Meet Our Team

Medical Director

  • Dr. John E. Drobish

    My own story is really pretty simple.  I graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, which might seem like the beginning.  In reality, my entire life has been in the midst of veterinary practice. 

    My father is also a veterinarian and my earliest memories center on farm calls, back country roads and a life style that was akin to the stories of James Herriott.  It was a wonderful, storybook beginning and precious foundation for what I now do with my life.

    My life as a veterinarian has been a gift and I have been blessed by the privilege of meeting pets and people that have continually enriched my life.  It is my joy and undying passion to serve each of you and your pets.

    Beyond veterinary medicine, I am married to a wonderful woman and we have two sons.  Finally, we have one big dog who roams our house and keeps us smiling on a daily basis.


  • Dr. Melinda Smith

    Dr. Smith attended MSU for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees, graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2007. After graduation, she worked for one year at a small animal practice in Newaygo and for 3 years at a veterinary hospital in Rockford before joining the team at GLHA in June of 2011.

    Dr. Smith is a member of both the American and Michigan Veterinary Medical Associations, as well as the Veterinary Information Network – an on-line community that allows her access to specialists in all fields of veterinary medicine for case consults.  Dr. Smith's areas of interest include preventive medicine, feline medicine, and pain management.

    Dr. Smith currently lives in Rockford.  Her menagerie at home consists of two dachshunds (Foster Harold and Hans Gruber)   6 kitties (Ali, Alina, Derpitude, Fat Beezus, Mazikeen, and Mrrp), and 1 husband (Scott). In her spare time Dr. Smith enjoys reading, gardening, and playing the piano.

  • Dr.
    Ashley Solnik

    Dr. Solnik graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2017.  Immediately following graduation she worked for one year
    at a small animal practice in Lowell, MI.  Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Solnik worked as a veterinary assistant at Great Lakes and is
    beyond thrilled to be working with this team as a veterinarian. 

    Dr. Solnik is a member of the American and Michigan Veterinary Medical Associations as well as the West Michigan Academy of Small Animal Practitioners.  She
    has a special interest in both surgery and dentistry.  Dr. Solnik believes the best part of her job is the ability to form strong relationships with both her clients and their pets.  She strives to provide the best medicine for
    her patients to afford them the healthiest possible lifestyle.

    Dr. Solnik is originally from Rockford and currently resides in Grandville, MI with her husband Ryan, their daughter Charlotte.  They have three cats; Chloe, Cole and Luna. In her free time, Dr. Solnik enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and reading.


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Best Vet on Earth! The staff are so kind and they take wonderful care of me and my animals. Very affordable for the area. My cats love going to the Vet to play and get cheese, they don't even notice the pokes or prods! Thank you again staff at Great Lakes for making vet trips a breeze!"
    Rachaelyn W. - Belmont, MI