ABOUT US

Where Pets Come First

Our dedicated and caring team of professionals offer a vast array of experience and expertise.  We offer a
complete care portfolio for your pets needs and look forward to welcoming your pet to our family.

 Thank you!!

OUR TEAM

Veterinarians 

Veterinary Technicians

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ASHLEY BACKOS

Veterinary Technician

We would like to welcome our newest staff member Ashley! Ashley has worked in the veterinary field for the last 10 years. She is a licensed veterinary technician, which she got in 2012 from Macomb Community College. Ashley has a passion for emergency  medicine, pain management and surgical procedures. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband.  We are happy to add her to our Platz family!   

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STEPHANIE DEMBINSKI

Veterinary Technician

Stephanie has worked in the veterinary field for the last eight years. She’s a very passionate person when it comes to helping animals and learning new techniques on how to be the best technician she can be. Just recently married, Stephanie spends her off days with her husband and her favorite little guy Chappie. 

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TARA JOHNSON

Veterinary Technician

Tara comes to Platz with a deep passion for animals. She joined our team in 2020, but has been in the veterinary field since 2013. She enjoys traveling back home to Midland and has spent some time in Ireland/England. Tara enjoys playing softball, taking her dog Gus for walks and spoiling her cats. 

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KELSEY MARLATT

Veterinary Technician/Receptionist/Office Assistant

Kelsey started working at Platz Animal Hospital in high school as a kennel attendant. Over the years she has grown her passions for animals and is both a receptionist and technician. Kelsey is a huge animal rescue advocate and spends most of her free time fostering for local rescues. She has several rescued pets including dogs, cats, geckos and snakes. 

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DANNY PERSYN

Clinic Manager and Veterinary Technician 

Danny has worked at Platz Animal Hospital as one of our best veterinary technicians for the last 15 years! Danny enjoys getting to know each patient and provide the best possible care. He has an interest in dentistry and for puppy/kitten care. In Danny's free time he enjoys spending time with his family, loving on all of his pets, and having a glass of wine. 

Additional Office Staff 

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LINDSEY HARRIS 

Veterinary Assistant

Lindsey has loved animals all of her life. As a kid she would bring home strays and give them a new home: her first one was when she was 2. She has always known she wanted to work with animals. Lindsey attended the University of Findlay for a degree in animal science where she fell in love with both large and small animals while attending their program.  Lindsey is currently a student at Penn Fosters in there veterinary technician program. Her goal is to become a technician and possibly specialize in dental. 

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MADISON CRIPPEN

Receptionist Assistant

Madisons job duties at Platz Animal Hospital consist of helping out as a receptionist. She has always loved animals, and this job allows her to interact with many different kinds each day. There are so many rewards to working at Platz and one of them is being able to comfort and take care of your pets when they visit. She plans to study to become a veterinarian technician. She also has her own dogs which are a labradoodle and she just got a puppy sheepadoodle. 

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MEGAN HARVEY

Veterinary Assistant

Megan Harvey is 24 years and is currently in school to become a licensed veterinary nurse. Megan's love for medicine and animals has given her many opportunities including being a Veterinary ER and critical care assistant and helping her earn her veterinary basic life support and advanced life support from Cornell University’s recovery program. When outside of veterinary medicine Megan loves spending time with her reptiles (Draco, Daenerys, and Miguel) her 4-year-old son, Mason, and her husband, Shane. 

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ASHLEY MCLARTY

Receptionist/Office Assistant

Ashley has been with us since 2015 and is one of our full time receptionists here at the clinic. She’s one of the first and last people you’ll talk to during your visit! She’s a friend to all who work here and does so much for the clinic. When she’s not on the phone, she’s making sure your pet is getting extra love during their visit. Outside of work Ashley enjoys spending time with her friends and her own fur babies. 

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RACHEL PERKOWSKI

Veterinary Assistant

Rachel has been at Platz since 2005. She started out working in the kennel, but now is primarily the lab technician (although she helps out wherever else she is needed). She graduated from Oakland University with a BS in biology. She currently has two Shelties that she adores and in her spare time she can be found making stained glass, volunteering at her church and visiting the zoo! 

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SHERMAN 

Clinic Pet 

Sherman is a Leopard tortoise. He enjoys laying in the sun on warm summer days and staying under the heat lamp in the winter. In Sherman's free time, he enjoys going outside to play in the grass, eating fruit and always saying hello to patients that come by. Sherman is loved by all of the staff. If you see Sherman make sure to say hi! 

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PASHA VREEKEN

Veterinary Assistant

Pasha discovered her passion for animals while fostering dogs throughout University and reimagined her path after graduating. Pasha started out as a shadow at Platz before joining the team as an assistant. She plans to go back to school to become a Veterinarian. 

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HARPER WILDERN

Receptionist Assistant 

Harper is a Grosse Pointe local and has had a life time love of all forms of fauna. She attended Wayne State University, majoring in Electronic Arts, later moving into nonprofit work and community event coordination. As a member of the Platz Clinic, she assists reception and hopes to learn further about the care of animals.  

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SHANNON HINZE

Receptionist/Office Assistant 

Shannon has been working in the veterinary field for over 30 years-a third of them at Platz.  She is always happy to help you with your questions that you have and tell you about her many vet med stories. She is dedicated to her family, friends, 5 cats, and 2 dogs. 

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DR. STEVE ANDRIS

Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Andris grew up in Grosse Pointe, MI and attended Grosse Pointe South and went on to Michigan State University to get his DVM. His family had lots of pets growing up and he grew a deep love for all kinds of animals. He began working at Platz Animal Hospital in 2009 and purchased the clinic in 2018 along with Dr. Gabe. Dr. Andris enjoys surgery, dermatology, endocrinology, and preventive medicine. He has a wife (Jenny), son (Sam), and twin daughters (Ashley & Katelyn), as well as two dogs (Ralphie & Charley), a snake (BJ), and a tortoise (Sherman the clinic pet). In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and traveling.

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DR. GABE KONIECZKI

Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Gabe earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with honors from Michigan State University in 2016.  He loves practicing medicine almost as much as he loves his patients.  His special interests include internal medicine, gastroenterology, dermatology, ophthalmology, wound care, and surgery.

Dr. Gabe lives in Grosse Pointe Farms and has a lovely wife, and is a proud father of two wonderful daughters.  He currently has two beagles, an island dog, two cats and a fish. Aside from veterinary medicine, he likes old German cars, loves music, and playing hockey.  He feels tremendous gratitude everyday to be able to be your veterinarian.  

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DR. KAITLYN SULLIVAN

Veterinarian

Dr. Sullivan did her undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science In Interdisciplinary Studies. She then attended Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in sunny Arizona. Dr. Sullivan’s special interests include preventive care, dentistry, and dermatology. She resides in Grosse Pointe with her husband, John, and daughter, Maggie. She also has two dogs, Lexie and Ollie. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and traveling. 

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DR. JAYME CICCHELLI

Veterinarian

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli is a 2016 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, she obtained a BA from Wayne State University. Although she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, she has a special interest in exotic pets, anesthesia and pain management, end of life care, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, hiking, baking, and wine-making. She is a lifelong Michigander and shares her Detroit home with her husband, daughter, two cats, and two rabbits.