Alcona Animal Clinic


Kathy Jo Schwartz, DVM

Dr. Schwartz was born and raised in Adrian, Michigan.  She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979.  She worked at a mixed animal practice in Brooklyn, Michigan for 10 years before moving to Lincoln and establishing Alcona Animal Clinic in 1989.  Dr. Schwartz enjoys the variety of challenges a mixed practice presents.  In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities,  horseback riding, watching the Spartan sports teams, spending time with her family and friends.

Karen Potter, DVM


Dr. Potter was raised in Coopersville, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.  She joined our staff in June of 2010.  Dr. Potter's special areas of interest include bovine reproduction and disease management and small ruminants.  Her hobbies outside of the office include training and competing with her German Wirehaired Pointers and Vizslas in NAVHDA and AKC hunting tests, AKC dog shows, recreational hunting, shooting sporting clays and archery, playing softball and other athletics and enjoying time outside.  Dr. Potter also spends time with her varying hunting dogs.

Tammy Aube, LVT

Tammy was raised in the Alpena area and is a 1983 graduate of Michigan State University's Veterinary Technician Program.  Her special interests at work are patient care, orthopedics and laboratory work.  Outside of the office, Tammy likes caring for her farm of Beef Cattle, camping and walking with her dog- Chance an Austrailian Shepherd.

Ashley Brown, LVT

Ashley is originally from Clinton Township, Michigan.  She moved up here and joined our team in 2013.  Ashley Graduated from Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program and obtained her license as a Veterinary Technician in 2009.  She is very passionate about caring for animals. Ashley has 2 dogs- Daisy, a Jack Russell mix, Sky- an Australian Shepherd mix, and a cat named Jinx. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and all outdoor activities; the beach, kayaking and hiking.

Maria Niedzwiecki, LVT


Maria  or Bullet as we call her, is a graduate of Alcona High School.  Raised here in Lincoln, she was active in the local FFA and school sports.  Maria is an MSU graduate,as well as a 2015 graduate from Colorado University Veterinary Technician Program. In her time off she enjoys shooting bow and spending time with her husband riding their five  horses, Randy, Emily, Kieron, Miller and Kody,  and spending time with their adopted Australian Cattle dog- Kaycee.

Sue Schmitz

Sue brings to our practice over 25 years of behind the scenes veterinary assistant/technician experience with office and customer service skills,

When not working, Sue and her husband Ed live quietly on their small farm  north of Lincoln.  They currently board 4 horses plus have 2 of their own, have 11 cats (as of recent count) and a German Shepherd. Sue enjoys reading and gardening, but mostly prefers to spend her spare time with her two horses, Spirit and Cheyenne. Sue and her mare, Spirit, are currently studying and competing in Western Dressage.

Sue is also a member of the Alcona County 4H Council.

Melinda Peters

Melinda grew up in Birmingham, a suburb of Detroit, and moved to Northern Michigan in October 2000.  She joined our staff in 2008.  When not working, Mel (or #6 as we affectionately call her), enjoys camping with her husband, and spending time with all of her 6 cats and new Golden Retriever puppy Archie. 

Rochelle Boboltz


Rochelle graduated in 1996 from Alcona High School and grew up in Black River.  She briefly joined the staff in 1999, but came back again for good in 2003.  #5 as we call her, enjoys spending time with her husband, children and pets outside of work.
Megan Bossert
Megan is a 2009 graduate of Alcona High School, where she was very active in 4-H and sports. Megan is also a graduate of Alpena Community College.  She has two dogs; a Great Pyrenees named Phoenix and a Shih Tzu named Tank; also a cat named Meesha.  Megan enjoys most any outdoor activity as well as spending time with her wonderful husband and family.

Sheila Gauthier


Sheila was born and raised in the Black River area.  She graduated from Alcona Community Schools.  She always has had a love for horses and other animals.  Sheila came to work in our office in September 2011.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her Paint horse Patrick,  as well as her Boxers Stella and Dublin, and various cats and goats.  Sheila also has a daughter, Courtney and grand dogs. 

Lauren Larson


Lauren Larson, also known as Crash, was born in Saginaw Michigan raised in Harrison and moved up North to Lincoln in 2012, she Graduated from Alcona community schools in 2013, and married her high school sweet heart Specialist Jay Larson in July of 2016. her hopes for the future are to become a Gentle horse trainer and open her own training facility. Some of her hobbies include competing in horse shows, cowboy challenges and long distance trail rides with her horses Chief and Sky Commander, hiking, and playing fetch with her two dogs Lilly and Mason. Her friends will tell you she is stubborn and brutally honest. Nothing makes Lauren happier then being in the saddle or around animals and having a good laugh with family and friends.

David Lindsay

David is our newest staff member here at the clinic. He is 18 years old and is attending Michigan State University this fall to study Veterinary Sciences.  David aspires to become a large animal farm veterinarian. When he isn’t working he can be found on the back of a horse or spending time with his beagle puppy, Chloe.

Taylor Livingston

Taylor is our youngest staff member at 17 years old and a senior in high school.  She plans on going to college to study in the medical field. Her hobbies include playing sports such as basketball and volleyball. Her best friend is her pitt mix named Rylee. She enjoys taking her swimming, on walks and playing with Rylee on her free time and her friends.

Lilly Manning

Lilly Manning graduated from Alcona High School in 2014.  She has been attending Alpena Community College since then.  She plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in Animal Science as a Veterinary Technician. 
Lilly loves all animals, but cows are her absolute favorite.  When not working, she likes to hunt and spend time with her horses. 
"I am very happy to be here"
Jess Carr

Bio to arrive soon.