Get To Know Our Team
Dennis G. Elmer
Dr. Elmer graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 at the tender age of 23. He took advantage of the Veterinary Scholars program to graduate with his bachelors and doctorate in only 5 years.
During his externship Dr. Elmer had the good fortune to travel to Tanzania and to practice Veterinary medicine there. He spent a total of eight years traveling between the States and Tanzania expanding his knowledge of medicine and surgery in each country.
His area of greatest interest has always been surgery and he has spent most of his career honing his skills in the operating theater. Tackling both soft tissue and orthopedic cases with equal vigor, he has been fortunate to provide relief work for some of the busiest veterinary hospitals in the Detroit Metro area. The heavy case loads seen at these facilities allowed him to achieve proficiency with a broad spectrum of surgical procedures.
His love of surgery has compelled him to dedicate himself full time to providing his services to his colleagues in the referral community by joining Advanced Veterinary Care Group. The Care Group has invested in state of the art equipment so that Dr. Elmer can cheerfully tackle the diverse number of surgeries that he loves to perform. The unique partnership between the referring community and the Care Group will allow Dr. Elmer to do what he loves best- fix critters!
For as long as she could remember, Dr. Jasmine McCoy has always had an interest in animals. She never had any pets growing up and was afraid of dogs at a young age. However, after meeting a soft tissue veterinary surgeon and shadowing many surgeries, Dr. McCoy began planning her journey to become a veterinary surgeon.
After graduating from Michigan State with a BS in Zoology, Dr. McCoy moved 900 miles away to attend Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating, she completed a one year rotating internship at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine to further her veterinary education and surgery experience.
Dr. McCoy then returned to Detroit, MI and spent time working as general practitioner while honing in on her soft tissue and orthopedic surgery skills. Although she enjoys working in the various specialties, Dr. McCoy joined the AVCG team to focus on surgery. She is excited to be a part of the team and work with two doctors who have similar interests as her.
Recently married, Dr. McCoy and her husband have 1 cat, Pawkeye, and 1 dog, Marlie Quinn. She enjoys traveling, painting/sketching, exercising and arm knitting in her spare time.
Recognizing her passion for animals at a young age, Dr. Razza built a life for herself that revolved around them. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Wanting to diversify her skill set, Dr. Razza worked in a variety of settings such as human pharmaceuticals, wildlife rehabilitation, animal shelters, a dairy farm, cheetah conservation and reproduction, transgenic research, and several veterinary hospitals (both small animal and equine).
After being trained in surgery through the comparative biomedical center, she returned to North Carolina State University to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Razza decided to become a veterinarian for the sole purpose of becoming a small animal surgeon. While she enjoys all surgeries, orthopedic procedures are her favorite. Restoring function and relieving pain for her patients is the most rewarding part of her career. Additionally, she is Fear Free certified and takes patient comfort very seriously. She sees herself as a caretaker and strives to alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with hospital visits for all animals.
Dr. Razza and her husband relocated from North Carolina with their precious pup, Sam. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring new areas, creating art, reading/writing, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Veterinary Technician, Ultrasound Sonographer
Hannah started her veterinary career path in 2011 working for a small animal dentistry and general practice clinic. There she learned the ins and outs of day practice and advanced veterinary orthodontic procedures. Wanting to expand her skill set she joined Advanced Veterinary Care Group in 2012. Over the years she has seen a wide variety of cases and surgeries which has given her extensive experience in the veterinary field. She is a Certified Abdominal & Echo Ultrasound Sonographer and she has been trained to perform MRI scans. Diagnostic imaging is her passion but she can be found helping all over the clinic. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster College pursuing her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology.
Outside the clinic she owns an Australian Cattle Dog named “Jillaroo” and a cat named “Goose”. She has been training and showing dogs since she was 9 years old and actively competes in dog agility and disc events. When she isn’t at work or trialing with her dog, she can be found hiking, running marathons or performing with the Rock n’ Roll K-9’s performance team.
Licensed Veterinary Technician, Ultrasound Sonographer
Nic graduated from MSU’s vet tech program in 2015. Prior to joining the AVCG team in March 2018, she worked at an emergency clinic where she still does relief work on the weekends. Nic has a special interest in anesthesia & analgesia, and firmly believes that a technician’s most important job is to be an advocate for their patients. When she’s not at work, Nic enjoys playing with her dogs, two pitty mixes named Keith and Fly, as well as reading, biking, and skateboarding.
Mandy Pianga, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant
Mandy has been a member of the Advanced Care Group staff since 2016. Her career choice was evident from a young age, when she repeatedly chose stuffed animals to dolls. Caring for animals is something that she has always been passionate about.
Mandy has worked in a veterinary setting for over 20 years which has allowed her to play many roles within a hospital. This allowed her to learn many skills to utilize when taking care of your furbaby. In 2000 she graduated from the Wayne County Community College Veterinary Technology Program. In 2013 she earned her certification in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
Mandy has two dogs, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Rascal, and a Golden Retriever named Daisy. She also has three human children as well. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping and live music. Her greatest professional reward is knowing she is able to make a profound difference in the life of her patients.
Veterinary Technician, Ultrasound Sonographer
Vicky started with AVCG in 2021 after over 4 years of experience in the field. She began her career as a receptionist at a non-profit spay and neuter clinic. She is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster technician program, working her way towards earning her license as a veterinary technician. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two rescue pitty mixes, Penny & Big Boy. She loves outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking and mountain biking.
Ashley began with AVCG in March 2021 after building her skills and knowledge at a veterinary wellness center. She has 8 cats and 3 dogs at home and regularly rescues stray animals to help them find their forever homes.