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.
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, 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, DVM
Dr. Clark graduated from the University of Findlay in 2011 and pursued her dream by attending Veterinary school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She graduated in 2015 and decided she had been as far south as she wanted to go! So, she came back to her home state and joined us at BRVC. She shares her home with a talkative Siamese mix named Floyd, a feisty kitten named Agnus, and a talented pitbull named Esme. She enjoys surgery and getting to know pet owners and their furry loved ones.
Candy, Office Manager
When you have any questions about our practice, Candy is the person to ask. She started as a Receptionist in 2001 and mastered the computer system as well as establishing herself as a leader with Dale Carnegie training. She became Office Manager in 2007. She has two cats, Ghost and Church. She is an avid cosplayer and enjoys reading and gaming in her spare time. She attends anime and comic book conventions as often as possible.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Vickie, Head Receptionist
Vickie started working at BRVC in 2002. She is married with 2 grown, married daughters and several grandchildren who are her pride and joy. She has a dachshund named Maggie Mae, and numerous tropical fish. She has always had pets in her life and enjoys working with animals. In her free time, Vickie loves to kayak with her husband.
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.
Jackie started working at BRVC in 2020. She is married and has two children. She has a passion for taking care of animals and has wanted to work in the Veterinary field since first grade! She has a pug named Gunner, a cat named Kitty, and a hedgehog named Ozzy. She also has a hobby farm with chickens, ducks, turkeys a goose, and a rabbit. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, camping, scrapbooking, and antiquing.
Dominique is the newest addition to the Reception team. She is married and has two children who are her absolute pride and joy. Though she has never worked in a veterinary clinic before, she has a strong passion for all animals and absolutely adores her fur babies. She has a Pomsky named Loki and a cat named Twix, both of which are full of cuddles and mischief. She enjoys traveling, taking risks, and doing whatever it takes to be the best version of herself, as well as helping others.
Erin, Kennel Manager
Erin is a huge animal lover, especially Boxers. She plans on going back to school to become an LVT, and would love to one day open an animal sanctuary. She is very close with her family and has 3 beautiful nieces. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and listening to music. She has a Boxer (of course!) named Ryder, and a Pitbull named Charlotte.
Megan, Kennel Assistant
Megan will be attending MSU in 2021 for Animal Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management. She has more animals than she can count, but her 3 cats hold a special place in her heart. Outside of working, she also operates her continuously growing farm where she raises and breeds exhibition waterfowl and travels to different states to show them as well as local fairs and 4H events. She also loves to spend time doing photography, gaming, cooking/baking, and trap shooting at ranges across Michigan in the warmer months.
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.
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.