Brooklyn Road Veterinary Clinic Team

Meet the veterinarians and team of Brooklyn Road Veterinary Clinic! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets.

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Dr Susan Sayles

Dr. Susan Sayles, DVM & Owner

Dr. Sayles graduated from Michigan State University in 1997. Her first job was walking ponies. She knew in the first grade that veterinary medicine was going to be her career, and took the steps to make her dream come true. Dr. Sayles started here in 1997 and purchased the clinic in 2001. She has the support of her husband Nick and her daughter Katie. Through the years, she has owned a rat, finches, goldfish, ducks, chicken, a rabbit, dogs, and cats. Dottie, the Chihuahua, was rescued with a broken leg that Dr. Sayles repaired prior to adopting her. Her special areas of interest are in ophthalmology, behavior, and surgery.

Dr Carla Playford

Dr. Carla Playford, DVM

Dr. Playford graduated from MSU in 2007. She is driven by her love of all animals. Dr. Playford has owned horses and enjoys riding in her spare time. She juggles work with caring for her four children and her husband Bill. Her family is close, as she grew up in Hillsdale and practiced there until 2010 when she moved to Kalamazoo. She enjoys internal medicine and dermatology, as well as educating pet owners on preventative care. She has a Flat-Coat Retriever named Elwood.

Dr Bethany Clark

Dr. Bethany Clark, DVM

Dr. Clark graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2015. She returned here to her home state following graduation and joined us at BRVC. She and her partner share their home with Esme, their talented pitbull working toward her trick dog title, and two cats named Ivan and Agnes. Dr. Clark enjoys surgery and getting to know pet owners and their furry loved ones.

Darcy, Office Manager

Darcy has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She has worked in general practice, specialty and emergency. She was happy to join us in October of 2021 here at BRVC. Her passion is working with clients and their pets. In her spare time, she enjoys crafts, canning, and gardening. She also loves the summer months when she can camp with her husband Russ and their three dogs, Zoey, Reagan, and Bjorn.

Mindy, LVT

​​​​Mindy graduated in 1999 from the Wayne State Licensed Veterinary Technician program. She shares her home with Gus and Lucas, the German Shorthair Pointers, two cats named Gemma and Cheddar, and a tortoise named Franco. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and crafting.

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Amber, LVT

Amber is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from the Baker College Veterinary Technician Program in 2016. She is excited to be able to work with animals every day and is very passionate about patient care. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and 4 dogs. Amber also likes crafting, horseback riding, and camping.

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Marla, LVT

​​Marla graduated from MSU in 2009 with a BS in Fisheries & Wildlife. She has been working in animal shelters and veterinary clinics since 2012. Several years in Alaska and Nevada led her back to Michigan, joining the BRVC team in 2017. She graduated from Baker College in 2021 with an AS in Veterinary Technology, becoming certified as an LVT. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, and being outdoors with her two dogs.


Mandi, AVA

​​​​​​​​​​Mandi first came to BRVC in 2002. She quickly progressed from animal care in the kennel to Veterinary Assistant and has become certified as an Approved Veterinary Assistant through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians. She has experience with behavior and training through the Karen Pryor Puppy Start Right Program. Mandi strives to help pet parents find ways to make their dog a well-rounded part of the family.

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Karen, Veterinary Assistant

Karen is a 35+ year retired educator. She was on staff at Cascades Humane Society for over 10 years working in Animal Care as a Surgical Assistant, Head Adoption Counselor, and Admissions Associate. Karen has been married for almost 45 years to her husband Jerry. Growing up on a farm, her love of animals has always been a part of her life. She has had dogs but now has Sir Cedric, an 11-year-old Maine Coon cat. An interesting fact is that Dr. Sayles, who owns the practice, was a former 4th-grade student of Karen’s at VCL schools.


Chloe, Veterinary Assistant

Chloe joined the BRVC team fall of 2021. She graduated from Jackson College in 2020 with an associate’s degree in Agriculture Technology but found that her heart belonged in vet med. Chloe has worked as a veterinary assistant for five years. She lives in Parma with her husband Patrick, two dogs (Charlie & Charlotte), two cats (Sophia & Winston), a gecko (Guacamole), and a guinea pig (Kevin).

Maggie, Veterinary Assistant

Maggie has been in the veterinarian field for four and a half years. She loves wildlife and animals, and her hobbies are kayaking, archery, and camping.
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Jennifer, Receptionist

Jennifer joined the BRVC team as a Receptionist in 2020. She is a retired educator. She is married to her husband Jeff and has a grown son. She is a lifelong animal lover when she retired as an educator, she decided the perfect retirement job would be working at the Veterinary clinic that has cared for her animals for over 20 years! Jennifer currently has three dogs — Jersey, Auggie, and Bella — as well as a guinea pig named Porter T. Pig.


Dominique, Receptionist

Dominique is married with two children, who are her absolute pride and joy. She has a strong passion for all animals and absolutely adores her fur babies. Dominique has 2 Pomsky’s and three cats, all of which are full of snuggles and mischief. She likes to travel, take risks and do whatever it takes to be the best version of herself, as well as help others.

Robeyn, Receptionist

Robeyn has been married to her husband Tim for 42 years and has two children, Sara and Anthony, and one son-in-law Justin. She loves being a grammy to her two beautiful adult granddaughters, Shilynn & Kaity. Robeyn has two dogs, Mya (Boxer/Mastiff) & JoJo (Min Pin/Chihuahua), and two cats, Zeus (Siamese) & Snowy (White Cat). She has always loved animals and wanted to work with them. When she is not working, she enjoys watching Nascar, Detroit Tigers, Notre Dame football, walking my dogs, building Legos, going to the movies, and spending time with her family.

Karen L., Receptionist

Karen’s first job, at 13 years old, was at a kennel. She always thought she would work at a vet clinic when she grew up. Many, many years later, she is now doing what she loves. She has always had animals in her life. In her free time, Karen likes to spend time with her kids and granddaughters. When she’s not working out at the gym, she loves watching and playing sports.

Erin, Kennel Manager

Erin loves animals, especially Boxers. She would like to one day open an animal rescue. She is very close with her family and has many nieces & nephews she absolutely adores! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, hanging out with friends & family, and playing with her nieces/nephews. She has a Boxer named Ryder and a Pitbull named Charli.

Autumn, Kennel Assistant

​​Autumn is a Jackson College graduate and will be attending Baker College with plans of becoming a Veterinary Technician. She has dreamed of working with animals since she was little and is excited for her future in veterinary medicine. In her spare time, Autumn enjoys crafting, going on the lake, and spending time with her family and fur babies.


Christian, Kennel Assistant

Christian is a Veterinary Assistant Student currently attending Jackson College and 
will be attending MSU in the Fall of 2022 for Animal Science with plans of becoming a 
large animal Veterinarian. She has wanted to be in the Veterinary field for as long 
as she can remember. In her free time, Christian enjoys hiking, kayaking, 
woodworking, and spending time with her animals.
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Laura, Assistant

​Laura joined our team in 2019 and brings with her extensive customer service experience along with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. Laura enjoys traveling with her husband and Texas Heeler “Pal”. In addition to her dog, she has a geriatric horse, two goats, and two barn cats.