Meet Our Staff
Dr. Tim Baker grew up on a farm in Berkey, Ohio where his family raised livestock. As a result, he developed a keen interest in large animals, and determined to have a career in livestock work. After completing his education at Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, Dr. Baker joined a general veterinary practice in Ottawa, OH. There, through involvement with both small and large animal patients, Dr. Baker watched his veterinary interests expand to include companion animals. In 2003, Dr. Baker established his practice at the current location in Hillsdale to have the best of both worlds. He has scaled to focus on companion animals and now provides health care to a mix of small animals. Dr. Baker has three children: Kyle, Lauren, and Abbey and three stepchildren: Brayden, Elijah, and Elayna. The household includes an energetic and playful dog: Toby, a Maltese. They also have a bright orange corn snake; Ziggy and Roxie, a Green Cheek Conure. Dr. Baker enjoys Ohio State football and basketball; and, when he can find time in summer, he likes to go to the lake.
Nicole Angel,Veterinary Assistant
An animal lover, Nicole can say there isn't an animal she doesn't like, as they all interest her. Yet large animals are her favorite. She fell in love with cows while helping on a neighbors farm when she was a young teen. Nicole's love of animals has guided her education choices. She is attending Baker College studying vet technology and hopes to stay in Hillsdale or Branch counties after graduating. In the meantime, Nicole is the veterinary assistant here and may be seen assisting in other areas of the hospital as needed. She brings a fresh perspective and energy. Jonesville is home to Nicole, where she was born and raised. She shares her home with two rescue cats; Max, an orange short hair and Ruby, a long-haired tortoise shell. Both were rescued from Quincy No Kill Shelter. Two pit bull mixes, Zoey and Otis, are also part of Nicole's family. Whenever Nicole has free time between work and school, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Nicole particularly enjoys being outdoors on the lake. Otis loves kayaking with Nicole, while Zoey prefers sunbathing on the shore. Wherever Nicole goes, though, usually one of her four fur babies are with her.
Kayla Miller, Veterinary Assistant
A self-proclaimed "crazy cat lady", Kayla loves felines and is aspiring to study feline behavior. She, her husband, and their two sons, Brayden and Ezekial, enjoy time together as a family and with their two cats Simba and Smokey. Kayla also enjoys singing and crocheting. In high school, Kayla was involved with FFA and was animal team captain. Kayla completed her certification in veterinary assisting at Animal Behavior College in Georgia. Prior to college, she volunteered at the Greater Hillsdale Humane Society and shadowed in a veterinary clinic. After college, she worked in a busy veterinary practice in Florida. Kayla jumped in feet first in this large, six doctor practice, where she gained valuable experience in crisis and surgical situations. Here, Kayla is part of the team as assistant to the doctor for exams and surgery as well as a variety of other hospital related duties.
Tammy got her first pet at the age of two, a dog named Heidi. The two grew up together. This started a love of animals that has lasted throughout life. She has had other dog fur babies until her mom passed; at which time she inherited two cats. Now Tammy and her husband of 13 years share four cats. Their names are Bubba Roo, Bits, Big Guy, and Rico aka Baby cat. Baby cat has a special place in Tammy's heart due to the timing of when he came into her life shortly after the loss of her mom. Tammy and her husband also have one son. Reading books is a love of Tammy's as well as watching football and baseball; especially if it's her nephews'games. Tammy studied Administrative Office Professional at Career Quest Learning Center, where she became well acquainted with office life. Working here matches her organizational and people skills with her love of animals. As she said, her job here is the best way to be around beautiful animals every day.
Marie McKimmy, Receptionist
With a 7 year background as a Certified Medical Assistant, Marie is no stranger to medicine. She is continuing her education to work towards becoming a RN. Meanwhile, she is a compassionate and efficient help in her role at the front office here in the hospital. Marie and her husband Boyd have two daughters, Maddy and Dalilah. Their family has Matilda, a kitten. Over the years, though, Maries has kept different kinds of pets, including a guinea pig, a rat, and dogs. German Shepherds have a soft spot as Marie's favorite breed. Their family also enjoys traveling; especially along coastal regions. Between family and children's activities Marie loves photography and music.
Tom Allbright,Kennel Assistant
Tom keeps the kennels and the treatment/surgery area clean and ready. He really enjoys taking care of animals that stay after hours during the week and has been known to give boarders some extra love and attention. Tom also takes care of odd jobs and some maintenance duties around the hospital and is a valuable contribution, as he is always willing to help out as needed.
Sharon Hammill,Kennel Assistant
Behind the scenes, Sharon provides essential help after office hours, which is an important part of care for Hillsdale Veterinary Hospital. Sharon cares for boarders after hours, including weekends and holidays. She never misses a beat walking the dogs outside and ensuring their food and water is taken care of and cat litter boxes are clean. This care can also involve cleaning bedding and making the experience better for the pets.