Dr. Bruce Withers, DVM

Dr. Withers graduated from Michigan State University in 1992. He has worked in the Kalamazoo community in private and emergency practices since 1995. He purchased Eighth Street Veterinary Care in 2007 from Dr. Hassing. Dr. Withers especially enjoys the daily interactions with clients and their pets and has a special interest in dentistry, surgery, and mammalian exotics. Dr. Withers and Amy have 6 children and 2 cats. His hobbies include bicycling and serving at church.


Amy Withers, Chief of Staff

Amy has been working for Eighth Street since 2011 and came to us as a certified vet assistant. She worked in the restaurant business for over 20 years using her extensive management experience, however, her true love is working with animals. Amy and Dr Withers have 6 children and 2 cats. In her spare time she loves going for long hikes and cycling.


Peggy Simonds, Receptionist/Accounting

Peggy has worked at Eighth Street Veterinary Care part time as a receptionist and accountant for many years. She divides her time between the clinic and her local family business. Peggy is married and has 2 married sons and 4 grand kids. She and her husband enjoy spending time at their property up north. Peggy has 2 miniature donkeys, 2 rabbits and 2 dogs.


Nikki Dwire, CVA

Nikki joined Eighth Street in 2015 as a certified Veterinary Assistant and has a passion for working with animals and people. Before joining Eighth Street she worked in the field of early childhood development and volunteered for animal rescue organizations. Nikki and her husband have 3 kids, 3 dogs, and 6 cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, adventuring outside, and scrapbooking.


Katie Tulin, Receptionist

Katie came to us in the fall of 2020. She has had a passion for animals from a young age, and became involved with animal welfare work when she joined Kzoo Cat Cafe and Rescue, first as a volunteer and then as a staff member. She has two cats, Kingsley and Martina, and she fosters several cats for the rescue as well. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.


Ashley Taylor, Vet Assistant

Ashley joined our family in the fall of 2020. She has always had a passion for helping animals and comes with over 10 years of experience in the shelter setting. Ashley has 2 small dogs at home, CC and Franklin, plus several cats.


Kaysey Sterk, Vet Assistant

Kaysey started at Eighth Street in the fall of 2020. She previously worked as a nanny and on a Dairy farm. She has a Dog named Mack and a Cat named Speckles. In her free time Kaysey enjoys being outdoors and being with her friends and family.


Mr. Kitty

Mister came to us in 2019. He loves to greet all of our clients and patients.