Apple Grove Veterinary Care's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Niki Shook — Hospital Manager
Niki joined the Apple Grove Veterinary Care team in 2013. She grew up locally and graduated from Charlotte High School. A volunteer at the Eaton County Humane Society (ECHS) since 2010, she has helped to adopt out over 500 animals.
Niki and her husband, Kyle, have two spoiled pooches — Tucker, a 5-year-old black Pomeranian; and Wallace, a 2-year-old mixed breed. Wallace was rescued from Eaton County Humane Society. Niki's curiosity led her to have Wallace's DNA tested. Results revealed that Wallace is a Vizsla/Dalmation/Curly-Coated Retreiver mix.
Leila Hollister, LVT — Veterinary Technician
Leila is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Maple Valley High School, and then attended Baker College of Muskegon where she earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology.
Leila especially enjoys pet owner education, laboratory procedures and assisting with surgery. She came to us from a bulldog and reproductive specialty practice.
She grew up showing 4-H animals such as rabbits, poultry, goats and sheep. Leila still shows and judges poultry at open shows in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. She is currently residing in Olivet with her fiancé Nick and toy fox terrier Daisy. She is looking to add a bulldog puppy to her family soon.
Alex Flanders, LVT — Veterinary Technician
Alex joined the Apple Grove Veterinary Care team in the fall of 2008. She graduated from Baker College's Veterinary Technician Program with an Associate degree in Animal Science and is licensed by the State of Michigan as a veterinary technician.
Alex grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan and now resides in Marengo Township with her husband Jason. She participated in 4-H for over 13 years showing horses. Alex loves to help her husband on the farm in the summer bailing hay and straw. She still enjoys attending the Marshall Fair every year with her horses. She has two dogs, Leroy, an English Springer Spaniel, and Quigley a Blue Heeler. Her two horses are, Buttons a 22-year-old Pony of the Americas (POA), and Jersey, a 9-year-old Quarter Horse.
Jeff Granger — Veterinary Assistant
A Charlotte native, Jeff has been part of the Apple Grove Veterinary Care team for over 16 years. He has a special talent working with all species of animals, from dogs and cats to horses and cows.
Jeff resides on his family farm, where he raises cattle, poultry and rabbits. He donates much of his spare time to helping the youth of our community in the Eaton County 4-H. Jeff enjoys breeding and competing in rabbit exhibitions all around the country.
Malorie Kiplinger — Veterinary Assistant
Malorie joined the Apple Grove Veterinary Care team in October 2014. After she graduates from Charlotte High School in 2016, she plans on becoming a veterinary technician or a registered nurse (she is undecided).
Bowling has been a hobby of Malorie's since she was two years old. She has been on the Charlotte High School Varsity Bowling Team since her freshman year. She was regional champion in 2014 and third in the state in 2015.
Malorie has a very spoiled child named Zeus. He is a white Husky/Lab mix with a big personality.
Colette Fradette — Client Care Specialist
Colette grew up in Charlotte. When she was younger, she participated in 4-H showing rabbits. After graduating from Charlotte High School, Colette joined the Army National Guard. She served six years in the military with two deployments to Iraq and Egypt. She went to Phoenix for criminal justice shortly after returning home in 2007.
Colette has four children, a three-legged basset hound named Scooter, a Rottweiler/St. Bernard mix named Cooper, and two cats, Mowser and Miss Kitty.
Her interests include spending time with family and friends. She can't get enough of snowboarding, party planning, cooking and shooting her bow.
Tasia Wambaugh — Client Care Specialist
Tasia grew up locally in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. She played several sports in high school, participated in student council, and volunteered to help at the special Olympics every year. She also played college volleyball and is still very active.
Tasia has an 8-year-old daughter named Cynthia and two fur babies, Rogue (a yellow Labrador Retriever) and Gambit (an orange and white domestic long-haired cat). When Tasia and her daughter aren't playing with their pets, they enjoy participating in sporting events.