Dr. Christopher Hall, DVM
Dr. Chris Hall is a graduate of Kansas State University. It was here he began a PhD. in anatomy and physiology with specific research regarding large animal respiratory disease. It was this research that led him to Michigan State University to continue his graduate work. Dr. Hall then transferred to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine to complete his Doctorate. At this point he began an externship in Raptor and Zoo Medicine at the University of Minnesota Raptor Rehabilitation Center and the Minnesota Zoo respectively.
Following his externship, Dr. Hall began work at the Chippewa Animal Clinic. He takes each patient’s care personally and prides himself in his ability to improve the lives of both his patients and their families. Dr. Hall’s approach to patient care reflects a well-known quote from Chief Seattle, a strong Native American leader: “If all the beasts were gone, we would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts, happens to us all”. Dr. Hall is a firm believer in the special connection we have with our pets; he aims to create a personal bond of trust with your family for a long lasting partnership in your pet's health and happiness. Dr. Hall and his team are committed to providing the most compassionate care available in an effort to improve the lives of both you and your pet.
Dr. Hall is very much involved with his tribe and participates in powwows as a singer and traditional dancer. In his free time, Dr. Hall enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife Debra and four children Justin, Nick, Jada and Alexia. Dr. Hall is also an avid martial artist; he currently teaches Kuk Sool Won to our local youth, and he is trained in both Judo and Taekwondo. Dr. Hall has a special place in his heart for large-breed working dogs as his own fur family consists of three Great Pyrenees – Penelope, Newton and Charlie. He also has a variety of farm animals including horses, goats, and even a couple chickens.
Dr. Kate Kiekhaefer, DVM
Dr. Kate Kiekhaefer graduated from the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She then practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Spartanburg, South Carolina for two years before moving to Alpine, Texas. While in Texas, Dr. Kate practiced mixed animal medicine and surgery for four years. In 2008, she moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and began working with the wonderful staff at Chippewa Animal Clinic. Dr. Kate’s parents fostered her love for animals at a very young age – she grew up on a farm surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and many other animals. Pursuing a career in veterinary medicine was the only logical choice for Dr. Kate as her passion for helping animals continued to burn. During each visit, Dr. Kate goes above and beyond to care for your pet while respecting your beliefs and wishes. She is passionate about pet owner education, and she aims to ensure you understand each aspect of your pet’s health. During her free time, Dr. Kate can be found running; she enjoys exercise and participates in various marathons and competitions throughout the year. Dr. Kate has a rather large family consisting of 12 dogs, 3 cats, 4 horse, 6 rabbits, and a flock of chickens! She holds a special place in her heart for senior dogs; Dr. Kate often rescues older dogs from various animal shelters across the state and gives them a comfortable home & lots of love during their golden years.
Sami was inspired at a young age to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Sami grew up watching her uncle, Dr. Christopher Hall, chase his life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian. She always envied his dedication and compassion and was ecstatic when she was offered the opportunity to join his team at the Chippewa Animal Clinic. Sami’s ability to empathize with both her patients and their families is unmatched. With each visit, she aims to create a welcoming, comfortable environment in order to foster a long lasting relationship with both you and your pet. Sami has a soft spot for exotic animals; she has her own little zoo at home consisting of 3 rescue dogs – Bella, Roxy, and Chloe, 2 cats - Autumn & Sophie, Summer the bearded dragon, and Jaxson the hedgehog. In her free time, Sami can be found painting or crafting, or soaking up the sun on the beaches of Lake Superior with her dogs during the summer.
Jackie's inspiration to join the team at Chippewa Animal Clinic originates from her experience in working with huskies and malamutes in preparation for winter sled racing. Jackie enjoys sharing her wealth of knowledge with her clients regarding breed specifics. Her main goal is to share at least one new piece of information about pet care with each client; Jackie finds it fulfilling to help pet owner's create a happy & healthy life for their fur babies. During her free time, Jackie can be found enjoying the great outdoors - no matter the season! Jackie & her rescue husky North love exploring the local scenery of the Upper Peninsula.
Rebecca Smart, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Rebecca’s father is a veterinarian, so she knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She grew up witnessing her father perform various procedures in-clinic and on farm calls, she envied her father’s dedication but he worked a lot and missed many family gatherings. Instead of following in her father’s footsteps, Rebecca paved her own path and continued her education to become a licensed veterinary technician. Rebecca takes great pride in her accomplishments, as she is one of the very few licensed veterinary technicians in our area. Rebecca’s experience and education has given her the knowledge needed to educate her clients on how to create a happy & healthy life for both her patients and their families. She looks forward to teaching our clients something new at every visit and aims to ensure each client has a thorough understanding of the care being provided to their pet. Rebecca is a workaholic and can usually be found in clinic; as the lead veterinary technician, her main priority is making sure herself and her coworkers love their workplace since our team tends to spend more time in clinic than at home. When she’s not at work, Rebecca enjoys the little things in life – relaxing with a dog on her lap and a cup of coffee in hand! Rebecca & her husband Mike have a soft spot for rescue & special needs animals. Her own fur-family consists of Josie, a miniature pinscher, Kipsy, a Doberman mix, and Verti – a special kitty with Cerebellar Hypoplasia!
Taylor's calling to animals came when she starting volunteering at our local animal shelter as a teenager. Taylor has grown up with dogs all her life, she also has experience with small animals and birds. This love of all animals (big & small!) is what led her to pursue a career at Chippewa Animal Clinic. Taylor looks forward to providing compassionate care to each client and patient regardless of the situation at hand. If you need a good laugh or a shoulder to cry on, Taylor is our go-to gal! She possesses an innate ability to connect with your pet and family, to ensure you and your pet have a memorable experience at our clinic. Taylor's fur family consists of Tenley, a pocket-sized pitbull mix, and Riley, a rambunctious blue heeler. Taylor works hard to provide the best life for her and her fur babies; but in her free time, Taylor can be found gardening or enjoying the sunshine!
Monday 8:00AM to 6:00PM
Tuesday 8:00AM to 6:00PM
Wednesday 8:00AM to 6:00PM
Thursday 8:00AM to 6:00PM
Friday Closed-Emergency Only
Saturday Closed-Emergency Only
Sunday Closed-Emergency Only
If your pet has a medical emergency and we are closed, please call us at (906) 635-5814 and we will provide you with the contact information for the on-call veterinarian. Dr. Hall will be available for weekday emergencies each evening beginning at 7:30PM.
Chippewa Animal Clinic
1554 E 3 Mile Road
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
Phone: (906) 635-5814
Fax: (906) 635-7338
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