Veterinarian & Physical Rehabilitation Director
Education: Michigan State University
Dr. Gregory Paplawsky has always had a deep-seated passion for animals thanks to the dogs, cats and other small creatures his family kept while he was growing up. By the time junior high rolled around, he had the realization that he would not be following in his favorite major leaguers footsteps (Chet Lemon) and become the next center fielder of the Detroit Tiger’s. Fortunately, Dr. Paplawsky’s interest in science was always present, and a career in veterinary medicine was the perfect way to mix his fascination of science with his long-standing interest in animals!Dr. Paplawsky grew up in Grand Rapids in Alger Heights and attended City High School. After graduating from Hope College in Holland, he completed his veterinary degree at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Paplawsky practiced veterinary medicine for six years in the Kalamazoo area before arriving here at Cascade Hospital for Animals as an associate veterinarian. After four years, he became a partner with Drs. Seigle and McBride.
Dr. Paplawsky always staying current with his knowledge of veterinary medicine by attending continuing education meetings. As part of his continued training he became certified in Physical Rehabilitation, which is the animal equivalent of physical therapy on the human side. Through rigorous course work, exam, and an international internship he achieved the certification and is the Director of Physical Rehabilitation at Michigan Veterinary Rehabilitation which is a department within the Cascade Hospital for Animals facility. The physical rehabilitation department also included two Rehab certified licensed veterinary technicians who help dogs of all ages live healthier, more mobile, and pain free lives. Dr. Paplawsky’s professional interests include expanding his own knowledge and offering more treatment methods and recovery options for his patients. It is this drive that has helped him to become certified to perform stem cell therapy, and certified in veterinary physical rehabilitation. He also has an interest in zoonotic disease, parasitology, dermatology and orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Paplawsky and his wife have three children. They share their home with a Standard Poodle named Bernie, a Siamese Mix named Quincy and a domestic medium hair named Reggie the Privs. When he isn’t spending time with his family or tending to the needs of pets here at Cascade Hospital for Animals and Breton Village Animal Clinic, Dr. Paplawsky likes watching Tiger baseball, attending his boys sporting and school events, trying to garden, and enjoying food of all kinds.