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 Star and Mamie, cats Bella and Boots, gecko (Rango), a newt (Chub Chub), a hamster (Pumpkin) a snake (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, 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, 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.
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, and cat, Flea.
Taylor Kaufman, Receptionist
Taylor joined our staff as a receptionist and kennel assistant in August of 2013. She recently graduated from Oakland University with her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in Environmental Sustainability and Resource Management. Along with working full time at the office, Taylor is also a dance instructor for their family business.
Taylor loves animals and always seems to be bringing cats into the office that are in need of a home! When Taylor is not in the office, she loves to go up north with her fiancé Nick and enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, four wheeling, and fishing. Taylor has two black cats, Oliver and Addie (who she always calls Petunia) as well as two Cairn Terriers, Jezabelle and Riley.
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 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. In 2016 she gave birth to her first child, a girl named Adaline. Jessica loves outside activities such as walking her dogs, going to the beach, reading, and anything to do with decorating. Jessica has two Boston Terriers Pudge and Romey, and a cat named Taz that keep her busy.
Ashley Barnett, Veterinary Assistant
Ashley has been working in the veterinary field for the past 10 years. She started at Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital in 2014 as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She attended both Northern Michigan University as well as Oakland University. She is a Disney fanatic and visits Disney World as frequently as she can! When she is not at work she can be found spending quality time with family and friends. Exploring the US is one of her favorite hobbies, although she has never left the country (no, not even to Canada!) She enjoys outdoor activities like camping and hiking just as much as indoor ones. Reading is a favorite pastime, psychological thrillers are the best! She has a dog (Carl) and two cats (named Ytay and Cat.)
Jessica Wilson, Kennel Assistant
Jes joined our staff in 2016 as a kennel assistant after graduating from Ross Medical’s veterinary assisting program. She cats, birds, and small animals all her life, but currently lives with her dogs (Posey, Toby, and Wednesday), plus her families two cats. She loves reading, writing, outdoor adventures at her dad’s lake, and of course, playing fetch with her dogs! In the future she plans to continue her education within the veterinary field and pursue her passion for helping animals of all shapes and sizes!
Kelly Gibson, Receptionist
Kelly joined us as a receptionist and kennel assistant in 2017. She was able to finish high school early and began attending Oakland Community College in the hopes of pursuing a career in Veterinary Medicine. Always a lover of animals, Kelly has been volunteering at the Michigan Humane Society since 2014, fostering puppies and kittens. She also enjoys working with wildlife, last summer she hand-raised and released an orphaned squirrel! Kelly has a dog named Benji, a cat named Bandit, and a Leopard Gecko named Francis. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking, and walking her dog.
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.