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.”

Dr. Angie Burkett<br>DVM photo

Dr. Angie Burkett

Dr. Angie Burkett graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She also obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Michigan State in 2012. Dr. Burkett was born and raised in Grand Rapids, and she moved to northern Michigan with her husband, Scott, in order to get away from the big city. Dr. Burkett and her husband welcomed their first daughter in August 2018. When she’s not working, Dr. Burkett enjoys being outside and spending time with her family, which includes their 3 pit bulls – “Chevelle”, “Raisin”, and “Malcolm”. Her family also includes 3 guinea pigs – “Diesel”, “Nuggets”, and “Eva”. Dr. Burkett is currently an active member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.


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.

Elizabeth </br>Business Office Manager photo

Business Office Manager

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.

Makayla </br>Client Care Specialist photo

Client Care Specialist

Makayla joined South Shore Animal Hospital in the fall of 2018 as a Client Care Specialist while studying Business Management at Kirtland Community College. Makayla strives to provide exceptional client care for every client, every time. Makayla’s fur-babies consist of three dogs, “Remi” – a very laid-back boxer, “Rosie” – a high strung “scaredy-cat” pit-bull, and “Rigby” - a loyal chocolate labrador. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband boating, four-wheeling, fishing, or doing anything outdoors with her dogs and family.

South Shore Animal Hospital

4258 W Houghton Lake Dr

Houghton Lake, MI 48629

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Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

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