Thomas R. PytelDVM
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan Dr. Thomas Pytel always knew he wanted to do something to combine his love of nature with his interest in animal science. He was fortunate enough to attend Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with his brother Dr. Mark Pytel (owner of Meadowbrook Animal Clinic) where both graduated in 1986. Immediately after graduating Dr. Pytel worked in mixed and companion animal practices throughout Michigan and Illinois. In 1995, with a loan from a friend, he established Pytel Veterinary Clinic in the Goodrich Plaza in Goodrich. In 2001 in response to a growing clientele the practice moved to the current location. Dr. Pytel believes that continuing education is an important part of his life as a veterinarian. He finds it crucial to keep informed on the best “Standards of Veterinary Medical Care”. Each year he attends the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida. The advances in veterinary surgery, medicine, practice management and the human-animal bond are the framework of this informative conference. Dr. Pytel feels it is most challenging to integrate what is learned here into the practice. Dr. Pytel has enjoyed being a part of his clients’ lives over the years and appreciates pet owners allowing him into their families. This, and being trusted in the care of their animals, is the most rewarding part of this wonderful profession. Dr. Pytel lives in Clarkston with his wife Anne, daughters Rachel and Samantha, dogs Maggie and Buddy and cats Cookie and Simba. In his spare time he enjoys fly fishing, martial arts and playing guitar.
Lauren Smyth DVM
Dr. Smyth grew up right here in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State(Go Green!) for her undergraduate degree in zoology in 2014 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2019. She first decided to be a veterinarian in elementary school where she fell in love with animals and dreamed of a future helping them. During vet school, she was involved in research including Lyme disease and oncology. Her professional interests include preventative care, internal medicine, and oncology. When she isn't in the clinic Dr. Smyth likes to visit museums and explore different cultures with her husband Tom, sometimes even their two dogs Doug and Emma! She is very excited to be joining the Pytel Veterinary Clinic animal care team and their excellence in preventative medicine and care for animals.