Alpine Animal Hospital

Hours of Operation

  • Monday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Friday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday
  • 8:30 am - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday
  • closed

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                        Our Staff




       Dr. Debra Taylor

Dr. Taylor graduated from Michigan State University, School of Veterinary Medicine, in 1979.  She began practicing veterinary medicine in Lansing before moving to Gaylord and the Alpine Animal Hospital in 1982.  Dr. Taylor enjoys working with companion animals, and has special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. 

Dr. Taylor has 5 boys and 5 daughters-in-law all of whom keep her busy, plus eight grandchildren, which she loves to spoil.  She enjoys working in her large vegetable garden, knitting, crafting, camping, reading and daily walking with Bruce.

Dr. Patti Tuck

Dr. Tuck graduated with honors from the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and has been working at the Alpine Animal Hospital since 1998.  Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Tuck received a Bachelor of Science degree and teaching certificate in Agriculture Education from MSU.  After a short time in the classroom, she worked in veterinary clinics for the next 13 years.  Dr. Tuck has a special interest in animal behavior and training, and has attended many behavior conferences and training seminars through the years.  She attended obedience and agility classes with her own pets, and served as an assistant trainer at an obedience school for 2 years.

Dr. Tuck shares her home with 2 standard poodles and 2 little donkeys.

       Dr. Emily Lewis

Dr Emily Lewis joined the Alpine Animal Hospital February 1, 2011.  She Graduated from MSU with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science in 2005 and a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2009.  

She and her husband Bill have 1 Lab mix named Hunter who was a blood donor at MSU that she adopted during veterinary school, and 1 beautiful Husky mix named Baylee. They also have three boys named Cooper, Easton, and Tucker. The boys keep them very busy and entertained.  She enjoys spending time with her family, being crafty and. Spartan football. 



Licensed Technicians

 Jill Zanger


Jill earned her Veterinary Technician certificate from Michigan State University. She also received her Veterinary Technician License from the state of Michigan.

Jill moved to the area in 1996. She enjoys all that the north has to offer.

She married her husband Dan in 2004. They have 2 children, Brandan & Mallory.
In her free time she enjoys: reading, crocheting, swimming and working on landscaping projects in the yard.  Their family also likes spending time with their 6 kitties: Combat, Jingle, Marble, Jelly Bean Whisker and Twinkie.

 Rachel Degroot

Rachel was born in Gaylord.  She was raised with her 3 older siblings (2 brothers and 1 sister) on the family farm.

Rachel joined her mom (Rose) at the Alpine Animal Hospital in June 1993.  With the help and encouragement of the veterinarians and her coworkers, she has acquired the skills of a veterinary technician.  She is also in charge of purchasing the food, medications, and medical supplies.

Rachel enjoys spending some of her free time working on the family farm, and also spending quality time with her birds and other 4 legged critters.




Carly Laug

Carly is a receptionist and worked with us for many years. Carly has two children. A daughter, Lainey and a son, Jase. Carly's family also includes a dog named Boulder (toy poodle) and an adorable Kitty named Winnie, whom also thinks that she is a dog. Carly has been a resident of this area her entire life and has always loved animals.

Malorie Slezak

Help us welcome our newest receptionist Malorie. She has been a great addition to our family.



               Brie Driver

Brie is a volunteer in many areas of our practice.  She has always loved animals and the pets she has raised over the years.  Brie has lived in Gaylord most of her life.  She has a "daughter" named Bella (Golden Retriever Mix) whom she rescued in 2010.  We would like to thank her for all she does for us!



 Veterinary Assistants


Tyler Lawes

Tyler is a graduate of Gaylord High School class of 2008. He grew up around animals including dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, reptiles, and many others.  He is currently pursuing his education to become a licensed veterinary technician. Tyler enjoys camping, skiing, bike riding, hunting, fishing and anything that has to do with the outdoors.  He also loves spending time with family and friends, including his wife Sarah and daughters Alaina and Kinsee. Sarah is pregnant with their third child, they will soon find out if it is a boy or girl.

     Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina and moved to Grayling with her husband Kevin and their 2 daughters, Sarah and Jessica.  She  started working with animals at Grayling Animal Hospital in 2004, and has always enjoyed the clients and the animals.  She started working at the Alpine Animal Hospital in August 2010, to be a little closer to home and is enjoying it very much.

          Andrea Card

Andrea was born and raised in Gaylord.  She left for 3 years to enjoy our nations’ capital.  She returned, missing Michigan, nature, and her family.  Andrea studied at home to be a veterinary assistant.  She enjoys working with animals and seeing what we can do to help them. She has two adorable kitties named Bob and Harry. They are very busy and keep her entertained.

 Katie Butler        






Katie is the newest addition to our family. She was born in Lansing, but moved to Gaylord when she was six and has lived here ever since. Katie has one sibling, an older brother named Cole. Her parents are Rick and Beth Butler.

During her sophomore year at Gaylord High School, she enrolled in Early College program and will soon be obtaining her high school diploma from Gaylord High School and associate's degree from North Central Michigan College. She then has plans to transfer to Michigan State University in order to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian (DVM). From a very young age, Katie has always had a true love and compassion for all kinds of animals.

In her spare time, Katie likes to volunteer for many worthy causses, especially the Otsego County Animal Shelter, and has fostered several batches of kittens. She also enjoys being with her horse Denver, spoiling her dog Zeus, and spending quality time with family at Long Lake in Alpena, MI. 

Please help us welcome Katie to our practice.







We are pleased beyond words with the professionalism and care we ALWAYS receive from the staff at Alpine Animal Hospital.

From the office personnel to the assistants and veterinarians, EVERYONE goes the extra mile to see to the comfort of the pet AND owner. Routine health checks are thorough, concerns and/or emergencies dealt with in a rational manner with no hesitation in seeking second opinions from specialists in a particular field if deemed necessary.

A responsible pet owner could not have their pet in better hands than to be entrusted to the CARE available at Alpine Animal Hospital.

The 24 hour "on call" service available for established clients is invaluable and gives one tremendous peace of mind.

We are fortunate to have such a fine facility in our "up north" area.

- Brad and Patty Aarons