Meet the Veterinarians & Staff
at Union Lake Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Robert Redisch
Dr. Redisch graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Less than two years later, he founded Union Lake Veterinary Hospital. He also earned a Diplomate of Preventive Medicine from Florida Institute of Technology in 1978 and has spent time as a member of the medical advisory council at the Detroit Zoological Park.
Although semi-retired, Dr. Redisch still has special interest in surgery and building the most unique pet care complex in Michigan. He has a weak heart for terriers but is fond of all animals big and small.
Dr. Charles Plein
Dr. Plein graduated from Michigan State University in 1974 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He also gained practical experience through the senior internship program at MSU, by spending time in Massachusetts with the ASPCA at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital, and practicing emergency medicine at the Veterinary Emergency Service.
In 1985, he became the co-owner of Union Lake Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Plein is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Plein’s special veterinary interests include cardiac and abdominal ultrasound, internal medicine, and animal behavior and training. Outside of the practice, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, and children, Sarah and Matthew.
Dr. Kate Reynolds
Dr. Reynolds is a graduate of Michigan State University, having earned her dual-degree bachelors of science in animal science and zoology in 1999 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. During her time at MSU, she served as her veterinary class president for four years. She is a tried and true Spartan!
After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Reynolds began her career in Sacramento, California, where she completed a rigorous one-year internship at the Sacramento Animal Medical Group, concentrating on oncology, surgery, general medicine, and emergency medicine.
Since 2004, Dr. Reynolds has been with Union Lake Veterinary Hospital, and she is proud to be a part of such a comprehensive pet care complex that practices the highest quality of medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. Her special interests include dermatology, nutrition, client education, and she enjoys participating in continuing education.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Reynolds enjoys spending time with her family and friends, youth development, and taking ballroom dancing lessons.
Dr. Erica Hawker
Dr. Hawker graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997 with a bachelor of science in natural resources. She then attended Michigan State University and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Hawker joined Union Lake Veterinary Hospital upon graduation and has special interests in internal medicine, dermatology, alternative therapies, and pain management. She particularly enjoys working with geriatric patients and improving their quality of life with pain management.
Dr. Hawker is certified in traditional Chinese herbal medicine for animals. She has found it to be helpful in improving the lives of cancer patients, along with many other diseases that may not respond to conventional treatments.
Outside of the hospital, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter. They share their home with two dogs and five cats.
Dr. Jennifer Herdon
Dr. Herdon attended Michigan State University and received both her bachelor of veterinary science degree in 2001 and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She pursued further academic studies through an internship program at the renowned California Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Herdon’s special interests in veterinary medicine include internal medicine, dermatology, pain management, and client education.
She enjoys spending time outside the hospital with her family and friends, as well as her three cats.
Dr. Lauren Liba
Dr. Liba is a graduate of Michigan State University, having received a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2002 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation, she spent eight years practicing emergency and critical care medicine, then transitioned to general practice at Union Lake.
Dr. Liba’s special interests include exotic animal medicine, ophthalmology, ultrasonography and soft tissue surgery. Practicing emergency medicine has allowed her to manage many challenging cases and see a wide variety of conditions. This experience has been invaluable at Union Lake.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Liba enjoys spending time with her husband, children and pets. She also enjoys reading, running and photography.
Dr. Melissa Szasz
Dr. Szasz began working at Union Lake as a kennel attendant when she was just 16 years old. At that time, it was her dream to become a veterinarian. During summer breaks from college, she worked as a veterinary assistant at the hospital. In 2005, Dr. Szasz received her bachelor’s in zoology from Michigan State University, and in 2008, she graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, also from Michigan State University.
Dr. Szasz is very excited to be back at Union Lake Veterinary Hospital, working as a veterinarian this time! She has special interests in surgery and pocket pets.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Szasz enjoys running with her dog, hiking, horseback riding, reading, and relaxing with her husband, family, and friends. She currently has two spoiled cats and one dog.
Dr. Marti S. Notarius
Dr. Marti S. Notarius graduated with Honors from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. During her senior year, she completed a month long externship at the Aquarium of Niagara, working with dolphins, seals, sea lions and penguins. Following graduation she went on to work for a board certified veterinary dentist and small animal practitioner located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. From there, her practice career took her to the wine country of Northern California, and now back to her home state of Michigan. Her special veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, pain management/anesthesia, dentistry and internal medicine. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Notarius enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and throwing the ball for her energetic Chocolate Labrador, Eoghan (pronounced Owen).
Dr. Shira Anchill
Dr. Anchill graduated from the University of Michigan in 1999 with dual bachelor's degrees in psychology and hebrew and jewish cultural studies. During her undergraduate years she spent a semester abroad at Hebrew University of Jerusalem studying and traveling throughout the Middle East. Dr. Anchill received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Michigan State University in 2005. During vet school she spent a summer living in Northern Thailand researching food borne pathogens and immersed in Thai culture. Prior to joining Union Lake Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Anchill spent 8 years in small animal private practice in northern Oakland County. Her special interests include internal medicine, dentistry and pain management. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Michigan Veterinary Medical Association Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Anchill enjoys traveling, skiing, yoga, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband, daughter and Portuguese Water Dog.
Our Veterinary Staff
Hospital Administrator: Annette Engler, LVT, CVPM, CCRP
Annette has been working in veterinary practices since she was 14 years old. She joined the Union Lake Veterinary Team in 1995. She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and became Michigan’s first Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2001. Her career path has taken her on many interesting journeys, including the Caribbean, Florida and Michigan. She has worked in specialty practices as a critical care nurse, internal medicine and surgical nurse as well as in general medicine and as a practice manager.
Annette is continually striving to offer new and interesting services to our clients. She enjoys being a mentor to fellow veterinary owners and managers through consulting and practice management speaking engagements. She is also a certified DiSC trainer and gets great satisfaction out of helping with team-building, conflict resolution and coaching of veterinary team members.
Annette is passionate about providing exceptional care to companion animals and is proud to lead this team! In her spare time she enjoys yoga, traveling, golfing, camping, hiking, reading, coaching and mentoring.
Kate Josephson, LVT
Kate Josephson graduated from MSU in 1995 with a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology with an emphasis in animal behavior. Kate went back to school to become a licensed vet tech at Macomb Community College and graduated in 1999. Kate has been working at ULVH for 14 years. Kate also is a certified pet bereavement counselor and helps facilitate Union Lake Veterinary Hospital's pet loss support group. Kate has 2 dogs and 1 cats and she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 girls.
Jenny Foss, LVT
Jenny Foss started working at ULVH in 2000. She graduated with an associate degree in vet technology from Macomb Community College in 2003. Jenny has a sweet basset/pitbull mix named Herbie and 6 wonderful cats - 2 of which have heart disease.
Bonnie Gray, VT
Bonnie Gray started working at Union Lake Veterinary Hospital in September of 1995. She is a Veterinary Technician at our practice and at our Rehabilitation Center. Bonnie has special interests in Canine Physical Rehabilitaion, Alternative/Complementary medicine, Behavior and training, Emergency and Critical Care. "I love working with the complicated surgical & medical cases that we see especially when are able to help or cure that pets medical condition."
Kirsten Shorr, LVT
Kirsten Shorr graduated from Michigan State and has worked at ULVH for over 20 years. She has a special interest in surgery and nursing care. Kirsten is married with 2 children and 3 fur children. Her hobbies include golf and cross country skiing.
Barb Foster, LVT
Barb graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree at Veterinary Technology in 1997. She started working at ULVH in 1999. Her favorite parts of her job include surgery, anesthesia, and emergency medicine. Outside of work, Barb enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She rescued two dogs and two cats that complete their family.
Val Olmsted, LVT
Val joined Union Lake Vet Hospital in March of 2001 while finishing her internship. She graduated from Macomb Community College in 2001 with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology. Val also has a Bachelor in Science from CMU and OCC. She has 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 12 fish. Val is known as the cat whisperer for all the hard to handle cats that come into our clinic. She enjoys dentistries, nursing care, anesthesia. She is very thankful to work with animals on a daily basis.
Tammy Martinez, LVT
Tammy joined ULVH in 1981. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's Veterinary Technology Program. She loves educating clients, emergency surgery, and loves giving extra TLC to both clients and patients. She enjoys spending time with her three kids and husband. Tammy credits her many years with ULVH to the exceptional care and level of medicine that the entire complex has to offer.
Lisa Blanchard, LVT, CCRP
Lisa started at ULVH in June of 2008. She is married and shares her house with two Doberman Pinschers (Tango and Rylan). Lisa has been training dogs and actively competing in obedience, agility, conformation and rally for over 20 years. "I decided to become a veterinary technician so I could specialize in the field of canine rehabilitation. Seeing patients flourish after an injury is THE best feeling. Somehow they just know you are trying to help them. The gratitude from the owners can never be explained."
Kristen Klebba, LVT
Kristen started working at Union Lake Veterinary Hospital in 2002 as an assistant. After graduating high school she went to Macomb Community College and graduated from the Vet tech program in 2006. She has 2 dogs named Ally and Daphne and 1 cat named Cruse. Kristen loves working with animals and she plans to work with animals for many years to come.
Jennifer Titesworth, LVT
Jennifer came to Union Lake for an internship while completing her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology at Baker College of Flint and joined our team as a technician in 2012. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing-joining us with 20 years of nursing experience. Her special interests include critical care, nursing and anesthesia. She is the proud “mom” of three rescued dogs.
Maryse and I wish to thank you and your staff for such sensitivity to us, as we sought help for Nica, our chameleon. We appreciate your thoroughness, professionalism. We will share with other pet owners how easy you made an otherwise unhappy experience for us!
–Pam Richards and daughter Maryse
Thank You all very much for taking such good care of me during my little sickness.
Thank you so much for everything you did for Quincy. You saved his life!
Your approach and demeanor with us always made us feel as if we and Sabrina were the only ones there.
I will never stop giving thanks for your knowledge, caring and thoughtfulness to Ginger and I.
Dr. Herdon–I would like to thank you and the entire staff at Union Lake for always taking great care of our Peter. Since the treatment he has been running and playing like a puppy. In my personal opinion the Shockwave therapy has worked and I would recommend it to other potential patients.
– Elizabeth and Scott DuSang
I want to thank the entire staff and at the dog training/day care, as well as the grooming/boarding services for the over 20 years of excellent care.
– Sandra Reminga
Just want to say Thank You all very much for taking such good care of me during my little sickness. I was so scared but you all made me feel at home.
Thank you so much for everything you did for Quincy. You saved his life! He's doing really well. He's getting his attitude back and soon will be running roughsod over our other cats.
Thank you so very much for your kindness and support during Maggie's final hours...the peaceful experience we had with you could not have been better and I was very glad to have been a part of it...she lived a long, wonderful life, and thanks to you, she had an easy end. Thank you.
...your approach and demeanor with us always made us feel as if we and Sabrina were the only ones there...(you were) forthright and honest. We are so grateful for all you did for us and Sabrina.
God gave you a wonderful skill and talent. I will never stop giving thanks for your knowledge, caring and thoughtfulness to Ginger and I.
Words cannot express how grateful we are that our Maggie had such a wonderful group of people to care for her over the past 12 years. She was always greeted with smiles and treated as though she were one of your own.
Thank you for taking care of me so well. My stitches are doing good and I am getting used to the undershorts my mom makes me wear. My teeth are so nice and clean and I'm eating the new dental crunches.
Jacob always received the best care and kindness/treatment at your facility. Thank you for helping Jacob have a healthy and quality life and a dignified passing. It is a comfort to know all the staff present on the day Jacob passed away were sensitive and professional to us at that difficult time. This includes the front desk staff.
I want to thank the entire staff at Union Lake Vet. and at the dog training/day care, as well as the grooming/boarding services for the over 20 years of excellent care you have provided to our pets. It is hard to find another provider that matches your caliber of dedication, love, and superior health care for animals.
– Sandra Reminga
Dr. Herdon,In the course of our adult lives, we have owned six dogs between us and have experienced a variety of veterinarians. It's this experience that makes it possible for us to fully appreciate just how extraordinary you are. The compassion you showed for Jesse throughout her life and into her final hours puts you in a class of your own. We are truly blessed to call you our vet. Thank you.
– Leslie and Susan