Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Ross Hospital for Animals in Bloomfield Hills! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 248-642-2050 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Jonathan Ross, DVM

Years in Practice: 37
Education: Michigan State University Veterinary

Dr. Jon grew up with veterinary medicine in his blood. Working in his father’s clinic in Pontiac and making farm calls with him starting at the age of 4. His father Dr. Burton Ross built the current Ross Hospital for Animals in Bloomfield Hills in 1966 and Dr. Jon grew up working there all through high school and college. Graduating with honors (Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Zetta) from Michigan State University Veterinary school in 1983 he became the managing veterinarian at the All Pets Center in Grand Junction Co. Dr. Jon moved back to Michigan in 1989 to practice with his father and take over the helm at Ross Hospital. He lives in Bloomfield with his wife Lee. They have two children Emily and Luke and two dogs Henry and Rosie.

Dr. Rita L. (Kopenski) Mazzuchi, DVM

Years in Practice: 25
Education: College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University

Dr. Mazzuchi knew at a very early age that veterinary medicine was the career for her. She began working at a local veterinary hospital and Humane Society when she was 13 years old. Dr. Mazzuchi graduated from Marquette Senior High School in Marquette, MI in 1986. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Michigan State University in 1991 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 1995. Since graduating, she has been an associate veterinarian at Ross Hospital For Animals working with small animals and exotic pets. Dr. Mazzuchi’s interests are in small animal dentistry, ultrasound, and exotic animal medicine and care. She is an active member of the Southeastern Veterinary Medical Association and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. She has also been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since graduation in 1995. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, and they have 2 children, Amanda and Zachary, and their dog Mario.

Susan Matyas, MS, DVM

Years in Practice: 23
Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State​

Susan Matyas, MS, DVM, is an experienced small animal veterinarian who joined the Ross Hospital for Animals team in 2021. Dr. Matyas received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Ohio State University in 1990, followed by her Master of Science in Microbiology from Michigan State University in 1995 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1998.

With over 23 years of experience, Dr. Matyas is skilled in all aspects of small animal medicine but maintains a particular interest in veterinary dentistry and cardiac and abdominal ultrasound, having completed several advanced training courses in these areas. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Matyas continues to foster her professional development and stay up-to-date on the latest advances in veterinary medicine through regular continuing education courses and memberships to professional veterinary organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Southeastern Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

In her free time, Dr. Matyas enjoys reading, cooking, sports, participating in her sons’ school activities, and spending time with her husband, two sons, and five rescue pets – Kobi, Violet, Olive, Stella, and Spike. Kobi is a three-legged mixed breed from South Carolina who has a very interesting rescue story and now enjoys life as a couch potato. Violet’s mother was saved from the harsh Michigan winter in Pontiac and taken into Michigan Animal Rescue League to have her puppies. She was brought into the Matyas household when she was four months old and now is a 60lb bundle of energy. Olive is a Chihuahua mix who came from K9 Stray Rescue in Oxford. The three dogs are allowed to share the house under close supervision of two sibling cats, Stella and Spike, raised from bottle-fed orphans.

Marsha Katz, VMD

Years in Practice: 27
Education: Veterinarian Medicinae Doctoris Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

​Marsha Katz, VMD is an experienced small animal veterinarian who joined the Ross Hospital for Animals team in 2021. Dr. Katz received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Muhlenberg College in 1990, before going on to receive her Veterinarian Medicinae Doctoris degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.

With over 27 years of experience in the veterinary field, Dr. Katz is skilled in all avenues of small animal medicine, but maintains a special interest in endocrinology, behavior, nutrition, and wellness care for puppies, kittens, and senior pets.

When not caring for the community’s pets, Dr. Katz enjoys indoor bike rides on her Peloton, sports, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two sons. As a long-time resident of Pennsylvania, Dr. Katz looks forward to becoming a part of the local community and exploring all that the great state of Michigan has to offer!

Sarah Lefler, Licensed Veterinary Technician

​Sarah is our Licensed Veterinary Technician at Ross Hospital for Animals. Sarah grew up in Frankenmuth MI. She earned her degree in Veterinary Technology from Baker College in 2014. From when she was very young to the present, she’s loved caring for and helping any animal with which she came in contact, often, overwhelming her mother with a household of furry friends. Sarah has a fiancé, Brian, along with her rescue kitty, Chzit, and Dwarf rabbit, Gimli. Sarah loves any animal that comes into her life, but her heart melts a little extra for those small fluffy exotics. You will often catch her “squeaking” back to the guinea pigs in particular. She has a special interest in animal behavior and is very patient and kind to every animal she works with, Sarah loves interacting with the animals she cares for. She is a devoted, compassionate, and professional addition to our Ross Hospital for Animals family.

Lynne, Client Service Representative

Our clients constantly request Lynne for help; she knows many of our clients just by the sound of their voice. Lynne ensures every client is cared for and has a positive experience when they come to Ross Hospital for Animals. With over five years of client service experience at Ross Hospital, Lynne can help solve many of our client’s questions. During her off time, Lynne most enjoys spending time with her two sons, cooking, and enjoying the great outdoors. Lynne has a Wheaton Terrier named Maverick.

Nicole, Veterinary Technician

Meet Nicole; she is one of our veterinary technicians that care for our many patients. Nicole graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology/Zoology. Nicole plans to enter into the veterinarian technician program in the fall to obtain her license. Nicole has been with Ross Hospital for Animals for almost two years. Nicole enjoys finding new shows on Netflix in her downtime, and she may even binge-watch from time to time. Nicole has a distinguished cat named Eugene, and an energetic Golden Retriever named Austin, and a boisterous Collie/Shepard Mix named Grover.

Christina L, Veterinary Assistant

“Working with all our different patients and learning about veterinary medicine is what I find most enjoyable.” Christina has been part of the Ross Hospital for Animals team with three years of experience since 2018. Christina is at Wayne State University, concentrating her science passion; she is majoring in Biological Sciences. It comes as no surprise that one of her favorite hobbies is riding her horse Popcorn. Christina has two sweet and loving Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Piper and Paisley, and Rosie is their feline companion.

Kristen, Veterinary Assistant

Kristen has been with Ross Hospital for Animals since 2016, with a total of eight years in the veterinary industry. Currently, Kristen attends classes at the University of Michigan – Dearborn, majoring in Psychology.  When Kristen is asked why she likes working in veterinary medicine, she says, “It is an honor to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.” When Kristen is not studying, she is attending to what she calls her zoo; Hubble, a westie poo, Willow, a black labrador, and two frisky felines named Tiger and Wade.

Nichole Gabridge, CVPM, MSM, CCFP

Nichole joined Ross Hospital for Animals in the fall of 2020, bringing over 15 years of veterinary management experience. She completed her undergraduate education at Oakland University and received her Masters of Science Management at Walsh College. Along with her formal education, Nichole became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in 2013, one of 800 in the country. Continuing with the passion for knowledge, Nichole completed her certification as a Compassion Fatigue Professional in 2018. “I hope to add my experience and passion for teambuilding to Ross Hospital for Animals to support the staff’s continued efforts of providing a high level of medicine and client service excellence.

Nichole has two active pups, Snuffles is a two-year-old Shiz Zuh, and Phoenix is a three-year-old Teddy Bear (Shichon). In her free time, Nichole tends to stay busy with school activities and sporting events for her daughter Jordan. During downtime, she enjoys strategic board games, reading, biking, and walking Snuffles and Phoenix.