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Meet Our team!

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Katharina Freiberger, 

Head Veterinarian

Dr. Freiberger is a Spartan squared, she attended Michigan State University for both her undergraduate degree in Genetics as well to obtain her degree in Veterinary Medicine. She fell in love with pitbulls at a young age which fostered her desire to work in the rescue world and advocate for those less fortunate. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Veterinary Forensics to help with cruelty investigations. Dr. Freiberger's interests outside of work include dancing especially with her husband, spending time with her two silly dogs, and playing soccer.

Kelsey Marlatt, 

Practice Manager

Kelsey has been working in veterinary medicine as a receptionist and technician for over 16 years. She enjoys client education and providing a safe space for animals to feel comfortable while receiving medical care. Kelsey is a huge animal rescue advocate and spends most of her free time fostering for local rescues with her partner, Mike. They have several rescued pets including dogs, cats, reptiles and aquatic animals. 

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parrel smith,

Veterinary Technician 

Parry is a Veterinary Technician here at APAWS Veterinary Hospital and is currently a student in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program. Parry’s special interests in the veterinary field include quality patient care, surgery, and anesthesia. Parry has over 3 years of veterinary experience and is always eager to grow and learn. Perry strives to be true to herself, her coworkers, and our clients/patients. Outside of work, Parry loves spending time with her family, but the true loves of her life are her 3 dogs, Sam Winchester, Olivia, Niklaus, and her cat Phoebe. Parry enjoys nearly everything and anything and can't wait to provide compassionate care to our clients pets!


Shelby Sherman,

Veterinary Technician

Shelby is a veterinary technician that has been in the veterinary medicine field for over 16 years. She received her education at West Virginia University as a triple major and single minor. Shelby has enjoyed working with other animals beside domesticated cats and dogs. Shelby has worked with farm animals, wildlife and zoo life.
What she loves most about the field is educating clients and advocating for their fur babies. Shelby believes there can be a world that is filled with love for all animals and a voice that is heard for all rights to animal advocacy. When Shelby isn’t trying to save the animal world her hobbies include anything outdoors; hiking, swimming, rock climbing, or just enjoying a nice quiet 
spot by the river. Her best fur friends are cats Cleopatra, Cali and Tigger; dog Layla, who’s gained her angel wings and is running crazy in Rainbow Bridge, and an Appaloosa mare, Mist.

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Susan Kreutz,

Veterinary Assistant

Sue joined the staff of APAWS in October of 2022 as a vet assistant and is currently enrolled at Macomb Community College in the Veterinary Technician Program.    She enjoys working with new clients and works hard to provide the best possible care for each client (pet and owner).  Sue believes there is a special bond between people and their pets that improves the quality of both lives.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her furry family, which include her husband, dog, and 3 cats. 


Molly Matheson,

Veterinary Assistant

Molly is a veterinary assistant here at APAWS Veterinary Hospital. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in biology and has enjoyed applying her education in the veterinary field, which she has been in for about 1.5 years. Molly enjoys welcoming our patients into our facility and providing them with the compassionate care that they deserve. In her free time Molly enjoys gardening, crafting, camping, thrifting, and relaxing at home with her partner Mitchell and their cats Banjo, and Penny. Molly is very grateful to be a part of the team and can't wait to see where the future takes her! 


Brittany Fessenden,

Receptionist and Kennel Assistant

Brittany is a receptionist and kennel assistant at APAWS and is currently enrolled in the Ashworth College Veterinary Technician program. She has also studied Small Business Management and hopes to open a rescue someday. Brittany is a mother to a beautiful two-year-old daughter and four fur babies (one cat, three dogs). She has worked for multiple doggy daycare centers, grooming facilities, and also operated a private pet-sitting service. Brittany takes pride in keeping our hospital clean and her other hobbies include creative writing, couponing, and learning as much as she can about veterinary medicine and animal behavior.


Kamryn Tucker,


I am a recent graduate from Tuskegee University, where I received my bachelors in Animal and Poultry Science. I have two fur babies at home, Cole and Hanzo. In my free time I love to go hiking with my dogs, paint and go to the movies with my friends. It is my goal to provide a warm and welcoming environment for clients coming into the hospital.


Kaitlyn Bellafant,


Kaitlyn is a veterinary assistant here at APAWS and is currently enrolled at Unity College getting her Masters in Animal Behavior and Canine/Feline Health Care. She graduated from Michigan State with her bachelor's degree in Animal Science. Her hobbies include dog training, cooking, and watching true crime.

Outside of work she loves spending time with her daughter and taking her two pitties Chase and Charlie to the river.

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Tarah MArshall,


Tarah is receptionist here at APAWS. She’s dedicated to helping pets and pet owners receive the best care by understanding both needs of humans and animals. It is rewarding for her to help save pets lives and build relationships with their owners. Tarah grew up in a dog rescue home and family so she has had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. She loves giving back to the community and her goal is to one day open her own animal sanctuary and rescue center. In her free time she loves spending time with her family or in nature, by the water with her boyfriend and her fur babies Pumpkin the cat and Dehlilah the husky mix. 

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