Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Bellaire Animal Hospital in Bellaire! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 231-533-6522 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Loretta Pantenburg

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Pantenburg grew up on a dairy farm in Michigan, and attended Michigan State University for both her undergraduate education and veterinary school. She worked at the local Humane Society and at a small-animal clinic in Lansing during her studies, then moved to Texas after graduation to work in a 24-hour referral and specialty clinic. After several years of gaining invaluable experience there, Dr. Pantenburg moved on to day practice and developed a lasting interest in small animal medicine. Her special interests include animal behavior, dentistry, and particularly enjoys seeing puppies and kittens grow up into happy, healthy adult pets.
Upon moving back to Michigan, Dr. Pantenburg worked at a clinic in Grand Rapids for a few years before the opportunity arose to purchase Bellaire Animal Hospital. She couldn’t be happier to start meeting the pet owners of the community and tending to their loveable animal companions!
Dr. Pantenburg lives with her boyfriend of 13 years; a pair of rescued cats named Moses and Milo; a 15 yr old lab mix who still acts like a puppy; a rescued pit bull/Mastiff and a recently adopted pit mix puppy names Leonidas. When she isn’t spending time with her own animal companions at home or tending to the area’s pets here at the hospital, Dr. Pantenburg loves adventuring in the great outdoors. She’s an avid kayaker, paddle-boarder, snowmobiler, and backpacker, and has trekked through Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and parts of the Appalachian Trail!

Ashley

Vet Tech

Ashley is a local girl who grew up in, and still lives in, Ellsworth. She graduated from Ellsworth High School then attended Baker College for her Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology. She did her externship at Bay Area Pet Hospital in Traverse City and became licensed in 2016.
Ashley joined the staff of the Bellaire Animal Hospital in the Spring of 2017 and we couldn't be happier! She loves performing dental cleanings and assisting in surgery as well as running laboratory and diagnostic tests.
The day after she graduated from college, Ashley got Moki - a 1 yr old Brittany Spaniel. She also has a calico cat named Kiki. Ashley is an avid sports fan (go Tigers and Pistons!) and plays in a slow pitch softball league, as well as enjoying jet skiing in summer and snowmobiling in Winter.

Lauren

Vet Tech

Lauren grew up in Bourbonnais, Illinois and has always had a love of animals. She went to school in Duluth, MN the Joilet, IL to receive her veterinary technician in 2010. She especially enjoys parasitology and hematology and all the interesting things you can see with a microscope.
Lauren and her family have lived in Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana and were excited at the chance to come to Northern Michigan. They moved here in 2013 and have been clients at the Bellaire Animal Hospital. Lauren also started 'Lazy Dog Petsitting and Grooming'. When the opportunity arose to join the staff at BAH earlier this year, it seemed like a great fit for all.
Lauren lives here in Bellaire with her husband, Nick, and 2 sons Milan and Ethan. They all enjoy the outdoors and love to go boating, skiing, biking and hanging out at the lake. They share their house with an energetic Golden Retriever named Floyd (aka 'Dog'ald Trump), Sammie the Siamese cat and Pug, the guinea pig.

Ryan

Vet Assistant

Ryan grew up in Westland, Michigan and holds degrees in science and business. He previously owned his own horse trail-riding business (which he recently sold), worked for a feed store in order to learn about animal nutrition, and served at a cattle auction. Upon moving back to northern Michigan in the fall of 2014, he joined the Bellaire Animal Hospital family as a Veterinary Assistant.
Around the hospital, Ryan likes taking care of inventory, helping out with surgeries, and enjoying pet owners’ fascinating stories about their four-legged friends.
At home, Ryan lives with his wife, Christy, as well as a menagerie of pets. They have various dogs and cats, as well as six horses and 2 sheep! When he isn’t caring for animals here at the hospital or spending time with his family and pets, Ryan enjoys horseback riding and attending his daughters’ softball games.

Lisa

Vet Assistant

Lisa’s mother used to work as Bellaire Animal Hospital’s Office Manager, so Lisa has been involved with the clinic for a large portion of her life. She started working here when she was only 13 years old! For Lisa, working in the veterinary industry is more than just a career; it’s her life’s passion, and she’s incredibly proud to serve the pets and animal owners of Bellaire as a Veterinary Assistant here at the clinic.
Lisa studied at Ferris State University after high school, and worked in another veterinary clinic briefly when she moved to Fort Myers, Florida. Here at Bellaire Animal Hospital, she particularly enjoys seeing pets feel better after treatment and educating pet owners on the best possible care techniques for their animal companions.
Lisa has a 2 ½ yr old daughter, Audriana Marie. They share their home with two rescued pit bulls, Willow and Stella, as well as a cat named Mango who was rescued during Lisa’s time in Florida.

Terri

Vet Assistant

Long before she was employed here at Bellaire Animal Hospital, Terri was a client of the practice. Her family moved to Bellaire in 1968, and they’ve been bringing their pets here ever since. Now, Terri gets to indulge her passion for animal care on a regular basis as a member of the Bellaire Animal Hospital team!
Terri works full-time as an optician through the week, and cares for the clinic’s boarding pets on the weekends. She joined the hospital family about four years ago after being invited to work here part-time. Terri has a particular interest in natural healing techniques, and is constantly amazed by the way that natural remedies can enhance a pet’s recovery and overall well-being.
When she isn’t working, attending dog shows, or going to barrel races, Terri enjoys spending time with her family and pets. She’s married to her husband, Bruce, and has an adult son named Michael who has two daughters of his own. At home, Terri and her husband live with a Paint Quarter Horse named Dancer; three English Springer Spaniels named Sadie, Jake, and Kate; an English Cocker Spaniel who goes by Sophi; and seven quirky cats: Loki, Socks, Smudge, Jazz, Rucks, Moxie, and Samantha.

Ann

Vet Assistant, Receptionist

Ann has adored animals for as long as she can remember, and she’s a natural caregiver—she worked for many years in an emergency room treating human patients. After her retirement, Ann decided to put her professional background and her love of the earth’s creatures to good use. She now serves the pets and animal owners of the area as a member of the Bellaire Animal Hospital family!
Ann was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and moved to the Bellaire area after retiring from her position as Pulmonary Nurse Coordinator at the University of Michigan’s Health Center. Shortly afterward, she brought her own dog to the clinic for treatment of an ear infection, which is when she met Dr. Pantenburg. The rest, as they say, is history! Ann joined the Bellaire Animal Hospital team shortly after her initial visit, and now works as a Vet Assistant and receptionist.
Ann is married and has two grown children, both of whom love animals just as much as she does. Ann and her husband share their home with two rescued dogs, Comet and Scooter. When she isn’t enjoying the company of her family and pets or tending to the needs of the area’s animals here at the hospital, Ann is an avid golfer and has met many PGA golfers over the years. She even got the opportunity to chat with the late Arnold Palmer at his home course in Orlando, Florida!

Mindy

Vet Assistant

Mindy grew up on a farm in South Boardman, Michigan, where pets were simply a part of life. She and her sisters were all involved with showing horses in the 4-H club and riding for equestrian teams—it wasn’t hard for Mindy to develop a passion for animal care! She’s proud to serve the pets and animal owners of the area as a member of the Bellaire Animal Hospital family.

Mindy was only a freshman in high school when she first began cleaning kennels at another local hospital where her sister also worked. In March of 2016, she joined the Bellaire Animal Hospital team as a Veterinary Assistant. Mindy is particularly fond of running lab work, and she also likes jumping in to help with reception work and surgery when necessary.

Although she doesn’t get the chance to ride as much as she’d like, Mindy still enjoys taking her horse, Ruby, out on the trails whenever the opportunity arises. She also has a dog and a cat at home: Wesson is a Blue Heeler puppy who sticks to Mindy like glue; Leonard the cat is so laid-back that he even jumps up onto Ruby!

Dave

What isn't Dave's Job Title?

Dave is a Bellaire Animal Hospital jack of all trades. He's the gardener when the grass needs mowing, the handyman when something needs to be fixed, the IT guy when the computers stop working...the receptionist, surgical assistant, whatever. You name it, Dave does it.

Dave came to our clinic with Dr Pantenburg but was an animal lover long before he met Dr P.

Dave grew up in Williamsport, PA in an animal loving home with cats, dogs, chickens, goats and even hamsters. After graduating from college, he moved to Dallas, TX and founded an online apartment company. It was there that he met Dr Pantenburg and they moved to Michigan. When Dave isn't helping out at the animal hospital, he's operating the Grand Traverse Photobooth Company.

Dave enjoys living in Northern Michigan and all that it has to offer - kayaking, hiking, biking and photography.