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ann arbor veterinarianVeterinarians in Ann Arbor:
Dr. Christine Juergens

Dr. Christine Juergens has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery since graduating from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Although she enjoys the variety that being a general practioner brings, she has special interests in ophthalmology, internal medicine, and behavior. Dr. Juergens also has more than twenty years of abdominal ultrasound experience and is excited to bring this service to Westarbor in the near future.

Westarbor’s American Animal Hospital Association accreditation and reputation of practicing high quality medicine attracted Dr. Juergens to become one of their team members. She looks forward to getting to know and care for Westarbor Animal Hospital’s clients and their four legged family members.

Dr. Juergens shares her home with her husband, two children, an awesome dog named Olive, and entertaining cat named Crackers. When not working or watching one of her kids' sporting events, Dr. Juergens enjoys going to the gym, baking, reading, and trying new restaurants.

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ann arbor veterinarianJames Clarkson, DVM

Dr. James Clarkson is one of Westarbor Animal Hospital’s practitioners who focuses on dentistry. Dr. Clarkson graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing since 1977. He enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine but none as much as dentistry. Trained under Dr. Ben Colmery, he learned the art of veterinary dentistry and began to put it into practice. Through hard work, he became a name in veterinary medicine in this area that people seek and that clients love. He treats animals from all over the state and has a love not just for dogs and cats but for rabbits, rats and even prairie dogs! Dr. Clarkson has become a veterinarian clients and patients trust. He shows his love for his field everyday in how he treats patients, clients and his co-workers!

When he’s not saving the world, 1 tooth at a time, Dr. Clarkson enjoys family time with his wife Pandy. Pandy is a successful practitioner herself in the human world and is a human dentist. They have 2 sons and a few grandchildren who they love to visit and spoil. Dr. Clarkson enjoys hiking, cooking and, when he can get away, traveling.

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veterinarian in ann arborKatie Anderson, DVM

Dr. Katie Anderson has been providing care to cats and dogs since 2010 when she joined the Westarbor Animal Hospital team. Dr. Anderson worked as an associate for several years before purchasing the clinic in 2019. Dr. Anderson’s transition to hospital owner has been smooth and natural. Her vision is similar to Dr. Clarkson’s before her. They both believe that the focus of a successful veterinary practice should be to offer and provide the best quality medicine, surgery and dentistry possible for pets and their people. Dr. Anderson feels incredibly blessed to be able to continue the quality care that Dr. Clarkson started years ago at Westarbor Animal Hospital.

Although she loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, two of her special interests are in surgery and dentistry. She appreciates that surgery can help heal and improve comfort for a pet. She also believes there is a strong connection between oral health and overall health. Other areas of interest include behavior, internal medicine, feline medicine and preventative medicine.

Dr. Anderson has a deep appreciation for the strong connections between animals and their family, and she understands the special relationships that can develop. She feels it is a privilege and an honor to have a window into these special relationships through providing veterinary medical care.

When Dr. Anderson is not helping animals at Westarbor, she enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, two children and her four-legged family members. Dr. Anderson and her family have a golden retriever names Pickles (she is as silly as her name), a dachshund mix named Benny, and two wonderful cats, Jingle and Rocky. Some of her hobbies include working on home improvement projects, golfing, reading and anything outdoors.

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veterinarian in ann arborRachel Whitesell, DVM

Dr. Rachel Whitesell enjoys both outpatient and surgical care. She takes special pride in her relationship with her clients and their pets. Dr. Whitesell was drawn to Westarbor's family atmosphere and great reputation and shares Westarbor's commitment to the highest level of quality care for our patients with a focus on education and maintaining the high level of standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Whitesell earned her Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She later attended the University of Pennsylvania to fulfill her veterinary school requirements. In 2013, Dr. Whitesell graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.

She says, "I was drawn towards Westarbor Animal Hospital because of the family atmosphere, the high quality of medical treatment, and the hospital's great reputation."

Rachel loves both dogs and cats. She has a 12 year old mixed breed dog named Cosmo and an 8 year old cat named Hobo. Both of them are rescues. Rachel is fluent in Dutch and German. Rachel enjoys camping, hiking, reading, film, theater and visiting her family in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Clarkson, Westarbor owner, believes that Dr. Whitesell's addition to Westarbor continues our commitment to give our patients quality veterinary care.

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