Meadow View Staff

Dr. Michael Thome, owner and senior veterinarian for Meadow View, says he loves being a large animal veterinarian because of the daily challenges presented to him by farmers and horse owners.

Growing up in nearby Ionia, Dr. Thome worked on a dairy farm through high school and early college, then a horse farm during vet school. He pursued a career as a veterinarian because it allows him to combine a love of science with a desire to work with animals. He says he is still working on goals he set for himself as a teenager, and he still loves heading out to his appointments after 25 years on the job.

Dr. Thome graduated from Michigan State University, with Honors, in 1989, and moved his young family to Greencastle, PA. During the Pennsylvania years, he completed the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program at Penn State University.

Moving back to Michigan in 1995, Dr. Thome shifted his career focus entirely to large animal veterinary medicine. He achieved specialty board certification in equine practice in 2007, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He is involved with numerous professional organizations, and does committee work and serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Thome met and married his wife, Sue, during veterinary school. In 1997, they purchased land and built a small private riding stable for their own horses. Over the years, WinterSpring Farm has grown into a busy multi-discipline facility now housing three separate businesses including the current Meadow View office. The couple also have three grown children, and live at WinterSpring Farm with their horses, dogs, cats, and chickens. When his workday is done, Dr. Thome enjoys vegetable gardening, fence building, and fly fishing.

Sue Thome is the owner & head trainer at WinterSpring Farm in Carson City, Michigan. She specializes in dressage training & instruction at all levels.

Originally from England, Sue returned for her British Horse Society Assistant Instructor Certificate after attending Porlock Vale Equitation Center in Porlock, England. Sue achieved her USDF Bronze Medal in 2003, her silver medal in 2009 and completed the USDF L Judge Training Program in 2005, where she graduated ‘with distinction’. All of her scores for her medals were achieved on horses she had trained from scratch. Recently, she earned two of the four scores needed for her USDF Gold Medal.

As an active competitor in Michigan and surrounding states at the FEI and national level, she has shown many horses through the levels of dressage. She spent her first winter in Wellington Florida in 2012 training with her horses. Sue used the opportunity of being in a dressage “mecca” to further her knowledge and understanding of riding, training, and teaching dressage. She plans to return to Wellington every year for a few months in the winter.

She is a regular clinician in Michigan and other states. She teaches all levels of riders and all breeds of horses and has seen many of her students reach their show goals and achieve success.

Sue is a USDF L Judge and judges schooling shows, 4-H and pony club events throughout the region.

My name is Terra Allen and I am the receptionist at Meadow View. I live in Fenwick with my husband Scott, daughter Sidney, and my very large American Bulldog Marcus.

I do what I do because the truth is, I love people plain and simple. This job gives me an opportunity to learn about you as well as help you connect to great veterinary care. I strive to provide you access to our doctors as soon as possible because I know how important that is to your animal's well-being. I love to provide knowledge related to vaccines and wellness care. Every client that calls is important to me, even if you are simply in search of something small like a farrier's number! I also like the family environment of a small business. I consider all of you my friends and each of you are important to me. A quote I want to share...

"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care."

Meadow View’s assistant administrative manager, Janice Butler, has been part of the Meadow View family since 2005. While often working “behind the scenes,” Janice has had many roles and worn many hats over the years. She has a passion for animals, and attended Veterinary Assistant courses at Lansing Community College. Janice says that working at Meadow View has been a joy. She has learned a great deal and loves the people she works with, as well as the clients. Janice thrives on the new challenges each day brings. She has been married to her husband, Todd, for over 17 years. The couple has two children and a dog. As a family, they enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, and many other outdoor activities. Janice also enjoys cooking, gardening, entertaining, and spending time with her family and friends.

Tammy Carter has been with Meadow View Vet and Winterspring Farm since 2008. She wears multiple hats, acting as both Winterspring Farm’s barn manager and Dr. Mike’s assistant. Tammy has eleven years’ experience working in the horse industry. She was drawn to the industry because there are so many different areas to work in, from care to breeding to training, and more. Tammy attended Michigan State University, where she graduated with a degree in horse management. She then went on to take certificate courses in equine reproduction, cooled semen, and frozen semen from Colorado State University. She uses her extensive training in equine reproduction to assist Dr. Mike during breeding and foaling season. Tammy has found work at Meadow View and WinterSpring Farm very rewarding. She enjoys the great staff and watching the horses learn and excel at different aspects of training. The thing Tammy most loves about her job is that there is always something new to learn. Tammy and husband John Carter have one daughter, Ela. Tammy owns two Rocky Mountain horses, Cash and Hurricane Bay, that have been used for both showing and trail riding. The Carter family also has a 23 year old Arab mare, Tawny Majesty, who was Tammy’s first horse and now belongs to daughter Ela.

Roger Stevens is the man who keeps everything running and working at Meadow View and WinterSpring Farm. Retired from a 37 year career at General Motors, Roger began as handyman extraordinaire of the farm about five years ago. He keeps the equipment running and the property in great shape. Roger and his wife Karen live just across the street from the farm, and have been a part of a lot that has happened there over the years. They have two children and soon to be seven grandchildren! Their hobbies include woodworking, hunting, camping, boating, and traveling.