Name: Becca

Position: Pet Care Assistant

Hometown: Ada, Michigan

Pets: Her cats Milo (4) and Smokey(2) 

More about Becca:

  • Becca grew up with animals which prompted her to get into horseback riding at a young age. She was inspired to pursue a position at Cascade Hospital for Animals by her love for animals!
  • She enjoys anything outdoors, and loves spending her free time enjoying nature and sunshine.
  • One of her personal achievements is that she is White Water Rescue certified as well as Wilderness Advaced First Aid certified! 
  • Becca's favorite vacation spots are the US Virgin Islands or Costa Rica.
  • Her favorite TV show is currently New Girl. 

Name: Julie Wesselink, DVM

Position: Associate Veterinarian

Education: Hope College (BA), Grand Valley State University (BS), and Michigan State University (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine)

Hometown: Saline, MI

Pets: Gary the terrier mix and Leonard the horse 

More about Dr. Wesselink: 

  • Dr. Wesselink enjoys helping pets live long and happy lives through comprehensive preventative care. She has a special interest in ultrasound, and says that "a good abdominal ultrasound is always exciting - you never know what you'll find!" 
  • Outside of work, you can find Dr. Wesselink spending time with her husband, Paul, and their two energetic sons, Finley and Sullivan.
  • Some of her hobbies include horseback riding (specifically eventing), playing guitar and singing with her husband, and water activities such as boating and wakeboarding!




Name: Mak

Position: Client Care Assistant

Hometown: East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Pets: Stella the Pitbull mix and Josie the Rat Terrier

More about Mak:

  • She is passionate about dog training with an interest in obedience as well as behavioral modification. She worked as a Kennel Assistant while in high school and loved it! 
  • Outside of work, Makayla enjoys getting tattoos, reading poetry, listening to music, and dog training with Stella. 
  • Her dog Stella is 5 and has been owned my Makayla since 2019 after being picked up as a stray at the animal shelter. She loves obedience and trick training, is excitable by other dogs, and loves blankets! Her dog Josie is 14 and is very spunky despite her old age! 
  • Makayla loves vacationing to Vermont in the summer and fall to go hiking. 

                                                 Her dogs, Stell and Josie:                                                   

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Name: Lydia

Position: Pet Care Assistant

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Pets: Sky (dog), Violet (dog), Jozie (cat), and Ember (snake)

More about Lydia:

  • Ever since she was young, Lydia has wanted to with work animals in order to help give them a good quality of life. She was the kid that always brought home strays to rescue.
  • She's greatly enjoyed working with pets as an adult and building relationships with pets and their owners. She has a passion for helping others understand their pets so that they can have a more fulfilling relationship with them.
  • Outside of work, she enjoys writing and playing music. She also likes to explore and learn about nature. While she loves many genres of music, her favorite as of lately is folk music.
  • Lydia pursued a position at Cascade Hospital for Animals due to the opportunity to provide quality care to pets, and for the ability to grow her knowledge and skills.