Columbia Animal Clinic, Brooklyn, MI 49230 - Our Doctors

Columbia Animal Clinic

405 North Main Street
Brooklyn, MI 49230


Meet the Staff of Columbia Animal Clinic 



Dr. Michelle Engel

Dr. Engel Graduated from Michigan State University. She completed an externship in the Chicago area at the Midwest Bird and Exotic Animal Clinic and has a special interest in that area of medicine, along with her love of cats and dogs. Dr. Engel opened Columbia Animal Clinic with Dr. Paul Oosting (now retired) in 1991. She has a standard poodle named Brody, along with 2 cats, Cheddar and Freya.

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Dr. Laura Baker

Completed her Bachelors and her DVM from Michigan State University in 2003. She has a special interest in feline medicine, cytology, and ultrasonography. When she's not taking care of her patients, Dr. Baker enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and camping. Dr. Baker joined our team in May 2012.

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Dianna P., CVPM

Dianna graduated from Lake Superior State University with a B.S. in Biology in 2005. Dianna started her career here that summer. In 2010 Dianna became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. Dianna is married to her high school sweetheart, and has 2 amazing boys and 3 cats. She enjoys hiking and spending time in the Upper Peninsula. ​

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Kinsey L., LVT

Kinsey joined our team in August 2016, after completing the Veterinary Technology program at Michigan State University. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, drinking coffee, spending time outdoors, and keeping up with her spirited cat McGraw.

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Tiffany C.

Tiffany joined our team in 2011, after working at Dr. Engel's boarding facility Creature Comforts Pet Resort. Tiffany is currently pursuing her degree and certification as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has a Shih Tzu named Mya, a boxer/mix named Brutus, and 2 cats named Cosmo and Krazy Train.


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Emily T., LVT

Emily joined our team in 2009 as a Vo-tech student studying Veterinary Assisting. After Emily graduated from high school, she stepped right into a role here as an assistant/receptionist. Emily attended Stautzenberger College in Toledo, completing coursework to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. ​

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Logynn A., CVA

Logynn joined our team as a veterinary assistant in June 2016 after completing a Certified Veterinary Assistant Program. She enjoys reading and going to pet stores to look at the exotic animals. She also enjoys spending time at home with her cats Mittens, Salem and Toby, and her bearded dragon named Lizzy.

Photo by Jennifer Bates Photography



Kristi F.

Kristi joined our team in 2019, with experience working in the veterinary field since 2002. Kristi is married to Patrick, together they have 3 children, two dogs named Jax and Lola and a cat named Walter. Kristi enjoys spending time on the lake, reading, knitting and spending time with family. ​​

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Michelle D., CVA

Michelle joined our team in 2019 as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She retired from the Healthcare industry after 30+ years to pursue her dream of going back to school to study veterinary medicine and received her certification as a Veterinary Assistant in 2019 from the Animal Behavior College in California. Michelle and her husband Paul are the proud parents of their four rescue fur babies Bebe, Dede, Dayton and Barton. Michelle and Paul spend their spare time volunteering with the American Red Cross and traveling to disaster affected areas to assist with recovery. ​​

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Jessica C., LVT

Jessica joined our team in January 2020 after Graduating from Stautzenberger College with an Associates Degree in Animal Science. In her spare time she loves horse back riding, spending time with family, and exploring the beautiful state of Michigan. She is the proud parent to 2 horses, Dusty and Nicki. 3 dogs, Ziva, Zeke, Zeus. and 3 cats, Pepper, Benjamin, and Foster.

​​Photo by April Messer Photography



Kaleigh P.

Kaleigh joined our team in September 2020 as a veterinary assistant. She has a bachelor's degree in Children's Literature and Drama/Theatre for the Young, with a minor in Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys photography, reading and crafting. Kaleigh lives with her husband, two rabbits- Harrison and Penny, and three dogs- Bubba, Jefferson, and Georgia. ​



Nicole L., LVT

Nicole L. Lewis, LVT joined the Columbia Animal Clinic family in November 2021. She attended Baker College of Jackson and graduated in 2014. Nicole has a special interest in Dentistry and Animal Behavior.  Nicole enjoys spending her time reading, cooking, dancing, and spending time with her family; husband, Jon, her 44 fur/non-fur babies (dogs, cats, pigs, goats, and leopard gecko’s): Ella, Frankie, Tinkerbell, Shoteka Luna, Mingan, Angeni, Catori, Jack, Cocoa, Chip, Buddy, Butterscotch, Oreo, Honey, Yin and Yang and several chickens. 

Mackenzie R.

Mackenzie rejoined our team in November 2021.  ​Mackenzie and her husband Trevor share their home with 4 dogs (Harley - puggle, Maverick - pitbull, Stella - pitbull, Giovanna - pitbull/mastiff) and a house pig named Winnie who runs the household. She will be graduating from Penn Foster with her Veterinary Technician degree in the Spring of 2022.

Rachel R., LVT

Rachel graduated from Stautzenberger College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science. She obtained her Michigan license in Veterinary Technology in 2016. After moving to Brooklyn she worked at dentistry specialty practice for 2 years prior to coming to CAC. Rachel is happy she is able to demonstrate her passion for working with companion animals everyday. She also enjoys building relationships with clients and their pets through veterinary medicine.  When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 teenagers. She also keeps busy with their 5 dogs, 3 cats, 3 goats and 9 chickens.