Dr. Marilyn BrinkMedical Director
Dr. Brink began working at the Animal Emergency Hospital as an assistant during veterinary school. She found emergency medicine to be particularly rewarding and returned to AEH after graduating from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She volunteers her time helping with community events, and mentoring MSU veterinary students. Dr. Brink enjoys collecting and restoring vintage My Little Ponies, running, biking, and traveling. Dr. Brink and her husband have two children, Emmalyn and Bennett, and a wirehaired terrier dog, Mike.
Dr. Elizabeth Francis
After leaving Grand Rapids as a child, Dr. Francis is excited to return to the area to do what she loves! She realized her calling for helping animals by volunteering at an animal shelter while she was studying early childhood education at Ohio University. She scrambled to change her major in her junior year, and graduated with a degree in Biology. She continued her education at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also worked as an assistant in the intensive care unit and with the emergency medicine team. Dr. Francis loves spending time with her two greyhounds, her Maltese, and her two orange cats. When she’s not at AEH, you can find her getting lost in the woods, hanging around at the beach, around town looking for new beer and tasty treats, or at home reading or baking.
Dr. Annie Westerhof
Dr. Westerhof worked as an assistant in several day time vet practices since 2004 and at AEH since 2008. She went back to school as a non-traditional student part time at GRCC in 2006 to start a degree. Dr. Westerhof completed an Associate’s in Science at Grand Rapids Community College. She then pursued a Bachelor's degree at Grand Valley State University. She was accepted to Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduated and is now working at AEH again as a veterinarian! Dr. Westerhof has a passion for emergency medicine as demonstrated by working in emergency for 10 years! She has a home in Grand Rapids with her husband and pets, including 2 Chihuahuas named Maggie & Penny, a large grey old man cat named Joseph, and a young troublemaker tabby cat named George. Dr. Westerhof enjoys yoga, hiking, crocheting and movies in her free time!
Dr. Lyndi Keizer
Dr. Keizer worked as a veterinary assistant at AEH during her second year of veterinary school at Michigan State University. In addition to finding emergency and critical care medicine interesting in veterinary school, she finds it very rewarding to be able to help pets and people whenever needed. Dr. Keizer grew up in the West Michigan area and is happy to once again be near family and friends, especially her husband, John, and Yorkshire terrier, Pepper. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time at the beach, biking, reading, watching movies, crocheting, and traveling.
Dr. Samantha Barscewski
Dr. Barscewski (pronounced bar-chess-skee) is originally from north of Grand Rapids. She graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and attended Central Michigan University for her undergraduate studies (Fire up, Chips!). She is married to her high school sweetheart, Nick, and they have a daughter named Millie who was born in August 2018. She has two dogs, Cooper the Pug, and Daisy the Golden Retriever. She also has a pony named Blanche.
Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, hematology, and oncology. She enjoys the fast pace of emergency medicine and the opportunity to help owners and pets in a true time of need. She also enjoys mentoring veterinary students and college students who are interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
In her spare time, Dr. Barscewski enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family. She loves camping, hiking, and is looking forward to attending some horse shows next summer.
Dr. Kaitlyn Sherer
Dr. Sherer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from Michigan State University. She was accepted and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While training on her clinical rotations, she discovered her love for emergency medicine. Dr. Sherer loves to watch sports, especially Michigan State’s football & basketball teams. Go Green! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time and going on hikes with her two dogs, a shelter pup named Weston and a Great Dane named Mellie. Dr. Sherer is also a barrel racer and loves traveling around Michigan competing with her 3 horses, Stormy, Cody, and Rocky.
Dr. Stephanie Wolffe
Dr. Wolffe is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and then graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She has always known she would be a veterinarian and is passionate about helping people and their pets. In her free time, Dr. Wolffe enjoys hiking, camping, playing sports, and spending time with her cat, Taco, and her Australian Cattle Dog, Dora.
Dr. Lisa Reznik
Dr. Reznik is originally from Bloomfield, Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree in microbiology and genetics from Michigan State University, and attended veterinary school there shortly after. Naturally, she bleeds Green! Dr. Reznik has aspired to be a veterinarian since she was a child, and feels honored to be able to provide emergency services to the West side of Michigan. During her time off, Dr. Reznik takes any opportunity to escape to Northern Michigan and enjoy hiking, boating, and laying on the beautiful Lake Michigan. She also likes to spend her time riding horses, which she considers therapy for the soul. She has two perfect cats named Joey and Moo that run their household.
Dr. Michelle Magolan
Dr. Magolan earned her bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI and attended Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to attain her veterinary degree. She is originally from Goodrich, MI, but has fallen in love with the atmosphere and endless opportunity for adventure in West Michigan. Dr. Magolan has a passion for helping both animals and people, and is dedicated to providing the best possible care for her patients. In her spare time, Dr. Magolan enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, swimming, boating, and soaking up the sun! She and her husband, Nick, try to take their two dogs, Dexter a mixed mutt, and Charlie a Labrador Retriever, with them on all of their adventures. In the winter she enjoys snowmobiling and spending time by the fire with her pets, especially her cat Lexie!
Dr. Samantha Gerbers
Dr. Gerbers first worked at AEH during veterinary school as an extern. After graduating from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, Dr. Gerbers worked at AEH for 6 years before moving to private practice. She is now excited to be back to providing emergency care in West Michigan as a part of the enthusiastic and passionate team at AEH. In her free time, Dr. Gerbers enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, walking their two poodle mixes, Popsicle and Noodles, and swimming with their three boys.
Dr. Elaine Sheikh
Dr. Sheikh is a native of West Michigan, attending Grand Valley State University as an undergraduate and then Michigan State University for veterinary school. She started practicing veterinary medicine in a high-paced mixed animal practice, which is where she fell in love with small animal emergency medicine. Dr. Sheikh is passionate about emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, and orthopedic surgery. She enjoys exotic pets, especially small mammals such as rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs. In her free time, Dr. Sheikh serves the homeless pet community as a part-time shelter veterinarian, volunteers at her local therapeutic riding center, works out at her local crossfit gym, and hikes with her pittbull mix Desi. She shares her home with four cats (Piglet, Rabbit, Dory, and Peg Leg Pete), two dogs (Nugget and Desi), and a supportive husband!