Our Staff

Casey is a Licensed Veterinary Technician that graduated from MSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a Certificate in Veterinary Technology in 2011. She has a passion for helping and educating clients and providing exceptional care and compassion to all animals as if they were her own. In her free time, Casey is quite the outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and skiing. Casey has a passion for rescue animals, performing dental cleanings and anesthesiology.

Melissa moved to Michigan from her home state of Pennsylvania to attend college at Michigan State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2012. Melissa’s love for pets is evident with her three dogs, Archie, Daisy and Bella as well as her cats, Crunk and Chuey. She exudes a calm, serene fort of caring that is a special benefit in dealing with animals – but don’t let Melissa’s quiet demeanor fool you. In her spare time she enjoys training with Traverse City Roller Derby’s charter team, the Toxic Cherries. In other words, she’s a “Bad Mamma Jamma”! (If you don’t know derby, that’s a bit of a pun, because the position Melissa most often plays is called a Jammer).

Ashley has been with Companion Animal Hospital since 2015. Her co-workers love her humor and compassionate nature. She loves kitties, especially the smoosh face ones; so, don’t be alarmed by her excitement when bringing them in! She has dreams of being the official kitten liaison for Companion Animal Hospital. Outside of work she enjoys birding, karaoke, and enjoying beautiful Traverse City. As of January 2019, Ashley and her husband, Rob welcomed their first beautiful baby girl, Josephine!



Courtney is our lead receptionist. She joined Companion Animal Hospital in February 2019, and has proven herself to be a valuable part of our team and is well versed in the excellent customer service that we provide. Courtney moved to Michigan in 2017 from Colorado, and she has many years of experience working with a variety of animal species. She has worked with dogs, cats, horses, goats and other livestock. Courtney even has experience with domesticated exotic animals such as Fennec Foxes, Pythons,and Kinkajous! The great outdoors is her and her husband’s favorite place to spend their free time. Hiking, biking, paddling, snowboarding, and horseback riding are all activities they really enjoy with the company of their Cattle Dog mix, Ranger. Her home would not be complete without her two kitties, Sylvester and Lila. Be sure to say hi to Courtney next time you’re in!

Emily joined Companion Animal Hospital in December 2019 as a technician’s assistant. She  recently moved north from the greater Grand Rapids area after marrying a Traverse area  native. She has over a decade of experience in the veterinary field from kennel technician to  receptionist, assistant and technician. With a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hope College,  Emily continues to have a passion for learning. Emily and her husband, Branden, currently have one Pitbull mix named Abbie. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking and exploring with Abbie,  woodworking, and horseback riding.

Jessica joined Companion Animal Hospital in June 2019 as the Hospital Manager. She has been in the veterinary field for 20 years as a receptionist, assistant, and technician. She has had a passion for animals and veterinary medicine for as long as she can remember. Jessica is originally from Massachusetts but has lived in Alaska, California and North Carolina with her husband of 19 years and their two sons. She enjoys what Northern Michigan offers. Her two beautiful girls, Daisy and Ladybug, both English Setters, along with her 2 horses, Manny and Eclipse and Jack the cat complete her family. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, crafting and horseback riding. She is also a PATH Certified Therapeutic Horseback riding instructor and hopes to pursue teaching children with autism

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What our Clients are Saying

The staff is fantastic. They were very attentive with my newly adopted fur baby, answered all of my questions and let me know the cost of treatments and meds upfront so there were no surprises at checkout. Top notch and highly recommended!

~ Heather I.

I wouldn’t take Cody anywhere else. Dr. DeSimone and your staff are extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and caring of not only my four legged babies but their Mom as well. Thank you for everything.

~ Carol R.

Oh my goodness not sure you could have done anything differently. You all were kind, accommodating, thorough, and excellent listeners. You ALL are FABULOUS!

~ Elizabeth B.

Sumo has severe cardiovascular issues that were discovered by a very thorough DeSimone and through this, led to treatment that saved his life. Beyond excellent care. Cannot recommend highly enough.

~ Ramona C.

The doctors and tech team are so kind and compassionate. They have great bedside manner and have really mastered the idea of relaxing the environment but still being direct and clear. We brought our French lop in for a sick visit after having some respiratory issues. The staff handled both her and us with such compassion and care. They even called a few days later to ensure we weren’t having issues administering her medications and to check in. They will exclusively be our vet going forward!

~ Nicole R.

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