1501 East West Maple Rd. • Walled Lake, MI, 48390
(248)624-4829 • Directions

About Us

Walled Lake Veterinary Hospital’s mission is to earn the confidence, trust and respect of the local community and its employees by offering exceptional professional services. The WLVH team is committed to utilizing and improving their professional knowledge, experience and love for animals while keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

Meet the Walled Lake Veterinary Team!



Steven Burns, D.V.M.
Dr. Burns2017Dr. Burns was born and raised outside Akron, Ohio and now lives in Indian Village in Detroit with his wife Marge and their four children Michael, Edward, Thomas and Anna.  His family’s collection of pets includes a gecko, a mouse and numerous fish and a beagle named Juno.   He attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he received a B.S. in both Biology and Environmental Sciences and worked as a zookeeper at the Toledo Zoo and researched Humpback Whales in Cape Anne Massachusetts.  He attended the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo pursuing a Masters degree in Physiology doing research on captive rhinos and wild horses in Nevada.  Dr. Burns attended The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine from 1992 to 1996 and has worked in Southeastern Michigan since graduation.  He has worked with the Detroit Zoo as a Relief Veterinarian and with the State of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources handling wildlife situations.  Dr. Burns is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (SEMVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).  Dr. Burns has been the owner of the Walled Lake Veterinary Hospital since 2001.


Sarah Middleton, D.V.M.
Dr. Middleton joined our team in May 2008.  She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from 2001.  She and her husband Josh have 2 young children, a cat and a Vizsla. Her professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and rehabilitation.  In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities, watching college sports and photography.  She is an active member of the Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (SEMVMA), The Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).


James graduated from the Wayne County Community College veterinary technician program in 2009 earning an associate degree of applied science.  He joined the W.L.V.H. team in 2009 and is currently the lead technician.  James is a member of Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians (MAVT), North American Veterinary Technician Association (NAVTA) and Veterinary Support Personnel Network (VSPN).  He currently lives in Clarkston with his wife Emily and three children.  James has two dogs Lenny and Josie.  When he is not at work he enjoys spending time with his family.  He also likes to hike, go camping and hunting in his free time.


Kathi – Veterinary Assistant
Kathi has worked as a veterinary assistant at W.L.V.H. for over 25 years.  She has four grown sons and many grandchildren.  She owns a dog, three cats, two goats and two horses.  In her spare time Kathi enjoys spending time with her family, scuba diving, boating, trail riding and showing her horses.


Ashlei L.V.T.  Veterinary Technician 
Ashlei graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Macomb Community College in 2010. Since graduating Ashlei has worked in day practice and in emergency facilities. Her interests at work include Anesthesiology and Radiology. Ashlei joined Walled Lake Veterinary Hospital in May 2013.  Ashlei enjoys spending time with her family which includes 2 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats. In her spare time she enjoys hiking at state parks where she can enjoy the wildlife, bowling and a variety of music.


 Rachel L.V.T. veterinary Technician

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Rachel graduated from the veterinary technician program at Baker College of Flint in June 2016. Upon graduating she spent her first year as a licensed tech in an emergency hospital. Rachel joined our team in August 2017. Her interests are surgery, anesthesia, and client communication. She has a dog, Lady, and two guinea pigs, Pork Chop and Pumbaa. In her free time she enjoys playing board games, attending concerts, reading, and crocheting.


Carolyn L.V.T. Relief Technician
Having worked in Veterinary medicine for over 35 years I can say that I have had a very fulfilling career. I now enjoy my semi-retirement traveling to see my 3 daughters who are all out of the state of Michigan. I occupy my free time weight training, boating, tennis, and having my cat, Burton, on my lap with a good book. Caring for people’s pets has very rewarding,and I consider myself very fortunate that I occasionally get the privilege of working here at Walled Lake Veterinary as a relief technician.


Kari – Receptionist
Kari has worked our front desk since September of 2007.  She is a long time Walled Lake resident and is now raising her own family here.  She is married and has two athletically talented  boys.  She has  4 cats; Riley, Shadow, Fudge and B, that are all rescues.  She enjoys going to Tigers baseball games, going to the movies and working in the yard in her spare time.


Sam – Receptionist
Sam enjoys travel and loves animals. She has 2 dogs and 3 cats. Sam would love to travel the world and see all that it has to offer. She has been to England, France, Jamaica and the Bahamas and hopes to see much more.


 Bailie loves animals and many other things including music, reading, and anything Japanese.  She currently has 3 cats, 1 fish, and an eyelash crested gecko.  She aspires to become a veterinarian and hope to make that dream a reality soon.  Bailie is engaged and has no human kids but her fur kids take up her heart.


 Deserae- Office Manager


 Deserae is our Office Manager, she has been a part of our team since 2010. When she is away from the office she enjoys spending time with her family and going up north.


We are located at:
1501 E West Maple Road
Walled Lake, MI

Our hours are:
Monday 8-7
Tuesday 8-8
Wednesday 9-3
Thursday 8-8
Friday 8-6
Saturday 8-1