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What sets our staff apart?

Northwoods is full of talented, driven individuals, and we are proud to present

them in our meet the team section! Team strengthening exercises are so important

to us at Northwoods. We meet regularly both in and outside of work to ensure

that we provide you the best  well rounded team of professionals.


Dr. William Kolesar

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Kolesar and his wife Julie both went to school to become Veterinary nurses. Dr. Kolesar went on to become a veterinarian and together in 1999 they opened Northwoods Pet Care Center; a full-service clinic offering veterinary care, boarding, and grooming services. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as hunting, being outdoors and woodworking in his spare time. If you look closely throughout the clinic, you'll find his custom pieces on display.


Arica HR, PR

Practice Manager

Arica graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice but has found a profound love for the Veterinary industry. She is a highly proactive member of the Central Michigan community and it shows in her extraordinary customer service skills. She brings such a positive energy to the clinic all while maintaining a large role of managing both the office and hospital portion, overseeing all functionality and productivity of the clinic. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, family & friends and all of her fur-children. Also, loves volunteering for Special Olympics and being outdoors.


Julie Kolesar, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Julie graduated from Michigan State University as a licensed Veterinary Technician. She has worked in both the Veterinary and Human medical fields. Furthermore, at Northwoods, she has played a large role in every aspect of the clinic throughout the years, from boarding and grooming, to practicing as a technician while aiding in management; her talents are far from limited. In her spare time, she enjoys seeing her children and grandchildren, and creating timeless keepsakes for them.


Carly LVT

 Veterinary Technician 

Carly has worked in the veterinary field since 2006. She received her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University but decided to change her career field after working as a Veterinary Assistant. In 2008 she graduated from Michigan State University as a licensed Veterinary Technician. Carly enjoys working in veterinary medicine because everyday is different and she finds satisfaction in helping the patients. She loves the fast-paced flow of Northwoods, how well the staff works together and how all employees are treated as family. Carly comes to work every day with such a positive attitude, a smile on her face and always making everyone laugh. When Carly isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, watching her sons play sports and especially dance parties with her parents, sister, and nieces & nephews. A few words to describe Carly would be trustworthy, dependable, loyal, and especially humorous.



Veterinary Technician

Maddie graduated from St. Louis High school in 2017. Before joining the Northwoods family, she previously worked in human healthcare as a CNA for five years. She started at Northwoods as an assistant and since has been promoted to one of our technicians. Maddie is always eager and excited to learn something new all while wearing such an infectious smile. She enjoys caring for our patients and assisting in surgery. Outside of the clinic she coaches the St. Louis Varsity Pom Squad. Aside from coaching, she enjoys spoiling her fur-babies, traveling with friends and being on the lake.



 Veterinary Technician 

Baileigh joined our team as a receptionist where she has several years of experience but hit the ground running and became a technician before we knew it. She attended Mid Michigan Community College where she began her degree towards Business Management. When Baileigh isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her husband, her dog, cats, and horses along with horseback riding. Working in the veterinary field has always been a dream of hers since she was a little girl. Baileigh is such an asset to have on our team.




Lynette graduated in 2005 from Ferris State University in Business Management with a focus on Sports, Spa, Entertainment Operations as well as Hotel Management. She has vast experience in customer service including gaming and retail management. She also has several years of experience with fostering animals as well as volunteering for various causes and organizations. In her spare, she enjoys spending time with her two children, their animals as well as spending time with family and friends. She also has a love for the outdoors which includes kayaking, hiking and rock hunting on Michigan’s waterways. She thoroughly enjoys getting to know our clients and their beloved pets. Lynette states she takes pride in working for a clinic that is committed to the health and happiness of their employees. Northwoods is extremely grateful to have Lynette as a part of family.



Veterinary Assistant

Autumn graduated from St. Louis High School in 2021 and will be attending college soon where she hopes to study veterinary medicine. She grew up working with horses and other small farm animals, which sparked her interest in this field. Autumn gets along easily with everyone and often times is making everyone laugh. During her time off she enjoys spending time with family and friends, napping, and trail riding on ATVs with her siblings. She also enjoys spoiling her chocolate lab, Harley Grace.



Veterinary Assistant

Ross grew up in Shepherd area, he now attends Alma College studying Biology while being a member of the Track & Field team. This is his first job in the veterinary field and is excited to see what the future has in store for him. He has always had a passion for animals, monkeys being his favorite. While Ross isn’t working or studying, he enjoys working out, having fun with friends, and climbing trees. Ross has such a kind soul and is always making everyone laugh.



Spa Specialist

Elyssa has been with Northwoods for over 10 years in our grooming and pet spa department. She offers her exquisite talents to all canine patients, and has an eye for perfection. Elyssa not only provides custom cuts, but she offers many other amenities as well such as but not limited to; ear cleansing, pedicures (nail trim, grind, and/or polish), coat coloring, and so much more. Elyssa spends her off time with her family and friends, and going to outdoor events!

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