• Fear Free Veterinary
    Reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in animals
  • Our Values
    Passionate, Integrity, Honesty, Partnership, Collaboration
  • Our Mission
    To provide quality medical care in a unique, compassionate, friendly atmosphere
  • Caring For All Animals
    Every pet is treated like our own pet

Welcome to_1.jpg

Are you looking for new perspective in veterinary care? We invite you to take a moment to learn more about us and how we can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet. Fear Free Veterinary Visits are the heart of Safe Harbor Animal Hospital. We believe you love your pet and we want to partner with you to provide the best possible care. Call and talk to us today. We are here for you. We LOVE answering questions and we can’t wait to meet you!


Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Richelle Smith

       Passion.  Knowledge.  Expertise. Your pet’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

        I was always going to be an animal doctor. Since I could say the word “vet”, my path was chosen. I started in the way most budding vets do, bringing home injured wildlife and strays and attempting to nurse them back to health.  Both my successes and failures helped ignite a need for more education.

    Read More

  • Rhonda Ritter
    Practice Manager

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved animals and loved taking care of them. In 1996, I graduated Colorado Mountain College with a degree in Veterinary Technology and spent 13 years in Colorado gaining experience in large animal medicine, emergency and specialty medicine, and small animal private practice. I enjoy many aspects of veterinary medicine, but my special interests are  pain management, behavior, and anesthesia. In September 2006, I moved to Michigan to pursue new aspirations in veterinary management and teaching.  I have enjoyed working at Michigan Veterinary Specialists and teaching new veterinary technicians at Sanford Brown.

    Read More

  • Alexis Pilarz
    Veterinary Assistant

    Alexis graduated from Ball State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She joined our Safe Harbor Animal Hospital team in 2015 after changing career endeavors to follow her passion working with animals. Alexis is an amazing and talented addition to our veterinary community and team. You will always be greeted with a huge smile and a hug. She knows everyone by first name! Alexis has spent her entire life working and volunteering in shelter medicine. She is a huge advocate in our community for senior animals and bully breed dogs. Currently, Alexis is enrolled in a Veterinary Technology program and aspires to become a licensed Veterinary Technician. She is Fear Free Certified in small animal medicine. Alexis desires to blend her passion in marketing and love for veterinary medicine to educate people on how to better care for their fur family. Alexis shares her home with her husband and two dogs, Molly the pit bull and Zippy, a Norwich Terrier mix. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering for local animal rescue organizations. 

  • Becca DiCicco
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Becca is a licensed veterinary technician who has been with our Safe Harbor Animal Hospital team since 2016. Becca holds an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and graduated with honors from Baker College in Michigan. She is also Fear Free Certified in small animal medicine. Becca grew up with a variety of animals, including horses. We embrace her ability to multitask and her expertise in working with frightened cats. Becca’s passion is in veterinary dentistry, anesthesia, and patient nutrition. Her and her husband shares their life with Bruce the tortoise, Dexter a bearded dragon, Cloud the ferret, Haymitch and Pickett, two very mischievous kitty’s. During her free time, Becca and her husband enjoy trying new local restaurants and breweries in the Grand Rapids area. Becca also volunteers at the Animal Wild Life Center in town. 

  • Angela Campbell
    Veterinary Assistant

    Angela is another new face to the veterinary industry and joined our Safe Harbor Animal Hospital team the beginning of 2018. Angela is currently enrolled in a Veterinary Technician program and is aspiring to become a licensed veterinary technician. We welcome her enthusiasm and energy for veterinary medicine. She is Fear Free certified in small animal medicine. Angela loves the fast-paced of clinic life and getting to know our clients. Prior to her new career endeavor, Angela spent a lot of time in customer service and being a full-time mom. She has three grown children and five grandchildren. Angela and her husband are owned by two dogs, Howie a hound mix and Sammy a pit bull lab mix, and two cats, Jack and Frank. Halloween is her favorite holiday and she makes all her own costumes! When Angela is not studying, she enjoys spending time with her family and in the summer, you can find her camping and touring the Midwest with her husband on their motorcycles. 

Read Our Reviews

"Testimonials Coming Soon..."

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • What to Do If Your Pet is Stung

    Don't get us wrong, we love the bees! But we don't love when our pets get stung. Follow our tips to treat and prevent bee stings on your furry best friend. ...

    Read More
  • Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

    Do you dread hitting the road with your pet? These tips may make the trip more comfortable and enjoyable for you both. ...

    Read More
  • 6 Questions to Ask At Your Senior Pet's Next Check Up

    Want to keep your senior pet healthy and happy? Ask these six questions at your pet's next check up. ...

    Read More
  • Why the Controversy About Pet Vaccinations?

    As with anything, pet vaccinations can be too much of a good thing. Similar to parents who are learning more about vaccinations for children, veterinarians and pet owners alike are beginning to question some of the standard wisdom when it comes to protecting pets. There are certain fatal diseases against ...

    Read More
  • Pet Clothes: A Fashion Statement or a Necessity?

    There is nothing cuter than a pet in a colorful sweater, but do our furry friends really need to wear clothing? Although clothing is not a necessity for every pet, some animals benefit from a little extra protection during cold or damp days. Others enjoy wearing festive clothing during holidays or other ...

    Read More
  • Introducing a New Pet to Your Current Ones

    Pet Proofing Your Home Introducing your new pet to your current one is only a single part of the equation relating to taking a new pet home. You also have to make sure your new pet is comfortable in your home, which is a foreign environment to the animal. Like humans, animals can experience high levels ...

    Read More
  • Put Some Teeth Into Your Pet’s Dental Care

    According to the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly two-thirds of pets suffer from dental problems because their owners do not provide dental care for them. Imagine what would happen to your own teeth if they were never brushed or examined by a dentist. The same thing can happen with your pet’s ...

    Read More
  • Managing Pet Allergies in Kids

    Are you concerned that your child's allergies may mean that you will have to give up your pet? Although rehoming a pet may be necessary if allergies are severe, most children can live with pets if you are willing to make a few changes. The Problem About three in 10 people who have allergies are allergic ...

    Read More
  • Euthanasia: Saying Goodbye

    It's not easy to say goodbye to cherished pets, even those that have lived long, happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, euthanasia can be the kindest decision you can make when your friend is suffering. Making the Decision If your pet has been seriously injured in a ...

    Read More
  • Is a Wet Nose a Sign of a Healthy Pet?

    Have you ever heard that a wet nose is a sign that your pet is healthy? Although that's often the case, it's not always true. A moist nose can benefit your pet in several ways, but it doesn't necessarily guarantee good health. How Does a Wet Nose Help My Pet? Have you ever been woken at 5 a.m. by a cold, ...

    Read More

Newsletter Signup

Sign up for more articles


Find us on the map