Our Staff


Meet the AMC Staff


Hello! Meet Our Team at Animal Medical Center of Traverse City

We are an energetic group with a passion to provide the highest level of medical and surgical care for your beloved pets.  We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and your furry friends. We hope you will take a moment to get to know our team individually as you read our biographies below.

Margaret R. Schopp, DVM

Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Maggie is a Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate from the class of 1998. As of July 1, 2013 she assumed ownership of the Animal Medical Center of Traverse City. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Maggie worked in a mixed equine and small animal practice for 5 years. In 2003 she moved to northern Michigan and has focused her attention on companion small animal medicine ever since. She has a strong interest in soft tissue surgery, dermatology, dentistry and helping you maintain a long, happy life with your pet through preventive medicine. Dr. Maggie, her husband John, their two children and their 2 cats have been enjoying the unique lifestyle that the Traverse City community has to offer. Thank you for helping us in welcoming her to our practice.  Read More >

    Katie E. Zayaz, DVM


    Dr. Katie Zayaz graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she completed a small animal internship program near Washington, D.C. at the South Paws Referral Center. Following her internship Dr. Katie spent two years at the Veterinary Specialty Center, an emergency referral hospital outside of the Chicago area. She moved to Traverse City in 2007 to be closer to her family and became a member of our team. Dr. Katie’s passion for oncology, internal medicine, radiology and geriatric medicine makes her a valuable asset to our medical team.  She and her husband Joe have three young children. The Zayaz family share their home with a very tolerant cat. When her children allow her time, Dr. Katie loves reading and gardening.  Read More >

      LuAnn Rozema


      LuAnn has been a receptionist for the Animal Medical Center since 1997.  Prior to moving to the Traverse City area she worked as a receptionist in the Saginaw area at the Sheets Veterinary Clinic for four years and Bridgeport Veterinary Clinic for seven years.  With over twenty five years of devotion to the veterinary profession, LuAnn is still going strong.  She has fulfilled her life long dream to serve clients and their pets in need.  LuAnn and her husband, Scott, share their home with their German Shepard.  Outside of work she enjoys reading, watching movies, bowling, and is a loyal Detroit Tigers baseball fan.

        Kelli DeBello

        Veterinary Assistant

        Kelli has been a Veterinary Technical Assistant of the Animal Medical Center since 2003.  Most of her time is spent working in our laboratory running the necessary presurgical and medical tests on our patients.  Kelli also assists the doctors in radiology, running laboratory tests, surgery and dental procedures.  She was born in Lansing and raised in Suttons Bay.  She now lives with her husband, Mike, and their two children.  Their family also includes three dogs and a cat.  Kelli loves spending time with her children and enjoys going to all of their school activities.  She spends her free time baking, gardening, and camping any chance she can get!

          Liz Carey

          Licensed Veterinary Technician

          Meet Liz! One of our newest staff members at the Animal Medical Center. Liz is a native of Traverse City. As a young girl she enjoyed visiting the zoo and had decided at an early age to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Liz has recently completed training to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Baker College in Cadillac and is excited to join our team. She shares her home with her 2 AC PAW kitties, Gracie and Bubbs.

            Marsha Vingsness

            Licensed Veterinary Technician

            Marsha is a licensed veterinary technician offering over 20 years of loving, nursing care for our four legged friends. Marsha’s parents were born and raised in Leelanau County. Earlier this spring she moved “home” to Suttons Bay after having spent many years as a LVT in southern Michigan. We are fortunate to have her tender hand and years of experience in surgery and patient medical care. On Marsha’s days off she spends time fishing and tending to her apple trees with her AC PAW kitten, Anabell.

              Teresa Esterle

              Receptionist/Office Manager

              Teresa is our office manager at the Animal Medical Center.  Her role of problem solving, managing inventory, and attending to staff’s needs is crucial in keeping everything in working order around the clinic.  Teresa grew up in Lake Ann and moved to Florida after high school where she worked at Coral Veterinary Clinic for many years before moving back to Traverse City. From an early age, she has had a passion for animal rescue, bringing home stray or abandoned animals in need. Teresa, her husband, and son share their home with Woody, her new rescue kitten, and Gibson, an AC PAW chihuahua mix.

                Mysty Bivins

                Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

                Since Mysty was the age of 10 she has been bringing a better life to animals in need through volunteering with AC PAW. For the past 5 years she has worked in the veterinary field as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She shares her home with 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a horse. In her free time Mysty enjoys kayaking and horseback riding with friends and family.

                  Dot Pennington


                  Welcome Dot! After working for years with the airline industry in customer service Dot retired and move to the great state of Montana where she worked seven years as a veterinary assistant and receptionist.  Her recent traveling adventure has brought her to the spectacular Traverse City area where Dot, her husband and dog enjoy hiking and sight-seeing. Of all her life traveling she has a special affinity for the continent of Africa, its wildlife and beauty. When she’s not on the road, Dot enjoys music, handicrafts and cooking!    

                    Kelly Lemcool

                    Veterinary Technician Assistant

                    Welcome Kelly! Kelly has been involved with animals, since she was a little girl, saving those orphaned along the way. For 18 years she worked in special education where she used her own pets as therapy tools for students of all ages.  Kelly has worked in the veterinary field as a receptionist, kennel technician, lab assistant, dental technician, surgery technician, and radiology technician for the past 16 years.  Her skills in the multiple roles of veterinary medicine allow Kelly to use her warm, friendly and compassionate heart when greeting you when you first enter our doors, helping choose the best preventive care for your family pets,  keeping them comfortable in their later stages of life, and offering support while saying goodbye at the end of your pets journey.  As if Kelly is not busy enough at the AMC, she also works as a 4-H leader, snowmobile and Hunter safety instructor, Equestrian coach for the Kingsley Middle School and High School teams.  Kelly also has quite the collection of her own pets including a 12 year old chihuahua,  a 12 year old labrador, a 2 year old great dane, two cats, a 70 year old parrot, a green iguana, and three horses. Kelly shares her passion for animals with her 4 year old Grandson who helps his Nana with the animal care.

                      Contact Us

                      Animal Medical Center
                      229 N. US Hwy 31 South
                      Traverse City, MI 49685

                      (231) 943-8500

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                      Our Hours

                      Monday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
                      Tuesday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
                      Wednesday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
                      Thursday: 7:00am – 7:00pm
                      Friday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
                      Saturday: 8:00am – Noon
                      Sunday: Closed

                      After-Hour Emergency?

                      Please call Bay Area Pet Hospital