The Staff

Dr. JacksonPeter A. Jackson DVM

Dr. Jackson grew up in Spring Lake and Grand Rapids, graduating from East Grand Rapids High School in 1976. He joined the Air Force after graduation, was trained in law enforcement and stationed in the Philippines as a K-9 Handler. He was then certified in narcotics detection using a drug dog. Upon returning to the United States, he was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington D.C. and was trained in K-9 explosives detection. He has guarded Presidents Carter and Reagan along with dignitaries from many different countries including Prince Charles, Anwar Sadat and Pope John Paul. After leaving the Air Force, he attended university and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He started a practice in Newaygo and owned it for 10 years, and then decided to relocate to the lakeshore area, where he started the Lifetime Veterinary Care in 2004. Dr. Jackson's interests are aviation (he is a commercially rated pilot with both an instrument and multiengine rating), cycling, flatpick guitar and clawhammer banjo. His wife’s name is Laura, and they have three children, Lee, Kelsi and Dale, and share their house with various and sundry cats and dogs.

Kate VanWyck B.S.

KateKate is originally from Newaygo, and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2006. She and her husband Brad live in Grand Rapids with their son James, dog Eva, and cats Chloe and Ringo. When not at work, you will find Kate and her family enjoying the outdoors hiking and kayaking, or braving the Michigan winters on snowshoes.

Anita Villa-Woodrum

Anita has been working with Dr Jackson since 2007. She moved to the lakeshore area after graduating St Mary’s University in Notre Dame, Indiana. Although, she began her career in business, she eventually followed her passion and made a career working with animals. Since a child Anita has had a love of dogs. In high school she joined her local FFA chapter and so began another love for raising and showing pigs, lambs and steers. Her only great claim to fame is placing 3rd in the Houston Livestock and Rodeo with her beloved pig “Pork Chop”. To this day thinking of him will make her tear up. Anita lives in Grand Haven with her husband Mike and their two dogs, Jake and Coco. She loves to garden, hunt and fish. She also has a crazy love of quilting.

Amy Gardner

Amy is a native of the Tri-Cities area and has lived in Nunica since 2003 with her husband, stepson, their cat Gizmo and dog Frankie. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and has a wide variety of interests ranging from camping, fishing and kayaking to gardening, crafting and sewing. Amy also has a passion for fitness and spending time with her friends and family.

Theresa Herbert

Theresa grew up in Muskegon. She graduated from Paragon School for Pet Grooming and has been grooming for over 15 years. Theresa is married with 3 children 2 of which are currently in the United States Navy. She shares her home with her husband, youngest daughter, their dog Hubble and two cats, Knuckles and Shadow.