Dr. Gene Gavin is originally from the Grand Rapids area. After many years of traveling and 5 years in the Navy he completed his Bachelor and Doctorate degrees at Michigan State University in 1987. Beginning practice as horse doctor, he soon expanded into other companion animals and established South Crossing Veterinary Center in 1993. An intense curiosity and a desire to provide alternative and complementary healing to his patients led Dr. Gavin to complete a course of Veterinary Chiropractic training in 1991. Since then he has added Bio-assesment Analysis, nutritional therapy, Homeopathy, and Acupuncture to his list of healing skills. Dr. Gavin maintains memberships in the following organizations: the AVMA, the MVMA, the WMVMA, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (www.ivas.org), the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (www.ahvma.org).
Dr Gavin enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, cooking, water-sports and general fixing of mechanical things. He lives with his wife of 34 years, an obsessive-compulsive Jack Russell terrier, a wise old Airedale terrier, and an indifferent cat in the Caledonia area. He has 3 sons, two daughter-in laws, 4 granchildren and one granddog. In his “spare time” he is a Colonel in the Army Veterinary Corps and currently serves as the State Surgeon for the Michigan National Guard, a member of the National Ski Patrol, volunteers with visiting nurses, the Grand Rapids Public Schools and serves as an adjunct Professor at Michigan State. He also serves on several committees of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and has appeared as a guest on TV8 and Fox.
Dr. Susan Fraley grew up in the Pacific Northwest and after receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Minnesota, earned her Doctorate at Washington State University. After practicing in the Seattle area for several years, she moved to Michigan and joined the South Crossing team. Her specific veterinary interests include small animal internal medicine, geriatric care, dentistry and soft tissue surgery. Continuing education is a passion for Dr. Fraley and she attends several international conferences a year, as well as maintaining memberships in several medical associations. Dr. Fraley lives in the Byron Center area with her husband, two loveable Basset Hounds and a rather superior Sphynx cat.
All of us here at South crossing Veterinary Center are here because we love what we do. We are all from different backgrounds and range from busy moms to full time students. We all have pets of our own (some of us have many) and would love to share our pet experiences and hear yours. Our ultimate goal is to take care of your pet and to do the best we can to make sure they are healthy.