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Meet Our Team

The exceptional staff at Safe Harbor is ready to welcome you to our clinic.

  • 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.

        My passions include positive reinforcement training and behavior shaping and helping fearful or aggressive pets learn to love life and vets!  Pediatrics, senior pet care, surgery, allergies, and standards of care in veterinary anesthesia and pain management are just a few of my interests.

        26 years ago, I started working in dog boarding, breeding and training kennels, grooming salons and veterinary clinics. I have worked with many breeds from every group.  Some of my favorites include:  Golden Retrievers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, really the entire gun-dog family, Vizsla, Belgian Tervurens, Tosa Inu and most Mastiffs, and all of the Bulldogs and PitBulls. There is a really good chance I have worked with your breed too. 

        I also have extensive experience in animal shelters and foster care. I understand the special needs your rescue pet may have. 

           In my spare time, I love hiking, boating, agility with Jackjack, obedience with Booker, chin-scratching time with P-2, working with whomever is my foster dog at the time, and horseback riding.

        I look forward to helping you and your pet live together happily and in great health for as long as possible.

    Richelle Smith, DVM
    Safe Harbor Animal Hospital
    www.safeharborvet.com

  • Rhonda Ritter
    LVT
    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.

       Most recently, my journey found Safe Harbor Animal Hospital and I joined their amazing team and special pet community in June 2013. As a member of your community, I will continue to embrace new medical technology to help improve senior wellness. Through my passion and dedication I pledge to work hard to improve the human animal bond with good medicine and I will continue to give back through teaching. I also promise to commit to find good homes for our stray population. I am lucky to share my home with two feral but adorable ginger 'twin' kitties Mork and Mindy, and an ornery Siamese mix named Fonzy. In my spare time, I enjoy spending times with friends, reading and I love all outdoor activities Michigan has to offer.


  • Alexis Pilarz
    Veterinary Assistant

    Bio Coming Soon

  • Becca DiCicco
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Bio Coming Soon

  • Angela Campbell
    Veterinary Assistant

    Bio Coming Soon

  • O'Malley

    Bio Coming Soon

  • P2

    Bio Coming Soon

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Clinic Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

7:30am

6pm

Tuesday:

7:30am

6pm

Wednesday:

7:30am

6pm

Thursday:

8:30am

7pm

Friday:

7:30am

6pm

Saturday:

Closed

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Closed

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