Mary L. Cardeccia, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CCRT Certified in Animal Chiropractic (AVCA) Dr. Cardeccia attended Michigan State University, where she received her BS in Animal Sciences in 1991 and her DVM with honors in 1995. She has practiced small animal medicine and surgery since 1995, moving gradually from general practice to complementary veterinary medicine starting with her acupuncture class in 2005 and most recently with her animal chiropractic class. Since graduation some of her other continuing education pursuits include obtaining certification in Advanced Avian Medicine and Surgery through the North American Veterinary Post-Graduate Institute as well as holding a certification as a Pet Loss Bereavement counselor. Dr. Cardeccia co-facilitates a Pet Loss Support Group in Livingston County with her sister, Kim Cardeccia, LPC.
Now focusing on Rehabilitation and natural healing methods, Dr. Cardeccia is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Veterinary Food Therapist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and is currently enrolled in a Veterinary Herbology Certification program. She is a second degree Reiki practitioner and has been using Reiki with her patients for 6 years. Dr. Cardeccia is committed to providing compassionate integrative veterinary care based on the needs of her patients and the beliefs of their human families.
Kelly Tessmer joined the ARF team as Office Manager in 2011 and brought with her an extensive experience in customer service roles for a variety of industries. Kelly says this is her dream job and loves working with the animals and being able to see patients’ progress as she helps them through their customized treatment programs.
Kelly has her capable fingers on the pulse of ARF as she juggles the daily schedule of appointments for the team along withupdating the ARF Facebook page.
Stephanie Kiszka joined ARF's team at the start of 2013 and has been
working in veterinary medicine since 1990. She received her
bachelor’s degree in Zoology and her veterinary technician certification from
Michigan State University.
says she’s always wanted to work with animals and brings her extensive talents
as a Licensed Veterinary Technician to ARF. As part of her
advanced professional training, she attended The Healing Oasis Wellness Center
in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, where she received certifications in Rehabilitation
Therapy and Veterinary Massage.
lives in Jackson with her husband, two beautiful children, and a menagerie of
Her personal goals are to improve the physical
and emotional condition of her patients, improve their quality of life, share
her knowledge of massage, and to strengthen the pet-owner bond through this time
with Dr. Mary and Stephanie about the benefits of massage for your pet.
kicked off 2015 by joining ARF’s team and we’re very happy she chose us.
She became a Licensed Veterinary Technician
in 2003 and brings a wide range of
expertise to our team.
Carla spent part of her
career at a small animal hospital and at two animal shelters where she coordinated
rescues, wrangled volunteers, supported surgical efforts, and helped a lot of
deserving animals find homes. Oh - and if
you’re wondering about adopting a new fur baby for your home – she’s probably a
good person to talk to.
Carla may get to win the ARF team award
for most rescued pets in one house (but we’re still tallying the results)…she
has three dogs (Sundae, Skipper and Lulu), six cats (Vato, Cooper, Prince,
Biff, Tugboat and Yoda), 1 bunny (Prada) and a variety of birds.
When not at work, Carla is
working toward her Bachelor’s degree in business administration. In her “spare”
time, Carla says she likes to read (probably not a textbook and probably with
at least one of her pets curled up on or near her).
Lindsey Vincelette joined ARF’s team in
the winter of 2013 as a veterinary assistant.
She brings twelve years experience
working with small animal clinics (general and emergency medicine).
Lindsey has always wanted to work with animals and her
own fur babies include a horse (Mohammed), 2 dogs (Madison and Isadora, a hedge
hog (Calypso) and a guinea pig (Stanley).
Tanya Rentz started working with ARF in
the summer of 2014 and was then accepted into her Veterinary Technician program
-- so basically between work, school and critters - she stays pretty busy.
joining ARF, Tanya received a Bachelor’s in Biology from Olivet College.
Tanya grew up on her family's farm near
Pinckney where they’ve rescued and rehabilitated a wide range of animals
including birds, reptiles, dogs, cats, sheep, and horses.
own fur babies include a dog (Goku) and two horses (Haru and Wendy) along with a
few feather babies and geckos as well.
her spare time Tanya spends time with her horses and makes hand made Chain
Maille and jewelry.
Anna Gilbert joined
ARF’s team in the fall of 2014 as a Veterinarian Assistant and
Receptionist. She comes to us with
several years’ experience at other area veterinary clinics and has a passion
for helping animals.
She’s currently juggling
work and school assignments in her veterinary technician program (fifteen
months and counting – no pressure). When she's not studying or working, Anna spends time with her animals (Casper the horse and Moonshine
the dog) and hiking.
Her past jobs have
included horse trainer and owner of her own pet sitting business – check with
her if you have pet sitting needs.