Our Doctors & Managers

Dr. Carissa Balfe
DVM
Dr. Balfe is originally from upstate New York, having earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University at Buffalo. She then moved to attend Michigan State University for veterinary school, and has been working at the Animal Hospital of Chesterfield since graduation. She lives in Chesterfield with her fiancé Clyde, standard poodle Joi, and Quaker parrot Bobbin. As much as Dr. Balfe loves animals, she equally enjoys interacting with and forming strong bonds with her clients. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine, and she recently became certified in medical acupuncture through Colorado State University. Much of Dr. Balfe’s spare time is spent exercising and promoting healthy habits as a fitness coach; she also loves to attend concerts and do agility training with Joi.
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Dr. Mark Hackel
DVM
Dr. Hackel graduated from Ohio State in 1987 and has been practicing in Michigan ever since. He moved to Chesterfield in 1998 where he still resides with his wife and their collection of rescued dogs and cats. His professional areas of interest include surgery, oncology and abdominal ultrasound. His personal interests include computer technology, fishing, movies and cooking. He enjoys being back in the Chesterfield/New Baltimore area, meeting new faces and renewing relationships with previous clients from his years at Anchor Bay Vet.
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Dr. Roni Murphy
DVM
Dr. Roni Murphy completed her undergraduate study, as well as receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree in 1998, from Michigan State University. She joined the Chesterfield team in 2012 and enjoys seeing dogs and cats. Her special interests are in preventative medicine, physical therapy, and educating clients. Outside of work, she trains and shows horses, enjoys hunting and fishing, and reading. Her four legged family is quite extensive and, at this time, includes 4 house cats (Bug, Mater, Speckle, and Lily), a German Short hair pointer (Gus), and two quarter horses (Jackie and Aces). The number of barn cats varies from season to season.
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Dr. Holly Pope
DVM
Dr. Pope is a 1994 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also did her undergraduate studies at MSU, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. She joined the staff of Animal Hospital of Chesterfield when we opened in 2011 in addition to her position at Parkway Small Animal & Exotic Hospital. Her professional interest include soft tissue surgery, veterinary dentistry, and preventative medicine. Dr. Pope is a die-hard MSU fan, "bleeds Green" for her Alma mater, and loves cheering on the Spartans. She frequently attends music concerts, loves doing anything outdoors in the warm weather, and enjoys baking. She has a fondness for calico cats: she currently has two, as well as a sphynx cat.
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Lynn H.
Office Manager
Irene S.
Grief Coordinator
As a certified Pet Loss and Grief Companion she brings a lifetime of respect, care and love for animals. Her mission is to combine knowledge, experience and passion in meeting the needs of heartbroken people who have lost their beloved family pets. Nature has always played an important role in Irene's life. Irene is a DNR Michigan licensed rehabilator and founder of Wild Refuge Rehabilitation Center. Through these outlets, Irene is able to help our wildlife, teach children and achieve a peaceful balance in life.
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Veterinary Technicians

Amber 
LVT
Amber has been a part of the Parkway and Chesterfield team since December of 2010. She graduated from the MCC Veterinary Technician program and became licensed in 2008. She really strives in making our clients feel like family and making them comfortable enough to be able to come to us with whatever they need, no matter how small. Maintaining this trust and relationships with our clients is something that she hopes she can bring to everyone whether it be with a laugh, a therapy session, or a shoulder to cry on. In her free time she gets out daily life stress by running outside and gymming, but never stays too healthy to not enjoy a good bowl of her favorite potato salad. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her niece and brand new baby nephew. At home she loves the companionship of her 3 kitties, her Pomeranian named "Little Richard", and her handsome bearded dragon named "Quentin" or "Q" for short! Her dream since a little girl was to always own her very own Dalmatian, so it was fate when she fell in love with her boyfriend who just happened to be a Firefighter. She was born in MI but has been raised a diehard cheesehead, which obviously means football takes up a very good portion of her life too!
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Mary 
LVT
Mary started her career in the veterinary field 6 years ago and graduated from the Veterinary Technician program of Macomb in 2011. Mary loves that each day is different and exciting and that she is always learning new things. Mary feels very proud to be a part of the Chesterfield team. During her free time Mary enjoys spending time with her daughter, cheering her on at her swim meets. She also enjoys the outdoors, Cedar Point and country music concerts. Mary is also a huge Red Wings and Tigers fan! Mary has two Boston Terriers named Bogart and Cagney and two kitties named Jax and Gatsby.
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Stephanie 
LVT
Steph has a B.A. in Animal Science from Michigan State University and received her Veterinary Technician license from MCC. She loves to learn and is currently completing the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program to expand on her knowledge base as a trainer. Stop in at the Animal Activity Center to find out all about the training classes Stephanie teaches. She would love to meet you and your canine companion! In her spare time, Steph competes with her own dogs in obedience, agility, and rally dog. Steph recently expanded her family with an adopted hamster from E.A.R.L. named Newton!
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Sheri 
LVT
Sheri is a 1992 graduate of the Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician program. She started with the former owner of Parkway and likes to say that she was inherited with the practice! Her love of animals started early on when her dad would make her get out of the car to lock up her aunts dogs (that were bigger than her) so the rest of the family could get out of the car. Now she has a love for the bully breeds. Over the years she has forged many friendships with both the owners and patients. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, pit bull, olde English bulldogge and their cat. She is also a huge Detroit Tigers, Red Wings and Michigan State Spartans fan.
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Elizabeth 
LVT
Kelly 
LVT
Denise 
LVT

Veterinary Assistants

Dena 
Vet Assistant
Jessia 
Vet Assistant
Emily B.
Vet Assistant

Receptionists

Erin 
Receptionist
Tara 
Receptionist
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Kayla 
Receptionist
Fran 
Receptionist
Elise 
Receptionist
Maranda 
Receptionist
Kim 
Receptionist
Alissa 
Receptionist
Nikki 
Receptionist
Sara 
Receptionist

Animal Caretakers

Emily K.
Animal Caretaker
Jessica 
Animal Caretaker
Emily A.
Animal Caretaker
Shawna 
Animal Caregiver
Caitlyn 
Animal Caregiver
Marina 
Animal Caregiver
Sydney 
Animal Caregiver

Groomers

Heather 
Cat & Dog Groomer
Cortney 
Dog Groomer

Maintenance

Porkchop 
Maintenance
Jason 
Maintenance
Jack 
Maintenance
Eric 
Maintenance