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Dr. Dara Beck graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1991 and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in 1995. She practiced in Texas and California before moving to Michigan and joining the staff of the Animal Medical Center in 1999. Dr. Beck lives in Dexter with her husband, 3 kids, dog, Cinco and cats, Toast and Adidas. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, skiing, cooking, and watching/cheering for the
kids sports and activities.
I'm Dr. Lucian Blajan and I've been with Animal Medical Center of Saline for the past 10 years as a full time veterinarian. I'm originally from Romania and have been practicing veterinary medicine for the past 27 years. After moving to the USA, I completed my veterinary credentials at Purdue University.
Veterinary medicine is constantly changing and there are new challenges
everyday, but the joy of caring for pets and helping people is always
satisfying. I like working at AMC of Saline because of the people ( staff
and clients alike), but especially the pets. My primary medical interest is
all types of surgeries with concentration in orthopedic surgery. In my spare
time I enjoy traveling, playing tennis and reading memoirs. My cat, Charlie, "rules the roost" since I rescued him from our clinic about 4 years ago.
Carrie Smith has been an associate veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center for over 14 years. Originally from Long Island, NY, Carrie graduated from Oregon State University (the other OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She previously worked in Washington State, Oregon and Chicago. She loves interacting with pets and their owners and is convinced the AMC has the best in the country. She enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, pediatrics and geriatrics and has a Masters degree in Molecular Endocrinology. She also enjoy mentoring young people and giving clinic tours to elementary school-aged children. She lives with her two teen/tween-aged daugthers, Melissa and Evelyn, two standard poodles, Lily and Finnick, two hairless Sphinx cats, Geranium and Ivy, and her only non-hypoallergenic pet, a Jack Russell terror/terrier named Lulu.
My name is Michelle Socha and I have been working at the Animal Medical Center since 2005. I received my bachelor degree from Western Michigan University with a double major in biology and chemistry in 1996. I went on to earn my DVM from Michigan State University in 2001. I have been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association since 2001.
My love for animals and their well-being started at an early age. I grew up on a dairy farm in central Michigan. Along with dairy chores, I was always taking care of calves, kittens, or any other critter that came along. I then went on to volunteer and work at our local vet clinic many years later.
I started my career in large animal medicine, mainly focusing on dairy cattle, horses, sheep, and pigs. My life took a few turns when my husband and I started our family. We were blessed with triplet boys and a little girl two years later. I went on to practice small animal medicine with a concentration in cats and dogs. I have come to appreciate the relationships I have developed with my clients and their pets. I truly enjoy living, volunteering, and working in the community of Saline.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family! I also like running, biking, caning, gardening, camping, and many other outdoor activities. My allegiance belongs to the MSU Spartans and I am a avid Detroit Tigers fan.
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