Dr. Robert Comanescu was born and grew up in Erie, Michigan. Besides time away for college he and his wife Gale have lived in Monroe County with their children, Jared and Justine. After undergraduate studies at Edison College in Ft. Myers, FL and the University of Toledo, Dr. Comanescu earned his doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1994. He began his career as a companion animal veterinarian at Temperance Animal Hospital. After a few years as Dr. Black’s associate at the Monroe Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Comanescu purchased Mason Veterinary Clinic in 2000. Since then, the business was renamed the River Raisin Veterinary Clinic and was relocated to the current larger and updated facility located in downtown Monroe.
Dr. Rob’s goal is to enhance people’s relationships with their pets by helping to maintain good health, quality of life, and longevity for their companions. He and his team strive to achieve this goal with a professional and compassionate approach to disease prevention, treatment and management. His personal interests include exploring and observing nature, gardening, and motorcycle rides.
Dr. Letasse is a 2010 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from MSU as well. After graduation Dr. Letasse worked for 1 year as a small animal emergency veterinarian in Flint, MI. In February 2011, she joined the River Raisin team. She grew up in Monroe MI and loves working her dream job in her hometown. Her veterinary interests include small animal medicine, emergency medicine, animal behavior and pocket pets.
Outside the clinic, Francesca enjoys gardening, artwork and running. She and her husband Eric share their home with their two children, two dogs-- Sadie the Basset Hound and Lena the Doberman, two cats--Hooch and Edith, and six guinea pigs.
JoAnn has always been interested in caring for animals, because she came from a large family (7 children!) with many pets. She began working at River Raisin in 2003 as a receptionist, and she feels her experience here has helped her to enrich the lives of her own pets as well as others. Her favorite part of working with animals is the interactions with our wonderful clients and their awesome pets! She sees veterinary work as ideal for her because it includes her two favorite subjects: science and animals.
JoAnn lives with her husband Joe and she has 5 adult children (Julie, Kelli, Shaun, Joey, and Ashley), and eight grandchildren. Her pets include Taya the boxer mix and Frankie the cat. She loves her dogs for their loyalty, and her cats for their independence.
Outside of veterinary work, JoAnn loves grandparenting, reading, walking at the MetroParks, crossword puzzles (the harder the better) and watching baseball—GO TIGERS!
Christine began working at RRVC in 2001 as a receptionist/assistant. Previously she had worked as a bank teller and retail sales associate, but she had wanted to work with animals since she was 5 years old (at one time she wanted to be a zookeeper!). Her favorite part of her job is that she gets to help animals and their people.
Christine has the privilege of sharing her home with a much loved cat, Vivian. In her spare time, she loves to travel, especially to New Orleans, Gettysburg and US National Parks (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon). She loves history, and she volunteers yearly at Gettysburg National Military Park. She also enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and hiking.
Laura began working with animals at a pet shop in Erie PA in 1983. She loved being around animals very much, and in 1984 she began work as a veterinary assistant at Monroe Vet. She gained over 20 years of experience before joining the River Raisin crew in February of 2008. She has a special interest as a surgery and anesthesia assistant. Laura’s personal pets include three rescued dogs.
Aimee began at River Raisin in 2010 as a volunteer. She graduated from Stautzenberger College’s Veterinary Technician program in 2013. Her favorite part of working at the clinic is seeing the animals get better.
She has always wanted to work at a veterinary clinic because she loves animals. She and her husband share their home with three dogs, two cats, and multiple spoiled farm pets.
Stacy has been in the animal care field for several years, first working at a boarding kennel, and later as a veterinary assistant at another clinic. She joined the River Raisin team in 2006 as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. She has a passion for caring for animals, and her favorite part of the job is to see sick pets get well again.
Stacy and her husband Eric have three furry children—Grayson, a rescued silver lab, Colt, a yellow lab, and Tysin, a black lab. Stacy is also active in showing cattle. Her love of animals extends even to the water, and she has a pond full of fish and frogs.
When not working with animals, Stacy loves to scrapbook, go fishing, and travel Up North with her husband and dogs.
Pam joined our team in 2016 as our bookkeeper and office manager. Although she doesn’t participate directly with the care of our clients’ pets, she greatly enjoys interacting with all of the animals. It is one of the perks of the job (especially the puppies!). Fortunately for her, Pam has three dogs and a cat which she has the privilege of caring for.
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