Our Team

Compassionate, Professional

  • Tanya Boertman
    Tanya Boertman Receptionist / Vet Assistant

    Tanya is from Norton Shores, currently residing in Spring Lake with her husband Matthew, their dog Evelynn, and 5 cats. Tanya has been fostering with local cat rescue, Heaven Can Wait
    Animal Haven, since 2018. She devotes much of her spare time to caring for her foster cats/kittens and volunteering for the rescue. She also enjoys video games and car shenanigans
    with her husband.

  • Holly Reenders
    Holly Reenders Veterinary Assistant

    Holly is Grand Haven native. She is currently a student at Grand Valley State University studying biology with an emphasis in pre-veterinary studies. In her free time, she enjoys running, drawing, and spending time with friends and family. She has one dog, Blake, who also likes to go on runs with her.

  • Cara Lamar
    Cara Lamar Receptionist

    Cara is a West Michigan native. She recently bought a house in the Whitehall area with her boyfriend and their zoo. Together they have three dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and several fish. Cara has worked with animals for several years now. She began working at area doggy daycares, but more recently has worked as a receptionist for an out-of-town vet clinic before coming to West Shore. In her spare time she loves to clean, explore outdoors, and spend time with friends and family. She loves all animals and enjoys seeing them everyday!

  • Makyla Seevers
    Makyla Seevers Veterinary Assistant

    Makyla is a Grand Haven, MI native. She has a strong love for animals, which drove her to pursue a career in the veterinary world. She has two dogs, Kyzer and Zeeko. When she is not at work, she enjoys working on her home with her husband, Kevin. She also loves to fish, hunt and spend time with her family.

  • Shelby Phipps
    Shelby Phipps Veterinary Technician

    Shelby was born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan. She graduated from Sanford Brown’s Veterinary Technician program in 2013. She has two dogs – Prim and Cozmo. The human-animal bond, as well animal behavior are some of her professional passions. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Ray Peabody
    Ray Peabody Practice Manager

    Ray is a 1985 graduate of California State University and has spent his career in start-up business management including 20 years as the owner and publisher of a regional motorcycle magazine. A life-long animal lover, he has raised six dogs including five Airedales and was involved in Airedale Terrier rescue. He moved to West Michigan in 2012 to live with Dr. Heidi, two awesome dogs – Harriet and Lucy – and Rudy, the lone cat in the household who thinks we should all bow to his needs.

  • Dr. Heidi Heckler
    Dr. Heidi Heckler Veterinarian and West Shore Veterinary Clinic owner

    Dr. Heckler graduated from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Happy childhood memories of Grand Haven Beach helped motivate her decision to move to Spring Lake in 1999. During the following 10 years, she practiced in clinics in Spring Lake and Grand Haven. She also provided temporary services at clinics from Manistee to Mattawan. Being exposed to so many clinics helped when designing West Shore Veterinary Clinic. She envisioned a space organized for patient comfort and staff efficiency. She shares her home with Ray, our practice manager, two special needs dogs – Harriet and Lucy – and Rudy, a senior cat.