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Dr. Joyce E. Obradovich, DVM 
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)


Dr. Joyce Obradovich earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University in 1977 in Microbiology and Public Health.  She worked as a research technician at Yale University’s School of Medicine for a short time in pulmonary cancer research.  This sparked her desire to return to pursue a medical career, however with her long time love of animals, she elected to pursue veterinary medicine.  At the onset of her veterinary training, her strong interest was in equine medicine (having owned horses since age 13), but when her own dog, Buff, a golden retriever, developed lymphoma while she was a junior veterinary student, her entire focus changed. 

This personal experience, along with her past cancer research experience, led her to actively pursue a residency training program in oncology.  After graduation from MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 (DVM degree) she spent 2 years in private practice, then returned to MSU for a medical/surgical internship in 1987.  From there, she was accepted into Colorado State University’s prestigious oncology residency.  While at CSU Dr. Obradovich won two national awards through the Veterinary Cancer Society and the American College of Veterinary Medicine for her research with “granulocyte colony stimulating factor” or G-CSF.  G-CSF helps prevent and alleviate serious side effects to chemotherapy in patients.

Since becoming board certified with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the subspecialty of oncology, Dr. Obradovich has been in private oncology practice in southeastern Michigan.  In July of 2000, she opened the Animal Cancer & Imaging Center (ACIC), which was the culmination of her career long dream to run a free-standing veterinary cancer clinic.  Dr. Obradovich is also an adjunct faculty member of the Michigan State Universities College of Veterinary Medicine, where for the past 7 years she has lectured on veterinary oncology and sponsored a clinical rotation at ACIC for senior veterinary students. Dr. Obradovich has numerous publications and book chapters to her credit.

Chris Fyock LVT:  Chris obtained her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Wayne County Community College District in 2005 and became licensed the same year.  She was hired by ACIC as a student in 2004, and worked in the surgery department for a period of time after her graduation and licensure.  She moved to general practice, but came back to ACIC in 2006, to the medical oncology department. She feels that she has found her passion working in oncology.  She is married with 1 dog, and 1 cat. 

Rosanne Stepien LVT:  Rosanne obtained her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Macomb Community College in 1999 and became licensed the same year.  She has been with the medical oncology department at ACIC since 2001.  Her great compassion, attention to detail and dedication to our patients has made her a valued member of our team.  When not at ACIC, she enjoys her family at their cottage up north.  She is married with 1 adult son, and 3 tuxedo cats. 

Nicole Czechowski LVT:Nicole obtainded her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Macomb Community College in 2007 and became licensed the same year.  She worked as an emergency technician prior to joining ACIC in 2013.  She is married with 2 young children and 2 Pomeranians.

Jim Chuey LVT:  Jim obtained his Associates in Applied Sciece in Veterinary Technology from Wayne Count Community College District's Veterinary Technology program in 2009, after having attended both Schoolcraft College and WCCCDand became licensed the same year.  He has worked in general practice, as well as emergency and exotics.  His exotic experience ranges from rodents to monkeys :)  Jim has worked in both the surgical and medical oncology departments at ACIC.  He is married with 4 dogs, a cat and a Green-cheek conure.

Megan Ressler LVT:  Megan obtained her Associates in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Wayne County Community College District's Veterinary Technology Program in 2012 and became licensed the same year.  She has worked in general practice, and has only recently moved over to medical oncology.  We appreciate her enthusiasm and willingness to learn new things. She is married with a young son, and 2 dogs.