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Practice Owner

Dr. John E. Drobish

My own story is really pretty simple.  I graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, which might seem like the beginning.  In reality, my entire life has been in the midst of veterinary practice. 

My father is also a veterinarian and my earliest memories center on farm calls, back country roads and a life style that was akin to the stories of James Herriott.  It was a wonderful, storybook beginning and precious foundation for what I now do with my life.

My life as a veterinarian has been a gift and I have been blessed by the privilege of meeting pets and people that have continually enriched my life.  It is my joy and undying passion to serve each of you and your pets.

Beyond veterinary medicine, I am married to a wonderful woman and we have two sons.  Finally, two dogs roam our house and they keep us smiling on a daily basis.


Veterinarians

Dr. Melinda Smith

Dr. Smith attended MSU for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees, graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2007. After graduation, she worked for one year at a small animal practice in Newaygo and for 3 years at a veterinary hospital in Rockford before joining the team at GLHA in June of 2011.

Dr. Smith is a member of both the American and Michigan Veterinary Medical Associations, as well as the Veterinary Information Network – an on-line community that allows her access to specialists in all fields of veterinary medicine for case consults.  Dr. Smith's areas of interest include preventive medicine, feline medicine, and pain management.

Dr. Smith currently lives in Rockford.  Her menagerie at home consists of a german shepherd (Beau), a dachshund/corgi mix (Pudgie), 3 kitties (Kitri, Davidson, and Rhiannon), and 1 husband (Scott). In her spare time Dr. Smith enjoys reading, gardening, and playing the piano.

Dr. Nicholas Vito

Dr. Vito attended Michigan State University for both his undergraduate and veterinary medical degrees.  He graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2014 and immediately joined the veterinary team at Great Lakes Hospital for Animals.

Dr. Vito's desire to become a veterinarian began in high school while working at a local veterinary clinic.  During college he was able to expand this interest while working and living on a dairy farm.  Dr. Vito enjoys being a veterinarian and the opportunity to share in the human-animal bond.  He believes it is an honor to be invited to care for people and their pets. 

Originally from St. Clair Michigan, Dr. Vito now calls Grand Rapids home.  Outside of work, Dr. Vito enjoys running, exercising and spending time with family.  He also enjoys traveling and the great outdoors.