Brigette Dagenais, D.V.M.
Dr. Dagenais acquired ownership of Country Garden Veterinary Clinic in 2009. Previously, she practiced at a clinic in Ann Arbor for 3 years. Dr. Dagenais is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and local graduate of Columbia Central High School. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband (Chad), son (Prieur), Greyhound (Linus), Great Dane (Walter) and hairless cat (a Sphynx named Harold).
Lacey Schiel, D.V.M.
Dr. Schiel had been with Country Garden since May 2012. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is a local graduate of Jackson High School. She currently lives in Spring Arbor with her husband (AJ), her Beagle (Jager), Boxer mix (Clyde), 3 cats, 20 chickens and a turtle. Dr. Schiel and her husband stay busy on their farm with their 2 daughters (Isabelle & Charleigh).
Vanessa Brix, L.V.T.
Vanessa has been with Country Garden since September 2012. She is a graduate of Baker College where she got her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009. She is one of our four licensed technicians and recently took on a managerial position at our clinic. She lives in North Adams with her husband and new baby girl. Vanessa loves animals of all kinds and works on her family dairy farm. At home she enjoys riding her pony, gardening and snuggle time with her baby.
April Elston, L.V.T.
April has worked at Country Garden since May 2015. She is a graduate of Baker College where she got her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2008. She lives in Somerset with her husband (Matt) and daughter (Siena). April loves animals and has two dogs of her own, a Bull Mastiff (Tosh) and Shih Tzu (Toby).
Jamie LaMaire, L.V.T.
Jamie started at Country Garden the summer of 2016 as an LVT. She is a graduate of Baker College where she got her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2013. Jamie has a big heart and has rescued both her cats from being euthanized and they are grateful for it! Jamie has two lovely daughters and would like to move to the country to raise chickens, goats, and expand her garden. She may even pursue a fixer upper home because she loves home improvement!
Kelli Schulte, L.V.T.
Kelli has worked at Country Garden since June 2013. She is a graduate of Baker College where she got her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2013. She lives in Jackson with her husband (Chris) and son (Ethan). Kelli and her husband have a Yellow Lab (Bailey) and a cat (Sheldon).
Julie DeFazio, Veterinary Technician
Julie has been with Country Garden since November 1999. She grew up in Maine and moved to Michigan to be closer to family. Julie currently resides in Jackson, has 3 awesome kids who keep her very busy, a beautiful grandbaby, and an Old English Bulldog (Riz). Julie loves all the clients and animals that come to Country Garden and enjoys having such great co-workers.
Cindy Hudson, Receptionist
Cindy has been with Country Garden since March 2015. She lives in Grass Lake with her husband (Don), her lab/retriever mix (Gibbs), her cattle dog (Blue), and her cat (Mickey). She is the proud parent of 2 grown children; a daughter (Erin-who is also a veterinarian) and her son (Chris). Cindy’s family has many antique tractors that they show off each year at their annual tractor party.
Kayla Tracy, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant
Kayla has been with Country Garden since October 2014. She is currently in the Veterinary Technician Program at Michigan State University. Kayla lives in Clarklake with her two Boxers (Captain and Morgan). She has a real love for animals, especially all the wildlife we rehabilitate here at the clinic. Kayla looks forward to finishing school and pursuing her dreams of working as an L.V.T., hopefully here at Country Garden, if it’s up to us.
Larry Drouin, Kennel Assistant
Larry has been with Country Garden since 2012. Larry lives in Vandercook Lake and has numerous pets, which include cats, dogs, and birds (a Hyacinth and a Macaw). Larry loves all the different animals that we treat here at Country Garden. He is currently attending Jackson College and hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Bree Fox, Kennel Assistant
Bree joined Country Garden the summer of 2016 and loves working with a variety of pets and wildlife at our clinic. Bree enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. She takes horseback riding lessons on her horse “Rose” and adores her Shih Tzu “Snuggles.” Her future goal is to
be a small animal veterinarian someday. We wish her luck!
Ali Penn, Kennel Assistant
Ali joined the Country Garden team in 2016 and is currently going to school to be a medical examiner at Jackson College. Ali enjoys a big family life with her seven awesome brothers at home and in her free time enjoys riding her horse “Maizy” and reading mystery novels.