Dr. Sainsbury has always known a passion and love for animals. When she was only 3 years old her mother was alarmed to find her petting her uncle’s bull while he munched on hay; seemingly enjoying the curious toddler talking to him! As a young child, she managed to convince her dad while trick or treating to take a “free puppy” from a house. This is the dog she knew as a constant companion until sadly, he was put to rest at the ripe-old-age of 16!
She chose to open the Byron Center Animal Hospital in 2006 with the goal of providing all animals with the highest quality, most compassionate care possible. She is extremely dedicated to her patients and human care-givers and feels very strongly that like us, our pets deserve the optimum in health and happiness. She thrives on the bond she creates with both her patients and clients!
Prior to opening the Byron Center Animal Hospital, Dr. Stephanie worked doing emergency and critical care at a 24 hour care facility. She completed her undergraduate degree from Lake Superior State University and veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. Her hometown is in Canada, but she now lives here with her husband, Jeff, who has always called Grand Rapids home. They have one son, Zach, that they welcomed into their family in 2013. To keep him company, they have Cliff, a rescued mastiff mix, and a cat named Jack. Dr. Sainsbury loves to watch Zach giggle and play with his four-legged siblings! In her spare time, Dr. Sainsbury enjoys mountain bike racing, hiking and reading. She has always had a love of the outdoors and nature. Whenever she is able, she will gather up Zach, Cliff and Jeff and head outside!
Dr. Phoebe Miedema ~ Veterinarian
"I have always had a deep-rooted love of animals and a passion for the human-animal bond."
Dr. Phoebe Miedema is excited to join the Byron Center Animal Hopsital team as of August 2018! Dr. Miedema grew up in Portage, Michigan and has always had a deep-rooted love of animals and a passion for the human-animal bond. She grew up showing horses in 4-H, a hobby that carried over to the MSU Equestrian team during her undergraduate years.
Dr. Phoebe and her husband Alex enjoy spending time outside together. On the weekend, they can usually be found on the lake, hiking or in Spartan Stadium for MSU football games. They have one dog, Bailey, a foxhound mix who knows every trick in the book! Dr. Miedema also has a Quarter Horse gelding named Zip and enjoys trail riding in Northern Michigan.
Dr. Miedema attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate and veterinary school. She found her true passion in small animal medicine during her final year of clinical rotations with a special interest in behavior, and internal medicine. Before joining the team at BCAH, she practiced at a small animal hospital in North Muskegon. Dr. Miedema is committed to helping your pet live a long, healthy, happy life and is excited to meet you and your four-legged companion!
Dr. Stephanie Sainsbury ~ Veterinarian
"As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a
veterinarian - now I am living my dream!"
Byron Center Animal Hospital