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 undergraduate degree in Animal Science from MSU as well. After graduation from veterinary school, 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 is very excited to be 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 reading, artwork and running (especially with coworkers Aimee and Christine). She is currently training to run the Disney Marathon in 2013.
Francesca and her husband Eric live in LaSalle. Together they have 2 rescued dogs, Sadie the Basset Hound and Francis the Pitbull, Hooch the cat, a guinea pig, Osmium, and two aquariums of fish.
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 six grandchildren. Her pets include Jordan the lab, and 2 cats, KitKat and Houdini. 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!
Diane became interested in the veterinary field in 1996 while caring for her own pet, a special needs dog. She worked for 11 years at Monroe Vet, and joined our team at River Raisin in 2009. Working as a veterinary assistant is her idea of a perfect job, because it encompasses two of her favorite things—people and animals. She loves interacting with people, as she was a hairdresser for 17 years.
Diane lives with her husband Douglas and many beloved pets: Cora the husky mix, Zaida the boxer mix, Dexter the lab mix and 5 cats—Barney, Willie, Tony, Miss Lil and Pedo.
When Diane has free time she enjoys sailing, fishing, yardwork, and spending time with her family at their weekly get together, “Chat and Chew”.
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 lives with her husband Brian, their two dogs Grant and Leigh, and their deaf white cat Klondike.
In her spare time, Christine loves to travel, especially to New Orleans, Gettysburg and US National Parks (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon). She loves history and volunteers yearly at Gettysburg National Military Park. She also enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and hiking. In July she completed her first 5K race!
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 special interest as a surgery and anesthesia assistant.
Laura and her husband Mike have two human sons, and a host of pets: Angus the terrier mix, Jimi the Pomeranian/Shih Tzu/terrier/poodle, Scarlet the cat and many, many tropical fish.
Laura enjoys reading, gardening, surfing the internet and watching movies in her spare time.
Aimee began at River Raisin in 2010 as a volunteer. She is attending Stautzenberger College, working on a degree to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her favorite part of working at the clinic is seeing the animals get better and working one on one with the other staff members.
She has always wanted to work at a veterinary clinic because she loves animals, as evidenced by her many pets: Rambo the rescued Chihuahua mix, Grizzly the mutt, Skeeter the puggle, Rocky, Big Kitty, and Lilian the cats, and Buns the bunny!
Outside of caring for the pets at River Raisin and her own zoo, Aimee likes reading, running with Francesca, shopping, four-wheeling and spending time with her family and friends.
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—Luckee, a lab/beagle, Colt, a yellow lab and Tysin, a black lab. Stacy is also active in showing cattle and owns three beef cows, Bella, Delilah and Ivory. 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.
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