Alpine Animal Hospital

Hours of Operation

  • Monday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Friday
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday
  • 8:30 am - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday
  • closed

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                      Our Staff




       Dr. Debra Taylor

Dr. Taylor graduated from Michigan State University, School of Veterinary Medicine, in 1979.  She began practicing veterinary medicine in Lansing before moving to Gaylord and the Alpine Animal Hospital in 1982.  Dr. Taylor enjoys working with companion animals, and has special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. 

Dr. Taylor has 5 boys and 5 daughters-in-law all of whom keep her busy, plus eight grandchildren, which she loves to spoil.  She enjoys working in her large vegetable garden, knitting, crafting, camping, reading and daily walking with Bruce.

Dr. Patti Tuck

Dr. Tuck graduated with honors from the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and has been working at the Alpine Animal Hospital since 1998.  Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Tuck received a Bachelor of Science degree and teaching certificate in Agriculture Education from MSU.  After a short time in the classroom, she worked in veterinary clinics for the next 13 years.  Dr. Tuck has a special interest in animal behavior and training, and has attended many behavior conferences and training seminars through the years.  She attended obedience and agility classes with her own pets, and served as an assistant trainer at an obedience school for 2 years.

Dr. Tuck shares her home with 2 standard poodles and 2 little donkeys.

       Dr. Emily Lewis

Dr. Emily Lewis joined the Alpine Animal Hospital February 1, 2011.  She Graduated from MSU with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science in 2005 and a Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2009.  

She and her husband Bill have three boys named Cooper, Easton, and Tucker. The boys keep them very busy and entertained.  She has Baylee, a husky mix, and a lab named Breslin, who also happens to be the mascot of the clinic. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor adventures and Spartan football and basketball. Go Green!!



Licensed Technicians

 Jill Zanger


Jill earned her Veterinary Technician certificate from Michigan State University. She also received her Veterinary Technician License from the state of Michigan.

Jill moved to the area in 1996. She enjoys all that the north has to offer.

She married her husband Dan in 2004. They have 2 children, Brandan & Mallory.
In her free time she enjoys: reading, crafting, crocheting, swimming and working on landscaping projects in the yard.  Their family also likes spending time with their 8 kitties: Combat, Jingle, Marble, Jelly Bean Whisker, Twinkie, Pixel & Alani.

 Rachel Degroot

Rachel was born in Gaylord.  She was raised with her 3 older siblings (2 brothers and 1 sister) on the family farm.

Rachel joined her mom (Rose) at the Alpine Animal Hospital in June 1993.  With the help and encouragement of the veterinarians and her coworkers, she has acquired the skills of a veterinary technician.  

Rachel enjoys spending some of her free time working on the family farm, and also spending quality time with her birds and other 4 legged critters.




Carly Laug

Carly is a receptionist and has worked with us for many years. Carly has two children. A daughter, Lainey and a son, Jase. Carly's family also an adorable Kitty named Winnie, whom thinks that she is a dog. Carly has been a resident of this area her entire life and has always loved animals.

Malorie Slezak

Malorie joined the team as a receptionist in April 2017.  She was originally liscensed as a practicing nurse and decided shortly after to join the field of animal medicine.  She is married to Nate and has 3 children, Carter, Grant and Everlie.  She has 1 mixed breed dog named, Finley. She enjoys spending time with all of her family and friends and vacations on the beach. 



Brie Driver

Brie is a volunteer in many areas of our practice.  She has always loved animals and the pets she has raised over the years.  Brie has lived in Gaylord most of her life.  She has a "daughter" named Bella (Golden Retriever Mix) whom she rescued in 2010.  We would like to thank her for all she does for us!



 Veterinary Assistants





Abby Tabor









Please help us in welcoming our newest veterinary assistant Abby.  Abby has a background in forensic science and decided to join our team in field of veterinary medicine.  She is recently engaged to her fiance Cam and is waiting for the perfect 4-legged friend to come along in their lives.

She enjoys spending time with friends and family, skiing, boating and other outdoor fun. 

 Katie Butler        

 Katie is our Veterinary Assistant that juggles work and a full time college schedule at Michigan State University.  She aspires to be our next great veterinarian!  Katie has 2 dogs, Kona and Roxy, a horse named Denver, and a hedgehog named Snow White.  She has been keeping busy by testing her skills of chicken egg incubation....and surprise, she is very good at it!!










We are pleased beyond words with the professionalism and care we ALWAYS receive from the staff at Alpine Animal Hospital.

From the office personnel to the assistants and veterinarians, EVERYONE goes the extra mile to see to the comfort of the pet AND owner. Routine health checks are thorough, concerns and/or emergencies dealt with in a rational manner with no hesitation in seeking second opinions from specialists in a particular field if deemed necessary.

A responsible pet owner could not have their pet in better hands than to be entrusted to the CARE available at Alpine Animal Hospital.

The 24 hour "on call" service available for established clients is invaluable and gives one tremendous peace of mind.

We are fortunate to have such a fine facility in our "up north" area.

- Brad and Patty Aarons