Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Swartz Creek, MI. Our professional and courteous staff 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. We strive to offer excellence in veterinary care to Swartz Creek, 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 we can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Jeff Pinkston DVM

Practice Owner

Dr. Jeff has been associated with the veterinary field his entire life. He can remember as a very young child playing on the x-ray table while his mom and dad did emergency surgeries in the middle of the night. He started working at Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital when he was eleven as a kennel boy and occasional receptionist. He continued to help out at the hospital and on his parent’s horse farm through high school and while attending Mott Community College. He then transferred to MSU, where he obtained his Bachelors and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. He came back to Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital after graduation in 1994 where he worked as a veterinary associate for six years. He then worked at Companion Animal Hospital until January of 2008 when he purchased Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital from his father. Since then he and his wife, Aubri, have worked hard to expand and update the practice. They have two lovely daughters, two dogs; Phoebe a Bernese Mt. Dog/Standard Poodle mix and Jackson, a Newfoundland, two cats; Beau and Cooper and two fish.

Keri Florida DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Keri Florida completed her under graduate work at the University of Michigan–Flint. She then went on to complete her first year of veterinary school at St. George’s University in the Caribbean. After completing her first year, she transferred to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she graduted in 2013 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Dr. Keri has a special interest in brachycephalic breeds (like English Bulldogs) and the Chinese Shar-pei. Her home consists of bully breed dogs, including English Bulldogs, and two cats. Outside of work, Dr. Keri enjoys baking, decorating and home improvements as well as spending time with her pets. She is ecstatic to join Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital and is looking forward to forming long lasting bonds with you and your four legged family members.

Kevin Stewart DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Stewart was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology from Michigan State University in 1983, and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Dr. Stewart has a special interest in surgery. When not working at the clinic, Dr. Stewart likes hunting, photography and enjoying the outdoors.

Susan Swanebeck DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Bio coming soon!

Krista Kline DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kline was born and raised in Swartz Creek, Michigan. She is a 1997 graduate of Swartz Creek High School and a 2002 graduate of University of Michigan-Flint, with a bachelors degree in biology. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Dr Kline was employed and also volunteered at Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital. She is a 2007 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kline and her husband, Ben, who is also a small animal veterinarian, reside in Clarkston, with their two dogs, Cedar and Mango, both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and one cat named Punky Brewster. Dr. Kline has a special interest in cardiology and oncology. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, photography, and shopping.

Carole Cocagne DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Cocagne always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, but she was side-tracked along the way. She first attended the Univeristy of Michigan and graduated with a bachelor degree in business administration in 1989. After working for a stock option trading company in Ann Arbor for three years she finally decided to follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Carole Cocagne graduated Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, and has worked in small animal medicine ever since. She lives in Grand Blanc with her husband, Andy, and their two children Natalie and Matthew. She also shares her home with Ariana, a Shetland Sheepdog, Ash, a Pug, and a kitty named Leo. She enjoys traveling, camping, reading and most importantly HALLOWEEN.

Jennifer Griffin DVM

Associate Veterinarian

As a young child, Dr Griffin was actually extremely frightened of dogs. However, after her family cared for a rescue dog, named Midnight, the young Dr. Griffin experienced the compassion and love animals can give. She quickly grew to love them and decided at the age of six that she wanted to become a veterinarian.
Dr. Griffin grew up in the Chicago area and received her Bachelors of Science degree from Michigan State University in Wildlife Management. After graduating from the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine, she began her career working on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and started a family shortly thereafter.
Dr. Griffin's areas of interest include Internal Medicine, Laser Therapy, Dermatology, Pain Management and Behavioral Medicine.
Dr, Griffin, her husband and their two daughters recently moved up to Michigan to be closer to her family. Their 5 cats allow her, and her family to live with them, and their 5 dogs. When not at the clinic, she enjoys reading, gardening, camping and running, and spending time with her family.

Nicole Stilson DVM

Relief Veterinarian

Dr Stilson is a 2000 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She spent 11 years at Companion Animal Hospital prior to joining our staff in 2011. Dr. Stilson fulfills an important part of our staff as a relief veterinarian, filling in for our other doctors when there are schedule conflicts. She strives to treat every pet like her own and believes that preventive medicine is the best medicine. Dr. Stilson has a special love for greyhounds and hopes to be back working with a rescue group, when time allows. Dr Stilson resides in Linden with her husband, Don, and her three boys, Nathan, Brandon and Cameron. Their fur kids include: Sonic the cat and Summer the Goldendoodle.

Karen Murphy

Office Manager

Murphy has been with Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital since 1994. She was previously employed as a NHTSA contractor in Automobile Crash Research for 15 years and also with Grand Trunk Western Railway for 17 years. She and her husband, Jerry, have a farm in Gaines where they have resided since 1985. They have bred and shown Appaloosa Horses over the years. Murphy's interests outside of the Clinic include the horses, trail camping, gardening, reading and crocheting. Pets at home include the dogs: Rudy, the Jack-Rat terrier. Cooper, a terrier mix; Pepper and Roxy - the Australian cattle dogs. The house cat Katie, and many barn cats: Paula, Torti, Scooter, Shiloh and Christmas, Rintu and Toli. Their horses are - Danny, Dusty, Pumpkin, Amy and Tippy.


Practice Manager and Licensed Veterinary Technician

Amanda is a 2009 graduate from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been with Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital since the spring of 2010. Amanda is currently the Practice Manager and former head of our Technician team. Amanda’s passions are in surgery, anesthesia, and management, but she can be found helping out in all areas of the practice. Amanda grew up in Byron and now resides in Durand with her loving husband and two adorable sons. Her pets include a horse, 2 dogs, a cat, and many fish and chickens. When not working she can be found caring for her family, watching her niece and nephew, helping out at her children's school, camping, reading, and spending time outside.


Head Licensed Veterinary Technician

Alyssa is a 2008 graduate of the Baker College Veterinary Technology Program, and has worked in the veterinary field since 2006. She lives in Swartz Creek with her husband, Murphy, their new baby daughter, Isadora, and their three cats, Alvin, Simon, and Dora.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Hannah is a 2017 graduate of Baker College of Flint Veterinary Technician Program. Her main areas of interest are Patient Care, Client Education and Dentistry. She is a resident of Fenton, where she shares her life with a Doberman mix named Remington. When not in the clinic, Hannah enjoys playing soccer, spending time with family and reading a good book.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Amber is a 2016 graduate of Baker College of Flint Veterinary Technician Program. She shares her life with her 3 horses, Gambler, Winchester, and Sierra; 2 dogs Kahlua and KoKo; and a cat, named M&M. When not in the clinic working, Amber spends her time sewing, camping, and trail riding with her horses.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jeanette is a 2014 graduate of Baker College of Flint, Veterinary Technician Program. Her main area of interest is emergency medicine. In order to experience both sides of small animal practice, she splits her time between working at an emergency hospital and with us here at Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital. She has a large ``family`` that includes her husband Brent, their 3 children, 3 cats, 2 dogs, a Mini Rex rabbit, a large freshwater fish tank, 2 goats, multiple chickens and ducks, and 2 ``pet`` turkeys. Outside of work, Jeanette and her husband farm 140 acres of land which takes up a lot of time. When she gets the chance she enjoys hunting, watching movies and spending time with friends.


Licensed Veterinary Technician and Digital Marketing Manager

Jen is a 2000 graduate of Wayne County Community College - Veterinary Technology Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Grand Valley State University. Jen has worked in veterinary medicine since 1996. She has experience in general practice, emergency/critical care, and avian medicine. She also has a special interest in guinea pigs and their care, complimentary veterinary medicine, and is a Reiki Master/Practitioner. Jen lives in Byron with her husband, Adam, their two children, and 2 guinea pigs, named Niblet and S'mores. When not working in the clinic, Jen likes to read, paint, take photos, cook, hike, camp, fish, and spend time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is also very passionate about the English Springer Spaniel breed, and is a volunteer with English Springer Rescue America, a national, breed-specific rescue. www.springerrescue.org.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jenna graduated from the Baker College - Veterinary Technology Program in 2015. She lives in Grand Blanc with her boyfriend, Nick, and their two cats Winston and Sophia. When not working in the clinic, Jenna enjoys cooking and baking, traveling, taking walks, and spending time with friends and family.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Misty is a 2013 graduate of the Baker College Veterinary Technician Program. While studying to become a licensed technician, she worked at PAWS Animal Rescue and at the Detroit Zoo as part of her internship. She lives in Swartz Creek with her children and the family pets: McKenzie the chocolate labrador, Bebe, a Boxer/pittie mix, Dave, a Yorkie-poo, and the cats, Miss Baa, Mama, Rhesus and Mocha. Misty enjoys reading and singing karaoke, as well as spending time outdoors camping, kayaking, fishing and four-wheeling.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sara graduated from the Baker College Veterinary Technician Program in 2015. She has a Yorkie/Dachshund mix, named Pippin. When Sara isn't spending time at work, she enjoys reading and playing volleyball.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Stephanie is a 2014 graduate from Michigan State University's Veterinary Technology Program. She is from Linden, and lives with her sassy tuxedo cat, Chloe. When not working, Stephanie can be found out in the woods fishing, camping, cross-country skiing and just enjoying nature's beauty. She is also a die hard Detroit Tiger's baseball fan -- Eat 'Em Up!


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Tabby is a 2016 graduate from the Baker College of Flint Veterinary Technician Program. Her area of interest in veterinary medicine is surgery. Originally from Swartz Creek, Tabby now resides in Flushing with her boyfriend, Cody, and their two cats, Toby and Jasper. She is also very passionate about pit bulls, having grown up with 2 of her own. When not at the clinic, Tabby enjoys spending time in the outdoors, with her friends and family, and relaxing.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Taylor graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Baker College of Flint in June 2017. Besides regular small animal practice, she has a special interest in reptiles and other exotic pets. Taylor is from Linden. She has a German Shepard/Husky mix named Casey, two cats named Salem and Sheik, and a Bearded Dragon named Reptar. When not at the clinic, Taylor enjoys running, hiking, kayaking and spending time with family, including her fur kids.



Renee is originally from Fenton, and has remained in the greater Flint area all her life. She has been employed in the veterinary field for over 20 years, and has been with us here at SCVH since 2013. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Todd, and they have 2 children. When not at the clinic, Renee enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.



Teresa has worked for Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital since 1995. She is a jack-of-all-trades around the hospital, from checking in patients and answering phone calls, to helping with procedures and taking x-rays. Teresa has also added grooming and doggie day care/boarding to her job description, when not at Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital. She is owner of Teresa's Personalized Pet Care, a large dog grooming/day care/boarding facility right here in Swartz Creek. Teresa lives on a farm in Gaines with her sons, Riggs and Grayson, and her husband, Matt who trains race horses. Together they have a warmblood; Thunder who loves to trail ride, a jersey cow named Echo, and a large herd of dairy goats. A turkey, some chickens and Guinnea hens roam her farm as well. Her furry family also includes 3 dogs; Hillbilly Antler a treeing walker hound; Poo T, a bulldog mix, and a chihuahua named Julio Thunderpants, Karoba, a Kenyan sand boa and 2 cats named Kotton Kitty and Tangerine Football. Teresa enjoys riding horses and spending time with her family and all of her animals. More than any job Teresa especially loves bottle feeding orphaned baby animals.


Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant

Shyann is currently enrolled at Baker College of Flint with the intent to enter the Veterinary Technician Program. Her main area of interest in veterinary medicine is providing quality patient care. Shyann lives in Flushing and shares her life with a Boxer, named Larz, a Yorkie, named Max, a miniature Golden Doodle, named Remy, and 2 Sphynx cats named Shmoo and Kiya. When not at the clinic she enjoys playing volleyball and reading.



Jamie is originally from Durand, but now resides in Lennon. She comes to us with 17 years of experience in client service in the veterinary field. Jamie shares her life with her husband of 22 yrs, her 2 awesome sons, 3 lovely dogs; Panda (Bulldog/Beagle), Josie (Pit mix), Doobie (Bulldog), 3 cute cats, Roscoe and Meesa, 3 crazy ferrets Bane, Milo and Bootsie, and a Madagascar cockroach named Christopher. When not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping and hiking, going to concerts, and, of course, spending time with her furry kids.



Nikki has been with Swartz Creek Veterinary Hospital since 2013. She grew up in the Byron area, but now resides in Fenton with her three dogs, Bella, Koda and Tucker, along with two cats, Lollie and Sampson. In her free time, Nikki likes to go horseback riding, play volleyball, and spend time with her husband, son and adorable nephews.



Veterinary Assistant

Tammy previously worked in animal rescue for about 7 years, with 2.5 years being at PAWS Animal Rescue, here in Swartz Creek. She also has a B.S. in Early Childhood Development.
Tammy lives in Gaines and has 2 daughters at home, one 5 yrs old and one 21 years old. She also has 2 dogs and 4 cats. When not spending her working hours at the clinic, Tammy likes to play board games with her 5 year old, go to the movies with her family, and spend time with her dogs.


Veterinary Assistant

Kimberlee has had lifelong experience caring for animals, growing up with horses and participating in horse shows. She also has two years experience working in a veterinary clinic taking care of boarding patients. Kimberlee shares her life with her two feline fur babies, Arty and Ty. When she isn’t working in the clinic, Kimberlee likes to camp, hike, play sports, listen to music, and attend concerts. She considers herself a travel-enthusiast with a cat obsession.


Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistant