Dr. Cardeccia attended Michigan State University, where she received her BS in Animal Sciences in 1991 and her DVM with honors in 1995. She has practiced small animal medicine and surgery since 1995, moving gradually from general practice to complementary veterinary medicine starting with her acupuncture class in 2007 and most recently with her animal chiropractic class. Since graduation some of her other continuing education pursuits include obtaining certification in Advanced Avian Medicine and Surgery through the North American Veterinary Post-Graduate Institute as well as holding a certification as a Pet Loss Bereavement counselor. Dr. Cardeccia has also co-facilitated a Pet Loss Support Group in Livingston County with her sister, Kim Cardeccia, LPC.
Now focusing on Rehabilitation and natural healing methods, Dr. Cardeccia is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Veterinary Food Therapist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and is currently enrolled in a Veterinary Herbology Certification program. She is a second degree Reiki practitioner and has been using Reiki with her patients since 2005. Dr. Cardeccia is committed to providing compassionate integrative veterinary care based on the needs of her patients and the beliefs of their human families.
Kelly Tessmer joined the ARF team in 2011 and brought with her an extensive experience in customer service roles for a variety of industries. Kelly says this is her dream job and loves working with the animals and being able to see patients’ progress as she helps them through their customized treatment programs. Kelly has her capable fingers on the pulse of ARF as she juggles the daily schedule of appointments for the team along withupdating the ARF Facebook page.
Carla McNulty, LVT, CCMT kicked off 2015 by joining ARF’s team and we’re very happy she chose us. She became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2003 and brings a wide range of expertise to our team. Most recently, she has added the title of Certified Canine Massage Therapist to her credentials. Prior to joining us, Carla spent part of her career at a small animal hospital and at two animal shelters where she coordinated rescues, wrangled volunteers, supported surgical efforts, and helped a lot of deserving animals find homes. If you’re wondering about adopting a new fur baby for your home she’s probably a good person to talk to! Carla may get to win the ARF team award for most rescued pets in one house, but we’re still tallying the results…she has three dogs (Sundae, Skipper and Lulu), six cats (Vato, Cooper, Prince, Biff, Tugboat and Yoda), 1 bunny (Prada) and a variety of birds. When not at work, Carla is working toward her Bachelor’s degree in business administration. In her “spare” time, Carla says she likes to read (probably not a textbook and probably with at least one of her pets curled up on or near her.)
Lindsey Vincelette joined ARF’s team in December of 2012 as a Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist. She brings twelve years’ experience working with small animal clinics in both general and emergency medicine. Lindsey has always wanted to work with animals and her own fur babies include a horse (Mohammed,) 2 dogs (Madison and Isadora,) a hedge hog (Calypso) and a guinea pig (Stanley.)
Tanya Rentz started working with ARF in the summer of 2014 and was then accepted into her Veterinary Technician program — so basically between work, school and critters, she stays pretty busy. Before joining ARF, Tanya received a Bachelor’s in Biology from Olivet College. Tanya grew up on her family’s farm near Pinckney where they’ve rescued and rehabilitated a wide range of animals including birds, reptiles, dogs, cats, sheep, and horses. Her own fur babies include a dog (Goku) and two horses (Haru and Wendy) along with a few feather babies and geckos as well. In her spare time Tanya spends time with her horses and makes hand made Chain Maille and jewelry.
Anna Gilbert joined ARF’s team in the fall of 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist. She comes to us with several years’ experience at other area veterinary clinics and has a passion for helping animals. She’s currently juggling work and school assignments in her Veterinary Technician program. When she’s not studying or working, Anna spends time with her animals (Casper the horse and Moonshine the dog) and hiking. Her past jobs have included horse trainer and owner of her own pet sitting business – feel free to check with her if you have pet sitting needs.
Denise Mills joined ARF’s team in 2016 as Office Manager. She brings over 10 years’ experience managing Veterinary Clinics and taking care of fur babies and their families. Denise began her career as a Paralegal, but her love of animals drew her into a significant career change. Her own critter family includes 6 Border Collies, 2 Chihuahuas and 4 cats.