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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 is the newest addition to the ARF team. Stephanie 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.

Steph 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. Stephanie lives in Jackson with her husband, two beautiful children, and a menagerie of furry companions.

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 honored modality.

Talk with Dr. Mary and Stephanie about the benefits of massage for your pet.

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.