Meet the Team


Dr. Brian J. Dawson </br> DVM photo

Dr. Brian J. Dawson

Dr. Brian J. Dawson started his college career at Kirtland Community College, where he carried a 4.0 grade-point average, then went on to attend Central Michigan University on an academic scholarship. He graduated in 1996 with honors and received his degree with a Bachelor of Science as a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. He then concluded his college career at Michigan State University in 2000 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dawson is a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, as well as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He also volunteers for Great Dane Rescue Inc. of Michigan and enjoys playing piano and guitar, motorcycling, and target shooting. His four-legged, fuzzy family includes a brother and sister pair of old Boston Bulldogs “Hugo Stiglitz” and “Chickadee,” a Sharpei-mix named “Veruca Salt,” and two cats named “Lester” and “Elwood.”


Jennie </br> Licensed Veterinary Technician photo

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jennie is a 1981 graduate of State University of New York at Delhi. She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and has been working in a private practice since graduation. She worked in the Metro Detroit area for several years before landing in Northern Michigan and has been a team member at South Shore Animal Hospital since 1999. Outside of work, Jennie keeps busy with her many animals, including dogs, cats, and horses.

Rosemary </br>Assistant Technician photo

Assistant Technician

Rosemary joined the South Shore Animal Hospital team over 15 years ago as a Veterinary Assistant. In Rosemary’s family she has two Miniature Schnauzers to keep her busy, “Reggie” and “Ruckus.” She has many duties at South Shore which include; assisting with dentistries, maintaining a sterile environment, inventory, and ordering of prescription foods.

Barb </br>Client Care Specialist photo

Client Care Specialist

Barb joined the South Shore Animal Hospital team in August of 2011. She thrives to make our clients and their pets’ visit with us an enjoyable and informative one. Barb’s fur family includes two dogs, “Dozer,” a Pit/American Bulldog mix and “Digger,” a boxer. In Barb's spare time you can find her in her garden and enjoying the outdoors.

Art </br>Kennel and Building Maintenance photo

Kennel and Building Maintenance

Art has been at South Shore Animal Hospital since 1999. Art has two dogs; including Kena a Pit Bull mix, and Sissy a Labrador Retriever mix. After hours, our kennel team ensures post-surgical patients and boarders are walked, watered and cared for. Like all of the healthcare team at South Shore Animal Hospital, Art loves animals and is compassionate and caring fo our patients.

Mark </br>Licensed Veterinary Technician  photo

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mark became a team member of South Shore Animal Hospital in the fall of 2016. He graduated from Baker College Cadillac in 2017 where he received his Veterinary Technician License. Mark has grown up in the Roscommon area and has always had a love for animals. After owning his own pet shop, Mark’s love for animals grew! He now lives on his own farm and has many animals of his own. His laundry list of animals includes a red tail boa, alligator, horse, cow, and many dogs and cats. Marks favorite part of his job is feeling that he can help build the bond with our clients and their four-legged family members.

Haley </br>Licenesed Vetrinary Technician  photo

Licenesed Vetrinary Technician

Haley is South Shore Animal Hospital’s newest Vet-Tech. She is a 2018 Baker College of Cadillac Graduate who began grooming animals before continuing her education. Her love for animals started at a young age and decided to pursue a career where she would never have to work a day in her life. Haley is a wife and a mother to her daughter, Kona the pit-bull, ShiShi the jack-chihuahua, two cats, Lucy and Diamond, and a tank full of fish. On Haley’s free time, she enjoys knitting hats for her daughter and roller skating, weather permitting.

Missy </br> Licensed Veterinary Technician: photo

Licensed Veterinary Technician:

Missy is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with nearly 22 years of experience. She is a native to Houghton Lake, who moved away shortly after graduating high school in 1994. She moved to Maine where she met her husband, David who was on active duty in the United States Navy. His career took them all over the county and gave her the opportunity to work in several aspects of veterinary medicine. After her husband’s retirement, they landed back in Houghton Lake where she has been an active team member at South Shore Animal Hospital since August 2019. You will usually find her behind the front desk answering phones, but she still enjoys working with the animals when needed. She is owned by her 3 Great Danes, 2 Rottweilers, and 4 chickens.

Rebecca </br>Veterinary Assistant and Building Maintenance photo

Veterinary Assistant and Building Maintenance

Rebecca joined the South Shore Animal Hospital in 2019 but her love and care for animals started at an early age and has grown through the years. Rebecca has been loved and owned by Great Danes and German Shepherds for over 4 decades. She loves to train in service and shows her dogs. She currently resides with her dogs “Stern,” “Evie,” “Phoenix,” “Spyder,” “Moona” and “Gypsy.” Also, a very silly cat.

Jacob </br>Client Care Specialist photo

Client Care Specialist

Jacob has been working at South Shore Animal Hospital since 2020. He has been working with animals for about 6 years on his own farm which includes pigs, sheep, and fowl; as well as 2 Komondors, a Bull Terrier, and 3 cats. When he is not at work you can find him on his farm and in his gardens.

Elizabeth  </br> Business Office Manager photo

Business Office Manager

Elizabeth has been the office manager at South Shore Animal Hospital since 2013. She graduated from Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1997. When she is not running the office, you can find her tending to her gardens. Her four-legged, fuzzy family includes a brother and sister pair of old Boston Bulldogs “Hugo Stiglitz” and “Chickadee,” a Sharpei-mix named “Veruca Salt,” and two cats named “Lester” and “Elwood.”

South Shore Animal Hospital

4258 W Houghton Lake Dr

Houghton Lake, MI 48629

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