Parkway Veterinary Clinic

Quality veterinary care for your pet's has been our mission for over 50 years. Dr. Charles Bares and Dr. Elizabeth Routson are proud to carry on this tradition. Parkway Veterinary Clinic was founded by Dr. Wes Lichfeldt in 1949. The practice served both large and small animals and was surrounded by fields and open space.

Over the years, Dr. McClumpha became the veterinarian and gradually the practice grew to serve the small animal population. Eventually, Dr. McClumpha was joined by Dr. Kirchgatter. Dr. Bares became a partner in 1975, as the practice continued to grow. Dr. Routson joined the practice in 1990. We are so pleased to have Dr. Abby Sierakowski join our staff. Dr. Routson grew up in the Plymouth/Canton community and Dr. Bares grew up in surrounding communities. Our veterinarians have all remained committed to serving this area which has served us so well throughout our early years.

We are dedicated to remaining an integral part of this community for years to come. The entire Parkway staff is dedicated to providing the best possible care for you and your pets. We strive to practice high quality medicine. We appreciate your faith in allowing us to partner with you in caring for your pets.
  • 41395 Wilcox
  • Plymouth, MI 48170
  • Phone: 734-453-2577
  • Fax: 734-453-3313
  • Email Us
  • Monday through Friday 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Sun: Closed
  • After Hours: 734-207-8500
  • Dr. Charles J. Bares, Practice Partner

    Dr. Charles J. Bares, Practice Partner

    I graduated from MSU with a B.S. degree in Medical Technology in 1969. I then spent a one year internship at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. I was employed in the Pathology Department at MSU as a Medical Technologist and I started working towards a M.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. I subsequently graduated from MSU with my DVM in December, 1974.

    Besides being the president and partner in the practice, I have had a considerable amount of management duties. My professional interest includes surgery, internal medicine, feline medicine, dentistry and dermatology. I have had extensive hours in continuing education at various local, national and international meetings.

    I have been a member and past president of Canton Rotary Club, and am currently a member of the Plymouth Rotary Club and past president of the Plymouth Rotary Foundation. I am a member and past president of the Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, member of Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Heartworm Society.

    I am married to wonderful woman named Sue, and have two married children, David (Laura) and Lisa (James). I have three grandsons (Charlie, Evan and Dominik) and two granddaughters (Natalia and Sarah).  I currently have a Golden Retriever named Izzy and I have a soft spot (i.e. passion) for Siamese cats.

    My other interests outside of practice include riding my jet skis, water skiing, SCUBA diving, and golf. I am still active in Sokol Detroit which is a Czechoslovak based gymnastic, cultural and social organization where I have been Director of Men for several years and currently I sit on its Board of Directors. I have a passion for MSU sporting activities especially football and basketball where I am a season ticket holder.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1975
    Education:
    Michigan State University
    Interests:
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Elizabeth A. Routson, Practice Partner

    Dr. Elizabeth A. Routson, Practice Partner

    I have been interested in caring for animals from my earliest memories. When I moved to Plymouth two days before the beginning of 5th grade, I made life plans of operating a horse farm with my good friend and classmate at Bird School. She would ride the horses, and I would care for them. At that time, I thought caring for the horses involved feeding, cleaning and brushing them.

    As I grew up, I maintained my fascination with animals, and loved visiting homes with pets. My mother was allergic to anything with feathers and fur, so enjoying other families' pets was the best I could do.

    In school, I loved math and science and literature, a strange combination, I know. Puzzles of most types fascinated me greatly.

    My father wanted to know my career goals before I applied to college, and I read college catalogues cover-to-cover so that I could choose wisely. I was the oldest of four children, and was expected to be responsible in my choice, not a bad thing, I might add.

    Veterinary medicine seemed to be the best way to combine my love of problem solving, science (especially biology), animals, and interaction with people. I am pleased to report that my choice has been a wise one for me as I cannot imagine doing anything else as passionately as this.

    I graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 and began work in a small animal practice in Grand Rapids. This was a great learning experience and I really learned to appreciate the Plymouth community that I had grown up in. After nine months, I returned home, and began working at a large practice located in Detroit. This practice consisted of a large central hospital with a 24 hour emergency service and several smaller satellite clinics. I loved the mix of emergency work with general practice and benefited greatly from the ability to follow cases as they recovered from the initial emergency and became healthy, happy patients once again.

    In 1990, I returned to Parkway Veterinary Clinic in Plymouth. This was where I first worked as kennel help before vet school. My long-standing mentors have been Dr. Clif McClumpha and Dr. Richard Kirchgatter. I feel fortunate to have been first exposed to veterinary medicine by these two caring and wonderful veterinarians.

    Currently my life centers around my faith, family and career. I have two children currently in college, and a dog, a cat, and a very patient husband. In my "spare time", I enjoy reading and nearly anything to do with textiles. This includes weaving, spinning, sewing, needlework and quilting.

    My second family consists of the staff and clients of Parkway Veterinary Clinic, and I feel very privileged to be invited by clients to help them provide the best care they can for each of their beloved pets.

    My current plans are to remain at Parkway Veterinary Clinic as long as I can practice, which, God willing, will be for many years to come.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1977
    Education:
    Michigan State University
    Interests:
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Abby Sierakowski, DVM

    Abby Sierakowski, DVM

    I graduated from Michigan State in 2004 with my B.S. degree in Zoology.  After I graduated in 2004 I did an internship for a few months in Texas working with abandoned and abused big cats, such as lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, clouded leopards (which were my favorite), cougars and bob cats.  It was definitely a great experience.  After that I pursued my dream of becoming a veterinarian and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.

    Ever since career day in elementary school I wanted to become a veterinarian.  Growing up we always had dogs and cats.  I've had a passion for helping and learning more about animals.  When I was in vet school I took interests in soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology, and ultrasound.  I'm always wanting to learn more and continue my education to fulfill my goal of providing the best care of veterinary medicine to every patient and client.

    After veterinary school I married my wonderful husband, Tim, who is  a chemist.  We have two crazy cats, Garmin and Tibby.  Ttibby acts more like a dog than a cat since she loves to fetch milk rings and bring them back.  I love hanging out with my family and friends, camping and playing sports.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2009
    Education:
    Michigan State University
  • Dr. K. Moore

    Dr. K. Moore

    As long as I can remember, I have had a special love for animals.  I grew up with dogs, a cat, hamsters and a bunny, worked in a pet store, and I was very involved in 4-H canine obedience training.  I also had tons of fun with my friends who had horses, attending many horse shows with them, and even slept in a horse stall at the Michigan State Fairgrounds!
     
    I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 1981.  Veterinary medicine has proven to be the perfect career choice for me, combining the challenge of medicine with my love for animals, and I also greatly enjoy working closely with both clients and co-workers. While I enjoy all aspects of veterinary practice, I have special interests in behavioral medicine and internal medicine.  Before starting at Parkway I did relief work (filling in for vets on vacation, etc) so have worked at dozens of veterinary clinics in the past 10 years. I have been working at Parkway since March 2011, and can honestly say that it is the highest quality and most enjoyable clinic where I have ever worked.  I am so happy to be on the regular staff of Parkway!
     
    My husband and I have two grown children, a daughter in pharmacy school and a son working on his degree in computer forensics. We enjoy watching our favorite movies and TV shows, reading books, cooking, playing with our numerous cats and dogs, bowling, ping pong and board games, and exploring new places on our annual vacations. When our kids were quite young, we visited Washington D.C. and fit ourselves, two kids, my mother, three dogs and two cats into a 22 foot camping trailer, and had a fabulous time!
     
    Over the years, we have enjoyed many different mixed breed cats, as well as various breeds of dogs including dachshunds, retriever and shepherd mixes, a pointer and a Finnish Spitz.  We currently have three very energetic, lovable Papillons and four cats.  I don't think I could ever choose my favorite pet, because each one is special.
     
     
    Education:
    Michigan State University
    Interests:
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Pam Gross Galliers, Practice Manager

    Pam Gross Galliers, Practice Manager

    My name is Pam and with me is KC, a little foster dog that was rescued along with 200 other Springer Spaniels from a puppy mill in Kansas City.

    I have a high passion for finding homes for stray animals. I volunteer with English Springer Spaniel Rescue of America (ESRA).  I am always looking for a home for a stray so don't be surprised if I call you.

    I have been with Parkway since 1992.  Before this I worked in a clinic in Farmington Hills for several years.  I have been around animals my entire life and when I was 3 months old I was diagnosed with severe asthma. I am on alot of medicines daily to be with animals.

    I am down to 2 springers, 1 rotweiller and 1 big fat hairy cat. I have 5 goldfish that I rescued! (two are missing eyes)

    I love reading, riding bicycles, gardening, spring and summer.  I love up north in my tacky shack on my sister's property in West Branch.  I love spending time with my family most all all.  We are very close. 

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 01, 1992
    Education:
    Member of the Veterinary Hospital Manager's Association
    Interests:
    Volunteer with English Springer Rescue
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  • Debbie Richter, Receptionist

    Debbie Richter, Receptionist

    Hi, I'm Debbie. I've worked at Parkway Veterinary Clinic since 1999. I've worked in the boarding kennel and as a veterinary assistant. My favorite position is my current position of Client Care. (Big Smile) It combines my love of animals and people. I love talking to you about your pets. I can be of help if you have a question or a problem.

    Equally important to me, is being comforting and understanding during sad times for you and the pet you love. I know that people who love animals are good people to know!!

    On the personal side, (you had to ask!) I lost my beloved Norwegian Elkhound, Queta, in December 2006. She was with me for almost 15 years. I still miss her. I have 5 cats, all of which I adopted as strays from Parkway. Two of them were just days old when I took them in to feed and raise -- I couldn't part with them after that!! (Call me a sucker!)

    I also like drawing and painting people. I'm working/learning how to do portraits and have taken and will take more art classes at schoolcraft College. I love antiques (shopping & buying) especially the Victorian era. I like traveling by car or motorcycle and stopping at out of the way places -- just because. I like crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. I like doing aerobics to rock n' roll music and last but not least, I love hockey. Go Red Wings! I hope to see you soon! Come in and say Hi!
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1999
  • Kyle Rudnicki, Receptionist

    Hi, I am the part-time receptionist here at Parkway and I love it! The staff and Dr's here are amazing and all the wonderful clients and their pets make it that much better.

     I am currently finishing up my bachelors in communication at Wayne State, and will be done in just a couple semesters. My main passion though is showing Quarter Horses, my family has been breeding and showing for over 50 years. I have shown all over and currently have a colt at the trainers and my mare ( female horse) is expecting another colt this April 2014. I recently did an internship at an equine reproduction facility and absolutely loved it.

    I am also extremely involved in 4-H right here in Wayne County, I grew up in the program and still volunteer and camp the whole week of fair. On my farm in addition to the horses, we also have 4-H fair projects, hogs, lambs, rabbits, and chickens. 

    In addition to all my farm life I have an amazing 2 yr old Border Collie named Hank, who I take everywhere with me whether i'm kayaking, fishing, or camping he's right by my side.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Education:
    Wayne State
    Interests:
    Horses, and 4H
  • Kari Helfer, LVT

    Kari Helfer, LVT

    I graduated from Wayne County Community College with an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2011. A week after graduation I had a short internship at the Detroit Zoo where I got to indulge my passion in exotic animals. Some of the highlights include an afternoon at the penguin exhibit and drawing blood on a flamingo. The internship really helped polish up skills I learned in school. Just before graduation, I lost of my best girl, a cranky, 14 year old cat named Luckie. Looking for a way to stay busy, I began helping a teacher of mine with her new Veterinary Technology Program. I volunteered as a lab assistant until my hire at Parkway in August 2011. I still volunteer with the program, teaching a grooming lecture and serving on their advisory committee. Just over a year from the time I lost Luckie, I lost my other childhood cat, Dotsie. He was fifteen. I made it less than a week before my fiancé, Sean, and I adopted a little tortie kitten named Digit. Digit is polydactyl; she has an extra toe on every foot. She did wonders to heal my broken heart. In addition to Digit, I have a corn snake named Twister and a freshwater fish tank. When I’m not working, I like to read, bake and do crafts and puzzles. That’s why medicine was a good career choice, veterinary technology especially; putting all the pieces together. My favorite part about working at Parkway is getting to help animals and their people

    Education:
    Wayne County Community College
    Interests:
    Associate degree in Veterinary Technology
  • Sarah Stanisz, LVT

    Sarah Stanisz, LVT

    Hi, my name is Sarah and I graduated from the Michigan State University Veterinary Technology Program in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. I have three cats of my own: Boots, Sadie, and Simba.  Boots is an 11 year old domestic short hair cat with mostly black fur and white on his paws.  He loves to snuggle with you and my mom has becom very attached to him because of this.  This year he has been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and is currently being treated and doing very well.  Sadie is an 8 year old gray domestic long hair cat who has had a total of 13 teeth removed due to something called Resorptive Disease.  It is were her tooth roots are degenerating and her teeth can become loose and painful.  She is now doing very well but just has a different smile.  Boots and Sadie were both adopted from Petsmart, but Simba I adopted from a client here at Parkway.  She had some declining health issues and could no longer take care of Simba.  He is a 19 year old black tabby who has had one eye removed due to possible cancer and also has Hyperthyroid disease.  He is getting along great with Boots and Sadie and loves to give kisses.

    Education:
    Michigan State University
    Interests:
    Bachelor of Science of Veterinary Medicine
  • Danielle Rowland, LVT

    Danielle Rowland, LVT

    I’m an LVT with an associates degree in veterinary technology and a bachelors degree in biology with a major in microbiology from Wayne State University. I have always had a strong passion for the veterinary field especially in the field of clinical pathology. I’m happily married and expecting our first little one in April of 2013. In the meantime we have two furry children, Lucy our 10 year old shepherd mix and Bindy our 6 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback Greyhound mix. When I’m not at work I enjoy photography and hiking. I’ve been at Parkway since June of 2011 and am looking forward to many more years.

    Education:
    Wayne State University
    Interests:
    Veterinary Technology, Biology and Microbiology
  • Jenny Smith, Assistant

    Jenny Smith, Assistant

    My name is Jenny Smith and I am a Veterinary Assistant.  I have been in the animal field since 2003.  I became a certified dog trainer with Animal Behavior College in 2005.  I do dog training on Saturdays here at Parkway with my best pal, Stormy Ruth. (pit mix)  I have been working here since May of 2011 and I love it here!  I'm married, I have 2 cats and a little girl.  In my spare time I am singing the ABC's and dancing with my daughter, Abigail.   
    Education:
    Animal Behavior College
    Interests:
    Canine Training
  • Jennifer Summers, Animal Caretaker Leader

    Jennifer Summers, Animal Caretaker Leader

    My name is Jennifer (they call me Jen for short). I have one dog named Morgan, aka Monkey, (dachshund) and 2 cats, Callie and Kitty.

    I started working at Parkway on August 13, 2004 and my job title is Animal Caretaker Leader. I babysit everyone’s dog or cat when they go on vacation. I just love my job because I feel I have a real good understanding and develop a special bond with all the animals I take care of. (Where else do you get to hug & kiss dogs and cats all day?)

    One of my favorite things is when all the dogs in the kennel bark & jump up & down with excitement when they see me in the morning. (It’s the best) When I’m not at work I like to shop, read and spend time with all my friends and family. One thing you can always count on is that your pet is in good hands with me.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2004
  • Courtney Galliers, Kennel Assistant

    Courtney Galliers, Kennel Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Education:
    Plymouth School District