Maria Chase, CSR
Maria’s favorite pastime is a weekly “adventure day” she takes with her daughter and granddaughter: they get in the car and head out with no plans or destination in mind. It’s a great way to discover local parks, nature centers, restaurants, and whatever else they may come across! Maria has been a receptionist at Advanced PetCare of Oakland since 2013, but she has been in the veterinary field for over 6 years. She enjoys providing an exceptional experience for clients and their pets. She also enjoys working with our doctors and staff as they are a great group of hardworking, fun professionals! Maria’s love of pets follows her home where she has two Boxers named Rocky and Lola. She is also a mother of two, and she has a granddaughter who is four.
Courtney Chisholm, CSR & VA
Courtney loves helping clients and their pets. As a receptionist at Advanced PetCare of Oakland, she is so glad she gets to do what she loves! Courtney, who is a proud mother of a three-year-old superstar named Kali Anne, also has three pets: Jackie, a Beagle/Jack Russell mix; Calhoun, a cat; and VonDrakenburg, a Chihuahua. When she isn’t at work, Courtney enjoys traveling up north, spending time with her family, and going horseback riding. One of the coolest facts about Courtney’s history is that she is related to John Wayne!
Sarah Youngert, CSR & VA
Sarah has been a part of our team since mid-2014, and she worked as an intern before officially joining the team. She earned her education from Oakland Technical Campus and Oakland Community College where she made the Dean’s List. She enjoys working at the practice, loving the opportunity to learn new things and be challenged every day. Her own pets include two Shih Tzus named Snickers and Sassy, two DSH cats named Jerry and Daisy, a Fresian horse named Zander, two bearded dragons named Lizzy and Smog, as well as fish and frogs. Some of her hobbies include reading, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and studying. Because she is a full time student and has a part time job, she doesn’t have much extra time for hobbies!
Debra Suri, CSR
Debra comes from a large family, and she loves interacting with other families who bring their pets in to our practice. She enjoys working with pets, and providing excellent customer service to pet owners. Debra has an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Oakland Community College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She’s married with two children – Adam and Erica – and three fur-children –a Yorkie named Chewie, a domestic yellow and white cat named Leo, and a Siamese Calico mix named Mia. In her free time, Debra loves to cook, read, take a hike, pedal on a bike, and paddle in a boat.
Shaina Osentoski, LVT
Shaina interned at a sea turtle and dolphin hospital in Florida before she joined our team in 2013. She loves working with different species of animals and believes that educating pet owners on how to keep their pet-children healthy and happy is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her love for animals follow her home also where she has her own pets: two Jack Russells named Zoey and Cookie. One of the neatest things Shaina ever did was snorkel with the manatees in Clearwater, Florida!
Sarah Skodak, LVT
Sarah loves helping healthy animals live long, happy lives, and also loves making a difference in the lives of sick animals. Since she joined our team in 2013, Sarah has enjoyed this aspect of her job the most! She has two pets of her own: Max, a Dachshund; and Sampson, a DSH. When she isn’t working, Sarah loves being outdoors, whether she is biking, walking with Max, or enjoying snow sports.
Michele Norkus-Comby, LVT
Michele has been with our practice since November of 2016. She has an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and General Studies, and she uses what she learned every day. Michele loves being part of such a great staff, and helping the animals she meets get on the road to wellness. She has many pets, including Twyla – a shepherd/beagle mix), Mr. Phillips – a Boston terrier, Peanut Crackerjack and Winter – DSHs, and Santos and Old Man Bill – quarter horses. In her free time, Michele enjoys playing soccer and horseback riding.
Kristine Lee, Manager and VA
Kristine, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan, has been a part of the Advanced PetCare of Oakland team since 2012. She enjoys working with our team members and especially making them laugh with her sarcasm and direct sense of humor. When she isn’t working, she may be found running with her dogs (Casey MJ who is a Maltese mix and Lucy JJ who is a Sheltie mix), spending time with family (she has extended family all over the country) and her husband, and she also loves traveling. She enjoys going on adventures all around the world!
Amanda Cornwall, Veterinary Assistant
Amanda has worked at Advanced PetCare of Oakland as a veterinary assistant since April of 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a focus in illustration in 2016. Art and Veterinary Medicine are her main interests. Her hobbies include reading, baking, being outdoors, and hiking.
Margaret Lankford, LVT
Margaret, who has been serving the veterinary industry for over thirteen years, loves educating clients so their pets can live safe, healthy, and happy lives. She loves all the procedures, tests, and services that we can perform on pets, and she loves how medicine is always changing and there are always new things to learn in the field! In her personal life, Margaret enjoys spending time with her three children, Sky, Gabe, and Peyton. They are a very active family who love boating and bike riding together. They are currently looking for a new puppy to join their family.
Amanda Martinez, LVT
Amanda, who has 2 years of experience in emergency veterinary medicine before joining our team, is a 2013 graduate from Baker College in Clinton Township. She enjoys being a part of the Advanced Pet Care of Oakland team where everyone supports each other and works together like family. In addition to her veterinary education, Amanda also has studied psychology and is a certified health unit coordinator. Her love for animals follows her home where she has three pets: Kiki and Grace, who are cats, and Champ, who is a pitbull. When she isn’t working, Amanda enjoys crocheting, and she’s also learning to play the piano.
Liz Alred, VA
Liz is a Veterinary Assistant who has been with our practice since October 2016. She has a background in Zoo and Aquarium Science and Dog Grooming, and she loves to use her education at our practice every day. Liz enjoys working with our four-legged clients, and meeting new pets every day. Before coming to our practice, Liz ran a small animal rescue for five years. Liz is very close with her brother, David; and she has cat named Shadow, a ferret named Bambi, and two chinchillas named Baby Pie and Yoshi. When she’s not working, Liz loves hiking, kayaking, volunteering, watching scary movies, and playing videogames.
Megan joined our practice in late 2016. She is currently a veterinary technician student at Macomb Community College. Megan loves that she gets to come to our practice and work with passionate people, and meet all sorts of animals every day. She was three pets: Paisley, a Beagle; Gracie a shepherd/pit mix; and Bambi, a rabbit. In her free time, Megan is an avid equine enthusiast. She loves to ride, and her disciplines of interest include barrel-racing, pole bending, and western.
KC Orr, CSR
KC joined our team as a receptionist in 2016. She has a large, loving family that includes 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 13 nieces and nephews! She also shares her home with 4 fur babies: Chloe, a 15-year old cat, Maddie, a 9-year old Border collie mix, Baby, a 3-year old cat, and Larkin, a 1-year old Shar Pei mix. KC’s favorite part of working with us is our great staff, and getting to see all the wonderful pets that come through our doors. In her spare time, KC loves toiling in her garden, making crafts, watching her children play sports, and watching Redwings hockey, U of M hockey, and football.
Expo, House Cat
Expo is our seven-year-old cat who lives at Advanced PetCare of Oakland. He earned his name because we had him up for adoption at the Waterford Business Expo until Dr. Cornwall fell in love with him and decided to keep him! Expo’s favorite way to spend the day is lying around at the hospital and watching everyone else work.