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.
  • 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 A.K.A. The Boss

    Barney made Northwoods his home in December of 2012.  He is a well-educated cat with degrees from Feline Etiquette University as well as Crouching Cat/Hidden Catnip Ninja School.  At the clinic, he brings a lot of sass and he is present when every patient awakes from surgery.  Barney takes great pride in being there for the patients after surgery.  Currently Barney believes all the staff at the clinic are his pets as well as his catnip banana.  On his down time, Barney enjoys sleeping in the window seat, stealing unattended food, hanging up on clients who call the clinic as well as demanding well deserved attention.

    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 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 spends his time doing home improvements in their new home, 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 yellow lab Spirit, a highly energetic black lab Kyna who you might have met at the clinic as well as his sassy cat Luna. 

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

    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.  When she is not knee deep in fur, Julie spends much of her time doing home improvements in their new home as well as being followed by her fur children; Spirit a yellow lab, Kyna a black lab and Luna a feline who believes she is a dog.  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 4 fantastic dogs; Jaxson, Hank, Cammy and Bella as well as their super kitty Trouper.  When Kara escapes the clinic, she enjoys camping, snowmobiling, and spending time with her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 07, 2008
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University
  • Kelly, Veterinary Technician

    In April of 2006, Kelly joined the Northwoods family.  Despite being from Michigan originally, she has adapted the “southern hospitality” attitude after living in Louisiana for several years.  Kelly is very passionate about our patients’ health as well as educating clients on what is available for their pets.  She is a wonderful leader in the clinic and is a great asset in training the staff on medical procedures.  Kelly is the proud mom of 2 certified therapy dogs Ryder and Daphne, an adorable Chihuahua Rippy, 3 feisty cats Edit Brit, Kalvin and India as well as 2 sassy talking African Gray Parrots, Earl and Saylor.  When the weather is warm enough, we are honored to have Earl and Saylor visit the clinic with their silly antics.  

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2006
  • Jess, Veterinary Technician

    Jessica is the newest member of our team, joining 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 has been a vet assistant for 4 years and enjoys many aspects of the job including inserting catheters and drawing blood.  She has a calming demeanor with all the patients.  At home, Jessica is loved by her 2 dogs, Jack an Aussie mix and Max a German Shepherd mix; her cat Luna the princess; last but not least, Fansy her Quarter horse.  Jessica loves to ride Fansy, take long walks with her dogs, paint and run. 

    Years in Practice:
    May 05, 2016
  • Julie, Kennel Supervisor/Barney's Assistant

    Julie joined the Northwoods family in December of 2015 bringing with her a background in Human Resources and training with a dose of crazy.  Originally from up north, she has made her home in Vestaburg with her husband and their three kids, pampered pooch Clara B a Dog, wonder mutt Bishop Saint and their newest addition, his royal highness, Walter CJ.  Julie looks forward to making clients smile and spoiling patients.  When she is not at the clinic, Julie runs-a-muck kayaking, camping and just enjoying life.

    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 3 fur children; two Chihuahuas, Bam Bam and PollyAna and a rabbit, Pipkin.  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 is currently studying Natural Resources at Central Michigan University and 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 two cats, Frankie and Stoopy, one dog Chip the Chihuahua, goats, rabbits (all 36 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
  • Bailey, Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Manager

    Bailey has been part of the Northwoods family since February 2015.  She is currently a Pre-Vet student at Central Michigan University.  At the clinic, Bailey is very passionate about our clients and patients.  She also brings a positive energy that compliments her wonderful customer service skills.  Bailey is loved by her cat, Zoey and her Pomeranian Maltese mix, Jamie.  When she is not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at the animal shelter, traveling and cooking.

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

    Tarah became a Northwoods team member in May of 2015.  She is studying Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Central Michigan University.  Tarah brings a daily dose of sass along with her witty attitude.  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 surrounded by her black lab, Cammie and her Crested Gecko, Petrie.  Tarah is very active by being outdoors, hunting, fishing, disc golfing, hiking, kayaking and camping.

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

    Hannah joined the Northwoods team in February in 2015.  She is attending Central Michigan University studying BioMed.  Hannah is a strong team member as well as a strong leader.  She has a quiet demeanor but is a force to reckon with.  Hannah has yet to meet a patient she can not hold for exams, even the cute squirmy puppies.  She is loved by her cat, Shrimpy and her turtle, David Copperfield.  When Hannah is not working she enjoys being on the water, kayaking, swimming and camping.

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 13, 2015
  • Cassie, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
  • Jessie, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Jessica joined the Northwoods Team in September of 2016.  She graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Biology Natural Resources.  Jessica has been a foster mom for CAHS for three years, is certified in canine and feline first aid/CPR, and brings many years of experience with a multitude of animals.  She is loved by her corn snake, Cornflake.  When Jessica is not at work, she enjoys fishing, hunting, camping and being with friends.

    Years in Practice:
    Nov 04, 2016
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Biology Natural Resources from Central Michigan University
  • Jackie, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Jackie joined the Northwoods' Team in September 2016.  She is currently studying Biology at Central Michigan University.  Jackie has taken the boarding area by storm; making sure all our guests are comfortable.  She never backs down from a challenge and her hard work ethic is invaluable.  At home, Jackie is loved by at 13 year old domestic short hair cat who is orange and white and is named Max.  Outside of work she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and fishing.  Jackie also enjoys crafts like knitting and adult coloring books.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
  • Paige, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
  • Bethany, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    May 01, 2017