Dr. Annalisa Horton Veterinarian/Owner
Dr. Horton graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After several years of being an associate veterinarian, she decided to purchase Oceana Veterinary Clinic in February of 2010. Annalisa, who is originally from Shelby, is very thankful to be able to serve this community. She lives in New Era with her husband, Jeremy, and three children, Natalie, Zach, and Audrey. They have a yellow Labrador Retriever (Lilly), a Golden Retriever (Greta), and 2 cats (Cookies & Oreo). She spends a great deal of time with her family. She also runs and hand quilts in her spare time.
Dr. Julia Hasenbank Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Julia Hasenbank graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She practiced for over 10 years as a companion animal veterinarian in the rural community of Rose City, Michigan. Originally from Scottville, Julia decided to move back to the west side of the state with her husband, Chris, and her two children, Grace and Wesley. They have four cats (Bob, Marmalade, Tiger, and Cheyenne). Julia and her husband enjoy home renovations and spending time with family.
Melissa Practice Manager/Veterinary Assistant
Melissa brings over 15 years of small animal veterinary medicine experience to Oceana Veterinary Clinic. Melissa enjoys many aspects of the veterinary field including dental health, patient care and client education. She is also passionate about practice growth and development. When not at the office, Melissa spends time with her husband and 2 children as well as her pets Dexter (Pug) and Otto (cat). She and her family enjoy walking, biking, and camping.
Jennifer Client Service Representative
You will see Jennifer smiling behind the front desk or hear her ready to assist you over the phone. Jennifer graduated from Michigan State University and has spent time in sales and interior design. Jennifer lives in New Era with her husband, 2 sons, and daughter. They have a Miniature Schnauzer named Charlie, and adopted a calico cat named Mazie in the summer of 2011. Jennifer and her family adopted another kitten in the fall of 2015 that required multiple toe amputations due to a foot injury. In Jennifer's spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, reading, walking or hiking, and decorating. Jennifer, originally from the east side of the state, loves living in West Michigan and believes it is a great place for families and their pets.
Emily Client Service Representative
Emily joined our team in 2012 as our receptionist and veterinary assistant. She brought 6 1/2 years of experience in the veterinary field to our practice. She has a passion for taking care of people and values the relationships that she builds. Emily is originally from Hesperia and collects white cats (all rescues of course). In her spare time Emily enjoys spending time with her family, Jeeping, and crafting.
Jessica Licensed Veterinary Assistant
Jessica is our Licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Baker College's Veterinary Technology Program. Jessica previously worked at Bellweather, where she gained valuable experience in both routine and shelter medicine. Jessica is originally from Shelby and decided to bring her talents back to private practice. Jessica enjoys dog training/behavior, her family, and spending time at the beach.
Phoebe Licensed Veterinary Assistant
Phoebe is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and graduate of Baker College. She enjoys animal behavior, clinical laboratory and surgical prep. She has a Miniature Schnauzer (Mindy), a Golden Retriever/German Sheperd mix (Lucy), a Jersey steer, cats and rabbits. In her spare time, Phoebe enjoys photography, knitting, cake decorating, and gardening. She also enjoys hiking and snowshoeing with Lucy to explore new terrain.
Rachel Veterinary Assistant
Rachel is our veterinary assistant. She is gaining on the job training while attending the AVMA accredited San Juan College of Veterinary Technology. She has always has a passion of pets and their owners. Rachel is a long time resident of Montague and devotes her spare time to coaching the Montague Competitive Cheer team, backpacking, and paddleboarding. She has two Alaskan Klee Kai dogs named Taber and Avari.
Sammi Veterinary Assistant
Sammi is a veterinary assistant and is attending Baker College to earn her degree as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She grew up on a dairy farm and has hands on experience with animal husbandry. She has a beautiful Siamese cat, Prince, and a quarter horse, Tail Spin. Most of Sammi's spare time is spent helping at the family farm or riding her horse.
Emily Veterinary Assistant/Future Veterinarian
Emily is currently working at OVC as a Veterinary Assistant while applying to the College of Veterinary Medicine. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a degree in Biology. Emily played volleyball while attending college and continues to enjoy helping out at the local level. She spends time with her family and her rescue pitbull, Ella.
Podomegaly (aka Podo) Resident Cat
Podo came to us as a stray in the summer of 2010. Despite our best efforts to find her a forever home, it became evident that Oceana Veterinary Clinic is her home and we are her family. You may find her lounging in the towels or sleeping in a cabinet. She enjoys stealing ear cones from the sink and chasing them throughout the office.
Nik Resident Cat
Nik moved into Oceana Veterinary Clinic in 2012 after retiring from mousing at a local barn. He is often found at the front desk napping or greeting clients. You may also find him in an open window reminiscing about the old days on the farm.