Meet Our Team in Alpena, MI


Our team is a dedicated and talented bunch. Each of our members excel at various skills, so your pet is always in expert hands. We thrive on giving you and your pet the best experience we can—including exceptional veterinary medicine and compassionate customer services. Meet our fantastic team below or feel free to stop in and meet us in person!


Jill Preston Fournier, DVM

Jill Preston Fournier, Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Fournier is originally from Troy, MI. She always knew as a young girl that she wanted to be a vet, a mixed (large and small) animal vet to be exact. Her journey toward becoming a veterinarian started at MSU, where she graduated in 2001 with a BS in Animal Science. Immediately after, she was accepted into vet school at her alma mater and received her DVM in 2005.

While in vet school, she decided against becoming a farm vet. She practiced her first year out in Cadillac, MI and then transferred back to her "home" clinic in South Lansing for a few years. In February 2008, she moved up to Sunrise Vet in Alpena and has been here since! In December of 2013, she became the practice owner.

Dr. Fournier has a passion for anything dogs. She enjoys perfecting surgeries, understanding dog behavior, and being involved in reproduction/breeding. In fact, she breeds and owns English and French Bulldogs and has six house dogs herself, ranging in size and breed. Her free time is spent on her funny farm with her two children, Autumn, Ethan, and her husband Andre. They have chickens, peacocks, and hunting Blue Tick Coon Hounds. When she is not playing with dogs, Dr. Fournier enjoys gardening, working on her succulent collection, reading a good book, or enjoying time with family and friends.

Heidi LaCross, Veterinarian

Heidi was born and raised right here in Alpena, MI. She earned her B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University and her DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She lived and practiced in Madison, WI until moving back to Alpena in 2015. Heidi has four children: two girls and two boys as well as several pets, which include two dogs (a Labrador and a golden retriever), two rescue cats who are sisters, and one guinea pig.

Heidi LaCross, DVM

Support Staff

Ruth Krawczak

Ruth Krawczak, Receptionist

Ruth was born and raised in Rogers City and moved to Alpena over 30 years ago. In September 2002, she started working at Sunrise Veterinary Services and has been happy to be here helping people care for their beloved pets. She is a versatile team member as she is cross-trained to help wherever needed! Yet, her main position is as a receptionist---and she loves it!

Ruth has four amazing adult children and is blessed to be "granny" to five little people. When she is not at work she enjoys daily walks, riding her bike, kayaking, reading, baking, volunteering, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Lakyn Webster, Veterinary Technician

Lakyn is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and has been working at Sunrise since 2014. She graduated from Baker College of Port Huron in 2014 and has been with us since! Her favorite parts of her job include anesthesia and nursing care. She loves (and is very good!) drawing blood and placing IV's.

When not at the clinic, Lakyn enjoys spending time with her husband and their pets, and loves to go camping, too! They currently have three German Shepherds, a Blue Tick Coon Hound and one cat.

Lakyn Webster
Brandi Urbach

Brandi Urbach, Veterinary Assistant

Brandi has worked 6 years as a veterinary assistant and has been with Sunrise since July 2018. She has a lot of experience, and we're grateful to have her on our team! At home, she has 2 dogs and 1 cat. Outside of work, she enjoys boating and kayaking.

Shelly Olsen, Veterinary Assistant

Shelly has worked at Sunrise Vet since 2002. Prior to that, she was on active duty in the Navy and a Navy wife for 19 years. In 1998, she returned to Alpena along with her three children. She also has two senior cats at home, and in her spare time, she enjoys all forms of needlework and goes kayaking! Her fondest memories are those of family camping trips.

Shelly Olsen
Tabitha McDonald

Tabitha McDonald, Veterinary Assistant

Tabitha has worked for the clinic since February 2011. Her duties include the ordering of our pet food, retail items, and clinic medications. At home, she has 3 dogs and 2 cats and enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, raising livestock, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Dana Barnhardt, Veterinary Assistant

While she was raised in Alpena, Dana moved away for some time, and then moved her family (husband and son) back nine years ago when she was offered a job at Sunrise Vet! At home, they have five pets total: two dogs, a Pitbull and a Chiweenie named Hamlet and Greta, as well as a tortoise named Bob, and two fish named Lucy and Ethel. Dana works as a vet assistant helping wherever she is needed. She counts herself very lucky to be doing what she loves!

Dana Barnhardt
Bri Eveler

Bri Eveler, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Bri is is very excited to be a part of Sunrise family! She moved to Alpena in October of 2017 with her fiancé, David, when he got a job as an organist. Bri has a big fur-baby family made up of seven cats and three dogs, and she brought them all to Sunrise for their health services. She loved being a client so much that she jumped at the opportunity to work here! Prior to living in Alpena, Bri lived in New England where she worked at an ER veterinary clinic and also interned at Stone Zoo. In her spare time she can be found at Island Park with her dogs or reading on the couch with the cats.

Tammi Cernat, Veterinary Assistant

Tammi is a Veterinary Assistant who has been in the field for 14 years. She grew up in Hubbard Lake and was a Coast Guard wife for 20 years. Prior to moving back to Alpena, Tammi lived all over the country, but her favorite place was Hawaii. She has two adult children and is “gammy” to two beautiful grandchildren. She and her husband share their home with three Golden Retrievers: Tucker, Ruby and Oakley, and their yard is home to many chickens and ducks! In her spare time she enjoys going for walks, traveling and biking with her family and friends.

Tammi Cernat
Taddy the Maine Coon Cat

Taddy the Maine Coon, Greeter/Model

When you visit Sunrise Veterinary Services, you can expect to be greeted by our professional greeter and part-time model, Taddy, the Maine Coon. Taddy loves to show off for anyone and everyone that walks through the doors. Attention is the name of the game, and with Taddy strutting around the room, he's hard to ignore!

Cubby the Tail-less Cat, Empathetic Cat Comforter

Cubby is our resident cat comforter who puts all of our cat patients at ease while they wait to see the vet! He has a calming presence and makes friends with every cat who comes into Sunrise Veterinary Services.

Cubby the Cat