Meet the Staff
Dr. Kathryn Christy
The owner of Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital, Kathryn Christy, DVM, is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and is
a licensed veterinarian in the state of Michigan. Dr. Christy has been a veterinarian for 20 years and has worked at three small animal practices during that time. She grew up in Troy, Michigan, and worked for Gasow Veterinary Hospital as a kennel assistant while in high school. After 7 years spent at Michigan State University in East Lansing obtaining both her bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, she worked as an associate veterinarian for 7 years in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Dr. Christy moved home to the Detroit area in 1998 and had worked at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates, prior to opening Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital in 2012.
Dr. Christy’s interests include Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Dermatology, and Dentistry. She attends at least 50 hours of Continuing Education yearly. She has attended professional seminars in Florida, Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Michigan. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), the Southeast Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (SEMVMA), and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Dr. Christy is also a council member for and Past President of SEMVMA and is working toward fundraising for the SEMVMA Canine Hero Fund, raising money to provide police and fire/arson dogs in the southeastern region of Michigan with medical kits, harnesses, and oxygen masks.
Dr. Christy lives in Troy with her husband John, three children, Danny, Nick and Katelyn, dogs Hector and Mamie, cats Bella and Boots, gecko (Rango), a newt (Chub Chub), a guinea pig (Luna), two snakes (Angelo and Vivian), and many fish. Besides spending time with her family and friends, Dr. Christy’s interests include cooking, gardening, biking and being outdoors.
Dr. Emily Socks
Dr. Emily Socks joined Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital as an associate veterinarian in 2016. She obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 2015 and is a USDA accredited and licensed veterinarian in Michigan and Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Michigan State University. Following veterinary school, Dr. Socks completed a one year, small animal, rotating internship at a large specialty and emergency veterinary hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She returned to Michigan to be closer to her family and continue her career as a general practitioner.
Dr. Socks’s professional interests include Internal Medicine, Radiology, and Ophthalmology. She also enjoys discussing animal behavior and training. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the Southeast Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (SEMVMA). Dr. Socks is also a council member and newsletter editor for SEMVMA. She is a member of the SEMVMA Academy for which yearly recognition is given for exemplary achievement in continued education for professional development.
When Dr. Socks isn’t at the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors – hiking, biking, kayaking, or playing tennis with her husband, Mark, son, Owen, and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Hazel. Dr. Socks loves to travel and spent 6 weeks working in India and 4 weeks doing a study abroad program in South Africa. She has explored Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland and most of mainland Europe. She has two cats, Violet and Winston, who love to snuggle and know a variety of tricks.
Dr. Laura Van de Grift
Dr. Laura Van de Grift graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 after earning a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. She is a USDA accredited and licensed veterinarian in Michigan. She has special interests in diagnostic imaging, surgery, and internal medicine, and a passion for client education. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (SEMVMA).
Magda Jablecki, LVT
Magda started her veterinary career in 2003 as a kennel assistant and quickly progressed to become a receptionist. Magda worked as a receptionist while going to school, and graduated from Macomb Community College as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2008. She has worked at Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital since its opening in January 2012. Magda has a strong interest in dentistry and anesthesia. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending concerts (especially country ones) and heads to Downtown Detroit every chance she gets! After she purchased her first home in 2017, Magda has been enjoying lounging with her Boxer, Roo, cat, Flea, and kitten, Sprout.
Pam Stema, LVT
Pam joined Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital in April of 2018 as one of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians. She is a 1995 graduate from Macomb Community College. Prior to coming to us, she was a technician at a local referral hospital for over 10 years working in emergency, critical care, oncology, and dermatology. Pam has also worked in a feline practice and as a keeper at the Detroit Zoo. Pam currently has a dog named Ratchet, a cat named Gibson, and a crested gecko. In her spare time, Pam loves being at the Lake, hiking with her family, and making soap.
Jessica Shimmell, LVT
Jessica joined our staff in October 2014 as a LVT. She graduated from Macomb Community College in 2008 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, but has been working with animals since she was 14 years old. She worked in a horse barn all through high school and did some horse showing. She worked as a kennel assistant while going to technician school right after graduating high school. Her love for animals led her to find the love of her life, her husband Jason, who also worked as a kennel assistant at the same place. After becoming licensed she worked at an all cat practice but missed working with dogs so much that she decided to go back into a mixed practice and joined our team. She keeps busy with her two children – Adaline and Finley. In her spare time, Jessica loves outside activities such as walking her dog, going to the beach, reading, and anything to do with decorating. Jessica has a Boston Terrier named Pudge.
Katie Setter, Kennel Assistant
Katie joined our staff as a kennel assistant in 2019 after graduating from Ross Medical Education Center. She previously completed an externship at VCA Animal Hospital. Katie has four dogs (Harley, Scrappy, Bella, and Abby), two cats (Max and Jazmyn), and a dwarf hamster named Winter. When she is not working, she enjoys visiting Stoney Creek and going out with friends. Katie also loves to get creative with painting and photography.
Emma Tanner, Receptionist & Kennel Assistant
Emma joined our staff in 2019 as a receptionist and kennel assistant. She is going to school to continue in the veterinary field and is looking forward to advancing her animal knowledge by working with us. She used to run an animal foster out of her house for all animals. Emma has had rats, hamsters, birds, bunnies, cats, dogs, and reptiles throughout her life. She currently has two cats, Lucy and Crouton. When she is not working, she enjoys camping, listening to music, and walks through nature trails.
Cassidy Smith, Kennel Assistant
Cassidy joined our staff as a kennel assistant in June of 2020 after graduating from Ross Medical Education Center. She completed her externship at Creekside Animal Hospital. Cassidy has a cat named Oliver and is looking forward to adopting a dog in the future. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her nephew.
Kelly Gibson, Veterinary Assistant, Social Media Manager & Hospital Photographer
Kelly first joined us as a receptionist and kennel assistant in 2017. She was able to graduate high school early and began attending Oakland Community College while pursuing a career in Veterinary Medicine. Kelly now works as our Veterinary Assistant, Social Media Manager, and Hospital Photographer. Always a lover of animals, Kelly found her passion for animal rescue while volunteering at the Michigan Humane Society since 2014, fostering puppies and kittens. She is now a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, and has rescued and rehabilitated countless orphaned critters! Kelly has a dog (Benji), four rescued cats (Bandit, Ivar, James Dean and Ophelia), a Leopard Gecko (Francis), and several chickens. In her spare time, she is passionate about music, photography, and traveling.
Cheyenne Anders, Receptionist
Cheyenne joined us as a receptionist in September of 2019. She and her husband have lived and worked in several states all over the U.S. One of her favorite jobs was working at Kitsap Humane Society in Washington. In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys college football and sports events with her husband Luke, and daughter, Paisley. She also loves running and hiking with her two dogs, Oakley and Wrangler.
Foxy joined us at Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital in 2014. She was brought to us by our receptionist, Taylor, as a kitten. Possibly the sassiest of our clinic cats, Foxy enjoys eating, comforting patients who are under anesthesia, and nesting in various drawers and cupboards throughout the hospital.
Peanut joined our staff in 2015. She was brought to us by a client who found her as a stray kitten. She is possibly the sweetest of our kitties. She enjoys sleeping in the window, sleeping in her sombrero, and watching the television.