Brad D., Boarding & Grooming Office Manager
Brad was born in Muskegon, Michigan, where he grew up in Fruitport on a blueberry farm. He graduated from Calvin College in mechanical engineering in ’92 and worked as an engineer in manufacturing until ’07. He also received his degree in computer information systems in ’09. It was around that time that Brad began to manage Indian River Pet Resort. What he enjoys most about working on the Indian River team is seeing the joyful reaction of pets when they arrive at the resort. Brad has been married to Dr. Heidi Dirkse since ’94. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his two Labradors (Ripley & Koda Bear), hiking, bicycling, reading, snorkeling, scuba diving and video games.
Amy H., Kennel Assistant
Amy was born in Cheboygan, Michigan and has been here ever since. Her favorite part about Northern Michigan is being able to enjoy all the seasons, especially summer. Amy has a variety of experience in the veterinarian field and enjoys meeting all the amazing pets and owners that come into Indian River! Amy is married with two children (Matt and Justin), three dogs, two cats, two quarter horses, pigs, cows and a mini donkey. She enjoys camping, traveling, and spending time on her small farm.
Nikki K., Kennel Assistant
Nikki was born in Cheboygan, Michigan and was raised in Indian River. She loves living in Northern Michigan, and being able to enjoy all the seasons, especially fall and winter. Nikki has experience working and living on a farm. She has two dogs (Yogi Bear and Grizzly Bear), along with horses, cows, chickens, ducks, and barn cats. She spends a lot of her free time riding horses and taking her dogs on fun adventures.
Chelsea W., Kennel Assistant
Chelsea was born and raised in Northern Michigan and graduated from Inland Lake High School. She loves the scenic views, lower population, variety of seasons, the lakes, rivers, and all the nature preserves, especially Pigeon River Forest. Chelsea has been working with dogs for over five years and loves it. She enjoys working with the clients and pets at Indian River and having the opportunity to become a part of the pets’ lives. Chelsea is married and has three dogs (Kamee, Grim and Otis). For fun, she enjoys kayaking, snowmobiling, four wheeling, walking her dogs, hiking in the U.P. and camping.