Thank you for choosing Northside and Holton Road Veterinary Hospitals! You can meet any of the team members below at either location
Dr. Eric D . Peterson, Practice Owner
Dr. Peterson is a North Muskegon native and graduated from North
Muskegon High School. After High School, he spent a year and a half
at Albion College before transferring to Michigan State University for
the remainder of undergraduate work before entering Michigan
State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While in undergrad, he started
working at Northside and found it to be the perfect fit.
Following graduation from veterinary school in 2003, he started
working immediately as a doctor of veterinary medicine at Northside
Veterinary Hospital where in 2007, he was fortunate enough to
purchase the practice from Dr. Tom Peterson (no relation). In 2014,
Dr. Alan Zamarron was looking to retire and in April of 2014, Dr. Eric
Peterson bought Holton Road Veterinary Clinic from him. Since then,
both offices have been working together to provide many services to
the client base that were not available before.
Dr. Peterson is married to his lovely wife Marisa and together they
have 4 beautiful children: Charlotte, Graham, Will, and Penelope.
Dr. Beth Anne Townsend
Dr. Townsend joined the staff here at Northside in April of 2007. She
received her Bachelor of Arts from Albion College in 1986. She
practiced as a licensed nursing home administrator in the Chicagoland
area for over 10 years before going back to Michigan State University
in 2001 to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Dr. Townsend received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree
from Michigan State in 2005.
Dr. Townsend and her husband Mark live in Hesperia with their dogs
Mick and Tucker, and two cats Inky and Haley. Dr. Townsend and Mark have
3 children, daughter Kari Beth currently teaching elementary school
in the Chicago Public School system, her son Kyle who just received
his BS in Computer Science Technology, and daughter Markaya who is
a professional horse trainer, and co-owner of a local gymnastics
Dr. Townsend looks forward to meeting you and your pets!!
Dr. Amy Peck
Born and raised in Muskegon, Dr. Peck graduated from Western Michigan Christian High School. She attended Michigan State University where she earned a BS in Biology with high honors in 1993 and a DVM with honors in 1997. Dr. Peck has worked at various clinics in Kalamazoo, Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, movies and playing with her two dogs, Chase and Finn.
Eve Pattyn, Practice Manager
Eve was hired as our practice manager in October of 2008. She has
her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Grand Valley
State University and has over fourteen years of experience in the
service industry. She is married to Jeff and they have two children
Grace and Kole. Their family dog is a Shih Tzu-Pug mix named Chase.
Her free time is spent with her children, mostly attending their
Holly Ross, LVT
Holly graduated from Baker College here in Muskegon and has been a
Licensed Veterinary Technician for 12 years now. She is married to
Chad and they enjoy zoos, exploring new places, and finding great
local entertainment! They share their home with their two dogs:
Drago, a Northern Huskador Hound (mutt!) and Count, a Labrador Retriever, and their very finicky cats Bishop and Earl!
Sovanny Rivera, LVT
Sovanny is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida. She graduated
from Baker College of Muskegon in 2013 with her Veterinary Technician degree.
Before starting at Holton Road Vet Clinic, she volunteered in an all-
species animal rescue in Daytona Beach, Florida for 8 years and did an internship at John Ball Zoo for a year.
When we have patients hospitalized, Sovanny enjoys spending extra
time with them to make them more comfortable and ease their stress!
She has a chow mix, named Yogi Bear, that she spends most of her time with. When not hanging out with her pup, Sovanny enjoys heavy metal music and is a fitness instructor!
Alisha Lopez, LVT
Alisha joined the staff in October 2016. Hired as a veterinary assistant Alisha completed her degree at Baker College in 2018! She spends extra time in the clinic helping out wherever she’s needed: greeting patients, helping doctors with in and out patient procedures, helping with surgery prep and her personal favorite: receiving as many puppy kisses and kitten cuddles as possible!
Outside the office, Alisha enjoys reading, playing video games, cruising to the beach and going to the movies (especially the scary ones!). She is a proud parent of a cat named Maya, who adores people and is quite chatty!
Cara Atwood, LVT
Bio coming soon!
Lyndia Brown, Veterinarian Assistant
Lyndia has been working at the Holton Road location since April 2001. She enjoys seeing the regular clients and meeting new clients, but she has a passion for meeting the canine and feline companions that accompany them.
She is married to her husband Larry, and they have a step-son named Tate. They have three pets at home, a labrador named Buck and two amazing feline mousers, Ebo and Sly.
When not at work, she loves to read, listen to music, run, skii and spend time at the beach with her family.
Shannon Derby, Veterinarian Assistant
Shannon recently moved to Muskegon from Columbia, Missouri and joined our staff in February 2017. She has worked in veterinary
medicine since 1996, working both as a receptionist and technician.
She has vast experience in medical research working with a wide
array of different species.
In her free time, Shannon enjoys reading, playing computer games,
and spending time with her family. She has three cats, two of which
were former research heroes, and two miniature pinchers.
Lisa George, Receptionist
Lisa is our longest tenured staff member, and she started in 1986 at
Northside! Her fur babies consist of her torti cat Skyler and recently
adopted Boston Terrier named Romeo.
Lisa and her husband Mike have been blessed with four children and four grandchildren. When not working Lisa and Mike enjoy spending time with family and friends!
Janine Lebano, Receptionist
Janine started working at Holton Road Vet in March of 1989, when the
clinic first opened. She enjoys the time with the doctors and rest of
the staff and especially the pet owners and their critters!
Janine has been married to her husband Mario since June of 1989.
They have a daughter Alessandra who attends Indiana University- Go Hoosiers!! They share their home with their 2 cats Giacomo and
When not at work, Janine relishes spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and enjoying life!
Karla Homan, Receptionist
Karla has been with Northside for the last 10 years. She grew up in the North Muskegon area up until her recent move to Whitehall where she currently resides with her husband, Corey, his son Gage.
In her spare time Karla enjoys nothing more than spending time at the beach with their retrievers in beautiful West Michigan and during the winter months they enjoy cooking various dishes.
Brooke VanderSlute, Receptionist
Brooke enjoys her time at the front desk as she gets to greet all the
pets that come in! If you've got a boxer, she wants to meet them.
Brooke is married and has two children, and a goofy boxer named Cooper. In her free time she loves reading, kayaking, camping, and walking the dog!
Cristi Middleton, Receptionist
Cristi is new to Michigan, traveling up from Illinois in 2017 for her husband's job and joining our team in 2018!
She has always loved animals and worked with a shelter in Illinois as a foster parent for small animals like mice and rabbits. She currently has a mouse, a bird and three dogs at home!
In her spare time, Cristi enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband and spending time with her family at their cottage in Frankfort, Michigan!
Jessica Ledsworth, Receptionist
Jessica grew up in southern Indiana, but has resided in West Michigan for the past 20 years. She has worked for several veterinarians from Portage to Muskegon and was happy to join our team in 2018!
Jessica has a blended family with her husband Jon, his three children Cody, Brooke, and Chase and her daughter Riley. They have an adopted fur babies, Lady. They enjoy volunteering in the winter with Ski Patrol and in the summer with US Sailing race events. They also love spending time with family and friends and travelling with them on skiing and sailing vacations.