Meet the Veterinarians & Staff of Oshtemo Veterinary Hospital

Veterinarians

Delman Heckaman, DVM

Delman HeckamanDr. Delman Heckaman has been with us since 1986, after earning both his BS and DVM at Michigan State University. He enjoys the many challenges of veterinary medicine, including laser surgery, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, and therapy lasers. He has been married to Char since 1986, and they have been blessed with a daughter, who currently attends Hope College, and a son, who recently graduated from Colorado Christian University.

Dr. Heckaman enjoys taking care of his family’s two dogs, two horses, donkey, and barn cat. When he isn’t busy at the office or with family, you can find him skiing down the slopes of Colorado or helping advance the missions of his church.

Santiago Vila, DVM

Santiago VilaDr. Santiago Vila joined us in 2006, following graduation from Michigan State University. He is originally from New York, where he received his BS from Binghamton University. He enjoys interacting with our clients and their pets along with his interests in the use of lasers for surgery and therapy.

He currently resides in a condo with his two cats, Tiny and Number 2, where they root for their New York Giants and MSU Spartans teams.

Amy Lin, DVM

Amy LinDr. Amy Lin is the newest addition to our team. She joined us in April 2011 after relocating back here from Arizona. Dr. Lin grew up in Sturgis before completing her veterinary degree at Michigan State University in 1997. She has a husband, Mike (also a veterinarian), two sons (Christopher and Alex), and two golden retrievers, along with one guinea pig, one boa, a poison dart frog, and a few fish. Dr. Lin enjoys working with dogs, cats, and pocket pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. In addition, she brings experience with laser surgery to complement her traditional surgery skills and interests in internal medicine, dental care, and preventive medicine.

She enjoys spending her spare time outdoors riding her horse and playing with her family.


Support Staff

Chris Charters, Office Manager

Chris ChartersChris joined our hospital in 1986, starting as an assistant. She has learned most areas of our hospital during her time here and has become an indispensable asset to our hospital and clients. As our office manager, she is responsible for leading our warm and friendly staff.

Chris and her husband, Bob, live on a small farm in Mattawan, where they garden organically and raise honeybees. They have two grown children and a variety of animals, including their dog, Merlin, and three housecats, as well as a barn full of cats, a goat, and a pony.


Technician Staff

Jesse Dawson, LVT

Jesse DawsonJesse joined our staff in March of 2013. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in animal science in 2011. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at the International Business College in Fort Wayne in 2012.

She has always had a love for animals and couldn't imagine working in any other field. Jesse enjoys playing with her dog Nova and hamster Aspin. She also spends her time taking Nova for walks, baking, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Terri, CVT

TerriTerri joined our practice in June 2009, but has worked in the veterinary field since 2001. She received her bachelor’s in liberal studies with minors in biology and environmental studies in 2000 and received her certification as a veterinary technician in 2006. 

Besides her love of working with animals, Terri also enjoys a variety of hobbies, including camping, biking, kayaking, traveling, and crocheting. Terri also enjoys spending her spare time with her friends and family, her dog, and three cats.


Veterinary Assistants

Alissa Cochran, Veterinary Assistant

Alissa CochranAlissa joined our practice in 1998.

She grew up in Holland and moved to the area after she was married to Mark. She has two children, Ethan and Caden, and two cats, Lexie and Mo. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching football, playing fantasy football, and reading.

Nancy Ruzick, Veterinary Assistant

Nancy RuzickNancy joined our practice in 2005 after being a client here most of her life. She grew up in the Oshtemo area and now resides in Mattawan with her husband, Dan; daughter, Haley; dog, Riley; and two cats, Sterling and Rosie.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching football, playing fantasy football, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys traveling to her family cabin in the upper peninsula and sunning on the beaches of southwest Michigan.

Megan Sanborn, Veterinary Assistant

Megan SanbornMegan has been with us since 2006 and really enjoys working with our clients and their pets. She works for us on Saturdays, which gives her husband, John, an "opportunity" to enjoy their two young daughters, Kennedy and Elliot.

Heather Dombos, Receptionist

Heather DombosHeather joined our staff in February 2013. She grew up in Okeechobee, Florida before moving to the area in 2000, after marrying her husband, Dan. She has two 12 year old Labrador Retrievers, Buster and Chipper. Heather is an active member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association and her church. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family in Florida, fishing, reading, going to the beach and watching football.

Nancy Miller, Veterinary Assistant

Nancy has been with us since 1988 on a fill-in basis, helping us wherever she is called to duty. She enjoys meeting and greeting our clients as well as helping their pets. She lives with her husband, Monty, in Kalamazoo.

Zorro, Clinic Cat

ZorroHi everyone. My name is Zorro, and I am a neutered, male, domestic, longhair prince that joined the Oshtemo Veterinary family in June 2008 as a rescue from Kalamazoo Animal Control. I received my name due to the fact that I have two kinks in my tail, which form a "Z"; hence "Zorro."

I enjoy greeting all of our feline patients as well as a few of our canine companions, lounging in the sun, and playing with my toys (especially the catnip bags). Sometimes, I get a crazy streak, but overall, I am a loving and good-natured feline. Please feel free to contact me with questions on our Facebook page. Look for Zorro’s Corner.

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For 11 and a half years my dog Kokomo and I have received the highest quality of care, and service countless times‚ over and beyond the call of duty with full support from the doctors and staff. For three generations over four decades‚ my family and I have entrusted the care of all our pets to the doctors and staff of Oshtemo Veterinary Hospital. They are an A+‚ five star veterinary facility. ~ Dawn and Kokomoquote

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