Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Frankenmuth-Birch Run Veterinary Hospital in Birch Run! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (989) 652-6689 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Kimberlee A. Buck, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline Practice), DABVP (Avian Practice)

Dr. Kimberlee Buck graduated from Michigan State University in 1989.  She became board-certified in canine and feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 1997.  In 1999 Dr. Buck built Frankenmuth-Birch Run Veterinary Hospital in order to be able to better provide care for birds and other exotic pets.  In pursuit of her interest in exotic pet medicine, she went on to become board-certified in avian practice through ABVP in 2007.  Dr. Buck spends a great deal of time attending continuing education meetings and is very involved in organized veterinary medicine on the state and national levels. She is a past president of ABVP and CE chair of the small animal series for the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, farming and traveling with her husband Ruben, and relaxing with pound-puppy Grace, adopted golden retriever Libby and cats Miss Callie, Senhor Bob Gato, Samantha, Abigail, Millie, and Ringo.

Dr. Ruben Mars, DVM

Dr. Ruben Mars graduated from Michigan State University in 1989.  He co-owned Luhring-Mars Veterinary Clinic Until 2015 where he continued to work as a large animal veterinarian until 2017.  In 1999 Dr. Mars and Dr. Buck built Frankenmuth-Birch Run Veterinary Hospital in order to be able to better provide care for birds and other exotic pets.  In 2019 Dr. Mars decided to devote his time to making the end of pets’ lives as comfortable as possible for them and their families.  He has attended several conferences on end-of-life care.  In his spare time, he enjoys running agility with his golden retriever Libby, farming and traveling.

Marie Love

Marie is our office manager/head receptionist.  She has been with us since our hospital opened in July of 1999.  Marie is responsible for greeting our clients and patients, making appointments and helping wherever needed. She does this all with a friendly smile.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ben, Shih Tzu Joey and African Grey Cosy, as well as camping, snowmobiling and gardening.

Cindy Huber

Cindy is our receptionist who joined our team in January 2018, her responsibilities include: greeting our clients and patients, client care, making appointments and making sure the office looks beautiful.  During her spare time, she enjoys baking sweet treats, working outside and most importantly spending time with her grandson Brady.  Cindy shares her home with her husband and her crazy cat Ozzie, who loves to be dressed up for each holiday.

Tami Nielsen

Tami is our receptionist who has been the veterinary care field for over 20 years.  She joined our team in February 2019.  Her responsibilities include greeting clients and patients, making appointments, client care and helping where ever she is needed.  In her spare time, Tami is an avid reader, enjoys anytime outside and spending all the time she can with her grandchildren, Allie, Bryson and Chevey.  Tami is the proud momma of two rottweiler puppies, Quinn and Arya, that keep her and husband Jerry very busy.

Trisha Ferrier, LVT    

Trisha has been with the practice since it opened in 1999. In 2001, she graduated from Michigan State University‚Äôs Veterinary Technology Program. Trisha is responsible for patient care, client education, surgical preparation, and all laboratory duties. In 2001 she dabbled for a short time in animal oncology but her special interests are nutrition and exotic pet care. She has been happily married since 1999 and has two wonderful boys that keep her especially busy outside of work. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, sports, photography, gardening and taking care of her feathered and furry friends; Jake the Sun Conure and Finn the German Short-haired Pointer.

Anna Lanford, LVT  

Anna has been with our hospital since August 2006. In 2005 she graduated from Baker College of Flint’s Veterinary Technician Program. She is responsible for patient care, client education, surgical preparation, and all laboratory duties. Her special interest is in behavioral medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with friends and family. When Anna can’t be outside, she enjoys reading and watching movies.  Currently, she shares her house with a Golden Retriever named Louie and Lily the cat.

Gabrielle Schian, LVT

Gabrielle has been with our hospital since November 2016.  She graduated from Baker College of Flint’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2015.  Gabrielle is responsible for patient care, client education, surgical preparation, and all laboratory duties.  She has a special interest in dentistry.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, reading, and kayaking on the lake.

Valorie Lewis

Val has been with us since July 1999. She has been grooming cats and dogs since 1993. She offers full-service grooming for canine and feline pets including bathing, brushing, trimming, toenail trims, ear cleanings, and anal gland expression when requested. Val is married and has two boys and a small zoo at home including dogs, ponies, cats, birds, and lizards.