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Meet the Team

Our Veterinarians

H. Thomas Ferstl, Jr, Owner & Senior Veterinarian

Dr. H. Thomas Ferstl, Jr
Owner & Senior Veterinarian

Dr. Ferstl graduated from Millington High School in June 1969. He attended Michigan State University for a year before accepting an appointment to The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland June 1970.  He returned to Michigan State University at the end of September 1970 to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from Michigan State University in June 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Public Health. He graduated from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine June 1976 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. During the next year, Dr. Ferstl was employed at three Veterinary practices, including practicing at his father’s practice, founded June 6, 1949, in Millington, MI. He spent the next three years traveling the country, writing, doing independent study, and living in Germany for 8 months studying the German Language. On his return from Germany, December 30, 1979, he worked with his father in his father's practice in Millington, practicing large and small animal medicine and surgery until his father’s death in November 1995. From 1995 until the present, Dr Ferstl concentrated on Small Animal Veterinary Medicine, with a special interest in surgery. During this time, the practice grew from two employees to 18 employees, and from an original footprint of 800 square feet in 1949 to an over 7000 square feet footprint in 2023, and a second clinic in Vassar, MI, 4-Paws Veterinary Clinic, that is a practice equipped for rehabilitation and pain management.

Dr Ferstl enjoys practicing The Martial Art Sun Moo Kwan Hapkido, a Korean martial art over 2500 years old. He also enjoys reading, writing, herding cats, teaching dogs to wrestle, and plotting to take over the world. (His best plot: Teaching cats to rap, turn them loose all over the world, and pick up the pieces.) Occasionally, Dr. Ferstl will get into an argument with a horse over who is psychologically smarter, a horse or a man. The horse will laugh at Dr. Ferstl’s arguments, and Dr Ferstl, in a pique, will challenge the horse to a hundred-yard dash. Dr Ferstl wins the first 60 yards but gets creamed in the last 40 yards. The challenges continue. And lastly, if you stay up late on a summer’s balmy night, you can catch Dr Ferstl trying to teach an opossum to stay awake and read.

Barbara Guile, Veterinarian

Dr. Barbara Guile

Dr. Guile is a life-long resident of Tuscola County. She received her Bachelor of Science from Saginaw Valley State University in 1997. She then continued her education at Central Michigan University where she graduated with her Master of Science in 2004. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 2008. Dr. Guile has been working at the Ferstl Veterinary Hospital since 1999. She enjoys spending time with her family and caring for special needs cats and dogs.  She has recently opened our sister location, 4-Paws Veterinary Clinic located in Vassar, MI to pursue her interest in rehabilitation and pain management.

Our Staff

Rebecca Stalsberg, Practice Manager

Rebecca Stalsberg
Practice Manager

Rebecca has been here since 2018. She started off as a receptionist when moving back home from North Carolina and is the current Practice Manager. She handles everything from clients, to patient care, and being  a tech as well. She has an Associates Degree in Business Management from Delta College. She is a mother to a young boy and has a dog – Axl Rose, and three cats -Sparty, Seven, and Swiffer. When she is not managing the office, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and playing video games.

Rachael Radick, Receptionist

Rachael Radick

Rachael has been here since 2020. While starting out as a receptionist, she has since learned other aspects of the job and will help where needed. Whether it be as kennel aid, front desk, or tech. She specializes in client satisfaction and uses her experience to make sure every pet and owner have a good experience. She moved here from Texas in 2012, and Michigan has since become her home. While the adjustment from Texas to Michigan was difficult, she is proud to say she followed her nana’s footsteps in working with animals. Her love for animals is what keeps her going, just like her nana. When she is not taking care of animals at the office, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with her niece and nephew.

Brittany Wright, Receptionist

Brittany Wright

Brittany was hired on in 2022 as a front desk receptionist. She worked as a child care taker previously before coming here. She has a soft heart and love for animals and has had that love since a young age. Outside of the office she is a wife and a mother of six. She loves spending time with her family and her dog Yoshi.

Madison Gwizdala, Receptionist

Madison Gwizdala

Madison was hired in March of 2023, as a front desk receptionist. She was a receptionist and dog groomer for a small business owner for 2 years prior. She has taken a pre-vet class and won 3rd place in the HOSA Medical Reading while attending. She has always had a passion and drive for animals. She would love to work with livestock and horses but enjoys all animals. She is the oldest of 10 siblings and loves being outdoors, reading, and playing with her 3 pets, (one dog and 2 cats).

Hannah Ylitalo, Veterinary Technician

Hannah Ylitalo
Veterinary Technician

Hannah currently attends SVSU and is planning on becoming a veterinarian. She has a love for all animals. In her free time, she loves spending quality time with her pets.

Sara Lossing, Veterinary Technician

Sara Lossing
Veterinary Technician

Sara has been a tech here since 2021. She has two cats (Abby and Sophie), a dog (Charlie), and a rabbit (Heather). She received an associates degree from Mott Community College in Science and a Certificate in Veterinary Assisting. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University in Biology. Sara is currently in the process of applying to vet school. In her free time she enjoys photography, birdwatching, and camping.

Makayla Mitchell, Veterinary Technician

Makayla Mitchell
Veterinary Technician

Makayla has been working here since 2021 as a vet tech. She is currently attending Baker College to get her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She enjoys spending her free time with her three dogs and horse. 

Aaron Singer, Veterinary Nurse

Aaron Singer
Veterinary Nurse

Aaron is a veterinary nurse at Ferstl Veterinary Hospital. He graduated in May 2022 from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary nursing. While at MSU, he worked in emergency care and critical medicine as an emergency nurse at the Veterinary Medical Center. As a lifelong resident of Millington, Aaron is a member and alumni of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School. While he studied to because a nurse for the love of animals, Aaron gains great satisfaction from helping animals and people alike. He intends to use his education and real-world experience to do just that. Aaron is a fan of MSU and Detroit sports alike and can be found enjoying a game in his free time. He also sings in his church choir and plays trombone in the brass band. Lastly, you can find Aaron spending time with his two rambunctious kitties, Luna and Rosie.

Bailee Love, Kennel Aid

Bailee Love
Kennel Aid

Bailee was hired in March of 2023. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Michigan State University. In the next few years, she plans on applying and attending vet school at Michigan State. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors and spend time with her family and pets.

Katelin Shindorf, Kennel Aid

Katelin Shindorf
Kennel Aid

Katelin was hired on as a kennel aid in 2022. She helps the patients stay healthy and happy and tends to their daily needs. Her hard working and reliable characters allow for the safety and wellbeing of all patients. Her love her the company stems from how much she enjoys her coworker’s company and every loving nature of the patients at work. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and watching tv series.

Tyler Warner, Kennel Aid

Tyler Warner
Kennel Aid

Tyler was hired on in 2022 as a Kennel Aid. He specializes in kennel care, tending to and taking care of patients. His passion for spending time and caring for patients is his drive and daily motivation. In his free time, Tyler is an investment trader and enjoys trading equites on the stock market, and spending time with his dog Summer.