Our Vets

Dr. Courtney White


Courtney White, DVM

Director of Outpatient & Surgical Services
Cats, Dogs, and Small Domestics - Michigan State University

Dr. Courtney White completed her undergraduate career at Michigan State University and went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Following graduation, she completed an internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists and later trained at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her certification in canine physical therapy.
Outside of work, Dr. Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband, their three amazing children and senior golden retriever, Annabelle.  They all keep her very busy (and also keep her from bringing every shelter animal home)!  In any free time she gets, she enjoys reading, crocheting, hiking, swimming and spending time up north at Glen Lake.


Sara Barnhart, DVM
Outpatient Veterinarian
Small animal, Food animal, and Wildlife - University of Wisconsin

Dr. Sara Barnhart was born and raised in Detroit. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and History of Art at the University of Michigan and doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the University of Wisconsin. Following veterinary school, she completed a small animal internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists and then relocated to the Pacific Northwest to be near the ocean and mountains. Dr. Sara recently moved to Ann Arbor from Seattle, where she worked in general practice for 11 years.

Outside of work Dr. Sara enjoys being with her 2 young children and partner. They have a crazy household with four cats: Pablo, Frida, Potato, and Keith Richards plus a dog named Maya. Dr. Sara enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, reading, gardening, and art. She is excited to be back in Michigan with family and can't wait for the snow!



Dr. Julie Kelly 

Julie Kelly, DVM

Surgeon & Shelter Veterinarian
Companion Animals - Michigan State University

Dr. Julie Kelly completed her undergraduate degree at University of Illinois, her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, and post-graduate high quality high volume spay/neuter (HQHV) training at Humane Alliance.  Dr. Julie lived in Chicago for almost 20 years before moving to Michigan. In her previous life, she earned an MS in Human Clinical Nutrition from Rush University and a Certificate in Clinical Trials Management & Regulatory Compliance from the University of Chicago.  Dr. Julie recently completed the University of Florida Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, their beloved APBT Ike, and their five crazy cats: Zelda, Moose, Squirrel, Fritz and Miller.  She also enjoys eating out, watching movies, listening to music, riding her bike and ordering things from Amazon so that her cats can have more boxes.  


Dr. Julie Spencer


Julie A. Spencer, DVM
Foster Clinic Veterinarian
Companion Animals - Michigan State University

Dr. Julie Spencer completed her undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. She practiced at several veterinary clinics in Ann Arbor for 12 years prior to joining HSHV 7 years ago. Her main job at HSHV is working as the Foster veterinarian.

She enjoys golfing, attending UM softball and women's basketball games, and gardening. She and her partner own 5 cats - 3 brothers (Pete, Ron, and Harry) and 2 cats who started as kittens they fostered (Montana and Sable).




Dr Jason Speidel


Jason Speidel, DVM
Outpatient Veterinarian
Companion Animals - Ohio State University

Dr. Jason Speidel was born and raised in Ohio and attended the University of Dayton where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science.  Following this, he spent time working for the United States Senate before turning his eyes toward a career in veterinary medicine.  In 2010, he earned his DVM from Ohio State University.  While still a proud Buckeye alumnus, he hasn't looked back since relocating to the Irish Hills area of Michigan, and has come to enjoy the ribbing received from both his Wolverine and Spartan friends.

When not in clinic, Dr. Speidel is a barbecue and home brewing enthusiast, or you might find him outside trying to keep up with his wife and daughters on the many local hiking trails and waterways.  Of course no one in the veterinary profession is complete without some pets around; rounding out the household are two cats, a dog, and a pair of rats.  


Dr Jennifer Wells


Jennifer Wells, DVM
Outpatient Veterinarian
Companion Animals - Michigan State University

Dr. Jennifer Wells earned a degree in Microbiology from Eastern Michigan University and received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She has enjoyed a diverse veterinary career which has included traditional clinical positions, relief work, and instructing veterinary technology students. She is passionate about using her veterinary training in underserved areas of the world and has volunteered in Haiti, Honduras, post-Katrina Louisiana and Mississippi, and along the Iditarod trail in Alaska.

When not in the clinic, Dr. Jen enjoys organic gardening, quilting, sewing Little Dresses for Africa, volunteering at church, and playing the French horn in groups near her home in Manchester. Dr. Jen shares her home with a loveable collection of critters which includes her husband (also an MSU-trained veterinarian), a feline-obsessed daughter, a pair of hamsters, an inseparable cat and dog, the occasional foster pet, and a handful of chickens.

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