pet while they are with us.
She has several pets at home including three pugs named Meshach, Marah, and Mister Pibb; three cats names Luna, Xander, and Chilly; a white-capped Pionus bird named Romeo; and one betta fish named Crimson. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, coloring, and spending time outdoors, especially by the bonfire. She also loves spending time with her pets and going for a walk with her pugs whenever possible.
Megan, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Megan started with us in 2015 and has an associate degree of applied science from Wayne County Community College. She loves DePorre's commitment to a fear-free approach which allows us to care for our patients' emotional well-being as well as their physical health.
When not at work, Megan enjoys taking long walks in the park with her dog, Roger, reading, playing video games, and cooking.
Nikki, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Nikki joined us in 1996 and has an associate's degree in applied science from Macomb Community College. She has worked at DePorre for over 20 years and enjoys using her nursing skills to help pets feel better and be healthier, as well as strengthening the bond between pets and their owners. She also loves working with such a skilled and compassionate team!
Nikki is married to her husband, Jeff, and they have several pets including Ellie, a Pitbull mix; Dewey, a senior Shih Tzu with special needs (blind); Mr. Monet, an orange domestic shorthair cat; and Twinkle, a brown and white domestic shorthair cat. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys cooking, baking, and boxing.
Paula, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Paula joined the DePorre team in 2010. She has always loved animals, and after fulfilling her goal in becoming an LVT, she has taken a special interest in surgery. Her education includes a degree from Wayne County Community College, as well as certification from Irene's Myomassology Institute. In her role at DePorre, Paula appreciates that the team always strives to provide the best possible care for our patients and clients, whether it is medical, grooming, or otherwise. She also loves that we attend to every patient with a fear-free approach, treating them as if they were our own pet.
Outside of work, she enjoys playing ice hockey, working out, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and her 4-legged babies: two Pitbulls named Sissy and Mocha.