Dr. Kellie Holmstrom
Practice Owner, Veterinarian
When her father was earning his economics degree from Oklahoma State University, Dr. Kellie Holmstrom and her brothers would visit the livestock barns on campus to see the animals. One day when she was only five years old, a team of veterinarians and students rushed into a nearby stall to deliver a calf. Young Dr. Holmstrom watched the whole thing from behind a gate—she was hooked! It didn’t take her long to realize that veterinary medicine was the perfect career choice for her.
After graduating high school here in Marquette, Dr. Holmstrom joined the United States Army. She earned a degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University, and was put in charge of the chemical, nuclear, and biological training for the state of Michigan’s Army Reserve and National Guard units. Following her service, Dr. Holmstrom headed to MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, spending a month with a veterinary unit in Kaiserslautern, Germany for her clinical studies, then graduated with her Doctorate in 1985. After working in West Branch and Farmington, during which time she became engaged and married, she spent a year at a small-animal practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while her husband completed a fellowship at a local medical hospital.
Dr. Dale Aho
Dr. Aho received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1973. He sees both small and large animal patients, and does most of the clinic’s advanced orthopedic procedures. His hobbies include fly fishing, traveling to Alaska and Montana, and reading Tom Clancy novels.
Dr. Jo Gerrish
Dr. Jo Gerrish has adored animals since she was a little girl—veterinary medicine is the only career choice that she ever considered! She feels incredibly proud and privileged to play a role in improving pets’ health and wellness as an Associate Veterinarian here at the Animal Medical Center of Marquette.
Dr. Gerrish grew up in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan with her parents and sister, and started her animal-care journey by attending a branch of Michigan Technological University in Houghton for two years of pre-veterinary studies. She then gained acceptance to Michigan State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology as well as her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Jennifer Aschenbrener
Before she even knew precisely what veterinary medicine was, Dr. Jennifer Aschenbrener enjoyed many aspects of the profession. She had always been fascinated by science, and she loved using her critical-thinking skills to solve puzzles. Plus, she’s had a lifelong love for animals that hasn’t wavered to this day! For Dr. Aschenbrener, a career in the veterinary world just made perfect sense.
Dr. Aschenbrener was born in Erie, Pennsylvania but moved to Carleton, Michigan with her family at the age of 12. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights University in Adrian, then attended Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to secure her Doctorate. Dr. Aschenbrener took a job in Lincoln, Michigan after graduation, where she got to work with everything from dogs, cats, and horses to cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. Two years later, she relocated and joined the team at a practice in Albion, which she would eventually purchase in July of 2004.