Meet Our Team

Jim Bader, DVM

Veterinarian

I grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, graduating with my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. I moved to Allegan shortly after graduation and worked two years at a clinic there before moving to Holland, where I worked for another two years before opening Mapleview Animal Hospital in 1992. I earned my Masters Degree in Shelter Medicine from the University of Florida in 2016. I am also a Certified Chiropractor. My wife, Merri, and I have four children. In my free time, I enjoy doing spay/neuter work in Guatemala; traveling around the US and foreign countries; doing projects around the house; cooking and reading. I am a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Jill Veldhof, DVM

Veterinarian

I grew up in Holland and attended Holland Christian High School and Hope College before earning my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 2004. I joined Mapleview shortly after graduating.

I have wanted to be a veterinarian ever since I was 5 years old. I love all aspects of Veterinary Medicine – new puppy & kitten visits are the best!

My partner Greg and I share our home with our Golden Retriever, Meika and Bernese Mountain Dog mix, Jazmine. We also have two Koi fish and 2 Goldfish. In the summer, I enjoy motorcycle and dirt bike riding. In the winter I love to snowmobile! I also enjoy gardening & building doll-houses.

Andrea Neuman, DVM

Veterinarian

I grew up in Holland, MI, attended Aquinas College and received a Bachelors of Science in Biology. I went on to attend the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine and earned a doctorate of veterinary medicine. I married my high school sweetheart, Paul, in 2011. We had our first child, Freddie, in December 2017. We reside in Holland with our dog, Pearl, and cat, Quigly. I have been a member of the Mapleview team since the beginning of June 2015. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities, spending time with my family. I am Fear Free Certified.

Merri

Client Service Representative

I was born and raised in Holland MI. I went to Michigan State University and received a Bachelors Degree in Family and Community Services in 1985. After graduation, I returned to Holland and went to work for a local non-profit organization for a few years. That was followed by a Human Resources job at a local automotive supplier. I have been employed at Mapleview since 1997 as the Office Manager.

I’ve always had a passion for animals having grown up with dogs, rabbits, and horses and I originally went to college to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. While that didn’t work out, after I finished college, I began raising and showing Rottweilers, Clumber Spaniels and Cardigan Welsh Corgis knowing that dogs needed to be an essential part of my life. I really enjoyed training and showing in obedience and prior to working at Mapleview, I taught obedience classes. Once I joined Mapleview, I continued teaching classes for several years. Over the years, I finished championships and obedience titles on 20 dogs. In recent years, my family has added showing horses to our busy lives.

My favorite thing about working in the Veterinary field is getting to know the clients on a personal level and seeing the puppies and kittens begin their journey with us.

I have been married to my husband, Jim, for almost 24 years. We have three wonderful children together, Kailene (22) , Karsten (20) and Karina (18 – who we adopted from Guatemala as an infant). I also have an amazing “bonus” son, Quinten (25), who is married to Kylie.

In addition to showing dogs and horses, my family loves to travel. We have traveled all over the United States and internationally, including trips to Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, England, and Ireland, among many others. One of our favorite places to go in the US is Walt Disney World, which we try to do several times a year.

Michelle

Client Service Representative

I am a graduate of Holland High School and started working at Mapleview in 1996. I have a husband, Mike, and two daughters, Macy and Cassie. My home has been blessed with many wonderful pets over the years, and currently the home of a Chinese Crested mix, Chihuahua and 2 cats. There usually can be found a foster dog in residence as well.

I am Sophia Yin Certified in Low Stress Handling of Pets (which has helped me earn the nickname “The Chihuahua Whisperer”), and a Fear Free Certified Professional. I strive daily to make sure that our patients and clients are as comfortable and at ease during their visits as possible and enjoy working with our clients to turn fearful visits into successful, enjoyable.

In addition to working at Mapleview, in 2003 I founded a foster based rescue, A New Start On Life. In my spare time I enjoy reading, educating myself on new enrichment ideas for cats and dogs, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Barb

Groomer

I graduated from Paragon School of Dog Grooming in 1999. Shortly after graduating, I began employment at Mapleview. I have shown many different breeds of dogs at shows and like to put a bit of dog show style into my grooming whenever I can. When not at work, I work with America’s Best Frisbee Dogs putting on halftime Frisbee shows at football and basketball games as well as community events.

Patti

Housekeeping

I started working at Mapleview Animal Hospital in April of 2016 after I retired from Gentex Corp. After working at Gentex for 15 years, I retired in 2016 but still wanted to work at a job I would enjoy and to supplement my retirement income. I always wanted to work with animals and was blessed in finding a job with Mapleview, working in Rescue.

My favorite thing about this job is meeting and helping with the care of the dogs and cats. Working with them gives me such joy. It is truly the right job for me and I’ve learned so much in my time here!

I have 3 wonderful kids: Jodie, Korene, and Trevor, as well as 2 grandchildren: Ben and Maelynn. I enjoy working outside on my yard, flower beds and garden, going for walks, reading, camping, fishing, and kayaking. I have 3 wonderful dogs, Zoey, Lexi, and Maple (2 are foster failures!).

Stephanie

Bio coming soon

Jordan

Receptionist

I have been a receptionist at Mapleview Animal Hospital since July of 2020. I am a Holland local and share my home with my 3 kiddos – 2 boys and a girl that are 7, 6, and 4. We also have a dog named Bonnie. We love going camping and to the beach as a family and having movie nights on the weekends!

Melissa

Veterinary Assistant

I am a Holland local and began working at Mapleview Animal Hospital in 2005. I started in the boarding kennel and have progressed from there. I perform multiple tasks at Mapleview including being a veterinary assistant, kennel manager, and reception. My favorite is being a veterinary assistant and assisting in surgery.

I have always loved furry friends so working in this field just seemed natural to me. I can’t pick just one favorite thing about working with animals because all of the little ways we are able to help them are what make this job so special! I am Fear-Free Certified which means I am trained to make your pet’s visit to our hospital as stress and anxiety-free as possible.

When not working, I am a volunteer and board member with Headin’ Home Pet Rescue. I have two adult sons. I recently remarried (he is wonderful) and acquired two adult daughters, two wonderful grandkids. I love just spending time with all the kids. And exploring and walking with the furry kids, too.

Maddie

Veterinary Assistant

I grew up in the Holland area and went to school at West Ottawa. I have worked at Mapleview since 2013. I started in the boarding kennel while still in high school and transitioned to the front desk and assisting as a vet tech. I am currently pursuing a degree as a Veterinary Technician from Penn-Foster. I am also a Fear Free Certified Professional.

Growing up I always wanted to work with animals. Luckily I was able to get a job working in the boarding kennel at Mapleview right after I graduated from high school. Since then I have worked my way up to where I am now as a veterinary assistant.

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and taking care of my dogs and horses.

Emily

Veterinary Assistant

I’ve been a part of the Mapleview Family since 2007. I was born and raised in Holland and graduated from West Ottawa High School. I attended GVSU as well as GRCC, where I got my associate degree in Business Administration, but always knew I wanted to end back up working with animals. Working in the kennel at the clinic was my first job when I was 16. You can still find me in the kennel often as being with dogs is what makes me the happiest. I love getting to spend time with the rescue dogs as well as the boarding dogs, as each day they are so excited to see you! We get to enjoy long walks outside, and the dogs love spending every minute with you! Sunshine and happy dogs, a day doesn’t get much better than that!

My whole life I have loved animals, especially dogs. I always dreamed of opening up my own doggie hotel. Getting to work with dogs every day is what makes me happiest, which is how I knew I am in the right profession.

When I’m not at the clinic, you can find me volunteering most of my time at Headin’ Home Pet Rescue! I have a big family with 7 fur kids, yes 7!!! Harper, Izzy, Brock, Sugarbabe, Stella, Liberty and Fiasco, 6 of them are rescues as well as foster failures.

Lupe

Veterinary Assistant

I joined the Mapleview team in the summer of 2018 as a Receptionist and am now a Veterinary Assistant. I’m originally from Chicago but since moving have enjoyed living in Michigan and being closer to family.

In the summer of 2018 I lost my job and my roommate’s mom worked at a veterinary clinic where they were looking to fill a receptionist position. I wanted to try something different and I went for it. Once I realized that I enjoyed working with animals, I considered working on getting my Veterinary technician license. My favorite thing about working with animals is the unpredictability. You get to work with big fluffy dogs to small animals like guinea pigs and sometimes even exotic animals like a wallaby!

When I started getting into being an assistant I realized there was more to it than just getting to play with puppies and kittens. I wanted to learn more and more every day about veterinary care and what it takes to become a veterinary technician. Not every day is easy because it can also be rewarding.

I currently live in Grand Rapids with my husband and son Noah. We have a yellow lab named Bella and three guinea pigs, Wilbert, Theodore, and Lincoln. I’m hoping to finish my Veterinary technician license within the next two years.

Shannon

Veterinary Assistant

I grew up in Marshall, Michigan. After graduating, I moved to Marquette, Michigan where I studied Communications and Broadcasting at Northern Michigan University. Fast forward 12 years, my daughter, dogs and I moved to West Olive with my significant other. I decided to go back to school to follow my dream of working with animals. I graduated from Animal Behavior College and began my career at Mapleview.

I have been fostering dogs for a number of years. I love being a part of the transformation when shelter dogs figure out they no longer have to be scared and sad. The joy and happiness that radiates from them is so beautiful. I started working in the animal industry so I am able to use my skills and compassion for animals, but also make a living.

Outside of work, I enjoy game nights with my family, snuggling my guinea pigs, teaching my dogs new tricks, reading mysteries, brushing up on my Spanish, and enjoying every day to its fullest the very best I can.

Mackenzie

Veterinary Assistant

I started working in the Kennel at Mapleview Animal Hospital in 2010 and volunteering at Headin’ Home Pet Rescue around the same time. I am a Holland local and attended Grand Valley State University where I earned my BS in Biology with an emphasis on Pre-Veterinary medicine. I also spent a year attending Veterinary School at RUSVM before deciding I wanted to come back home.

I started volunteering with animals when I was in 3rd grade and have continued since then. Since I was 15, I have worked closely with Headin’ Home Pet Rescue and Mapleview and have found a love for helping animals. Being a voice for the voiceless is one of my favorite parts of working with animals. Since I was little, I knew my purpose and my dream was to help animals, and working at Mapleview helped me solidify my dream of having a job helping animals.

I have a Rottweiler named Jenny that I adopted from Headin’ Home. After work, I am always hanging out with her. I spend a lot of my free time volunteering at Headin’ Home Pet Rescue. I also enjoy playing video games, reading, and going on adventures with my dog.

Jessica

Kennel Attendant, Receptionist

I was born and raised in California where I moved all over the state. At about age 12 my family decided it was best to move to Holland and since it’s become a wonderful place to call home.

I’ve always loved being around and interacting with animals. Even just getting to observe them from afar made me happy. I knew from a young age I wanted to work with them and take care of them. When an animal afraid of life who doesn’t even want to be touched turns into being trusting and happy to see me and be around me is so rewarding and is one of my favorite parts of working with them. It’s such a lovely thing to watch them come out of their shells and get the chance to see who they really are.

I have a small but wonderful family and they are always there for me when I need them. I love having family time outside of work. I enjoy trying new food places and checking out new stores with my best friends. Every day you can find me taking nice long walks with my pup Opossum.

Maria

Kennel Attendant

I went to Zeeland Public schools and after high school was interested in pursuing opportunities to work with animals. I have been part of the Mapleview Animal Hospital team since 2018.

When I started feeling confident and more understanding to the situation of our patients, I would take them for walks or outings on my personal time to get them out and socialized. It felt right to be able to give them some relief and personal one-on-one care during a time of need. This is why I love working in the veterinary field!

I’ve loved connecting with animals since I got my first pet. I have 3 cats named Kirby, Patches, and Cas. Outside of the clinic, I can be found creating artwork for commissions or spending time with family and friends.

Karina

Kennel Attendant

I graduated from West Ottawa High school in January 2020, I am currently taking classes at Lansing Community College to get my Associate in Business Administration after I will transfer to a University to either continue with my business career or to become a Veterinary Technician. I was adopted at the age of 4 months by my mom and dad who live in Holland, MI.

I knew working with animals would help me with my future dreams. My dad is a veterinarian and I knew I wanted to do something with dogs. This job is getting me used to working with dogs and traveling to Guatemala with my dad to do spay and neuter clinics. I love working with animals because all dogs are different they all have different personalities, different sizes, and colors!

I have a mom, dad, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many many animals in my family. My personal interests are riding horses competitively and in general with my older sister, spending time with my dogs, and watching television. One of my proudest achievements was getting my first 1st place in one of my horse competitions!

Jillian

Kennel Attendant

I’m a student at West Ottawa High school and I’m going to graduate in 2021. After high school, I’d like to go to vet school and become a veterinarian, something I’ve wanted to do since I was little. I love working with animals because I love seeing them happy and stress-free.

I have 5 dogs, a Golden Retriever named Sophie, a Border Collie/Dalmatian mix named Lily, a Boxer named Buster, and 2 Dachshunds, Dutchy and Daisy. Outside of doing school and homework, I’m usually hanging out with my friends or snuggling with all my pups! I also love adventuring outdoors and spending time with my brothers and parents.