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Lance Huffer, DVM

Lance Huffer, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. J.L. Huffer has been practicing veterinary medicine in the area for over 30 years. He graduated from Purdue University with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and from IU Bloomington with his Bachelors. Dr. Huffer is a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society, the American Veterinary Medical Society, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. He and his wife have two grown sons. His area of interest is veterinary dentistry and he is expanding the dental services at Family Pet Health Center. As well as offering cleanings and treatment of periodontal disease, Dr. Huffer is able to offer periodontal surgeries, complicated tooth extractions, intraoral radiology, root canals, orthodontics and much more. Aside from Dr. Huffer’s veterinary interests, he also enjoys bicycling and Irish music.
Stephenie Rensberger, DVM

Stephenie Rensberger, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Stephenie Rensberger graduated from Purdue University in 1991. She has been practicing at FPHC since 2001 and became a partner/owner in 2008. Her areas of interest are holistic medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. She is a member of the AVMA, AHVMA, IVMA, MVMA, AASRP. She and her husband live on a farm west of Rochester. They raise Gelbvieh beef cattle, Boer goats, and hay. They also have several dogs, including two Great Danes, cats, and horses. She enjoys gardening, reading, and art. She is very involved with 4-H and FFA.
Mathew J. Rock, DVM

Mathew J. Rock, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Mathew Rock graduated from Washington State University with a Masters of Science in Animal Science / Nutrition in 1998 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. His areas of interest are internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. He has experience working on both large and small animals. Most recently Dr. Rock has attended Purdue University’s Fall Conference for continuing education. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and hunting. Dr. Rock lives on a small sheep farm in Lakeville, Indiana, with his wife and six children.

Chelsea

Chelsea

Practice Manager

Chelsea began her career at Family Pet Health Center in April of 2015. She has lived in the South Bend area all of her life and loves it! She graduated from IUSB with a Bachelor’s degree in Education but found her way to the veterinary field after working in management for several years. She and her husband have a young son, a terrier mix named Lulu, and two fish named Orangey and Gentleman Guy. She loves being a part of the FPHC team because she enjoys serving people who love their pets and she gets to work with an amazing, talented, and compassionate group of people. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her son and dog, walking nature trails, playing board games, cross-stitching, and reading.
Barb

Barb

Office Manager

Barb started her career with Family Pet Health Center in 1977 as a kennel attendant. She knew at an early age that her life would always revolve around animals! She lives on a farm in Bremen with husband, Dave. They have a menagerie of pets which includes four dogs (three Labrador Retrievers and a Golden Retriever), four cats, two horses, five goats, three llamas, and a mule. Her hobbies include tending to her animals, gardening, embroidery, and spending time with family. She and Dave are active church members and die-hard Cubs and Notre Dame fans!!
Kim

Kim

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Kim started her career in veterinary medicine in 2008, after being in the retail field for fifteen years. She finished her Certified Veterinary Assistant Program through Penn Foster in 2012. She joined the Family Pet Health Center family in the fall of 2015, and has loved every minute of it. She is thankful for the opportunity to continue her education by attending conferences throughout the year. Her interests include holistic medicine, hospice care, and ultrasound. She has been married to her husband, Andrew, for thirty years. She has three very spoiled and sassy cats: Ava, Kahlan, and Arya. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and reading.
Summer

Summer

Registered Veterinary Technician

Summer graduated from Brown Mackie College in 2010. She began working with dr huffer in 2009 at his clinic in Lakeville and became part of the FPHC team in 2015 when the clinics merged. She continues to work closely with Dr. Huffer in the dental ward along with her regular technician duties. Dentistry remains a strong interest, and she enjoys that no two days are the same. Summer is married with three children and has a dog and a cat. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially in nature or areas they can hike and explore. She also enjoys reading, working with plants, going to artisan markets, and is currently learning the ukulele.
Ashleigh

Ashleigh

Registered Veterinary Technician

Ashleigh graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2014. She is originally from Lafayette, Indiana. She and her husband, Eric, moved to South Bend in 2015. They moved here with their first dog, Dakota. They adopted their second dog, Daisy, and cat, Tabitha, after moving to South Bend. Outside of being a technician, Ashleigh spends a lot of time outdoors with her dogs, gardening, and teaching group fitness classes at the South Bend and LaPorte YMCAs. She loves being a technician, and her goal is to provide our clients with the level of care and love for their furry family members that she would expect for her own pets.
Aubrey

Aubrey

Registered Veterinary Technician

Aubrey began her career at Family Pet Health Center in September 2017 after completing two months of externships here.  After working in human medicine and customer service, she decided to go back to school at the age of 21 for a career in animal medicine which is a perfect fit for her. Her favorite thing about working at FPHC is the close relationships that we are able to establish with each other, as well as with our patients and clients. Aubrey feels that every day is rewarding when you are working with great people and doing something you love.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two spoiled dogs, Bean and Skip. She likes camping, hiking, and just about anything else outdoors!
Kelly

Kelly

Customer Care Specialist/Registered Veterinary Technician

Kelly graduated from Purdue University – Boiler up! – and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician for eight years. Kelly loves being a voice and an advocate for those who don’t have a voice and can’t advocate for themselves. She decided to change her path in veterinary medicine and landed at Family Pet Health Center as a Customer Care Specialist. She and her husband live in Osceola with their cats, Marlin and Sunny, dogs, Tobie and Sophie, and rat, Gustrous. Kelly is a total cat fanatic and loyal Purdue fan. She loves to read, shoot at the range, be with family and friends, and travel to the Caribbean.
Brooke

Brooke

Customer Care Specialist/Registered Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!
Kelsey

Kelsey

Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey has been with FPHC since May 2015. She loves caring for the animals and doing lab work. She has 3 dogs and a rabbit. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, being outdoors in the summer, and shopping.
Maribel

Maribel

Veterinary Assistant

Maribel has enjoyed the responsibility of caring for her pets since a young age. She earned a B.S. in Biology from IU-South Bend in 2014. Shortly before graduation, she began working at Family Pet Health Center as a kennel assistant and also typing medical records. In 2015, she transitioned into the veterinary assistant role. She enjoys tending to and comforting our patients. Maribel has two cockatiels (Paullie & Lady) and a Mini Schnauzer (Indy).
Darcie

Darcie

Veterinary Assistant

Darcie joined the Family Pet Health Center team in December 2018. She started working with animals in 2003 when she volunteered at a local humane society in Michigan. She then became a staff member and really enjoyed the medical aspect of working with animals. From there, she started working at a veterinary clinic and has since been providing patients and clients with the care that she would want for herself and her fur babies. Darcie has two cats (Soprano and Carmella) and three dogs (Bucket, Titan, and Tucker). She also really enjoys bottle feeding kittens and raising them if need be.
Courtney

Courtney

Veterinary Assistant

Courtney has been a veterinary assistant for almost 18 years. She started at Family Pet Health Center in March 2019. Her love for animals started when she was very little. She lives on a small farm in Michigan with her husband and their blended family. She has a dog, Sonny, and a horse, River. Barrel racing is her passion. She also has a variety of other animals at home, including cats, chickens, goats, and rabbits. Her life-long goal is to someday have a ranch in Texas.
Sarah

Sarah

Veterinary Assistant

Sarah joined the FPHC team in May of 2020 as a Veterinary Assistant. She loves competing in dog sports with her boxers! When not competing, Sarah is hiking, biking or camping with her dogs. She also loves dog training and working with dogs!
Maddie

Maddie

Diet Consultant

Maddie began working at Family Pet Health Center in August 2018, shortly after moving to South Bend from Columbia, Missouri.  Born and raised in Southern California, she has always known that she wanted a career working with animals; she loves being able to provide them with care and protection.  Her interests include holistic medicine, nutrition, raw feeding, and wildlife conservation and she is hoping to go back to school to study animal sciences in the near future.  Maddie lives with her husband, Stu, long-haired dachshund, Rickey Henderson, and three cats, Kaman, Wilberforce, and Fred Savage (who was adopted from FPHC). On her days off, Maddie enjoys volunteering with the zookeepers at the Potawatomi Zoo, reading true crime novels, watching SVU reruns, drinking wine, and going road trips to see MLB, NBA, and NHL games.

Kathy

Kathy

Customer Care Specialist

Kathy joined the Family Pet Health Center team in June of 2018.  She has worked in the veterinary field helping pet owners for more than 20 years.  Assisting pet parents with questions about products and care is what she loves best!  She is always pleased when someone calls us for answers to their questions.  She shares her home with nine of her most favorite felines.  When it comes to their care, complete and accurate knowledge is most important to her, as she knows it is to everyone who loves their pets.  What started out so many years ago as just an opportunity to work around many animals has evolved into a passion to deliver sound information to those who seek it.  When she is not entertaining her clowder, she enjoys creative time making glass art and maintaining her garden oasis.
Alex

Alex

Customer Care Specialist

Alex joined the FPHC team in July of 2021. She comes to us with a strong background in customer service. She has two terriers – Murphy and Sophie – and a guinea pig named Charlie. In her free time, Alex likes to get outside and enjoy nature, cook a variety of different foods, and do crafty stuff.
Max

Max

Kennel Attendant

Max has been a kennel attendant at Family Pet Health Center since June 2017.  He is a junior in the International Baccalaureate program at John Adams High School.  He enjoys all animals, but is a dog lover at heart.  He has two wonderfully ornery dogs of his own: Millie, a beagle/hound mix and Brutus, a rat terrier (both were rescues). In his spare time, Max plays the drums for his school and is a percussionist for The South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra.  He is on Adams’ mock trial team and in the summer he will be a Counselor-in-Training at YMCA Camp Eberhart.  Additionally, he plans to pursue a career in medicine. 
Michael

Michael

Kennel Attendant

Michael started his journey with FPHC in July 2019. Michael comes to us bringing his animal knowledge and care from not only his own four kitties, but also his 5+ years (and counting) with Pet Refuge as a volunteer in the cat department. While Michael only had cats, he does also love learning about dogs and taking care of them at the clinic.
Beth

Beth

Kennel Attendant

Beth started at Family Pet Health Center in December 2020. She has three cats and two dogs at home. She also enjoys reading, cross stitch, and walking her dogs. Her dogs are 9 and 10 years old, but she says they will always be puppies to her! Along with working as a kennel attendant at the clinic, she also works at a local medical supply company in their medical documentation department.
Miranda

Miranda

Kennel Attendant

Miranda began her career at FPHC in January 2021. She has three dogs that she loves to spend most of her time with. Her dogs’ names are Maya, Ducky, and Goose, and they are all under three years old! Along with working as a kennel attendant, you can also find her running out prescriptions and assisting with clerical tasks.
Jade

Jade

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!
Desirae

Desirae

Veterinary Assistant

Desirae grew up around animals and has used her love for them to drive her passion to work with them. She is currently a senior Biology student at Indiana University South Bend with the goal of attending Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. Desirae has been working at Family Pet since February 2020 and has loved being able to expand her knowledge and skills in the animal field while meeting some amazing patients and clients. Desirae has a spunky and loveable dachshund named Ginger and loves to spend time at home relaxing with the other family dachshunds sharing snacks and naps.

Bekah

Bekah

Data Entry

Bekah joined the Family Pet Health Center team in March of 2018.  She began as a kennel attendant, the transitioned to a data entry role.  She enjoys her position because she gets to learn more about animal health first-hand.  At home, she has three cats and one dog that she loves spending time with.  

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