Dr. Richard Banks, Owner/Veterinarian
Dr. Banks grew up in the Lansing area and graduated from Grand Ledge high school. He graduated with honors from MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. After graduation, he accepted a job in the Grand Rapids area. This is when he began to fall in love with West Michigan. After working in the area for several years he decided this is where he wanted to plant roots and start his family. He opened Northland Animal Hospital in April of 2001. His goal was to run a hospital based on quality medicine, client education, and excellent customer service. After all these years he believes Northland sets the standards in all of these areas.
Outside of medicine he enjoys time with his wife Dana, daughter Hope, and son Foster. Camping, boating, and travel are favorite family activities. He shares his life with two cats, Wally and Mandie, as well as three dogs, Gonzo and Lucky (the rescues) and Bella, a goofy Golden Retriever and the first puppy in the Banks’ home in 20 years.
Ben, Practice Manager
Ben is a lifelong west Michigan native. His work with animals started at Blandford Nature Center where he volunteered and later managed with the wildlife rehabilitation center. Through the years, Ben has worked at many veterinary practices in the area. He joined Northland AH in 2001 as a part-time assistant and in 2006 was promoted to practice manager. While his primary role is now management, Ben still enjoys working the medical floor and interacting with patients and their families.
When not at work Ben enjoys spending time with his partner and their four children. They love camping, hiking and all things outdoors. Ben and his family are also active in regional Native American tribal preservation, education and cultural events.
Michelle, Head Licensed Veterinary Technician
Michelle is a licensed veterinary technician who has been in the field since 2000. She worked in an emergency facility for 11 years before deciding to pursue her license in veterinary technology and has been working in general practice since 2013. A few of her favorite things about veterinary medicine are dentistry, nutrition, and client education. When Michelle isn’t taking care of furry friends, she’s a mom to two, an obsessive knitter, slow jogger, bird watcher, nature lover, movie watcher, book reader and cook-in-training.
Devin, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Devin is a Michigan native who recently moved home, after completing her Veterinary Medical Technology degree in North Carolina. She is a licensed veterinary technician and absolutely loves all aspects of her job. Devin has three dogs, two of whom are rescues from the lab/colony at school down south. She also has two black cats who were adopted as well. Outside of work, Devin enjoys trail running, hiking and anything that involves the outdoors, preferably anywhere she can bring her dogs.
Jana, Veterinary Assistant
Jana grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has always had a love for animals. This influenced her desire to work in the veterinary field. In 2014, she enrolled in the Animal Behavior College Veterinary Assistant program. During the program she completed an externship at a local animal hospital and then graduated as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. Jana joined the team at Northland Animal Hospital in the summer of 2015 and enjoys the relationships built between herself, the patients, and their owners. When not at work, Jana enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, their two sons, Layne and Declan, and their Saint Bernard, Lenny.
Dani, Customer Service Representative
Dani was born and raised in West Michigan. She first began working with animals at the Humane Society of West Michigan in 2010 and then worked in a few other veterinary clinics before finding a home at Northland Animal Hospital in late 2016. She is currently taking classes through Arizona State University online, pursuing a degree in English. In her spare time, Dani enjoys going to concerts, reading, and spending time with her friends and family, including her two cats Stitch and Pippa.
Hope, Facilities Assistant
Hope graduated from Rockford High School with honors in 2018. She currently attends Michigan State University in the pre-veterinary program. She hopes to continue her education specializing in veterinary dermatology. Sadly petless at school she shares her home base with three dogs (Gonzo, Lucky, and Bella), two cats (Wallace, Mandy) a Macaw (Major), and a tortoise (Axle.) Hope’s interest include international travel, choir, and playing the Harp.