Northwoods Pet Care Center

Northwoods Pet Care Center is a full-service veterinary medical facility; located in Mt Pleasant, MI. The professional and courteous staff at Northwoods Pet Care Center seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care, and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Northwoods Pet Care Center strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Mt Pleasant, MI and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Northwoods Pet Care Center can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.
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  • 2188 Independence Dr
  • Mt Pleasant,MI 48858
  • Phone: 989-775-3900
  • Fax: 989-775-2935
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  • M-T-Th-Fri: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Wed: 8:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Sun: 11:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Sun: 6:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Barney

    Barney made Northwoods his home in December of 2012. He enjoys lounging in Doc's office on the windowsill, assisting in the recovering patients from surgery, and taking long walks through the clinic (mainly to see who's food he can steal.) Fun fact about Barney, he was awarded his name, due to being found in a barn as a young kitten. Barney came to Northwoods needing a few repairs, while he needed some tender love and care, he also had a severe leg injury. Barney was cage rested here at Northwoods for an extended period of time, and due to being so comfortable in his cage, he often sits in with...or on surgery patients during recovery. He has made the clinic his home, and we here at Northwoods are all very happy he did! 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
  • William M Kolesar, DVM

    Dr. Kolesar graduated from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.  At the beginning of his career he worked in an all equine practice.  Later, he gained additional experience with large animals working in a mixed animal practice.  Throughout Dr. Kolesar’s career, he concentrated his practice around caring for companion animals including dogs, cats, pocket pets and exotics.  In 1999, he opened Northwoods Pet Care Center with his wife Julie, a licensed Veterinary Technician.  Together, their goal was to build a high quality veterinary practice providing patients with compassionate, humane, quality medical care as well as providing clients with thorough knowledge to make the best decision for their pets’ health.  Knowledge that will assist with decisions regarding sick or injured pets and providing preventative health care to give pets a long and happy life.  When Dr. Kolesar is not at the clinic, he enoys doing woodworking and hunting.  He also enjoys entertaining his friends and family which include his not so furry children, Lindsay and Justin and his furry children, a highly energetic black lab Kyna who you might have met at the clinic as well as his 2 sassy felines, Luna and Raj.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1987
    Education:
    Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine class of 1987
  • Julie, Business Manager

    In 1999, Julie along with her husband Dr. Kolesar opened the doors of Northwoods Pet Care Center.  She has earned a degree as a Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology at Michigan State University.  When opening the clinic, she shared the same vision as her husband to build a veterinary clinic that provides compassionate, high quality, medical care to their patients.  Julie wears many hats at the clinic.  She manages the office aspect of the clinic and assists with patients’ medical needs, but she is usually found in the grooming area of the clinic making our patients look beautiful.  Julie is one of the few groomers who is able to groom cats and she enjoys the artistic aspect of grooming all her patients.  The only children left at home are their fur children; Kyna a black lab who might be a familiar face to you at the clinic, Luna a feline who believes she is a dog and Raj, who is a "bobble head", literally, you will have to see him to believe it.  Just so her not so furry children do not feel left out, Julie is also very fond of spending time with them as well.  Finally, beware on April first.  April Fool’s Day is her favorite holiday and no one is safe!

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1999
  • Kara, Office Manager

    Kara joined the Northwoods team in August of 2008.  In December of 2011, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.  Kara is our friendly face at the front desk directing and answering questions as well as keeping the office running smoothly.  Her leadership skills and love for animals has made her a valuable part of our team.  Her and her husband are loved by 3 fantastic dogs; Jaxson, Hank and Cammy, as well as their super kitty Trouper.  When Kara escapes the clinic, she enjoys spending time at their cabin, boating, snowmobiling, and spending time with her family and friends.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 07, 2008
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University
  • Jess, LVT

    Jessica joined our team in May of 2016.  Jessica graduated from Baker College in June of 2016 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  She has brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the clinic.  Jessica was a vet assistant for 4 years, before becoming a licensed technician. She enjoys many aspects of the job but enjoys critical patient care the most. She has a calming demeanor with all the patients.  At home, Jessica had her Jack (Australian Shepherd) until he passed away at age 8. While the two were best friends, and his place in her heart will never be taken, she is now loved by a fur child named Sam (German Shepherd Mix) and Jessica also has a black Quarterhorse named Fansy, whom she enjoys taking trail rides with. 

    Years in Practice:
    May 05, 2016
    Education:
    Associates of Applied Science from Baker College (Licensed Veterinary Technician)
  • Tarah, Boarding Supervisor/Veterinary Technician Assistant

    Tarah became a Northwoods team member in May of 2015.  She has graduated from Central Michigan University and is currently taking online courses at Purdue to pursue a degree as an LVT.  Tarah brings a daily dose of sass along with her witty attitude to Northwoods.  However, even though Tarah has a great sense of humor, she takes her job very seriously and works hard to be her best.  When she is not at the clinic she is loved by her yellow lab Ruby, dogs Conner and Riley, and her two cats, Rowena and Jiggs. Tarah is very active and is always outdoors, hunting, fishing, disc golfing, hiking, kayaking and camping.

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 07, 2015
  • Elyssa, Groomer

    In August of 2008, Elyssa joined the Northwoods team.  She graduated from the Paragon School of Pet Grooming in January of 2008.  Elyssa’s warm and kind personality is shared with the clients and patients as well as her fantastic grooming skills.  Patients leave the “spa” with beautiful bandanas, stunning bows and at times, gorgeous painted toe nails.  Elyssa and her husband have 4 fur children; three Chihuahuas, Bam Bam, PollyAna and Enzo, and a big lovable St. Bernard, Riggs.  Outside of the clinic, she enjoys gardening, races in town, snowmobiling as well as hunting.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2008
    Education:
    Paragon School of Pet Grooming
  • Kaylee, Groomer

    In August of 2015, Kaylee joined the Northwoods family. She graduated from grooming school in October 2016.  Kaylee brings confidence and eagerness to learn new aspects of the clinic.  At home, she is one animal short of a farm.  Kaylee has a 3-legged rescue kitty named Stoopy, one dog Chip the Chihuahua, goats, rabbits (all 30 of them), ducks and chickens.  Outside of the clinic, she likes to take care of her animals, and in the fall go hunting and enjoy bonfires with friends.

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 07, 2015
  • Christy, Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Manager

    Christie joined Northwoods January of 2018. She attends Central Michigan University currently, and plans to apply to vet school after graduating in 2020. She currently has a dachshund named Athena at home, and a pointer mix named Buster. In her spare time she enjoys camping, playing soccer, and kayaking. While she is fairly new to the Northwoods family, we are excited to see where her journey takes her here with us! She has an always positive attitude, and brings fresh new insight to the clinic. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 09, 2018
  • Kayla, Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Manager

    Kayla joined the Northwoods team in October of 2017. She is a senior at Central Michigan University, and is applying to vet schools for the 2018 fall semester. She grew up working with farm animals, and companion pets and her love for them helped her in her career choice later in life. While she no longer lives with any farm animals, she does have two fur kitties that keep her on her toes named Dot and Kiara! Kayla brings a soothing disposition to work, she is always ready to go and has a smile on her face. While soft spoken, she is great at the job and enjoys doing all that it entails. She is great with patients and enjoys working with them one on one! 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 09, 2018
  • Eric, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Eric joined our team in May 2018.  He is pursing a degree in Business Management with a minor in Marketing from Central Michigan University with an expected graduation, Spring of 2020.  Following graduation, Eric plans to move to Arizona where he aspires to own his own business or a franchise.  He currently lives with his long-time girlfriend, Mackenzie as well as their 2 fur children, Otis, a miniature dachshund puppy and their kitty, Wesley.  Eric has been a wonderful addition to our team! He is always fast on his feet, remains busy and brings a calm and soothing attitude to the clinic.  While he may stand out like a sore thumb being the only male on the team aside from Dr. Kolesar, he is extremely comforting to patients and takes his time with each individual one.  Even though this is not a field in which he plans to work long term, he takes great pride in the work he does while here and always ensures, as we all do, that patients come first.
    Years in Practice:
    May 17, 2018
  • Jocelyn, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Jocelyn joined our team in July 2018.  She is currently pursuing a degree in Biomedical Science at Central Michigan University.  We are excited to bring Jocelyn aboard, she brings the clinic a bright smile and has an eagerness to learn.  She is currently the President of the Pre-Veterinary Club at Central Michigan University.  She is loved by 4 fur babies; 2 Catahoula Leopard dogs named Snix and Mins and 2 kitties names Peter and Alice.  She enjoys doing artwork and playing disc golf in her free time.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 05, 2018
  • Morgan, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    We welcomed Morgan to our team in August 2018.  She is currently studying Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Conservation and Evolution at Central Michigan University.  She has past experience working in the veterinary field as well as volunteering and brings the clinic a friendly, upbeat personality!  She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her long haired kitty, Athena. We are excited to have Morgan join our team!
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 27, 2018
  • Bethany, Veterinary/Kennel Manager

    Bethany may look familiar, she started working with us in March of 2017 but in early 2018 she took an opportunity in a different state. Her move was a good learning experience and she loved living in North Carolina but she missed all of us at Northwoods. She is working toward her Veterinary Technician license and eventually would like to work with large animals.  She always bring a positive attitude and a smiling face to work.  In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, going on adventures with her golden retriever/husky mix, King, shopping and spending time at the beach.  King shares his mom with a kitty names Princess. We are happy to have Bethany back on our team!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
  • Darby, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Darby recently joined our team in January 2019.  She is currently attending Central Michigan University and pursing a degree in Music Education.  She has had a passion for music her whole life.  In her free time she enjoys, singing, practicing scales and sight singing.  She also enjoys reading, and volunteering her time at animal shelters. One day, Darby would like to become a vocal coach with her own studio and have lots of fur babies running around. Right now, she has a fur baby, Bailey, a goldendoodle and is expecting to add a spaniel sibling in May. We are excited to have Darby join our team as she brings an upbeat attitude and is always eager to learn new things!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 14, 2019