Client Services

  • Client Service

    Dawn Bruchez

    Growing up in Africa, I am truly blessed to have been exposed to the abundance of wild life; we always had a variety of pets in the house and because of this exposure I have always had a passion about animals. I would bring all sorts of injured and not so injured animals home as a child, to my parents delight.

    Five years ago I joined a group called Soul Dog Rescue, based in Colorado, and it’s because of them I decided to change my career. I am now studding to become a veterinarian technician and one day hopefully a Veterinarian.

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”


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    Janet DiPirro, LVT, Certified Dog Trainer

    My name is Janet and I'm new to Northern Michigan, having given up the stresses of the city and high pay rate, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to start life over, literally, here in Traverse City. I am a single Mom of two beautiful, independent, adult girls. And currently live with my three best fur friends; Ranger, Lexi and Preston.

    My goals for VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital include building a training program that I am passionate about providing to the community. I have been a licensed Veterinary Technician for 30 years, a dog groomer for 35 years and a certified dog trainer , which is as I said my passion. My training consists primarily obedience of all levels, but incorporate agility skills, tricks, tracking, disc and fly ball theories, as a motivation. To help the human learn, I incorporate a lot of rally work.

    I like to keep training a life long practice for dogs and owners, therefore strive to find fun ways to keep it exciting. I look forward to long and lasting relationships here at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital and Northern Michigan.


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    Ryan Shepherd

    Hello! I just wanted to say how happy I am to be able to work with pets and their owners on a daily basis.  Having two Dachshund/Yorkie (dorkie) mixes myself, I know how much pets become part of our families and our daily lives.  Their names are Jimi and Morello, and are named after my two favorite guitar players, Jimi Hendrix and Tom Morello.   I was born and raised in Big Rapids, Michigan, before going to Central Michigan University where I majored in journalism.  After, graduating, I spent some time working in Grand Rapids while my wife Dana finished college.  We eventually decided to move north to Williamsburg, and we haven't looked back!  The culture of people we have met in Northern Michigan is unlike anything we've seen anywhere in the state.  I am very excited to meet more of the pet and pet owners that make up the Grand Traverse Area.  

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